Never suffer a Bluetooth dropout again with Wahoo

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You can now plug-in your Kickr trainer to ensure a more secure data feed when training or racing indoors. (Photo: Wahoo)
You can now plug-in your Kickr trainer to ensure a more secure data feed when training or racing indoors. (Photo: Wahoo)
  • Accessory cable for Wahoo Kickr V5 allows for a direct connection.
  • No Bluetooth, so no dropouts that set you back in races or frustrate training sessions.
  • Not yet available for Zwift – but they are working on it. 


Indoor training and e-racing have become a huge new realm for cyclists, triggered by the spate of global lockdowns.  

More riders are training at home, than ever before, and to benefit from the full indoor cycling experience, you need a stable data feed. 

Nothing is worse than enduring a Bluetooth dropout (where your trainer loses connection and your wattage momentarily drops to zero) midway through a training session or most annoyingly, a virtual race. 

These dropouts tend to occur in congested areas such as flats or where there are a lot of signals overlapping. This potentially interrupts the Bluetooth signal, triggering a dropout. 

Wahoo hinted at a direct connection with the launch of the Kickr V5 towards the end of last year, where the trainer was fitted with a ‘telephone jack’ port, that at the time was not functional. 

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No Bluetooth, so no dropouts that set you back in
No Bluetooth, so no dropouts that set you back in races or frustrate training sessions. (Photo: Wahoo)

Plug-in for the win 

The company now launched the accessory adapter that connects to the aforementioned port providing an uninterrupted connection between trainer and modem or desktop/laptop. This device converts the telephone cable to what appears to be a speaker jack, which is then further converted to a standard ethernet port that can be plugged directly into your modem or PC. 

The device is compatible with some apps, such as FulGaz, RGT, Sufferfest and Trainer Road. It is not yet compatible with Zwift, but Wahoo says it is in the pipeline. 

That oversight appears to be a major issue as Zwift is the premier racing app for e-sports cyclists and indoor riders. This may give some of the competing platforms a leg up in trying to catch Zwift’s user numbers, but should have a positive effect for Kickr V5 owners. 

It will be interesting to see how the technology develops for direct connections as it makes more sense to build it within the trainer and run a single ethernet cable from trainer to modem, rather than a separate accessory. 

Riders will have to wait until the release of Wahoo’s next trainer or bike to find out, or maybe one of the competing brands will get it to market sooner. 

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