I have an indoor smart bike (with additional Garmin Vectors fitted) and have used it for a few years using Kinomap originally, and for the past few years by manually adjusting the magnetic brake when using TR for intervals.
The bike was sold as compatible with Kinomap… and a few other Apps, which don’t include Wahoo or TR or Zwift. The bike has BT Smart 4.0 protocol.
When i start Kinomap it somehow switches on the BT on the bike, and on my Iphone i can see the bike as a BT device, and everything works as it should… Kinomap controls resistance etc.
However, if i don’t start Kinomap, and switch the bike on, Iphone, Win10, etc cannot see the bike (using search for BT devices).
My question is, how does Kinomap manage to do this where other software can’t/doesn’t? and how can the BT of the bike not be seen by a PC/Phone etc?
I have to admit I haven’t heard of this type of trainer before so likely won’t be much help.
If you run SYSTM or Zwift your Vector pedals should show up as the power output source. I’m not sure how to help you get the trainer itself to connect. Have you reached out to the BH, the manufacturer, to ask how to get Zwift or SYSTM to connect to the iSpada2?
Edit: I reread your post and see that you’re just trying to “see” your trainer’s connection on your computer or iPhone. I’m not sure I see mine in that way either and I think it has something to do with the trainer bluetooth protocol.
Bluetooth Smart 4.0 isn’t standard Bluetooth confusingly. Bluetooth is a basic radio technology - to do anything useful with it you have to implement a profile on both the bike and whatever other device you are using.
It is likely that the bike uses the basic GAP/GATT profile, and the Kinomap app also uses this. Hence they can see each other
Any other app will be looking for the cycling specific profiles CSCP or CPP and so it can’t see the bike - they aren’t speaking the same language essentially. A BT dongle won’t help here, because the app using it won’t be looking for that older GAP profile.
Which Wahoo software are you wanting to connect the Kickr to?
Wahoo has 3 apps. You should be able to connect it to the Wahoo App (aka Wahoo Fitness App) or SYSTM (sometimes called Wahoo X). You wouldn’t be able to connect it to the Elemnt Companion App unless you also have a wahoo bike computer/head unit.
The Wahoo App used to have a setting where you could use an Ant+ power meter to control their trainers but I’d never used it or felt a need to as when comparing with my own PMs there’s only ever been a difference of 1-5 watts.
The main cycling training app that wahoo has is SYSTM and SYSTM can 100% control a Kickr. That’s what I’ve got and it works perfectly.
I tried ERG mode with a KICKR Bike, so your results may differ with different hardware.
It appears that using SYSTM, the KICKR Bike sets resistance based on the power level requested and uses its internal power meter to do so rather than using the pedal meter and the app adjusting resistance. Using pedal power meters which read predictably lower than the KICKR Bike’s to control and record the power led to slightly lower power for the session at the predicted levels. My Bike is unfortunately one firmware level behind, and I won’t be able to test it again until the new year, but I doubt that will change things.
Sim mode may produce different results, I’ll try that someday soon.