Wahoo Kickr Snap power-meter trainer released

Electronic unit has ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity with smartphones, tablets, computers

The new Wahoo Fitness Kickr Snap is a resistance trainer that connects with smartphones, tablets and computers, providing power-measurement data over ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0.

The Snap differs from the original Wahoo Kickr, which requires users to remove their rear wheel. The Snap lets you keep your rear wheel on, and a simple engagement mechanism keeps the bike in place on the trainer. 

A flywheel replicates the inertia of riding outdoors.

The Snap was designed to work with third-party platforms like TrainerRoad or Zwift, which offer power-based workouts and virtual group riding, respectively. Power information from the Snap can drive these programs, and the programs can control resistance on the Snap, too, according to Wahoo. [Editor's note: This story originally stated that the Snap's resistance could not be controlled by a third-party app. We apologize for the mistake.]

You can use the snap wirelessly with interactive programs like zwift: you can use the snap wirelessly with interactive programs like zwift
You can use the snap wirelessly with interactive programs like zwift: you can use the snap wirelessly with interactive programs like zwift

Broadcasting on ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0, the Snap was designed to work with third-party software

In initial brief testing, we found the power measurement to be generally in line with data from SRM, PowerTap and Stages power meters. However, the signal over both ANT+ and Bluetooth would regularly drop for a second or two, reading zero then jumping back to the actual reading.

The Kickr Snap weighs 38lb / 17.2kg  and will be available in August 2015 in certain shops and on WahooFitness.com for US$849 / £649.

The Snap can connect to Apple, Android and Windows products.

For more information on Wahoo products visit www.wahoofitness.com.

Stay tuned for a complete review soon.

Attachment of the bike is easy; once the width is adjusted one time on the other, the blue lever clamps and releases the bike : attachment of the bike is easy; once the width is adjusted one time on the other, the blue lever clamps and releases the bike
Attachment of the bike is easy; once the width is adjusted one time on the other, the blue lever clamps and releases the bike : attachment of the bike is easy; once the width is adjusted one time on the other, the blue lever clamps and releases the bike

Installation is, well, a snap

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team, Trek Boone 5, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4, Marinoni fixed gear, Santa Cruz Roadster TT bike
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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