As the Zwift KISS Super League has banned the Elite Muin, Tacx Flux, and the Wattbike, I have a few questions:
1 - does this mean that Zwift can now detect the exact trainer used, instead of just Power, Smart, or zPower? If so, can that data be shared with ZwiftPower or be made available publicly?
2 - why the Wattbike, given that it’s a power meter as much as any other? I guess it’s because of the sticky ANT+ bug but that requires deliberate cheating on the part of a rider. Banning it outright sends out a very clear message that ALL Wattbike users are no better than zPower riders (which also have an unfair reputation that is now irreversible)
3 - why those two trainers but not others that are known to be absolute jokes, like the Vortex, BKool, etc.? Again, sending some very wrong signals to the community who already accuse others of cheating and engage in online bullying.
I also hear that crank-based power meters are also banned. More questions:
4 - crank or crank-arm? Big difference between the two, as one is the industry gold standard and the other is a cheaper entry to training with power.
5 - why ban these but not power pedals? I hear it’s again because of sticky ANT+ readings but why not look at individuals, instead of an outright ban? It again sends out the message that they are worthless, which will have repercussions on sales and could see potential legal action by manufacturers. Look to the recent Burleigh/Telegraph/Trump fiasco for a similar case of defamation by association.
6 - what about those systems that pretend to measure power but do no such thing? A Keiser spin bike with estimated power is OK but a Stages/4iiii power meter is not? Seriously?
One last thing but more of a tip-off to the organisers:
7 - these bans have only been mentioned on Zwift Insider (https://zwiftinsider.com/kiss-super-league-round-2/) - the rules on Zwift still do not state any such ban. You may want change that, otherwise a rider could appeal any DQ on the basis that the official rules allow it.