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  1. KICKR SNAP is designed to work with training platforms like Zwift and TrainerRoad that make riding indoors more competitive, interactive, convenient, and fun. Users can choose the Wahoo Fitness app or from a number of third-party apps to ride a virtual course with friends or perform a structured, power-based workout to achieve their fitness goals. KICKR Snap will be available October 2015 at select specialty retailers and WahooFitness.co.za for R12,999. Using ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 technology, KICKR SNAP connects wirelessly to Apple, Android and Windows platforms, so you can conveniently capture all of your important ride data. Further, Wahoo’s full line of sensors and devices, like the TICKR X Workout Tracker, can easily be integrated to record heart rate and cycling cadence. “When we introduced our first KICKR trainer in 2012, we redefined the trainer category by offering the first iPhone powered cycling trainer,” said Chip Hawkins, CEO of Wahoo Fitness. “The KICKR SNAP is a descendent of our gold standard KICKR, and provides similar features but is easier to use, so users of all abilities can stay fit year round.” SNAP features a wheel-on design, so users can easily attach a bicycle of almost any type. Weighing 38 pounds, SNAP provides a smooth and stable ride, and is designed to keep its feet firmly planted on the floor so you can ride with confidence. Thanks to a unique flywheel, SNAP has been engineered to replicate the inertia experienced when riding outdoors, providing the highest inertia of any smart trainer on the market and unmatched wattage at any speed.
  2. I have a power question to the Snap2. I am using a Quarq Dzero powermeter on my Race MTB. First rides on the Snap felt really heavy on my (powermeterless) trainerbike. I barely managed to push 70% of my normal power. Then I strapped on my Race bike with the Quarq. DCR compared the power readings of various trainers including the Snap and came to reasonably close readings. That is what I wanted to see too. But when measured against each other the Snap power was up to 80W less than on the Quarq (depending on cadence). The drivetrain is ok and maybe could cause a 3-4% loss but not that much. In order rule out user error I went on and did some investigation. But I am stuck at a dead end. Wahoo or Zwift Spindowns do not seem to make a difference. Using a road tyre at 110psi and 2 turns knob pressure produces a 29s spindown with the Wahoo app. A bit long if one believes the internet forum chats where 9-15s is said to be a good range. The advanced spindown (hidden in Wahoo app) reduces the spindown time notably on the second run but this does not seem to stick. Once the advanced spindown is completed and clicked away it is back to 29s. Racing in Zwift with a power much lower than in real life is not much fun. The only solution that produced a reliable eRacing setup was to use powermatch in Zwift using the Quarq. But that defeats the goal of not using my racebike with the Quarq PM on the trainer. So question: What am I still missing? What is your average spindown time on your Snap? I would like to see the trainer power reliably within 5% of the Quarq power. Any tips are welcome.
  3. Up until now I've been using a bike with a quick release on my Wahoo Kickr. When I changed out the end caps to fit a bike with a thru axle, I get this horrible sounding grinding noise when I pedal. Took the bike off the trainer, checked that everything was fitted correctly and put it back on and that grinding noise was still there. Checked bike alignment, tried various combinations of gears etc. I reckon it's the cap that goes over on the drive side that's rotating over the cassette's retention nut. Should I grease it or is there more to it than just changing out the end caps?
  4. Afternoon all, Opinions please regarding the Wahoo "Kickr 4" vs the "Kickr Core"? Worth the money? Any cheaper alternatives with automatic resistance etc? Thanks!
  5. Get ready to RUMBLE! We know you are tired of riding shoulder to shoulder with Aussies and Kiwis - that is why starting this Wednesday 19:35, its time for you South African Zwifters (Zaffas) to come out fighting! Wednesday night kicks off our “Fight Night” on Zwift, a 1- 1 ½ hour race (dependent on the course) specifically for us South Africans. Yes, we are going to have to let in a couple of Aussies, Kiwis and any nationality that doesn’t understand the difference between now, just now and now now……but we really want that screen filled with South African flags! How? I’ll get to that now now. Our Chief Torturers from our national PainCave.co.za clubs will join you in this race series and ensure there is at least some pain. The PainCave “Fight Night” race runs for 25 weeks with your best 10 races counting towards final standings and possibly even some great prizes courtesy of BuyCycle.co.za and paincave.co.za The format of the race series will be based on age and not watts/kg. If you don’t have access to a smart trainer at home, head off to www.paincave.co.za and book a slot at any of our studios for the Wednesday night “Fight Night” – there will be a couple of FREE slots available at each studio (first come first served……chat to them now!) https://zwift.com/events/view/64197 We will be adding more details over the next couple of days and weeks….so keep on heading back to check the latest news. This is a series organised and run by Zaffas for all you Saffas! NOTE: While Zwift is sorting out European GDPR regulations for Zwiftpower.com we will not be able to display a leaderboard. We are however confident that this will sorted out soon. So no prizes until this is sorted out, only bragging rights. Be quirky, be fun, be lekker. Enjoy the race!
