Wahoo launches new Kickr and Kickr Bike with WiFi and a price hike

Ten years ago the first Wahoo Kickr trainer was released. A decade later, we are now getting the new Wahoo Kickr direct drive turbo trainer and version two of the Kickr Bike as well. That first Wahoo Kickr wasn’t the first to bring some kind of computer-controlled system to indoor driving, but it was the first to do it in a way that worked for most people. Before Kickr, the few options you could choose from used proprietary systems that operated in a small market space; the first generation Wahoo Kickr changed all that by being open and available to any business as a platform. Each list of best turbo trainers since 2012 it has included a Wahoo Kickr in some form, but Wahoo continues to innovate.

One of the biggest changes in the world of Wahoo Kickr has been the expansion of the ecosystem, primarily as a result of increased competition. Wahoo has brought options in prices with the Wahoo Kickr CoreY Kick rollersand add-ons that enhance realism with the Climbing Wahoo Kickr. Since 2019 there is the option to combine everything with the Wahoo Kickr Bike and have even considered usability with a desk and fan. More recently, there has also been a bigger push on the software side with the Wahoo X streaming service.

Now, as we approach the 2022/2023 winter driving season in the northern hemisphere, the brand is once again reviewing the products on which its reputation is built. The question is, what is left to improve with the current state of refinement in the industry? The answer, at least from Wahoo, is usability.

Wahoo Kickr v6 with ecosystem

Wahoo’s indoor training has grown considerably in recent years. (Image credit: Josh Ross)

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