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Wahoo Fitness KICKR Power Trainer

$1,199.99
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Why We Like The KICKR Power Trainer

With the updated KICKR Power Trainer, Wahoo offers a straightforward alternative to rocker-plate technology, all while improving power accuracy and easing the calibration nurden. To keep us from having to source a rocker-plate for our home trainer, Wahoo resourcefully adds five-degrees of side-to-side movement to the KICKR thanks to the new AXIS Action Feet, which replace the standard fixed feet on the KICKR. It’s a simple, convenient, and practical improvement to achieve a more realistic and tunable training experience.

  • Updated indoor smart trainer for the dedicated cyclist
  • KICKR AXIS Feet enhance ride feel with 5-degrees of lateral motion
  • Precision power readings nail accuracy to within +/-1%
  • Calibration-free setup removes the need for manual calibrations
  • Low-noise operation is ideal for small homes and apartment living
  • AXIS Feet work with previous KICKR models (not KICKR Core)
  • Self-calibration is not backward compatible
  • Rubberized handle for easy transport and storage
  • Item #WHAC01M

Material
steel
Resistance
electromagnetic
Foldable
yes
Wireless
ANT+, ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth
Operating System
iOS, Andriod, Windows
Includes
KICKR, AXIS Stiff and Easy Feet, 11-28t cassette, 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 (21,338g)
Recommended Use
training
Manufacturer Warranty
[limited] 1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 5

Best way to supplement outdoor training

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 10"
Weight
164 lbs

Lets talk about the equipment first. The KICKR is awesome. I've always been hesitant about buying $1K smart trainer since previous models seem to have a lot of issues, but it sounds like all the kinks have been worked out on this generation. And the current generation adds more features like AXIS tilt and no need to calibrate. I've had it for 3 months now and use it about 2-3 times a week. I put my Supersix Evo Hi-mod disc brake bike on it and both work together seamlessly. The trainer comes with an 11-28 cassette and I run a 11-32 on my bike. There was no need to swap cassettes. There's no chain skip. It all just works. I run it off my Iphone 11 and mirror it to my TV. I've never had any connectivity issues with it. The phone finds it every time. As a supplement to outdoor riding, using this is more time efficient and will make you stronger if you stick to the program. I recommend Sufferfest since I feel like the programs are very well tailored to each individual riders strengths and weaknesses, granted you have to do the FTP test first. There's no social aspect to it, but the workouts can be intense in ERG mode. I've had my days where I couldn't finish. In ERG mode, the trainer will do all the resistance work for you. No need to change gears at all. I recommend this to all my cyclist friends who want to maintain or increase their fitness without having to get up at the crack of dawn to fit in rides.

>Rating: 5

Works like Champ

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I purchased the new Kickr as a Christmas gift and could not be happier. Well, I could be happier riding outside, but this is Chicago. The set up was very easy....the hardest part was carrying it into the basement. I like that you don't have to calibrate it before every ride. It is relatively quiet - most of the noise is coming from my drive train. I switch from a thru axle to a quick release in less than a minute, and the adaptors labeled. The unit feels very stable during out of saddle efforts and sprints. The rubber mounts on the legs don't seem to offer any noticeable benefits to the backside pain of indoor training. I was expecting a more noticeable improvement. Perhaps using a rocker plate may help. No connectivity with Zwift platform however, it is not as responsive to short intervals on Sufferfest. Hopefully it will improve with updates.

>Rating: 2

Terrible connectivity

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Great trainer but connectivity issues make it almost unusable. I would recommend a different trainer until wahoo sorts this out. I’ve even purchased the (overpriced) extended cable in an attempt to solve this problem - but it persists. It’s a big investment and you want something that actually does what’s advertised. Repeatedly disappointed with this machine.

>Rating: 4

Well made and mostly responsive.

