The first thing that you'll notice about the KICKR Trainer is
that it's design allows the bike to be connected to the trainer without
your rear wheel attached. This accomplishes several things. It reduces
wear and tear on your tires, wheel and hubs, makes attachment much
easier and provides a more accurate platform for measuring wattage.
more squared off tires or compression of your carbon dream bike. The
mounting system is simple, secure and just makes sense. In other wattage
based trainers, wattage was read from the tire contact point and would
have to be adjusted with each ride and even with changes in temperature.
There was always a risk of tire slippage during big efforts which
could potentially invalidate your power data. None of these are issues
with the KICKR.
With a heavy, 12 pound flywheel to provide a
realistic road feel the KICKR allows you to ease off the pace a bit,
stretch your back and then get back on it without feeling that you have
to accelerate from zero. In addition, the KICKR puts out about the same
noise as a standard fluid trainer and uses a Gates Carbon Drive belt
for engagement rather than a traditional chain. These belts are
practically indestructible and won't stretch over time as standard
cycling chains do.
Please note: International shipping for this item plus additional customs/duties and fees will be exorbitant. Domestic orders only please.
The software of the KICKR trainer is what takes it to the next
level. Wahoo has opened up the platform and allowed other developers
access, so the KICKR integrates with a variety of other software and
apps. You can ride STRAVA segments, stages of the Tour with video, or
just scehdule an intense interval session. The trainer will match
resistance seamlessly without you needing to do anything but ride.
connections are wireless as well. Supporting ANT+ as well as Bluetooth
4.0 connections the KICKR connects to smartphones, tablets and
computers. This allows you to track wattage, speed, distance and more
with minimal setup.
Even if you are the most die hard, Bernard Hinault circa 1980 Liege-Bastogne-Liege
type of rider, there are some days when a trainer is the only option.
This is that trainer. It can make you faster through focused training, won't put undue wear on
your bike, and with its open platform, is essentially upgradeable. We
have a demo on the floor right now. If you still aren't sold, swing by
the shop and spend five minutes on one. The KICKR can help provide
focused training and bring an element to indoor training that has always
been missing... The fun.