WAHOO KICKR V6
Type Direct drive Maximum power 2,200 watts Maximum simulated gradient 20% Weight 21.9kg Flywheel 7.3kg Cassette included Yes Noise 61dB
The Wahoo Kickr V6 is the brand’s top-of-the-range model. The V6 replaces the Wahoo Kickr V5, which was released in 2020. Setting the unit up is very easy, especially with the addition of WiFi connectivity. While we’ve rarely had issues with Bluetooth connections, a WiFi connection means you should be able to connect to the trainer anywhere in your house that has a reliable 2.4Ghz connection. It also simplifies overthe-air firmware updates. Wahoo includes a cassette and a generously sized power cable, so you shouldn’t need an extension lead.
The Kickr V6 is mechanically almost identical to the V5. Once your bike is installed, the trainer offers a very solid platform for sprints up to 2,200W and gradients up to 20% which is plenty for most riders.
The V6 offers a fantastic ride feel, thanks to its relatively large 7.25kg flywheel. Like the outgoing trainer, it’s also wonderfully quiet. Our testing showed the trainer’s power accuracy aligns with Wahoo’s claimed range of +/1%. Like the V5, the trainer features automatic calibration. Notably, Wahoo has stuck with a traditional flywheel design (weighing a hefty 7.3kg), rather than the virtual, electromagnetic flywheel as seen on the Tacx Neo 2T and Wahoo Kickr Bike. This means the Kickr V6 isn’t able to simulate effects such as the acceleration felt on descents or varying road conditions, like gravel and cobblestones. Not having these features doesn’t diminish the experience hugely, but if you do want a more immersive indoor cycling experience, the Kickr V6 retains compatibility with the Wahoo Kickr Climb and Kickr
Headwind. Although, at £529.99 and £229.99, respectively, they’re pricey additions.
The folding support legs mean the Kickr V6 can be tucked in for easier storage, which is useful if you don’t have a dedicated space to leave it set up. However, its substantial mass (21.9kg) means you’re on course for a full-body workout if you’re planning to move it around a lot.
In use, the Kickr V6 is very quiet – the majority of the noise generated by riding comes from your bike and its drivetrain. While it’s never been a cheap smart trainer, and a £100 price hike for the latest model doesn’t help that, it does everything you need brilliantly and without fuss. uk.wahoofitness.com
“A very solid platform for sprints up to 2,200 watts and gradients up to 20%”