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How To Choose An Indoor Trainer | Which Wahoo Trainer Is Right For You?

How To Choose An Indoor Trainer | Which Wahoo Trainer Is Right For You?

– Indoor trainers are a
really efficient use of time and great for getting
quality bike sessions in. But with so many on the market these days, finding the right one for you
can be a bit of a minefield. So I’m going to help you to
choose an indoor trainer. (upbeat urban music) Magnetic, direct-drive,
fluid, air, smart trainers; where on earth do you start? Well there are so many more options available for indoor trainers compared to when I first started cycling, and to demonstrate this
Wahoo have kindly stepped in. They’ve loaned us a few of their products that we can run through in the same range that is used by Ironman world champion and Olympic Games gold
medalist Jan Frodeno, and even Team SKY. But before we do that, let’s take a look at some of the entry level trainers that are on offer to you. Now this is actually the
turbo that I started out on, and I’ve had knocking around at home, so forgive me for it
being a little bit dated. But it’s still very similar to those that are on the market today. Now if all you want to do
is ride your bike indoors without the gizmo and gadgets, then this can tick the box for you. To secure the bike onto the turbo, all you have to do is clamp it down onto the rear skewers here, and then rest the rear wheel onto the roller. Right, I think we should give this a go. (components clank and rattle) How the resistance is applied
varies between turbos. In my case I’m using a magnetic trainer, where the resistance is
created by a magnetic field. And you can normally adjust
the resistance of that by increasing or decreasing
the magnetic force. And you do that with something like this, a trigger or control
switch, and then normally you can attach these to
the handlebars as well. Then there’s the fluid
and air resistance turbos. The fluid resistance
turbos work by propeller spinning inside a fluid-filled chamber, and then the air resistance turbos work by propellor spinning
against air resistance. Now, the main difference with those is that you don’t normally
need a trigger or control like you do on this magnetic one, because it sort of happens naturally; as you increase your pace,
it increases the resistance. But, one thing I should really note with these styles of trainers, both the magnetic, fluid, and the air, is that it’s an on-wheel design, so, for the purpose of this video, I’m just using my normal
wheels and normal tyre. But if I was doing anything
sustained or raking the turbos, you do get uneven wear on
the middle of the tyre, so it’ll affect the
feel and even your grip when you next ride outdoors. So what most people do
is put a turbo tyre, which is a harder wearing tyre, on either that wheel or
they have a spare wheel that they switch in for turbo sessions. (connections clicking) This is the KICKR Snap from Wahoo. It’s Wahoo’s more affordable trainer; it’s another wheel-on design,
meaning it’s fixed and mounted in the same way as the previous trainers, but this is a smart trainer. This means that you
can connect the trainer to your bike computer, your
smartphone, your tablet, or even your computer via
Bluetooth Smart or ANT+, so you can monitor your
training as you go, and actually in some cases you can increase the intensity on these as well. I’m currently using the Wahoo
Element Bolt bike computer but you can use other bike computers, and if you don’t have a bike computer you can actually use the Wahoo Fitness app to capture the data. But the beauty of the smart trainer, and actually a really popular option, is to connect it to something
like Zwift or Trainer Road to give you that kind
of outdoor, real feel. But, you’re training indoors. Now, it’s really worth noting actually, I don’t have a power metre
on my bike currently, but the KIKR Snap has
an inbuilt power metre so that I can see my power as I ride. (bike parts click and rattle) The Wahoo KIKR: we’re taking
it up a level here now; this is Wahoo’s ultimate
indoor smart trainer, and it’s quite different from the previous indoor
trainers we’ve discussed. This is in fact a direct-drive trainer, and that means that we have
to remove the rear wheel, and then we place the dropouts of the bike onto the axle of the trainer, which also has a premounted cassette. Now that just saves us all that effort of having to use a turbo tyre, or even having to switch a
wheel out with a turbo tyre on. It really is quite straightforward. And in case you’re wondering, yes it is compatible
with your eight-speed, your nine-speed, your
ten-speed, your 11-speed; Shimano, SRAM, even Campagnolo. It’s all been thought through, and it’s even compatible with
your through-axle bikes too. Again, it connects to your bike computer, your smartphone, your
tablet, or even your computer in the same way that the KIKR Snap does. So, I’ve got all my data on my screen now. And admittedly, it is a
relatively heavy device: it comes in at around 21 kilogrammes. As does it with all smart trainers really, a really cool setting
with this smart trainer is the ERG mode. So say you want to sit at a set power or you’re trying to follow
an intervals session, maybe on Zwift for instance,
then you can just do that: set it, the turbo does the rest for you regardless of the terrain or your cadence. So say for instance I’m
riding at 300 watts, 70 rpm; the trainer will set it to 300 watts. And then say I change to 100 rpm, or the Zwift course heads downhill; it will adjust it to 300 watts, so, really useful if you’re trying
to nail a quality session. But, something that is cooler again … (parts snapping) The Wahoo KIKR Climb. Now we’ve been talking about indoor riding feeling realistic, but how about your bike actually moving
with the simulated terrain? (funky soul music) The forks actually lock
into the KIKR Climb, so the bike will literally
tilt upwards or downwards with ascents or descents. In fact, you can range
from ascents of 20% … Whew, all the way back
down to descents of 10%. Say for example you’re riding on Zwift, it will move in parallel with what you’re seeing on the screen. So say you hit a climb, it will shoot up. But not just that; it’s
actually been designed jointly with the Wahoo smart trainers
to adjust the resistance too, so there’s no cheating yourself. That nutty but how about
recording a ride out on the road? Maybe a course that you’ve raced before, and then reliving that indoors? That’s something I did recently out in Hawaii at the Ironman world champs. I recorded parts of the course
on my Wahoo bike computer, then all you need to do, is
connect your Wahoo bike computer to the KIKR Climb and your smart trainer to resimulate that
terrain from your own home time and time again; how
about that for a course recky? Well there we go; that’s everything from entry level to cutting edge, and all the info you’ll need
to choose your indoor trainer. And another thanks to Wahoo for helping us to make this video. And if you’d like to,
you can subscribe to GTN by clicking on the globe. To see an indoor training
video for the bike from GTN, just click down here;
and if you’d like to see how to increase your power on the bike, just click down here.

