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Dana S.

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Dana S.

Dana S.wrote a review of on February 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Replaced the stock post on my R5 Cervelo. This Enve post has a brilliant clamp system; easy to get saddle position exactly correct without standing on your head!
One caveat: the system for internal mount of a Di2 battery is non-existenent -- you need the Ritchey (friction) system, which works but is not nearly as nice as e.g. the FSA K-Force setup.

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Dana S.wrote a review of on December 19, 2015

IMO it's better than the Kickr!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Tried a Kickr for 2 weeks before returning it for a Kickr Snap. My other trainer is a KK Rock and Roll with large flywheel.

IMO the Snap is better than the (more expensive) Kickr:

1. Easier to put a bike into or remove it from the Snap. No derailleur re-adjustments; ride indoors one day, outdoors the next and back indoors the next -- no worries.

2. The Snap is FAR FAR quieter than the Kickr. Anyone who tells you 'they're about the same' hasn't actually tried both or has some other agenda!

3. Snap electronics are the same as the Kickr (excellent) so anything you can do with a Kickr you can do with a Kickr Snap.

4. Flywheel smoothness is slightly better on the Kickr but the Snap is impressively smooth for a magnetic trainer -- nearly as smooth as the KK.

5. I'm using a 25mm Schwalbe One tubeless road tire (slick). There is virtually NO slipping roller tensioned to give a 15 sec spin down.

All-in-all I think the Kickr Snap is a better trainer for most people than the original Kickr. It's cheaper, easier to set up and use and has the same electronics.

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Dana S.wrote a review of on December 17, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Some bikes will have an issue with the rear derailleur hitting the trainer and preventing the use of some gears. The problem is cited by several on the internet and Wahoo is aware of the issue. There is no fix currently (Wahoo just says "don't use those gears").
Riders who only use one or two gears and just want a trainer that gives power data in ERG mode will be satisfied. But, if you expect to be able to use all 11-speed gears and ride "normally" (e.g. in Zwift), take your bike to the shop and try it before you buy it.
After messing around for two weeks with Wahoo support and many different adjustments and tweaks, I gave up and returned the Kickr.
My advice is to think carefully whether you really need/want a 'wheel off' trainer; there are several good 'wheel on' alternatives (including one from Wahoo if you can negotiate a price of $650 or less).
BTW, the Kickr noise is VERY loud. Don't believe the reviews that say 'it's no louder than any other trainer'. Believe me, it is MUCH louder and the pitch of the noise is very irritating. (My basis for comparison is a Kinetic Rock and Roll fluid trainer that I used for two seasons.)

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Dana S.wrote a review of on December 1, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

1. Price -- the price is the $500 lower than I've found anywhere else on the internet, no sales tax and free 2-day shipping.
2. Packing -- extremely well packed! Frame tubes were wrapped, then entire frame was zip-tied to a large sheet of cardboard before putting it all into a bike box. Best technique I've seen!
3. BMC build quality -- It seems that the state-of-the-art in carbon frame building allows manufacturers to crank out carbon frames in volume with excellent structural integrity. However, don't expect the cosmetic finish of a 1970's Colnago or Schwinn Paramount. The BMC clear coat is shiny but uneven; looks like shrink wrap unevenly applied. Not a defect, but definitely not like a first-class old fashioned paint job! My other road ride is a 2011 S-Works Roubaix -- the finish is no better (just different). Funny, but the carbon weave finish on 1990's Kestrels was better!
4. Ultegra Di2 -- I have Dura Ace Di2 on the Roubaix and, to the casual eye, there's only a cosmetic difference between the two groups -- I'd be hard-pressed to pay the extra $$$ for Dura Ace again!
5. Easton stem and carbon EA SLX bar appear comparable quality to Specialized S-Works. Easton wheelset is about 100 grams heavier than DuraAce carbon and hubs look cheap; have to see how they perform. For training they should be fine. Easton freehub definitely not as smooth as Shimano.
5. Out of the box the bike weighs 15 lbs 7 oz without pedals (50cm size).
All-in-all I'm happy with the price, shipping and initial inspection -- at $4499 it's a good buy (at $6999, not so much).
Snow and sand/salt on the roads have kept me from doing a test ride yet; maybe this weekend.

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