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Wahoo Fitness

Wahoo Fitness is a running, cycling and fitness app that harnesses the awesome power of the iPhone to transform the way you ride, run and reach your training and fitness goals.

Product Information

Product Information

iOS

This product is designed for use on the iPhone 4s and newer, iPad 3rd gen and newer, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPod 5th gen.

NOTE: iPhone 3GS & 4, iPad 1&2 are compatible with the Wahoo Key

Android

This product is designed for use with Android devices compliant with the Bluetooth 4.0 protocol running version 4.3 or newer & must allow Third Party App Access to the Bluetooth 4.0 (Smart) Radio.

Wahoo Fitness has not tested complete compatibility with all Android devices matching this description. Please download the app from the Google Play Store to ensure that it installs on your device before purchasing a product.

Other: The KICKR can be used in conjunction with:
Apple Mac computers (with Bluetooth 4.0)
Windows PC machines (with an ANT+ USB stick).

BIKE COMPATIBILITY:

  • Hub Width: 130 mm (road) or 135 mm (mountain)
  • Rear Axle: Quick Release
  • Drivetrain 10 speed model (out of box): Sram/Shimano 10-Speed
  • Drivetrain 11 speed model (out of box): Sram/Shimano 11-Speed
  • Drivetrain (Requires Purchase & Installation of New Cassette):
    Sram/Shimano 7/8/9-Speed
    Campagnolo 9/10/11-Speed*

*also requires Campagnolo freehub adapter (sold separately)

Wheel Size: 24" RD / 24" MTB / 650c RD
26" MTB / 700c RD / 650c MTB
29" MTB

The Wahoo KICKR is compatible or adaptable with almost all bike styles and types. Exclusions may include various single speed bikes, track bikes, recumbent bikes and through-axle bikes (12x142mm through-axles can be adapted, other sizes cannot). Contact Support if you’re not sure if your bike is compatible or able to be adapted.

This product is shipped with the following:

  • KICKR PowerTrainer
  • AC power adapter
  • Quick release skewer (pre-installed on the KICKR PowerTrainer)
  • Reversible axle spacer (pre-installed on the KICKR PowerTrainer)
  • Disc brake caliber spacer
Setup

Setup

This setup guide is intended to assist with installing your bike on your KICKR and pairing to the Wahoo Fitness app.

Setting up the KICKR:

  1. When removed from the box, the KICKR will have the legs folded to minimise size for transportation and storage. Select a stable, level surface with sufficient room to seat the bike on the KICKR. Retain any packaging for future storage or transport.
  2. Open the legs by pressing down on the blue leg-lock tabs and pivoting the legs outward until they snap in place.

Note: Ensure the leg-lock tabs have popped back up and secured the legs in the open position.

  1. To stabilise the trainer, adjust the two levelling feet by twisting them left or right until the trainer is level and lock them into place by tightening the blue locknuts against the KICKR leg frame.

Note: Check that your trainer is stable before every ride; if needed, readjust the levelling feet.

  1. Adjust the height of the trainer to fit your specific wheel size by relocating the height adjustment knob on the centre leg to the appropriate setting. If you are unsure of your wheel size, check the tire sidewall or consult your local bike shop.
  2. Use the included AC power adapter to connect the trainer to a standard 120v wall outlet.

ATTACHING YOUR BIKE to the KICKR:

NOTE: The reversible axle spacer comes pre-installed on your KICKR PowerTrainer set to accommodate 130mm spacing. A typical road bike uses 130mm spacing. A cyclocross or mountain bike typically uses 135mm spacing. If you are using a bicycle with 135mm spacing, please reverse the spacer  by removing the quick release skewer as shown below. Next, install the quick release skewer; leave the skewer loose to allow for easy bicycle installation. Bicycles using the 12x142mm standard will require our adaptor kit (sold separately).

  1. Remove your rear wheel:
    1. Shift your bicycle into the smallest cog (rear) and smallest chainring (front).
    2. Release your rear brake.
    3. Open the quick release skewer and lift up on the bike with one hand while lightly pushing down on the rear wheel with the other to remove.
  2. Line the bicycle up with the trainer so the dropouts are centred over the trainer quick release and the cassette is inside the loop created by the bicycle chain.
  3. Lower the frame onto the trainer axle while ensuring that the chain falls onto the smallest cog. If necessary, pull back on the rear derailleur to allow the axle to slide into place.
  4. Rock the front wheel back and forth a few times to ensure the dropouts are fully seated on the trainer and then tighten the quick release. The quick release should get tight at about half way and leave an imprint in your hand.

