Wahoo Turbo Trainers Arrive

published by bktr on 26/01/2018 09:07:00

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Winter can be a frustrating time for cyclists. Despite your best of intentions, the weather and lack of daylight can seriously limit the amount of riding you manage to do, and you can feel the gains from all those miles you put in over the summer gradually slip away. Even if you’re prepared to brave the most miserable of winter conditions, sometimes it’s just not safe to venture onto the road, and let’s face it, not very pleasant either.

Turbo trainers have moved on considerably in recent years. Gone are the days of spinning away frantically while staring at a blank wall, or trying to follow the latest goings on in Albert Square over the whirr of the trainer and your heaving lungs.

A new generation of smart trainers have taken the tediousness out of static cycling, and turned what was once a monotonous chore into a fun activity that’s as enjoyable as it is beneficial.

While there are a few different brands of smart turbo trainer on the market, the latest models from Wahoo are getting rave reviews across the board.

The Wahoo Kickr is a direct drive turbo trainer, which requires you to remove the rear wheel of your bike and fit the frame directly to the trainer, saving wear on your tyres and offering a much smoother, more stable ride than wheel-on trainers.

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The new Kickr has clearance for disc brakes as well as compatibility with 12x142 and 12x148 thru axles, in addition to standard 130/135mm quick release, so you can use it with gravel or mountain bikes, as well as road bikes.

In terms of power, the Kickr offers a massive 2,000 watts of resistance, and can simulate up to 20% gradient, which should be more than enough for the strongest of cyclists. The integrated power meter has Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ connectivity, which allows you to control the resistance from your phone, tablet or bike computer using a dedicated app. Better still, you can hook up to one of the range of programmes, such as Zwift, TrainerRoad or Sufferfest, for an interactive training session.

If you’ve never used Zwift, it can best be described as an interactive computer game in which you ride alongside virtual representations of fellow riders from far and wide, who also happen to be connected to the programme and spinning on their turbo trainers at the same time. You can even connect with friends and head out on virtual group rides from the comfort of your respective homes. It’s much easier to stay motivated when you’re riding along in a virtual peloton, through ever changing virtual surroundings, than it is staring blankly at the same four walls losing the will to pedal, especially when you know that your fellow avatars are being powered by real life cyclists.

However, if you’re the kind of rider who finds motivation in the monitoring of stats, then a more performance-based programme, such as TrainerRoad or Sufferfest may be more up your street

In order to emulate real-life cycling better still, Wahoo has developed a clever add-on for the Kickr, which lifts the front end of your bike as the trainer simulates a climb, making you feel as if you are actually climbing.

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For those who prefer not to have to remove their rear wheel in order to use a trainer, Wahoo also offers the Kickr Snap, a cheaper model, which offers the same control, accuracy and connectivity as the original Kickr, but has a lower power output (1500w), lower maximum incline (12%), and a slightly less convincing road feel.

Whichever model you choose to go for, these trainers are guaranteed to revolutionise your indoor training sessions, and you may even start to prefer it to riding outside, especially on bad weather days!

To see for yourself what all the fuss is about, head along to our Ings store where we’re stocking all three models, in addition to Wahoo’s fantastic Elemnt and Elemnt Bolt bike computers.