Tacx Fortius VR Trainer with Video Reality and VR software review

Virtual reality trainer

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £899.99 RRP | USD $1,395.00

Our review

A fun way to beat indoor training boredom, but it comes at a price
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If you really struggle to get your head around the idea of indoor cycle training, a virtual reality trainer might be the answer. Once the Tacx is built up, the software is surprisingly easy to install and get going.

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Mechanically speaking, the motor resistance is super-smooth, feels surprisingly road-like and offers up to the equivalent of a 1:4 hill. It even provides the illusion of freewheeling while ‘descending’.

As you’d expect of a trainer at this price, there’s hardly any noise and the bike feels rock solid in the frame. The software is great too; we kicked off by racing in the virtual world against computer opposition in a 12-mile race. The racing is fun and there’s no doubt it’s a lot more enjoyable than mindlessly staring at the garage wall.

From a training perspective, you get a good batch of data at the end of a workout too, including both heart rate and power stats. Next we tried out the real-time video of riding in Majorca and, once absorbed into the experience, it does feel eerily like riding on the road.

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It’s even possible to buy DVDs of iconic climbs and ‘ride’ them in your home. For an additional £164.99 you can add a steering frame, and £239.99 buys you the opportunity to race your mates online.

Tacx fortius vr trainer:
Paul Smith

Product Specifications

Product

Name Fortius VR Trainer with Video Reality and VR software (09)
Brand Tacx

Description Visit www.tacx.com for full specification