Wahoo has come up with a new tool to help you complete virtual rides and races without getting cut off because of weak connections. The new Kickr Direct Connect ($130) allows riders to connect an ethernet cable between their computer or home network router and the latest Kickr model.
“While a wireless connection works very well for most riders, those who have connectivity challenges, or those who simply cannot risk a dropout during an important race or workout will be able to ride with increased confidence and reliability by using KICKR Direct Connect,” says Wahoo Kickr product manager Tyler Harris.
According to a press release from Wahoo: “By wiring KICKR into their device or home networks, Wahoo is able to add a layer of security for riders whose riding environment is crowded with radio frequency (RF) signals, who regularly have problems with dropouts during their rides, or who require maximum confidence in their equipment for virtual rides and racing.”
The new Direct Connect device is compatible with Wahoo’s SUF Training system, TrainerRoad, FullGaz and RGT Cycling. Other platforms, including Zwift, “are expected to become compatible in the coming months,” according to Wahoo.
Zwift update enables Kickr bike steering functionality
A new Zwift update that came out on Jan. 22 now allows Kickr bike riders to use thumb buttons to utilize Zwift’s Futureworks steering functionality.
“When we designed Kickr Bike, we intentionally built in features we knew wouldn’t be usable at launch, but which would be huge assets to our riders once the software platforms caught up to our hardware,” said Harris. “Now that Zwift is ready to roll out steering to more users, we’re excited that Kickr bike will give our riders a seamless way to enjoy Zwifting, and to immerse themselves even more fully in virtual rides and races.”