Saw that too! This looks like it could be a winner! The minor design changes, removal of tilt mechanism, and substantial price drop could have me bringing this one home. Looking forward to it arriving at my local shop for a test drive.
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I just wish there was a version with the AXS feet and move functionality built in
Wondering how the ‘ride feel’ is compared to the regular kickr bike ?!
I have a V1 and a SB20, and want to replace that last one, and now considering the kickr shift.
I myself like the climb mode of the regular kickr bike very much, because i think it really gives a feel of climbing and a slightly different position on the climbs on longer rides is beneficially for lasting out. I also use it in erg / workout mode in the longer sweet spot blocks with a lower cadence and a gradient of 4-6%, to practice the climb feel and for me personal that is a plus function.
So really want to know how the Shift feels in real life Especially it hasn’t the ‘motor’, that the kickr bike v1/v2 does have.
Any toughts about that ?
Very quiet thread, wonder if that means people ultimately weren’t interested?
My two cents after the first week. I’ve been on an OG Tacx Neo since just after they launched 6ish years ago, so this was a very big shift (ha, I kill me, I’ll be here all week). Compared to the Neo it feels lighter, somewhat more artificial. Totally fine, to be clear, but it is different. I’ve also had some seatpost slippage challenges, which the Interwebs tell me was an issue for the original Kickr bikes as well. As Ray and the other reviewers have all noted, it is weirdly, freakily quiet. Just remarkable. And it has a subtle amount of flex as well, which is nice. The reviewers are also right that the bar tape and seat are really, really cheap. Disappointing that for a product at this price point that you need to immediately pay more to replace those as well. Those details aside, however, it really is a great bike. I had zero interest in the moving feature of the original Bike, especially given the added noise, complexity and repair issues. And I only ride in erg mode, so I don’t care about the lack of gear lights. So for me, in a small urban condo with a spouse and neighbors on all sides, this strikes a great balance – a nearly silent ride in a very small footprint. Just budget some time and money to get it dialed-in with better touchpoints.
Having seen the “show us your paincave” thread, it’s clear that many people on this forum have vast amounts of space and no worries about noise. You all might be laughing at this review, but hey, this is my take from the urban-dweller perspective!
I think one reason for the cheap saddle is that they know everyone will replace it. It is the similar thing we saw some years back when some high level bikes were sold with entry level wheels: even though the wheels were to be replaced, they could not sell bikes without any wheels.
For some silly reason (probably that their shit is built by an OEM in Asia fram what I’ve heard), they put grease and not carbon paste, therefore a lot slippage for many people.
I have the Kickr Bike myself and it really helped to remove as much grease as possible and replace with carbon paste.
Stages nailed both the saddle (Specialized Power copy) and bar tape on the SB20.
I’m on an OG Neo as well since it debuted. Aside from a free hub body going bad, it’s been bullet proof. I’m actually quite interested in the Shift as well, so good to hear your initial feedback.
Thanks very much for the tip, I’ll give that a try.
A huge thanks to GPLama’s great YouTube review as well! Your research into virtual gearing in the Shift’s erg mode was particularly interesting. In a world saturated with non-influential influencers, I hope manufacturers really understand how important a handful of independent commentators really are to this community. Thanks, Shane!
I’m torn between the Kickr Shift or the Stages SB20 for $1000 less. Seems like the SB20 is a nicer product, but Wahoo has the better support if something goes wrong.
Thanks. Please forward this to Shimano.
I have an original kickr v1 bike and I’m curious how well the shift works. I never use the incline/motion features of my bike, but I wonder if I would miss the feel of the theoretically more advanced setup.
I have a SB20, and while it’s been major issue free, I wouldn’t buy it again.
I’m in the US, and I contacted Stages support as the right side power meter burns batteries at 2x the left side. Stages never responded back.
So you have to change your right power meter battery every 6-months instead of yearly and that made you write them off because of that?
The SB20 just looks like the more premium product without the premium price tag that Wahoo is trying to sell. The Kickr Shift looks like it should cost around $1,500 not $3,000. What were they thinking putting a power-cord cable that is held together with magnets right below the handle bar stem? Makes zero sense functionality wise and how that made it to production is a big gaffe.
Add to the fact that DC Rainmaker has not released a full review of the Kickr Bike Shift yet.
Actually I need to change the right more like every 3 to 4 months. I’m writing them off for future purchases because they never responded to my support request. Why would you buy a $2k+ product from a company that doesn’t provide support?
Yeah, if they don’t respond to a simple issue like that, what’s gonna happen when the bike truly breaks? It’s a shame, they used to be super responsive—when I got my SB20 two years ago, it shipped with a dead power meter and they shipped me a new crank within two days of contacting them. Now all I read about this bike in the cycling and Zwift subreddits is how unresponsive their support is; it’s like they got rid of their customer support staff in the past year or so.