This product was delivered promptly despite the weather and christmas period. Set up took about half an hour including adding the bike. The instructions could have been a bit more helpful as I was guessing a few of the stages of assembly. Also the computer instructions are a bit vague.
Anyway the problem started when I began cycling. As I tried to increase resistance it worked in reverse. Because the instructions were so vague I did a bit of head scratching. Eventually I emailed Wiggle, who directed me to ring Fisher, the UK agent for TACX. The guy was extremely helpful on the phone and immediately recognised my problem as incorrectly installed magnets in the unit by the factory. I was given the option of returning the unit for a replacement or to be sent a new magnet arrangement on the motor. Since the turbo trainer is a present for my wife, who is desperate to do some cycling before we go to Tenerife in the new year, I opted for the magnet option. It arrived in the post within a couple of days and was easily fitted. Problem solved and we are now up and cycling despite the minus 12 outside.
As a further measure the guy at Fisher contacted me a couple of days later to check since they had received the call from Wiggle after my original email.
Overall I am pleased as good service is only tested when you have a problem to solve. I would have no hesitation in dealing with Wiggle again.
24 December 2010
Obviously I'd rather be out on the trusty treader, grinding up and down the hills of the South Downs, but at this time of year it isn't always the practical option. A turbo trainer allows you to ride your bike without having to venture out into the cold, wet, dark, icy climes we suffer in winter.
Interval training is so much easier on a trainer as there is no traffic to contend with. Just get your head down and pedal (oh, and sweat a bit).
This particular trainer is geared up for the more serious cyclist who wants to build on base fitness. It shows power, HR, speed, distance, time as well as averages and maximums. The ability to do workouts guided by your power output is excellent and, although many contributions on various forums comment on the inaccuracy of the figures, this is irrelevant as the unit remains consistent with itself and will therefore show improvements.
It isn't as difficult to assemble as many would have you believe, and mine was up and running in about 20 minutes.
Resistance feels good and is more than adequate for training purposes. The control unit is fairly intuitive and the display is large enough to see when your vision is blurred from performing high intensity intervals!!
The whole thing is very stable and I feel confident whilst using a carbon fibre bike with it. It's also fairly quiet and won't annoy the neighbours (or the good lady wife!)
All-in-all this is an excellent product which is helping to motivate me to increase my fitness. The only downside is the boredom whilst training (ipod helps) and the amount of sweat produced (yoga mat under bike, and towel draped over bars and top tube) although these are not comments on the product specifically.
13 December 2009
Tacx Flow Turbo
I had read several reviews that said it was complicated to build from the falt pack delivery. However, I did not find this the case and it was built in 30 minutes. This is my first turbo that now allows me to get some training in during the week and also think twice about very wet and cold weekends. The frame is very sturdy and holds the bike well with no wobble and seems to cope well with the occasional standing up. I also purchased the sweat guard and the floor mat to deaden the noise of the turbo. However, it seems to be much quieter than I was expecting even when not on the mat. I have had one problem with the cadence magnet that clips onto the left crank. I took the bike off the turbo for a sunny day ride and when I put it back I realised that the cadence was not working because the magnet had fallen out of the cadence holder on the crank. This was quickly fixed with a small fridge magnet and a glue gun to hold it in the housing. So watch out and remove the cadence sensor if you go out for a "real" road.
30 October 2009
Great riding at home
I bought this for her birthday (at her request after seeing a Cycling Plus review) and she wasn't disappointed. Despite what the review said it was easy to assemble (just look at the diagrams and forget the text!) and it was up and running in no time. The Tacx quick-release skewer for the back wheel was very easy to change (just unscrew the old one and pop in the new one).
She has put it on an old yoga mat on bare floorboards so it does rumble a bit (not nice at 6:30am) but with a thicker mat it will be fine. The computer is easy to read and use (after she deigned to read the instructions) and has some clever functions. The constant power output setting is a good one. There are loads of schedules and tests on the web. Now that the evenings and mornings are dark and wet she wouldn't be going out so much, so this has really helped keep her fitness up.
I bought a separate Tacx skewer for my bike too, so its easy to swap hers out and put mine in (when I am allowed, that is).
Do we wish we had bought a fancier, virtual reality one? Not really. This does all you could want and with a heart rate monitor (maybe Santa will help) it has everything a 'serious' cyclist could want. You may want to invest in some more music with a pounding beat for your mp3 player though...
