TAC-X virtual - more than just a novelty?

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TAC-X virtual - more than just a novelty?

Postby Donkeywings » Sun Sep 30, 2012 19:48 pm

I'm looking at buying rollers/turbo for the garage, and am also considering a second-hand TAC-X with the virtual trainer software. Looking for opinions from anyone who has one.

Do the ride DVDs and virtual race software make the training more interesting, or does the novelty wear off pretty quickly? I might be able to get an old 46" plasma screen from work and have a spare laptop, so the ride dvds could be pretty huge.

But even a second hand TACX with the roller and steerer is going to be around £400, and another £100 to upgrade to the v3 software. Don't know if this is a waste of money, or it will make peddlling in the garage a bit more interetsing?


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Re: TAC-X virtual - more than just a novelty?

Postby davidof » Mon Oct 01, 2012 18:16 pm

You can get a new Tacx vortex for 369 euros from Germany. Add on a garmin ANT+ stick and the s/w and you are good to go.

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Re: TAC-X virtual - more than just a novelty?

Postby wheeledwidewebb » Mon Oct 01, 2012 18:38 pm

I've got one and I love it. It keeps indoor riding just interesting enough to be bearable.

You will need a pc with a decent spec, especially video memory.

Check out the Tacx forums at www.tacxvr.com

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Re: TAC-X virtual - more than just a novelty?

Postby keef66 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 13:58 pm

+1 make sure the laptop's graphics card / memory will drive the TV.

We tried watching HD iPlayer content via the laptop through an HD TV and it was very laggy and the sound wasn't synced very well

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