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ANT+ FE-C Trainers

Smart bike trainers are quickly growing in popularity — and for good reason. Trainer manufacturers and riders alike are catching on to the numerous benefits that smart trainers have to offer. 

Perhaps the coolest benefit of a smart trainer is its ability to communicate with cycling applications and control resistance automatically as you workout (ERG mode). With the arrival of smart trainers using the new ANT+ FE-C protocol, you can now use more smart trainers to their full capacity with our software.

TrainerRoad is proud to support the following ANT+ FE-C devices:

  • Bkool Pro and Classic Trainers with updated firmware that includes ANT+ FE-C Support
  • CycleOps Hammer
  • CycleOps Magnus
  • Elite Drivo
  • Elite Qubo Digital Interactive 
  • Elite Qubo Digital Smart B+
  • Elite Rampa
  • Elite Real E-Motion B+
  • Elite Real Turbo Muin B+
  • Elite RealAxiom B+
  • Elite RealTour B+
  • Tacx Bushido Smart (Model # T2780)
  • Tacx Bushido Smart TDF (Model #T2300) 
  • Tacx Vortex Smart (Model # T2180)
  • Tacx Vortex Smart TDF (Model # T2380)
  • Tacx Neo (Model # T2800)
  • Tacx Genius Smart (Model # T2080)
  • Tacx Genius Multiplayer Smart (Model #2010)
  • Tacx IRONMAN Smart (Model # T2060)
  • Tacx Flow Smart (Model # T2240)
  • Tacx Flux (Model #T2900)
  • Wahoo KICKR and KICKR Snap

 

Pairing Your ANT+ FE-C Trainer (iOS)


1. View your devices and make sure your ANT+ key is plugged in. Tap on the FE-C labeled device.


2. Once your device has paired, perform a spindown calibration by tapping on Calibration.


 

 

3. Follow the on-screen instructions to calibrate your device for optimal power accuracy.


4. Once complete, tap "Done" to accept the calibration value. Now you're ready to start your workout!


If you receive an error message following the spindown calibration, try adjusting the tension on the tire. An error message may indicate too much or too little tension on your rear tire.

 

Pairing your ANT+ FE-C Trainer (Android)


1. View your devices and make ANT+ is enabled. Tap on the FE-C labeled device.

 


 

2. Once your device has paired, perform a spindown calibration by tapping on Calibration.

 


 

 

3. Follow the on-screen instructions to calibrate your device for optimal power accuracy.

 



 

4. Once complete, tap "Done" to accept the calibration value. Now you're ready to start your workout!

 


If you receive an error message following the spindown calibration, try adjusting the tension on the tire. An error message may indicate too much or too little tension on your rear tire.

 

Pairing your ANT+ FE-C Trainer (Desktop)

 

1. Select the Devices tab and make sure you have an ANT+ USB 2 stick plugged in, then click on the name of the trainer that you wish to pair with.

 

2. Your trainer is now paired. (Be sure that the "Enable VirtualPower" is not checked.) Hover your cursor over the device to get it to appear green, as shown below. Click on the “Device Settings” text to open the settings.

 

3. Click the white “Calibrate” button to begin your spin down calibration. 

 

4. Follow the directions on your screen to accelerate your bike to the proper speed and maintain that speed for as long as the screen instructs you to.



 

5. Let your bike spin down freely. Do not use the brakes.

 

6. When the spindown is complete click “Accept” to accept the calibration value. Now you’re ready to start your workout!

 
Pairing your ANT+ FE-C Trainer (Legacy)



1. Select the Devices tab and make sure you have an ANT+ USB 2 stick plugged in, then select "Pair".


2. Your trainer is now paired. (Be sure that the "Enable VirtualPower" is not checked.)


 

3. Calibrate your device by clicking the "Spindown" button and follow the on-screen instructions.


If you receive an error message following the spindown calibration, try adjusting the tension on the tire. An error message may indicate too much or too little tension on your rear tire.

4. Once complete, you're ready to start riding! Visit getting started with TrainerRoad for more info.


 


Updating Your Trainer's Firmware

If you're experiencing issues pairing your ANT+ FE-C trainer, you may need to update your Tacx trainer's firmware with the Tacx Utility App (available in the iOS App Store). 

To get started, enable Bluetooth on your device. When you open the utility app, you should see your trainer appear on screen — select your trainer. The app will determine which version of firmware you're currently running on your trainer, then give you the option to update your trainer to the latest version. To do so, tap "Upload firmware..." and wait for the firmware to upload and install. Once your firmware has been updated, a completion message will appear. Follow the directions to unplug your trainer and complete the update process.

Your firmware should be updated and your Tacx smart trainer ready to pair. You can verify that your firmware update is complete by selecting your trainer from the main screen. If updated correctly, you'll now see the newest version of firmware for your trainer.

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