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Q: - help with Computrainer v.s. TACx i_Magic please(8 posts)

Q: - help with Computrainer v.s. TACx i_Magic pleasescopestuff2
Oct 17, 2003 11:44 PM
I'm a nubie. First winter of indoor cycling. Been looking at the 1-upUSA trainer and the Kurt Kinesis, but I don't understand how you adjust the resistance during a ride.

Did a bit more investigation and found that for substantially more money there are systems that appear to really optimize time on the trainer. The TACx I-Magic and the Computrainer were two that I found. By their claims, they both really seem to simulates roads, hills, even surface conditions.

Does anyone have any experience with these units ? Can you offer any thoughts/opinions ?

Also, for those who are using the 1upUSA or Kurt trainers .... how to you actually struture your workouts ? Are these computerized models just a bunch of hooey ... or do they provide real value ?

Thank you in advance !
Get the Computrainer, it is the BEST!!twospoke
Oct 18, 2003 11:19 AM
Hey There,

I think it depends a lot on what you want the trainer to do, if you just want to ride a couple of times a week for an hour, then a cheap one will do the job, but if you live in a cold climate, and are serious about putting in some indoor saddle time, there is nothing that even come close to the compu... the thing rides as smooth as a brand new stretch of black top, it is as close a feeling you will ever get to being on the road, indoors, and is is built rock solid, so out of the saddle sprints or clombs don't frazzle it at all, if you get the PC version, you can download endless real courses at no charge.
The most I was ever able to ride my Fluid trainer was an hour and a half max, with this sucker I put in multiple three hour rides last winter.
I have never seen the Teacx, so I can't comment first hand, but I have read on some message boards that it uses lots of plastic parts, and is no where near as durable as the compu, while I know some people that have had the compu for 10 years, and they are still going strong.
If you have any detailed questions ask away.
and no I don't work for computariner, I just think it is an amazing product.
Get the Computrainer, it is the BEST!!scopestuff2
Oct 18, 2003 6:28 PM
Thank you for taking time to reply. The fact that they have been in business for awhile and constantly improve the product is reassuring. The TACX i-Magic trainer looks quite similar but at about 1/2 the price - that's the main reason that I'm even looking at it.

I don't live in a terribly cold area. But, lack of light early morning is just as disabling as I have a full work and family life. I figure that I might even use the trainer during the riding season mid-week when it can be very difficult to get in a morning ride. I'm looking for something that I can "train" on. Something where I can make gains ... not just stay fit.

How would you rank it on noise ? Is it a fluid trainer ? Magnetic ? I don't seem to find much but marketing stuff on their web site.

Thank you again !

Get the Computrainer, it is the BEST!!twospoke
Oct 19, 2003 4:41 PM
Well all of the reasons that you list are certainly valid, I know of some guys that use it even during the summer, to do very specific interval type workouts.
Trust if you get the Computrainer, and use it right, you will be much stronger.
As far as noice goes, I would rank it allot closer to a Fluid, then a fan.
I am sure that the Teacx is a pretty good unit, and like I said, I never rode one so I can't compare, but I can assure you that if you get the compu, you will never regret it, and you will still be riding it three bikes from now.

I have seen the Nintando version around used for $500 or so, and I think this is one piece of equipment that used is as good as new.
Feel free to ask any other questions again.
Another thing I would suggest, Computrainer has a discussion group, I bet that if you post on it, asking if someone in your city has one, they might let you come over and try it.
you can email me if you would like at twospoke @ lycos . com.
re: Q: - help with Computrainer v.s. TACx i_Magic pleaseLuis
Oct 19, 2003 8:22 PM
I've had my Nintendo Computrainer since 1991. It's been a salvation and joy through the long winters. No problems, and despite a room full of old computers at work (and almost never finding a tech-toy that I didn't want) no temptation to move to the newer version. A used Nintendo version would be a treat. Great company, too.

One setup with the Computrainer allows you to compete against your last ride on it. I remember finding myself at the end of around the fourth day I had it having pushed myself so hard to beat the last ride that it hurt to make it up the basement stairs.

Great tool, great value.
re: Q: - help with Computrainer v.s. TACx i_Magic pleasescopestuff2
Oct 20, 2003 5:40 PM
Thank you both for the replies.

I'm now trying to decide between the Computrainer PRO3d, Computrainer Nintendo, and the 1upUSA with some videos such as the spinervals.

I can't find alot of information on the Nintendo version so I don't have a good sense of it's feature set. I'm guessing that it's the trainer with some computer and game-video integration.

Does it have the spin analysis software ? Can you download courses ?

Thank you advance !
re: Q: - help with Computrainer v.s. TACx i_Magic pleasetwospoke
Oct 21, 2003 6:40 AM
Basicly the Nintendo version, (at least the one that I have) hooks up to a TV and it has a set number of courses on the game cartridge.
you can also just use the handlebar mount to control everything if you want to watch TV insted.
I don't think that you can download any course to it, nor do I think it is downloadable, though it does have the spinscan feature, and you can also design your own courses which I have done a fair bit of.
another thing is that it is also upgradable to the PC version so that is a way to spend x amount of dollars up front, and then add to it a bit later, if you don't
want to spend such a huge chunk of change in one shot.
re: Q: - help with Computrainer v.s. TACx i_Magic pleasescopestuff2
Oct 21, 2003 5:11 PM
I'm going to buy a used Computrainer for, 'gulp', a boat-load of money .. but still a few hundred less than new. It is about a year old and has never been used.

It has the Pro3D software.

From what I've read, it will be worth every penny if I use it. In fact, it might even replace some of my mid-week rides during the normal riding season. That feature will give me a lot of peace-of-mind on those days that I would have otherwise not adhered to my training schedule.

Thank you for the feedback. I'm going to question the decision to buy this thing for some time to come, I'm sure. Always wondering if a $300 1upUSA would have done the job.