Wahoo Kickr 2020 (V5) smart trainer review

Wahoo Kickr V5 is now the 'old' model, having been replaced by V6, but it's still the one we'd buy

Wahoo Kickr V5 review
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Cyclingnews Verdict

A truly top-end turbo trainer that's accurate, consistent and easy to use, making it a brilliant upgrade to anyone's indoor cycling setup, especially if you can find it discounted

Pros

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    Industry-leading connectivity

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    Quiet

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    Road feel

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    Automatic calibration

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    Simple setup

Cons

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    Price

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    Axis Feet aren't very effective

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This iteration of the Wahoo Kickr, version number five, was launched in August 2020. It was a perfectly timed launch that fell during the COVID-19 pandemic, just two weeks after the first-ever Virtual Tour de France. As with every iteration of the Kickr to date and since, it represented evolution rather than revolution, taking the Kickr V4 and adding a handful of carefully considered updates. 

These included a new zero-calibration algorithm, an increase in data accuracy from a variance of two per cent to just one, a new wired port and Axis feet. 

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