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Wahoo KICKR 2018

Wahoo KICKR 2018
$1,200.00
Brand: Wahoo Fitness
Category: Direct Drive
  • Price: $1,200 USD
  • Max Power: 2,200 Watts
  • Max Incline: 20%
  • Flywheel Weight: 16 lbs
  • Power Accuracy: +/- 2%
  • Connectivity: Smart Bluetooth, ANT+ FE-C

My Rating

The overall rating is based on own experience

8.7 4.4 1
  • Connections 9 / 10
  • Compatibility 9 / 10
  • Design 8 / 10
  • Ease Of Setup 10 / 10
  • Accuracy 8 / 10
  • Road Feel 9 / 10
  • Noise Level 8 / 10

The KICKR has been leading the smart trainer market and I don’t see them slowing down any time soon.  It’s a solid trainer, accurate and quiet. I have no reservation recommending it to anyone.

Wahoo includes a cadence sensor and an 11-speed cassette with the KICKR 2018 and it’s usually ready to go out of the box. No assembly required and you don’t have to bother installing a cassette. I would like to see Wahoo make cadence measurement built into the trainer rather than a separate cadence sensor. It makes pairing to Zwift or Full Gaz on Apple TV much easier and I expect to see more companies release apps on the Apple TV in the next few years.

Wahoo also has their own iOS and Android app which you can use to completely control the trainer for no extra cost. This is important to mention since companies like Zwift, TrainerRoad, The Sufferfest are starting to raise their monthly membership fees. You can also control Wahoo trainers with a bike computer like the Wahoo ELEMNT, Bolt, or Garmin Edge bike computers.

 PROS

  • Good road feel
  • Good accuracy & powermatch option
  • Very quiet
  • Strong frame
  • 11-speed cassette is included
  • No assembly required
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 CONS

  • Requires calibration.
  • No built-in cadence measurement.
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Wahoo KICKR 2018 - Specs

General

  • Price
    $1,200
  • Released Date
    08 July 2018
  • Weight
    47 lb

Connectivity

  • ANT+
  • ANT+ FE-C
  • Smart Bluetooth
  • FTMS

Bike Compatibility

  • Rear Wheel Size
    650c Road/TT, 700c Road/TT, 650b MTB
  • Hub Type
    130 Quick Release, 135mm Quick Release, 12x142 Thru Axle, 12x148 Thru Axle
  • Drivetrain
    SRAM, Shimano, 11 Speed, 10 Speed, 9 Speed, 8 Speed, Campagnolo via Separate Adapter
  • Front Wheel Block Required
    No

Features

  • Resistance Type
    Electromagnetic
  • Maximum Power
    2000 Watts
  • Power Accuracy Level
    +/- 2%
  • Calibration Required
    Yes
  • Transmit Power
  • Transmit Speed
  • Transmit Cadence
  • Maximum Simulated Incline
    20%
  • Left/Right Power Measurement
    No
  • Simulate Descents
    No
  • Power Cord Required
    Yes
  • Firmware Update
    Wireless
  • Road Surface Simulation
    No
  • Other Notable Features
    KICKR CLIMB Compatible

App Compatibility

  • Zwift Compatibility
    Bluetooth, ANT+ FE-C
  • TrainerRoad Compatibility
    Bluetooth (iOS/Mac/Android), ANT+ FE-C (Mac/PC)
  • Other Apps Compatibility
    Yes

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