  6. I need some help with setting up my Kickr to work with an Eagle 1x12 setup. I'm using the NX Eagle cassette but things aren't lining up so great when I try and shift up/down. I know other people run this setup, so I must be missing something?
  7. Hi All I understand the new Kickr is a lot quiter, but besides that, are there any other major differences in the 2017 Gen 3 model and the 2018 Gen 4 model? Thanks
  8. shaper

    Kickr Core

    Just released at Eurobike, will be priced to compete with Tacx Flux, the Kickr Core
  9. Hi all, So I've had my Kickr 3 for the past few months and it's been great - I only use it with Zwift at the moment. I've also set the trainer difficulty to max as suggested by someone else here, as this apparently allows the trainer to react quicker to changes in gradients. I did a firmware update on it on Sunday via the Wahoo App and then tried to do a spindown with the app but for some reason this didn't finish so I left it and went for a ride on Zwift and all worked like normal. Last night, I did a spindown within Zwift and this ran successfully. The problem came in during the ride. There was a noticeable increase in the resistance, regardless of the gradient. As an example, when the gradient hit 6-8%, the resistance felt as if the gradient was more like 10-14% and I could hardly turn the pedals over. I can usually remain seated between 6 - 7% but this was impossible. Has anyone else experienced this or have any suggestions?
  10. Hi World of cycling, I am desperate.. no beyond desperate.. at the point of hauling my heavy kickr out the window. No more patience. I need help... please. The issues: - my training program is on training peaks (TP) - i use wahoo kickr for indoor training - my heart rate monitor is garmin - cadence is wahoo cadence monitor Issue: How do I get all of these things to work TOGETHER? After many hours I have managed to sync TP to Rouvy Mobile App which also now has picked up my cadence but cant seem to pick up my HR? and somehow the training session is displayed in %FTP and not watts? How do I change this? Is this a TP issue rather than Rouvy setting? All I want it is my TP session, on my kickr, reading watts (not %FTP), with my HR and cadence reading. Why does this seem to be such a challenge?? SECOND ISSUE something is veeeeeery wrong with the kickr. My program has me at a warmup of 100 -120 watts (this is being read from the TP scheduled workout so I am not on erg mode, I am using rouvy) but i am struggling to ride. i reckon the watts are probably around 180. is this a calibration issue. Any guidance would be highly appeciated, otherwise going to trade this kickr for a watt bike, Thanks
  11. Hi all (once again if this topic's been covered, apologies.. I couldn't find a thread) I'm contemplating getting a bike to permanently leave on my IDT (a Kickr 2) So nothing fancy would be required.... or am I wrong? wheels, brakes etc obviously matter not. last thing I want to do is damage my IDT.
  12. So much want... I would love to add this to my setup. http://www.wahoofitness.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/product_background_image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/c/l/climb_zwift.jpg.pagespeed.ce.VVSwm1uikH.jpg
  13. After 3 months of exclusively riding on my VR Trainer I'm afraid to admit that I've pretty much used up all the interesting programmes and imagination that I posses. As it's still a few months before my shoulder will be healed enough to be allowed out onto tar I fear that I'll lose interest in the pain being inflicted on me by my VRT. Anyone got some suggestions to spice things up a bit through different power based workouts or specific intervals that are: a) a bit different b) beneficial c) FTP or PPO rather than heart rate or perceived effort based d) don't drag and seem longer than they are Please share your favourites.
