While the current Wahoo Kickr and most other bike trainers adjust the load as you ride uphill and downhill in your training program or virtual worlds like Zwift, you remain in a neutral body position. Taking a cue from the Icon Fitness playbook, Wahoo created the new Kickr Climb to control the angle of your bike to better simulate climbing and descending during your indoor workout.
Kickr Climb hooks onto your front fork and quickly raises and lowers your bike to match ascents of up to 20% and descents of -10% when paired with the 2017 editions of Kickr or Kickr Snap. By adding physical grade changes to your virtual ride, your training not only becomes more realistic, but you can also naturally change position on the bike, engage climbing muscles, and improve your pedaling technique while indoors — this should translate better when you finally get to head outdoors and hit the open road.
The Kickr Climb works in two modes — Unlock and Locked. Unlock Mode enables the unit to react to grade changes from external sources such as Zwift or TrainerRoad, or from your ELEMNT or ELEMNT BOLT GPS bike computer. Lock Mode ensures the Kickr Climb will only respond to commands received from the remote.
The wireless remote attaches to your handlebars so you can adjust the grade manually with a simple press of a button. When not in use the remote conveniently stores away in the top of the Kickr Climb.
The Wahoo Kickr Climb retails for $599 and will be available soon. The Kickr Climb supports standard quick release hubs as well as 12×100, 15×100 and 15×110 thru axle hubs.
Looks like I am going to have to buy a new Kickr bike trainer for the winter season…