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TACX VORTEX SMART TURBO TRAINER

Tacx
£400.00

The Vortex is an interactive Smart trainer with an electro brake. This resistance unit is suitable for an average training level and can reach a maximum resistance of 950 Watt. Instead of using a handlebar computer you train by connecting the Vortex quickly and easily to the Tacx apps or third party software. Of the many possible training options, you can choose the software that best matches you and your way of training.

The Vortex communicates wirelessly via ANT+ and Bluetooth® Smart for convenient training sessions using your smartphone or tablet. Performance data can be viewed on several devices simultaneously, including your smartphone, bike computer and sports watch.

When the Vortex Smart isn’t connected to a smartphone, tablet or computer, it behaves as a fluid trainer. This means the trainer behaves progressively: when your speed increases, the resistance increases as well. So it is possible to use this trainer in a “stand-alone” status.

  • Software Tacx apps & Third party apps. PC software via upgrade.
  • Operation Automatic
  • Resistance unit Electro
  • Realistic slope 7% - With a total weight of 75 kg
  • Descent simulation -
  • Max brake power (10 sec.) 950 Watt
  • Sprint power (1 min.) 750 Watt
  • Mass inertia 11.81 kg - Flywheel effect: the higher the value, the more realistic the cycling experience
  • Suitable for all bikes, if necessary with axle skewers or nuts
  • Wheeldiameter 26"- 29" and 700c; 29" with trainer tyre

Connect to Windows PC

Do you own a Vortex Smart and are you looking to get more out of your trainings than the Tacx apps can provide? You can achieve this by connecting your trainer to your computer. That way, you can train using the Tacx Trainer Software 4, Advanced.

Instead of your tablet or smartphone, your computer is used to regulate your resistance and read out your performance data. For example, the computer software offers longer video’s in HD or Blu-Ray quality. While riding, the resistance on your rear wheel automatically changes when the slope increases or decreases.

To connect the Vortex Smart to your Windows computer, the Upgrade Smart is required. This package contains the Tacx Trainer software 4, Advanced, a control box to mount on your handlebar and the ANT+ Antenna.

Electro Brake

The electro brake is suitable for an average training level. The gradient of the road is converted into resistance on the bike by creating a magnetic field. It can reliably simulate the road up to 7%. This brake does not simulate any descents.

The Vortex Smart works with an electro brake. By placing magnets and electro magnets beside a rotating aluminium disc, eddy currents are created which generate an opposing magnetic field. In this way a non-contact, maintenance-free brake is realized that is also silent. Thanks to the electro brake a resistance can be set that you also experience on the road or in a climb.

Virtual speed

The electro brake does not have a downhill drive, such as the motor brake of the i-Genius, and it generates less power while riding uphill. When you are cycling in a virtual terrain or in a film you can get outside the range for which the brake is intended. To allow cyclists with a motor brake and cyclists with an electro brake to ride races against each other in Multiplayer, Tacx has developed the virtual speed. This concept translatesthe energy supplied into a certain speed, which can guarantee a fair contest. If this speed differs from the speed at which the rear wheel is running, the virtual speed will be shown on the screen in red.

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The Vortex is an interactive Smart trainer with an electro brake. This resistance unit is suitable for an average training level and can reach a maximum resistance of 950 Watt. Instead of using a handlebar computer you train by connecting the Vortex quickly and easily to the Tacx apps or third party software. Of the many possible training options, you can choose the software that best matches you and your way of training.

The Vortex communicates wirelessly via ANT+ and Bluetooth® Smart for convenient training sessions using your smartphone or tablet. Performance data can be viewed on several devices simultaneously, including your smartphone, bike computer and sports watch.

When the Vortex Smart isn’t connected to a smartphone, tablet or computer, it behaves as a fluid trainer. This means the trainer behaves progressively: when your speed increases, the resistance increases as well. So it is possible to use this trainer in a “stand-alone” status.

  • Software Tacx apps & Third party apps. PC software via upgrade.
  • Operation Automatic
  • Resistance unit Electro
  • Realistic slope 7% - With a total weight of 75 kg
  • Descent simulation -
  • Max brake power (10 sec.) 950 Watt
  • Sprint power (1 min.) 750 Watt
  • Mass inertia 11.81 kg - Flywheel effect: the higher the value, the more realistic the cycling experience
  • Suitable for all bikes, if necessary with axle skewers or nuts
  • Wheeldiameter 26"- 29" and 700c; 29" with trainer tyre

Connect to Windows PC

Do you own a Vortex Smart and are you looking to get more out of your trainings than the Tacx apps can provide? You can achieve this by connecting your trainer to your computer. That way, you can train using the Tacx Trainer Software 4, Advanced.

