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History

Designed & produced in the Netherlands

Careers

NEO Smart video push your limits

FLUX Smart: a fully interactive direct drive

Men's teams

Women's teams

Other disciplines

Chantal Blaak

Peter Sagan

Compete & connect

Training of the month

Train in Isokinetic or Isotonic mode

Mission & Vision

 


We develop innovative, high quality products that inspire you to push your limits


 

Tacx is an innovative company with great passion for sport and technique. This passion drives the organisation and can be seen in all departments; from purchasing to production and product development to logistics.

 A company with drive

 The drive to constantly innovate and improve is typical of the company. Tacx takes up the greatest challenges and is able to detect and push limits as everything is done in-house. Resulting in atomised production, innovative products and state-of-the-art designs.

 Everything in-house

The company’s main strength lies in the fact that practically everything is designed and manufactured in-house. Product ideas and optimizations are developed, tested and atomised rapidly. From design to moulds and final production, all is done under one roof. This enables us to guarantee high quality products.

History

On the 1st of May 1957 Tacx starts as a bike and repair shop in Wassenaar, the Netherlands. In ‘64 they start manufacturing exhausts for mopeds, the first step towards greater things. In these early days components were already being manufactured in-house because they were better and more profitable. With this move Tacx introduced the ‘there is always room for improvement’ mentality which is still anchored in the company. In ‘69 the bike shop in town gave place to a small factory in a business park.

Rollers & the first indoor bike trainer
In 1972 Tacx starts manufacturing roller cylinders. This is a small market at that time, but Tacx personally knows the Dutch pro riders and his goal is to help them improve. In 1987 the current factory premises, with an approximate surface area of 10,000 square metres, is opened. Among other things, the company invests in further automation and the use of welding robots. Tacx was one of the first companies in the Netherlands to invest in a robot for atomization purposes.

Aside from rollers Tacx also introduces indoor bike trainers and bike carriers for cars. Later on bottles and tools are added to their product assortment.

The development of the interactive trainer
Around the year 2000, Tacx is the first to connect computer electronics to bike trainers and introduces an entirely new way of training. A screen not only displays data concerning speed, power, cadence and heart rate, but also enables consumers to use their computers for riding through virtual worlds and competing online against opponents from all over the globe. After a while, cycling legendary bike tracks and races is added and the development of apps and the cloud follows in 2013.

Introduction of the Smart series
The introduction of the Smart series in 2014 is just one of the many giant leaps in Tacx’s development. The innovative, interactive Smart trainers communicate via ANT+ and Bluetooth and function with Tacx applications on tablets and smartphones and connect with third party software. It has never been so easy to receive, collect and share your data.

The only real direct drive
Just after developing the Smart series, Tacx develops the only real direct drive. The NEO is the result of unfulfilled needs of the market and the development of new technologies. This trainer features no physical transmissions, making it very accurate, realistic, powerful and silent. One year later, in 2016, the feature ‘road feel’ is added to the trainer, enabling it to accurately simulate the vibrations of the road’s surface.

Ride & run realistically on 1 product
Parallel to the development of the Smart series and NEO Tacx develops the, in their eyes, perfectly realistic trainer. The Magnum is the first treadmill you can ride on enabling you to ride completely freely and experience an actual slope, just like in reality. The innovative developments in this trainer are, amongst others, automatic speed control, dual material of the bottom, a compact direct drive motor and Smart communication.


What once started as a small lo
cal bike and repair shop and modest manufacturer of rollers has grown into a globally well-known brand which develops and offers innovative products for athletes in over 80 countries.

Designed & produced in the Netherlands


The company’s main strength lies in the fact that practically everything is designed and manufactured in-house. Product ideas and optimizations are developed, tested and atomized rapidly. From design to moulds and final production, all is done under one roof. This enables us to guarantee high quality products.

 

Careers

The over 120 employees at Tacx work closely together to develop and produce technologically far-advanced products, in an inspiring environment in which learning and pushing limits is paramount. When you work at Tacx, you take up challenges with your colleagues and are constantly looking for how to improve yourself and the products.

Do you want to be a part of one of our teams and are you also driven by innovation? Perhaps one of the jobs below fits you well, or send an open application

Vacancies
There are no jobs available at the moment.

