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Indoor Virtual Trainer....suggestions please

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  • 12-09-2010 9:19pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 7,454 ✭✭✭


    With the winter season upon us can anyone suggest a virtual trainer, ideally one that links up to your tv with a dvd/software etc. I was looking at something like a tacx but they seem very expensive.
    http://www.tacxvr.com/en/products/vr-trainers-intro


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  • Administrators, Social & Fun Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 76,161 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭Beasty


    They are expensive - I have the Fortius, and have used it extensively over the past couple of years (particularly when recovering from crashes).

    There are not many options out there if you want the benefit of VR, and Tacx have the widest variety of "Real Life Videos"

    Of course, you could just stick with a normal turbo trainer, and sit in front of the TV, or watch cycling DVDs! The benefit of the VR is it gives you the impression you really are climbing the hills (or freewheeling down them) because of the variable braking. I've done a number of extended sessions on mine (3 hours or so), but I'm not sure I would have done this without the VR/Real Life Videos. I think you'll struggle to find many people on here who will do hour+ sessions, particularly on normal turbo trainers

    Ultimately it's like everything else in life - it's worth it if you can afford it.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,454 ✭✭✭hf4z6sqo7vjngi


    Beasty wrote: »
    They are expensive - I have the Fortius, and have used it extensively over the past couple of years (particularly when recovering from crashes).

    There are not many options out there if you want the benefit of VR, and Tacx have the widest variety of "Real Life Videos"

    Of course, you could just stick with a normal turbo trainer, and sit in front of the TV, or watch cycling DVDs! The benefit of the VR is it gives you the impression you really are climbing the hills (or freewheeling down them) because of the variable braking. I've done a number of extended sessions on mine (3 hours or so), but I'm not sure I would have done this without the VR/Real Life Videos. I think you'll struggle to find many people on here who will do hour+ sessions, particularly on normal turbo trainers

    Ultimately it's like everything else in life - it's worth it if you can afford it.

    Cheers Beasty, like you i would struggle to do an hour+ on a normal trainer that's why i was looking at the virtual option. Where did you buy yours from, cycle shop or direct from Tacx?


  • Administrators, Social & Fun Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 76,161 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭Beasty


    Cheers Beasty, like you i would struggle to do an hour+ on a normal trainer that's why i was looking at the virtual option. Where did you buy yours from, cycle shop or direct from Tacx?
    Online from Slane Cycles. The videos, however, tend to be cheaper when bought directly from Tacx


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,096 ✭✭✭anoble66


    think this is cheapest I have seen the Fortius. 639e - they also have the multiplayer for 679e which seems extremely cheap.

    http://www.bike-components.de/products/info/p8678_Fortius-T1940-Trainingsrolle.html


    Ordered myself the elite e-motion rollers from them.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,454 ✭✭✭hf4z6sqo7vjngi


    I take it the Fortius is a newer model than the i-magic, what would the main differences be between the two? Reading the model descriptions they seem to offer the same albeit the I-magic is much cheaper.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,096 ✭✭✭anoble66


    I think the main difference is the Fortius has an electric motor braking system. It can produce a much greater resistance - simulating I think up to a 25% gradient. I think the Imagic can only do abut 6-7% - but I could be wrong...its been a long time since I researched them both.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,454 ✭✭✭hf4z6sqo7vjngi


    anoble66 wrote: »
    I think the main difference is the Fortius has an electric motor braking system. It can produce a much greater resistance - simulating I think up to a 25% gradient. I think the Imagic can only do abut 6-7% - but I could be wrong...its been a long time since I researched them both.

    Ok looks like i will go for the Fortius Multiplayer. Will do a review on it when it arrives.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,504 ✭✭✭✭DirkVoodoo


    You can buy a Tacx Satori + "workouts in a binder" for pretty cheap. Not as high tech as a VR setup but there is enough in there to keep you on your toes for an hour while getting some very focused race training.

    51ZH674279L._SS500_.jpg


  • Registered Users Posts: 795 ✭✭✭tawfeeredux


    DirkVoodoo wrote: »
    51ZH674279L._SS500_.jpg

    Dirk Friel! Any relation to Joe? I thought this was a wind-up til I saw it on Amazon.


  • Registered Users Posts: 31,069 ✭✭✭✭Lumen


    Dirk Friel! Any relation to Joe? I thought this was a wind-up til I saw it on Amazon.

    Joe=father. Dirk=son.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,504 ✭✭✭✭DirkVoodoo


    The dedication on the inside of the training bible reads:

    "To Dirk, my friend, my training partner, my mentor, my pupil, my son"

    Thanks Pops!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,454 ✭✭✭hf4z6sqo7vjngi


    I went with the Fortius Multiplayer in the end and have had it for 2 weeks now, all I can say it is pretty close to the real thing. I have done a few 80km indoor spins on it and the time flys by and the motor gives a true feeling of climbing/descending.
    It's also really good for mixing up the training sessions.
    10/10


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