WARNING: Be sure that the quick release skewer is completely tightened before riding the KICKR PowerTrainer. The lever should require significant effort to close and should leave a defined imprint on your hand. Failure to properly tighten the quick release may result in property damage or personal injury. If you are unsure of the proper tension please consult your local bike shop or contact Wahoo Fitness for assistance. DO NOT ride the KICKR PowerTrainer if you believe your quick release skewer is not properly installed.

ADJUSTING THE KICKR HEIGHT:

The ride height of your trainer is adjustable for various wheel sizes.

  1. Undo the threaded pin adjustment knob.
  2. Select the correct height based on the wheel size of your bike & re-thread the pin accordingly.
  3. Lock the pin back into place.

How to Pair your KICKR to the Wahoo Fitness app (iOS):

  1. Download the Wahoo Fitness app from the App Store.
  2. Open the Wahoo Fitness app. Make sure you have Bluetooth turned on.
  3. Plug in your KICKR Power Trainer. No need to “wake” your KICKR; once plugged in, the KICKR does not go to “sleep”.
  4. Select “Sensors” in the bottom left corner.
  5. Select “Add New Sensor”.
  6. Choose your KICKR from the list of available sensors.*
  7. Once certain you are connected to the correct sensor, select “Save Sensor”.
  8. Choose the workout profiles you would like your KICKR to be active for (ex. Indoor Bike Trainer).
  9. Select “Done” to complete the pairing & workout selection process.
  10. Select “Done” in the top left hand corner to exit the Sensors menu.

How to Pair your KICKR to the Wahoo Fitness app (Android):

  1. Download the Wahoo Fitness app from the Google Play Store.
  2. Open the Wahoo Fitness app. Make sure you have Bluetooth turned on.
  3. Plug in your KICKR Power Trainer. No need to “wake” your KICKR; once plugged in, the KICKR does not go to “sleep”.
  4. Select “Saved Devices” in the top right corner.
  5. Select the plus “+” icon to add a new sensor.
  6. Choose your KICKR from the list of available sensors.
  7. Enter your Wheel Circumference if it is different to the default listed.
  8. Once certain you are connected to the correct sensor, select “Save Device”.
  9. Choose the workout profiles you would like your KICKR to be active for (ex. Indoor Bike Trainer).
  10. Select “Ok” to complete the pairing & workout selection process.
  11. Use the Back button to exit the menus and return to the Home Screen.

Your KICKR is now set up and ready for action.** To use your KICKR, start a workout with one of the profiles you paired it with. Scroll to the right-most screen to access the KICKR controls. The Wahoo Fitness app will remember this pairing in the future. You simply need to start a new workout to begin recording data!

  1. If a firmware update is available for your sensor, the Wahoo Fitness app will now prompt you to proceed with performing an update. If you do not, the update may be performed later. Sensors with updates available will appear in the menu of Saved Sensors marked with a badge to indicate the update is available but not installed.

** If this is the first time you are using a KICKR, you should now perform a Spindown to calibrate your device. Additionally, a Spindown should be repeated approximately every 2 weeks, and also after transportation for more accurate power data.

How to Perform a Spindown (Calibration) on your KICKR (iOS):

  1. Open the Wahoo Fitness app. Make sure you have Bluetooth turned on.
  2. Plug in your KICKR Power Trainer. No need to “wake” your KICKR; once plugged in, the KICKR does not go to “sleep”.
  3. Select “Sensors” in the bottom left corner.
  4. Select the KICKR from the list of saved sensors.
  5. Select “Spindown”.
  6. Select “Perform Spindown” and follow the instructions on screen.

How to Perform a Spindown (Calibration) on your KICKR (Android):

  1. Open the Wahoo Fitness app. Make sure you have Bluetooth turned on.
  2. Plug in your KICKR Power Trainer. No need to “wake” your KICKR; once plugged in, the KICKR does not go to “sleep”.
  3. Select the green “Play” button from the Home Screen to open a new workout (select one that has the KICKR set as active e.g Indoor Bike Trainer).
  4. Swipe right until the KICKR page is displayed.
  5. Select the KICKR settings icon from the top right corner.
  6. Select the “Calibrate KICKR” button to initiate the Perform Spindown function.
  7. Select “Perform Spindown” and follow the instructions on screen.
Workout Basics

Workout Basics

Starting your Workout (iOS):

  1. Make sure the device has Bluetooth turned on so it can communicate with your KICKR.
  2. Select what kind of workout you wish to do from the list of workout types using the slider.
  3. Select if you wish to have Audio Announcements turned on or off.
  4. Plug in your KICKR Power Trainer. No need to “wake” your KICKR; once plugged in, the KICKR does not go to “sleep”.
  5. Make sure the KICKR is synced to your device. It will appear in the list of Linked Sensors for that workout profile with an indication of signal strength shown on the far right when it is connected to your device.
  6. Select the green “Start” button to begin the workout. You can now start your ride. Swipe right until the end of the screens to view the KICKR page. This page enables you to view your workout and control the KICKR.