  14. Using the Wahoo KICKR reminded me of Beyond 2000 and made me realize just how far technology has come to be able to ride on an indoor trainer, controlled by my cellphone using an online training program loaded with algorithms that not so long ago were spared for the very clever. Specifications Wireless Technology: ANT+ & Bluetooth 4.0 Devices: iOS / Android / PC (Mac and Windows) Resistance Type: Electromagnetic Accuracy: + / - 3% Wireless Software Updates: Yes 3rd Party Power Meter Support: Yes Metrics: Speed / Distance / Power / Cadence Flywheel Weight: 12.5 lbs Inertia (indexed to 100): 175 Max Wattage (@ 20 mph): 1550 W Max Incline (75 kg rider @10 mph): 15.0" Initial Impressions "It's not light." Weighing in at just under 21kg, it sure is a solid piece of tech. This will only be an issue issue if you travel with your IDT or move it around quite a bit. For most, it won't be an issue as it will most likely have a permanent spot somewhere in your house where you train. The plus side of the extra weight is it feels very solid. At no time did I feel like it wouldn't hold up to years and years of abuse.Design and fit is well thought out adding to it's ease of use. Swapping out bikes takes a minute or two, provided you can use the same cassette on both. Mounting a bike The Wahoo KICKR can accommodate just about any bike with 24", 650c, 700c, 26", 27.5", 29" wheel sizes are all catered for. 130mm, 135mm, 142 (with adapter) axle widths and 8,9,10 and 11 speed road ensures your investment in bike and trainer will not cause headaches down the line. Making the required adjustments is a quick and easy task and will you see you up and running in no time. The trainer needs an external device to control it and an electrical power source, although it can be pedaled if you'd really like or need to when power isn't an option. When you mount a bike for the first time, and every so often, you need to perform a spin-down test to recalibrate. Accessories Wahoo has a full range of accessories available to use with the KICKR or any other compatible devices. For the review, I chose to keep things simple and only used their RFLKT+ bike computer and TICKR X workout tracker / heart rate monitor. Wahoo TICKR X The TICKR X offers advanced motion analytics like cycling cadence and also includes memory for all the workouts that don’t allow you to keep a smartphone on hand. It works seamlessly with over 50 iPhone and Android Apps including Runkeeper, Strava, MapMyfitness, and Runmeter. Sharing and uploading your data is easy. Either email it to yourself or upload it to any of your favourite training platforms. I will be doing a separate review on the TICKR X, as it justifies it's own time in the spotlight. Wahoo RFLKT+ The app powered Wahoo RFLKT bike computer lets you control cycling app data from your handlebars and display in real-time. With the customizable screen, you can view speed, distance, time, heart rate, and more. After your ride, you are able to save and share your results with friends or a coach. I used it with both Wahoo's and Today's Plan's APPS and didn't experience any issues. Make a setup change on your phone or edit the page view and it immediately updates the display on the RFLKT+. The biggest advantage here is that you don't have to mount your phone on the bike and, should you use a tablet or laptop for your training, there's no need to have it around or even within sight. It also works for rides where you'd like to keep your phone out of site or harm's way, but still need to see the vitals of your ride. I used two different screens when on the trainer and when out on the tar. Just some of the apps that are Wahoo Kickr compatible. On the Trainer The KICKR can be controlled by a variety of external sources - iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC and most Android devices (running 4.3 or newer).We tested the KICKR with Bluetooth on a range of Apple as well as Android devices and with ANT+ on laptops with an ANT+ USB stick. On all of them connecting the device to the trainer was easy and took very little time. The connection was never dropped, readouts and any changes made were almost immediate with the only exception being when making a drastic change in resistance. Even then it only took a couple seconds for the KICKR to up the ante. I see that as a good thing though as it gives you some time to up your effort The Wahoo KICKR has a built-in power meter that allows you to accurately measure your effort. We tested the KICKR's wattage readings against power meters from other manufacturers and found the data to be accurate and (arguably) more important consistent. Most of my training on it I used it with Today's Plan which saved me the time to have to select a specific mode or set up a training plan. If you're not planning to use one of those you can opt for one of 4 settings: level (10 power curves), resistance (set in percentage), erg (specific wattage) and sim (a calculation of outdoor riding based on programmable slope, wind speed and your physical measurements taken from your profile). All of these work as advertised, but I found it easiest to follow my training plan. Doing that allows you full access to all of it's settings and measurements without the need to fiddle around. The Today's Plan APP connects to the KICKR in seconds and adding Wahoo's other devices was just as simple. What you have now is a trainer that will take you through your training leaving you to focus on cranking the pedals. Warm-up, cool down, resistance, wattage, specific zones are all included. In Today's Plan, you can select a training program for a specific race which will then (based on the amount of weeks you selected) work out a training program for you. All you have to do is get on your bike on the pre-selected days (these can be moved if you missed a training session) and the KICKR will do the rest. For the Strava fans among us there is another option: Segments by Wahoo Fitness. Downloading this app to a compatible device will allow you to link it to your Strava profile enabling you to ride and train certain segments. It adds a level of fun to your training and helps you quickly forget that you are working up a sweat. Verdict Think of Blu-Ray vs VHS when comparing the Wahoo KICKR to a standard trainer. Yes, there are mechanics involved, but the experience is more digital and online than anything else I've tried. I've never been able to survive longer than 30 minutes on a trainer mainly because I get bored unless I'm engaged. With the amount of info available while training with the KICKR it is impossible to get bored.An even bigger positive is the fact that there's very little you need to do to stay engaged - or entertained in my case. Wahoo have embraced APPS and open source fully with the KICKR and have managed to do it in such a way to make it easy for the electronically-illiterate to get up and running. The Kickr provides a very realistic feel, the transition through the power levels is very smooth and it's fairly quiet - certainly a lot quieter than anything else I've experienced. I would so far as to say that a KICKR and a subscription online training program like Today's Plan needs to form part of every serious cyclists training arsenal. Pricing Wahoo Fitness KICKR - RRP R16,999.00Wahoo Fitness RFLKT+ - RRP R1,999.00 Wahoo Fitness TICKR X - RRP R1,499.00 ProsEase of use Ability to mount just about any bicycle Integration with APPS APP tray is big and growing set up is quick, easy and painless In my mind represents good value for money for the semi to serious rider Sturdy and well-made No need for external blocks or levellers to get the perfect riding position Connection to devices are rock-solid Realistic feel Quiet Build in power meter, cadence and speed increase it's value for money ConsPrice? On the heavy side (See Pros). From the Manufacturer: REALISTIC ROAD FEEL KICKR’s professional-grade high inertia flywheel is engineered to provide an ultra realistic road feel. ACCURATE POWER Set your desired power level and the KICKR will automatically adjust the resistance to ensure your ride stays consistent and calibrated. SMART RESIST Set your resistance or power threshold through your chosen smartphone app for the most efficient workout possible.
