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Wahoo Powrlink Zero pedals and Wahoo Kickr Rollr: Double launch with interlinked tech

Will Strickson
22 Feb 2022

Alongside the hotly anticipated arrival of Speedplay-compatible power meter pedals, Wahoo launches Zwift-compatible smart rollers

The Wahoo Powrlink Zero pedals have been launched at long last, and with them Wahoo has introduced the Kickr Rollr, which uses the Powrlink pedals to bring interactive trainer tech to a roller platform.

Wahoo says the Powrlink Zero pedals – which are available with single- or dual-sided power – are accurate to +/-1% and have 75 hours of battery life.

Almost identical to the standard Speedplay Zero pedals, the dual-sided Powrlink Zero pedals weigh in at a respectable 270g and cost £849.99. It’s £549.99 for the single-sided power pedals.

The Kickr Rollr is priced at £699.99 and is available in a bundle with a set of single-sided Powrlink Zero pedals. That’s because to reach its full potential as a super-convenient smart trainer setup – with all the accurate data fields and simulated gradients up to 10% – you’ll need to pair it with a power meter, hence the double release. Wahoo says the Kickr Rollr weighs 22.6kg.

Wahoo Powrlink and Kickr Rollr: Rounding out the ecosystem

Photo: Matthew Loveridge

 

After it acquired the lollipop-esque pedal manufacturer Speedplay in 2019, Wahoo restructured the range and teased the launch of a final product to complete it: a set of power meter pedals.

Wahoo says the Powrlink Zero pedals slot seamlessly into the rest of the brand’s ‘ecosystem’ by connecting to and complementing its Elemnt bike computers and watch, Kickr turbo trainers and SYSTM training software.

The Kickr Rollr develops that ecosystem further. It was first seen being used as a warm-up device at the 2021 World Championships in Flanders and is being released concurrently with the pedals.

Wahoo’s take on classic bike rollers, the brand says the Kickr Rollr has all the connectivity of a turbo trainer while retaining the convenience that rollers offer.

Wahoo Powrlink Zero: Hardware, software and weight

Photo: Matthew Loveridge

The Powrlink Zero pedals are based around the classic Speedplay Zero design, carrying over its unique adjustability, dual-sided entry and stainless-steel spindles.

They are available with either single- or dual-sided power and Speedplay users will be pleased to know that the Powrlink pedals work with the same cleat system, so there’ll be no need to mess about with a new setup.

The actual pedal is slightly different physically though. The spindle has lengthened by to 2mm, measuring 55mm, and stack height has been increased by 1.5mm to 13mm in total.

This means riders will require a specific non-power meter left pedal to accompany the single-sided Powrlink option, rather than being able to swap in one from an existing pair of pedals.

There aren’t loads of surprises in the software. It can use Bluetooth or ANT+ to connect to bike computers, watches and fitness apps, with LED indicators lighting up on connection and showing when the battery needs charging.

Photo: Matthew Loveridge

The pedals’ claimed 75 hours of battery life lags behind the 120 that Garmin says its Rally pedals offer, but charging is easy, with a Y-shaped charging lead that will re-juice dual-sided pedals simultaneously using dedicated adapters.

Wahoo says the Powrlink pedals are accurate to +/-1% and aren’t affected by big elevation and temperature changes. They also track cadence and left/right balance (in the dual-sided version).

They don’t measure pedal smoothness or torque efficiency like others, but Wahoo reckons you don’t need it.

The Powrlink Zero pedals maintain the original design’s light weight, with a pair of the dual-sided pedals setting Cyclist’s scales to 270g. Wahoo says the single-sided pair is 250g – just 28g more than the standard Speedplay Zeros.

Wahoo Kickr Rollr: What is it and how does it work?

Dumb rollers are a classic training aid, but, of course, everything gets modernised and turned ‘smart’. This isn’t the first time rollers have been given a smart overhaul, with products like Elite’s Nero doing it some time ago, but Wahoo believes it has gone a step further.

The theory is more or less the same, with the rear wheel sat on two free-spinning cylinders that allow you to just pop your bike on and pedal without fussing about removing a back wheel or clamping it in a turbo frame.

However, the Kickr Rollr is more secure upfront than a standard set, which notoriously require a fair bit of getting used to.

The front wheel sits in two small holders and a large, adjustable upright arm grips onto the tyre to help hold the bike in place. The upright can accommodate tyres up to 53mm or 2.1in in size.

The Kickr Rollr can be used as a regular set of rollers. Its adjustable wheelbase allows for all sizes of bikes and its 4.8kg flywheel adds resistance when you push harder, but plugging it in allows the user to access its proper functionality.

Wahoo says the Kickr Rollr offers everything you’d expect from a Kickr turbo trainer if used with a power meter.

Connecting via Bluetooth and ANT+, as well as Wahoo’s own Direct Connect, the Kickr Rollr pairs with all mainstream training apps. Its blue and red LEDs show it’s linked through Bluetooth and to a power meter respectively.

That’s why it has been launched with the Powrlink Zero pedals. You can only really get the most out of the Kickr Rollr with a power meter, and the nature of the setup means that accurate power measurement isn’t possible without a device measuring directly from the bike.

It doesn’t mean the Kickr Rollr is useless without a power meter, but in its absence the only data you’ll get is speed.

The Kickr Rollr automatically connects to an ANT+ power meter when both are on – it might need a quick spin to properly wake up – and sends that data directly to your apps, rather than having to connect both trainer and pedals to your training software of choice.

That means all the data you get from a smart turbo trainer should be available through the combination of Kickr Rollr and a power meter.

This setup requires two devices but Wahoo says it offers the convenience of just sticking your bike on the rollers at a moment’s notice, as well as a ride feel that’s much more natural than a fixed trainer, making it worth it.

Wahoo Powrlink and Kickr Rollr: Price

The Wahoo Powrlink Zero pedals are £549.99 for the single-sided power meter and £849.99 for dual-sided.

The Kickr Rollr will set you back £699.99 on its own, which is comparable to a reasonably priced smart trainer, so if you’ve already got a power meter then you’re in luck.

For those that don’t, Wahoo is offering a bundle of the Kickr Rollr with a pair of single-sided Powrlink Zero pedals for £1,199.99. That’s a saving of £50.