- Less fatigue due to 5 degrees of lateral side-to-side movement
- Reduces vibration and noise on hard floor surfaces
- Choose from 3 stiffness levels to customize your experience
- Easily retrofits onto all KICKR models
- Additional cost
- Not a significant difference when using on carpeted flooring
Compatibility: Wahoo KICKR (not SNAP or CORE). Note KICKR released in 2020 comes with AXIS feet
Lateral Movement: 5 degrees total side movement
Ride Stiffness Levels: 3 – easy, medium, hard
Assembly time: 15 minutes with minimum tools
Obtained from: Company sample
RBR Advertiser: No
Reduce Fatigue When Riding Indoors
I think it is safe to say we all dread having to shift our riding season to the basement. Indoor training rides can be long, hard, and sometimes darn uncomfortable.
As the miles roll by, your lower back and rear end start to ache or go numb. This is mainly due to the static nature of the trainer. There’s no lateral movement like you get during an outdoor ride. Wahoo Fitness has developed the KICKR AXIS to solve this problem.
The AXIS retrofits to current and older models of KICKRs and it took me only 15 minutes to install following these few steps:
- Remove bike from the trainer and unplug the trainer
- Tip trainer back to expose feet
- Using a screwdriver remove the rear and front feet. Replace with AXIS feet.
- Unscrew the feet, remove the locking ring and install the locking ring on new AXIS feet.
- Tip trainer so it is upright and install bike.
- Enjoy your ride!
The only issue I encountered during installation was trying to remove one of the screws on the rear foot. It was in so tight that the Philips-head screw started to strip, but I eventually got it out and replaced it with the new screw provided in the AXIS kit.
In the picture above you’ll notice there are three cap sizes. The sizes are for the weight of the rider.
- Small diameter cap: 0-140 lbs rider (more movement)
- Medium diameter cap: 141-180 lbs rider
- Large diameter cap: 180+ pound rider (less movement)
From the very first ride, I could feel some difference, but not a lot. I ride on a carpeted floor in the basement and experienced some rocking side-to-side. For those who use the KICKR on concrete, tile, or wood flooring, the AXIS feet help to absorb some of the vibrations and reduce noise. This translates to a better experience. See Wahoo’s video.
I asked Wahoo if there is any added stress to the bike frame with this set-up. Here’s the official word from Wahoo on the stress on frames as the result of trainer use:
The AXIS feet do provide more natural side-do-side movement for the overall ride but this doesn’t impact the mounting points of the trainer and bike. With more understanding of the physical interaction between the bike and the trainers, there are longer concerns about stress on frames caused by trainer use. In regards to stress: our testing and other bike manufacturer’s testing have shown no additional stress caused by a direct drive trainer when compared to a normal wheel setup.
If you own a Wahoo KICKR and use it on a hard surface (concrete, wood, tile) consider adding on the Wahoo KICKR AXIS. You’ll feel less fatigue and enjoy a quieter, smoother indoor ride.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women's cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri's full bio or visit her web site sunflowersandpedals.com.