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Tacx Genius Squeak & Slipping

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:53 am
by alastair825

I’m having trouble with my turbo trainer squeak and slipping, I have provided a link to a video to show this problem below

My current setting for the turbo trainer are tyre at 120 psi and set to 8.3 in tts4 with slot 2. This start to happen when I go over 5% - 6% incline.

I have recently bought the Lake District dvd and it is impossible complete with the tyre slipping and squeaking

Please can someone help?


Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:02 am
by Howsteepisit
I never managed to get my Tacx tire to not slip right now I am using a worn ruffy tuffy tire at120 and getting no slip. Longevity is unknown

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:33 am
by malfukt
First try different tyre..

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:49 am
by alastair825
Which tyre would you recommend I have the blue tacx one atm.

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:56 pm
by Tony Alaska USA
are you sure you have the motorbreak in the right slot? I know that for some this made a difference. I am almost sure I have mine in the recommended middle slot for a standard road bike.

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:17 pm
by alastair825

I have just checked and it is in slot 2, does anyone else have this problem when going up hill? would someone be able to film themselves going up a hill, for an example one in the Lake District DVD so I can hear the sounds their turbo trainner makes (Genius if possible)


Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:22 pm
by malfukt
I have been up that particular hill & many others with my GENIUS, no squeaks :roll:

I now use a Continental trainer tyre, i use to use the tacx trainer tyre, it did use to squeak very slightly when a lot of effort put in at very beginning of a ride (first couple of minutes, if i had`nt warmed it up).. :)

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:28 pm
by alastair825
Hi malfukt, so yours sounds nothing like mine, is your continental tyre black, do you have any other idea what could fix the squeak?


Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:14 am
by Raikko
with calibration value of 9 and 8 bars on tyre I haven't been able to get it slip once, not even in 16% hills which I drilled yesterday. I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the grip of the tyre? Mine is red vittoria training tyre if that helps at all, very good tyre, have had it for 3 years and still going strong.

Best Regards

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:09 pm
by Blueberry
I got kind of a squeacking noise but no slippage on the Genius.

I use an old road tire and from time to time I rub the surface of the tire with degreaser to clean it and make it a little "sticky".

Calibration value is around 7.3 with 8bar tire pressure.

Re: Tacx Genius Squeak & Slipping

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:00 pm
by viner_james
A little late to ask perhaps but I have the exact same problem. Changed the blue Tacx tyre to a continental GP4000 road tyre ... but pretty much the same problem. Did you resolve this and how?

Re: Tacx Genius Squeak & Slipping

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:48 pm
by frankhertz
I had a similar issue with a fortius trainer and was able to solve the problem by thoroughly cleaning the roller and the tire with 70% isopropyl alcohol (not rubbing alcohol) and keeping the pressure above 115 psi.


Re: Tacx Genius Squeak & Slipping

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:12 pm
by viner_james
Ok - I’ll give it a go - many thanks :)

Re: Tacx Genius Squeak & Slipping

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:05 pm
by mcorn
It is also possible that the noise is the stainless steel sleeve over the urethane roller is beginning to come loose. One symptom of that is the noise is worse when it is cold. Without hearing the noise, it is kind of a guess, but sleeve failures are quite common after a couple of years. There is a long "epoxy fix" thread on the forum on how to do a repair.

Re: Tacx Genius Squeak & Slipping

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:08 pm
by viner_james
Just a follow up as the problem has been fixed. I recalibrated the brake and pumped up the tyre a bit, along with cleaning the roller as suggested - and all is silent again :)

I think the recalibration did the trick.

Thanks for the input guys.