Wahoo Kickr 2018 (V4) turbo trainer review

With a 16lb flywheel, 2200 watts of resistance and a maximum gradient of 20%

Wahoo Kickr
(Image: © Josh Croxton)

Cyclingnews Verdict

The Wahoo Kickr is quiet, easy, accurate and simple - a real complement to anyone's indoor trainer setup


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    Quiet in use

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    Simple setup

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    Widely compatible


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    Premium price

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The latest iteration of the Wahoo Kickr has been around a while now, first being launched in 2018, but with solid construction and regular firmware updates, it remains one of the best turbo trainers available today. I've had one in regular use since 2019 and it's still going strong. At £999.99 / US$1199.99 / AU$1699.95 / €1199.99, there are plenty of alternatives out there that undercut the price, even Wahoo's own Kickr Core shaves almost a third off the cost. 

The Kickr 2018 has twice been superceded, so if you're interested in the newer iterations, head to our Wahoo Kickr 2020 review for Kickr V5, or our Wahoo Kickr 2022 review for the newest model available. 

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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.