Wahoo launches indoor training Kickr Bike in UK, as people look for new ways to cycle during social distancing

Bike costs £3,000 – and can't go anywhere

Andrew Griffin
Thursday 19 March 2020 10:41 GMT
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Wahoo has launched its Kickr Bike in the UK, as people look for ways to cycle and exercise during social distancing.

The bike costs £3,000 – more than most outdoor cycles – and is intended to precisely replicate the experience of riding outdoors without leaving the house.

Wahoo launched the indoor training kit last year, but until now it has only been available in the US, and customers who ordered it there reported long waits as the company created more stock. Now UK customers are able to pre-order it, with orders being sent out from next week.

Until now, indoor cycling training has largely relied on trainers made by companies like Wahoo, hooked up to existing, outdoor bikes. Users cycle while staying stationary, while the smart trainer provides resistance for them to work against and measures how much power they are putting out.

The data on how fast the user is cycling can then be fed to apps such as Trainer Road or Zwift, which allow users to train indoors or simulate outdoor bike rides without moving.

The Wahoo Kickr Bike and competitors from companies like Tacx allow users to pay not to use their outdoor bike at all, instead offering a bike made only for cycling indoors and with training apps.

It is supposed to precisely simulate the feel of riding outdoors, and includes technology such as virtual gear levers and the ability to simulate grades, with the bike moving up and down as riders take on virtual hills.

The release comes as a variety of companies look to seize on the new interest in exercising indoors, as people are kept away from gyms and outdoor workouts as part of social distancing measures to stop the spread of coronavirus. Training company Tonal, for instance, which offers a $3,000 machine for strength training at home, told Business Insider that sales have tripled in the last week.

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