With the success of Peloton and growth of indoor spin classes in general, it was only a matter of time before the smart trainer brands wanted in on the full smart bike action. At Eurobike yesterday, Wahoo Fitness unveiled the new KICKR BIKE, a fully connected, completely integrated smart bike for all your indoor training workouts.
Built on the KICKR platform, KICKR BIKE combines the KICKR trainer’s ride feel with upgraded innovations like integrated grade simulation, both uphill and down. Front and rear braking allows you to control your speed just as you would out on the road.
The KICKR BIKE’s proprietary “gear shifters” can be easily set up to replicate seven different custom gear shifting configurations from Shimano, SRAM, and Campagnolo. Additionally, you can easily customize the front chainrings and rear cog selection to identically match the bike shifting platforms of your outdoor bikes. There are even proprietary algorithms built into the pedaling that provide a genuine shifting feel.
Out-of-the-box assembly is simple and integrated into the Wahoo App. Step-by-step instructions, images, and video guide you through a set-up that typically takes less than ten minutes. Like assembly, bike fit is also guided through the Wahoo App for precision, consistency, and ease. Within the Wahoo App, you can take a photo of your outdoor bike, enter your own body measurements, or import measurements from professional fit systems like RETUL and GURU to adjust the KICKR BIKE’s five contact points to generate a perfect fit.
The six-point adjustment system means the KICKR BIKE can mirror your outdoor bike’s exact geometry. A custom crankset with five built-in, selectable lengths mean no adapters needed. Virtual cockpit settings not only allow you to match your bike’s gear ratios and shifter configuration, but also feature tilt buttons to manually control grade changes or integrate with third party apps, like Zwift and The Sufferfest.
“The KICKR Bike represents the highest standard for indoor smart bike performance and has extensive features,” says Wahoo’s Director of Product Management, Jose Mendez. “However, we went to great lengths to ensure the product remained simple and intuitive to set up and operate. We’ve learned that it’s not enough to make a product with a lot of great features. We knew the KICKR BIKE needed to be as effortless as possible to use so athletes can focus on training and not troubleshooting.”
The KICKR BIKE retails for $3499.99 and will ship in October 2019 in the US. It is available now for purchase on the Wahoo Fitness website and availability will expand to Europe and other markets in early 2020.