Announcing Zwift Ride [June 2024]

We’re pleased to announce today Zwift Ride, the smart bike from Zwift! It’s an all-in-one indoor cycling setup comprised of a smart frame + trainer. It is designed to be permanently set up, adjustable to fit any rider, and enable the full Zwift experience.

Zwift Ride is available at zwift.com and wahoofitness.com in the United States, United Kingdom, and EU, and if you’re in Australia or Canada, you can purchase Zwift Ride on Wahoofitness.com.

More details are available on our Zwift Ride FAQ.






This is really cool.

  1. Will it be available without a zwift one (I already have the trainer).
  2. Will the virtual shifting protocol be available for BLE developers so it can be connected, including the shifting, to rouvy?

Missed opportunity of not being able to use it with a KickrClimb, is I think my only feedback (which to say isn’t that big of a gripe).

It’s not for me, but, I think the price is suitable; and wouldn’t require the maintenance of some cheap bike you can find online in poor condition to slap onto a normal trainer.


So when can we get a bike in Zwift that looks like it? :smiley:

I like the idea of this. I’ve been thinking of buying a cheap bike just to put on the trainer, but this has several advantages.

Certainly interested in getting one when the frame-only option is available (if the price is agreeable to me).

The fixed 170mm crank is a bit of a disappointment. I intend to try 165mm cranks - currently all my bikes are 172.5mm, but I’m more and more convinced that shorter might be better. It would have been great to have a way to experiment with crank lengths if I do buy the Ride.

It also might limit the range of people who it will comfortably fit.

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Yes. According to the FAQ page that’s coming in the autumn (northern hemisphere); no price shown for that though.

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Looks really nice but why so expensive. I’m going to guess that Zwift ride standalone is going to come in somewhere around £700-900

it’s priced to compete against smart bikes but it’s not quite the same as it uses chain cogs etc.

I don’t see the appeal of it for regular smart trainer users unless they have more money than sense might as well go buy a 2nd hand frame and zwift plays and save yourself around £500.

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Is GPLama’s video right that the minimum reach is 390mm and min stack of 599mm?

My bike fit earlier this year recommended a reach between 375-385, which isn’t that far out but the stack range was 530-540.

Maybe it doesn’t matter that much but it does make me wonder if it’s a bit big for smaller riders.

I might just be thinking too much about what a road position might be, while a more upright position would be fine - although I think that would shorten the reach even more, wouldn’t it?

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This makes me kinda sad. I got the Kickr Core a week ago not having a bike yet, and now this all in 1 solution launches which would’ve been perfect for me.

Returning the Kickr Core means I lose out on the shipping cost (40 euros), but I kinda don’t want to wait for the Zwift bike frame launch in the fall either…

Still, it looks really nice! You win some you lose some I guess

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From DC Rainmaker: "… while these two trainers are fully compatible from a protocol standpoint with all the ANT+ & Bluetooth Smart standards, the ability for you to shift is very much not. You see, the Zwift Ride will happily broadcast your power/cadence/etc to any app on the planet. And likewise, any app on the planet can also control the Zwift Ride, just like you could do with the previous KICKR Core Hub One. That’s because they properly adhered to all the trainer industry standards. And technically, that’s still true now.

Except, with the Zwift Ride, sending their data ONLY to the Zwift app, you can’t shift without the Zwift app involved. And thus, for any indoor trainer app where you want to shift (simulation mode), you’re out of luck with the Zwift Ride. Whereas, for any indoor trainer app in ERG mode (structured workout mode), you’re perfectly fine because you don’t need to shift. Those apps will control the Zwift Ride, just as they always did.

In an ideal world, the Zwift Ride controllers would actually talk directly to the trainer instead. In fact, that’s why we saw Wahoo years ago have the KICKR CLIMB talk instead to the trainer, rather than apps. It ensures compatibility no matter the app. But there are good reasons why it doesn’t, namely because Zwift handles all of the virtual gearing simulation components, rather than offload that to each trainer company.

When I asked about this, Zwift and Wahoo said they’re working to release API documentation that lets 3rd party apps add support for Zwift Play/Click/Ride into their apps. This means that apps like Rouvy or FulGaz or Indievelo could make their apps compatible with the KICKR CORE Cog. However, each time over the last nearly-year I’ve asked for clarification on the date of this, the can gets kicked down the road further – at least for apps."

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My bike fit stack is 571mm and I’m 5’11".

Is that perhaps the maximum stack and not the minimum?

I’m just going by this:

Where “bar height” is not exactly stack, but probably a 30mm more; that would make the stack maybe 569 - 731.

I didn’t notice any actual dimensions for stack and reach in the FAQ or the product page, just a vague “rider fit range” of 5’ - 6’6".

Definitely interesting. I have a kickr core, so would consider getting the frame when available to free up my gravel bike and also give the flexibility for my wife and kids to use the same trainer - right now it’s too much of a pain to swap bikes back and forth to let my kid ride for 20 mins, but with something adjustable I could see them using Zwift more.

I’m also surprised this doesn’t work with the kickr climb given it’s even being sold on the wahoo site. That feels like a bit of a miss - not that I have one, but maybe I would get one if wahoo had a package with the frame and kickr climb in it etc…

I think I would prefer a shifters/brake form factor that was more realistic rather than buttons, but that’s not a deal breaker for me I think.

Not having the shifting as an open standard that would work in other apps might be something that stops me from getting it. Knowing it can really only do Zwift (or controllable workouts), is what would give me pause to purchase. If I want the flexibility to switch back and forth between Zwift and IndieVelo as an example I would need to go back to my current setup.

Word of warning. Zwift have chosen a path of proprietary closed-ness as opposed to open standards. That means if you buy this (at great expense) and Zwift add another £5 next year, and another after that, you’re locked in. If something worse happens to zwift, you’ve got a pretty white elephant.

If you don’t care about that and you use 170mm cranks, then all is good.

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Looks very nice! Has anyone tested it with a rocket plate? Not sure how stable the front will be there.

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You would only be locked in terms of using the inbuilt controllers. The bike and trainer would be compatible with other platforms. (With cassette)

This is an interesting…

Some questions:

  1. Can you replace the handlebar to a standard one that is the width for me: 40cm?

  2. Will this work with or will work Wahoo Climb experience. It looks like there is room for future integration on the fork?

  3. Will this work with a Axis feet or some sort of rocking experience?

Thank you so much!

I think if this comes with a 1-year subscription of Zwift, this is a game changer and I am definitely interested.

I’m genuinely surprised that Zwift has decided to carry on in the hardware business - especially given their less than stellar record so far.

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I am price sensitive but I actually think the price is fair, considering you are getting a smart trainer with it.

You could build your own “dummy-dedicated” bike but it looks like the Zwift integration would be worth the value. If they can integrate a climb experience that would make it a better experience than a “dummy-dedicated” bike.

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