Have to say I’m pretty underwhelmed. There doesn’t seem to be any place to enter weight or FTP. There was no way to set any kind of target pace or power. Worst of all, it seems to use the kickr in resistance mode instead of erg mode. So when going up hills, I was grinding out at 30 rpm instead of the resistance going down as I spun up.
My first impression is that while the virtual rider aspect of it is pretty neat, it’s not a great tool to get a good workout.
After looking at some of the other posts here gushing over the VR, I’ve come to the conclusion that I am probably not Zwift’s target audience. I (used to) think that 99.9% of people that rides trainers do so maintain fitness when time constraints or environmental conditions preclude riding on the road. The smart trainer/software combo’s job is to make indoor workouts less arduous so you’re more likely to do them and more productive so that you get the most benefit for you time and effort on the trainer. After 2 years using TrainerRoad with Sufferfest videos and the past year with the Kickr in the mix, I’ve seen how powerful a tool the combination can be to achieve these goals. VR and the social tools have the potential to push the effectiveness of indoor workouts even further but they are not goals in and of themselves. Releasing a Beta that ignores the primary goals while focusing on the secondary ones was a mistake in my opinion. It leads me to believe that Zwift’s priorities are not aligned with mine. I sincerely hope that future updates prove me wrong.
It’s not all gloom and doom. The install was smooth. Pairing is dead simple, it really couldn’t be any better. The graphics look really good. When Zwift launched the website, I checked out the “meet the team” page. I recognized a couple of the names from my days riding and racing around the NYC area in the 90’s. I knew you guys were “real” riders and had faith that this was going to be a product for “real” riders as well and not just a pretty home spin-studio.
My initial disappointment is tempered by hope that future updates will bring Zwift more in line with my needs and expectations.