Wahoo Kickr Bike – Virtual Indoor Cycling with Realism

Virtual riding on the Wahoo Kickr Bike

Indoor Training for Pros

If you're a serious competitor in cycling, you know the importance of not missing your training. When conditions on the road are not favorable, the Wahoo Fitness Kickr bike can be of great help.


The Kickr bike is not your average indoor bike. It can simulate hill climbing and descent by angling up or down; it matches the gear ratios and functionality of group sets from leading manufacturers like SRAM, Shimano, and Campagnolo; and matches the fit to your outdoor bike's exact geometry.


The indoor bike aims to be as realistic as possible. It even maintains speed on virtual descents just like a bike would in the real world and brakes like the real thing.


You can add more realism with the Kickr Headwind - a sensor-controlled smart fan that increases in power with your speed or heart rate. It can blow at speeds over 30 mph (48 km/h) and has the added benefit of keeping you cool as you push yourself.


To make the most out the Kickr you can easily pair it to your ELEMNT GPS bike computer, smartphone, tablet, or PC. It is compatible with the most popular training apps such as The Sufferfest, Zwift, TrainerRoad, Strava Summit, Fulgaz, and Rouvy. Connect to a screen to see yourself in the virtual world.


When using an app like Zwift and Fulgaz, the Kickr bike goes up or down automatically depending on the gradient of the terrain in the app. When not using the app, you can adjust the gradient manually using buttons on the handlebar (ascents of up to 20% and decents of -15%.)


The Kickr bike automatically measures speed, distance, power, and cadence without the need to connect extra sensors.


A digital display clearly communicates the gearing and grad so you can maximize your performance at each stage of the ride.

Fits just like your outdoor bike

To match your outdoor bike's fit and geometry, you first use the Wahoo app to take a picture of yourself and your bike and input your body's measurements. The will then calculate the settings you need so that it will match perfectly to your outdoor bike.


You can also use your own saddle, pedals, stem, handlebar and bar tape.

Wahoo Kickr Bike Review

Pros

  • Realistic feel
  • Gradient control
  • Easy to match your fit
  • Silent motor

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Screen not included
Ride Review

Conclusion:

The Kickr Bike retails for $3,499. It's not for the casual cyclist. It's for pros or people with money who want to experience the best realistic cycling indoors. If you connect to an app and a screen it'll feel like you're playing a video game.

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