Wahoo claims it takes 120 seconds from unboxing until the first pedal stroke and, although I did not time the process, it certainly was easy and fairly straight forward. Weighing in at over 20kg it is a solid unit that won't get knocked around with ease.
The Kickr has four settings:
Level: Choose your power curve. Just like riding on a fluid or wind trainer, the faster you go, the harder it gets. The level you select determines the progression of your power curve.
Resistance: Just like adjusting the brake in spin class. For those who need to be in complete control, this allows you to set the resistance of the brake anywhere from 0 to 100%. Regardless of speed, the brake will remain set until you decide to change it.
Erg: Is Wahoo's personal favourite, claiming intervals have never been easier (or harder). Set your desired power and watch as the Kickr adjusts to keep you honest during your training. If your cadence drops, the Kickr will increase the resistance to maintain a constant power output, regardless of speed.
Sim: With sim mode, you can enter your weight, bike type, riding position, headwind, and grade and the Kickr will accurately model the power curve just as if you were riding outdoors. Make sure your weight is properly set in the app and your tires size is correct to ensure accurate power calculations.
- Accurate power measurement – Wheel off design for direct, lab accurate power measurement at the hub- consistent and calibrated throughout every gruelling kilometre
- Controlled resistance – Connected to your device, the Kickr sets your resistance via your favourite 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 favourite 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 compatible android devices
I will be strapping myself to one over Cape Town's rainy months in an effort to bring you a comprehensive review on the unit as well as the apps and accessories.
The Wahoo KICKR retails for R15,999 and is available online at Wahoo Fitness and through your local bike shop.
RFLKT Computer and Wahoo TICKR X heart rate strap
Along with the trainer I've also been sent a Wahoo RFLKT Computer and Wahoo TICKR X heart rate strap to test.
The RFLKT works by taking data collected from your phone’s GPS bike app (such as Wahoo’s own or Cyclemeter) and displays it on a small handlebar-mounted ‘computer’ (RFLKT) so you can keep your phone safely in a back pocket, hydration pack or saddle bag. The multiple display options and button actions for each sequentially toggled screen can be set up through your phone and even provides the ability to control music if you’re using headphones.
The Wahoo Tickr X is no ordinary heart rate strap and comes with some unique features
- Memory storage for up to 16 hours of workouts – so no phone or watch required while running to record distance/pace/HR and other running smoothness metrics
- Indoor cycling cadence (when on a trainer/spin bike)
- Ability to double-tap HR strap to create laps, or also control music
- Vibration alert/confirmation when you connect the unit and create a lap
From the Manufacturer:
More details here: http://www.wahoofitn...ices/kickr.html