Men’s teams

Out of our passion for cycling, we wish to support multiple professionals and teams. In addition, by working closely together with them we are able to develop products that meet the highest standards. Our products are optimized and features are added according to the pros’ feedback. We are technical partner of seven men’s WorldTour teams: BORA-Hansgrohe, Lotto-Soudal, Katusha-Alpecin, Quick Step Floors, Astana, LottoNL-Jumbo and EF – Drapac p/b Cannondale. Tacx is also technical partner of six Pro Continental teams: Cofidis, Direct-Energie, Roompot Orange Cycling, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, UHC Pro Cycling and Wanty – Groupe Gobert. We are also involved in technical partnerships with continental projects to support the cycling youth: Peter Sagan Academy and Alberto Contador Foundation.

The riders improve their endurance and power on the NEO Smart. Imagine how many hours of indoor-training, warming-up and cooling down are made on this trainer. The pro riders’ bikes are equipped with the Deva. This bottle cage has proven its grip in many races, even on the cobbles! Every team has a colour that is a perfect match with their bikes. Tacx also provides every team with the official team bottles, designed in collaboration with the riders. Tacx values the importance of maintaining bikes. That is why the mechanics clean, repair and lube the bikes on the Tacx Spider Team. This repair stand is optimised according to their feedback.

Women’s teams

Out of our passion for cycling, we wish to support multiple professionals and teams. In addition, by working closely together with them we are able to develop products that meet the highest standards. Our products are optimized and features are added according to the pros’ feedback. We are technical partner of Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team, WaowDeals Pro Cycling and Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling.

These riders boost their skills on the Tacx Booster. This indoor trainer allows them to perform focused and efficient training sessions without the disruptions of traffic, for example. The ladies of WM3 Procycling train on the Satori Smart to stay fit and improve their skills. The pro riders’ bikes are equipped with the Deva. This bottle cage has proven its grip in many races, even on the cobbles! Every team has a colour that is a perfect match with their bikes. Tacx provides every team with the official team bottles, designed in collaboration with the riders. Tacx values the importance of maintaining bikes. That is why the mechanics clean, repair and lube the bikes on the Tacx Spider Team. This repair stand is optimised according to their feedback.

Other disciplines

Out of our passion for cycling, we wish to support multiple professionals and teams. In addition, by working closely together with them we are able to develop products that meet the highest standards. Our products are optimized and features are added according to the pros’ feedback. Tacx is also technical partner of triathletes: Sebastian Kienle and the BMC-Vifit Sport Pro Triathlon Team powered by Uplace; of four continental teams: SEG Racing, Team Véloconcept (men and women), Metec Continental Cyclingteam and Cyclingteam Jo Piels; and three cycloscross teams: Marlux-Napoleon Games, Pauwels-Vastgoedservice and Telenet-Fidea. Tacx is also technical partner of the skate team Team4Gold.


Chantal Blaak 

Chantal Blaak, born on October 22nd 1989 in Berkel and Rodenrijs, is a Dutch cyclist riding for the Boels–Dolmans Cycling Team. Her passion for cycling started when she entered de “Rabo Dikke Banden Race”. A Dutch race on a regular bike, for the youth between 7 and 12 years old. She claimed her first victory in 2009 when she came in 2nd at the Dutch national championships on the road and 1st on the European Road Cycling Championships for 23 years and younger.

In 2014 and 2016 she prolonged her international success with winning the team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships first in Ponferrada (Spain) and later again in 2016 in Doha (Qatar). Before Qatar, 2016 already was a successful year for Chantal. She won the Ronde van Drenthe and the Gent –Wevelgem tour. The latter she rode for her current team Boels-Dolman. Because she won these World Tours she wore the yellow jersey when riding the Tour of Flanders.

2017 was also a very successful year for Chantal. She won the UCI Road World Championship in Bergen (Norway). Eight kilometers before the finish she broke away successfully from the leading peloton. She was handed the rainbow jersey by UCI-president David Lappartient and the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan, born in Žilina on 26th January 1990, is a Slovakian cyclist riding for the BORA-Hansgrohe team. This all-round rider is especially strong in sprints. Sagan had a successful junior cyclo-cross and mountain bike racing career, winning the Junior Mountain Bike World Championship in 2008, before moving to road racing. Sagan won the points classification in the Tour de France in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and as a result became the first rider to win the classification in his first five attempts. On top of this and other prestigious victories he became World Champion in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Aside from his great achievements, Sagan is closely involved in road racing in Slovakia, Israel and Poland. His goal is to stimulate and help young talents to become part of a professional team, which is a bigger challenge in these countries than in countries where cycling is a very popular sport, like the Netherlands. For this reason, Sagan is the ambassador for the Cycling Academy Team, a Pro Continental cycling team with an Israeli license, founded in 2015 and managed by former pro rider Ran Margaliot. The team won its first victory in the fourth stage of the Tour of Azerbaijan when Danial Turek was the first to cross the finish line.

