Is the Fortius trainer still available?

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Is the Fortius trainer still available?

Post by Huey Lewis » Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:23 pm

I was just taking a look at Tacx's website and couldn't find the Fortius on it? Is Tacx done with it already? Is the Genius a better trainer?

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Post by malfukt » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:08 pm

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Post by mcorn » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:23 pm

While I think the motorbrake on the Genius is better than the Fortius by quite a bit, the Fortius arguably has some other features that are better such as wired rather than wireless, more stable frame, better steerer, better analog HR performance, and a little better price. Overall, I would still rate the Genius higher, but not on every aspect.

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Post by Huey Lewis » Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:16 pm

If the trainer has to be plugged in, what is the advantage of having a wireless controller?

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Post by mcorn » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:03 pm

Huey Lewis wrote:If the trainer has to be plugged in, what is the advantage of having a wireless controller?
I guess someone would say you eliminate some of the cabling, such as the data, cadence sensor, and steerer. But I think so far this has not turned out to be a very good tradeoff.

You may have noticed on the forum that the wireless systems have lots of connection and similar issues. They are the worst when trying to do firmware updates on the hardware. The wired units almost never have these problems. Once in a while someone manages to break a wire, but that is infrequent.

The other advantage of the wired over wireless I should have mentioned is the cadence measurement on the wired is very accurate while the wireless cadence is poor.

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Post by malfukt » Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:32 am

The other advantage of the wired over wireless I should have mentioned is the cadence measurement on the wired is very accurate while the wireless cadence is poor.
Yep! I miss that bit..its hard doing ride at fixed cadece ride with GENIUS unless use separate cadence sensor & HR bike computer watch, use that...ignore cadence display in TTS
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Re: Is the Fortius trainer still available?

Post by eparrot » Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:29 am

I have only used the Fortius (and only for a couple months), and I definitely would be happy to have the improved brake, but the cadence issue is a showstopper for me. And I don't want to have to look anywhere except the screen. I know this issue isn't as important to some, but if my unit were to die, I'd probably buy a used Fortius rather than a Genius.
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