29 October 2009
First turbo trainer I have used and bought. Not fiddly to set up but do use an old tyre or training tyre!! The digital display makes training to targets easy.
To get over the boredom I would recommend the sufferfest videos!
27 September 2012
Great product, great value, very happy.
I am fairly new to cycling but this trainer is easy to set up and use. I find it quite quiet and can sit watching tv in my living room whilst building my base miles and i dont have to have the sound any different to when i normaly watch it. It folds away really easily which is handy. I have a polar ft4 heart rate monitor and this product picks the signal up as good as the watch does. I read that this product comes with a european plug but mine was delivered with an adaptor so wait until its delivered before buying one. Overall i think this is a very good product and i am very happy with it. The only slight niggle would be the flimsy feel of the cadence sensor rubber straps. This is being really picky as there has been no problem with it and it does exactly what its supposed to.
23 September 2012
First trainer a success !!
First of all I have to say that from ordering to delivery was 2 Days, so thanks Wiggle, that was outstanding.
Despite reading about the hard to understand instructions, I had mine up and running in about 30 minutes. That includes fitting and removing a pair of spacers I found I did not need.
All the hardware is easily removable, being held on with rubber straps, which means the time from trainer to road is minimal.
I bought the recommended heart rate monitor strap, which I was pleased to find is wireless.
You can display your own choice of any two of the available readouts on the screen. eg. cadence and watts. Info displayed can be changed during a training ride, which can help to alleviate boredom on longer sessions.
I am sure this turbo trainer will bring my fitness on a treat over the coming winter months.
24 August 2012
Great training tool
Relatively easy to put together despite the below average instructions. Once you have it up and running it's simple to use and the ability to train according to Watts is excellent. Very stable device.
05 August 2012
in door cycling has never been so good.
After having been cycling indoors on a spin bike and thinking i was working hard, I now realise I was not. After a bit of adjusting to get it set up and setting the bike I was up and cycling. The moniter is clear and you can scroll between watts/mph/cad.
As I brought this on offer and with a discount it has been well worth it. The only negative thing is the plug is not standard you need an adaptor and this is not mentioned on the box or on Wiggle.
But I look forward to many hours of cycling this winter.
12 July 2012
Excellent bit of kit
I bought this after an injury which kept me off the road. It arrived promptly, as always from Wiggle. I agree with others that the instructions could be clearer and the English translation could be better, however it is not complicated and was working in 30 minutes or so. It is a well made unit, it is easy to attach the bike and get rolling. The display head mounts OK on my oversize bars but the mount would need adapting for wing bars or anything larger.
In use the controls and display are clear and the flow is reasonably logical. There is a good choice of information display both in real-time and elapsed over a session. Unlike some other turbos, this one has some give and flex so that, when you are pushing hard the bike frame does not take all the punishment.
Whilst indoor training is boring, the wide range of adjustment and feedback available with this unit makes a session more acceptable and, overall, easily enables a structured training programme.
It has helped keep my fitness and my sanity.
07 July 2012
Pleased with the Trainer
I have been using the Trainer now for about 4 weeks. I have no hesitation recommending this to other sports cycling enthusiasts. It sturdy, it's easy to use, it gives very accurate power readings and with the addition of a t34 heart rate strap, it gives accurate heart rate figures.
As many reviewers have stated, the instructions are not the clearest but once you assemble the bits it becomes much more intuitive than it first looks. It took me about 25 minutes to complete the build and (like most men) I never looked at the instructions for more than a couple of minutes.
My blood pressure has dropped noticeably and my resting heart rate has fallen by 10 bpm so It certainly has assisted my fitness. This is the third trainer I have owned in the last 15 years and is definitely the best. The clear display helps alleviate the boredom associated with turbo trainers, and with the assistance of some music it's the first time I have been able to spend 90 minutes per session training.
The power readings proved so usefull, it has even prompted me to add a power meter to the road bike.
13 January 2012
Tacx Flow Computer Ergo Turbo Trainer
Great product, rapid delivery and despite reservations about set up it didn't take long. Happy with purchase esp at the sale price!
09 January 2012
A great purchase - but get a trainer tyre!
I would recommend buying a trainer tyre to go with the turbo trainer!
I assembled the Tacx reasonably quickly but discovered that my current (slightly worn) back tyre slips on the roller.
