Wahoo Kickr Core Zwift One
Retail price: $599 / £549 / €599
Maximum Power Output: 1800 Watts
Maximum Simulated Grade: 16%
Minimum Simulated Grade: -10%
Product Weight: 40 lb / 18 kg
Power Accuracy: +/-2%
Connectivity: ANT+, ANT+ FE-C, and up to three Bluetooth Connections
Includes a pre-installed Zwift Cog (14-tooth single sprocket)
Hub Types: 130/135mm QR, 12×142, and 12×148 Thru Axle
Adapters: Includes 130/135mm QR adapter & hub spacer, 12×142/148 adapter & hub spacer.
Maximum Rider Weight: 250 lb / 113 kg
Zwift Click: Bluetooth communication; CR2032 battery powered
In the fall of 2022, when Zwift entered the trainer market, it was a sea change. I remember sitting in a conference room at Zwift headquarters asking those at the table what the expectations were around the launch. Did everyone understand that Zwift was about to make every other trainer on the market irrelevant?
At the time Zwift was being coy. The discussion was all about smoothing pain points and making things easier for consumers. Suddenly instead of telling people to choose between a smart trainer and a wheel-on trainer, and to look for compatibility, it was all irrelevant. A smart trainer is a better experience for indoor riding and with the launch of the Zwift Hub One all you had to do was go to the Zwift website and order one. Those details weren’t the sea change though.
What really changed with the launch of the Zwift Hub was the price. Sure it was easier to understand what you needed but far more important was getting a smart trainer for the price of a nice wheel on trainer. Unfortunately, according to Wahoo, the budget price was only possible because the Zwift Hub copied the design of the Wahoo Kickr Core.
Since then the smart trainer market has been on a wild ride. As I predicted, the Zwift Hub completely changed the trainer market. Suddenly every trainer in our list of the best smart trainers had to measure up against the Zwift Hub but things continue to evolve. Zwift and Wahoo are now putting the courtroom aside and combining forces. The old Zwift Hub is disappearing and this new-to-market Wahoo Kickr Core Zwift One is now the best budget smart trainer available. Keep reading to see what that means and if it’s right for you.
Design and aesthetics
There are two sides to the new Wahoo Kickr Core Zwift One. The easiest to start with is the Wahoo…