Monday, December 11, 2023

Assessment: PEZ First Trip – Wahoo KICKR BIKE SHIFT


It’s bobbing up on that point of yr (no less than right here in Babylon at the Potomac) when the elements is getting less warm (and wetter) because of this indoor driving season. Normally, that implies hanging my motorbike on a sensible instructor — which I’ve completed for the previous a number of winters. However this iciness I am getting to do one thing other … I’ll be driving a sensible motorbike: the brand new Wahoo KICKR BIKE SHIFT.


That is the second one sensible motorbike in Wahoo’s lineup — the primary being the KICKR BIKE. There are two large variations between the 2 motorcycles. The primary is that KICKR BIKE SHIFT doesn’t have up-and-down motion to simulate hiking and descending. The second one is that the KICKR BIKE SHIFT prices $1,000 much less. You’ll need to make a decision for your self if having the motorbike tilt up and down is price the additional $$$.


Listed here are the KICKR BIKE SHIFT options and specifications in keeping with Wahoo:

  • Custom designed are compatible, moving and gearing to compare your outside motorbike.
  • Nearly silent operation
  • Direct Attach and WiFi Connectivity
  • ERG Simple Ramp™ means that you can pause a exercise and simplicity again in motion
  • Odometer tracks overall instructor mileage


  • Energy Accuracy: +/- 1%
  • Metrics: Pace, Distance, Energy, Cadence
  • Most Energy Output: 2200W
  • Most Simulated Grade: 20%
  • Minimal Simulated Grade: -15%
  • ANT+, ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth, Direct Attach and WiFi Connectivity


Unboxing and meeting


Sadly, I don’t have pics of unboxing and meeting as a result of I used to be extra enthusiastic about getting it completed. However click on at the pic beneath for a hyperlink to a actually nice how-to video (sorry, however Wahoo didn’t publish on YouTube) for unboxing and meeting.

wahoo shift

A phrase of caution: I didn’t unbox the KICKR BIKE SHIFT (aka SHIFT for the remainder of this newsletter) in keeping with Wahoo’s setup directions as a result of (a) I didn’t have room in my studio condominium to put the field flat at the flooring, (2) I didn’t have a good friend to lend a hand me, and — most significantly — (3) I didn’t learn the directions/see the video sooner than un-boxing. I used to be ready to do it, however PLEASE FOLLOW WAHOO’s INSTRUCTIONS! Another way, you run the chance of wounding your self … critically.

As soon as unboxed, meeting used to be beautiful easy-peasy (once more, please apply Wahoo’s directions). The one gear you wish to have are 4mm and 5mm hex wrenches (Wahoo supplies them simply if you don’t have already got them). The entrance leg and rear stabilizer legs (with leveling toes) slide into slots at the base of the motorbike unit and are bolted in with hex head bolts.

4 hex head bolts for the entrance leg

When you adopted the unboxing directions as it should be, the opposite stabilizer leg will have to already be bolted in

The stem/handlebar meeting slides right into a tube on the entrance

The seat publish/saddle meeting slides right into a tube on the again

NOTE: The Wahoo saddle is common duration, curved form (each front-to-back and side-to-side), and has a shallow/slim channel that runs about part the duration of the saddle from the rear. If that doesn’t fit your undercarriage, you’ll change it out like another saddle. I journey brief nostril saddles with cutouts, however — up to now — my necessary bits get alongside properly sufficient with the Wahoo saddle.

Each the seat publish/saddle and stem/handlebars have a D-shaped publish/quill. The tube for the stem/handlebars has a shim in order that the stem/handlebars cross in instantly. The tube for the seat publish/saddle doesn’t have a shim so it’s important to be certain the seat is instantly. Wahoo says that is so homeowners can use their very own seat publish, if they would like.

After all, connect the shifter cable to the pod beneath the stem (it’s a magnetic connection)

You’re completed! A minimum of with getting the entirety all put in combination. There’s nonetheless the topic of having the motorbike set as much as journey, i.e., are compatible.

