- Traditional turbo trainers take up a lot less space than a
- The Boost can provide a lot of resistance, making you earn those training miles.
- It also runs quietly to not annoy someone in the next room.
The digitisation and popularity of indoor cycling have surged since lockdown.
With the first Esports cycling World Championships successfully concluded (including a win for South Africa in the women’s race), indoor trainers are evolving.
For those who cannot afford one of the latest smart bikes or sophisticated indoor trainers, which represent a significant investment, Tacx has a new offering.
The Dutch company produces an array of indoor training solutions for cyclists, from pro-level smart bikes to very basic trainers.
Its new model is the Boost, which is a lot more affordable than a dedicated smart bike or trainer and takes up a great deal less space in the living room.
The Boost uses a magnetic flywheel resistance unit, to simulate effort. Tacx says its engineers have meticulously geared ten resistance levels to generate a natural riding feel.
If you wish to suffer something terrible during your indoor training session, the Boost can oblige with up to 1050W of resistance. A convenient handlebar mounted lever triggers the levels of resistance.
Compact and quiet
Virtual riding apps such as Zwift, have made training indoors a lot more realistic, but some of the traditional challenges remain; available space and noise.
The Tacx Boost is very compact, measuring only 675- by 650mm, and weighs a mere 8.53kg. This makes it easy to stow away when not in use, instead of taking up valuable floor space in your living room or tiny inner-city apartment.
Although you can ride with abandon on this new Tacx basic trainer, it will not signal your suffering to the entire neighbourhood with a deep mechanical sound signature. Thanks to an encased resistance unit, the Tacx Boost spins a lot quieter than rival basic trainers, allowing you to go deep inside the training pain cave, without annoying family members.
For those riders with a power meter on their road or mountain bike, the Tacx Boost can be a powerful training tool, used in conjunction with something such as Zwift.
It is ideal for those blustery or sweltering summer days when scheduled are pressured – and you need to log a training session in the convenience of your home.