A new, tweaked version of the Wahoo Kickr Bike has recently launched with built-in WiFi and a slightly higher max wattage; but with the original now significantly cheaper and delivering one of the nicest rides of any indoor trainer we’d ever ridden when we reviewed it, V1 of the Kickr Bike is still our top smart bike recommendation.
The adjustability is very impressive, as you're able to raise or lower the entire bike and tweak the reach at both the handlebar and saddle. Wahoo cranks this up to next level by inputting the numbers from a pro bike bit into the app that then tells you exactly where the adjustable sliders should go. That feel’s also down to the resistance unit, which is a combination of flywheel and motor that offers up to 2,200 watts of resistance.
Virtual gearing’s effective and real-time gradient changes peak at 20% with descents of 15% with power accuracy around 1%. As you’d expect from the US manufacturer, the KickR bike seamlessly integrates with other Wahoo products, plus it’s compatible with the major training apps. Yes, it’s not cheap but it is impressive.