Wahoo KICKR vs. MOVE vs. CORE: How They Differ and Which One to Buy?

Wahoo KICKR vs. KICKR MOVE vs. CORE smart bike trainers.

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This article explains the differences between Wahoo KICKR (v6), Wahoo KICKR MOVE, and Wahoo CORE smart bike trainers.

Wahoo KICKR ($1299) is considered a gold standard in smart trainers thanks to its accuracy, reliability, and high-end specs (2200W resistance, 20% gradient simulation, and ±1% accuracy).

Wahoo KICKR MOVE ($1599) is the same as KICKR, but has fore and aft movement and is more expensive.

Wahoo CORE ($699) is the most affordable, providing lower specs than KICKR but still capable enough for most people who want to start with indoor cycling. Remember, though, the cassette is not included.

Wahoo KICKR vs. MOVE vs. CORE

The main difference between Wahoo KICKR, MOVE, and CORE is that MOVE offers fore-and-aft movement for added riding comfort and realism. But it’s more expensive than KICKR. KICKR and MOVE also provide higher resistance than CORE (2200W vs. 1800W), higher accuracy (±1 vs. ±2%), steeper gradient simulation (20 vs. 16%), and a few other features. These include an ERG Easy Ramp, an odometer, and WiFi.

Design-wise, they differ as well.

I summarized the technical specifications of all trainers in the following table.

Gradient simulation20%20%16%
Power accuracy±1%±1%±2%
Auto zeroYesYesYes
Power requiredYesYesYes
Flywheel16 lb (7.26 kg)16 lb (7.26 kg)12 lb (5.45 kg)
ConnectivityANT+, ANT+ FE-C, WiFi, Bluetooth, Direct ConnectANT+, ANT+ FE-C, WiFi, Bluetooth, Direct ConnectANT+, ANT+ FE-C,
Bluetooth, Direct Connect
Fore-aft movementNoYesNo
Side-to-side movement¹YesYesNo
12-speed cassette supportYesYesYes
Cassette includedYesYesNo
ERG Easy RampYesYesNo
Weight47 lb (21.3 kg)47 lb (21.3 kg)40 lb (18 kg)
Buy (USA)Check Price
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Buy (UK, EU)Check Price (wiggle.com)n/aCheck Price (wiggle.com)
Comparison of KICKR vs. KICKR MOVE vs. KICKR CORE bike trainer features like resistance, gradient & decline simulation, power accuracy, etc.
¹The AXIS feet side-to-side movement is relatively limited.

I didn’t have a chance to try KICKR MOVE yet, but I believe it will increase riding comfort. Trainers without movement are the worst. They put excessive pressure on your intimate parts. That’s why rocker plates are so popular.

Wahoo KICKR MOVE gif
Wahoo KICKR MOVE | Source: wahoofitness.com

You can also watch the following video introducing KICKR MOVE.

Wahoo KICKR MOVE - Real You Can Feel

Except for the fore-and-aft movement, KICKR and KICKR MOVE also offer side-to-side movement thanks to the AXIS feet.

I use KICKR for indoor training, and this movement is limited. Don’t expect a rocker plate level of tilt. But it’s better than no tilt at all.

Resistance and Accuracy

KICKR and KICKR MOVE provide higher maximum resistance (2200W vs. 1800W) thanks to a larger flywheel, 16 lb vs. 12 lb (7.26 kg vs. 5.45 kg). Honestly, even the 1800W is enough for most people. My maximum peak power doesn’t exceed 1000W.

The difference is in the ride feel. The CORE may feel less realistic. But you would have to ride the trainers side by side.

The accuracy might be more important for you, depending on your fitness goals. But the 1% difference is easy to forget. The following table shows the watt differences.

Bike trainer accuracy for specific accuracy rate (1%, 2%…) and power output (250W, 500W, 1000W, 2000W)

WiFi Connectivity

The 2.4 GHz WiFi connectivity ensures automatic firmware updates (so you don’t have to update the trainer manually).

It’s also good news for Apple TV users. Apple TV limits Bluetooth connections to 2 devices only (including the trainer).

Wahoo KICKR LEDs (off).
Wahoo KICKR v5 doesn’t have WiFi, v6 does

So, for example, you have one slot left for a heart rate monitor. The WiFi connectivity frees up the Bluetooth slots for additional accessories.

You will also appreciate it if you experience Bluetooth or ANT+ connectivity issues (due to signal interference).

ERG Easy Ramp

ERG Easy Ramp is a handy feature when you do a lot of riding in an ERG mode.

You know that feeling when you have to stop pedaling when doing an interval in ERG mode, for example, because somebody is ringing.

Then, you want to start pedaling again, but it’s almost impossible because of the resistance.

The ERG Easy Ramp increases the resistance gradually over 10 seconds, so you can get back to training easily.


The Odometer measures the number of physical wheel revolutions. So, when you buy a second-hand KICKR MOVE, you can ask the previous owner to show you the kilometers ridden.


The Wahoo KICKR is, in my opinion, the most practical trainer of the three. This is mainly due to its weight, foldability, and carry handle. You’ll especially appreciate this if you don’t have a permanent training area.

Wahoo KICKR v5 from the left side on a wooden floor.
Carry handle of a KICKR v5

With the Wahoo KICKR CORE, the downside is that you can’t fold its legs. So you have to disassemble it during the off-season so it doesn’t take up as much space.

The least practical is the KICKR MOVE. It is the heaviest and takes up the most space.



You get the best bang for your buck with KICKR CORE. Wahoo recently lowered its price to $699 and bundled it with a 1-year Zwift membership (worth ~$180).

The question is: Is the KICKR worth almost double the price of CORE? Will you appreciate the higher accuracy, better foldability, limited side-to-side tilt, and slightly better ride feel?

The KICKR MOVE is a response to the popularity of rocker plates and the Tacx NEO 2T with NEO Plates, which I’ve already tried and reviewed.

The fore-and-aft motion will indeed add a new dimension to your indoor workout. However, the $300 price difference is not worth it to me. What about you? Let me know in the comments below.

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