As I have played with the trainer difficulty settings. And I used it to prep for some real world mountains. I started at 50% and each week added 10%. Now I’m sweating bullets going up the simplest hills.
I do like having the setting.
I would like to request a visual display of the trainer difficulty settings. A visual that everyone can see.
Most everyone will be at the default 50%.
My thought is three fold. 1) most people are unaware and this will popularize it. 2) if your are really killing it at 100% vs the guy who set it to 10%, it would allow each rider to see the sand baggers. 3) add a little competitive edge to those who want to “push” it.
Hmmmm, Michael, regardless of your trainer difficulty setting, 0% or 100%, you still need to produce the same number of watts to get over that hill. The only difference is what gear you will need to do it. Believe me, someone with a trainer difficulty set at less than 50% is not sandbagging.
I believe that you will get to the top of the hill at the same time if you put out the same watts but it will feel different.
For example, If you have your trainer set for 100% on a hill of 15% you might need the small ring to put out the same watts and probably a higher cadence to maintain the same speed. At 30% difficulty you can probably stay in the big ring maintain the same watts required to maintain speed.
I’ve tried it at various setting and still finished last in my Cat. I leave it at 100% in hopes of it making me stronger somehow. Plus, the Kickr Climb moves based on the setting, so it’s quite a bit more interactive at 100%.
I keep mine about 30% because I don’t want to have to shift into the small ring in the front. With a 52 front and 11-28 rear I can do everything except for the longest and steepest climbs. Just a preference and if you enjoy the 100% then by all means leave it there. You get to use all your gears so more bang for your buck.
One nice thing about Zwift is that you can play around with stuff like this and see how you feel and how your performance is affected.
In one of those articles you’ll find the reason I leave mine at about 50-60%…
While I actually like climbing, my problem in Zwift-world comes with flats and descends. I ride on an MTB mounted on a smart trainer and in group rides or races spin out in the draft on the flats… never mind going downhill!
Same here… I actually find myself using my highest gearing (36:11) most of the time. Fortunately, I have a 2x setup unlike most modern MTBs that only have a 1x.
Especially for sprints and downhills I would love to have the option to increase trainer resistance, but until that’s the case I have to stay with lower difficulty settings. If there’s even a 1 % downhill, I’m struggling to hit 1000 watts at more than130 rpm…