Garmin’s eagerly awaited update to the Tacx NEO series, the Tacx NEO 3M, is finally here. This new model boasts integrated motion plates previously offered as a separate add-on to the Tacx NEO. The motion plates offer 5cm of forward/backward movement. Added dual Bluetooth connectivity, a convenient handle, and comes with an 11-speed cassette installed. However, these enhancements are accompanied by a price increase, with the Tacx NEO 3M retailing at $1,999.99 USD.

The Garmin Tacx NEO 3M also introduces various smaller updates and improvements on the inside. Garmin reworked the resistance unit to make it stronger with enhanced internal cooling. This allows it to handle heavy loads at lower speeds. It features an internal power adapter for a tidier setup, modified lights and buttons, and improved ERG capabilities. The NEO 3M is also beefier and heavier coming in at 52.0 lbs (23.6 kg) vs 47.4 lbs (21.5 kg) of the Tacx NEO 2T.

The Tacx NEO 3M now includes WiFi and ethernet connectivity, aligning it with current high-end trainer technology. However, this feature requires an optional accessory, which is not included and lacks pricing information on Garmin’s site. While this upgrade is significant, it falls short of the more integrated connectivity solutions found in competitor models, such as Wahoo’s KICKR trainers.

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Last updated on February 27, 2024 9:30 pm

Specs at a Glance:

  • Price: $1,999.99 USD.
  • Movement Feature: Forward and backward movement with a side-to-side swaying motion.
  • Lock-Out Option: Yes, you can toggle the multi-directional movement on and off.
  • Setup: Easy to set up with QR code and instructional videos.
  • Power Accuracy: Maintains a consistent +/-1% and automatic calibration, just like its predecessors.
  • Power Calibration: Not needed.
  • Maximum Power: 2,200 watts
  • Maximum Simulated Gradient: Simulates up to 25% inclines, keeping the gradient features intact.
  • Connectivity: Offers dual Bluetooth channels, ANT+.
  • Direct Connect Adapter: Yes. Requires additional connection accessory lets you add a stronger connection through Ethernet or Wi-Fi technology.
  • Firmware Updates: Firmware updates happen through the Garmin Connect app.
  • Noise Level: Continues the tradition of being whisper quiet, only generating noise from the drivetrain.
  • Wireless Frequency: 2.4 GHz.
  • Race Mode: No.
  • Cassette: Shimano/SRAM 9 to 11 speed (compatible, 11-speed cassette included). Campagnolo (compatible, requires special cassette body). SRAM 12 speed/XDR (compatible, requires special cassette body). Shimano 12-speed Hyperglide+
  • Hub Types: 130/135mm QR, 12×142, and 12×148 Thru Axle.
  • Adapters: Includes 130/135mm QR adapter & hub spacer, 12×142/148 adapter & hub spacer, 1.8mm cassette spacer. For bike dimensions outside of the industry standard, Garmin offers this adapter set as an additional accessory: 135 mm Thru-Axle Adapter Set [10 x 135 Non-drive Side (NDS), 12 x 135 NDS and 10 x 135 Drive-side (DS)].
  • Maximum Rider Weight: 275 lb / 125 kg
  • Additional Features: Downhill simulation, simulates road surfaces such as cobble stones, dirt, etc, and self-powered.

The Garmin Tacx NEO 3M nearly matches current technology standards, retaining and improving upon the NEO series’ distinctive features like virtual flywheel technology, road surface simulation, and excellent power accuracy. It’s self-powered too. However, it falls short in certain areas compared to the latest KICKR trainers. For instance, it lacks a built-in Wi-Fi, requiring an additional adapter, and doesn’t have features like faster signal transition, also known as race mode, and automatic firmware updates over the air. Despite its advancements, the NEO 3M’s significant price increase might be a deterrent for many potential buyers, especially when compared to the more affordable Wahoo KICKR Move, which offers additional features like three Bluetooth connections, integrated Wi-Fi, an odometer, and race mode, all at $300 less.

Also, when considering the Garmin Tacx NEO 3M, it’s important to weigh the enhancements it offers against its cost, especially when compared to its predecessor, the Tacx NEO 2T. The NEO 2T, currently available at a discounted price of $899 (originally retailing at $1,399.99) on Amazon and other online retailers, may represent a more value-oriented choice at this point. Prospective buyers should assess whether the NEO 3M’s motion technology, carry handle, and extra internal cooling justify the additional expense over the still-capable NEO 2T.

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