I'm a regular rider -- I average 175 km with 3500 meters ascent a week. I'm looking to be able to do some training at home, for rainy days, and also because during the summer the area where I train becomes filled with traffic and thus not much fun and a bit dangerous.
I plan on leaving a cheaper aluminum bike permanently mounted on a training device at home, saving my carbon frame for when I go out (I don't relish attaching and detaching the bike constantly).
I was recommended the Kickr Core, but when I went to my regular bike store today the salesman recommended the Kickr Snap to me. He has one (he showed me photos) and likes it, he said. Plus -- and this is an important point -- the Kickr Snap is on sale for €350, whereas the Kickr Core would be €800. So that's a fairly large difference and my strong inclination is to get the Snap (plus, the Core would be a special order, whereas the Snap is in stock).
My question is whether there are good reasons to spend the extra money and get the Kickr Core. The salesman said the advantages of the Kickr Core over the Snap was that it was quieter, that it doesn't eat away at the training tire (which can leave a little tire residue on the floor as well), and that it goes to 16 degrees incline, whereas the Snap only goes to 12. To my mind, I don't know that that is worth more than double the price. But are there any other good reasons to prefer the Core?
The only thing I wondered about was the incline -- I'm no competitive cyclist (nor do I want to be), but I do enjoy good hills. That is, I'm interested in getting a good workout when I train. Would 12 degrees incline be enough for someone who is in really good shape (although no pro)? It would be frustrating to max out the Snap, although I was told that that really wasn't a possibility. The salesman also said that the Snap, even if it doesn't go to more than 12 degrees incline, would allow you to use programs that went to more, just "slowing you down" in some way, although the incline wouldn't be reflected as such in the program. Is this in any way true?
Thanks for any info!