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Wahoo FitnessKICKR Power Trainer
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Description

KICKR Power Trainer

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
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Cancer and Reproductive Harm - P65Warnings.ca.gov

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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5 stars until it fails or makes noise

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When no fewer than 8 employees post a 5-star review, could that possibly introduce a little bias into the 5-star average rating? When it works as designed, it's great. It is 5 stars. When you factor in the significant and well-publicized risk of noise problems and other bugs, you have to deduct a couple stars (or at least provide a qualified, split 5-star design and 3-star overall due to reliability). Kickr has, at least, been very good about sending folks kits or replacement units when this problem occurs during warranty. The belt transmission is whisper-quiet when working properly. The thing is so heavy you'll never want to move it, but they say the heavier flywheel contributes to better road feel. Supposedly you need to (or should) recalibrate whenever you remove and remount your bike, or if you move or bump the Kickr. That can be a hassle, especially since you don't know if you really need to. The ability to pair with Bluetooth or ANT+ is also a bit confusing because the same unit can shows up multiple times (for different connection types) when pairing. Another issue I've run into is the quick release mount is not quite as sure-feeling as the QR on a bike wheel, in terms of the drops being aligned. In my previous unit (which I just swapped out under warranty due to noise), my bike would sometimes sit crookedly (with a lean) when mounted and I would have to reposition it and re-tighten the QR. When everything is working well, and paired to Zwift, it makes more a much more enjoyable training environment than the old-school trainers I could never get motivated to use more than twice a year.

Awesome Ecosystem

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

First off, it should be noted that Wahoo makes great products across the board. Having used their heart rate monitor, computers and now the Kickr, I can say that on the whole, I’ve never been disappointed with anything I’ve used from them.

One of the things that makes this trainer super cool compared to other trainers on the market right now is that it can be paired with other devices such as the Wahoo Climb and the Wahoo Headwind as well as Wahoo computers. When all 3 of these things are combined with the Wahoo Kickr, it no longer feels like you’re just spinning in your basement. You can even go as far as to recreate your local rides that you regularly do. If you’re looking for ways to boost your offseason training, this trainer is a fantastic option.

This trainer comes with everything you need to start training and easily connects to apps like Sufferfest, Zwift and Trainer Road for training rides. The base is very stable, so if you’re up out of the saddle doing sprints, you don’t have to worry about whether or not you are going too hard.

Compared to the Hammer that I used before it, this trainer did super well in Erg mode. I loved that I could choose to control it easily from my Wahoo Elemnt Roam device. After using this trainer, I decided that I’m probably not switching away from the Wahoo ecosystem anytime soon.

The Best

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used my Kickr for the last 2 years. It has completely changed my training. The Kickr works perfectly every ride, shows accurate power, and is on the quieter side of all smart trainers.
The connectivity and ease of use is great. It connects to my Ipad or other bluetooth devices immediately on every ride so far. I think the Wahoo app is easy to use, and makes the set up easy and simple.

Whenever anyone asks about smart trainers this is where I point them.

A Big Step Up

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

Coming from a cheap wheel on trainer, I have to say I didn't know what I was missing. My first impression was that I was blown away by how quiet it was even when I was using a quieter trainer tire.

In addition to that the ride feel is amazing, it really feels like you are on a bike not a trainer. Wahoo makes things easy by including an 11 speed cassette for you. Just pull off your wheel put your bike on and start training!

Best trainer out there!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This trainer is great! The best part is the ease of set up. No one likes to get a trainer and be all excited to get on and ride some Zwift with your buddies only to be bogged down for hours by setting up the silly thing!

Fear not! Wahoo has you covered! I ride with the Headwind and Climb and these things are paired up and ready to ride in 60 seconds or less! And starting your training regimen in under 2 minutes.

Get training!

