I’ve been riding Zwift for a couple of weeks now with a PowerTap power meter and a dumb trainer. I’m considering upgrading to a smart trainer. Likely a Tacx Vortex Smart T2180. I have a few questions before I do:
Is the experience with a smart trainer that much better than with a power meter alone?
The resistance changes dynamically with the terrain, right? This sounds great for group rides, but what about workout mode?
Say I’m trying to output a constant 200 watts, wouldn’t it be annoying to have the resistance change? I’d have to switch gears and/or change my cadence to maintain that power.
With my gearing, in the real world I “spin out” at around 35 mph (53x11 @100 rpm, 650-23c) which I already exceed on the descents in Zwift now. Will I spin out in Zwift too?