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Wahoo Fitness KICKR SNAP PowerTrainer

Wahoo Fitness KICKR SNAP PowerTrainer
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Description

Don't give in.

As the leaves take on the bright hues of autumn and begin to fall, shorter days and plummeting temperatures force you to finally concede that it's time to outfit the indoor cycling haven. Give those trainer doldrums a kick and boost your winter training routine with the Wahoo KICKR SNAP PowerTrainer. When you're stuck indoors and out of the snow, it does its best to make you feel like you're riding outside with options to create specific, power-based workouts for effective training sessions.

The first thing you may notice about the KICKR SNAP is its weight: at a claimed 38lb, it's not the lightest trainer available. But the KICKR SNAP isn't trying to be the lightest or the most portable. Instead, it includes a 10.5lb high-inertia flywheel with an easy-to-use wheel-on design to mimic the feel of the road to a maximum power output of 1,100 watts.

Once you get set up, the KICKR SNAP Power Trainer's built-in power meter and resistance unit is controlled wirelessly by Android, Windows, or Apple hardware devices with Wahoo's training app and an impressively comprehensive list of online training sites. It's compatible with ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 as well as most smartphones and computers, so you have your choice of devices and training apps to use with it. It measures speed, distance, and power at a claimed accuracy of +/-5% without additional sensors. You can choose to set your desired power or resistance yourself or sync the trainer to your training app and not worry about anything but keeping up through the resistance changes.

Though it's foldable, the KICKR SNAP Power Trainer needs to be connected to an external power source and must be controlled by a separate device, so it isn't the trainer you'll want to bring with you for pre-race warm-ups. Use the KICKR SNAP for its accuracy and for quality indoor workouts that will maintain form carried from summer into late autumn, build winter base miles, and have you ready to get back outside for the races of early spring.

The Wahoo KICKR SNAP PowerTrainer is compatible with 650c and 700c road wheels and 24-29in mountain wheels with 130mm or 135mm hub spacing.

  • Realistic trainer ideal for strength-building winter workouts
  • Controlled via an outside source
  • Compatible with all major operating systems and apps
  • Includes built-in power meter
  • Foldable for easy storage
  • Requires an external power source to run

Tech Specs

Resistance:
electromagnetic
Foldable:
yes
Wireless:
yes
Operating System:
iOS, Android, PC
Includes:
front wheel block
Dimensions:
29 x 26in
Weight:
38lb
Recommended Use:
indoor training
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Setup and Interface is a Snap

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First tried the Kicker Direct Drive. Due to having a Specialized Diverge with a very unique 135mm Thru Axle I could never get a good fit with the Kicker. Switched to the Snap which allows for a lot more variability in wheel size and skewer configuration. Both my Thru Axle and Older Skewer (10 speed hub) work well on the Snap. I do have to add several washers to the Skewer in order to get a snug fit. The first Snap I received had the same noises as mentioned below. A thud noise and vibration that made me think my crank had a problem. CC promptly replaced the unit (within the 30 day return period). The second unit has had no issues of any kind. I have a Wahoo Element that it pairs nicely to and also run Zwift. Setup and connection with both are seamless. The Snap is not perfect, in that there are nuances here and there that could be improved(ie Skewer fit). However I did extensive research on comparable units and pound for pound I still believe this is the best wheel on unit available(no I have not tried any others). Other models have much lighter fly wheels and plastic parts within the wheel mounting mechanism that are often reported as breaking easily. This unit is built rock solid. I have been using the trainer for about 6 weeks now and ride about 12 hours a week.

Good First Impressions

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

Purchased this unit from Competitive and was impressed with their service and speed of delivery. Also, received a follow-up call and e-mail to inquire about any additional questions and support. The trainer itself has been used for a couple of rides totaling only 50 miles at this point. I like the road feel and smoothness of how well the unit performs and not to mention its quiet enough to watch TV at a low level if desired. I had to call Wahoo initially since I was trying connect via blue tooth but was informed I needed a ANT+ dongle to use it for Zwift. So plan on making an additional investment for a dongle if you intend on using one of the on-line training sites. Otherwise, it did connect easily to my Garmin 1000 while using the speed and cadence sensors. Through your Garmin the resistance can be manually adjusted or you can run any maps that have been uploaded to your Garmin. Using a saved map will automatically adjust the resistance based on the elevation changes. You just need to make sure the elevation screen is displayed to prepare for required gear changes. The only complaint I have is in regards to the supplied skewer. For my specific bike the thread extends through the nut on the drive side to where it bottoms out in the mating tapered sleeve on the trainer (see pics). This caused the bike to wobble and the wheel eventually came loose. I plan on correcting this by either adding a washer or grinding a couple threads off the skewer.

