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Tacx Fortius Multiplayer Trainer

2.11/5 (18 Reviews)
MSRP : $1125.00


Product Description

Fortius T-1940 Multiplayer is the most advanced, realistic Virtual Reality (VR) trainer available, using a maneuverable steering frame and powerful engine brake to simulate climbs and descents and generate a life-like cycling experience in your home.


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by DGARDNER

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2014

Strengths:    Looks good in the pictures

Weaknesses:    Impossible to install the software and get it working

Bottom Line:   
TACX BLAAAAAAAHHHHH

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Douglas J Doeren

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2013

Strengths:    Frame seams fine concept is good

Weaknesses:    Vary poor software vary poor sevice you spend far more time working on it verse riding it

Bottom Line:   
they have a great concept but they can not get a handle on software come with new ideals but they do not work. pay for google software but you can not load it. buy there vidios but hard to get them loaded Online service is poor take forever to respond and the fix is not the answer, ! have tts3 & tts4 and not been ablle ride for over a month tts3 crashes support has no fixes tts 4 waiting to validate lic
why I do not know & and they don't. It is time consuming. (should be bought out by someone to better organise) sad

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dad

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2013

Strengths:    Quite feature rich (if and when it works)
Seems reasonably accurate in terms of power


Weaknesses:    TOTALLY sucky customer support. Probably not helped by the fact that they all seem to be Dutch and their English is sometimes not great
Software crashes frequently
Handlebar interface unit (T1932) is extremely poor at picking up heart rate
Tacx are tight fisted and just plain mean when it comes to helping fix issues


Bottom Line:   
Where to start! Before I get into any kind of detail, I should offer to save you time; you do not have to read my review. Long story short: DO NOT BUY THIS TRAINER OR ANY TRAINER THAT RUNS ON TACX TRAINER SOFTWARE.

It's an expensive system and, to be fair, if it worked I might go so far as to say it's worth it. But it rarely works. It takes a loooong time to set things up and once done you need to go through multiple patch downloads (which take a loooong time to download and install) to bring your system up to date. Some of the downloads don't work and you have to contact the dreaded Tac 'support' staff to get them to send them to you as zipped files. You have to apply these patches because Tacx release extremely buggy software then multiple patches to progressively attempt to fix the bugs (except they don't really fix the bugs...).

I could go on for days about how flaky and buggy the software is, but won't. Because firstly it's really boring, but also because I find it quite depressing to reflect upon the amount of time I have wasted trying to get it to work and not training or spending time with my family.

The handlebar mounted interface unit (T1932) is extremely poor at picking up heart rate. Tacx 'support' will string you along with all kinds of yarns about radio interference or blame your heart rate strap, but having spent a long time troubleshooting this issue in various conditions, replacing batteries, trying new straps and even having replaced the T1932 interface, I can confidently conclude it is simply a badly designed piece of kit. I have had to accommodate its poor function by mounting a time trial bar on my handlebars backwards and attaching the unit to the end of it, so as to bring it closer to my chest. Utterly ridiculous to spend thousands of bucks and days of wasted effort on a supposedly high end system such as this only to have to resort to jury rigging and duct tape to get something as basic as hert rate working. Tacx 'support' have known about this for years and seem content to do nothing about it whatsoever.

As I said, there is much more to it than this, but I won't bore you with the details. Just don't buy one. Although you could buy mine if you like. $50. Or free. I don't care.

I have my suspicions that this is some form of international plot by the Dutch to hinder the progression of cyclists outside of the Netherlands to improve the chances of their cyclists doing well. It has certainly put a huge dent in my training schedule!

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by T. Fenton a Racer

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2012

Strengths:    With the Real Life Video you can ride some impressive virtual rides and keep the boredom down.

Weaknesses:    Along with the original one I purchased, I have been sent 2 replacements and none of them worked. I had calibration problems and the resistance unit would constantly lock up. I tried 3 different computers (one with XP and 2 with Win 7, 32 and 64 bit) and none of them worked, including a core i7 950 with a high end nVidia graphics card and 8 GB of ram. I coudn't get my money back either as they strung me along with replacement bits that the warranty expired. I did finally solve the problem though. I bought a computrainer. Never had a problem since and ErgVideos (3rd party software) are fantastic.

Bottom Line:   
While the vast collection of virtual terrain, including sections of le Tour, the Spring Classics, etc, is really enticing, Tacx trainers are extremely problem prone. I have never had more than about 25 minutes of trouble free riding with mine. The computrainer I bought to replace it is so much better. Not as cool looking and the software doesn't look as modern but it always works. I eventually took my Tacx unit to the local metal recycler and cheered as it got crushed. I could have sold it to some hapless shmuck but I would never feel good about ripping someone off like that. I don't know how Tacx can keep doing it.

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Similar Products Used:   Computrainer, Cycleops Electronic (another huge failure)


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Magnus Andersen

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2012

Strengths:    Concept.
Somebody else payed for it.


