Tacx I Magic ..Alpe D'Huez video

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  1. lyot

    lyot New Member

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    hey

    I read somewhere that it's already possible with I Magic to do look at real video footage while riding on your training..FOr instance, you can do Alpe D'Huez.. Does anyone have this already ?

    greetings;
     
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  2. jon_stewart

    jon_stewart New Member

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    There are a range of stages available, but, due to the size, I think you need to buy the DVD from TACX

    try http://www.tacx.com or
    http://www.i-rides.com

    I'd need a triple before trying the Alpe d'Huez! I have an I-magic, but not the legs or cardiovascular system!
     
  3. JTE83

    JTE83 New Member

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    What kind of biking feeling do you get from using this trainer ? Does it give a road like feel ? I have a magnetic trainer already -- I guess the Tacx I Magic would feel the same ?

    Do you think you get accurate power measurement results from this trainer?

    The computrainer is discontinued -- is that right? So my only choice to get for a trainer of this type is the I Magic?
     
  4. smnw10

    smnw10 New Member

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    I have the Excel which is really nice and not bad on price, the Grand Excel you can hook up to your computer and get graphs etc of your progress and as far as I know that one is still available. But if you want a Virtual Reality trainer then the I Magic is the only one I know of.
     
  5. ric_stern/RST

    ric_stern/RST New Member

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    I have a Tacx Excel (amongst other units) it doesn't give a road like feel. Not sure if the I-Magic units uses the same resistance unit.


    Neither of them give accurate power measurements.

    if you want a trainer that allows you to view graphics of circuits and race against others including on-line, then you could try the CycleOps POwer Trainer +, gives a much more road like feel. see http://www.power-tap.com/products/electronictrainer+.htm

    ric
     
  6. GuyStevens

    GuyStevens New Member

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    Ric, do you know how the CycleOps electronic or fluid trainers ride? Can you get the electronic versions in the UK?
     
  7. ric_stern/RST

    ric_stern/RST New Member

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    i have an electronic one myself. it feels very nice. i've not used a fluid version

    yes, i'm sure i can get an electronic version for you. it comes in two models -- one you can attach to your PC and a standalone version (which is upgradeable at a later date)

    ric
     
  8. jon_stewart

    jon_stewart New Member

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    I believe there is an upgrade unit for the (grand) excel. The roller / brake unit at the rear is the same design as far as I know.
    R.

    Oops...Ric just said that!
     
  9. jon_stewart

    jon_stewart New Member

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    If you cycle on extremely smoooooth roads, you'll be at home on this trainer! The transition in braking as you change gradient is very smooth.

    As regards the power measurement, there are a number of other threads dealing with this already, so you should be able to hunt them down. I think consensus is that they can be as much as 10-15% inaccurate. As far as I'm concerned, if the inaccuracy in more or less consistent, I'm happy! My inclination is to use the power measurement as a guide to effort - and yes, I am into my number crunching!:D
     
  10. Danmann

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    I know that I have a turbo trainer for Xmas and was thinking of getting TDF to train in front of but these sound good. While I doubt that I have the Imagic trainer for Xmas do you know if it is possible to just simply watch the DVD. I know I would not get the feature of resistance due to the connectivity with Tck gear but just having a ride up the Alps would be awesome with my resistance crancked right up!!
    Thanks in advance
     
  11. EvitomoCol

    EvitomoCol New Member

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    I have the i-Magic. I've heard (well seen really) lots of threads on the video add-ons available. This really gets me angry - because all we get is 'WOOLY INFORMATION' about where they are available from - please ignore any idiot who says "Try the Tacx website" - they aren't available there.

    Sounds good though doesn't it? Shame it's all a bit badly handled by Tacx themselves. :(
     
  12. mrowkoob

    mrowkoob New Member

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    You may rejoice to the fact that it all is due to be released in December by tacx when they release their new virtual trianer the I-magic fortius.
    I`m thinking of getting one however my only trainer experince is with an old entry level tacx and basically more than 30 minutes on that one and I´ll fall asleep. That said I´ll gladly use a spinnerbike for three hours. The hometrainer has such a dead fell to it. You guys with I-magics how do they compare to cheaper hometrainers in feel?
     
  13. EvitomoCol

    EvitomoCol New Member

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    Is this compatible with my i-Magic then? And if so, will I be expected to part with more cash? I already parted with £400 with the promise from Tacx that 'this is just the beginning' - If i knew I'd have to pay for thend, I probably wouldn't have bothered. Thanks,

    Col.
     
  14. Phil TurboVids

    Phil TurboVids New Member

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    Tacx have now made available a small but growing collection of Real life Video rides that are compatible with the i-magic & their new Flagship trainer the Fortius. You can buy a DVD stage via www.tacx.com for €29 including free world wide postage.

    This thread is about l'Alpe-d'Huez & this can be found towards the end of the Alpine Classic DVD which takes the road from the top of the Télégraphe over the Col du Galibier, down the 40km long Col du Lautaret & then up l'Alpe-d'Huez (about 85km total). You can choose where you want to start & finish so if you wanted an easy ride you can simply do a descent or perhaps a tt up l'Alpe-d'Huez for a bit of LT training?

    There is more info on my site & to purchase go to the tacx site & navigate to VR trainers - Real life Video.

    Regards Phil
     
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    Phil TurboVids New Member

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    Yes the new 'Real life video' is compatible with the i-magic
     
  16. madone550

    madone550 New Member

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    Nope, the computrainer is still alive and well.

    http://www.racermateinc.com/
     
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