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  • (introductory music)

  • - Hey, what's up guys?

  • This is Tariq from smartbiketrainers.com.

  • And, this is the Neo 2...T.

  • So, yeah, Tacx released a miner update

  • to the Neo this year

  • to address one issue.

  • And, that's basically the torque.

  • And, that's what the T in the name,

  • in the Neo 2T stands for.

  • In this video,

  • I'm going to go over what is new with the Neo 2T.

  • I'll go over the specs and talk about power accuracy,

  • and later in this video,

  • I will let you listen to the Neo 2T.

  • Is it really quieter than the Neo 2 as Tacx claims?

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  • So, if you're familiar with a Neo

  • and been on a Neo 1 or 2

  • you might have experienced a little slippage

  • in that virtual apply wheel at low speeds,

  • most likely when climbing very steep climbs

  • where it feels like that wheel is skipping.

  • Personally, I have experienced it

  • on steep climbs like around nine to ten percent.

  • Tacx replaced the magnets with a lot more powerful magnets

  • to add more torque and eliminate this issue.

  • And, we'll get into that in a minute.

  • But, as far as everything else,

  • it's still the same Neo that you know,

  • and Tacx also claims they made other internal changes

  • to improve stillness and noise coming

  • from the air displacement and vibration and made it quieter.

  • Things that I really did not notice before, or bothered me,

  • but when I first got on it,

  • it did feel a little bit smoother.

  • They also made changes to the rear axil of the Neo 2T,

  • and it is now directly compatible with all bikes

  • including the 142 x 12, 148 x 12 millimeter two axils,

  • and you only need an adapter for the 135 x 10 and 135 x 12.

  • And, it's compatible with the Shimano and SRAM

  • eight to twelve speed cassettes,

  • a separate body for Compagnolo and SRAM XD and XDR

  • can be purchased separately.

  • It does not come with a cassette,

  • so you need to get your own and install it yourself.

  • And, you need to have the proper tools to install,

  • like a set.

  • So, a chain whip or a cassette plier and lockring tool.

  • But, it does come with a front wheel riser out of the box.

  • And, oh yeah,

  • to be able to tell the difference between Neo 2 and the 2T,

  • they did add stripes to the right leg.

  • But, as far as everything else, it's still the same Neo.

  • It still supports up to 2,200 watts

  • within one percent accuracy

  • and up to 25% maximum incline.

  • It broadcasts speed, cadence, and power

  • 20+ FE-C and Bluetooth,

  • so it can be used with almost every app out there.

  • The new Neo is a self-powered trainer,

  • so no need to plug it into power to use.

  • Everything will work just fine when not plugged in.

  • So, you can use it in workout mode, in ERG mode.

  • It will broadcast power, cadence, and speed,

  • even road feel simulation will work.

  • The only thing that does not work when not plugged in

  • is the descend simulation.

  • And, that's another feature of the Neo.

  • It does simulate descend, so when plugged into power,

  • you'll get more freewheeling,

  • and the motor will power that fly wheel to simulate descent.

  • Another cool feature of the Neo

  • is that road feel simulation.

  • It can simulate different road sensations

  • like brick road, gravel, and wooden boards,

  • which is pretty cool.

  • I personally love this feature.

  • It works when enabled in Zwift in SIM mode,

  • and the trainer will vibrate

  • to simulate the different road sensation you're riding on.

  • So, if you ride on brick road,

  • it will vibrate to simulate that brick road sensation.

  • (bike vibrates simulating brick road)

  • And, you feel it right in your pedals.

  • If you don't like this feature,

  • you can always disable it in Zwift

  • or any other app that supports this feature.

  • The Neo does not require calibration.

  • It is calibrated at the factory,

  • and does not need you to do a spindown calibration

  • like other trainers.

  • So, the Neo 2T retails for $1,400; and supposedly,

  • the most accurate and most advanced trainer out there.

  • But, before we get into the power accuracy,

  • let's talk about cadence real quick.

  • This one is pretty quick and easy.

  • The Neo has a capacitive cadence sensor built into it

  • to measure cadence.

  • So, unlike other trainers that try to calculate it

  • and estimate cadence for you,

  • the Neo does have a cadence sensor built in,

  • and it works perfectly as you see in this chart.

  • No dropouts or spikes anywhere, just super clean data.

  • Onto the power:

  • The Neo has a reputation

  • for having the best power measurement out there.

