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Wahoo Fitness adds a new angle to indoor cycling

Wahoo Fitness adds a new angle...
Wahoo Fitness has unveiled the Kickr Climb, a device for its indoor trainer bikes that recreates different grades
Wahoo Fitness has unveiled the Kickr Climb, a device for its indoor trainer bikes that recreates different grades
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The Kickr Climb attaches to the front of the bike frame, and will lift or lower the bike to recreate hills
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The Kickr Climb attaches to the front of the bike frame, and will lift or lower the bike to recreate hills
When connected to a simulator like Zwift, the Kickr Climb can be set to automatically adjust its incline to match those in the program
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When connected to a simulator like Zwift, the Kickr Climb can be set to automatically adjust its incline to match those in the program
The Kickr Climb is designed to work out different muscles than if the bike is kept level
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The Kickr Climb is designed to work out different muscles than if the bike is kept level
The back wheel of the Kickr trainer will increase or decrease resistance to match the incline or decline
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The back wheel of the Kickr trainer will increase or decrease resistance to match the incline or decline
The Kickr Climb stands 25.8 x 5.1 x 7 in (65.4 x 13 x 17.8 cm)
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The Kickr Climb stands 25.8 x 5.1 x 7 in (65.4 x 13 x 17.8 cm)
The Kickr Climb can adjust to inclines of 20 percent and declines down to -10 percent
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The Kickr Climb can adjust to inclines of 20 percent and declines down to -10 percent
The Kickr Climb's angle can be adjusted with a remote
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The Kickr Climb's angle can be adjusted with a remote
Wahoo Fitness has unveiled the Kickr Climb, a device for its indoor trainer bikes that recreates different grades
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Wahoo Fitness has unveiled the Kickr Climb, a device for its indoor trainer bikes that recreates different grades
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Cyclists are mostly at the mercy of the elements, but training indoors means you miss out on some of the nuances of the great outdoors. At Interbike 2017, Wahoo Fitness unveiled a new device for its indoor training system that recreates one of the more challenging aspects of riding: hills. The Kickr Climb attaches to other Kickr trainers and simulators, changing the grade of the ride to better simulate steeper inclines.

Standing 25.8 x 5.1 x 7 in (65.4 x 13 x 17.8 cm), the Climb works with the 2017 versions of Wahoo Fitness' Kickr or Kickr Snap, replacing the front wheel of the bike. When it's connected to a cycling simulator program like TrainerRoad or Zwift, the device can physically recreate virtual grade changes by automatically lifting or lowering the front of the bike frame. For riders who aren't using a simulator, the angle can be adjusted with a remote.

The front can handle inclines of up to 20 percent, and declines as steep as -10 percent, but the back wheel won't be slacking off. To fully sell the illusion of riding up or down a hill, the back end of the system will increase or decrease resistance accordingly.

The Kickr Climb is designed to work out different muscles than if the bike is kept level
The Kickr Climb is designed to work out different muscles than if the bike is kept level

Although it helps to make the indoor riding experience feel more interesting and realistic, that's not the whole story. Wahoo Fitness says that different muscles get a workout when riding uphill than when the bike is kept level, allowing users to practice a different pedaling technique.

Wahoo Fitness showed off the Kickr Climb at Interbike this week, and the device is due to be launched in time for winter (Northern Hemisphere), meaning the chilly weather won't be an excuse to not go for a ride. It will retail for US$600.

Check it out in action in the video below.

Source: Wahoo Fitness

KICKR CLIMB Indoor Grade Simulator for Wahoo Indoor Cycling Trainers

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1 comment
SzMike
Interesting idea, but am I the only one who feels shame, when reads marketing texts like "be the goat"?