The Wahoo Kickr Core is a little brother to the Wahoo Kickr; the innovative "Smart" trainer that revolutionized the trainer market when it was first released in 2013.
The Wahoo KICKR Core is a direct drive trainer, eliminating the traditional tire-to-roller contact. Instead the Wahoo KICKR Core uses a fly-wheel to replace the bike's rear wheel. This allows the KICKR Core to better simulate the power and inertia of outdoor riding, providing a realistic road feel than its wheel-on competitors.
The most important part of the Wahoo KICKR Core is its direct-drive resistance unit, which is very similar to the resistance unit found in the original Wahoo Kickr. It's not as heavy as the top-end Wahoo KICKR, but improvements to the original resistance unit have helped the KICKR Core provide excellent road feel while weighing less at 40 pounds. The KICKR Core can simulate up to a 16% grade and absorb a maximum power output of 1800 watts.
The Wahoo KICKR Core runs very quiet and quieter than the original KICKR, but not quite as silent as the new top-end KICKR.
The KICKR Core supports all of the connectivity options of the high-end KICKR, including connectivity with ANT+, Bluetooth Smart, and ANT+ FE-C. An ANT+ FE-C connection allows the KICKR to be controlled from any FE-C enabled device or application, including the Wahoo ELEMNT and Wahoo BOLT bike computers as well as the Garmin Edge 520, 520 Plus, 820, 1000, and Edge 1030.
In addition to bike computers, the KICKR can connect to software on your iOS, Android, and PC devices to simulate rides and routes. Through software, you can ride virtually with groups and even race other riders no matter where they are connected. Zwift and TrainerRoad, two of the more popular training apps, work seamlessly with the Wahoo KICKR. New apps, such as FulGaz, work great as well.
The KICKR also functions as a power meter and claims power accuracy within 2%. If you already use a power meter on your bike, we recommend you use the power output from your power meter instead of the KICKR's power readings to determine effort and resistance.
The KICKR calculates power at the trainer, but your bike's power meter might be gauging power at the pedal or crank. This can create a discrepancy between the power recorded by the KICKR and the power recorded by your power meter. By using your own power meter data to determine resistance and effort, you will be able to maintain consistency no matter whether you're riding indoors or outdoors.
In addition to power, the KICKR can measure speed and distance, and when paired with a Wahoo RPM Cadence Sensor, it can track cadence.
The KICKR Core has thru axle compatibility for 12x142 and 12x148 thru axle options in addition to the standard 130 or 135-millimeter quick release skewers.
The KICKR Core has support for the KICKR Climb hardware, which recreates the sensation of hill riding by raising and lowering the front wheel in coordination with the KICKR Trainer and a training application.
The KICKR Core does not ship with a cassette, so you’ll have to use your own cassette or purchase a new one. You’ll also need a front wheel block.
The new KICKR has support for the entire family of Wahoo products, including the new Wahoo KICKR CLIMB and the Wahoo KICKR Headwind.
The KICKR Core does not include a cassette and does not include the Wahoo RPM Cadence Sensor like it's top-end KICKR sibling. If you have 650c wheels, you will need a riser block with the KICKR Core.
The Wahoo KICKR family of smart bike trainers has been a Tri Shop best seller for several years and that's because few products are as innovative and as well-built. Get yours today at the shop or online at Tri Shop.com.