The Tacx Vortex Smart is one of three new interactive trainers from the Dutch firm for 2015. It has an electro-magnetic brake and a downloadable app to link the trainer with your smartphone, tablet or laptop/computer via Bluetooth or ANT+, bringing with it a host of features to spice up your indoor training.
The Vortex Smart (£399.99) sits between the Satori Smart (£299.99), which has a magnetic brake and, like the Vortex Smart, a maximum resistance of 950 watts, and the Bushido Smart (£624.99), which has an electric motor brake with a maximum resistance of 1,400 watts. All three are compatible with the Tacx training app.
On to the Vortex Smart and setup from the box is pretty straight forward. There’s a bit of a fiddle with two Allen key bolts to get the trainer set up up for 26″, 29″ or 700c wheels and that process could be simplified given the hi-tech features elsewhere, but it’s no great hassle.
You then drop the two supporting legs so the trainer sits firmly on the ground or training mat and the rubberised feed add more stability to an already robust structure. It’s not a complicated job and if you know your way around an Allen key then you’ll be fine.