Wahoo KICKR Core On Sale for $449 (50% off) at REI

Note: this temporary sale has ended. You can click some of our recommended retailers on this page, though, to see what the current sale price of the KICKR Core is!

REI is currently running a sort of “stealth” sale on the Wahoo KICKR Core smart trainer. Regularly priced at $900, the trainer is 50% off… $449!

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KICKR Core Basics

Wahoo’s KICKR Core is their mid-range smart trainer. The full Wahoo KICKR retails for $1299, the KICKR Snap sells for $349, and the KICKR Core sits right in between.

What many people don’t realize, though, is that the KICKR Core has basically the same specs as a 2017 KICKR, namely:

  • +/-2% accuracy
  • 12# flywheel

It’s got a very good reputation in the indoor cycling community, which is why it tops our list of “Best Smart Trainers <$900“.

Want more info on the KICKR Core? Read full specs and over 100 reviews from Zwifters here >


REI is traditionally a very US-based seller, but this deal seems to also be available outside the US… I tested a checkout to an address in the UK and it let me get all the way to the final checkout stage with no additional shipping charges. (That said, it would be great if you could comment below to confirm if you’re able to place an order shipped outside the US.)

Buy it here (you have to add it to your cart to see the discount) >

KICKR Core vs Zwift Hub

How does the KICKR Core compare to Zwift’s Hub ($499)? Clearly the Hub is the main competition for the Core, and as some have said in the past, Wahoo will probably need to drop the Core’s price if they want to remain competitive.

The two trainers are pretty close in terms of specs, but it’s generally agreed that the KICKR Core is a better trainer if price isn’t figured into the equation:

  • KICKR Core supports 3 concurrent Bluetooth connections instead of the Hub’s 1, which is handy if you need to connect it to more than one device simultaneously
  • KICKR Core supports the KICKR Climb device: if you want the Climb, you gotta go with a Wahoo trainer
  • KICKR Core wins on accuracy at 2% vs the Hub’s 2.5%. (The Hub has autocalibration, but the KICKR Core is very stable and doesn’t need regular calibrations unless it is moved.)
  • KICKR Core has a slightly larger flywheel, which should give it a slightly more realistic inertial feel
  • Hub ships with a cassette, while the Core does not ($40-$70 additional cost)
  • Hub can re-broadcast your heartrate, saving you a Bluetooth connection if you’re on a device like AppleTV where connections are limited

One Last Note

If you purchase the KICKR Core through the links in the post, Zwift Insider will receive an affiliate commission from REI. This helps us cover site costs so we can put more time into creating amazing Zwifty content… so thanks in advance!

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Questions or Comments?

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Eric Schlange
Eric Schlangehttp://www.zwiftinsider.com
Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava


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Steve D.
Steve D.
5 months ago

It’s a buyers market. They all have large inventories they can’t move when sales fell off a cliff for anything “indoors” from the Pandemic. My Elite Suito T was $424 on Amazon.

Steve D.
Steve D.
5 months ago
Reply to  Steve D.

If you want to pick up a good deal on a “gaming” monitor to use with Zwift you can get a good deal now. It’s the same situation with overstock from when people stopped buying anything “indoors” (gaming) from the Pandemic. I recently picked up two of them.

R. Gurney
R. Gurney(@rgurney)
5 months ago

Probably a limited time sale from REI only, not Wahoo. DC Rainmaker thinks it’s a better deal than the Zwift Hub right now. For those interested, don’t hesitate.

3 months ago

It doesn’t work anymore, it’s full price in the cart.

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