 

Tacx gear BORA-Hansgrohe

Compete & connect

Tacx offers two ways to share your performance with and race online against other riders worldwide.

Multiplayer races
Multiplayer enables real-time web racing in the Tacx virtual worlds. These competitions are held in the Tacx Trainer software. Do you want to join a race? Check the calendar here or organize one yourself!

BikeNet
BikeNet is an online database on which you can store and share your outdoor and indoor rides and achievements. You simply upload your performance from a ride in the virtual worlds, Tacx Film or training program (Catalyst) directly to BikeNet, so others can see it and compare it with their own scores. It is also possible to upload outdoor rides recorded with a GPS device, so that others can download it and try to set a better time.

Training of the Month

April 2018

According to many riders, the team time trial is the hardest element of cycling. In particular, this is because you can’t just drop back or you will let your team down. In contrast to an individual time trial, where you ride with a power level as high and as constant as possible, the power level in this element is much more variable. The speed is also higher, so when it’s your turn at the front, you ride above your FTP power. When your turn is over, you drop the power so the other riders can pass you. You swing over to the back of the team. You do this in a lower gear and usually from the saddle. If your pull has been just too long or above your level, this short sprint, in particular, creates a lot of pain because you haven’t recovered yet.

Then there is a long section in the draft of your teammates. You ride under your FTP so you can recover slightly until you have to perform again when it’s your turn to take the pull. Once in front, the trick is to maintain the same speed. Accelerating is disastrous for the rest of the team and slowing down has a negative impact on the finishing time. In order to equalize the efforts, the weaker riders take shorter pulls and stronger riders take longer pulls and slowly pick up the pace.

The training of this month is a simulation of a team time trial. A tough workout!

The execution
The warm-up is more intensive than normal. The training is immediately forceful. You start as if you were the last man on the train. You are immediately up to speed and that means that you ride on 85% of your FTP power. After 2 minutes, you speed up to 100% FTP for 30 seconds (you’re in the second wheel). Then the 30-second pull follows at 130% FTP. After that, you freewheel for 10 seconds and then you do a sprint of 6 seconds on 250% of your FTP. Then you go back to the last wheel to 85%. Depending on your level, you do more or less intervals.

And now, of course, do not drop back!

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Please note that all the workouts on this website are example workouts. We cannot tailor-make these workouts for every one of you this way. If a workout is too hard just go down one slope (position or grade). If it is too easy just go up a slope (position or grade). We do advise you to read all about the training principles on this website. When you restart training after being inactive have high blood pressure or any other medical problems please see your physician before starting any training regime.

Train in Isokinetic or Isotonic mode

Training for an even pedal stroke is difficult. The same goes for building power in your stroke by training at a high wattage and low cadence. This is why we developed the Isotonic and Isokinetic training modes for the NEO trainer in the Tacx Utility app. We’ll explane how it works.
Navigate tot the Testing Dashboard in the Tacx Utility App and enable Isotonic or Isokinetic mode.

Isotonic mode
The Isotonic mode will help you apply the same force in your pedal stroke. Enable this mode and then select a resistance between 0 to a 100%. The higher your percentage of resistance, the more muscle tension you need to apply to your stroke. This mode will help you build strength, specifically on the dead points of your stroke.

Isokinetic mode
With the Isokinetic mode it is possible to maintain the same speed, no matter how much force you apply on your pedal. Your NEO trainer will not allow you to exceed the speed you set when starting your training. When enabling the Isokinetic mode you’re able to set a speed limit between 16 to 30 miles per hour. When set, the NEO increases the resistance if you tend to go over your set speed and therefore your cadence will stay constant. In the Isokinetic mode you always train at a set speed and thus a constant cadence. Therefore you’re unlikely to strain your muscles.