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Showdown: Tacx Neo 2T vs Wahoo Kickr V6 Trainer Comparison

The Tacx Neo 2t and the Wahoo Kickr (V6) are the two most popular high-end direct-drive smart trainers on the market and the top picks for riders who are serious about training indoors. Is one better and how do you choose between the two?

Written by: TPC

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Indoor cycling has exploded in popularity over the last few years, with more and more riders using smart trainers to connect their bikes to virtual riding worlds and training software. Smart trainers take the indoor riding experience to the next level with a built-in power meter and dynamic resistance that can replicate the feel of real-world terrain. Ant+ and Bluetooth connectivity provide seamless integration with training apps. Two top models on the market are the Tacx Neo 2T and the Wahoo Kickr, both offering high-end features and performance. But which model is right for you and your indoor training needs?

We’ll compare the key features, ride experience, software integration, analysis/feedback capabilities, and pricing of the Tacx Neo 2T and Wahoo Kickr. Looking at the strengths and weaknesses of both smart trainers side-by-side will help you determine which is the better investment for your indoor cycling goals. Whether you’re looking for maximum accuracy, the most realistic ride feel, or seamless integration with training platforms like Zwift, this guide will cover it all.

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Tacx Neo 2t vs. Wahoo Kickr Overview


Tacx Neo 2T

Wahoo Kickr V6


±1% power accuracy, calibrated via pedal-based power meter

±1% power accuracy, calibrated via control unit


Up to 2200W, automatic gradient simulation up to 25%

Up to 2200W, automatic gradient simulation up to 20%

Max Simulated Grade



Drive System

Belt-driven with electromagnetic brake

Belt-driven with electromagnetic brake


ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth FTMS

ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth FTMS, WiFi


48 lbs

47 lbs


787 x 642 x 559 mm

760 x 635 x 533 mm

Tacx Neo 2T

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  • Extremely realistic road feel and power curve 
  • Simulates steeper gradients up to 25%
  • Additional performance metrics and pedal analysis
  • Slightly quieter operation


  • Slightly more expensive than the Kickr
  • Less side-to-side movement. 

Wahoo Kickr V6

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  • Slightly lower price point 
  • Integrated WiFi connectivity
  • Excellent accuracy and responsiveness
  • Structured workouts and training plans in Wahoo App
  • Built-in side-to-side movement


  • Max grade simulation capped at 20%  
  • Maximum Rider Weight: 250 lb / 113 kg
  • Some reports of excessive noise

Ride Experience 

When it comes to recreating the feel of riding outdoors, both the Tacx Neo 2T and Wahoo Kickr do an excellent job thanks to their dynamic resistance technology. However, there are some subtle differences in how each trainer simulates terrain and responds to input.

The Neo 2T tends to provide a slightly more realistic road feel according to many users. The electromagnetic brake and flywheel produce very natural power curves when accelerating, decelerating, and shifting through gradients. The transition between resistance levels feels smooth and seamless.

The Wahoo Kickr also offers a very natural ride quality. The shifts in resistance as you hit simulated hills or vary your cadence and speed are responsive and smooth. However, some users note that the Kickr can occasionally have a slightly more "turbo trainer" feel compared to the extremely realistic road bike sensation on the Neo 2T. 

The Kickr AXIS Feet included on the Kickr also provides more side-to-side movement which increases rider comfort during long trainer sessions. The Tacx Neo 2T does have some natural side-to-side movement, especially when placed on carpet, but it isn’t as noticeable as the Kickr’s. However, riders do have the option of adding NEO Motion Plates, which add fore-aft movement for maximum comfort. They do add cost though. 

When it comes to simulating climbs, sprints, and fast accelerations, both trainers provide enough resistance for even the most advanced riders — up to 2,200 watts. 

Overall, for the most natural and seamless ride quality, the Tacx Neo 2T gets a slight edge over the Kickr. But both deliver an excellent indoor cycling experience that realistically mimics outdoor riding.

App and Software Integration

One of the major benefits of smart trainers is how well they integrate with third-party cycling apps and software like Zwift, TrainerRoad, Rouvy, and more. Both the Tacx Neo 2T and Wahoo Kickr work very well with a wide range of apps through ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth connectivity.

The setup process is straightforward for both trainers, with easy pairing to smartphones, tablets, computers, and smart bikes like Peloton. The Tacx Neo 2T integrates seamlessly with the Tacx Training app, while the Wahoo Kickr pairs smoothly with the Wahoo Fitness app. 

In terms of compatibility, most apps support both trainers equally well. Zwift, TrainerRoad, and more sync with power, cadence, speed data and allow control of resistance. The experience is generally very similar between the two.

One potential advantage of the Kickr is built-in WiFi connectivity in addition to the standard ANT+ and Bluetooth. This provides another way to connect the trainer directly to apps, though the other connectivity options already work very well too.

Overall, it's a wash between the Neo 2T and Kickr when it comes to integration with third-party software. Both offer wide compatibility and a straightforward setup that provides a great experience across training platforms.

Training Analysis and Feedback

The data and performance metrics provided by smart trainers allow cyclists to get valuable analysis and feedback on their training. While most riders will use 3rd party software like Strava, Zwift, Trainerroad, or other apps to track progress, both the Tacx Neo 2T and Wahoo Kickr provide detailed stats like power, cadence, speed, distance within their apps to help improve your indoor rides.

The Tacx Training app provides in-depth analysis of your rides including power curves, left/right leg balance, and pedal stroke analysis. While both trainers provide excellent feedback and statistics like power curves, training stress score metrics, and detailed analysis of sprints, climbs and other ride segments to analyze and improve performance, the Neo 2T's extra analysis gives it a bit more depth. But both represent powerful training analysis tools for getting the most out of indoor cycling workouts.

Pricing and Value

When comparing the Tacx Neo 2T and Wahoo Kickr V6, pricing is another factor to consider. Currently, the retail price sits at:

  • Tacx Neo 2T: $1,399
  • Wahoo Kick V6r: $1,299

However, both trainers frequently see discounts from various retailers. 

At full retail, the Neo 2T is about $100 more than the Kickr. The question is whether the extra features like steeper gradient simulation and additional performance metrics justify the slightly higher price tag.

Tacx Neo 2T vs. Wahoo Kickr Trainer Final Thoughts

In the end, the Tacx Neo 2T and Wahoo Kickr V6 are two of the premier smart trainers available today, and there are more similarities than differences between these high-end models.

Both deliver excellent accuracy, smooth and responsive resistance, and seamless integration with training apps. The ride feel is highly realistic across different terrains for a life-like indoor cycling experience. 

The Neo 2T does edge out the Kickr when it comes to max simulated gradient (25% vs. 20%), so if you’re regularly attacking the hardest climbs in Zwift, it might be preferable.

Otherwise, both trainers are solid choices that will take your indoor riding to the next level. If you aren’t already loyal to either brand (Garmin Tacx vs. Wahoo) then the best option is to just purchase whichever trainer happens to be on sale for less. Either way, you can't go wrong training indoors with Tacx or Wahoo this off-season.

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