Kickr CLIMB made usable in workout mode. Suggestions included

A ton of people use Zwift just for the structured training plans/workouts, and having the kickr climb motionless the whole time seems like a waste.

I think there’s a couple ways to go about this:

  1. have “freeride mode” available in training sessions where the climb responds to the gradients on the course while still having to meet your watt/cadence requirements. This is probably the easiest one to implement and will satisfy most people out there.

  2. have ERG mode send an incline % based on the % of FTP on that particular section. TrainerRoad has it implemented this way, where 75% of FTP is 0%, and every 5% FTP after that increases gradient by 1%. Easy to implement as well, and users can toggle it off by just locking their CLIMBS if they don’t want it.

  3. Have your workouts have slope requirements to each section, Probably the most work intensive option as training plans need to be rethought of; this one would provide the largest training benefit if implemented correctly IMO. The downfall is that it would look kinda weird on the course with everybody else if someone is hammering a 16% gradient on what it appears to be a downhill section, no biggie if you display the training display in front of them.

What do you guys think?

Option 1 would be perfect for me :slight_smile:

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I am in the same boat, for the moment I feel I’ve been ripped off. I have a climb and it’s only purpose is maintaning my front wheel. I only do workouts on zwift …

why not just have zwift send the % gradient to the climb both in freeride and workout mode, seem logical.


Agree completely - just got a climb and a little bummed out not getting inclines during workouts or group workout rides.

Please allow this Zwift



I’m adding my voice to this. I’m thinking of getting a Climb, and it’d be really nice to be able to use it while doing workouts.

Even without the Climb, I’d like to be able to workout in “Just ride mode”. Makes it more realistic. I don’t mind shifting and the odd spinning out on descents.

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+1 Option 1 would be best!

To add to my previous comment, I’m wondering if there’s any worth in making a new topic about having a workout overlay in Sim mode or editing this one to remove the Climb reference.

This way, we could potentially get more votes from non Climb owners who, like me, would enjoy such a feature.

Working out in erg mode is nice and all, but it’s odd to have the gradient change with nothing happening to the resistance.

Just to be clear, I’m trying to say that the Zwift team may be more willing to add a feature which would please all users rather than the relatively small subset who own the Climb (although I suppose they could be swayed if they risked loosing Climb owners to other platforms).

Agree … option 1 seems to be the best … easy to implement and would fully satisfy my needs …

… just now I’m in the market for Kick Climb … gimme this ERG option and it would be as simple as “s#*t up and take my $$$” :slight_smile:

You can already do a workout with the ERG off

Are you talking about slope mode? If so, the slope doesn’t follow the gradient does it? You just set it and it stays put. Unless I’m mistaken or you mean another way to do a workout without ERG turned on…

Option 1 is a must

Yes please! #2 seems most powerful and flexible. Major disappointment that it isn’t already like this.