Wahoo Fitness, a specialist in workout apps and connected fitness devices, has today announced the launch of the all-new KICKR CLIMB indoor trainer grade simulator – an innovative new product that adds physical grade changes to indoor rides on the new KICKR Smart Trainers, ‘taking riders to new heights in indoor training’.
“The world we ride in isn’t flat, which is why we believed the indoor riding experience on the KICKR should follow suit,” said 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.”
When paired with the new KICKR and KICKR SNAP Smart Trainers, the KICKR CLIMB responds to workout and virtual course data in real-time, mimicking real roads and mountain climbs by raising and lowering the front fork of the rider’s bike to match ascents up to 20%, and descents of -10%. According to the company, these real grade changes create a more immersive virtual riding experience while also engaging climbing muscles and improving pedalling technique to enable the rider to become a more efficient and powerful climber.
In addition to reacting to grade changes from external sources such as Zwift, TrainerRoad, or from pre-loaded routes on Wahoo’s ELEMNT & ELEMNT BOLT GPS cycling computers, the KICKR CLIMB can be ‘locked’, wherein it only responds to commands received from the bar-mounted remote, enabling the rider to manually adjust the grade with the press of a button.
Wahoo adds that the latest versions of the KICKR and KICKR SNAP Smart Trainers have been optimised to allow dynamic movement… ‘creating an unmatched indoor training system. The smooth, intuitive feel of the KICKR’s legendary flywheel combined with the actual grade changes created by the KICKR CLIMB make for a truly immersive indoor riding experience.’
The KICKR CLIMB supports a wide range of modern hub configurations, including quick-release, 12×100, 15×100, and 15×110 thru axle hubs. The KICKR CLIMB Indoor Trainer Grade Simulator will be available this autumn/fall at select specialty retailers and on WahooFitness.com for £449.99.