Best In Class

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Wahoo has proven itself to be at the top of the trainer market and the Kickr as their premier product is worth it, I'd call it the best in this price range. Since I'm frequently asked about the differnces between this and the Kickr Core, here's what you get:

Bigger flywheel (road feel is better)
A bit bigger so not quite as storeable
Cassette included (11s 11-28t)
Higher max power and max grade
Legs are more adjustable

Wahoo's trainers have had some hardware and software issues in the past but they've stood behind them and seem to have resolved everything by this version. Their customer service has been solid and this has a 1 year warranty, so no need to worry. It's a nice smooth quiet trainer that connects easily and just works. Versus its competitors what sets it just above some other brands for me are all the add ons available. The Headwind Fan and Climb seem kind of gimmicky initially but after a few rides on them they just making riding indoors that much more enjoyable.

There are some little things that other trainers have over the Kickr - the Neo 2T simulates gravel/pave and some other trainers have slightly more accurate power during certain high output training reps but these are minor notes - this trainer just works well.

One month of use... so good so far!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Per the folks at CC, this is one of the 2020 versions. I have used it for a month. No issues that people have had in the past. It does have a different feel from a Tacx Neo... not bad, just different. I don't know why people debate about the noise factor. With fans and music playing, my bike is louder than it is. It is built like a tank. We will see how it holds up.

getting better and better

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

I have a love hate thing with trainers but anymore there is a little less hate. The kickr power is heavy and stable, a big thing for me with a trainer. I don't like standing up on a trainer as it's not realistic but I have yet to find a trainer that does that right. Connect this to the kickr climb and fan and it's amazing how much your indoor time improves. It's a mental thing but just a lot better than even a few years ago. Power looks to be accurate and consistent. The max watt on this is way over what I'd be able to hit and I think is ample for most of us. I have not used with zwift. I have used with a mtb, my son put his on it and was thrilled to have something easy to set his bike up on since he's only got an mtb. It comes with most adapters you'd need which is really nice with all the types of bikes. It's a quiet machine, and smooth, also improvements over past years. If you want to make your inside experience a good one the kickr is one to put at the top of your list.

Great Trainer*

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Wahoo was the first to kick off the smart trainer craze and they’ve certainly got an edge on the competition. An entire training ecosystem has been built around the Kickr, Kickr Climb, Elemnt Bolt and Kickr Fan. You can immerse yourself in the virtual pain cave and never touch pavement, but let’s be honest...trainers are for training. You can only distract yourself so much before you remember you aren't outside. With that said, the Kickr is a great tool for improving and pursuing your goals as a cyclist.

Setup is fairly easy with the Wahoo App and pairing with training software like Zwift is fairly easy, but this is also where I ran into some issues (and I’m not entirely sure this is the Kickr’s fault). Be prepared for a few Bluetooth connectivity issues if you're using the full host of Wahoo products. I'd often have to reset the system when trying to keep my Kickr, Kickr Climb, Tickr HR monitor and Quarq all reading properly. In the interest of consistency, I used my Quarq for power readings but I found the Kickr to be quite close in terms of accuracy.

All in all the Kickr offers a great training product, realistic road feel and a hassle free setup with an included cassette.

Great Trainer*

Quite as advertised

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wouldn't call it silent. However, it is very quiet. Also the watt measurement is within 2% of my S works crank values.

I would purchase it again.

I have a Specialized Roubaix with a 10 speed cassette. Can I install one on this.

I believe it only comes with an 11 speed cassette thus you will need to separately purchase a 10 speed one.

Yes, the KICKR is compatible with 10 speed cassettes, but it comes with an 11 speed cassette installed, so you would need to purchase and install a 10 speed cassette.

Bought 1 then another

    Bought 1 easy setup, daughter took it off to college so I bought another. which I have just set up since daughter loved it so much she took it to school... It is quiet... Hopefully, it will last a while, right now it seems pretty close to perfect... So much better than my computrainers...
    Randy

    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!

    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.

    Update: Wahoo now offers a Campagnolo freehub adapter for this KICKR. Look for the adapter that is compatible with KICKR and KICKR Core.

    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??