I'm currently waiting for the training tyre to arrive before getting real use from the trainer! WIll let you know how I get on....
02 January 2012
Excellent training buddy
A turbo trainer is never going to be your best friend but having a power meter built in has already started to show improvements in my normally cycling.
Forcing you to hold a consistent power as well as intervals of power is way more accurate than just working from HR.
It also allows you to show improvements, as you show signs of holding your Power at a lower HR.
The machine is easy to setup, relatively and easy to clip and release the bike each time. The only issues I am finding are with the computer itself.
I would highly recommend a power meter on your bike for turbo training if nothing else its something else to keep you occupied. This is a very cheap option and I would highly recommend it
30 December 2011
Great turbo trainer
I really like the Tacx Flow. Set up is relatively easy, but don't rely on the manual, which is very poorly translated. The unit has a "gradient" or "Constant Power" setting, which I find useful for doing HR/Power Curve tests. There also isn't any guidance as to the ideal calibration setting in the manual, but I did find something in the Tacx FAQ on their website that said it should be between 10-15, which is set by adjusting the force of the roller into the tyre. Warm up the unit first for a few minutes, and then perform a calibration. After I've done this, the power output levels feel very similar to a Wattbike, although admittedly I haven't tried it with a power meter. If you don't calibrate the unit, the power reading on the display will be wrong. The display is easy to use once you figure out which buttons to press, and there are a lot of routines available on the Tacx website. I program these into my Garmin, which makes it easier to follow them. I'm very pleased with mine, and would definitely recommend it to a friend.
29 December 2011
This is a nice turbo trainer.
Easy to asample and set up.
Easy to use.
The different level of resistians covers my needs for a good indor work out.
Overall great value for money
17 October 2011
This trainer gives you all of the data you need, watts, cadence, heart rate (with polar heart rate sensor), speed, time, etc. It is very sipmle to use and you can download training programs for different types of cycling. It is a must to have the training tyre as it cuts down the noise a lot.
12 October 2011
Great Power Training
I can now power train, without applying the bike's breaks. Only think I would like is a quick release from power effort set, to free spin, for quick recovery, on/off sessions. Instructions for assembly were not the best, but I managed, as a non mechanical older female so I guess anyone can!
30 August 2011
Great product, love the electronics but others might prefer a more basic product at a lower price point.
18 May 2011
Strudy with the benefit of training with power
I think like everyone else I found the assembly instructions a little confusing and unclear but I got there in the end. just set asside 30 min and take a chill pill it took me 30 min or less maybe.
The Trainer feels secure and sturdy and holds the bike very well.
The best thing is having power data in training I have found that most valuable as I do not have a power meter on my bike. I think for anyone half serious abouit indoor training this is a fantastic tool and insures you do not drop off the effort unknowingly.
The trainer is quiet and very smouth.
If you already have a cadence meter on you crank the magnet works fine with the sensor on this trainer and no need to bother installing it.
buy a mat the cyclop is cheeper and works the same and definatly use a towel or a cover over the bike.
17 April 2011
Great training tool
Gives you power output at an affordable price. Well worth the money.
I had the preceding model to this which lasted me 12 years. The new model is even better.
15 April 2011
Bought it to ride indoors on weekdays therefore needed something that is robust and can withstand constant usage. Setting up is a breeze and calibration is easy. Only problem is the wires need to be cable tied to the bike frame to avoid sweat dripping on them and also getting tangled on the pedals. Bike is secured very sturdy. Information on the computer is adequate for serious training.
Helped me win my first few races.
15 March 2011
Terrible instructions to set up this product .
Seems to work well
15 March 2011
Great Training Tool
The assembly instructions were not the easiest to follow and it would help if they were clearer in relation to brake assembly and connection of the wires into the 'head unit' and the wire from the cadence sensor to the brake unit. All that said I have found the Flow a fantastic training tool. It is so easy to use and it allows me to carry out specific training that has resulted in significant personal performance improvement. There does appear to be erratic heart rate readings and perhaps this is down to my current chest strap and not the Flow.
Great value for money, great training tool and so glad I bought one. I wish I had bought a Tacx Flow a long time ago!
12 March 2011
Fantastic turbo trainer
This is an excellent turbo trainer. It is easy to set up, your bike fits perfectly on to the fly wheel and it is quiet.
