The legal case between Wahoo and Zwift – over certain technological patents – has turned in favor of the former. A new home trainer, notably available on the Zwift website, is making its appearance, under the name of… Wahoo Kickr Core Zwift One. All other Wahoo products are also sold on the Zwift website.
Zwift vs Wahoo, it was the fight at the top in the world of cycling training, or home trainer. Necessary tools for professional cyclists, and useful for an amateur on an electric (or muscle) bike wishing to keep in shape outside of weekend outings. These two companies had entered into a legal battle over conflicts over technological patents. On the one hand, Wahoo is one of the references in the hardware part, while Zwift is known for its famous application specializing in virtual racing simulation for entertainment during sessions.
Except that Zwift wanted to take on Wahoo by entering the hardware field with the Zwift One Hub at the end of 2022, a home trainer too close to his for the taste of Wahoo, who sued him. But after months of fighting and an amicable agreement, victory went to Wahoo, as recounted 01 Net.
The result is even more interesting, because Wahoo offers Zwift subscriptions on its training bikes. Better yet, its new entry-level offer now integrates the technologies of its rival.
A Wahoo Zwift home trainer combining the two worlds
Here is the Wahoo Kickr Core Zwift One, a recently launched access product following a collaboration between the two companies. The appearance of the word “Wahoo” at the very first reflects the idea that the company emerged as the winner of the standoff with Zwift. In passing, a mention “ Buy your Wahoo KICKR CORE Zwift One today for €599.99 » even appears in the header of the page.
Worse, Zwift is visibly forced to sell its competitor’s products on its site, as we can see on this pagewhere many connected home trainers from the Wahoo brand are now on sale.
It is therefore a home trainer that you combine with your road bike, unlike complete training bikes (which Wahoo sells for more than 3,000 euros). This machine therefore includes the Zwift Cog, the plate replacing your cassette, while you can still use thehome trainerwith his cassette. The Cog is associated with the Zwift Click, the controller simulating speeds with +/- buttons linked via Bluetooth. All with the Wahoo Kickr Core base.
For the rest, it is a classic training bike, compatible with an 8 to 12 speed cassette, simulating slopes between -10% and +16%, with 1,800 W of maximum power.
Above all, the price of this Wahoo Kickr Core Zwift One at 599 euros is more affordable than the Kickr/Kickr Move at over 1,000 euros. In addition, a one-year Zwift subscription is offered (the application is paid), worth 149 euros.
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