Good First Impressions

Winter riding at its best

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have found this trainer to be easily set up (i like the wheel on design which lets me easily swap bikes), quiet and have a realistic feel. You will need to update the firmware immediately - a bit annoying for the few of us without smart phones (i borrowed one and it took just a few minutes though). After about 6 weeks/500 miles of use i actually look foward to indoor rides in the basement. I have this paired with Zwift (itself outstanding) using a laptop/hdmi cable to a 50 inch TV. i cant imagine going back to the rollers/riding in frigid conditions which have been my winter training routine for the past 20 years!

Avg. ride time: 5h per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

So far so good. Very good!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

First off: I have only completed 13 rides thus far = 15hrs.

I initially had reservations about purchasing this trainer due to some percentage of reviews that address vibration and accuracy issues. So far I have had none of the known issues with my unit. The build quality of the unit seems to be exceptional.

One quirk with the Wahoo Fitness app: Initially I could not figure out how to do an "Advanced Spindown". I only had the "Spindown" option in my app on my iphone. A bike forum informed me [not Wahoo!] to tap on the spindown screen 6 times in the app to get the "Advanced" feature to show up. Weird work around, however, it did the trick. The advanced spindown is absolutely necessary as the trainer was way off target out of the box.

Once set up properly the trainer has worked great. I have been using Trainer Road and love the seamless integration with the snap. After my initial FTP test I can now perform "sweetspot" workouts that do an amazing job of getting me within inches of what feels like my max. I am very impressed by how manageable the difficult workouts are, sometimes I feel like another 3 minutes is going to be impossible but I always manage to finish. I attribute this to the accuracy with which the snap is able to apply the resistance.

I would highly recommend Trainer Road if you are the type that likes a structured plan like me.

Before every workout I do a 10 minute warmup ride followed by a spindown calibration. I check my tire pressure before each training session.

Overall I am very happy with this purchase, so far so good.

Avg. ride time: 33m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Disappointing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased the Kickr Snap from Competitive Cyclist (CC). Received on time and packaged well. My gripe is the noise it’s making. I’ve contacted CC and they suggested I go directly to Wahoo. I received potential fixes none worked. There is a cricket like sound to my trainer as well as a thudding sound. I’ve attached a similar noise I’ve heard on YouTube. I’ve sent Wahoo an actual video of the noise my trainer is making. It just won’t upload here for some reason.
Really dissapointed and out of ideas. Won’t recommend this trainer at all.

Well did they send you a replacement unit?

Pretty cool

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

I set this up and gave it a spin but haven’t dedicated it full time quite yet as I’m not done with riding outside...but soon. I’ve been a staunch roller guy forever and wanted to give this a try. I like being able to match it up with 3rd party apps. Easy to set up and has a great feel so far.

Off-season trainingmade enjoyable.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Slogging away 'neath the spare bedroom's ceiling fan while looking out onto a bleak Winter's eve, has been made a pleasure with this machine. Get the Wahoo Kickr Snap and suffer less when you can't make it outside. The setup was a breeze and I haven't had any hiccups since getting my Zwift account dialed in. The resistance is smooth and life-like. I use a dedicated trainer tire, which is a little loader, but it is cheaper and lasts longer than what I would normally use on the road. I also use a sweat guard to keep my top tube from turning into a salt crystal. Even the feel on this unit is confidence-inspiring. It is sturdy, heavy, and well put together. I used this all last Winter to get ready for my first Spring metric century. I would have been a cold, miserable rider without it.

Make training a Snap

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Wahoo Kickr SNAP is just that, a snap to setup and get riding. Throw a trainer tire on your wheel, tighten the blue knob until the tire doens't slip on the drum, and turn on your devices Blue Tooth connection, or ANT+ dongle. Start pedaling, connect the trainer in the software of your choice, and commence increasing your watts. I paired mine to an Ipad Mini, and tried a number of apps to get a feel for each. The SNAP give a realistic road feel, and is quiet enough that my sleeping 1 year old in the next room never woke up. The only danger is with trainers like the Snap, and apps like Zwift, Trainer Road, and the like, your road bike may have found a new permanent home.

does your wheel wobble going downhill on swift or any other apps