Latest Wahoo smart trainer adds game-changing feature for cyclists

The Wahoo Kickr Move adds fore and aft motion so you can banish the need for a rocker plate

Wahoo Kickr Move
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When it comes to selecting one of the best turbo trainers for indoor cycling, there's no doubt that Wahoo's Kickr line has been at the forefront of what's available for many years now. However, it's not been able to fully emulate indoor cycling for a number of reasons. 

Now, however, Wahoo has revealed its latest indoor trainer, the Kickr Move, and it's got a game-changing new feature that cyclists will love - meaning you can banish the need for a rocker plate. How so? It introduces fore and aft movement, to a +/-8in degree, in addition to increased tilt, so you get greater comfort and a more realistic indoor ride. 

If you've already got a full-on Wahoo Kickr V5 indoor setup, replete with Wahoo's Kickr Desk, Climb and Headwind products, then you might be wondering how that's feasible without knocking the Climb over. Well, Wahoo has also introduced an adaptor (called the Kickr Climb Base Adaptor), so the full suite of kit will function without a hitch. And if not, here's a shopping widget to browse the accessories at the best prices:

Speaking of price, the Wahoo Kickr Move, which is clearly at the top of the table when it comes to the company's hierarchy of turbo trainers, will be priced at £1,399/ $1,599/ AU$ 2,499 - so it's a significant investment. But a worthy investment if you'll be doing a lot of indoor riding over the winter months. 

You're paying for the fact that the Kickr Move is more advanced than any other turbo trainer out there, of course. The product sits on wheels within a fixed, curved inline track - meaning the trainer can move forward and backward along with your motion and power input for a more realistic road-like feel. You'll feel it most in a standing sprint, for example, just as you would on a real road bike. 

It sounds like a really savvy solution to what many have instead opted for: rocker plates - whether purchased, commissioned or self-built - add a platform to permit movement and effectively add realism and comfort, but that can be bothersome when mounting and not everyone will want to add a heavy turbo trainer to a tiltable platform either - especially if you can hammer out four-figures of wattage power. 

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike is the Tech Editor at T3.com. He's been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and, as a phones expert, has seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone too (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech and audio aficionado his beat at T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a tech stone unturned he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for 10 years, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.