The Wahoo KICKR sees a redesigned frame that better integrates with today’s disc brake equipped bikes. The handle and frame have been repositioned and reshaped to better clear disc brake calipers with the flat-mount style of attachment. Additionally, Wahoo has completely redesigned the rear axle of the Kickr to work with all types of thru axles. The New design sees an update to a more robust axle that uses slide-in adaptors to fit bikes with both standard style QR (130 and 135mm) and 10×130, 12×135, 12×142 and boost 12×148 thru axles. This update makes the KICKR 17 compatible with almost all frames. It also decouples the frame from the trainer to allow it to work with the new CLIMB indoor trainer grade simulator.
The Wahoo KICKR SNAP wheel-on smart trainer remains relatively unchanged. Because its design handles Thru-axle bikes, the SNAP will easily accommodate the Climb tower.
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The KICKR CLIMB tower adds physical grade changes to your indoor-ride that mimic real-world roads. It’s a stand alone component that attaches to your bike’s fork. After pairing it with a Wahoo Kickr 17 or Snap, the climb “talks” to the smart trainer to get information about elevation gains or drops as programed from third party apps like Zwift or Trainer road and others.
Using a high-torque motor to raise and lower your bike, The Climb matches ascents of up to 20 percent, and descents of -10 percent. This allows you to naturally change your position on the bike and engage the actual muscle groups used for climbing and descending. (Ready to take your training to the next level? Check out Bicycling‘s Maximum Overload for Cyclists training plan.)
Currently the Climb only works with the Wahoo direct drive Kickr 17 and Wahoo Snap. The Climb wirelessly pairs with both these trainers and automatically adjusts for elevation or can be controlled via a remote on the top of the tower. On most direct drive trainers the rear axle of the bike is captured by the frame when its locked down to the trainer. This doesn’t allow the bike to pivot as needed as the Climb raises or lowers the bike when simulating grades.
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When paired to a KICKR 17or KICKR SNAP, CLIMB is compatible with apps like Wahoo Fitness, Zwift, and Trainer Road. If you want to manually control the grade, you can put CLIMB in a “lock…