I have had a trainer for about a year but only tried Zwift the past few days and I am having some problems. I have searched for them and read some articles on other sites, but also found some topics about them here on the official forum, but none of them exactly describes my issue.
The problem I am having is with erg mode for workouts and how it works in Zwift. My experience from using Wahoo’s erg mode, from others describing it and from the Zwift website has given me a very clear picture of what erg mode is. The trainer sets the power target and adjusts the resistance according to how fast you pedal and the gear you are in. Unfortunately, my experience in Zwift with ergo mode is nothing of the kind. The way it has worked for me is that the trainer has set some arbitrary resistance and kept it for the entire workout. Regardless of me changing the gears or pedaling faster. Pedal faster? Higher power output. Switch to lighter gears? Lower power output.
I’ve also seen some people talk about erg mode being bad for short interval workouts due to not being able to change the resistance fast enough for ~10s intervals. My experience doing short intervals with my bike computer does nothing of the sort. It instantly changes power to match my cadence. Also, I never switch gears during those workouts.
I am ticking the box for erg mode when choosing a workout. I also made sure that erg mode was enabled on the companion app and by swiping up on the Apple TV remote. I also toggled it multiple times. Interestingly as well, when it was off I got the incline controls in the companion app and pressing up or down had an orange bar appear right of the top middle of the screen on the Apple TV. But as this bar was getting filled as I pressed the up arrow on the incline button and getting emptied as I pressed the down arrow on the incline button there was no change in the resistance of the trainer. Is this correct behavior? In that case, what are those controls for?
I’ll briefly describe my setup in case I’ve done something wrong.
Wahoo KICKR core 1.0.13
Wahoo TICKR (heartrate strap) 1.2.21
Wahoo cadence 2.0.19
Wahoo headwind 1.0.3
Apple TV 4K 13.4.8
Zwift app 1.0.53416
Zwift companion app 3.16.0
KICKR core paired with the Zwift app on the Apple TV.
TICKR and cadence paired with the Zwift companion app on the iPhone.
Successfully did a spindown through the Zwift app after a few minutes of pedaling.
I am getting power, cadence and heart rate values consistently and without any dropouts.