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Wahoo KICKR Core Turbo Trainer

Wahoo KICKR Core Turbo Trainer
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Pros & Cons

Pros & Cons

  • The resistor can be set by software for a very realistic cycling experience.
  • With a maximum resistance of 1800 watts, the Kickr Core can simulate a slope of up to 16%.
  • With Bluetooth Smart 4.0, ANT+ and ANT+ FE-C connections you can easily connect the trainer with other devices and training software.
  • Including trial versions of a wide range of training software.
  • The cassette will have to be purchased separately.
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Specifications

Specifications

Brand Wahoo
Drive Direct Drive
Brake Type Electrobrake
Connectivity Interactive turbo trainer
Data Transfer Bluetooth Smart / ANT+ / ANT+ FE-C
Available software Zwift / The Sufferfest / Rouvy / FulGaz / Kinomap / TrainerRoad / Bkool Indoor / Skuga / GoldenCheetah / PerfPro Studio / Velo Reality
Adjustable resistance Yes, software controlled
Maximum Hill Incline 16%
Maximum Resistance 1800 Watt
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Description

Description

The KICKR Core is one of Wahoo's new trainers. This model is placed between the KICKR Snap and KICKR Power Trainer. This Interactive direct drive cycle trainer has a maximum wattage of 1800 watts. Its gradient is up to 16% and is equipped with a heavy flywheel. The KICKR Core, for example, is little inferior to the top model of Wahoo. And that for a competitive price-quality ratio. Team Sky has been using Wahoo cycle trainers for many years now so that you can expect high quality. For them, it is essential that the equipment delivers highly reliable data and drives as natural as possible.

Suitable for almost every bike

The KICKR Core is suitable for bikes with a standard 130 and 135mm quick release mounting width. Ideal for both road and mountain bikes. They consider the compatibility for through axles. Both 12 x 142, as well as 'Boost' 12 x 148. More space has been created for bicycles with disc brakes. Any bike with a wheel size from 24 to 29 inches can easily be replaced into the KICKR Core bike trainer.

High wattage and great gradients

The wattage measurement is even more accurate than with the Wahoo KICKR Snap and can generate up to 1800 watts maximum. Gradient percentages can be simulated up to 16%. The algorithms have been adapted so that you will experience a super realistic cycling feeling during climbing and sprinting. The change of resistance flows exceptionally smoothly into each other without feeling shaky. Especially in acceleration, deceleration, uphill and downhill riding on Zwift, for example, this is very important and much more realistic than ever before.

Suitable for Wahoo KICKR Climb

The Wahoo KICKR Core naturally also supports the Wahoo KICKR Climb. When the KICKR Climb is connected, it reacts directly to the data of the virtual track. The front fork of your bike will move up and down. This way you are in the same position as if you were really climbing or descending. This will make using your climbing muscles more realistic and improve your climbing technique Note: The Wahoo KICKR Climb is not included.
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Delivery includes

• Wahoo KICKR Core cycle trainer
• Quick-release
• Power cable
• Adaptors for 130mm and 135mm Quick Release
• Adapter for 12x142mm and 12x148mm PTO thru axle

Apps and trial software
(after registration in the Wahoo Fitness App)
• 60 days free Strava Premium
• 7 days free Zwift
• 30 days free Trainer Road
• 60 days free Sufferfest
• 60 days free kinomap
• 30 days free Rouvy

How do I register for the free trial software?
1) Download the Wahoo Fitness app
2) Register with email and KICKR serial number
3) Receive an email with the unique code for your app and follow the instructions
4) Then go to https://eu.wahoofitness.com/partners for all participating trial software.
5) Open the page of your favorite trial software (Zwift, TrainerRoad, Strava Premium, The Sufferfest, Rouvy, Kinomap).
6) Scroll down and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page at "Get a free trial...."

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Reviews

Reviews

9.2 / 10 Average from 55 reviews | Write a review
9.2 / 10
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Pros

  • Quick delivery (1)
  • Accurate power (1)
  • Very close to road feel (1)
  • Quality product (1)

Cons

  • Not cheap. (1)

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Most recent reviews

10 / 10

Kyle, 18 November 2019

Great product from Wahoo

Pros

  • Quick delivery
  • Accurate power
  • Very close to road feel
  • Quality product

10 / 10

Mark, 29 August 2019

Excellent

Can’t believe the enjoyment this trainer can give especially when teamed with Zwift.

