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Discussion: Zwift

in: SandgrOpers

Aug 30, 2018 1:58 AM # 
Any suggestions for Zwift trainers?

Something that works ok but not super expensive would be great.
Aug 30, 2018 2:34 AM # 
I use a power trainer (Wahoo KICKR) that cost about $1400 a couple of years ago - but after agonising about the expense beforehand I don't hesitate now, in retrospect, for a moment in recommending that you get a power trainer. It makes the gradient changes REAL and the drafting / non-drafting effect in packs REAL. (Or more realistic). You could use something called z-power and have an estimate with a normal trainer or a power meter, but it's just not the same and the Zwift experience is lessened and more like normal trainers i.e. rubbish. TACX neo is apparently a highly-regarded one too going by the regular in-ride discussions on Zwift.

For me, Zwift is worth so much more than the $20 per month... gee, that's what people pay for a single gym visit these days.
Aug 30, 2018 2:44 AM # 
I run Wahoo Kickr too. There is a new Wahoo core coming out shortly. Not sure if that will be cheaper than the $1600 retail price for a Kickr. Definately get a power trainer as they make things far more enjoyable than just trying to smash out sessions on a traditional trainer.
Aug 30, 2018 4:19 AM # 
So a direct drive smart power trainer (Wahoo Kickr or equiv) is better than a wheel on smart trainer(Wahoo Kickr snap)? Its just going to have my road bike on it permanently as I haven't ridden it for about 4 years.
Aug 30, 2018 6:43 AM # 
Yes. Well, I think so. Very quiet. No wear and tear on the tyre - and you never have to take your bike on the road (ever) and get it dirty and grimy. Shudder. The power trainer is really really heavy and even a Massive Unit like me can stand up and sprint with no issues whatsoever with the trainer moving or stability. It feels something like 30kg, takes an effort for me to move it. So I don't. :-)
Aug 30, 2018 7:40 AM # 
So it's heavier than Saz?
Aug 30, 2018 9:42 AM # 
I don't take my road bike on the road ever, it has got a bit dirty sitting in the shed though.

I have decided to get a Tacx Vortex Smart trainer. Its a base end model so its wheel on but fully Zwift compatible as is and for just over $400.

I know there will be compromises compared to the top end direct drive ones (noise, power lag) but for rehab purposes and then one ride a week or so I think it should be fine. Long term if I love Zwift I can look at an upgrade.

Thanks for your suggestions
Aug 31, 2018 3:36 PM # 
I use Wahoo KICKR too, highly recommended (Zwift) is where I cycle 60% of my time especially in a chaotic place like Sydney...
Sep 2, 2018 1:53 PM # 
I was looking at the same thing this weekend - should have logged onto AP more recently (but then I might need to actually have something to log).
Sep 4, 2018 2:19 AM # 
Like Albany, Geraldton is a chaotic and dangerous place to cycle I'm sure, just like Sydney.
Sep 5, 2018 12:40 AM # 
At least in Albany the weather is an excuse, I mean reason though I guess Geraldton summer is a reasonable excuse....
Sep 6, 2018 1:40 AM # 
I can't make any of the times that the local club rides on a regular basis, can't be bothered dealing with riding in the dark, idiot drivers (less drivers than elsewhere, but proportion of idiots is quite high), flat tyres, road trains etc and in terms of fitness reward for time spent, I think indoor trainer is good.
Sep 8, 2018 2:05 PM # 
Hear, hear.
Sep 11, 2018 5:48 AM # 
I would add that there are also numerous other indoor training apps, FulGaz and Sufferfest are two apps that I would like to check out in the near future. The majority of these apps offer anywhere from 14 - 30 day free trial periods.
The one feature I like about zwift is you can potentially be doing a group ride with your fellow sandgropers or anyone else around the world.
Sep 11, 2018 9:36 AM # 
Last night I was having a good conversation with various folk from Ireland, Canada, USA, UK and Sweden! Inane stuff, but pleasant way to do a group ride.

The huge variety of races of varying category abilities, hills vs flat etc, TTs vs mass start are also great - not just 'workouts'.
Sep 12, 2018 2:16 PM # 
Good idea Eliot let's do a group ride of the SandgrOpers

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