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Evaluation: PEZ First Experience – Wahoo KICKR BIKE SHIFT

It’s developing on that point of 12 months (not less than right here in Babylon on the Potomac) when the climate is getting colder (and wetter) which suggests indoor driving season. Usually, meaning placing my bike on a wise coach — which I’ve achieved for the previous a number of winters. However this winter I get to do one thing totally different … I’ll be driving a wise bike: the brand new Wahoo KICKR BIKE SHIFT.


That is the second good bike in Wahoo’s lineup — the primary being the KICKR BIKE. There are two massive variations between the 2 bikes. The primary is that KICKR BIKE SHIFT doesn’t have up-and-down motion to simulate climbing and descending. The second is that the KICKR BIKE SHIFT prices $1,000 much less. You’ll should determine for your self if having the bike tilt up and down is value the additional $$$.


Listed here are the KICKR BIKE SHIFT options and specs per Wahoo:

  • Personalized match, shifting and gearing to match your out of doors bike.
  • Nearly silent operation
  • Direct Join and WiFi Connectivity
  • ERG Simple Ramp™ means that you can pause a exercise and ease again in motion
  • Odometer tracks whole coach 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 Join 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 involved with getting it achieved. However click on on the pic beneath for a hyperlink to a very nice how-to video (sorry, however Wahoo didn’t publish on YouTube) for unboxing and meeting.

wahoo shift

A phrase of warning: I didn’t unbox the KICKR BIKE SHIFT (aka SHIFT for the remainder of this text) per Wahoo’s setup directions as a result of (a) I didn’t have room in my studio residence to put the field flat on the ground, (2) I didn’t have a buddy to assist me, and — most significantly — (3) I didn’t learn the directions/see the video earlier than un-boxing. I used to be capable of do it, however PLEASE FOLLOW WAHOO’s INSTRUCTIONS! In any other case, you run the danger of injuring your self … significantly.

As soon as unboxed, meeting was fairly easy-peasy (once more, please observe Wahoo’s directions). The one instruments you want are 4mm and 5mm hex wrenches (Wahoo offers them simply in case you don’t have already got them). The entrance leg and rear stabilizer legs (with leveling ft) slide into slots on the bottom of the bike unit and are bolted in with hex head bolts.

4 hex head bolts for the entrance leg

When you adopted the unboxing directions appropriately, the opposite stabilizer leg ought 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 size, curved form (each front-to-back and side-to-side), and has a shallow/slender channel that runs about half the size of the saddle from the rear. If that doesn’t fit your undercarriage, you may swap it out like another saddle. I journey quick nostril saddles with cutouts, however — to date — my necessary bits get alongside effectively 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 go in straight. The tube for the seat publish/saddle doesn’t have a shim so it’s a must to be certain that the seat is straight. Wahoo says that is so house owners can use their very own seat publish, if they need.

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

You’re achieved! No less than with getting every part all put collectively. There’s nonetheless the matter of getting the bike set as much as journey, i.e., match.

Arrange (match)

Wahoo has an app to assist bounce begin the match course of. You enter your inseam measurement and your most popular driving place (race or endurance), and it offers you values for all of the totally different bike 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

Enter your inseam and driving place

The app offers you values for all of the totally different adjustment factors: standover peak, saddle peak, setback, attain, stack, and crank size

The above is for fundamental match. You probably have all of the stuff (I don’t) to do a  GURU, Retul, or Trek skilled bike match or if you realize your values from having a motorbike match with a kind of programs, you may select PROFESSIONAL FIT  on the app and enter the suitable measurements to get SHIFT match positions.

When you’ve achieved an expert bike match and know your measurements

I used the fundamental match measurements as a place to begin. I then took varied measurements on my Colnago V3 (not too not like the totally different measurements utilized by becoming programs, however with out the requisite instruments to be completely exact) and replicated my place as greatest as potential on the SHIFT. I do know it’s not spot on excellent/precisely the identical, however I can’t really feel any noticeable distinction. Under reveals the Wahoo app match settings and the place I ended up adjusting every part to after taking my very own bike measurements.

Wahoo app DIY match
Standover peak A A
Saddle peak 10.3 8.6
Setback 5.9 7.7
Attain 3.5 8.5
Stack 0 13*
Crank size 167.5** 170

* Curiously, the stems on all my bikes are Phi Slamma Jamma and that’s what the app stated to do, however to get handlebar place proper I really needed to go greater
** I journey 170 mm crank arms so caught with that moderately than the Wahoo suggestion

Loosen the knob to regulate standover peak. Ensure that it’s tightened down so far as it should go; in any other case, there can be some play and the highest a part of the bike will rock.

Fast launch clamp for the seat publish to regulate saddle peak (NOTE: As soon as I bought my my place the place I wished it, I bought the fast launch 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.”)

