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    • Over the past few years, there has been a big boom in the smart trainer market with the rise in popularity of training applications like Zwift and TrainerRoad. Wahoo Fitness, who got their start entering then leading the smart trainer market, has recently been starting to make a big dent in the head unit (with the Elemnt) and the heart rate monitor (Tickr) markets, which have generally been dominated by Garmin.

      With the car GPS market lagging for Garmin, this signals an interesting move to try and compete in an already very competitive industry, that is already in a smallish segment of their product line.

      This is the announcement article by Garmin. I thought this was also a pretty interesting analysis by DC Rainmaker.

      What do you think? Is this good or bad for the industry? I have been hoping to get my hands on a Tacx Neo for a while, maybe this deal can get the price point a bit lower :).

      Pictured: The new Tacx Neo 2 trainer released at the end of last year.

    • This is such an important development for the indoor cycling industry that I'm still wrapping my mind around it. I'm one of the people whom this will impact the most. I own 2 trainers made by Tacx (both are Tacx Neo) and a few Garmin bike computers and watches. I'm on Zwift (virtual cycling world and training app) almost daily and have put in more miles on my Tacx Neo than on my wheels.

      From the announcement:

      “Tacx brings an entirely new product category to Garmin’s fitness portfolio that expands our reach into the indoor training market,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin president and CEO. “Together with Tacx, Garmin will offer a seamless, enjoyable and motivating indoor and outdoor experience for cyclists all year long.”

      With a bigger budget, more R&D resources and Garmin's brand name recognition maybe finally the skeptical outdoor cyclists can dip their toes into indoor training and its benefits. So many cyclists are locked out of riding outdoors due to poor weather, time constraints or lack of motivation. The world can finally be opened for them to ride virtually on any road (pun intended).

      TLDR, this is huge news for virtual cycling and I love it!

    • I own a TacX and love using Zwift. I don’t use it that often but I love having that available to me when I want to do it. I’m not really sure I know, but how do you think this will effect someone like me?

    • I think, in general, it probably won't affect you. You can keep using your trainer and Zwift together, since Zwift has a huge incentive to just keep increasing their market share. And Zwift has gotten so big that disabling support from the trainer side would basically kill the trainer.

      If you already own the Tacx neo, it may mean you might get better integration across the garmin ecosystem, and maybe even tighter integration with the Garmin head unit (if you have one).

      The biggest change overall is going to be more aggressive competition in the market, which for me (hopefully) means lower prices. Which is what has been happening in the power meter industry (also involving Garmin).