The Wahoo KICKR is fully compatible with The Sufferfest app in both ERG and Level modes.
- Use the latest firmware: Make sure you have the most current firmware installed on the trainer. You can use the Wahoo Fitness Utility to check and update the KICKR's firmware. In the Wahoo Fitness Utility, you can see your current firmware version and then validate it here.
- Connect to the App - Please check out the Device Connections help article for instructions on this.
- Do a spin down test. Spin Down tests need to be done with the Wahoo Utility App. The accuracy of the KICKR can be affected by both temperature and barometric pressure. Performing a spin down will help ensure that your KICKR is properly calibrated. It only needs to be completed once, then every few months you can do the single spin down using the same app. We also recommend you do your spin down test the same way each time. This will create consistency in your power readings.
Below are common problems that users have connecting KICKR Trainers. Click on the problem that you are having to go into that troubleshooting article.
ERG and Level Mode
The image below shows you the different options you have when selecting to use your Wahoo KICKR. ERG mode will control the KICKR's resistance and Level Mode will simulate grade and get your KICKR acting closer to a Fluid or Magnetic 'Dumb Trainer.' Read this article to learn when you should use Erg mode and when you should use Level mode.
Control the KICKR with ANT+ Power Meter
Here are the steps to connect your ANT+ Power Meter to the KICKR.
- Open up the Wahoo Fitness App
- Navigate to the KICKR Settings
- Select "Control with ANT+ Power Meter"
- At this point your Power Meter needs to be transmitting a signal. Move your Power Meter to wake it up.
- Enter your power meter's Device ID in the box.
If you're using Bluetooth and your KICKR connection is acting up, you can select the ANT+ FE-C connection to see if it is just Bluetooth, or there could be other issues with your signal to the Sufferfest App. Check out the article "Troubleshooting ERG (ARGHH) Mode" and "Improving Sensor Connections".
Watch out for the KICKR 'Black Hole'
The KICKR adjusts resistance according to the speed of the flywheel. If your Sufferlandrian legs begin to fail, and your cadence slows, expect the KICKR to ramp up resistance. We refer to this as the "KICKR Black Hole". Once it begins to suck you in, it is hard to escape (Just like Couchlandrian furniture!). We suggest backpedaling for ten seconds while the KICKR slows and resets. This will give your legs the quick break they need and allow you to finish the Sufferlandrian interval that Grunter Von Agony has set for you. If you are finding that you are constantly hitting the "KICKR Black Hole", you may need more rest or you are due for another FTP test.
KICKR Power Fluctuating
Is your power for your KICKR not silky smooth anymore? You will need to open the Wahoo Fitness App and make sure you select Erg Mode Power Smoothing seen in the image below.