Bicycling (South Africa)

WAHOO KICKR CORE R17 999, wahoofitne­


This is the smallest and most straightfo­rward trainer from Wahoo Fitness. “It’s a great option if you’re on a budget,” says Jarryd Haley from East City Cycles. “Most of us don’t need all the features of the KICKR 5.0, which costs R7k more.” The main difference­s between the two relate to the physical operation of the unit, not the way it feels or integrates with the software – on that front, they’re nearly identical. The Core doesn’t come with a cassette, for example, whereas the KICKR 5.0 does; and the 5.0 is height-adjustable, if you want to tweak the fit with various bikes. (Turn the page for more trainer options – Ed.)

If you’re going to invest in an older road bike and use it more or less permanentl­y fitted to the trainer, the Core is a winner. It’s superquiet and offers a realistic ride feel, and it takes up hardly any room in your pain cave.

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