Tacx have a significant share of the market for static trainers and the backing of some of the biggest players in the peloton.
We’ve been spinning on their Galaxia rollers, a lightweight offering that proved easy to set up and to use.
Its most notable feature is the suspended chassis, which balances on rockers beneath the twin rear drums rather than on static rubber ‘feet’, and on wheels at the front.
The principal benefit of the design proved to be increased stability, which was most apparent during out of the saddle efforts.
Another impressive feature was the gentle curve to the drums, which played a significant role in keeping us centred. With confidence, and a reckless turn of mind, it proved possible to introduce some adrenalin to the proceedings by running the wheel to the edge of the drum.
Less impressive was the noise of the Galaxia roller, which failed the ‘East Enders test’, disturbing the viewing of my long-suffering partner, and causing my banishment to the loft: a difficult journey when carrying rollers.
Storage, however, failed to present a challenge, thanks largely to the Galaxia’s ability to stand on end – a useful feature.
We were impressed by the quality of construction. The chassis was robust, the bearings smooth, and the rollers, well, rolled smoothly.
Aesthetically, the Galaxia is the most attractive of its breed we’ve so far encountered. The light blue rollers and dark chassis highlighted the clean lines of the design, and created a simple, uncomplicated appearance, very much in keeping with the simplicity of use.
Most riders in the market for a static trainer will face the choice between rollers and turbo trainers, and we’ll repeat here what we’ve said in earlier reviews: that a roller requires technique, while a turbo offers the opportunity to simply jump on and pedal.
In the rollers’ favour, however, is the chance to improve pedaling technique and to strengthen core muscles from the effort required by balancing.
Having ridden and enjoyed the sensation of the Galaxia, my vote would be for a roller with resistance, which might offer something of the best of both worlds.
UK distributor: Fisher Outdoor Leisure