Pros

  • Well manufactured & boxed.

Cons

  • Not cheap.

8 / 10

Pieter, 7 January 2020

Goeie midrange fietstrainer

Heb als eerste aanschaf van een fietstrainer sterk getwijfeld tussen deze KICKR Core, de Tacx Flux 2 en de Elite Direto X uit de mid-range modellen omdat het verschil met de duurdere end-range modellen vooral het wattage/ hellingspercentage is welke ik in de praktijk weliswaar tegenkom, maar zeker niet langdurig. Uiteindelijk 'vreemd genoeg' gekozen voor deze KICKR Core omdat Wahoo in het verleden (bij met name de 2018-modellen) enorm veel technische & mechanische problemen heeft moeten oplossen waardoor de kinderziektes van de KICKR en inmiddels wel uit zijn. Daarnaast gaven de opmerkingen in vele reviews over het geringe geluid als ook de directe aansturing vanuit apps voor mij uiteindelijk de doorslag. Reden van aanschaf bij Mantel is omdat er een fysieke winkel (bij mij in de buurt) is waar ik altijd naartoe kan gaan, indien de 'bekende' problemen zich tóch voordoen. Heb de KICKR Core nu een paar weken in bezit, inmiddels al redelijk wat trainings apps uitgeprobeerd en ben nog steeds enthousiast over de eenvoud & betrouwbaarheid voor wat betreft het gebruik maar vooral ook de connectiviteit ervan met de apps op laptop, smartphone en tablet. Heb voorafgaand aan de aanschaf van KICKR Core wel goed de specs ervan moeten vergelijken met de specs van mijn fiets (met vaste naaf) om te kijken of dat de fiets er wel op past, als ook welke cassette besteld moet worden die je er uiteindelijk zèlf nog op moet monteren. Handig zou nog wel zijn, wanneer op de website aangeven wordt welk gereedschap je nodig hebt om een cassette te installeren.

Pros

  • eenvoud
  • prijs/kwaliteit
  • installatie
  • connectiviteit
  • degelijk

Cons

  • gewicht
  • keuze juiste cassette
  • keuze juiste bevestiging

9 / 10

Anne, 29 December 2019

Stille trainer en fijn in gebruik

Pros

  • Stil
  • Gemak in gebruik
  • ANT en Bluetooth ondersteuning

7 / 10

Mark, 26 December 2019

bevalt goed

Hij lijkt prima te werken. Bij bepaalde versnellingen maakt hij meer geluid, maar lastig te achterhalen of dit aan de versnelling ligt of de Wahoo.

Pros

  • draait soepel

Cons

  • geen cadancemeter

8

Pieter, 7 January 2020

Goeie midrange fietstrainer

Heb als eerste aanschaf van een fietstrainer sterk getwijfeld tussen deze KICKR Core, de Tacx Flux 2 en de Elite Direto X uit de mid-range modellen omdat het verschil met de duurdere end-range modellen vooral het wattage/ hellingspercentage is welke ik in de praktijk weliswaar tegenkom, maar zeker niet langdurig. Uiteindelijk 'vreemd genoeg' gekozen voor deze KICKR Core omdat Wahoo in het verleden (bij met name de 2018-modellen) enorm veel technische & mechanische problemen heeft moeten oplossen waardoor de kinderziektes van de KICKR en inmiddels wel uit zijn. Daarnaast gaven de opmerkingen in vele reviews over het geringe geluid als ook de directe aansturing vanuit apps voor mij uiteindelijk de doorslag. Reden van aanschaf bij Mantel is omdat er een fysieke winkel (bij mij in de buurt) is waar ik altijd naartoe kan gaan, indien de 'bekende' problemen zich tóch voordoen. Heb de KICKR Core nu een paar weken in bezit, inmiddels al redelijk wat trainings apps uitgeprobeerd en ben nog steeds enthousiast over de eenvoud & betrouwbaarheid voor wat betreft het gebruik maar vooral ook de connectiviteit ervan met de apps op laptop, smartphone en tablet. Heb voorafgaand aan de aanschaf van KICKR Core wel goed de specs ervan moeten vergelijken met de specs van mijn fiets (met vaste naaf) om te kijken of dat de fiets er wel op past, als ook welke cassette besteld moet worden die je er uiteindelijk zèlf nog op moet monteren. Handig zou nog wel zijn, wanneer op de website aangeven wordt welk gereedschap je nodig hebt om een cassette te installeren.

