Riding indoors will never be as good as being outside. But if you must suffer through trainer sessions, Wahoo’s recently revised KICKR smart trainer is not a bad way to go. Highlights include a new ergonomic design, quieter operation, and enhanced ride feel.
The new KICKR is claimed to be 14% quieter than the previous iteration, measuring 61 decibels. Additionally, Wahoo says it has reduced specific noise frequencies, making for a quieter indoor riding experience.
Propulsion by high-inertia flywheel carries over, which allows the KICKR to provide a more realistic ride feel. The new KICKR also employs updated physics models and algorithms to create a more responsive indoor trainer that can translate grade and elevation data into realistic resistance.
The updated KICKR is capable of simulating gradients as high as 20 percent, and can produce a leg-shattering 2000 watts of resistance.
Wahoo also updated the connection and pairing process with convenient status LEDs. Additionally, ANT FE-C+ compatibility was added, increasing the number of third party devices it will interface with.
Wheel size compatibility runs 24-29 inches without the need for a wheel block, and the KICKR utilizes a sturdy steel construction that includes a redesigned handle for easier carrying. Claimed weight is 49 pounds. Price is $1199, which includes a cassette and Wahoo’s RPM cadence sensor. Check out the video below to learn more.
For more information please visit www.wahoofitness.com.