Arrange (are compatible)

Wahoo has an app to lend a hand bounce get started the are compatible procedure. You enter your inseam size and your most well-liked driving place (race or staying power), and it offers you values for the entire other motorbike changes. I’ll let photos do the speaking.

Scan the code

Create an account or log in if you have already got a Wahoo account

Input your inseam and driving place

The app offers you values for the entire other adjustment issues: standover top, saddle top, setback, achieve, stack, and crank duration

The above is for elementary are compatible. You probably have the entire stuff (I don’t) to do a  GURU, Retul, or Trek skilled motorbike are compatible or if your values from having a motorbike are compatible with a kind of methods, you’ll make a choice PROFESSIONAL FIT  at the app and enter the fitting measurements to get SHIFT are compatible positions.

When you’ve completed a qualified motorbike are compatible and know your measurements

I used the fundamental are compatible measurements as a place to begin. I then took quite a lot of measurements on my Colnago V3 (no longer too not like the other measurements utilized by becoming methods, however with out the needful gear to be completely actual) and replicated my place as best possible as conceivable at the SHIFT. I realize it’s no longer spot on very best/precisely the similar, however I will’t really feel any noticeable distinction. Underneath presentations the Wahoo app are compatible settings and the place I stopped up adjusting the entirety to after taking my very own motorbike measurements.

Wahoo app DIY are compatible
Standover top A A
Saddle top 10.3 8.6
Setback 5.9 7.7
Succeed in 3.5 8.5
Stack 0 13*
Crank duration 167.5** 170

* Apparently, the stems on all my motorcycles are Phi Slamma Jamma and that’s what the app stated to do, however to get handlebar place proper I if truth be told needed to cross upper
** I journey 170 mm crank palms so caught with that quite than the Wahoo advice

Loosen the knob to regulate standover top. Be certain that it’s tightened down so far as it’s going to cross; in a different way, there can be some play and the highest a part of the motorbike will rock.

Fast unlock clamp for the seat publish to regulate saddle top (NOTE: When I were given my my place the place I sought after it, I were given the fast unlock clamp tight sufficient to carry the seat publish. There’s a 5 mm hex head bolt reverse the clamp that I used to get the clamp “locked down.”)

Maintain at the “most sensible tube” to regulate setback. After adjusting, raise and switch the adjustment care for to middle it.

Succeed in is adjusted the similar method as setback

Stack adjustment is by the use of a handy guide a rough unlock clamp


The SHIFT crankarm can accommodate other crank lengths



There are a few issues that want doing (but even so plugging the motorbike into {an electrical} outlet) sooner than you’ll journey the SHIFT. You want the Wahoo Health app (iOS or Android) to (1) attach on your Wi-Fi community, (2) arrange digital moving, (3) braking, and (3) gearing (be sure you plug within the SHIFT and wake it up through turning the cranks). I’ll let photos do numerous the speaking.

Center: Choose the KICKR BIKE SHIFT. Proper: I’m already hooked up to my community however that is the place you choose a community and make your community connection.

Left: Make a choice what moving device you need and which brake lever controls the entrance brake. Proper: Make a choice the collection of chainrings, chainring sizes, collection of cassette cogs, and the cassette vary.

Now you’re in a position to journey!

I’ve the KICKR Direct Attach so I will attach the KICKR BIKE SHIFT immediately to my router by the use of Ethernet cable and no longer have to fret if my Wi-Fi sign flakes out

Driving the SHIFT is … properly … like driving a motorbike. But in addition slightly bit other:

  • The very first thing I realized is how quiet the SHIFT is. PEZ readers would possibly take into accout what I needed to say in regards to the KICKR Axis sensible instructor: “the KICKR AXIS could be very quiet — to the purpose the place my motorbike’s well-lubed and beautiful quiet drivetrain makes extra noise.” As a result of there is not any drivetrain, the SHIFT is even quieter.
  • Digital moving takes slightly being used to (in many ways, it’s virtually slightly unnerving). For all intents and functions, tools shifts are instant. When you idea Di2 used to be speedy, SHIFT is quicker. They’re additionally silent. And there’s no mechanical comments.
  • Until you may have the Wahoo Health app open, you don’t know what tools you’re in. So, in that recognize, I in finding myself driving through “really feel.” Which means, I simply attempt to in finding the tools that feels “proper” for the driving I’m doing.