  • eenvoud
  • prijs/kwaliteit
  • installatie
  • gewicht
  • keuze juiste cassette
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Data Transfer Bluetooth Smart / ANT+ / ANT+ FE-C Bluetooth Smart / ANT+ / ANT+ FE-C Bluetooth Smart / ANT+ / ANT+ FE-C Bluetooth Smart / ANT+ FE-C
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All specifications

Brand Wahoo
Drive
Direct Drive
Brake Type
Electrobrake
Connectivity
Interactive turbo trainer
Data Transfer
Bluetooth Smart / ANT+ / ANT+ FE-C
Available software
Zwift / The Sufferfest / Rouvy / FulGaz / Kinomap / TrainerRoad / Bkool Indoor / Skuga / GoldenCheetah / PerfPro Studio / Velo Reality
Adjustable resistance
Yes, software controlled
Maximum Hill Incline
16%
Maximum Resistance
1800 Watt
Suitable for type of cassette
Shimano / SRAM
Cassette included
No
Compatibility with axles
130 x 5 mm / 135 x 5 mm / 142 x 12 mm / 148 x 12 mm
Compatible with disc brakes
Yes
Wheel Size
26 inch / 27.5 inch / 28 inch / 29 inch
Mains current needed
Yes
Connector plug
EU / UK / Universal

Detailed product description

Connection with (bicycle) computer, tablet or phone

The open source software makes this trainer ready for the future. Especially given all the programme developers who are developing. The Wahoo KICKR Core is now compatible with more than 25 training programs. This provides you, as a user, the choice to see what you need. Partners are among others: Zwift, TrainerRoad, Wahoo Fitness, Kinomap, Virtual Training, Skuga, Cadence VR, Veloreality and much more. The large choice of programs in combination with the ANT+ FE-C, ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart 4.0 connection ensures that you can work with various devices. Now you can do it with your windows computer, Mac, iPhone, iPad, tablet or Android Phone. There is a program for everyone to carry out your training.

The LED lights tell you all about the connection

The LED lights makes it easy to see when you are connected through Bluetooth, ANT+ FE-C or ANT+. Also, they also show whether the trainer is connected to the power supply.

Wahoo ELEMNT (Bolt) cycling computer

If you have a Wahoo ELEMNT or a Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt, you can control the Wahoo KICKR Core. This even happens via 5 different programs. It is also possible to ride a driven route again through GPX via the device. The trainer automatically adjusts the resistance based on GPS coordinates.

Can also be used as a stand-alone trainer

When you don't pair the bike trainer with a phone, tablet, computer or bike computer, the Wahoo KICKR Core can also be used as a stand-alone trainer. You can connect the KICKR Core to the power supply and cycle and shift like you always do. It has a built-in progressive power curve that simulates air resistance and automatically adjusts itself as you cycle faster for a real bike feel.

Additional information

• Direct Drive trainer with a flywheel
• The flywheel of 5.4 kg for the natural cycling sensation
• A sound level of only 61 dB
• Mounting any bike is quick and easy
• Mounting width bicycles are suitable: 130, 135 mm and 142, 148 x 12 with through axle adapter.
• Small and compact to store and transport during races
• By placing the adjustable legs in a stable position on any surface
• Bluetooth Smart 4.0, ANT+ and ANT+ FE-C connection
• Thorough steel construction for years of training enjoyment without problems
• Open source software
• The rate of gradient up to 16%
• Intermediate software updates for an optimal cycling experience
• Suitable for the Wahoo Climb

Wahoo Fitness App

The Wahoo Fitness App can be downloaded free of charge from the Itunes App Store or Google Play store. This app has 4 training settings for the Wahoo KICKR:
1.Level mode: select a level from 1-9. The level you select determines how challenging the ride is by using a power curve similar to that of a standard air or fluid resistance trainer (higher speed = more power).
2.Resistance mode: Manually adjust the resistance from 0 to 100%.
3.Ergo mode: Specify the desired power and the trainer will automatically adjust to keep you on the specified wattage, regardless of your speed.
4.Simulation mode: uses rolling resistance, air resistance, the cyclist's weight and different gradients to simulate a real ride.