Connecting a KICKR / KICKR BIKE / ROLLR using Direct Connect (DIRCON)

This article will provide instructions for connecting a Wahoo KICKR v5(2020), v6 (2022), KICKR BIKE v2 (2022), or ROLLR using DIRCON to the app. For other trainer connections, please refer to our Connect your Trainer (Compatibility Tool) to find out how to connect your trainer. DIRCON is only available for connections to Bluetooth-enabled Mac and Windows at this time. 


In order for the app to report data and control the trainer, trainers and sensors will need to be connected to the app from the device connections screen in the workout player.  


Select your workout from the Calendar or the Workout List and press the Start Workout button.


This will launch the Device Connections screen. If your screen does not open automatically, please tap the gear icon in the top right corner of your page. Please ensure that your screen says that Bluetooth is ON. Bluetooth is a requirement for DIRCON at this time. If Bluetooth is OFF, please use an ANT+ connection


Connect your DIRCON adapter to your KICKR and connect it to your router or to an ethernet port on your computer. (If using an ethernet port on your computer, you must be using the SYSTM app on the same computer). 


DIRCON adapter



Connect DIRCON to the KICKR



Connect DIRCON to your router


Selecting and Connecting your Trainer

Clicking on the Add Devices button will open a second panel on the Device Connections screen. You will see the KICKR appear with a DIRCON icon rather than Bluetooth. A Bluetooth connection to the KICKR is not possible while DIRCON is set up. Please select the Wahoo KICKR DIRCON connection.  ANT+ is still available as a connection possibility.  DO NOT CONNECT BOTH.


DIRCON_icon.png This is the DIRCON icon. 



The trainer connection should now appear in the right-hand panel of the Device Connections box.  Once the trainer connection is established, the box for that connection should turn white. The icons may be green (ON) or white (OFF)


Trainer_control_icon.png This is the Control Icon.  This icon will need to appear and be selected for the app to have interactive control of your trainer.  


power_icon.pngThis is the Power Icon.  This icon will need to appear and be selected for the app to report power from your trainer to the screen.  Please note that both the Power and Control icons must be from the same device for the app to work properly.  


cadence_icon.pngThis is the Cadence Icon.  If your trainer has integrated cadence sensing, this icon will appear.  You may choose to connect an external cadence sensor instead.  


speed_icon.pngThis is the Speed Icon.  Your trainer can report speed to the app, however, we recommend that you choose to use the app's virtual speed.  For more information, see the following article:  Understanding Virtual Speed Calculations.


slope_icon.png If you are connecting a Wahoo KICKR Bike or a Wahoo trainer with a KICKR Climb, you will see a Slope Icon appear on your screen.  Selecting the Slope Icon and unlocking the Climb function on your device will allow the trainer to follow the workout gradient.  For more information, see the following article:  The KICKR Climb


For instructions to connect your other sensors:  Connect your Sensors

For detailed DIRCON setup instructions see Using KICKR Direct Connect




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