Wahoo KICKR trainer and Zwift platform first look

Smart trainer and gaming system permit pedaling entertainment in winter

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Wahoo Kickr Trainer and Zwift

Mtbr’s setup is over the top with a projector. But this same technology can be experienced using a smartphone.

What is it?

There are two products discussed in this video, the Wahoo KICKR smart trainer and the Zwift on-line gaming/training app. Trainers have traditionally been the most boring invention known to mountain bikers and only the most hardcore, goal-oriented riders were able to use them consistently. And that’s the key concept of consistency and sustainability that we want to explore. It’s simply not easy to do when we are mountain bikers used to the great outdoors.

But when days are short and the trails are covered in snow, desperation and chemical imbalance can set in our minds and bodies. We find our backs stiffening up and our mood changing when we don’t get our regular spin in. Wahoo and Zwift attempt to rescue us from this predicament by making a game out of indoor training.

Wahoo Kickr

The Wahoo KICKR is a top-shelf option at $1200.

In this video, we’ll keep it very simple. There is so much technology behind these platforms that the most tech hungry geek will be happy for days. But like the iPhone and modern bikes, technology is best when it is transparent and doesn’t interfere with the experience. We’ll dig into the ANT+ wattage details later.

Zwift

The graphics and music of the Zwift system are undoubtedly entertaining.

For more information visit www.wahoofitness.com and zwift.com.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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