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Wahoo Fitness has consistently tried to march at the forefront of smart technology tools for training. With its suite of HR monitors, smart trainers, phone apps, and bike computers, the Atlanta-based company is creating an ecosystem to help athletes of all levels train smarter. This week, Wahoo has released an upgraded Wahoo KICKR SNAP trainer into its expanding product line.
Wahoo trainers have been traditionally sturdy and robust. The KICKR SNAP is no exception. This wheel-on trainer is made from carbon steel and is designed with a wide, stable base. It will support 130mm and 135mm quick release hubs, as well as 12×142 through axle (adapter sold separately). The KICKR Snap also has clearance of 650b, 700c, 26”, 27.5”, and 29” wheels, which means you can use it for those grueling road, CX, or mountain bike interval sessions.
Using the KICKR SNAP, is, well, a snap. Plug it in, put your rear wheel on the electromagnetic drum, lock in the axle, and start pedaling. Wahoo has also added LED indicator lights to show when it is powered on and transmitting. This trainer has an improved power reading accuracy of +/- 3%, which makes it a pretty reliable gauge of your wattage. Coach have you doing hill repeats? No problem, the KICKR SNAP can simulate up to a 12% grade.
The KICKR SNAP–like its bigger direct-drive brother, the KICKR–is smart. That means it is ANT+, BLE, and wifi enabled. This allows it to communicate with iOS and Android phones, which control the resistance. The KICKR SNAP can also receive Wahoo’s latest firmware updates wirelessly, making it a relatively thought-free process. All this connectivity means you can keep on Zwifting and posting your workout data to TrainerRoad and Training Peaks with ease–except for the actual doing the intervals part….
At $599, the KICKR SNAP is an affordable way to keep your training up when weather, time, and other factors force you indoors. Check out www.wahoofitness.com for more details on the SNAP and other products.