It's time for MTB and gravel bikes on Zwift


(Matthias Urech (Nidibikers)) #1

This topic was also mentioned a lot in the old forums. It would be great to have MTB bikes available in Zwift. It’s kinda weird connecting a MTB to a smart trainer and seeing a road or TT bike on screen.

I can only speak as a member of the MTB community, but I guess some riders would like to have a gravel bike as well…

And more dirt on Zwift, please. But that’s another topic :wink:


(Daren Chandisingh 🌱 [VISION]) #2

You’ve got my vote.

Mountainbiking in Zwift would be a lot less scary than doing it in real life. :smiley:

Off-road trails would be a great addition too. Will be weird riding them on a road bike. O_o


(Miles Orchard (D) Team ZF) #3

You get a plus vote from me!


(Leigh Blackman (D)) #4

I love the idea. Personally i’d still ride on my road bike / direct drive trainer in the real world but riding a mountain bike in game would be something different and exciting. All they’d need to do is whenever you switch to a MTB ride, the trainer difficulty drops to say 25% instead of the 50% default which would make the MTB trail feel a lot more realistic (higher cadence) rather than grinding away.


(Christian Bolduc) #5

Another vote here!!


(Matt Little Op No Zwift() #6

Still no mtb? New on here but that my friend is a must theyve missed a trick there given there are folks like wahoo who have Specific mtb bike size setting on trainers (Kickr)

my vote is a yeah get it done.


(Keith Kiggins) #7

Another upvote. This would be a nice to have, as I’m looking to purchase an NX Eagle cassette specifically to mount my mtb to the Kickr.


(Radoslaw Roszkowiak) #8

Missing that a lot. MTB bike on a trainer with a road visual is kind of strange


(Todd Taylor) #9

I can just imagine Wahoo will come-out with a “Kickr Jump” device (like their “Kickr Climb” device) to allow mountain bikers to jump in the virtual world :sunglasses:


(Matthias Steis (ZRG)) #10

You got my vote too.
Hope some courses will be show up in Zwift.


(N. Mathys) #11

I bought a cheap Racebike just for Zwift. Outdoor I only ride MTB. I don’t really think MTBs in Zwift are that important, for me it would be enough already if there is for example an unlockable Mtb-Wheelset or two or just one MTB to unlock that can be used for Offroadtracks. But what i think would be really awesome is some sections that are narrow roads just for runners and MTB Wheelset with steep sections and gnarly Bridges, Valleys and Rivers. To just get that feeling of Mtb a little bit. I think this is the most important thing missing in Zwift atm. Cheers


(Matthias Urech (Nidibikers)) #12

Since we have Alpe d’Huez (aka Alpe du Zwift) already, the first MTB course can only be the most famous MTB race course Megavalanche (aka Zwiftavalanche) :star_struck:

For those who are not familiar with this race, Megavalanche starts at the top of Alpe d’Huez (see 00:22 in the video): https://youtu.be/m2gwFkCU1Q4


(Daren Chandisingh 🌱 [VISION]) #13

Ski-lift up and then downhill all the way? That’s my kind of course! :smiley:


(Matthias Urech (Nidibikers)) #14

Hopefully, there will be no shortcut in Zwift. It would be a great reward for pedalling up. And much more fun than riding down the road :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


(Daren Chandisingh 🌱 [VISION]) #15

I guess most people freewheel back down anyway. I usually get off the bike and let it coast down for the free XP. :smiley:

An offroad route would indeed be more engaging if it’s undulating and requires some pedalling.


(Matthias Urech (Nidibikers)) #16

I agree with you, Daren. Riding singletrails requires beside the technical skills a lot of high intensity stuff like intervals, micro bursts, VO2max to keep the speed in order to get over roots, rocks and undulating terrain.