Wahoo literally adds a new dimension to indoor training
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