2018 WAHOO KICKR lineup unboxing and FIRST RIDE: Wahoo Kickr, Kickr Climb, Wahoo Headwind

2018 WAHOO KICKR lineup unboxing and FIRST RIDE: Wahoo Kickr, Kickr Climb, Wahoo Headwind


– Well, morning Traniacs. You may be wondering why I’m in such a good looking sconey kit. Well, that’s about to be answered right. Now, we’re going to un-box, set up, and I am going to give
you the first impressions of the entire 2018, 2019, Wahoo KICKR indoor smart
bike trainer set-up with the Wahoo KICKR 2018 version, the KICKR Headwind, and the much awaited, for 15, 18 months, KICKR Climb. Let’s do it. (upbeat techno music) Traniacs, for those of
you that have been around for a hot minute, you know that
I use the 2017 Wahoo KICKR, and then have recently
moved over to Cyclops. And, have recently just
tried out the Cyclops H2. You’re going like, well, now
are you going back to Wahoo? No, I’m not going back to Wahoo. Cyclops just wants me to
have an honest opinion, and honestly use their product. So what they say is, we
want you to know everything about the other products. Well, it’s okay to go and review and try out all of the Wahoo stuff, all the Tac-X stuff, Elite, Directo, things like that, so that
you can get a good sense of where the Cyclops
Trainer fits in the market. Hence, see some Wahoo stuff. So, the Wahoo Headwind is a smart fan that pairs with any system. It doesn’t have to be a Wahoo Trainer. I can pair this with
my Cyclops H2 trainer. Really nothing else in
the box besides the fan. This fan goes on the
ground, sits about, I think, three to six feet in front of you. You can tilt it up, tilt
it down, from what I know. And as you speed up and slow down, the fan gets faster or slower. The 2018 Wahoo KICKR. Significant upgrade from the 2017, which was a significant
upgrade from the 2016. The 2017 allowed for compatibility
with the KICKR CLIMB. The KICKR CLIMB is not compatible
with any other trainer, besides the KICKR, because
they have to have built in the ability to move up
and down into the trainer. So, they updated that with the 2017 KICKR. The 2018 KICKR, they
updated the free wheel, to have apparently a little
bit more road-like feel, and they upgraded just
the build of the unit to be a fair bit more quiet. What I’ve always found is that
the KICKR had a little bit more of a high pitched whine than the Cyclops Hammer and the H2. This is supposedly quite a bit more quiet. Oh yeah, the foam. Oh, I remember so much foam. Okay, we’re doing this. I got a little box out. (grunts) Come on. Whoa. (chimes) New 2018 Wahoo KICKR. Really just looks like the previous KICKR. Only difference is on this
side of the fly wheel. It’s hollowed out, which is impressive because this is still a
very nice, heavy fly wheel. Which that heavy fly wheel
gives a good road bike feel, but that’s not what we’re all here for. The big thing is the WaHoo KICKR CLIMB. Now, this was announced at Euro Bike 2017. It was supposed to come out that fall. Then it was supposed to come
out over this past winter. Then it was supposed to
come out in the spring. Now, finally, in fall of 2018, it’s available, because they had to do
a lot of updates to make that up and down feel more
reliable, more smooth. Let’s see what it looks like. I’ve only seen a floor show model. Oh, don’t cut towards you. More foam. Gravity. Precious cargo. It exists. My God, there were times
that I actually wasn’t sure if this would happen. Important, please read
before removing this label. No, let’s not do that. Avoid frame damage, KICKR
CLIMG was designed for use only with select KICKR and KICKR
SNAP Trainers, like I said. Let’s take this over, set it up. I’ll give you just a few
minutes of first impressions. A lot of nice features of
the Wahoo KICKR line-up is that it already comes
with a cassette on it, and you don’t need a block at the front to wedge up your front wheel. This adjustment lever to
move the free wheel up and down ends up putting that rear hub right at basically where it needs to be, so that you can be level with the ground. So you move this back and forth, so that fits with all
different size tires, and you don’t have to have that shim at the front of your bike. So the Headwind here is
apparently designed to sit either at the front of your Wahoo desk, or up to about six feet out. It’s got its own built in cord. (hums) Google Chrome gets unplugged. So, place the CLIMB out front here, and there isn’t even really a stand. It’s like one of those Weeble
Wobble things that you try to knock over, but it just doesn’t go. Plug it in, and they include a bunch of front adapters for the various different
sizes of drop-outs that you might have. I want to say that that
is probably the one. (upbeat techno music) First ride. Trying to get my hands on this for a year. So, we’re set up, but yet to hit hills on the Zwift course that I’m doing. But, right off the bat,
once everything is paired, and there is a little bit of
finnicky-ness because we have the Trainer, first talking to a CLIMB, then talking to a Headwind, and it all has to talk to
whatever app you’ve got. It’s a bit of a pairing
rigmarole at the start. Once you figure it all out,
hop on, and it’s working. So I can go at 30 kilometers an hour right now. Just an easy spin. Go really easy, and the Headwind goes down basically to a light breeze. See if I can pick it up. And right away, the Headwind picks up. Apparently it’ll go to, I believe, about 40 kilometers an hour. All right, so, first impressions. It is what it says it is. The KICKR itself, road feel is basically just like the 2017 version. Little bit quieter. nNt dead silent, but, very, very quiet, that low whine that was in the 2017 version, gone. The Headwind, in speed mode, you can notice a very quick change in the speed of the
wind that’s coming at you. What I was doing there is I
was doing u-turns on a hill. So as I would go down hill on Zwift, the speed would pick
up basically instantly as I would go up hill. Right now it’s basically
just at a very low setting. CLIMB itself, I think the
delay, from what I heard, was because the changes in
elevation were too quick, and it was like rr, rr. Which I actually found to be
cool when I first rode it, but now it’s so smooth and quiet, that you basically don’t even notice it. I had to actually put a camera
on and start doing u-turns to make sure that it was
set to be going up and down. Because it is just very, very gradual. If you start doing u-turns, you can notice a very instant
change in the elevation. Right now we’re up at seven,
and unless I really think about it, it’s not like it has
felt like it’s been changing this whole time. But if think about it now,
yeah of course it feels like I’m riding on an incline. I’m gonna keep testing it. If you wanna see specific
reviews, of course we will do a review, so make sure that you hit the subscribe button below,
if you already subscribed, and you’ve got specific questions about the KICKR 2018
model, the KICKR CLIMB, the KICKR Headwind, let
me know what they are in the comments below. And we’ll start cranking away on videos to answer all those questions. Now I’m gonna go do as
hilly a workout as I can. Nine degree incline, it’s hilly. And, thank you to Wahoo
for sending all this out. I sense pain in my future. Later Traniacs.