Looking for a dedicated stationary smart trainer bike because you’re sick of taking your regular bike on and off the trainer? Then we have good news! Stages Cycling and Wahoo have both introduced brand new models that are designed specifically to ride on Zwift, TrainerRoad and all the other main online cycling platforms.
Here’s how the StagesBike from Stages Cycling compares to the Wahoo KICKR Bike.
You probably know Stages Cycling for their outstanding crankarm based power meters. But you might not know that they also make commercial spin bikes. And now, with their first dedicated stationary smart training bike, they’ve come out fighting with a slew of features that will appeal to all those Zwift addicts who love their smart trainers.
Use Your Favorite Saddle, Bars and Pedals
- Standard road drop bars and saddle included
- Riders can easily swap to preferred bar bend, saddle model, or even aero bars and adjust to replicate their outdoor bike fit and feel
Adjustable to Match Your Bike’s Setup
- Wide-range, infinite micro-adjust saddle height and fore/aft position
- Easily adjustable crank length (165, 170, 172.5, 175mm)
- Laser-etched scales for saddle height, reach and stack
- Quiet, maintenance-free Gates Carbon belt drive
- Electronic resistance of up to 3,000 watts at 120rpm
- Fitness studio-quality frame for unsurpassed stability and longevity enabling countless miles under hard use
Optimized for Zwift, as well as Other Online Training Platforms
- ANT and Bluetooth connectivity for all control modes
- FE-C and FTMS ready
- Two high-speed USB ports for convenient device charging
- Adjustable integrated tablet holder
Designed with the Future of E-Riding in Mind
- Programmable electronic shifting, braking and steering to handle any and all future app developments
- Brake hoods with integrated, programmable shift buttons
- Sprint buttons with the option to add climbing or TT/aero bar shifters
- Stages Gen 3 Dual-Side LR Power Meter as ridden to multiple Tour de France victories
Cost: $2,600 to $2,800
Learn more at Stages Cycling.
Wahoo KICKR Bike Overview
If you’re already riding a smart trainer, chances are high that you might already be using a Wahoo. The top end KICKR is an extremely popular model, as is their KICKR CORE and many accessories like the Headwind smart fan or the KICKR Climb attachment. If you’re ready to switch to a dedicated smart trainer that doesn’t require your bike and you already love your Wahoo, then you have an idea of what to expect with the KICKR bike.
Use Your Own Saddle and Pedals
Unlike the Stages Cycling bike, which allows you to use any type of bar setup you prefer, the Wahoo comes with drop bars that use a shifter system that simulates the way that Campy, SRAM or Shimano shifters work. So you can set it up so that it will shift the same way as your regular bike.
Adjustable to Match Your Bike’s Setup
- Bike fit is also guided through the Wahoo App for precision, consistency, and ease.
- Import measurements from professional fit systems like RETUL and GURU to adjust the KICKR BIKE’s five contact points to generate a perfect fit immediately so training time doesn’t become configuration time.
- A six-point adjustment system means the KICKR BIKE can mirror your outdoor bike’s exact geometry.
- A custom crankset with five built-in, selectable lengths mean perfect pedal strokes with no adapters needed.
- Has a tilt feature like the Wahoo Climb device, so that your trainer will match the incline shown on apps like Zwift.
- Belt drive for quieter pedaling.
- Up to 2,200 watts of resistance
- Tough steel parts are built to last under heavy riding
Ready for Online Training Platforms
- Like other Wahoo trainers, it is built for compatibility with all of the major online training platforms like Zwift, TrainerRoad and more.
- Unclear if it has programmable buttons for steering and other “future” types of platform features that aren’t mainstream yet.
Learn more at Wahoo Fitness.
Which dedicated smart trainer sounds better to you, and why? And what about the Peloton? Are you considering a Peloton as a competitor in this category, or do you consider it a “spin class” bike?