Today, Wahoo announced two revamped products, an updated version of its flagship Kickr live driving trainer, now in its sixth generation, and an update to the Kickr Bike.
The overall concept of each product remains the same, with Kickr designed to be a first-class intelligent engine Turbo trainer Compatible with a large number of bikes, the Kickr Bike is a comprehensive indoor training solution with five points of adjustment to fit a range of riders.
Major updates: WiFi, smoother wattage and smash those kilometres (default)
Wahoo says that using WiFi, rather than Bluetooth or ANT+, offers significant increases in data transfer speed and stability, which will not only help solve most dropout issues, but also provide on-screen stats over 65% faster than before.
This promises to make “workouts smoother and electronic racing more accurate,” Wahoo claims. The addition of WiFi also means trainers are able to perform automatic firmware updates and can benefit from real-time troubleshooting by the Wahoo customer support team.
ERG Easy Ramp feature “makes it easy to transition to large intervals of wattage from a break allowing you to choose your cadence back up.” This feature has the potential to solve one of the major drawbacks of ERG mode training sessions, and we’ve already put the new Kickr through its paces to see if this lives up to the hype.
The built-in odometer determines the exact amount of use, helping you track progress by seeing how much virtual “distance” you’ve made on your coach. We imagine this data could also be used to track service intervals; For example, belt changes and would be particularly useful for riders who use coaches as stand-alone devices rather than time/distance tracking on third-party apps.
New Kickr (£1099.99)
The Kickr celebrates its 10th birthday this year and is now in its sixth edition. The new model has seen a £100 increase in its recommended retail price compared to the fifth generation released in August 2020, but it gets all three of the major updates mentioned above.
Several other key stats remain the same, keeping Kickr competitive in terms of maximum impedance (2200W), maximum gradient simulation (20%) and accuracy (+/- 1%).
Unlike the cheaper Kickr Core, a cassette is included in the price (11 speed 11-28T) and as before the trainer is compatible with all major kit providers. Accommodating 24-inch, 650 C/B, 700, 26-inch and 29-inch wheel bikes via the familiar slip-slide system, the Kickr allows five degrees of lateral movement that it claims makes the ride more realistic and reduces fatigue.
New Kickr bike (£3499.99)
The original Kickr Bike hit the market at the end of 2019, and is designed to be one piece of equipment for all your indoor training needs. The second generation saw a price increase from £3199.99 to £3499.99 making it a bigger investment and some evolutionary changes.
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Like the latest generation of Kickr trainers, the Kickr Bike has a solid reading accuracy of +/- 1% and uses a belt drive. The trainer is capable of simulating +20% and -15% gradations, and the maximum output power has been raised from 2200W in the first generation to 2500W. Unfortunately not many of us will be bothered by this number!
Wahoo has also added “Direct Connect” technology to the Kickr Bike, which allows a wired connection between the bike and an internet router to reduce the chances of the wireless connection dropping.
All the features we saw in the first generation are still there, like the default toggle, steering buttons, five-way TruFit adjustability and compatibility with the rest of Wahoo’s in-house training system.
These two launches follow the launch of Wahoo’s first live streaming service, Wahoo X, and the acquisition of RGT Bikes in April 2022. Wahoo says this is another step forward in “creating a more connected ecosystem across indoor and outdoor workouts, giving athletes the tools they need to be successful in tracking their goals.
mike SaturnWahoo CEO, added: “We are creating the most innovative connected fitness system on the market, and these new systems WIFI Empowering products play a key role.”
We’ve already been able to get our hands dirty on the new Kickr and log the virtual miles, so be sure to check back soon for our full review…
For more information on both products, head over to wahoo’s site.
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