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Wahoo Fitness KICKR Power Trainer


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Suffer smarter.

Chief among summer's joys is the ability to rise and ride before work, but as August gives way to September and October those early morning training sessions become unfeasible and we find ourselves confronting the trainer. Wahoo's new KICKR Power Trainer is the latest model aiming to take the sting out of that inevitable transition, and—since it's birthed from the imaginations of the people who introduced the smart trainer model—it's effective at doing so. For 2016, Wahoo adds new functional features and a redesigned resistance and power algorithm, making the latest member of the KICKR family the smartest, quietest, most accurate road-feel experience on the indoor suffer circuit.

The new KICKR is more powerful, more accurate, and more responsive that its predecessor. It also enjoys improved power measurement accuracy (+/-2%), which facilitates faster communication between the trainer and whatever virtual training app you're using. When your pixelated avatar is grinding through rollers, the transitions between descents, flats, and climbs are that much smoother, and the max measurable watts and simulated grade are both increased to 2,000 and 20%, respectively. These limits border on farce, but they mean your training sessions have virtually no ceiling unless you're riding a simulation of Flanders on a motorized e-bike. Indoor training is never ideal, but the KICKR's optimized algorithm helps bridge the seasonal cycling divide by making riding inside feel that much more like riding outside.

The new design includes firmware with an enhanced power algorithm that continuously reads and adjusts the massive electromagnetic brake. If this isn't your first Wahoo rodeo, then you're probably familiar with the brand's updateable design ethos; the change to the KICKR's power measurement design brings it more in line with this attitude, and it means that the KICKR is an investment rather than just a temporary stop-gap until ANT+ and Bluetooth are replaced by the next hot thing.

The KICKR's ease of updating may also be why Wahoo claims it's compatible with more training apps than any other smart trainer. No matter how many new tech startups decide they want to get in on the virtual training market, the KICKR will always be able to gobble up some firmware and leave you basking in the postprandial glow of a screen displaying your preferred app. It also broadcasts via ANT+ and Bluetooth signals simultaneously, and it can communicate with multiple devices through either protocol, so the only real limit to your choice of connections is the number of available power outlets.

The KICKR's reliance on external power, functional features, and prohibitive weight (the flywheel alone weighs 25lb) mean you probably won't be using it outside, so Wahoo also revisited the drive belt design in order to address the original KICKR's tendency to produce an obnoxious, droning whine. The fact that this whine seems to max-out while spinning at interval intensity only adds grating insult to the injury of indoor suffering, so we're pleased to note that the belt's redesign and re-tensioning drops the unit's claimed noise output from around 67 to 61 decibels and lowers the high-frequency pitch by 90%.

There are quieter trainers, but the KICKR is the quietest model equipped with a flywheel. Flywheels increase that all-important road feel to help us stay motivated during long, winter wattfests, and the quieter operation ensures that, by the time we come out of hibernation for race season, we haven't alienated our neighbors and loved ones with months of mechanical cacophony. The old saying that "if you're still married, then you didn't train hard enough" doesn't necessarily apply anymore.

With a claimed weight of 47lb, the robust, stable body is largely unchanged—though Wahoo did find space for a few key updates to address common themes in customer feedback. The first and most obvious is the repositioned handle, which now makes for a more centered load while carrying it with one hand. The KICKR is still no lightweight, but the new handle design lets you carry the trainer in one hand and a rear wheel-free bike in the other—though navigating doorways may still be an issue. Navigating different wheel sizes isn't, though, as the blue support arm adjusts to reposition the cassette accordingly. There's also no need for a riser, though some of us in the Competitive office do prefer one in order to protect floors from tire scuffs.

The unit's final updates include purely aesthetic details like a pair of LEDs—red for ANT+ and blue for Bluetooth—that blink while establishing a connection to a device and shine steadily to indicate transmission. Again, this feature doesn't change how the thing works, but lights are cool, and we like seeing them on our tech toys. Wahoo also relocated the power port from its hiding place beneath the unit to a more readily accessible location. The stock KICKR is compatible with Shimano/SRAM drivetrains and a standard 135mm quick-release, but Campagnolo and 142mm thru-axle adapters are available separately.

  • The update to the indoor trainer that redefined smart
  • Enhanced measurement algorithm for a more responsive ride
  • Reduced noise causes less friction with cohabitants
  • Connects with multiple devices simultaneously
  • Firmware updates for future-proof functionality
  • Increased wattage and grade simulation limits
  • Direct-drive design saves your tires for the road
  • Stable base and robust flywheel

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Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year limited

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Unanswered Question

Is this really an upgrade or just marketing? Seems more like they are cost cutting by getting rid of the strain gauges. Now they are relying on speculative power rather than actual measurements. I guess the resistance goes up to 2000W and the simulated grades up to 20% now, so that's good...