Hi. I am James.
I just started Zwift. I do not have a smart trainer, so I have a basic set up. I cannot afford power meters, so I only use the bike and speed/cadence/heart sensors. Overall the experience has been positive.
I do have a concern about climbs, though. Obviously, I do not have any feedback between computer and trainer, so I do not feel the climb. However, I notice on the game my cadence and speed will drop immensely when starting a climb, even though my overall cadence has not changed. To wit, on a recent climb, my reported cadence fell about 90%, while actual cadence stayed at about 80rpm. A noticeable drop in estimate power, as well. If I change gears and speed up my cadence, there is no change in on-screen speed or cadence.
Is this part of the game? The machine figures that going up a hill will slow you down anyway, so the game forces you to slow down? IRL I love climbs for the endorphine high I get at the top. I know this is virtual, but coming to a near complete stop in the game takes me out of the experience.
Barring droping a few thousand dollars on a smart trainer and decent set of power meters, is there a workaround? Or, just ride the flats?