Wa­hoo Climb

Wa­hoo lit­er­ally adds a new di­men­sion to in­door train­ing

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In­door train­ing has come a long way since the days of grind­ing out turbo ses­sions, star­ing at the garage wall with only a stop­watch for com­pany – the lat­est smart train­ers in con­junc­tion with vir­tual-re­al­ity apps like Zwift can even add an el­e­ment of fun to in­door rid­ing. There’s one thing we’ve al­ways found slightly dis­con­cert­ing, though. When you hit a climb on Zwift, smart train­ers can vary the re­sis­tance to mimic the gra­di­ent, which is great, but you re­main seated and level on the bike as if still rid­ing on the flat. Wa­hoo felt the same sense of frus­tra­tion and so they came up with the ‘Climb’ as an ac­ces­sory for their Kickr and Kickr Snap train­ers. Sim­ply re­move the front wheel and pop the Climb in its place, and it will raise and lower the front end of the bike to mimic climbs up to 20% gra­di­ent, and de­scents of -10%. Now isn’t that clever? The Climb will re­act au­to­mat­i­cally to changes in gra­di­ent in apps like Zwift and Trainer Road, or your own favourite routes loaded on a Wa­hoo Elemnt or Elemnt Bolt GPS com­puter. It even has a man­ual mode so you can crank up the gra­di­ent any time you like. The Climb is de­signed to work in con­junc­tion with the new, up­dated ver­sions of Wa­hoo’s Kickr and Kickr Snap train­ers – alas, it won’t be com­pat­i­ble with older mod­els, but since both de­vices have had a ma­jor over­haul to in­tro­duce a host of new fea­tures and im­prove­ments, there’s an ar­gu­ment for up­grad­ing any­way. In fact, it al­most makes us long for win­ter and an ex­cuse to stay in­doors. We said al­most.

WA­HOO KICKR CLIMB PRICE: £ 449.99 CON­TACT: wa­hoofit­ness.com

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