By Paul Norman
The new Wahoo Kickr Climb launched by the innovative turbo trainer and computer brand, offers users a new way of experiencing real world riding scenarios.
Wahoo’s latest indoor kit fits to your bike’s forks, replacing the front wheel. A motor in the Kickr Climb raises or lowers the front of the bike, simulating uphill gradients of up to 20 per cent and descents of up to 10 per cent.
You can get out of the saddle to tackle climbs (although you can’t rock the bike from side to side like Alberto Contador) and the Kickr Climb will work with any third party software that transmits gradient data, including Zwift. You can also use its included, bar mountable remote control to raise or lower the Climb manually.
The one drawback of the Kickr Climb is that it is not compatible with older Kickr and Kickr Snap trainers, as the rear axle has to be able to rotate when the front end lifts and drops. But Wahoo has taken advantage of the need to redesign the rear linkage to add support for thru-axles and clearance for discs to its trainers.
Wahoo has also increased the power measurement accuracy of the Kickr Snap from +/- 5% to +/- 3% and given it connectivity to third party power meters – a feature that was only available on the Kickr before.
The new Climb-compatible Kickr and Kickr Snap are available from the end of August, and the Kickr Climb in November. It is priced at £449.99.
Elsewhere in Wahoo’s range, the Elemnt and Elemnt Bolt computers now support structured workouts. There’s a new screen with a visual effort indicator and countdown to the next interval. You can also pause a workout and return to it if you are interrupted. It’s a free downloadable update to the Elemnt and Elemnt Bolt.
And of course, coupled to the Kickr Climb your structured workout can automatically include gradient simulation too.
Wahoo’s trainers have pushed the boundaries of indoor cycling technology. Its Kickr was one of the first direct drive trainers. It offers tight integration with simulation packages like Zwift and the ability to mimic your outdoor rides by replaying the route using Wahoo’s Elemnt and Elemnt Bolt GPS computers.
This means that the muscle groups recruited by a real out-of-the-saddle climb are not used in the same way indoors.
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