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What Are the Different Modes On My Smart Trainer?

So you have a brand new KICKR or Snap and the awesome new Wahoo Fitness app... now what!? Here's a quick breakdown of the various ways you can control your Wahoo Smart Trainer. Please ensure you select indoor cycling profile prior to beginning the workout. Without selecting this profile, the KICKR control page will not be visible.
  • level:  Choose your power curve! Just like riding on a fluid or wind trainer, the faster you go, the harder it gets. The level you select determines the progression of your power curve. View the Power Curves Here.
  • resistance: Just like adjusting the brake in spin class! For those who need to be in complete control, this allows you to set the resistance of the brake anywhere from 0 to 100%.  Regardless of speed, the brake will remain set until you decide to change it.
  • erg*: This is our personal favorite, intervals have never been easier (or harder)! Set your desired power and watch as the KICKR adjusts to keep you honest during your training. If your cadence drops, the KICKR will increase the resistance to maintain a constant power output, regardless of speed. This is the ultimate way to train with Power!
  • sim: With sim mode, you can enter your weight, bike type, riding position, headwind, and grade and the KICKR will accurately model the power curve just as if YOU were riding outdoors. Make sure your weight is properly set in the app and your tires size is correct to ensure accurate power calculations!


*When riding in ERG mode you may notice that speed doesn't seem to relate to your power output or gearing. This happens because ERG mode is designed to maintain the target power at any wheel speed or cadence.  The speed recorded will fluctuate based on the gear and cadence you have selected, and may not be accurate. You may need to try different gears and use the one that is closest to your expected speed.

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