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  • Wahoo Kickr worth the upgrade up from Core?
  • Premier Icon tmr1980
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    Interested to hear views on whether the latest Kickr is worth the investment over the core from those that have used both?

    Premier Icon markwsf
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    Given that this is STW, I’ll both ignore your original question and recommend what I’ve got.

    The Saris H3 seems to be very much on a par with the Kickr – arguably better in some respects, and is mid-way in price between the Kickr and Core – worth a look.

    I have just swapped to one from an Elite Drivo, and it’s much better. Pretty much silent – to the extent that I’m now noticing drivetrain noise and the speed of reaction to load in ERG mode plus load stability is massively improved.

    Premier Icon rhorn
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    Another shout for the Saris H3, bought one in November as no Kickr-Core’s in stock at the time. Very happy with it.

    Premier Icon v7fmp
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    I have had a kickr Core for two years now and cant fault it. I am not sure what the more expensive kickr would give you, other than a higher watt reading, assuming you are hitting 1800 watts or close to.

    Is there a reason you are thinking of upgrading?

    Premier Icon MSP
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    iirc the full fat core has a heavier flywheel for supposedly improved “realism” and auto calibration. I have had the core since it was released, and I am not sure that I would realy noticed the larger flywheel, and never bother calibrating it either so I wouldn’t upgrade but may consider the full fat, or even the wahoo bike when it starts to die.

    I guess it depends if you are using it as a serious training tool, or just a good way to get some saddle time and keep bike fitness when time and/or weather prevents you getting outdoors.

    Premier Icon trailwagger
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    whether the latest Kickr is worth the investment over the core

    NO, not if you already have the core.

    Premier Icon feed
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    I upgraded a few months back (not from a Core) and was deciding between the Core and full V5 Kickr. Went for the full Kickr in the end but not for obvious reasons. The floor in my shed is a tad unlevel so the legs on the Kickr suit better, also have to move it around a fair bit so having the handle is good and the fold in legs allow it to pack away a bit neater. Also though, as I’m not planning on changing again, I just thought I’d spend the extra ‘few’ quid.

    Is it worth the extra money? probably not. Do I regret buying the Kickr over the core? Nope

    Was thinking at one stage of buying a Kickr Climb, glad I didn’t follow through on that idea 🙂

    Premier Icon 13thfloormonk
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    iirc the full fat core has a heavier flywheel for supposedly improved “realism”

    No experience with either Kickr or any smart turbo for that matter, but I do look for bigger/heavier flywheels in my dumb turbos, supposedly better for knees if nothing else.

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