Wahoo Tickr In-Depth Review [ What We Thought ]

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Wahoo is a well-known brand within the fitness and cycling industries. They offer some incredible products that help with your indoor and outdoor training.

However today we will be talking about their new 2020 model of the Wahoo Tickr Heart Rate Monitor.

This is their newest edition released in May 7th 2020 – it’s predecessor was the original Tickr which was released back in 2014.

It still looks pretty much the same as the last but simply comes with more updated and accurate technology behind it’s incredible design.

Unboxing

The Tickr comes in a small and neat box with their pod design displayed on the front.

Front of Wahoo Tickr Box
Back of Wahoo Tickr Box

Sliding out the inner box, inside you have the Tickr pod, the chest strap laying behind it along with a user manual.

The Tickr Pod

The Tickr pod itself is small, compact and encased in plastic and Wahoo advise that it’s actually 10% thinner than the Original Tickr. 

It comes in 2 colours, either white and blue or what Wahoo call the Stealth look – this is what I have here.

Wahoo Tickr Pod

On the rear end of the pod it has 2 poles  – this is where you connect the strap to complete the connection and help monitor your heart rate.

The Tickr is powered by a CR2032 coin cell battery and Wahoo advises that you can get up to 500 hours of battery life from this. 

Coin Cell of Wahoo Tickr

The Strap

The inside of the strap is where the electrode sensors are. You place this side against your chest and this will measure your heart rate and transmit the data to the pod which you can then link to your phone or cycling computer.

Wahoo Tickr Strap

The strap can be adjustable from 23’’ to 48’’ or 584mm to 1219mm so this should fit most people.

Adjustable Strap on Wahoo Tickr

Wearing the Tickr HRM

So when wearing the Tickr for the first time you want to get your sizing right, so wrap the strap around your chest (around the middle of your ribcage) and tighten or loosen the strap as needs be.

Dampen the Wahoo Tickr Strap

Now each time you use the Tickr you’ll need to wet or slightly dampen the electrode sensors on the strap as this picks up your heart rate much better and provides a more accurate reading.

Simply click the strap on the pod and move it around till it feels comfortable for you and your all set. 

All there is to do now is connect it up to your device.

Connecting the Tickr To Your Phone

So connecting the Tickr up to your smartphone or cycling computer is pretty straight forward.

So first you’ll need to wet the electrode sensors on the strap, wrap around your chest and connect to the Tickr pod.

At this point you should see red and blue lights flashing. The blue light is to show that Bluetooth is transmitting whereas the red will means it’s detecting your heart rate.

Once your ‘strapped in’ and have a comfortable position for it – it’s now time to connect it up to your device.

So on your smartphone, download the Wahoo app on Android or iOS. 

Picking Up Heart Rate on Wahoo Tickr

Here click ‘Pair or link sensors’ then ‘Add Sensors’ – make sure your Bluetooth is switched on so it pick up the Tickr.

Once picked up, it will tell you how strong the connectivity is and should start to pick up your heart rate straight away.

On the Wahoo app, you can choose what type of workout you’ll be doing whether this is cycling, running, treadmill or using the KICKR smart turbo trainer.

You can also enter your own personal details such as sex, age, height and weight – this will provide a more accurate result in terms of how many calories you have burned during your workout.

Heart Rate Accuracy

I thought the heart rate readings I was picking up seemed pretty accurate to how I intense I working out. 

I noticed when I was hitting intensity periods and increasing my watts – my heart rate spiked.

There was a very slight delay – maybe of around 1-2 seconds but I couldn’t really complain about that.

I think if you were training for competitive competition then you may find this too slow but for most people this should be no issue at all. 

I can see from some other peoples reviews they thought the heart rate wasn’t being read accurately or that it just stopped working for them.

I don’t know their issue in depth but I think it can mostly be down to how you’re wearing the strap and if you’ve updated the firmware on your smartphone (Wahoo needs to do this every now and again to clear out any bugs).

Bear in mind these issues seem to be a very small proportion of people but in overall the majority of people using the Tickr feels that it fully represents their effort during their workout.

Connects Up To Your Favourite Apps

What I love about the Tickr is the ability it has at connecting up to various apps.

I actually bought it so I can get more from my training on Zwift – it allows me to personalise my workout effort and gives me a very clear reading of my calories burned and what power zone I was in.

Apart from Zwift, the Tickr also connects up to:

  • Peloton
  • Nike Run Club
  • Wahoo Elemnt
  • The Sufferfest 
  • TrainerRoad
  • Kinomap
  • BKool
  • Strava
  • Rouvy
  • MyFitness Pal
  • Other 3rd party apps

Pros & Cons

What We Thought

Well we’ve been using the Wahoo Tickr now for just over 1 month and I have to say I love it. 

It connects successfully every time when training just solely off my phone or when using Zwift.

It provides me with real time data on my heart rate and what power zones I am in. 

It’s also really easy to use, fit on and comfortable to wear. I don’t feel restrained or any real form of tightening around my chest.

The only problem I have is that the new 2020 version still uses coin cell batteries that unfortunately are not rechargeable but for getting 500 hours out of the full battery – it makes the point almost invalid.

In overall though I think it’s another great product that Wahoo have developed and I like of the look of it over it’s previous version.

If you are looking for that extra motivation where you can also see exactly how well your doing during your indoor cycling I suggest looking into the Wahoo Tickr.

The Tickr is definitely one of the best chest heart rate monitors you can get your hands on and it comes in at a very affordable price around £40 or $55.

If you’re interested you can check it out below!

If you have any questions about the Wahoo Tickr, send me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

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