Looking for help on setting up a Kickr Bike for use with Trainer Road.
I just did my first ride and the performance was less than stellar compared to my old set up.
Previous setup - Tack Vortext Trainer - Powertap pedals w/ power match
New setup - Kickr Bike - Powertap pedals w/ power match
FIrst, ergo mode seemed erratic compared to the vortex, especially at lower power targets. ( around 100 watts) it would fluctuate dramatically for 30+seocnds at a time 130w then 80w then 120w.
Second, after sprints the power would essentially go to zero for 30 seconds or so, it help 650w fine, but then instantly in the recovery, it would go down to 20w or so for 30 seconds before coming back up to around the recovery value.
Next, I switched to resistance mode for the cool down and it simply didn’t function. “shifting” changed residence for a second or two but then it would ease and settle right back to previous levels.
I know this is likely user error and setup related so I am hoping someone could steer me.
Out of curiosity, with 1% accuracy on the Kickr Bike, why use powermatch? It seems like an unneeded complication, that won’t add value. I have a kickr bike on order, and was going to compare the offset between my PM pedals and the bike, and then leave the PM pedals on my real bike (the one that rolls outside) once I understand the difference, if any.
This just doesn’t work with the Kickr Bike. I tried to troubleshoot with support but got nowhere. I think it’s one of those TR says is Wahoo. Wahoo says its TR. I’m not holding my breath it’ll ever get fixed.
As for the power match issues, I just use internal power and that’s fine. I’ve put power meter pedals on once just to confirm the bike and my pedals are close enough and that’s as far as I ever cared.
I’ve had a couple of KICKR Bikes. The first once was 3 - 8% higher than my Vector 3 pedals. The second one is 1 to 3% higher.
I would definitely test with both devices several times (endurance effort, climbing effort, etc.) and see how they differ.
One thing to keep in mind is that both power meters (the bike and the pedals) have a margin of accuracy and if they are both off in different directions then you could be looking at a bigger difference than you might expect.