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I will no delve into an in depth review of the Kickr as there is tons of info here and on MANY online reviews that do a fine job of describing the product. SO I'll be short on this. IT is exremely reboust and I'm impressed with how sturdy it is. It pairs up easliy to Zwift with no issues. Well worht the money for me. 400 miles of use and rissing...does make indoor training more enjoyable when paired with Zwift. I've been using it 4-5 times per week since purchase. MY ONLY COMPLAINT- the cadence readings vary way too much, and don't respond well to changes in RPM....it works but not well. The best reason I can guess is that the cadence is calculated on load ont he crankarms...or something like that. When trying to do workouts at specified RPMs this is very irritating to have such a varience....I chose to use the optional Wahoo cadence sensor which zip ties to the crank arm for a more acurate reading. This has cured the false readings...NOTE- a Garmin sensor will work when using Zwift.

>Rating: 3

Incompatible with some bikes.

Non-drive side spacer using a 142 through axle will damage your frame. Spoke to Wahoo support, they will send you a modified spacer.(When they receive them from the manufacture) The list of incompatible bikes are listed on the wahoo website. I have a Trek Emonda 2021 This is not a wahoo issue, trek decided to re-design their bike. Unable to use the trainer until I receive the proper spacer.

>Rating: 5

Once I set it up, it's been great!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

At first I set it up wrong, trying to use the thru axel it comes with on my 2020 Emonda, and it didn't fit. The directions tell you to watch a video, and I followed what the actor did, which was wrong for my bike. Once I figured out that I needed the included adapter and the thru axel my bike came with (if I had read the directions instead of the video I would have caught this), all has been perfect. Very easy to set up, just read the instructions thoroughly, and you're off to the races. I use it with Zwift, and have been making FTP gains. I highly recommend the Kickr for indoor training.

>Rating: 2

Buyer beware!!!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Loved this product out of the box. However, when I switched from my "beater" bike to my "good" bike for the winter months, I had all kinds of shifting issues. Both bikes have the same drive train(Ultra), but could never reach a satisfying setup with the newer bike. Was all set to take trainer and bike to my local shop when I stumbled on something on the Wahoo website. There I found a list of "Non-compatible bikes for Wahoo Kickr.", and wouldn't you know it, my "good" bike is on that list!! List includes all 2020 and 2021 Trek road bikes, (I have a 2020 Domane!!) Other makes and models also on the list. Switched back to my 2017 Domane and everything is running smoothly. Would rather be riding the old bike outdoors when weather permits, but at least I have an indoor option.

Thanks for the post!

Umm... "I hate my life" Richard. Some of us appreciate reviewers sharing that kind of information so we don't waste time going thru the same situation. Sorry about your jealousy problem. And thank you for the review, Frank.

Good info, I have a 2015 Domane 9.5 and I'm now looking for the appropriate power trainer.. I'll pay attention to the foot notes...

Hi, you might be interested to know that Wahoo has just released information regarding a new Adapter for several affected bikes including yours: https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2021/01/wahoo-further-clarifies-canyon-trek-giant-kickr-incompatibilities-with-new-adapter.html

>Rating: 5

Great equipment

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

You can't go wrong with the Kickr. Wahoo's customer service is spectacular. After a year and a half of heavy use they replaced my Kickr when the sensors needed repair.

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Is it compatible with Garmin head units? Say the 810?

Hi William, The Garmin 810 does not have FE-C protocol so it will not control the trainer, however if you are using the Garmin to record your workout then yes it will do that. If you are looking to have a head unit control the trainer to do specific targeted workouts you will want to look at getting a 530,830, or 1030. Cheers

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What derailleur setups does this trainer support out of the box? I currently use Campy record.

Hi Randy, Great questions. The trainer comes with a HG freehub body with a Shimano / SRAM style 11 spd cassette. It will work with Campy 11 spd systems but would not be as smooth. If you plan on using Campy you will want to swap out the driver body. Item # WHA0005 will allow you to run a campy cassette. Be sure to check to make sure you order the correct one for the trainer you have. In this case you want to select the one "KICKR 2018+". The bullet points in the description on that page will say it's for earlier models but as long as you select the one that says 2018 plus it is the correct one.