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    KICKR SNAP Smart Power Trainer

    Whether you've got a spring race that's going to require some serious winter base mileage or cycling is your year-round passion, investing in the right indoor oasis is crucial to coming out stronger than ever when the snow melts. Upgrade your at-home base camp and train with Wahoo's KICKR SNAP PowerTrainer to make you feel like you're riding outside and getting the most out of your suffer sessions.

    While some days certainly call for spinning the pedals mindlessly while binge watching your favorite show, if you want to get better by spring, sync up the KICKR SNAP with your favorite training app and do some work. One of the friendlier trainers on the market, the KICKR SNAP works with just about every major training app, ANT+, Bluetooth, as well as Android, Windows, or Apple devices, so you can track your workout and control the trainer from one place. Talk to it using any of the above and watch as it displays speed, distance, and power on your chosen screen without having to be hooked up to additional finicky sensors. While it puts you through a workout, enjoy the realistic sensation delivered by a 10.5lb flywheel that anchors the system, helping you feel more like you're outside even if the view out the window says otherwise.

    • Realistic trainer ideal for strength-building winter workouts
    • Controlled via Bluetooth or ANT+ wireless
    • Compatible with all major operating systems and apps
    • Includes built-in power meter
    • Foldable for easy storage
    • Requires an external power source to run
    • Item #WHA000O

    Tech Specs

    Bluetooth Smart, ANT+
    Operating System
    iOS, Android, PC
    front wheel block
    29 x 26in
    Recommended Use
    indoor training
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

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    This is the ticket

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    If you are looking to stay in shape throughout the whole year, but live in an area where the ability to ride during the winter is tough due to the conditions then I strongly recommend looking into this trainer. It brings indoor cycling to a whole new level.

    Now there is no "off season"

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    As the days have gotten shorter and colder, this trainer gives me no excuse not to ride. Easy to set up, super quiet, and the integration with tracking and power apps is great. So happy with this purchase. Just needs a plug that I can use to power the TV by riding.

    Bang for the buck

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I would be very hard pressed to come up with any criticism for the Kickr Snap. I've used it for more than 8000 miles on Zwift over about 16 months. It's awesome.

    First trainer replaced, no more issues

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I ordered this trainer and initially had a bit of issues. Wahoo opted to replace it, and the replacement was also a dud. Their customer service truly went above and beyond to make me happy, and gave me several options. I decided to get a third trainer, this time I didn't experience any issues. When you purchase this trainer, I would recommend running a factory advanced spin down, which requires an iPhone ( When I received my replacement, the power output was way off, even after several spin downs with my Android device. Overall, I'm very happy with the trainer and I would recommend the product for anyone who can't ride outside during the winter months.

    A must Purchase for Serious Indoor Rides

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    As an ex. collegiate runner, I couldn't run on a treadmill for more than 30 minutes without being driven insane. The same goes for a bike. I used to hate sitting on a bike watching a tiny dumb screen with 3 tv channels I didnt want to watch. The Kickr Snap changes all of that. Syncing with Zwift and TrainerRoad is actually really fun and enjoyable. Getting a power reading from the Kickr makes it the perfect tool to get a productive bike workout in. I find myself riding my Kickr more now because I don't have to worry about traffic or wind resistance and know exactly how hard I'm working. I love it!

    Among my best cycling investments.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Being a cyclist living in CT, routinely logging 10k miles/yr, I’ve invested heavily in cycling gear. When the roads turn icy I would climb on my old trainer begrudgingly and count the minutes until the self imposed hour finally ended. The Kickr Snap (and Zwift) quickly changed all that. Not being a racer I couldn’t see spending $1200 for the Kickr, although I read and heard great things. At $600, this is a great buy for a serious cyclist. Simple to unbox and get running, the Snap really is a home run. Love it!

    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!

    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.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Update: When I posted this comment, I was pretty disappointed with the Snap. However, to Wahoo's credit, they did work with me through this. Initially, they sent me files with potential ways for me to fix the noise problem. None of it worked. I sent the video back to Wahoo on the sound and after back and forth emails, they decided to replace my Kickr Snap. I sent back the Wahoo (paid by them), and they quickly sent me my new Wahoo two days later. Since the replacement, it's been working like a charm. No more annoying noise.
    Thank you Wahoo. I'll change my rating from 2 to a 5 start. The five is for the customer service I've received.

    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.

    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.

    Unanswered Question

    Is the Wahoo Snap compatible with a Specialized Ruby Expert? I have Di2 and disc brakes and a 11-34 cassette. It’s a 2015 model.