  • And, during my test,

  • and my experience with the Neo 1 and Neo 2,

  • it worked just perfectly.

  • So, I generally test

  • using my crank base and pedal base power meters,

  • but my Assioma been having--

  • or been acting up a little bit the past couple weeks,

  • so until I sort through these issues,

  • I'll only be looking at the crank base power meter

  • from two different bikes, my road bike and my tri bike.

  • They both have crank base from Power2Max.

  • And, here's a three by ten-minute workout

  • that I usually do with test trainers

  • for accuracy at different flywheel speed and gearing.

  • And, as you see,

  • the Neo is spot on with my heart to max power meter

  • throughout the whole ride.

  • And, as you see here,

  • regardless of gear, regardless of flywheel speed,

  • the Neo 2T measured power perfectly,

  • and the flywheel speed or gear selection

  • had absolutely no effect, whatsoever, on power measurement.

  • The first interval was done in a small gear,

  • which is what's usually recommended.

  • The second interval was done in a bigger gear,

  • and the bigger--and then,

  • a bigger gear in that last interval.

  • And, that makes me really happy.

  • And, here's another four by twenty minute workout

  • with a little VO2 max efforts

  • after every twenty minutes.

  • Throughout that full two hours, no drifting in power,

  • both power meters tracked beautifully,

  • couple of sprints towards the end;

  • and as you see, it was quick to respond

  • during those sprints, and no issues whatsoever.

  • The Neo 2T is pretty quick to respond in ERG mode,

  • and some people might not like that,

  • and you'll see these little spikes

  • at the beginning of each interval.

  • Personally, it did not bother me at all,

  • and thought it was perfectly fine.

  • If you like to do short-type intervals in ERG mode,

  • then this is your trainer.

  • During those twenty second intervals,

  • I was up at my target within one to two seconds.

  • Okay, as for the wheel slipping issue, did they fix it?

  • Well, I went onto it looking for that steepest climb,

  • so I went up to the tower.

  • That climb is very steep,

  • and that's where I usually experienced that wheel slippage

  • with previous Neo's.

  • If you've never been there, go up there.

  • Give it a try.

  • It gets up to 17% gradient, and it is brutal.

  • The difficulty settings ends with--was set at 100%,

  • and I did not experience flywheel slippage whatsoever.

  • So, yes!

  • That T is working,

  • or that extra torque they added is working fine,

  • at least for me.

  • And, you can also see lift/ride power data

  • on your Garmin Edge devices right now.

  • You just need to pair it as a power meter,

  • so you can pair it as a trainer in Garmin

  • and then add it as a power meter,

  • and you'll see that data in the cycling they navigate.

  • Tacx is planning on

  • adding additional cycling dynamics info late.

  • Hopefully, we'll see it soon, though.

  • The Neo is super quiet, but here, just listen to it.

  • (bike quietly hums)

  • (speed increases)

  • (bike quietly hums)

  • (bike stops)

  • So, per my measurement,

  • it came a little bit louder than the Neo 2.

  • I do think the humming is a little bit louder in the Neo 2T.

  • But, it still--it's a super quiet trainer.

  • It's not going to wake anyone up,

  • and it's not going to bother the neighbors.

  • Or, if you live on an apartment, I think it's very smooth,

  • and there's no vibration.

  • If you're worried about vibration,

  • if you have that road simulation on,

  • then it might vibrate a little bit.

  • But, during regular riding, most likely,

  • your drivetrain will be much more,

  • or much louder than the trainer itself.

  • Okay, if you are looking for the best trainer in the market

  • that is quiet, accurate, good for racing,

  • training, ERG mode, climbing;

  • basically all type of indoor riding,

  • the Neo 2T is a really solid trainer.

  • Is worth the upgrade?

  • Or is worth to upgrade from a Neo 1?

  • Well, if you really care about cadence

  • and want to see lift/ride power data, then sure.

  • Why not?

  • If you have a Neo 2,

  • I don't see really any reason to upgrade

  • unless you do a lot of climbing

  • and that wheel slippage issue

  • is something that is bothering you.

  • Other than that,

  • I think the Neo 2T is the best trainer out there.

  • Okay, if you are interested in the Neo 2T,

  • make sure to checkout the price right here

  • and the deal they have on smartbiketrainers.com.

  • Prices are updated throughout the year.

  • And, plenty of good deals out there right now

  • during the holidays,

  • so make sure to check those out.

  • That's all I have.

  • Thanks for watching.

  • And, see you in the next video.

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