Review: Wahoo KICKR Power Trainer


The Wahoo KICKR Power Trainer is so advanced and such a paradigm shift from current trainers that we decided to shoot a video to explain and evaluate the package. It is just such a departure from current trainers that explaining it in text is rather difficult. So come explore with us and see what Wahoo has done to spice up one of the good old bike trainer.

Video: We attempt to explain the genius behind the Wahoo KICKR Power Trainer.

  • Accurate power measurement – Wheel off design for direct, lab accurate power measurement at the hub – consistent and calibrated throughout every grueling mile
  • Controlled resistance – Connected to your device, the KICKR sets your resistance via your favorite app or software
  • Ultra-realistic road feel – Super flywheel engineered to replicate the inertia of an actual rider on the road
  • Wireless control and data transfer – Bluetooth 4.0 (aka Bluetooth Smart) and ANT+ enabled
  • Quiet As Can Be – Quiet as your favorite fluid trainer; no shouting required!
  • Virtual training – Works with popular training software such as Kinomap and TrainerRoad
  • Compatible with iPhone 5 and newer, iPad (3rd generation and newer), and iPad Mini. And now Android compatible.
  • The flywheel weighs in at 28 lbs for a realistic pedaling feel. The KICKR unit is 48lbs which makes it very stable for out of the saddle and interval efforts. Floor leveling feet are adjustable for uneven floor surfaces. The trainer legs fold easily and neatly for storage. Though heavy, the trainer will work on the field as well as you can use the trainer with a car cigarette lighter charger or remote battery.
  • The KICKR currently works with 14 different apps and software programs. More are becoming available each month.
  • Wahoo Segments is available for a one-time $30 purchase for the iPad only which is Strava Segments for indoor riding, so now you can take any Strava segment in the world.

  • Hub Width: 130mm (road) or 135mm (mountain),
  • Rear Axle: Quick Release, 142mm Rear axle compatible with the purchase of adapters for $29.99 retail.
  • Drivetrain: Sram/Shimano 10-speed
  • Requires Purchase/Installation of New Cassette: For Sram/Shimano 7/8/9/11-speed
  • Campagnolo 9/10/11-speed (also requires Campagnolo freehub adapter – sold separately)
  • Note for Campagnolo 11-speed Compatibility: Rear derailleur may contact a plastic cover when shifting into the largest cog on the cassette; this may prevent the use of that cog.
  • Rear Wheel Size: 24″ RD / 24″ MTB / 650c RD / 26″ MTB / 700c RD / 650b MTB / 29″ RD
  • Price: $1099

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  • Hugo says:

    Does it required a cassette ?you have to buy a new one ?take your of the wheel and engage on it ?will your worn chain accept the new cassette when you are really hammering ?but hey not very noise that’s good , but why not buy a good static bike

  • Matthew Park says:

    I wanna get it.. but it isn’t imported my country.. :(

  • Joe Edwards says:

    The wahoo is great. I bought one after the frustration I had dealing with my computrainer. The wahoo is far superior, and a great training tool.

  • Bob Adas says:

    I’ve had my Kickr since early January and absolutely love it! I replaced my TACX product with it and what an improvement I saw including support, quality of product and open architecture.
    I started out using the Wahoo Fitness software and the Kinomap trainer software on my iphone (using Bluetooth). I’m now also using the free software from VeloReality on my PC (ANT+). That’s the versatility of the Wahoo Kickr – - it works with both BTLE and ANT+ Wow – - what an improvement with the VeloReality software over TACX! Rumor has it that VeloReality is working on a ‘conversion’ program to take the old TACX and other RLV videos such that they will work on their software. This would be a huge benefit to people like me that have investments of 40+ videos. Also, this would make it a lot easier for the TACX crowd to move to the Wahoo Kickr.

  • Mike says:

    I’ve had a Kickr since January and I love it. Well, no actually, I DID love it – for the few weeks it worked. It’s been back with Wahoo’s Australian distributor now for over 6 weeks while they try to make it work again.
    The ANT+ and bluetooth sensors stopped working – started working intermittently. Should be a very simple fix, but no. 6 weeks and still no idea of when it will be back.
    If the product was reliable and/or the service in Australia was acceptable I’d say race out and buy one… Wish I had not!
    I’d buy a BKool or one of the other VR trainers. NOT a Wahoo Kickr.

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