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Tacx T2180 Vortex Smart Trainer

This item was discontinued 22nd August 2019.

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Code: T2180
Tacx Vortex Smart Trainer interactive trainer connecting the Vortex to the Tacx cycling apps.

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 of 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).

The Tacx Cycling app for tablets and smartphones are quick and easy to use. With the Tacx Cycling app for tablets you can ride classic cycling races and legendary stages. You can also create your own training programmes and train according to heart rate, slope or power output, or use the pre-set fitness level tests. All your performance data is measured and displayed while you are cycling and stored so you can analyse them at a later stage. The Tacx Cycling app for smartphones allows you to train freely based on heart rate, slope or power output. Your performance data is displayed while you are cycling in form of ‘dynamic' graphs. The applications for tablets and smartphones can be used in combination with any interactive Tacx trainer, in some cases an upgrade is needed.


  • Software PC/laptop Tacx Cycling app
  • Resistance unit: Electro
  • Realistic slope 7%
  • Descent simulation
  • Max brake power (10 sec.) 950 Watt
  • Sprint power (1 min.) 750 Watt
  • Mass inertia 11,81 kg 

Compatibility of the Tacx cycling app: Apple iPad 3 and higher; iPhone 4s and higher; iPod touch 5; Android version 4.3 and higher.

DennisTheMenace I've been riding rollers for years. Require concentration for intervals and get boring pretty quickly. Thought I'd splash out on this turbo and am very happy. Easy to set up, worked first time, and stats from the smart element work a treat. My days of analysing data to see how I can speed up are long gone, but I don't think there's much more you'd need than what's provided here. Only downsides? My tablet is a Kindle and I can't load the Tacx app, and Tacx's workout programmes require a subscription. But that's all, otherwise very happy.
Miss Mountford Really love it! Well worth the money. I use it all the time and its a really great entry level trainer.
Mr lavithi Very good trainer works really well and good value for the money