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  • Wahoo Fitness KICKR Smart Power Trainer - 2018
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Wahoo FitnessKICKR Smart Power Trainer - 2018
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Description

Suffer Smarter.

The relief from summer's sweltering heat comes at the expense of less hours of sunlight during the day. Eventually temperatures fall out of what we consider our comfort zone and we must face the very real truth of having to ride indoors. Wahoo's KICKR Power Trainer is designed to make riding indoors more enjoyable and serve purpose rather than just grunting away with a puddle of sweat on the basement floor. Wahoo is the official trainer supplier for Team Sky so they are well versed in bringing high-quality training products to the sport's best. The redesigned Wahoo adds more bike axle options, KICKR CLIMB compatibility, and new LED operation lights. Everything else remains making this trainer the smartest, quietest, most accurate road-feel experience you can have indoors.

The KICKR is a powerful, accurate, and responsive trainer. You will enjoy power measurement accuracy within +/- 2% and fast 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 smooth, and the max measurable watts and simulated grade are 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. Pairing the new KICKR with KICKR CLIMB will allow you to experience physical ascents and descents while riding along with virtual courses and performing structured workouts allowing you to get the most out of your indoor sessions.

The trainer's firmware with an enhanced power algorithm 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 new KICKR now accommodates 12x142 and 12x148mm thru-axles in Shimano/SRAM compatibility and allows for better clearance for disc and flat mount brakes.

  • A smart trainer to maximize your indoor riding experience
  • LED lights indicate power, connection, and transmission
  • The updated beltless design is super quiet
  • Firmware updates for future-proof functionality
  • The direct-drive design saves your tires for the road
  • Features a stable base and new, heavier flywheel
  • Works with 12x142 and 12x148mm dropout spacing
  • Compatible with KICKR CLIMB so you can experience virtual ascents and descents
Tech Specs
Tech Specs
Material
steel
Resistance
electromagnetic
Foldable
yes
Wireless
ANT+, ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth
Includes
KICKR, RPM Cadence Sensor, AC Power Adapter, Quick Release Skewer, Disc Brake Caliper Spacer, 1.8mm Spacer, Drive Side Adapter for 130mm and 135mm Quick Release, Reversible hub spacer for 130mm and 135mm Quick Release, Drive Side Adapter for 12x142 and 12x148 Thru Axle, Reversible hub spacer for Thru Axle
Dimensions
[legs open] 20 x 28 x 17in, [legs closed] 20 x 9 x 17in
Weight
47lb
Recommended Use
training

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Stay away from Wahoo Kickr

    Just like everyone else who purchases 2018 Kickr, mine develops a problem after a few weeks, the send me a replacement, it works for a few weeks, then it makes creaking noise again. Then they send another replacement, and this time they call it "GOLD" unit. Still, after a few weeks, the same thing happens, and I am on their 3rd replacement, they call this one "PLATINUM", and it still has the same problem. I wish they just return my money so I can get something else.

    Prior reviews

      yeah... I hate to say it but the prior reviews on the bang and issues are true. I bought a new 2018 from BC and the unit had an issue. The good news is Wahoo Support is quite good - the negative reviews I have read here do not translate my experience. There were a few other issues I wont mention here, but they tried to make everything right, very proactive etc. However, the bottom line is that I got a new unit that didn't work as expected and was identified as an issue with earlier model with issues. I would think they could have fixed that by the serial number and having all retailers either on line or brick and mortar send those back - but regardless that's not how this went. HOWEVER I would not stop that from moving forward with one of these, the replacement i have works well - connection is solid and unit is solid. I hate to slam these guys - 3 stars for not perfect, but trying.

      Avg. ride time: 12h 51m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      Love it!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've owned 4 indoor trainers and this thing is hands-down worth every penny. Indoor training is not fun, but this machine with a combination of Zwift changed my winter training. Easy set-up. It's super quite. I can swap bikes easily. The bluetooth connects fast. I did over 1,900 miles, 100 hours, and 190,207 feet of vertical (electronic) climbing this past winter and this machine took it like a beast. I would 100% recommend this product to anyone looking for a indoor trainer.

      Love it!

      The NOT Silent 2018 KICKR is awful

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Worst purchase of my entire life! The Wahoo is a SCAM. Broken after 60 days. Straight up sucks



      Unit died after 2 months

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      My 2018 kickr stopped transmitting speed or power mid workout. I have restarted everything. The firmware is updated. The unit is appearing in my active devices on the wahoo utility.

      This is the third kickr unit I have had in less than a year. The other two died with the same issue. I am a skinny weak amateur rider using the trainer 3-4 hours per week. This is the 3rd time in 6 months. Last time I had to delay an ftp test by two weeks. = 5-6 weeks of lost training time. Many Hours wasted messing around with wahoo utility, spindowns, tech support, etc etc. OUCH.

