We reviewed the Wahoo Kickr Bike V1 and found that it delivered one of the nicest rides of any indoor trainer we'd ever ridden. This version is no longer available to buy but all the features that we saw on the first generation are still present on the tweaked version of the Wahoo Kickr Bike, with added built-in WiFi and a slightly higher max wattage.
The adjustability is very impressive, as you're able to raise or lower the entire bike and tweak the reach at both the handlebar and saddle. Wahoo cranks this up to next level by inputting the numbers from a pro bike bit into the app that then tells you exactly where the adjustable sliders should go. That feel’s also down to the resistance unit, which is a combination of flywheel and motor that offers up to 2,500 watts of resistance, compared with 2,200 watts on the first generation.
Virtual gearing’s effective and real-time gradient changes peak at 20% with descents of 15% with power accuracy around 1%. As you’d expect from the US manufacturer, the Kickr Bike seamlessly integrates with other Wahoo products, plus it’s compatible with the major training apps. Yes, it’s not cheap but it is impressive.
Wahoo has just launched the Kickr Bike Shift that’s a lot cheaper than the brand’s existing smart bike - check back to see how we found it.