Wahoo Kickr Headwind review

The Wahoo Kickr Headwind is more than your average turbo trainer fan, but is it really worth the expense?

Wahoo Kickr Headwind
(Image: © Josh Croxton)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Wahoo's Kickr Headwind is a smart fan that pairs with your heart rate and your turbo trainer to tailor its output based on your effort, but there are a few small things we'd change


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    Adjusts output based on heart rate, speed, or manual input

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    Output zones can be adjusted to preference

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    Interfaces neatly with Kickr Desk

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    Multiple workout profiles available for tailored output


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    Narrow airflow

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    Airflow can be adjusted down, but not up

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The Kickr Headwind was the cause of much discussion at its release, with many baulking at the price for what is, essentially, a fan. However, Wahoo has worked a number of features into the Headwind that you'll come to appreciate.


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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. He 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.