      Pulley issues. Replacement parts needed

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

      Unfortunately after about 5-10 minutes playing with this trainer, on coast/spindown the trainer started making this horrendous metal clicking noise. Upon further investigation, this is apparently a well documented phenomenon. Long story short, there is a little metal key in one of the pulley wheels that is not the right size, and the belt comes tensioned too tight from factory. Other people have just ridden with the problem not understanding it, and in some cases eventually flat spots the bearings for the flywheel, and then its completely destroyed. Wahoo has a fix that you can perform yourself, which sadly for a $1200 piece of kit requires a new bolt, washer, and an appropriately sized little chunk of metal.

      Loud noise when using

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I used mine for about 5 minutes and then heard a loud "knocking" noise. This was initially only with deceleration, but after a day or so, I heard it all the time. This must be a common problem, bc when I contacted customer service, they knew the issue and sent be a repair kit. The worst part about it was the customer service. I would not hear back from them for several days. It works fine now and they give you a $100 credit if you do the repair (although not much in the store for that price).

      Loud noise when using

      Fun and easy!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The wahoo kickr is a great trainer. Virtually silent and rides very smoothly. Easy connection with online training programs. It makes indoor training more entertaining and is quickly set up. Very heavy but has a conveniently placed handle for moving around.

      Is there a way to make the Kickr Campagnolo friendly? I read that the Campagnolo freehub adapter is not compatible with the newer Kickr trainers.

      I would like to know the answer to this question also. I have two bikes with Campy.

      Wahoo does not have a Campagnolo freehub for this trainer but they recommend using the included Shimano 11s cassette. The cog spacing is the same as Campagnolo so it will work with your 11 speed drivetrain although shifting may not be quite as good.

      Great trainer

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      There are plenty of detailed reviews out there already so I won't repeat those (how it's relatively quiet, the weight of the flywheel, etc.). This is heavy so I recommend you find a spot where you can leave it. Save your old friction-style trainer for hauling to races. Fortunately the handle is well centered for when you do need to pick up and move a few feet. The physical setup is straightforward, especially since there is no assembly. What takes time is learning the software and data set up. It's not rocket science, but it's not obvious either when you have so many different devices and data being connected. You will have multiple apps on phone and/or computer (e.g. Zwift for training software, Zwift Companion app for in-training functions, plus 1 or 2 Wahoo apps that you may use from time to time). You will also have quite a few devices talking to each other. In a typical setup, that may include your phone or PC that runs the training software, your Kickr, and all your usual ANT+ devices (HR, power, and bike computer like Garmin Edge or Wahoo Bolt). You need an ANT+ dongle on your PC to get your ANT+ devices (HR, bike power meter) to connect. The best configuration I've found so far, once I got a dongle, is to connect my bike's own power meter as the source of power data, rather than the Kickr's built-in power data. That way you are recording power using the same power meter you are using on the road for consistency. When set up that way, the Kickr is ERG function is capable of controlling resistance to achieve the exact power target set by the training software.

      2018 KICKR has issues

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      My new Wahoo KICKR that I purchased on 9/14/18 has issues. It is making noise...a LOT of noise.

      I have tried to work with Wahoo Support directly to resolve the issue, but I have to say that this has been the worst bike industry support experience I have ever had. I submitted a ticket on 10/6/18 explaining that my new KICKR makes a "clunk" when I am pedaling under any sort of load. I also sent a video to illustrate the issue. The noise is now much worse and the KICKR makes a high-pitch squeal in additional to the "clunk".

      It took over a week of sporadic response from Wahoo Support to acknowledge that there is a hardware issue, and finally agree to send me a replacement. World-class support can retain customers even when a company has product issues. In my opinion, Wahoo should rethink their support model.

      As BB King would say, "the thrill is gone."

      From Wahoo Customer Support: We appreciate the feedback. We apologize for your experience with the KICKR and our support. We want all of our customers to be happy with our products and service. We continually strive to improve and sorry we failed this time. Please contact us and reference this post, and we will address with you and make you happy.

      That experience would bother me too, but I had a much different experience with their customer support team when I had a question about my Element Bolt. Wahoo customer support contacted me with the answer to my question within 24 hrs and offered me a replacement immediately if their answer didn’t solve my problem.

      So is it working for you now? If so how’s it going?

      Curious what the end result is with your experience.

      What size cassette comes with this trainer? 11-23? 11-25?

      The cassette is a Shimano 105 11-28.

      Best Revision Yet!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The 2018 KICKR is the best revision so far. Is it quiet, as in silent. SILENT. The only noise is my noisy chain. The unit is solid, beefy and built like a tank. Road feel is much improved over earlier models and the resistance response is incredible. You can't go wrong with this KICKR! Wahoo really listened to their customers on this one. Get yourself one of these babies!

      Quite a contrast to CyclingJunkie's review! Did he/she get a lemon??