Wahoo Kickr Steer first ride review - a more promising take on steering for indoor cycling

Wahoo’s development of both the hardware and software - with the new Kickr Steer unit and updated RGT app - makes for a neat complete package

Image shows a rider using Wahoo's new Kickr Steer on the updated RGT cycling platform
(Image credit: Joe Baker)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Overall, the Wahoo Kickr Steer is a really neat piece of tech and with the way Wahoo has integrated steering into RGT, if any steering system is to gain broader traction it’s most likely to be this one. That said, at $99.99 / £89.99, the Wahoo Kickr Steer is a fairly pricey addition an indoor training setup - especially as you are likely not to use the functionality during actual training sessions. The benefits would mainly be reaped by those who prefer 'free riding' either on their own, in groups or in races.

Reasons to buy
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    Steering is easy and intuitive through the ‘paddles’

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    Quarter-turn tray mount is useful in general

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    The RGT platform provides good integration

Reasons to avoid
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    The Kickr Steer unit is expensive

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    The steering still doesn’t replicate real-life movement on the bike

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    The extra ‘engagement’ is incremental, similar to gradient and road surface simulation

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Wahoo is right at the sharp end when it comes to bringing the outdoor cycling world in. Now, though, the Atlanta based brand is looking to take its success in the indoor training sector further with its introduction of the Wahoo Kickr Steer - could this take off in a sphere where other, similar, units have failed to gain much traction?

Just backing up for a moment, Wahoo is introducing steering to the RGT virtual cycling app, which is one of the two apps that sit within the Wahoo X training bundle. The first, RGT, gives you access to virtual riding and racing, whilst the second, Wahoo SYSTM, is where you’ll find a huge workout hub for structured training to follow both on and off the bike.

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