Last stock of the season is being blown out!
If you're honest with yourself, you'll admit that this winter, you will
train indoors, and you will
do it for more than thirty minutes at a time. Everyone has their goals for next season, and so do you. The much-anticipated Tacx Genius Multiplayer sets the new benchmark for an indoor training experience- it provides all the data you need, plus it's entertainment-factor is through the roof. Once you have the Genius set up, you won't believe that indoor training can be something to look forward to!
Out of the box, setting up the Genius is very straightforward. First of all, the only wire in this whole package is for plugging the power into an electrical outlet- the motor brake, cadence sensor, steering unit, and computer interface are all wireless. Nor do you need to have a dedicated, super-strong computer to run the new Tacx Trainer Software 4.0 (included). The only real requirement to ensure your computer (laptop or desktop) has is a stand-alone graphics card. Doing so will ensure smooth, unchoppy graphics.
Once setup & calibration is complete, it's time to get rolling. Here's where the unit really shines. You can select between several training modes: Catalyst, GPS Rides, Virtual Reality, Tacx Films, and Multiplayer. Catalyst is the most basic function, where you can dictate exactly what kind of intervals you want (ladder drills, pyramid drills, prologue efforts, correlate heart rate to time, wattage to heart rate, et cetera). Catalyst is already what most other trainers max out at, the difference being Genius gives a very nice graphic representation of your customized workout. GPS Rides is where you can take any of your ride profiles from Strava (or your Garmin), and repeat it, while navigating through Google Earth. The pleasure of having the motor-brake, and gradient profiles, is the Genius can repeat the exact course profile for you. Do a ride outside once, repeat it endlessly all winter long! Virtual Reality mode is basically a pre-programmed video game, where the steering unit comes to life. This mode is fun, but admittedly not the most exciting feature here. Tacx Films are extra CD's (bought separately) with real-world race courses which you can ride, with realistic gradient changes, and beautiful graphic representations of the route. You know those Google Streetview cars? Tacx has those driving around the morning of big races, and captures all the sponsorship banners on the side of the road, even the cycle tourists already en route picking out their spot for the day. Multiplayer, the last ride mode, is where you hook up with your friends online, anywhere in the world, and race against them on the same course (chosen by you). It's quite easy to race your whole team up Alpe d'Huez, for example, and see who's dropping who.
The Genius Multiplayer is really the best indoor cycling experience. We're often asked to compare it to its closest competitors, and that's easy: The Tacx Fortius cadence sensor (its Achilles Heel) needs constant recalibration, and refuses to work unless you always have it just perfect; the Tacx Bushido was wireless, true, but it never actually worked properly; and last up, the Computrainer, does give you a Spin Scan (snake oil), but it's graphics are akin to Pong
The Genius Multiplayer includes the BlackTrack steering unit, and a 1 year Multiplayer license.