Wahoo Launches POWRLINK ZERO Pedal-Based Power Meter & ROLLR, a new kind of smart trainer
Two new highly anticipated products out from Wahoo this week! The first is a new pedal-based power meter, Triathletes and cyclists really like the ability to swap the pedals from bike to bike, and the second product is a new take on the traditional roller, with a Kick (or should we say Kickr)
First up, The POWRLINK ZERO is built around the SPEEDPLAY ZERO pedal system. Like the rest of the Wahoo SPEEDPLAY range, POWRLINK ZERO features convenient, dual-sided entry, low stack height, and pedal float that is adjustable to between 0-15 degrees. The pedal-based design makes it easy to switch the power meter between multiple cranksets, allowing athletes to get the full benefits of training with power, no matter what bike they choose.
Wahoo is claiming +/-1% accuracy of their KICKR series of smart trainers and replicated it in the POWRLINK ZERO. The rechargeable battery provides 75 hours of ride time per charge, connection to third-party apps and devices via ANT+ and Bluetooth, and backwards compatibility with legacy SPEEDPLAY ZERO cleats.
“Wahoo has always been at the forefront of providing athletes with accurate, reliable power data with our KICKR series of indoor smart trainers,” said POWRLINK ZERO product manager Katie DuPree. “Now we’ve leveraged that expertise to create a pedal-based power meter that lets athletes get the same robust performance data when they ride or race outdoors, with the added benefit of dual-sided entry and great aerodynamics.”
The new POWRLINK ZERO weighs just 250 grams for the single-sided option (left power measurement only), or 276 grams for the dual-sided option. MSRP is US$649.99 and US$999.99, respectively. The new power meter offering complements the existing Wahoo SPEEDPLAY pedal system line, which consists of the COMP (US$149.99), ZERO (US$229.99), NANO (US$449.99), and AERO (US$279.99).
POWRLINK ZERO has already been selected as the power meter of choice for some highly accomplished athletes, including IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Lucy Charles-Barclay and the Le Col Wahoo women’s professional road team. The Le Col Wahoo squad will be utilizing
Net up we have the KICKR ROLLR, which takes the traditional roller design, which has been the mainstay of indoor training since the golden days of cycling, and reimagines it. Designed to accommodate a wide range of frame and tire sizes via a quick-release adjustable wheelbase clamp, KICKR ROLLR makes it easy to take bikes on and off, making it ideal for those athletes who want to quickly transition from indoor training to riding outside, as well as for households where multiple riders use the same trainer. And because you don’t have to remove the rear wheel, KICKR ROLLR makes the ideal warm-up platform before events or big training sessions. This is especially useful for track cyclists or professionals who may not be able to make changes to their equipment after pre-race bike checks.
Learning how to ride traditional rollers typically involves a steep learning curve. KICKR ROLLR allows even the most balance-challenged cyclists to experience the natural ride feel of rollers, thanks to the innovative Safety Tire Gripper, which secures the front wheel on bikes with tires up to 2.1” / 53mm. This makes getting on and off the bike surprisingly easy, while also providing a stable platform for even the biggest out-of-the-saddle efforts.
“KICKR ROLLR gives endurance athletes a convenient, versatile, and feature-packed option to train indoors or get ready for an event,” said Wahoo KICKR Product Manager Tyler Harris. “The ability to easily take your bike on and off the trainer while enjoying the singular ride feel of rollers really sets KICKR ROLLR apart.”
To provide accurate power measurement and smart trainer control, KICKR ROLLR seamlessly connects to bike-mounted ANT+ power meters. For those athletes who don’t yet have a power meter, Wahoo is offering a bundle that includes both the KICKR ROLLR and the Wahoo SPEEDPLAY POWRLINK ZERO single-sided, pedal-based power meter. The bundled ROLLR and POWRLINK option gives endurance athletes a convenient and cost-effective way to get the full benefits of training with power, both indoor and out on the road. For those athletes who already have a power meter, the
KICKR ROLLR has an MSRP of $799.99 or $1399.99 bundled with the SPEEDPLAY POWRLINK ZERO single-sided power meter and is available at WahooFitness.com or through authorized Wahoo retailers.