Just discovering the more competitive elements of Zwift, ie, races etc. My Tacx Neo 2 trainer has adjustable grade modifier. As gradients increase the pedaling effort required increases proportionately. However, the grade modifier is infinitely variable, from 0% to 100%, which can make a significant difference on these virtual rides.
My question is, does the Zwift software take this into account when riding, or, is it left to rider honesty?
50-100% = sudden spikes in resistance = burns out ur legs faster than riding steady.
also changing gear faff = power loss.
so yea 0% is kinda op for racing (u basically get to ride all routes as a TT) but also kinda pointless if u bought an expensive smart trainer and not good for training in general (u get rly good at 1 set power/cadence but useless at anything outside that).
I would suggest that most races that aren’t completely flat will be harder at 0% difficulty. That’s because you won’t feel the gradient kicking up,.so you will be slower than everyone else to push harder.
Accepting that it has no difference on my power output, you have overlooked the level of effort expended.
You can sustain a consistent level of power output, for a longer period, subject to trainer setting, if the resistance is replicating a 4% gradient instead of an 8% gradient, ie, grade modifier set at 50%. Resulting in a faster, longer level of performance.
I thought you had miss read my post. No, I am not talking about any Zwift settings, I am talking about smart trainer settings and whether Zwift accommodates variance in gradient resistance when taking part in competitive events. I hope this is clear.
I assure you, owning a Tacx Neo 2, the two settings are not comparable. The Tacx app setting responds aggressively to increased gradient when set to 100%, diminishing resistance when the setting is reduced.
Thanks for the response, but we are clearly experiencing different things.