I have had the same kickr v1 since 2014 and it continues to serve me well. That said it’s loud and has begun emitting a high-pitched squeak, which isn’t a lot of fun to listen to for several hours a week.
As I try to troubleshoot l noticed REI has the core on sale for $479, which seemed like a great price.
As I’m in year ten w the kickr at this point does it just make sense to buy a new device (+ cassette)?
I had a Kickr17 that was not compatible with my new Madone. The shop I bought the Madone from threw in a free Kickr Core to sweeten the deal. I honestly can’t really tell a difference in ride feel from the Kickr 17 to the Core. The new ones are dead silent which is nice. I don’t think you will find them much cheaper than 479 and you could just take the cassette from the old Kickr and put it on the Core.
I wasn’t looking to change from my 2016 but the constant drop outs from living in a crowded area were driving me insane, and they were interupting my training.
I went for the V6 with the wifi. It’s nice that it very rarely drops signal (Only did it when there was a storm outside so possibly my wifi). The new feet are very nice and it’s so so so much quieter/feels smoother than the 2016.
If it’s starting to fail, I’d probably change it so you’re not left ‘stranded’ if your current one fails.
I had a v1 Kickr and upgraded to the Core about two years ago, and I am very happy with the upgrade. It is worth it for the quiet belt if nothing else, but having the thru-axle flexibility is also a big plus. My v1 Kickr is still going (my wife uses it), but the Core is worth it IMO, especially when it is on sale.