Virtual Reality turbo trainers

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Restless Legs, 21 Nov 2007.

  1. Restless Legs

    Restless Legs New Member

    I am torn between a Tacx and a Real Axiom.

    Does anyone have any tips/experience/problems regarding which one to go for
    and what my computer/TV requirements might be?


  2. i dont know about the turbo trainers.

    but i have seen a plate like the map holders on witch he had his laptop on.

    as for the tv just put the trainer in front of it:biggrin:.
  3. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I dont have one, but if i did I would set up my PC using the biggest moniter I could find, run the sound through the biggest stereo in the house, set the bike up in front of it and place a couple of fans in front for that summer breeze effect and go for it.
  4. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    I know one of the lads at my club has just bought one, If no one else says I'll let you know after the sunday club run
  5. OP
    Restless Legs

    Restless Legs New Member

    Well - balancing the overwhelming help I have received here :biggrin: with the two manufacturer's websites I think I am plumping for the Tacx.

    The Realaxiom online forum details flywheel and software problems so I'm scared off sufficiently not to bung a wedge at them.

    Tacx seem to be ahead of the game in terms of presenting their product, working towards Vista compatibility and range of courses to run.

    Now I just need to decide whether I want an i-Magic VR or a Fortius.
  6. we had one at the clubroom, projected from the computer onto our slide screen, it was almost life size and very effective. better than looking at the floor!
    no idea as to the make though.
  7. Wobbles

    Wobbles Senior Member

    Please let us know how you get on with it!
    I've been wanting to put a VR trainer on my Xmas list for the past 2 Xmases but never had the courage:wacko:
    It was the Tacx I'd have gone for. Definitely the slickest. Sorry, but can't remember which seemed the most suitable out of the I-magic/Fortius.

    Good luck:biggrin:
  8. NickM

    NickM Veteran

    Going by my experience, you'll need luck... I had an I-Magic which refused to work with my computer (the "picture" was upside down, FFS). The retailer couldn't help. When contacted about it, the UK Tacx importers were remarkably unhelpful. They seemed to expect me to change my hardware to get their crappy software to work.

    I wouldn't touch Tacx with a bargepole unless I had an undertaking from the retailer that if the trainer didn't work with my computer there would be a full refund with no quibbling.
  9. mr_hippo

    mr_hippo Living Legend & Old Fart

    I use a TACX I-Magic, I did check my PC & laptop specs before buying it. Fortius specs are a lot higher but the graphics are a lot better and the Real Life Videoa are great.

  10. OP
    Restless Legs

    Restless Legs New Member

    I've checked the tech-specs on their website - no problems - but I do fancy some of the rides that only come on double density DVD's...but there's no way I'm springing out for a DVD player on top of everything else.

    Not having a local supplier means I am going to have top ring around to find the best deal although Wiggle are going to take some beating. I wouldn't mind paying a tad more to a local dealer, it's a shame there isn't one in Brum.

    Britain's second city? Hmm...
  11. OP
    Restless Legs

    Restless Legs New Member

    Done - now all I need is to get me some of them groovy wide-load pants :biggrin:
  12. Keeno

    Keeno New Member

    Derry, N.Ireland
    Did you ever get the Tacx?

    Which one did you go for and how are you finding it? Done a search and found your post, seriously considering buying one of these to help me train.

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