  15. Beyond 2000 was a documentary TV Show that aired from 1985 to 1999 and featured technological innovations that were meant to improve our lives and be widely available to the mass market soon after the year 2000. Most inventions and ideas were outstanding and, for the time it was aired, quite out there. Flying cars, jetpacks as daily transport - next level stuff. Click here to view the article
  16. The Wahoo Kickr is a wireless ANT+/Bluetooth 4.0 power trainer with a built-in power meter that allows you to accurately measure and control your efforts. You can connect the trainer to a variety of apps, including Wahoo's own, or programs that control the resistance in real-time to follow along with a specific workout or a video course. Click here to view the article
  17. Wahoo claims it takes 120 seconds from unboxing until the first pedal stroke and, although I did not time the process, it certainly was easy and fairly straight forward. Weighing in at over 20kg it is a solid unit that won't get knocked around with ease. The Kickr has four settings: Level: Choose your power curve. Just like riding on a fluid or wind trainer, the faster you go, the harder it gets. The level you select determines the progression of your power curve. Resistance: Just like adjusting the brake in spin class. For those who need to be in complete control, this allows you to set the resistance of the brake anywhere from 0 to 100%. Regardless of speed, the brake will remain set until you decide to change it. Erg: Is Wahoo's personal favourite, claiming intervals have never been easier (or harder). Set your desired power and watch as the Kickr adjusts to keep you honest during your training. If your cadence drops, the Kickr will increase the resistance to maintain a constant power output, regardless of speed. Sim: With sim mode, you can enter your weight, bike type, riding position, headwind, and grade and the Kickr will accurately model the power curve just as if you were riding outdoors. Make sure your weight is properly set in the app and your tires size is correct to ensure accurate power calculations. FeaturesAccurate power measurement – Wheel off design for direct, lab accurate power measurement at the hub- consistent and calibrated throughout every gruelling kilometre Controlled resistance – Connected to your device, the Kickr sets your resistance via your favourite app or software Ultra-realistic road feel – Super flywheel engineered to replicate the inertia of an actual rider on the road Wireless control and data transfer – Bluetooth 4.0 (aka Bluetooth Smart) and ANT+ enabled Quiet As Can Be – Quiet as your favourite fluid trainer; no shouting required Virtual training – Works with popular training software such as Kinomap and TrainerRoad Compatible with iPhone 5 and newer, iPad (3rd generation and newer), and iPad Mini and compatible android devices I will be strapping myself to one over Cape Town's rainy months in an effort to bring you a comprehensive review on the unit as well as the apps and accessories. The Wahoo KICKR retails for R15,999 and is available online at Wahoo Fitness and through your local bike shop. RFLKT Computer and Wahoo TICKR X heart rate strapAlong with the trainer I've also been sent a Wahoo RFLKT Computer and Wahoo TICKR X heart rate strap to test. The RFLKT works by taking data collected from your phone’s GPS bike app (such as Wahoo’s own or Cyclemeter) and displays it on a small handlebar-mounted ‘computer’ (RFLKT) so you can keep your phone safely in a back pocket, hydration pack or saddle bag. The multiple display options and button actions for each sequentially toggled screen can be set up through your phone and even provides the ability to control music if you’re using headphones. The ​Wahoo Tickr X is no ordinary heart rate strap and comes with some unique features Memory storage for up to 16 hours of workouts – so no phone or watch required while running to record distance/pace/HR and other running smoothness metrics Indoor cycling cadence (when on a trainer/spin bike) Ability to double-tap HR strap to create laps, or also control music Vibration alert/confirmation when you connect the unit and create a lap The ability to record that data while only having to wear a heart rate strap is probably it's biggest selling point. No phone or watch needed - just the strap, you and the open road. This does mean you won’t be able to see any heart rate data until after the run or ride if you wear only the strap, but for most that won't be a big issue. I for one am not bothered with those figures while on most rides. From the Manufacturer: More details here: http://www.wahoofitness.com/devices/kickr.html
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