• Tacx Vortex Smart T2180 Trainer

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Tacx Vortex Smart T2180 Trainer

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 is 950 Watt.

Instead of using a handlebar computer you train by connecting the Vortex quickly and easily to the Tacx Cycling apps. If you want to train with a PC or laptop you can purchase the Upgrade Smart. 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® wireless technology. You can attach your tablet or smartphone to your handlebar with a special bracket (optional).


  • Software: PC/laptop Tacx Cycling app
  • Operation: -
  • Resistance unit: Electro
  • Realistic slope: 7% 
  • Descent simulation: -
  • Max brake power (10 sec):  950 Watt
  • Sprint power (1 min): 750 Watt
  • Mass inertia: 11.81kg *

* Flywheel effect: the higher the value, the more realistic the cycling experience


  • 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.
  • Stand-alone training: 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.
  • Resistance Unit: The trainer’s resistance unit provides a particular cycling experience by increasing or reducing the resistance on the rear wheel. From a 7% incline, a motor brake can simulate the cycling experience more accurately than an electro brake. The motor brake can increase the resistance above this percentage; the electro brake is limited in this respect. When climbing this incline with an electro brake, the software ensures that it takes longer to cover the same distance to enable each cyclist to burn the same amount of energy (kcals). So, the software determines the virtual speed with respect to the actual cycling speed.
  • Electro Brake: 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 translates the 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.
  • Tacx Cycling App: Download the Tacx Cycling app free of charge from the App Store or Play Store. There are applications for iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android smartphones. You can order and download Tacx films using a Tacx Cycling app for tablets. The films of the Tacx Cycling app cannot be combined with films of the Tacx Trainer software.

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FeaturesVortex Smart (T2180)
Tacx Cycling AppYes
PC Compatible from the boxPC Software Purchase Required
Tacx Trainer software 4 Upgradeable Purchase
Remote controlVia App
Resistance unitElectro
Max Incline7%
Max Descent-
Max. braking power (10 sec.)950 Watt
Sprint braking power (1 min.)750 Watt
Mains power220V
Manufacturer CodeT1280

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  • Delivery toUnited States of America
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  • Colour: Black - Blue

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