Wahoo Fitness has added Wahoo X to its RGT virtual cycling platform, a new steering mechanism that functions via the brand’s handlebar-mounted thumb paddles, Kickr bike buttons, app screen or keyboard arrows.
According to the Wahoo, “our Wahoo X brings the outdoor experience indoors and will give users a realistic, immersive and engaging ride experience – adding more fun to every ride, race and workout.”
As mentioned, there are three ways to control steering on the RGT virtual cycling platform:
Previously, a user’s position on the road within RGT was automated, with riders using their power to move around other cyclists. Now with RGT Steering, maneuvering around fellow riders becomes part of the experience
“Adding a new level of strategy and engagement to virtual rides. Similar to real cycling outdoors, riders can find the sweet spot in the middle of the pack, push the pace at the front, cut a sweeping corner to gain position or pull around to mount an attack. When combined with Race Radio, riders can communicate and interact, to benefit from group dynamics. Wahoo continues to innovate with a focus on group and community features, making RGT the premier indoor cycling platform to interact with others and enjoy the realism of road riding and racing indoors,” Wahoo explains.
Additionally, Wahoo has also added the new ‘KICKR Race Mode’, which harnesses the WiFi and Direct Connect capabilities of its indoor trainers to broadcast power claimed to be up to 10x faster than standard trainers (currently 1Hz), giving riders a competitive advantage at critical race stages.
Race Mode is available on the new KICKR Smart Trainers with built-in WiFi – with KICKR BIKE coming very soon.. It is also available on previous versions of the KICKR with the use of the KICKR Direct Connect Wi-Fi adapter.
Mike Saturnia, Wahoo CEO, said “Steering is an integral part of the real cycling experience so it’s only natural that this aspect of riding transfers to indoor cycling.
“Wahoo took a new, innovative approach to steering in RGT. The result is a truly unique and engaging experience that allows indoor cycling to better replicate the excitement and strategy of riding outdoors. Steering gives Wahoo X users a more immersive, engaging and enjoyable indoor cycling experience, which is our ultimate goal.”
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