Weaknesses:    Unstable software
Build quality


Bottom Line:   
Have two of them in the gym at work. The concept is good, but the build quality is just terrible.
Hardware is flimsy. Poor connectors comes loose, plastic pedal on brake is badly designed, and doomed to fail after a short time.
Software is terrible unstable and crashes all the time. If you try to update, the updater crashes.
If you get it to work, the real life video is quite fun, however on many tracks, the synchronization between video and brake response is bad. The measured speed seems quite right, but it doesn't always correlate to well with the video speed.
The VR trainer is also a fun idea, but it looks like something from the late '90. Simple vector graphics, decorated with sprites. However, even though , the software draws a lot of memory and CPU, so you need a fairly new PC to run it.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bj

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2012

Strengths:    Hey...It's fun! Makes workouts a blast. I race against my buddy who I train with all summer and it is spot on.

Weaknesses:    a bit expensive and there is a learning curve to all the stuff it can do. But when i look out my window and it is raining or snowing and i can ride in sunny italy or france. I will take it!

Bottom Line:   
It's a blast.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by ryan34 a All Mountain Rider from pleasant grove, utah, usa

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2012

Strengths:    Awesome product, takes the boredom out of using a trainer

Weaknesses:    Price

Bottom Line:   
Love the product...

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Favorite Trail:   anything with a climb

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   timp cycle

Similar Products Used:   Kinetic fluid trainer

Bike Setup:   Raleigh cx

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by gordo a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2011

Strengths:    Keeps me motivated, wide variety of rides to choose from. The real life video's are fantastic.

Weaknesses:    If you don't have the power to maintain a speed of greater than 15 Km/hr on a climb grades over 10% get a little choppy.

Bottom Line:   
I was leery after reading many bad reviews about software/hardware problems with the Tacx fortius. They seem to have many of the problems worked out with the latest version software (3.6). I do have a descent computer that I'm running it on (windows 7 is recommended) The desire to keep training over the winter out weighted the possible problems. It keeps me on the bike for hours at a time without the boredom associated with standard trainers.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Modernbike

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   Specialized s-works roubaix Campy chorus

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Roadrider1001 a Racer from Illinois

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2011

Strengths:    Durable frame, really stable, videos are a good distraction when they work, virtual reality is fun when it works.

Weaknesses:    It absolutely will NOT work reliably!!! You truly have to be more of a computer tech then a cyclist to make this work (or you will be by the time you get it working). Customer service is non existent. The bug fixes don't help and suspiciously there is a new update every 6 weeks or so...

Bottom Line:   
I'm so feed up with this thing after 2 years of monkeying around with that I really don't even want to take the time to write this review. But, I am morally obligated to make certain that no other cyclist fall into this terribly disappointing and expensive trap. I've done every upgrade and paid for the 3.0 bug fix. But still no reliable trainer. Don't get me wrong. It does work for a little while and it is fun when it does. I've even done a few 4 hour rides on it. The bottom line though is that every negative comment in the other reviews is pretty much right on. I have experienced them all. What Tacx is trying to do would be a great step forward for home training but realistically it is probably 5 years away. So, to recap, read all of the other reviews, read the forums, and under no circumstances should you buy this product. And yes, I know it's painted a really cool and tempting shade of Euro blue.

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Favorite Trail:   country road

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   modern bike

Similar Products Used:   computrainer

Bike Setup:   Wilier Starship full Dura Ace

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Just tried my new Tacx Fortius VR Trainer. What a disappointment. I'd assumed since it used the same method of resistance it would be as smooth as the CompuTrainer. It isn't. It feels cheap and rough.
My recommendation: try the Computrainer before you purchase the Tacx.
Live and learn.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Campione Cycles


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by bjorf a Racer from Montana, USA

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2011

Strengths:    Immersive, interesting, the real life videos are fun and excellent quality. The interface is reasonably good. You get to coast down hills, which is fun but pointless from a training point of view.

Weaknesses:    Reliability. These things are notorious for being probmematic. Tacx product support, at least in the US, is non-existant. The distributors and dealers don't really know anything about them, technically speaking. They are known to have problems with locking up beyond 450 to 500 watts, can be fussy to set up, resistance motors are prone to failure, cadence sensors are prone to failure, software updates almost always add as many problems and they fix. I ended up getting rid of mine after 3 months of exchanging parts and not doing a lot of training.

Bottom Line:   
If you are serious about training spend a bit more and get a computrainer. It will last for years, it's a better training tool, if you have a problem and ask a question on the forum, you will likely get an answer from someone at Racermate (Computrainer) and they don't lock up if you push hard.

If you are not a serious cyclist and don't put out a lot of wattage then it is pretty cool, provided you get one that works.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Cycleops, Computrainer


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by s-worksalot a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2011

Strengths:    If you can get it working properly, it does releive the bordom fo trainers. Very big IF you can get it workiing!!

Weaknesses:    Unless you are a computer expert, it is virtually impossible to have this product work as advertised. At best I would describe it as a early stage beta version. It is full of bugs and the support is non-existent.