Instead of your tablet or smartphone, your computer is used to regulate your resistance and read out your performance data. For example, the computer software offers longer video’s in HD or Blu-Ray quality. While riding, the resistance on your rear wheel automatically changes when the slope increases or decreases.

To connect the Vortex Smart to your Windows computer, the Upgrade Smart is required. This package contains the Tacx Trainer software 4, Advanced, a control box to mount on your handlebar and the ANT+ Antenna.

Electro Brake

The electro brake is suitable for an average training level. The gradient of the road is converted into resistance on the bike by creating a magnetic field. It can reliably simulate the road up to 7%. This brake does not simulate any descents.

The Vortex Smart works with an electro brake. By placing magnets and electro magnets beside a rotating aluminium disc, eddy currents are created which generate an opposing magnetic field. In this way a non-contact, maintenance-free brake is realized that is also silent. Thanks to the electro brake a resistance can be set that you also experience on the road or in a climb.

Virtual speed

The electro brake does not have a downhill drive, such as the motor brake of the i-Genius, and it generates less power while riding uphill. When you are cycling in a virtual terrain or in a film you can get outside the range for which the brake is intended. To allow cyclists with a motor brake and cyclists with an electro brake to ride races against each other in Multiplayer, Tacx has developed the virtual speed. This concept translatesthe energy supplied into a certain speed, which can guarantee a fair contest. If this speed differs from the speed at which the rear wheel is running, the virtual speed will be shown on the screen in red.

Product Code Option Availability Price Buy
T2180 - / - In Stock (2 - 5 Days) £400.00 Add to basket

Delivery for all UK mainland orders is free for all orders over £35* and free for all bikes over £749.

Overseas delivery is currently unavailable.

All in stock items ordered before 1pm will be dispatched the same day via Royal Mail 1st Class Delivery. For Express delivery or larger items, we use Parcel Force.

 

Clothing/Accessories/Parts  
First Class Royal Mail (Under £35) £3.00
First Class Royal Mail (Over £35*) Free
Express Delivery £5.00
   
   
Bikes (excluding Trek & Whyte)  
Express Delivery (Under £749) £29.00
Express Delivery (Over £749) Free
   
Wheels  
Express Delivery (Under £99) £5.00
Express Delivery (Over £99) Free
   

Bike Delivery

All bikes are delivered via Parcel Force 48 (2 day Service) and can only be delivered on a week day (Monday - Friday) between 8:30am - 5:30pm. Unfortunately we are unable to advise a specific time window (e.g Morning or Afternoon delivery) however tracking information will be provided. 

Our bikes are prepared 'Ready to Ride' with the exception of fitting the pedals and straightening the handlebars. We dispatch our bikes in full size bike boxes so everything including the gears are setup prior for minimum effort.  

Once you have made your purchase, we will contact you to arrange a convienent delivery date. Please note - Bikes purchased using finance must be delivered to the address on the finance application.

For orders to the Isle of Wight, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland & Scottish Highlands please contact us to confirm we can arrange delivery.

Trek & Whyte bikes are only available to purchase in-store. This is at the request of the Manufacturer to ensure the customer receives a personal level of service and that their new bike is built and fitted correctly for maximum enjoyment.

For orders placed before 3pm and shipped via First Class Royal Mail, we advise a delivery time between 2 - 5 working days.

Orders with a value above £75 will be shipped with Parcelforce 48 hour, unless express delivery has been paid for.

For more information on Royal Mail First Class delivery, please see their website.

Where available tracking information will be attached to your order information. 

 

For orders placed before 1pm and shipped via Express Delivery (Parcel Force 24), we advise a delivery time between 1 - 2 working days*.

All orders sent via Express Delivery require a signature upon delivery. 

Tracking information will be automatically emailed upon dispatch.

*Working day is Monday - Friday and does not include weekends

 

We hope to offer this service for online orders soon

 

We will happily refund or exchange any item purchased from The Bike Shed's website within 14 days of purchase. All we ask is that the item(s) are returned unused in original packaging with the invoice included.

