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Wahoo Fitness Kickr Move Review

Adding movement to one of our favorite trainers, this is a solid choice for serious indoor riding
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Wahoo Fitness Kickr Move Review
Credit: Wahoo Fitness
Price:  $1,600 List
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Manufacturer:   Wahoo Fitness
By Nathaniel Bailey ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 20, 2024
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RANKED
#4 of 12
  • Connectivity and Power Accuracy - 25% 9.0
  • Road Feel - 25% 8.5
  • Design - 20% 9.0
  • Setup - 20% 8.0
  • Portability - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

The Kickr Move brings movement capability to one of our favorite premium trainers, allowing about 8 inches of front-to-back travel. This trainer is easy to set up, accurate and powerful. It received high scores in almost each major cateogry of our test. Outside of movement, the trainer doesn't provide anything more than the Kickr v6 though. While we don't think it outperforms some of its premium competitors, Wahoo has the best accessory ecosystem for riders looking to simulate outdoor riding. We think the Kickr MOVE is the best choice for serious riders who want premium performance and are interested in Wahoo's indoor training ecosystem. To see how the Move stacks up against the rest, head over to our list of the top-rated bike trainers.
REASONS TO BUY
Excellent accuracy
Best movement range
Silent operation
REASONS TO AVOID
Extremely heavy
Accuracy falls short of best-in-class
Pricey

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Bottom Line Best-in-class movement added to a reliable design makes this a good choice for long indoor ridesA great trainer, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better at-home training toolThis trainer brings premium performance to a more affordable price pointOne of the best tire drive trainers, but still not as good as a direct-drive unitThis tire-drive trainer is our favorite, touting excellent performance at an affordable price
Rating Categories Wahoo Fitness Kickr... Tacx Neo 2T Smart Wahoo Fitness Kickr... Wahoo Fitness Kickr... Tacx Flow Smart Tra...
Connectivity and Power Accuracy (25%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
Road Feel (25%)
8.5
9.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Design (20%)
9.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Setup (20%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Portability (10%)
5.0
6.0
7.0
5.0
9.0
Specs Wahoo Fitness Kickr... Tacx Neo 2T Smart Wahoo Fitness Kickr... Wahoo Fitness Kickr... Tacx Flow Smart Tra...
Drive Type Direct drive Direct drive Direct drive Tire drive Tire drive
Measured Weight 64 lbs 47 lbs 40 lbs 38 lbs 21 lbs
Roll Out Time @ 200 watts 56 seconds 26 seconds 44 seconds 45 seconds 6 seconds
Power Comparison 1-3 watts, 1% 3-5 watts, 2% 10-15 watts, 5% 10 watts, 5%
Communication Protocol ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth FTMS ANT + FE-C, Bluetooth ANT+ FEC, Bluetooth Smart ANT+, Bluetooth
Dimensions L-H-W 34.6" x 27" x 26.6" 22.6" x 29.5" x 21.7" 26" x 18.25" x 28.75" 26.6" x 25.6" x 16.1"
Storage Dimensions LxHxW 14.5" x 27" x 19" 24.4" x 10.2" x 17.3" 20.75" x 7.5" x 20.5" 22.2" x 16.1" x 9.7"
Type of Trainer Smart Smart Smart Smart Smart
Flywheel 16 lbs Virtual 12 lbs 10.5 lbs 3.5 lbs, Magnetic
Axle compatibility 130mm and 135mm skewer and 142mm and 148mm thru axles 130mm, 135mm || Adaptors for 142mm and 148mm available through Tacx 130mm and 135mm skewer, 142mm and 148mm thru axle 130mm, 135mm compatible || 142mm adaptor available through Wahoo 130mm and 135mm, adapters available for other widths

Our Analysis and Test Results

We think the Wahoo Kickr Move provides excellent road feel, even if it isn't the best in our opinion. However, the movement is best in class, and the Kickr has plenty of power and accuracy for serious training or Zwift racing.

Performance Comparison


The Wahoo Fitness Kickr Move brings best in class movement to an already excellent trainer.
Credit: Nathaniel Bailey

Connectivity and Power Accuracy


Just like its Kickr v6 sibling, the Kickr Move ships with ANT+, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi capability. It's consistent with industry standards, and exactly what we expect on a trainer of this price. Connectivity is simple, and the trainer is easily paired with third-party apps.

The Wahoo app is easy to use and has nice features. Similar to competitors like Garmin, Wahoo offers workouts and training through their own proprietary app. We prefer the Wahoo app to the TacX, and particularly enjoy the Sufferfest integration. For most riders, we doubt that's a significant point of concern. More important is Zwift integration. Using the Kickr Move on Zwift is seamless, and we didn't experience any issues with connectivity or accuracy across connection protocols.

wahoo fitness kickr move - aside from movement, the kickr move is identical in performance to...
Aside from movement, the Kickr Move is identical in performance to the Kickr.
Credit: Nathaniel Bailey

The Kickr Move is very accurate, on par with the (almost identical) Kickr v6. Wahoo claims 1% accuracy, and that's what we experienced. Comparatively, the Kickr is among the best at power accuracy but cannot replicate the extremely impressive performance of its main competitor, the TacX Neo 3M.

