The 2018 Wahoo KICKR is the latest and greatest update to the classic product that revolutionized the trainer market when it was first released in 2013.
- Virtually silent operation
- Optimized, heavier 16 lb flywheel to provide riders with a more precise inertia needed to recreate an outdoor ride feel while training indoors
- KICKR Climb
- KICKR Headwind
- ANT+, ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth connectivity
Rear Wheel Size options
- 24" road/mtb
- 650c road
- 26" mtb
- 700c road
- 650b mtb
- 29" mtb
The 2018 Wahoo KICKR, if you're not familiar with it, is a direct-drive smart trainer. A direct-drive trainer eliminates the traditional tire-to-roller contact and instead, uses a fly-wheel to replace the bike's rear wheel. This allows the Wahoo KICKR to better simulate the power and inertia of outdoor riding, providing a realistic road feel than its wheel-on competitors.
The latest version of the Wahoo KICKR is heavy-duty, weighing 47 pounds and able to simulate up to a 20% grade. It's robust steel construction allows it to absorb a maximum power output of 2200 watts and makes it durable enough to handle years of heavy use.
The 2018 Wahoo KICKR introduces a heavier flywheel than its predecessor, improving ride feel to better simulate the acceleration and resistance you'd feel if you were out on the road.
While the unit is heavy, it has a convenient handle that helps make it easier to move when the need arises.
One of the best new features of the 2018 Wahoo KICKR is that it runs nearly silent. It is much quieter than the previous KICKR makes sure you won't wake the dead when you're putting in miles with an early-morning workout.
The 2018 Wahoo KICKR supports 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 2018 Wahoo 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 2018 Wahoo 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 Wahoo RPM Cadence Sensor is included with the Wahoo KICKR, so no additional purchase is necessary.
The 2018 Wahoo KICKR has thru axle compatibility for 12x142 and 12x148 thru axle options in addition to the standard 130 or 135-millimeter quick release skewers. An update to the main mast on the new Wahoo KICKR ensures clearance for flat mount and disk brake equipped bikes.
The 2018 Wahoo KICKR has support for the entire family of Wahoo products, including the new Wahoo KICKR CLIMB and the Wahoo KICKR Headwind.
The KICKR ships with an 11-speed SRAM/Shimano compatible cassette and is also compatible with 8, 9, or 10-speed SRAM/Shimano options. Both 650 and 700 road wheels are supported, and the KICKR does not require the use of a front wheel block to secure and lift the front wheel.
The Wahoo KICKR has been a Tri Shop best seller for several years and that's because few products are as innovative and as well-built. The 2018 edition of the Wahoo KICKR makes it even better.
In the Box
- RPM Cadence sensor
- Quick release skewer
- Disc brake caliper spacer
- 1.8 mm spacer
- Drive side adapter for 13 mm and 135 mm QR frames
- Reversible hub spacer for 130 mm and 135 mm QR frames
- Drive side adapter for 12x142 and 12x148 Thru axle frames
- Reversible hub spacer for thru axle