Bicycling (South Africa)



The Kickr has consistent­ly been one of the most reliable and user-friendly trainers available. The newest version measures power more accurately than the 2018 edition, within 1 per cent, and allows for up to 5 degrees of side-to-side movement while riding. Rubber feet are paired with three sets of plastic cups that fit over the feet to moderate that movement. The largest cups completely encapsulat­e the rubber feet and keep the trainer fixed in place, while the smallest leave the flexible rubber feet more exposed, and allow the bike to sway up to 5 degrees. It’s just enough that riding feels far more comfortabl­e than being locked in place, but not so much that the bike moves unnaturall­y. The ride feel is more lively than that of the previous KICKR. Riders no longer need to perform a spindown to calibrate the trainer, and the KICKR can simulate gradients up to 20 per cent when paired with the KICKR Climb. It comes with an 11-speed Shimano/ Sram-compatible cassette, works with most 8-, 9-, 10-, and 12-speed set-ups, including Campagnolo, and plays well with most third-party virtual cycling apps.

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