In simulation mode, we found that the Move does a good job of maintaining power accuracy, although as most trainers, we experienced some power variation during sprints. In ERG mode, the accuracy is solid, just like on the Kickr v6 (which makes sense, given it's the same unit but on a movement plate).

Road Feel


The Kickr Move offers one of the better road feels in the test. The Kickr MOVE took 56 seconds to stop from 20 mph at 200 watts in our roll-out test, nearly identical to the Kickr v6's 57 seconds. The Kickr uses smooth power ramping to create a realistic virtual riding experience. Resistance changes with the Kickr are smooth but not the smoothest. We think the traditional flywheel is the culprit here, as compared to the NEO series trainers that utilize a virtual magnetic flywheel. To be clear, the difference is pretty marginal. This is an ultra-premium trainer that performs extremely well. Across the board, the Kickr Move feels nearly identical to the Kickr v6, just with movement ability. The movement is nice and makes riding more enjoyable, but we don't think it makes that much of a difference.

The Move has the best in-class movement. It's a nice feature, but we rarely utilize the full range of movement during most rides.
Credit: Nathaniel Bailey

Design


This is a trainer designed for heavy usage. It's nice to look at in an industrial sense. It's also very heavy. The ease of setup and adjustment is expected and appreciated. We didn't experience any issues during testing, and the Kickr v6 design that makes up a large portion of the Kickr MOVE is tried and tested. We found the Kickr MOVE to be effectively silent in testing, with the only noticeable noise coming from our drivetrains.

wahoo fitness kickr move - here's another look at how similar the kickr move and kickr v6 are.
Here's another look at how similar the Kickr Move and Kickr v6 are.
Credit: Nathaniel Bailey

Accessories and Compatibility

The Kickr Move ships to your door with an 11-speed cassette mounted. If your bike has an 11-speed drivetrain, that's perfect. Otherwise, at this price point, we think Wahoo should give buyers the option to choose what cassette they are most likely to use, rather than only giving a single choice. That said, if you're unfamiliar with changing a cassette, it's easy to do with the right tools. You can also have a bike shop do the swap for you.

wahoo fitness kickr move - the contents of the box.
The contents of the box.
Credit: Nathaniel Bailey

The Move is designed to work with 130/135mm quick-releases and ships with hub adapters for 12 x 142 and 12 x 148 axles. Like all trainers in the Kickr lineup, Trek's new Thru-Skew standard will not work. Also, the Move does not ship with a front wheel block.

Setup


The Kickr Move is extremely easy to set up, and scored accordingly. We love how simple unboxing is, and how easy it is to get riding.

Initial Setup

The Kickr Move's box is designed to let you pull the trainer out in the position you'll want to set it up in. Then you just need to lift it out and lock the legs. After the trainer is plugged in, use the Wahoo app for a simple setup process and firmware update. Some riders will need to change the cassette. Wahoo provides clear instructions and a bag of adapters to help you set the trainer up for your needs.

The Move is almost ready to ride when you pull it out of the box.
Credit: Nathaniel Bailey

We did have a minor issue with pushing firmware to the Move at one point, although it was quickly resolved.

wahoo fitness kickr move - we had trouble with installing firmware at one point during our...
We had trouble with installing firmware at one point during our testing, although it was resolved quickly.

Portability


The Kickr Move is the heaviest trainer we've tested, weighing 64 pounds. It is not a trainer you want to move around. On the bright side, the move does come with a handle to help you lug around all that weight. It does fold down somewhat, but still is not very compact. Once it was set up, we dreaded moving it to test other trainers. If you're looking for portability, this is the worst choice you could make.

Wahoo Fitness Kickr Move
Credit: Nathaniel Bailey

Should You Buy the Kickr Move?


The Kickr Move might be for you if you're a serious rider who values a great indoor riding experience. It offers excellent accuracy and road feel. It has a tried and tested design. It's nearly silent and offers movement for a better overall experience. However, it's pricey and not at all portable. If you don't value movement ability very much, there isn't a good reason to buy this trainer on its own. On the other hand, if you want the best possible experience for indoor riding, Wahoo has the best lineup of accessories, such as the Kickr Climb, which can simulate grades and is compatible with the Kickr MOVE thanks to an adapter. We think that makes the MOVE the best option for riders who are looking to spare no expense in setting up a serious indoor training room.

wahoo fitness kickr move - we think the trainer in this box is excellent, but only really worth...
We think the trainer in this box is excellent, but only really worth it if you value movement above all else.
Credit: Nathaniel Bailey

What Other Bike Trainer Should You Consider?


For riders who aren't interested in Wahoo's accessories and want the best possible experience, we think the Tacx Neo 3M is a better overall trainer. If you don't value movement as much, the Wahoo Fitness KICKR is nearly identical to the Move, just sacrificing movement for a lower price. Finally, if you want great performance but are looking for a more budget-friendly option, the Wahoo Fitness Kickr Snap is a great option.

Nathaniel Bailey