Wahoo Kickr Core review

A winning combination of price and performance that will keep you riding and racing all year

Wahoo Kickr Core
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Cyclingnews Verdict

The Kickr Core is the budget wheel-off trainer in the Wahoo lineup but the performance is anything but budget. Wahoo leverages a deep well of experience to create one of the best trainer experiences available


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    Super-fast power adjustment in ERG mode

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    Robust phone app allows ERG riding

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    Excellent support


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    No way to level the unit if the floor isn’t level

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    Cassette not included

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There's a ton of reasons to consider indoor training. For most people, it's the oncoming of cooling weather and dark skies but there's a lot more to it than that. It's also a great place to do specific interval workouts, an amazing way to ride actual routes before you race them, and with the right gear it can even be an excellent social outlet or race venue. Whatever indoor riding might mean to you; you need to start with the right equipment. 

Start looking for that equipment and the Wahoo Kickr Core is bound to come up. It made our list of best smart trainers and there's basically no discussion of indoor cycling that's complete without mentioning it. Wahoo has become synonymous with indoor training over the years and the Kickr Core represents the brand's least expensive option for a wheel-off smart trainer. It sounds great, but is it really that good? Keep reading to see what we thought after some time doing intervals, free riding, and racing with the Wahoo Kickr Core.  

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