Wahoo brings WiFi (and price hike) to its smart Kickr trainer and updated indoor bike

Wahoo announces the sixth generation of its flagship Kickr smart coach And the second iteration of Kickr Bike, the smart brand indoor bike.

Although they use practically identical form factors to previous models – the Wahoo Kickr V5 Smart Trainer and the original Wahoo Kickr Bike – Wahoo has added WiFi for both models, along with a number of other improvements.

On top of that, the price of each model has increased slightly to £1,099.99 / €1,299.99 / $1,299.99 for the new Kickr Smart Trainer and £3,499.99 / €3999.99 / $3999.99 for the new Kickr Bike.

Wahoo for WiFi

The main new feature in Wahoo Kickr V6 is WiFi connectivity.

According to Wahoo, adding a 2.4GHz WiFi connection provides faster data transfer speed and stability than Bluetooth or ANT+ (the two wireless data transfer protocols used by most smart bike devices).

Wahoo goes further than claiming that this “helps solve most leakage issues and delivers on-screen stats over 65 percent faster than before”.

Given the evolving state of both the Kickr and Kickr Bike, this feature is likely aimed at serious esports runners, for whom slow connectivity or data drops could be a competitive disadvantage.

Wahoo Kickr Bike V2 gains WiFi capabilities and a direct port connection.

Wahoo says this makes the new Kickr the only WiFi-enabled smart trainer, though he thinks the rest of the industry is likely to follow suit.

Wahoo says it also enables both devices to automatically update firmware, as needed, when connected to WiFi.

In addition to WiFi, the new Kickr Bike gains a Direct Connect port, allowing the bike to be connected directly to a computer or smart device via an Ethernet cable.

As with the previous model, the new Kickr can be connected to the Internet via an Ethernet cable using a Kickr Direct Connect dongle (available separately).

Wahoo’s Direct Connect dongle can still be used with the new Kickr V6 for a solid wired network connection.

ERG easy ramp and odometer

Another new feature has been added to both devices which is ERG Easy Ramp.

Wahoo says this helps make it easier to transition back to a period of time if you have to stop for any reason (maybe you forgot to turn the fan on, for example) while on fashion work out.

Instead of requiring you to immediately return to target power, ERG Easy Ramp builds intensity back up over the course of 10 seconds.

ERG Easy Ramp is a quality-of-life improvement, making workouts in ERG mode more smooth.

Both the new Kickr and Kickr Bike now have a built-in odometer to enable you to accurately track how much riding you’ve done in each.

Wahoo says this can be useful for tracking chain and cassette wear, and — like a car’s odometer — for demonstrating how much the trainer has used to a potential flea market buyer.

The new Kickr Bike V2 also sees a bump in its maximum power.

The new Wahoo Kickr bike also saw its maximum power output increase to 2,500 watts, up from 2,200 watts in the previous version.

Wahoo says this comes as part of a suite of “under the hood” changes to the Kickr Bike, which will also make it quieter.

A decade of kicker

Those with strong memories may be familiar with First generation Wahoo Kickr It was launched at this time about 10 years ago.

While the original Kickr’s form factor is very similar to the newer’s, the software landscape and competitors have changed dramatically in the intervening years.

Wahoo has recently built a massive range of software offerings to complement its hardware, such as wahoo system And the Wahoo RGTbut it can be said that the biggest change came in the form of Zwift – Multiplayer online cycling (and running) game, which Launched in 2014.

Wahoo recently added RGT Cycling to its portfolio of indoor cycling programs.

Accelerated by various lockdowns in the past few years, which many countries have imposed in response to global covid-19 pandemicand interest and participate in the interactive indoor cycling blossomed

This explosive growth will likely slow from this point on, but Wahoo is optimistic about more opportunities in this area nonetheless.

We’re not yet in a stable phase with smart trainer technology, says Tyler Harris, product manager at Wahoo, and there are still more innovations to come.

Wahoo now has an extensive ecosystem of indoor cycling hardware and software, but says there is still room for innovation in this space.

Harris says the addition of WiFi, in particular, opens up new avenues for brands like Wahoo to implement additional features. However, he will not be drawn to the details of what these things might be or when we expect to see them.

In response to a question about the recent launch of Zwift Hub Harris (a high-priced direct-drive smart trainer), says Wahoo sees the potential for “pie growth” as a win-win in the industry, even if it means a new competitor in the hardware space.

Wahoo Kickr V6 and Kickr Bike V2 مواصفات Specifications and Pricing Availability

The sixth-generation Wahoo Kickr smart trainer is available now, while the second-generation Wahoo Kickr Bike is available from October.

As with previous generation models, the new Kickr will ship with 11-speed, 11-28t Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo pre-installed.

Both devices are fully compatible with the Wahoo range of indoor cycling appssuch as Wahoo SYSTM and Wahoo RGT, as well as third-party applications such as Zwift and Rufi.

Wahoo Kicker V6.0

  • price: £1099.99 / €1299.99 / US$1299.99
  • Max power: 2200 W
  • Claimed power accuracy: +/- 1 percent
  • Maximum gradient simulation: +20 percent
  • flywheel weight: 7.3 kg
  • Delivery: WiFi, Bluetooth or ANT +

Wahoo kicker bike V2.0

  • price: £3,499.99 / €3,999.99 / $3999.99
  • Max power: 2500 watts
  • Claimed power accuracy: +/- 1 percent
  • Maximum gradient simulation: +20 per cent / – 15 per cent
  • flywheel weight: 5.9 kg plus improved motor
  • Delivery: WiFi, Bluetooth or ANT +