Tacx Blue Motion T2600 trainer review

The Tacx Blue Motion T2600 trainer offers a compact design and a good choice of resistance settings, but isn't the quietest and could be more realistic.

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Tacx Blue Motion T2600 may be at the lower end of what you'd expect to pay for a decent trainer, but manages to offer compact design and a number of resistance settings. However it could certainly be quieter and the ride feel wasn't the most realistic.

Reasons to buy
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    Compact design

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    10 resistance settings

Reasons to avoid
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    Ride could be more realistic

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    Not the quietest

The Tacx Blue Motion T2600 resides at the lower end of the turbo trainer price spectrum, possessing fewer features than premium models. However, the lower price doesn't mean it is poor quality – this is a very well made trainer, that is easy to set up, use, and store away thanks to its compact folding design – perfect if you have limited space.

Buy now: Tacx Blue Motion T2600 trainer at Active Sport for £159.99

Read more: Buyer's guide to turbo trainers

There are 10 resistance settings and this is controlled via a handle bar mount that connects to the flywheel by way of a cable. The handlebar control is one of the best we have seen, it is sturdy, with the click changes being reassuring and confident. The current resistance level is clearly visible as a white number on a blue background and this makes it ergonomically superior to other controls in the same price bracket. The ten settings are ideal for those wanting to do 'Sufferfest' type workouts.

Max power output is an impressive 950 Watts, courtesy of the 'Neodymium magnetic unit' and will be more than adequate for most riders needs. A 1.7Kg fly wheel helps keep the ride smooth, but ultimately it remains turbo-like, with more expensive units offering a much more realistic feel.

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The Tacx isn't the quietest turbo we have used, so if you have thin walls and easily aggravated neighbours, it might be worth investing in a less noisy turbo, although noise can be reduced, with a Tacx mat and turbo specific tyre.

This unit may not have all the interactive features of more expensive models, but for the price it is a solid and reliable piece of kit.

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.