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Anything look familiar? Wahoo sues Zwift and JetBlack claiming new Zwift Hub smart trainer is “copying the Kickr Core”

Anything look familiar? Wahoo sues Zwift and JetBlack claiming new Zwift Hub smart trainer is "copying the Kickr Core"

2022 Wahoo Kickr Core vs Zwift Hub trainer patent Wahoo claims the new Zwift Hub trainer infringes three patents relating to its Kickr Core trainer,…

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2022 Wahoo Kickr Core vs Zwift Hub trainer patent Wahoo claims the new Zwift Hub trainer infringes three patents relating to its Kickr Core trainer, and accuses Zwift of hurting "the overall health of the cycling industry" with its direct sales model

Wahoo claims that Zwift’s new Hub smart trainer infringes three patents related to the brand’s Kickr Core static trainer, the cheapest direct drive option in the Wahoo range. The pending court case could result in an injunction on the Zwift Hub, preventing its sale in certain areas. Zwift’s new £449 Hub smart trainer follows a familiar recipe, with a simple to-put-together wheel-off design featuring a midweight 4.7kg flywheel. Zwift’s goal of solving its user’s hardware woes is by no means a new one; we reported that it was working on its own trainers quite a while back , but its first foray into the market has been realised by, essentially, rebadging a JetBlack Volt trainer. It was in fact on the day that we published our (very positive) review of the Zwift Hub smart trainer (3 October) that Wahoo filed its report, alleging that three patents had been infringed. The document stated that the Zwift Hub is “identical, in all material respects, to the KICKR CORE" Wahoo KICKR Core trainer-4 Despite costing £150 more at RRP, the Kickr Core is certainly a similar device. The bike attaches using a very similar method relying on a bike’s thru-axle or quick-release skewer with the rear wheel removed.

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