During your Workout (iOS):

To view your workout screens: Swipe left or right to navigate through the screens available for the given workout type. The number and position of the screens is indicated by the grey line of circles displayed above the lap button. The screens to the far left of the default screen are for GPS tracking and operate your music playlist, the screens to the right are customisable and will reflect the data you have selected to display for that workout.

KICKR users: Swipe right until the end of the screens to view the KICKR page. This page enables you to view your workout and control the KICKR. Depending on your preference, there are four options:

  1. Level mode: Use the “-“ & “+” buttons to change the power curve. Increasing numbers increases the grade, to a maximum of 4.5%. Using this option is similar to a fluid or wind trainer, the faster you pedal, the harder it gets.
  2. Resistance mode: Use the “-“ & “+” buttons to change the resistance.  Increasing numbers increases the resistance, to a maximum of 100%. Using this option is similar to adjusting the brake on a stationary bike. Regardless of speed, the brake will remain set until you adjust it.
  3. ERG mode: Use the “+” & “-“ buttons to select your preferred power output. Using this option will cause the KICKR to increase/decrease resistance in order to produce a constant power output, regardless of speed. e.g. If your cadence drops, resistance will increase to enable the same power output.
  4. Sim mode: Enter your slope (grade), wind speed (headwind) and your bike type to simulate the power curve associated with those factors in an outdoor ride. Ensure that your weight and tire size has been set up in order to ensure accurate power calculations (Wheel Circumference is accessible in: Saved Sensors>KICKR menu, & your weight can be edited in: Settings>My Details menu).

ENDING YOUR WORKOUT (iOS):

  1. To end your workout, simply select the red “Pause” button.
  2. Select the red “Stop” button and either a) Discard Workout b) Save Workout or c) Return to Workout.
  3. If you elect to finish the workout, the Wahoo Fitness app will now display a summary of your workout. For your safety, wait until the flywheel comes to a stop before dismounting.

Starting your Workout (Android):

  1. Make sure the device has Bluetooth turned on so it can communicate with your KICKR.
  2. Select what kind of workout you wish to do from the list of workout types using the slider.
  3. Use the Pencil icon to make changes to your workout if required. e.g. Select to edit the Audio Announcements.
  4. Select the green “Play” button to open a new workout.*
  5. Plug in your KICKR Power Trainer. No need to “wake” your KICKR; once plugged in, the KICKR does not go to “sleep”.
  6. Make sure the KICKR is synced to your device. It will appear in the list of Linked Sensors for that workout profile with an indication of signal strength shown on the far right when it is connected to your device (button located in the top right corner).
  7. Select the green “Start” button to begin the workout. You can now start your ride. Swipe right until the end of the screens to view the KICKR page. This page enables you to view your workout and control the KICKR.
  1. If a firmware update is available for your sensor, the Wahoo Fitness app will now prompt you to proceed with performing an update using the Wahoo Utility app. If you do not, the update may be performed later. The free Wahoo Utility app is required to perform firmware updates and is available from the Google Play Store.

During your Workout (Android):

To view your workout screens: Swipe left or right to navigate through the screens available for the given workout type. The position of the screens is indicated by the blue line displayed above the lap button. The screen to the left of the default screen is for GPS tracking (if available); the screens to the right are customisable and will reflect the data you have selected to display for that workout.

KICKR users: Swipe right until the end of the screens to view the KICKR page. This page enables you to view your workout and control the KICKR. Depending on your preference, there are four options:

  1. Level mode: Use the “-“ & “+” buttons to change the power curve. Increasing numbers increases the grade, to a maximum of 4.5%. Using this option is similar to a fluid or wind trainer, the faster you pedal, the harder it gets.
  2. Resistance mode: Use the “-“ & “+” buttons to change the resistance.  Increasing numbers increases the resistance, to a maximum of 100%. Using this option is similar to adjusting the brake on a stationary bike. Regardless of speed, the brake will remain set until you adjust it.
  3. ERG mode: Use the “+” & “-“ buttons to select your preferred power output. Using this option will cause the KICKR to increase/decrease resistance in order to produce a constant power output, regardless of speed. e.g. If your cadence drops, resistance will increase to enable the same power output.
  4. Sim mode: Enter your slope (grade), wind speed (headwind) and your bike type to simulate the power curve associated with those factors in an outdoor ride. Ensure that your weight and tire size has been set up in order to ensure accurate power calculations (Wheel Circumference is accessible in: Saved Devices>KICKR menu, & your weight can be edited in: Settings>User Details menu).

