Here is our full review of the Wahoo Kickr Bike. This is a set exercise bike that you can ride at home. It has so many positions that you can change that it’s almost like riding your road bike. Team GB has been using Wahoo technology to train for years, and the quality of this fixed-only version of the turbo trainer technology shows why. Even the best machine doesn’t give you this much choice.
This is more expensive than a turbo trainer, but you don’t have to mess with connecting your bike to it to train. That means you have one less reason not to ride when it’s raining. There’s more to it than that, though. If you’re not sure which cycling answer to buy, you should read our guide on turbo trainers vs. exercise bikes.
Wahoo Kickr Bike specifications
|Dimensions||54″ L x 27″ W x 47″ H (137cm L x 68.6cm W x 119.4cm H)|
|Weight||93 lbs (42 kg)|
|Maximum Power Output||2200 watts|
|Maximum Simulated Grade||20%|
|Wireless Connectivity||ANT+, ANT+ FE-C, and Bluetooth|
|Compatibility||130/135mm QR, 12×142, and 12×148 Thru Axle|
Design and Aesthetics
The Wahoo Kickr Bike is strong. As soon as you take this out of the box, you can feel that it weighs 42 kg. Even though it’s pretty small, this is pretty easy to fold out. Once you’ve added the legs to the back, which go in easily, all that’s left to do is add the seat and handlebars. The most important thing is that you can follow the whole process of setting up on the app, which shows you what to do with words and pictures.
You can do this based on how it feels or follow a setting guide to make sure it works with your road bike. Take a picture of your road bike against a white wall, circle some important parts of the bike, and enter some data. This will give you the settings you need to make the Kickr Bike look exactly like the picture. You can buy this kckr bike from its official website
Wahoo Kickr Bike review: Setup
If setting up something is too hard or takes too long, we probably won’t do it. And that’s why my Kickr Axis has a bike just for me. I never have to move or take it away. It’s just right. And that’s another great thing about the Kickr Bike. It’s just right.
When you take it out of the big box, you’ll see that it’s already mostly put together. You’ll need to plug it in and connect the handlebars, saddle, pedals, and flywheel. Aside from that, it only takes a few minutes to set up and is ready to go.
Wahoo Kickr Bike review: Performance
The Wahoo Kickr Bike is so well made that it can handle up to 2200W, and the V2 model can handle up to 2500W. To put that in perspective, most beginner riders have an FTP number of about 150W, which is the amount of power they can keep up for an hour. Better riders can reach 300W, and some can even go over 1,000W, but that is usually a high power output, not a constant one. When riders reach the Olympic level, they can reach 2,200W and even hold that for a short time, but not for long.
Accuracy and connectivity
The Wahoo Kickr claims to be accurate to within 1% of readings. This indicates the power meter’s internal accuracy; for example, a reading of 250 watts on my Wahoo Kickr Bike test unit might be anywhere between 247 and 252 watts.
Studies have demonstrated that even within the same model class, power meters from different manufacturers and measuring in different units will produce somewhat varied readings, making ‘trueness’ (and hence comparison to other power meters) a separate problem.
Wahoo Kickr Bike review: Price and Availability
The price of Wahoo’s bike is £2999.99. That’s a lot more than rivals like the Tacx Neo, which costs £2299.99, and the Wattbike Atom, which now costs £1899.99 (in its new model) instead of £1599. All three use a method called electromagnetic resistance and can handle 2200 watts or more. With its custom gears and Climb gradient feature, however, the Kickr bike gives you a ride like no other.
After only a month using the Kickr Bike, my initial impressions have shifted and I can understand its widespread appeal. Getting it set up to match your precise location doesn’t take any effort at all. It’s extremely simple if you’ve had a fit recently, but even the photo method is an excellent place to begin.
The interface elements are uncomplicated and simple to replace. The saddle and handlebar tape were both things I found unappealing, but they weren’t dealbreakers. Wahoo wouldn’t be doing you any favors by providing you with a more expensive touchpoint that you wouldn’t prefer and would eventually replace.
Wahoo Kickr Bike Ratings
Wahoo Kickr Bike review: THE GOOD AND THE Bad
- Quiet with a realistic ride feel
- Decent app support
- Very expensive
Wahoo bike Q-Factor is 150mm (Q-Factor is the distance between your feet, measured at the point where the pedal touches the crank arms), which is around 10mm more than my road bike (but 10mm less than the Wattbike Atom) because there is nowhere else to put this information.
Easy to move and store, the KICKR can be collapsed by folding in the two stabilizing legs and setting the trainer height to the 650c Road Bike setting, which is the second smallest. This reduces the footprint and other dimensions for storage, shipping, or transportation.