Seeing as we’re pretty much surgically connected to our iPhones, using it to assist in our training and racing seems common sense, especially since there’s 101 different apps out there to help us along the way. And that’s exactly what Wahoo thought too.
Established three years ago, the American-based company has specialised in developing fitness hardware compatible with iPhone’s low-energy-consuming Bluetooth smart technology.
This means you choosing your favourite fitness app and purchasing either the £69.95 Blue HR, £49.95 Blue SC, and/ or the ANT+ plug-in and suddenly your phone also becomes your heart rate monitor and bike computer.
If the thought of strapping your precious, fragile and expensive-to-replace phone to a handlebar leaves you feeling slightly nervous, you’ll be pleased to know that Wahoo has also developed the RFLKT (‘reflect’) to act as a remote display unit, allowing you to flick though the various screens of your chosen iPhone app, all the while keeping your phone nestled safely in your back pocket.
While £119.99 isn’t exactly cheap for the display unit, when you consider its only limitations are the software you’ve downloaded, it suddenly becomes a lot cheaper than owning a GPS unit, and if you purchase the additional ANT+ plug-in, it becomes a powermeter display.
The elephant in the room is the iPhone battery. Wahoo tells us that you should get up to six hours of recording data from a fully charged phone, but we think that might be optimistic and only testing will confirm.
Nobody particularly enjoys turbo sessions, but the KICKR could be about to make them slightly more inviting. Firstly, there’s ease of set-up by using a wheel-out system.
Then there’s the ability to remotely control the electro-magnetic resistance via your iPhone or iPad, or even downloading a training session to auto-adjust for you.
If that’s not enough, sign up to Kinomap and download its geolocated videos, adjusting the resistance according to the terrain you ride on some of the most iconic routes out there.Toys like this don’t come cheap, and you’ll need to part with £1,099 to get this level of entertaining training.
This article was first published in the June 13 issue of Cycling Weekly. Read Cycling Weekly magazine on the day of release where ever you are in the world International digital edition, UK digital edition. And if you like us, rate us!