(Had to up the speeds because the calculator is taking gravity and wind resistance at speed into account)
*I’m not sure that calculator is doing headwinds right on downhills, or it’s making some assumptions about body size from changing the weight. Those numbers shouldn’t be that different. I’m heading out, I’ll look into those descending numbers later. **Nevermind, I think they’re right.
without doing any math i would think the heavier rider will go faster but i don’t think it would be significantly faster. especially since the powerup only lasts 15 seconds. fractions of a second maybe
well, there you go. nothing statistically significant. it’s not like heavier riders are advantaged though, because just being heavy means you are burning glycogen reserves at a higher rate at large w/kg figures, among other variables.
Less than 0.1kph with the bike taken out of the picture (and the Feather reduces total weight, if I understand it). If you want to claim that’s a significant number, and you want to claim that when you said “But it does help heavier riders more” you meant less than 0.1kph, well, okay. You got me. A straight percentage reduction helps a heavier rider by a non significant amount.
And it would be easy enough to tweak a straight percentage into a slightly different sliding scale if they really wanted exact kph gains at the same wattage (exactness that wouldn’t be noticed from how it is now anyway). Heck, maybe they already do that behind the scenes and call it a percentage reduction, because it still mainly would be. Or maybe they shrug and say “0.1kph isn’t a big deal” and go with a straight percentage.
Now add in Frontal Area changes, which Zwift also takes into account. I kept it simple between riders before because I simply didn’t want to get into the weeds on this. Adding another .1 square meter to the A value drops that heavier rider’s speed in your calculation to 21.45. For reference of scale, adding another 0.05 drops them to 21.33
Will that leave riders who somehow have radically different weights but the same frontal areas as not receiving the same benefits from the Feather? Sure. If all of this is what you meant with your first reply, okay.
We are talking about 0.31 km/h = 0.086 m/s, for 15 seconds … the advantage is 1.29 m. And this is for 100 and 150 kg rider - if the difference is something like IRL (about max. 25 kg?) is it less than 1 m.
And for the record to clear up confusion, I’m perfectly happy to amend my initial request to say that “I’d like to see the Feather benefit heavier riders more in a significant or meaningful way, and see the Aero benefit lighter riders more in a significant or meaningful way.”
My mathematical ability is nowhere near good enough to come anywhere near a solution which balances up the Anvil (or any powerup) so that the benefit is ‘speed equal’ in all situations of weight, gradient, road surface etc. I’m lucky if I can plug a few figures into somebody else’s power speed - calculator correctly.
In your example if you do find something which balances speed gains for one gradient I would hazard a guess it then wouldn’t work at different gradients.
Powerups are a game lottery and, as has been shown above, if there is any advantage, to one user over another using the same powerup, it is very minimal.
When wind resistance becomes the factor that it becomes at very high speeds, other factors tend to have a lot less of an impact. Gravity is yanking you down, but when you’re hitting 60-70kph, there’s a ton of wind pushing against you.