Another way, driving the SHIFT used to be like driving my very own motorbike on a sensible instructor. Up to now, I’ve completed some driving on Wahoo SYSTM, Zwift, and BKOOL. The journey really feel is very good and the weight adjustments (up or down) to a prescribed energy degree or to simulate gradient are somewhat easy.

Driving to nowhere specifically

The SHIFT has Wahoo’s ERG Simple Ramp that used to be first featured at the KICKR v6 that I examined on the finish of final yr. My feedback then nonetheless follow: “As a substitute of getting to place out xxx watts right away [e.g., after stopping on an uphill section or in the middle of an interval during a workout session], the ERG Simple Ramp allowed me to extra simply and easily spin again as much as energy. It is a welcomed example the place digital fact doesn’t mimic IRL.”

A phrase about your indoor driving arrange

For PEZ readers who’re new to indoor driving, it’s extra than simply attaching your motorbike to a sensible instructor or hopping onto a sensible motorbike and driving. PEZ contributor Menachem Brodie wrote a actually just right article about making a just right atmosphere for indoor driving. A couple of fundamentals:

  • Put your instructor/sensible motorbike on a flooring mat to stay it from slipping and sliding, in addition to to offer protection to your flooring from sweat. Plus in case you are living in an condominium, your downstairs neighbors will respect that further little little bit of sound insulation.
  • Until you’re driving within a walk-in fridge, you’ll desire a just right fan. I’ve a Wahoo KICKR HEADWIND and a 2d flooring status fan. I in finding with two enthusiasts that I don’t need to run the fan speeds complete tilt to stick cool — even on longer indoor rides.
  • You’ll need a just right sweat guard to offer protection to your motorbike from the drippings (sweat is corrosive).

A purpose-built sweat guard is an affordable funding and your motorbike will thanks

A unmarried side-entry/go out (proper hand) water bottle cage. Relying on how lengthy you’re driving, you’ll like need any other water bottle at hand.

After all, you’ll do digital coaching together with your telephone or pill (like Alastair confirmed us right here) — even your pc — however I say larger is at all times higher. I used to have a house theater projector with an 82-inch display screen within the basement of our outdated area. In my condominium, I’ve a 60-inch TV and use the Zwift app on my Apple TV. For driving apps that aren’t to be had immediately on Apple TV, I will replicate from my iPhone or MacBook to the TV.

To cite Roy Scheider from the film Jaws: “You’re gonna desire a larger boat”


You probably have the $$$ and the distance to “completely” arrange a sensible motorbike (NOTE: the SHIFT doesn’t have wheels at the stabilizer legs just like the KICKR BIKE Sensible Motorbike so can’t be moved round as simply), the brand new KICKR BIKE SHIFT makes numerous sense to me. After all, YMMV. However I really like the speculation of an indoor motorbike that’s at all times in a position to journey. And given the necessarily endless adjustability of the SHIFT, it’s arguably cost-effective in a multi-rider family (plus no longer coping with the effort of swapping motorcycles on-and-off a instructor). I additionally like the speculation of no longer hanging indoor driving put on and tear on my “actual” motorcycles.

Sure, the KICKR BIKE SHIFT is costlier than an ordinary sensible instructor. However more economical (and arguably simpler) than an ordinary n+1 motorbike. A minimum of that’s one strategy to rationalize/justify purchasing it on your partner/vital different.

I really like driving in Neokyo on Makuri Islands on Zwift … it’s a video arcade in a online game

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