Have a Tacx Neo with ~80 hours on it as reported by Zwift, and the unit died. No lights, no lovely hum when idling. Things break that happens; what wasn’t expected is poor customer support.
Robert … Here I am, deep in the summer, out on a real bike, but I poked in here and saw that you have apparently done the needed work to make the Not So Smart Fortius be pretty smart, the problem now is me, Im not that smart - And while you instructions seem clear and concise - I kept hearing this whooshing sound as things flew over my head …
Ok here is my proposal - Is it possible for this adaptive device to be made by someone who would make it and sell them? … OK - OK … I KNOW this is a can of worms, Tacx might not like hijacking their stuff - Zwift might not like hacked software… I can imagine there many reasons for someone to not want to get involved … But …I’ll go first … Im in for say a couple hundred USD’s - Way cheaper than a new gizmo - Anyone else “IN” ??..here in the Northern Hemi there are many many more good riding days … but soon barring an acceleration of Global Warming the snow will fly and I’ll be wishing I had something that worked …
Since the protocol for Tacx has already been reverse engineered, it’s just a matter of getting a dongle on e.g. a raspberry pi to broadcast, rather than receive, the data. I’ll have a look around
Hi guys, I’m wondering if there’s any news here. The winter is coming… :)
Tacx has asked us to direct all questions regarding older Tacx trainers and their compatibility back to them: email@example.com
They will be best equipped to answer that question.
Hi Eric, what does it mean regarding using these old trainers with Zwift? Except the usual get-a-power-meter-and-you-can-use-swift answers… Thank you.
So I’ve got the Tacx protocol reverse engineered and have a working ANT+ transmitter
Everything written in Python so I’d envisage the Tacx trainer plugged into a Raspberry Pi and an ANT+ dongle transmitting to Zwift.
I’m not a developer, just an enthusiastic amateur. If anyone wants to help me wrap the code up I’d be grateful, otherwise I’ll try to put something up in the next few weeks
This is really good news John, thank you.
I’m not a python expert but if I can help somehow as a web developer, just let me know.
Testing, or buying parts, whatever.
You can reach me @paha77 on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Fantastic John. If it works I have a Fortius unit and know of two others who have them. Although I now have a Tacx Genius trainer I am sure it will be able to put the Fortius to good use where now it sits gathering dust.
Peter Bakonyi-Karpati using the Fortius or I-Magic with a power meter is a non starter as far as I can see. Without connection so that there is some resistance you just spin. Very disappointed with Tacx. £500 +trainers are just useless junk without ANT+ connection.
Yes I know but this is the only option Zwift (or Taxc) currently offer. And even if you use your Fortius with his own TTS4, the software itself is also disappointing with a strange user interface and full of bugs.
Happily the python script I’ve written can control the resistance on Tacx trainers
OMG John I can’t wait to try it.
Or you can use what John did
That’s pretty cool, man!
Ok … I cant be the only one with a not so Smart Trainer scratching his head thinking … Ok Now What? . do I wait a bit and use my good old Fortius or go buy a Flux-Neo-Kickr … HELP !!
Nice work, i have a old tacx flow T2200 i would like to “smartify”
Im a electronics developer with some python experience and have access to resources that knows python well.
I would like to help out if i can. My goal is to make a small dongle that can be plugged into the bike.
Please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
@John Taylor do you have some news for us? The winter is coming (on the northern hemisphere at least) and a few of us would be really happy to test our older trainers with your solution. Thank you.