23 comments on “How To Choose An Indoor Trainer | Which Wahoo Trainer Is Right For You?

  1. Do you train indoors over the winter due to the weather? What's your favourite session to build strength for the summer?

  2. My setup is: old Elite Crono Fluid and Assioma PWR meter, all much cheaper than kickr, and still have PWR outdoors:))

  3. Yes, indoor trainers are an essential component of my winter training. But I have a question: Why aren't trainers designed to allow the bike to move sideways? It's not that difficult to do. As exciting as the Wahoo KICKR Climb is at being able to change your bike angle to simulate elevation, it's lack of side-to-side movement makes it a "no go" to me. So far, I've seen only one trainer manufacturer attempt to simulate a realistic side-to-side movement and that's Kinetic ( ). Their "Rock and Roll Smart Control" trainer allows the bike to move in the most realistic manner of all trainers that I've seen or used. I wish that Wahoo had adopted a similar feature into their trainers and KICKR Climb add-on. By the way, I like some of Wahoo's products — I use their ELMENT BOLT cycling computer — and I hope they'll design future trainers that have side-to-side movement.

  4. You could include using a "dumb trainer" with a bluetooth bike mounted power meter such as stages. It's a cheap way to ride on Zwift and you get the same power inside as you would outside.

  5. My recommendation is power meter plus fluid trainer. You can ride the power meter the whole year instead of keeping expensive equipment indoors and unused most of the year. My setup is JetBlack Z1 fluid trainer plus PowerTap hub & Zwift. Mfg recommendation is not to use a trainer tire. I just use an old tire from the previous year that still has some life.

  6. Marks gonna give ant n dec a run for their money on the presenting front, super comfortable in front of 🎥 these days. 👍🏼

  7. Can’t beat Elite, got a cheap fluid turbo & fitted BT sensor. Gives power cadence & speed readings, been good for rehab after TKR op

  8. it would be really great if you could get your sponsors such as wahoo and ON to provide you with promo codes in order to get a product discount. eg i just ended up forking out another 135 quid for a pair of cloudflyers because i have 8 marathons over the next 3 weeks. A code like GTNON to give me 20% off would have helped both me and the company as it would get more people trying their products, leading to a greater fanbase and ultimately greater profits. Many youtube channels do this.

    so, could you have a word please because we all want good gear, but very few of us can afford it or have sponsors to pay for us.


  9. Thanks for this awesome video. I have the wahoo kicker snap, and I have a question. When I'm doing intervals, sometimes when I shift back down for the recovery portion I lose any tension and any power readings for about 30-50 seconds until it kicks back in. That's okay if I've got a recovery period of more than 30 seconds, but with a lot of the interval workouts, it's more likely that I get a 15 or 20 second recovery, so often I just end up staying in the higher gear for that period and pedaling a little slower. Does that mean that I've set up my trainer incorrectly, or is that just par for the course. Thank you.

  10. what happened to the roller trainers? too hard to ride?? get the roller trainer and learn how to ride in a straight line all the time.

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