Unless the item(s) were damaged during transit we are unable to refund any delivery charges or pay for any delivery costs when posting the item(s) back to us. However items(s) can be returned to any Bike Shed store free of charge.

When your refund is processed, the funds will be returned to the original payment method. If you have paid by credit or debit card, we will credit the card we have on file for you. This may take up to 10 working days to appear as cleared funds.

 

Bike finance, a quick and easy way to fund your new road, hybrid, mountain or electric bike with Bike Shed. 

bike finance

Finance is available on a large range of bikes and accessories in all our stores and via mail order (via email or telephone) with a minimum value of £350. A minimum of a 10% deposit is required for all purchases on finance.

0% Finance is available on all full priced bikes, as well as a hand picked selection of discounted models. If you are interested in a discounted bike, but are unsure whether or not it can be purchased with 0% finance, just ask.

For the remainder of the discounted models, we can still provide finance, but there will be an interest charged. For further details on our bike finance charges, see below.

Finance options are available in 6, 10, 12, 18, 24, 36 or 48 month payment periods.

  • 0% interest finance is available on terms up to 12 months.
  • 4.9% interest finance is available on terms of 18 or 24 months.
  • 9.9% interest finance is available on terms of 36 months.
  • 15.9% interest finance is available on terms of 48 months.

You can include as many parts, accessories, clothing etc as you wish as part of the purchase. The finance application will simply be calculated on the total purchase price for all items. 

Once the finance agreement has been accepted by V12 Retail Finance, we cannot modify the value of the loan without re-applying for finance.

 

Typical Finance Examples on a purchase of £1899

Deposit £189.90 (Min 10%) - Loan Amount £1709.10 -12 Repayments of £142.43 @ 0% - Total Paid £1899.00

Deposit £189.90 (Min 10%) - Loan Amount £1709.10 - 24 Repayments of £98.60 @ 4.9% - Total Paid £1964.66

 

0% Finance is not available on Sale, Cycle Scheme or discounted models unless stated, however an alternative rate maybe applicable. These range from 4.9% - 19.5% 
 

If you have any questions contact us on 01363 460360

To apply for finance you must be:

  • at least 18 years of age
  • a permanent UK resident
  • in regular employment (minimum of 16 hours per week) including self employment, or in permanent residence with your spouse/partner who is in regular employment
  • in receipt of pension if you are retired
  • if registered disabled confirmation of sufficient income will be required

Loans subject to status. Available to UK residents 18 years and over. Full terms and conditions are available in store or by writing/emailing to The Bike Shed, Union Road, Crediton, Devon, EX17 3AW. Written details on request.

 

 

Cyclescheme is the UK's number one provider of tax-free bikes for the Government's Cycle to Work initiative. It's a brilliant programme where everyone wins - employees make big savings on new bikes, employers get a healthier workforce and save money too! Cyclescheme has a great track record in helping businesses of all sizes to set up and run successful Cycle to Work schemes.

How it Works

The cycle to work scheme is a government initiative which allows employees to hire bicycles tax free from their employers using salary sacrifice. As the payments into the scheme are made before tax and national insurance are calculated this leads to potential savings of up to 42%

Typical example for an employee earning £18,000 pa

Please Note: Savings will differ for each individual

Total Cost of Bike and accessories £600
Net Cost of Bike and accessories inc admin £600
Income Tax saving over hire period £120
National Insurance saving over hire period £72
   
Final Cost of Bike & Accessories £408
Total Saving £192
Gross Salary Sacrifice (12 month period) £50
Net Salary Sacrifice (12 month period) £34
   
Percentage Saving over RRP 32%

How to Apply

If your employer is a member of a cycle to work scheme all you need to do is visit one of our stores, or call us to ask us for a quotation for the bicycle and accessories you wish to choose and pass the quote to your employer. Once they check that you are eligible and are happy you have met their own criteria, you will be sent a certificate which you will be able to exchange for the bike/accessories

Please note: Unless your employer has a consumer credit licence the maximum spend limit for a bicycle & accessories is £1000.

Further Information

For more detailed information regarding the scheme please visit www.cyclescheme.co.uk

 

Please Note: Cyclescheme is not available on bikes that are on Sale or on Promotion unless specifically stated.

 

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