Bottom Line:   
Do not waste your money, unless you would rather spend more time working out the bugs, than riding your trainer.
I have been on their forum a lot and no one can just load it as is out of the box and ride...you will need to spend hours and hours reloading and updating and trying to trick your computer into letting this junk work.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   I-magic (green) Fortius

Bike Setup:   

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by hugebee a Racer from Finleyville, PA., USA

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2010

Strengths:    Frame and hardware stand up to a beating.

Weaknesses:    The program to run it stinks. You'ld be well served to go read the forums but be prepared for a shock. It will take weeks to get through all the complaints that have been written there. The TTS 1,2,&3 all seem to share most of the same issues. Each time Tacx decides to rewrite the software they have the gull to charge more money for it. There seems to be alot of suckers buying too. I only purchased version 2 and decided not to buy anything else from this company again after trying to get help from their technical support. There are some people on the forums really pushing this thing, I don't understand what their motivation is, but bottom line this trainer does not work as stated and extreme caution should be used before you decide to buy.

Bottom Line:   
Be prepared for a huge dissapointment if you buy this trainer. It's a nice concept but that is as far as it goes. You will most likely end up spending all your time for training trying to actually get it working and therefore have no time left to actually train.Also, hardly anyone is actually using the multiplayer feature. I would guess it's because they can't get it to work. So there again you are paying for something you won't be able to get working.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by ognacy a Racer from Warsaw, Poland

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2010

Strengths:    The hardware seems robust. At least it works as it should. Brake unit can provide a good deal of resistance, and it can be controlled pretty easily.

Weaknesses:    The software is a joke. It is not just crappy, as the software that comes bundled with your laptop. It redefines instability. Worse yet, you are made to pay for the upgrades that supposedly fix the BUGS of the previous releases. This is daylight robbery, as the new software does not work much better. Read TacX forums and stay clear for another few years.

The braking unit is pretty loud at high speeds - compared to other trainers.


Bottom Line:   
The ergotrainer is about VR and PC integration. If you want just the trainer, you can get a perfectly good one for less than half the price. In fact, you can get a very decent one, which will last a decade, for as low as $200. Unfortunately, it is the VR and PC software that TacX simply cant do right, and it has been so for the last 2 years or so.

The software is as bad as it ever gets, or in fact worse - I do not recall a single production application that would suck that much, that consistently, an in that many a ways. It freezes, it acts randomly, it can refuse to save your ride parameters if you ride for too long (!), you name it, and chances are the thing can fail at it. Annoyingly, it still does not support Windows 7 64 bit editions, or at least not fully. Just do yourself a big favor and check Tacx's own support forums before you even consider buying a Fortius, Bushido or I-Magic. If this is the PC integration and data analysis that you are after, look elswhere.

Worse yet, the software 'upgrades' (hard to call it 'fixes', as with every fix they introduce something else is broken) are actually expensive. Yes, you don't get the 'fixes' for free. They run for something close to EUR 100, which is astonishing considering how buggy the original versions were. They sell you a defect product, and they charge you for a fix (which does not fix it, btw). If this is not a robbery, I dont know what is.

On a plus side, the hardware itself is reliable and works as it should. My previous TacX trainer worked well for 6 years, with no performance deterioration. It was a simple unit with magnetic resistance and I was stupid enough to buy into this VR training stuff. As some other reviewer wrote here, it will be a cold day in hell before I spend anything on TacX. They should fix the software and offer it for free for everyone who had to endure they faulty products in the last 2 years. And then apologize, and apologize more.

Again, check the support forums before considering purchase. Do yourself a favor.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   Some previous TacX trainer, don't remember the name. Simpler and cheaper, and withstood 6 years of fairly regular riding.

Bike Setup:   Cannondale w/ XTR, Industry Nine wheels

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by aruba a Cross Country Rider from Ottawa, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2010

Strengths:    Good construction quality. When it works, you get a good workout .

Weaknesses:    The software is horrendous bad from a user interface point of view. As someone in the software development business, I cannot believe how bad this is, it barely qualifies as a beta product, more like alpha. It is not intuitive, it has logic loops, and some of it just plain does not work. Also, the english translations are weak, compounding the negative user experience.
Glitchy, glitchy, glitchy. This is basically an unfinished software product, so at times it just explodes for no reason.
Do not buy this product unless you are relativley computer savy (and you will still be annoyed even if you are). Read the Fortius forums to get a sense of how bad it is.
Heart monitor sensitivity is weak - you practically have to be lying on it to get regular readings.


Bottom Line:   
It could be a really good product - but it is not.
The actual trainer hardware is robust and well manufactured. I have not had any of the motor/brake problems that you read about, so my expereince with the trainer itself is positive.

The software, which is the primary selling feature of this product, SUCKS. Oh yeah, the other thing they don't tell you is it only runs on XP and there is no clear plan for an upgrade to run on Windows 7.

As "sexy" as this product might seem, do not buy it until Tacx has sorted their crap out. Quite frankly, given the way this company has behaved, it'll be a cold day in hell before I ever buy another product from them.

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Favorite Trail:   Multiple O

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Award Cycle


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