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Introducing the New KICKR Smart Trainer

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Wahoo Fitness, the leader in connected fitness devices, workout apps, and innovator behind the smart trainer category has just released a new version of the groundbreaking KICKR smart trainer. Designed to offer the ultimate indoor training experience, the new KICKR incorporates a new ergonomic design, a much quieter operation and a further enhanced ride feel.

“The KICKR not only ushered in a new era of indoor training, it has continued to set the gold standard for performance,” said Chip Hawkins, CEO of Wahoo Fitness “Now, the new KICKR raises the bar even higher, ensuring the KICKR will continue to be the yardstick by which all measured.”

Projected to be the quietest direct drive flywheel trainer on the market, the new KICKR is 14% quieter than the previous KICKRs. Importantly, the new KICKR has both lower overall noise levels as well as reduced noise frequencies making for a much quieter indoor riding experience.

Continuing to utilize the high-inertia flywheel that allowed the original KICKR to set the standard for realistic ride feel, the new KICKR employs updated physics models and new algorithms to create a highly responsive indoor training experience that seamlessly translates grade and elevation data into realistic resistance. The KICKR is now also capable of realistically simulating gradients as high as 20 percent, while producing a leg-shattering 2000 watts of resistance. These enhancements allow riders to get the most out of their indoor cycling experience.

The most connected trainer on the market, no other trainer has as many 3rd party software integration options, and with the new KICKR, Wahoo has aided the connection and pairing process with convenient status LEDs. Also making its way onto the feature list is ANT FE-C+ compatibility, allowing for control of the KICKR by a number of third party devices.

Still accommodating wheel sizes from 24 to 29 inches without the need for a wheel block, the KICKR utilizes a robust steel construction designed to stand up to years of abuse, including the day-in-day-out demands of elite athletes—from Olympians to the world’s preeminent cycling team, Team Sky.

For the last three years, the KICKR has been the official trainer of Team Sky. Recently spotted at the Tour de France, the new KICKR was used by Chris Froome in his warm-up before winning the stage 18 mountain time-trial. Known for their ‘marginal gains’ concept, and meticulous attention to detail, Sky’s Carsten Jeppesen, Head of Technical Operations said “Wahoo’s KICKR is a best-in-class product that gives us exactly what we need for both indoor training programs and race-day warmup and cooldown.”


  1. Stephen

    September 5, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Be good if some of these improvements were made available through a firmware update to your existing liyal kickr owners.

    Nothing worse than companies who ignore their existing customer base and expect them to willingly repurchase the product they already have just to be able to get new features.


    • Wahoo Fitness

      September 19, 2016 at 10:32 am

      The older KICKR will receive some of the updates through a FW push. We will continue to support the original KICKR along with the new KICKR.


  2. Alex

    September 26, 2016 at 2:44 am

    When is that new firmware expected to roll out for the old Kickr?


    • Wahoo Fitness

      September 30, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      We are working on the initial versions of the FW for the original KICKR. Should be sooner than later.


  3. Scott

    November 15, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Any updates on the availability of the new Firmware for the original KICKR?


    • Wahoo Fitness

      November 15, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      We do not have an ETA as of right now. This is in the plan but the developers have not set a date for release yet.


      • Scott

        November 16, 2016 at 9:38 am

        Thanks. Looking forward to a great product getting even better!


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