Dear Team Zwift,
Several years ago I purchased my trainer. It’s unlisted on Zwift and works great and I see no technical need to replace it (not competitive). Because it’s not listed it is subject to the 400W-maximum. This makes sense to me and I support that limit to curb system abuse. The issue for me is that this effectively breaks training plans and other workouts with >400W sprint segments.
The CRIT crusher (for instance) tells the rider to go at 556W 10 seconds. The hard-limit prevents me from knowing whether I’m at 556W or 500W or 600W. You may say, “just click up the resistance level on the trainer”. Well, sure, I can turn up the resistance configuration to “2”; but then all of my stats are out-of-wack and my FTP is irrelevant. I’m at the resistance configuration level “1” because according to my Strava power estimates it’s roughly ± 30W (much more accurate than the next level “2”).
I’d love for the “400W” maximum to be removed only during workouts so that I can properly execute a training plan. Right now I am not sure if I’m doing the plan’s workout correctly because of the hard-limit and I feel bummed out about it.
Thanks for the great product. I hope this feedback helps. Zwift has been a game changer for me and I hope we can take it to the next level. Ride on!
P.S. & off-topic: Scraping Strava data might be a method to support unlisted trainers by comparing stats like heart rate, wheel speed, and cadence to calibrate wattage on unlisted trainers. Then query users to see which res configuration levels the trainer is in and you can probably have a “smart” unlisted trainer detection method using neural-networks. That would probably be a low-priority, but it’s an idea none-the-less.