Smart trainers have been a surprise hit in recent years,
and helped by online training services like TrainerRoad and Zwift,
riding indoors is not only getting more serious, but more
Wahoo's brand new Kickr Climb add-on product takes the realism
to another level.
Kickr Climb is an additional accessory that is compatible with
the Kickr and Kickr Snap trainers and adds physical grade changes
to indoor rides by raising or lowering the front wheel to match the
virtual gradient. No need to prop up the front wheel under a stack
of books to simulate a steep climb!
"The world we ride in isn't flat, which is why we believed the
indoor riding experience on the KICKR should follow suit," says
Wahoo Fitness CEO Chip Hawkins. "And as we continue to keep Wahoo
at the leading edge of innovation in this category, we're proud to
quite literally take structured climbing workouts and virtual
course rides to the next level," continues Hawkins.
The Kickr Climb is able to match gradients up to 20% in
severity, and descents of -10%. It does this by raising the front
fork - you have to remove the front wheel - to match a virtual
course in real-time. We can't wait to try this out on the Pretzel
course in Zwift.
It can also be locked if you want to maintain a fixed ascent,
with control via a bar-mounted remote allowing you to make manual
But is it really necessary or just a gimmick? Wahoo reckons that
apart from creating a more immersive virtual riding experience, it
can engage more climbing muscles and improve pedalling technique to
enable the rider to become a more efficient and powerful climber.
We can't wait to try one out to see for ourselves.
The Kickr Climb will be compatible with Zwift, TrainerRoad and
pre-loaded routes on Wahoo's Elemnt and Elemnt Bolt GPS. It's also
compatible with most front wheel axle standards, including quick
release and 12 and 15mm thru-axles common on disc-equipped road
The Kickr Climb Indoor Trainer Grade Simulator costs £449.99