Wahoo Kickr V6 (2022) smart turbo trainer review

The new Wahoo Kickr is an excellent smart trainer, now with WiFi for more connection options and a few other added features

Wahoo Kickr V6
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Cyclingnews Verdict

There's no doubt the Wahoo Kickr V6 is more well-rounded than its predecessor and among the best smart trainers on the market. WiFi connectivity is a good addition, but the V5 might be a better choice for some people.

Pros

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    Wahoo's famously simple setup process

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    Top-line specs including 2200w resistance, 20% gradients and 1% accuracy

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    The addition of WiFi connectivity

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    Automatic firmware updates

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    'Erg Easy-ramp' eases you back to high power if you need to stop

Cons

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    WiFi connection requires stable WiFi, which isn't always a given

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    The price is higher than the previous model

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For 10 years, the Wahoo Kickr smart trainer has been one of the leading weapons in the war against riding outdoors. Ok, perhaps it's not quite a war, but thanks to the technological advances pioneered by brands like Wahoo, the experience of indoor cycling has improved infinitely, and the number of people pedalling nowhere indoors has grown at a stratospheric rate. 

There's no denying the indoor cycling industry is moving at a fast pace but if product cycles are anything to go by, none are moving faster than Wahoo, whose 2022 Kickr smart trainer was the third new model to launch in five years. This is technically known as Kickr V6 2022, and replaces the V5 which launched in 2020. 

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Testing scorecard and notes
AttributesNotesRating
Ease of UseIncredibly simple setup on both hardware and software side. A cassette comes fitted, but you don't get to choose which. 9/10
ERG ModeIt's smooth, accurate and responsive, with easy ramp back to power if you have to stop mid interval10/10
Ride FeelHeavy flywheel and small lateral motion is almost as good as it gets, but it doesn't have the motor-driven downhill freewheel that others offer9/10
Power accuracyWahoo quotes market-leading accuracy of 1% and I've no reasons to doubt that in my testing10/10
ConnectivityWhile WiFi hasn't improved the ride for me, the Bluetooth is still as good as ever. What's more, the Kickr offers the greatest choice of connection options10/10
NoiseConsistently under 58db in my tests. There's more noise from the drivetrain than the trainer10/10
StabilityThe side to side rocking offered by the Axis feet feels natural, and the folding legs go wide enough to provide a stable ride. They also have height-adjustable feet for uneven ground, so no complaints. Do be careful that you've checked the trainer is level once set up though, it's easy to set it up a couple of degrees out, which can force you to ride at an angle. 10/10
StorabilityFolding legs come in parallel to the central leg, and the carry handle make it easy to move10/10
ValueCompared to the competition, the Kickr is competitive. The Elite Justo is a little cheaper, while the Tacx Neo is a little more expensive. However, the Kickr 2020 is also cheaper, 90% as good, and likely discounted at the moment, so that's the one I'd buy. 8/10
TotalRow 9 - Cell 1 95%

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Josh Croxton
Associate Editor (Tech)

Josh is Associate Editor of Cyclingnews – leading our content on the best bikes, kit and the latest breaking tech stories from the pro peloton.

Josh has been with us since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years.

He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Somerset-based Team Tor 2000. 

These days he rides indoors for convenience and fitness, and outdoors for fun on road, gravel, 'cross and cross-country bikes, the latter usually with his two dogs in tow.