I've set this up in our cellar gym and happily train for a couple of hours whilst watching a movie or sport. The lack of noise (in comparison to other trainers I have used) means that you don't go stir crazy in a small room and the adjustable resistance levels means that you can get a seriously good workout including hill climbs.
My only complaint is that there are no preset programmes on the screen. At this price I would have expected this facility, even if they weren't extensive.
Otherwise it's brilliant and definitely helped keep me going through the winter.
08 March 2011
I must admit I am new to training indoors, but after a great deal of investigation I selected the Tacx Flow, To date I have ridden about 500KM in 3 weeks and have already seen improvement. This seems to be well built and would highly recommend to others, They say it is hard to set up and I suppose if you can't follow instructions you could be introuble, myself from an engineering background had this unpacked and ready to use in under half an hour.
It is quiet, but can see waer on my rear tyre from this and will have to set up my spare back wheel with a trainer tyre and cassette and then I will be pushing this hard over the dark mornings/ nights of winter.
27 February 2011
Very good when you get there....
This was my first venture into the world of turbo trainers and having done the research and considered my price point I decided this was the one for me.
I had a spare Saturday with my 4-yr old - who loves making/fixing things. However the instructions that came with this did not inspire me to Bob the Builder level of workmanship. Very small diagrams and poorly translated Dutch > English meant that you had to simply 'feel your way' around the set-up. I was also supplied with a shocking 3-pin converter plug that the original 2-pin didn't fit into. I had to buy my own.
Obviously for some experienced riders / mechanics this would not have been a problem but for me it was. It took me the best part of 3 hours and various internet searches. It didnt help that the package came with various nuts and bolts - most of which you don't need to use.
Anyhow - moaning aside - the product is now in the garage and I am using it with a Polar T-31 transmitter for heart monitoring (non-coded). This was reccommended by Wiggle and works a treat - thanks guys.
I am finding it a great product to use and just fitting in 30 minute training sessions with hill-climbs at intervals should see my overall fitness levels improve.
24 February 2011
this product is very comfotable for using during the workout, because is very simple to change the level of power. And it also looks very modern.
22 February 2011
Great level of information, wattage and resistance adjustment is simple and quick leaving limited time for recovery, so no slacking off! Noise level seem reasonable, if I had to be really pedantic I would say it's hard to strap the monitor onto the handlebars, whilst the straps haven't broken yet its a squeeze to put it on. Great product overall delighted with the purchase.
18 February 2011
I bought this for winter training and for the safety of training indoors and not on South Africa's roads that are not bike friendly in JHB , as well as spending more time on the bike rather than waisting time getting to a venue and starting to ride when all the guys get there. This is a great quality item and the dispays are great - I am a runner and need the cadance to be pushed up - and that is one of the things I watch the closest - not the speed. The hills are toough if you need it and the downs are not too flat - so you can rest - but not get lazy. Great item , and great quality
18 February 2011
I'm trying to work out whether to buy a turbo trainer or an exercise bike. If I bought one of these how easy is it to put the bike on/off?
I've spotted there are special tyres for using this style of trainer. Presumably that because they tend to cause a lot of tyre wear? Would it be best to have buy a new rear wheel and tyre just for using on the TT?
Other than that going from TT to road Is it just a case of unclipping the computer and putting the front wheel on?
I have bought a Tacx Flow Turbo trainer but the computer is not picking up my HRM or cadence sensor which were provided with my Garmin 800. Are they not compatible or is there something I can do to get them recognised?
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No its not compatible with the Garmin HRM or the cadence sensor. The manual says that you need a non-coded HRM. The cadence sensor that comes with the flow plugs in the bottom, so I doubt its even got a receiver. I use my Garmin to display the HR and cadence, that way you can use the Garmin workouts to give you guidance on cadence etc, plus you get the record of it, which the flow wouldn't give you.
I have found from experience that some products that say they won't work with the coded T31 actually will. I guess it depends on the frequency the belt uses. You could give it a try before buying a non coded one.
The trainer will use most non-coded chest belts so it does depend on the model of T6C you use. If your T6C uses the coded comfort belt, memory belt or ANT+ belt you won't be able to use it. You can only use the Suunto non-coded belt.
Free shipping to Canada sounds good... but will the trainer actually work with 110V 60Hz supply? The Tacx website suggests I'd need the T1684... http://www.tacx.com/producten.php?language=EN&ttop=Flow&lvlMain=16&lvlSub=56&lvlSubSub=79