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The i-Flow is a Virtual Reality trainer for riders who want to be entertained while cycling. Thanks to its excellent value for money the i-Flow makes training in Tacx’s virtual worlds accessible to everyone. This popular trainer with ergonomically shaped frame slightly rebounds while cycling. It is operated through the handlebar interface. The i-Flow includes the Tacx Trainer software 4, Basic with the possibility to upgrade.
The electro magnetic brake is less powerful than the motor brake – the wheel is not being driven – but it does guarantee a very realistic cycling experience. You can really feel the rolling, air and incline resistances which you encounter while cycling, you immediately notice whether you are riding on a paved road, a wood path, through the sand or on the grass. The braking system consists of 6 permanent-magnets, 6 controllable electro magnets and a 2 kg flywheel. The maximum resistance is 800 Watt.
Option: the manoeuvrable VR steering frame, enabling you to go wherever you want to go in the virtual worlds.
Virtual Reality trainer
Training with PC
- Interface on handlebar
- Tacx Trainer software 4, Basic
- Incl. Skyliner front wheel support; VR steering frame optional
- 6 permanent-magnets & 6 controllable electro magnets
- 2 kg flywheel
- Max. resistance 800 Watt; adjustable in percent
The i-Flow works with an electro brake. By placing magnets and electro magnets beside a rotating aluminium disc, eddy currents are created which generate an opposing magnetic field. In this way a non-contact, maintenance-free brake is realized that is also silent. Thanks to the electro brake a resistance can be set that you also experience on the road or in a climb.
The electro brake does not have a downhill drive, such as the motor brake of the i-Genius, and it generates less power while riding uphill. When you are cycling in a virtual terrain or in a film you can get outside the range for which the brake is intended. In the second graph the working range of the i-Flow is shown. To allow cyclists with a motor brake and cyclists with an electro brake to ride races against each other in Multiplayer, Tacx has developed the virtual speed. This concept translatesthe energy supplied into a certain speed, which can guarantee a fair contest. If this speed differs from the speed at which the rear wheel is running, the virtual speed will be shown on the screen in red.
This is a slightly simplified version of the software without some advanced features. But still there is more than enough to train in a scientific way and enjoy cycling in the virtual worlds that are so lifelike that they cannot be told apart anymore from the real world.
The Basic software is an excellent starter and makes entertainment accessible to everyone. Contains two beautifully designed Virtual Reality terrains: the Valeggio road terrain in Italy and the Velodrome. Also there is the possibility of cycling in Tacx films. This makes the trainings sessions enjoyable and adventurous. With GPS outdoor training rides can be completely relived at home. With Catalyst you can train on heart rate, power output and slope.
With Multiplayer you can compete online against real opponents. This requires a license. With the Basic software and a Multiplayer license you can ride in the VR against up to ten real opponents.
- Valeggio, road terrain
- Choose from more than 30 titles
- Real Life training with Google features (license only)
- Free training on slope, watt and heart rate
- Analyser, analyse scores
- Multiplayer, real-time web racing (license only)
- Import and export programs and scores
- Link with BikeNet on Tacx website
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The white lines in the graph shown above indicate the power, cycling speed and slope. The blue areas indicate the operational range: which resistance can the different resistance units apply at certain speeds and gradients and how realistic is the cycling experience?