ENDING YOUR WORKOUT (Android):

  1. To end your workout, simply select the red “Pause” button.
  2. Select the red “Stop” button and either a) Discard b) Save or c) Cancel.
  3. If you elect to save & finish the workout, the Wahoo Fitness app will now display a summary of your workout. For your safety, wait until the flywheel comes to a stop before dismounting.

For more information: Please refer to the instructions page for the Wahoo Fitness app.

WANT TO CONNECT TO ANOTHER APP?

This product is compatible with a number of third party apps. However, each app connects to sensors a little differently. As a general rule: Open the compatible app you would like to use and find the settings. Look for "connect to sensor" or another similar option. You must connect each sensor separately for each app you use.

NOTE: Bluetooth devices can only pair to one app at a time. Make sure to close any background apps that may be using the sensor before connecting to a new app.

Troubleshoot

Troubleshoot

Use the Wahoo Utility app to test your hardware for connectivity issues (iOS):

  1. Download the Wahoo Utility app from the App Store.
  2. Open the Wahoo Utility app.
  3. Select “Test Bluetooth 4.0 Sensors”. Make sure you have Bluetooth turned on & your device is turned on.
  4. Select “KICKR”. The Wahoo Utility will now try to connect to the sensor. The Wahoo Utility should now connect to your sensor & display information regarding sensor data and the firmware version to confirm connectivity. You may use the “Control KICKR” function to establish whether the software control is working.
  5. If you wish, select “Init Spindown” and the Wahoo Utility can now be used to perform a Spindown calibration .
  6. Close the Wahoo Utility app to disconnect the pairing when finished testing.

NOTE: If a firmware update is available for your sensor, the Wahoo Utility app will prompt you to proceed with performing an update. Apply updates when available to improve the performance of your sensor.

Still having trouble? Contact Support for more information: support@wahoofitness.com If you use the Settings>Info+Help>Email Us function from within the Wahoo Fitness app it will attach a log with your query to better help us answer your questions.

Use the Wahoo Utility app to test your hardware for connectivity issues (Android):

  1. Download the Wahoo Utility app from the Google Play Store.
  2. Open the Wahoo Utility app. “Discover Devices” will immediately try to discover your sensor device. Make sure you have Bluetooth & your device turned on.
  3. Select “KICKR”. The Wahoo Utility will now try to connect to the sensor.
  4. The Wahoo Utility should now connect to your sensor & display information regarding sensor data and the firmware version to confirm connectivity.
  5. If required, use the “Start Spindown” option to perform a Spindown calibration.
  6. Close the Wahoo Utility app to disconnect the pairing when finished testing.

NOTE: If a firmware update is available for your sensor, the Wahoo Utility app will display an “Upgrade Firmware” button. Apply updates when available to improve the performance of your sensor.

Still having trouble? Contact Support for more information: support@wahoofitness.com If you use the Settings>Info+Help>Send support email function from within the Wahoo Fitness app it will attach a log with your query to better help us answer your questions.

Design Specifications:

  • Weight: 47 lbs (21.3kg)
  • Max User Weight: 250 lbs (113kg)
  • Power Requirements: 100-240V~1.5A 50-60 Hz
  • Resistance Type: Electromagnetic
  • Flywheel Weight: 12 lbs (5.5kg)
  • Belt Type: Gates Carbon Drive
  • Wireless Radio: Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+
  • Maximum Simulated Grade: 15% (assumed rider/bike weight of 175lbs/79kg)
  • Maximum Power Output: 1900 Watts (at 25mph/40km/h)
  • Noise Level: 70 dB (measured at 3ft/0.9m while riding 250 Watts at 10mph/16km/h)
  • Footprint with legs open: 21"x28" (54cm x 71cm)
  • Footprint with legs collapsed: 21"x9" (54cm x 23cm)
Works with Apps

Works with Apps

Whether you are riding a virtual course or performing a structured wattage workout, the KICKR works with a variety of apps to fit your training needs. Here are some of our favorites.

For more details, download our in-depth KICKR app comparison chart.

Wahoo Fitness
Strava Running and Cycling GPS
The Sufferfest Training Centre
Kinomap Trainer
iMobileIntervals
FulGaz
BKOOL
velo
Skuga
BullTrainer
Intervals by kinomap