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.]
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.
Installation is, well, a snap