Deal with on the “prime tube” to regulate setback. After adjusting, elevate and switch the adjustment deal with to heart it.

Attain is adjusted the identical means as setback

Stack adjustment is through a fast launch clamp


The SHIFT crankarm can accommodate totally different crank lengths



There are a few issues that want doing (in addition to plugging the bike into {an electrical} outlet) earlier than you may journey the SHIFT. You want the Wahoo Health app (iOS or Android) to (1) hook up with your Wi-Fi community, (2) arrange digital shifting, (3) braking, and (3) gearing (be sure to plug within the SHIFT and wake it up by turning the cranks). I’ll let photos do a variety of the speaking.

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

Left: Select what shifting system you need and which brake lever controls the entrance brake. Proper: Select the variety of chainrings, chainring sizes, variety of cassette cogs, and the cassette vary.

Now you’re able to journey!

I’ve the KICKR Direct Join so I can join the KICKR BIKE SHIFT on to my router through Ethernet cable and never have to fret if my Wi-Fi sign flakes out

Using the SHIFT is … effectively … like driving a motorbike. But additionally a little bit bit totally different:

  • The very first thing I observed is how quiet the SHIFT is. PEZ readers might keep in mind what I needed to say concerning the KICKR Axis good coach: “the KICKR AXIS may be very quiet — to the purpose the place my bike’s well-lubed and fairly quiet drivetrain makes extra noise.” As a result of there isn’t any drivetrain, the SHIFT is even quieter.
  • Digital shifting takes a little bit getting used to (in some methods, it’s nearly a little bit unnerving). For all intents and functions, gear shifts are instantaneous. When you thought Di2 was quick, SHIFT is quicker. They’re additionally silent. And there’s no mechanical suggestions.
  • Until you’ve gotten the Wahoo Health app open, you don’t know what gear you’re in. So, in that respect, I discover myself driving by “really feel.” That means, I simply attempt to discover the gear that feels “proper” for the driving I’m doing.

In any other case, driving the SHIFT was like driving my very own bike on a wise coach. Up to now, I’ve achieved some driving on Wahoo SYSTM, Zwift, and BKOOL. The journey really feel is great and the load modifications (up or down) to a prescribed energy degree or to simulate gradient are comparatively easy.

Using to nowhere particularly

The SHIFT has Wahoo’s ERG Simple Ramp that was first featured on the KICKR v6 that I examined on the finish of final 12 months. My feedback then nonetheless apply: “As a substitute of getting to place out xxx watts instantly [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 occasion the place digital actuality 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 bike to a wise coach or hopping onto a wise bike and driving. PEZ contributor Menachem Brodie wrote a very good article about making a good atmosphere for indoor driving. Just a few fundamentals:

  • Put your coach/good bike on a ground mat to maintain it from slipping and sliding, in addition to to guard your ground from sweat. Plus should you dwell in an residence, your downstairs neighbors will respect that additional little little bit of sound insulation.
  • Until you’re driving inside a walk-in fridge, you’ll want a great fan. I’ve a Wahoo KICKR HEADWIND and a second ground standing fan. I discover with two followers that I don’t should run the fan speeds full tilt to remain cool — even on longer indoor rides.
  • You’ll desire a good sweat guard to guard your bike from the drippings (sweat is corrosive).

A purpose-built sweat guard is an inexpensive funding and your bike will thanks

A single side-entry/exit (proper hand) water bottle cage. Relying on how lengthy you’re driving, you’ll like need one other water bottle helpful.

Lastly, you are able to do digital coaching along with your cellphone or pill (like Alastair confirmed us right here) — even your laptop computer — however I say greater is all the time higher. I used to have a house theater projector with an 82-inch display within the basement of our outdated home. In my residence, I’ve a 60-inch TV and use the Zwift app on my Apple TV. For driving apps that aren’t obtainable instantly on Apple TV, I can mirror from my iPhone or MacBook to the TV.

To cite Roy Scheider from the film Jaws: “You’re gonna want an even bigger boat”


You probably have the $$$ and the area to “completely” arrange a wise bike (NOTE: the SHIFT doesn’t have wheels on the stabilizer legs just like the KICKR BIKE Good Bike so can’t be moved round as simply), the brand new KICKR BIKE SHIFT makes a variety of sense to me. In fact, YMMV. However I like the concept of an indoor bike that’s all the time able to journey. And given the basically infinite adjustability of the SHIFT, it’s arguably cost-effective in a multi-rider family (plus not coping with the effort of swapping bikes on-and-off a coach). I additionally like the concept of not placing indoor driving put on and tear on my “actual” bikes.

Sure, the KICKR BIKE SHIFT is costlier than a typical good coach. However cheaper (and arguably extra sensible) than a typical n+1 bike. No less than that’s one strategy to rationalize/justify shopping for it to your partner/important 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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