I was excited to enter my first race via the academy. I got signed up, entered the race, and warmed up for a bit with my gears.
But when the race started, my bike locked into “E01” mode and I couldn’t change the gears. Everyone blew past me and I ended up in last place. I withdrew because I was just falling further and further behind.
On the few inclines I encountered, I could get some power through the resistance they offered, but they were few and far between.
How were people pushing out so much power in the flats when I was stuck at 200 watts? I can’t pedal much faster than 150rpm in first gear.
Is my bike not compatible with races or something?
I’m using a bike called the MERACH Pro. Got it for $399 on Amazon. It’s worked in every area of Zwift that I’ve tried so far. I’ve been riding for a month or two. But I always do workouts where I’m adjusting the gears myself.
I tried one ‘free ride’ where it locked in “E01” like the race, and I hated it, because it wasn’t a workout.
I dont know anything about that bike, but it looks like a spin bike and it probably isnt really compatible with Zwift… even though the company’s website says it is… as you have experienced it doesnt seem to really work.
Ah, that sounds normal then. I have heard of other spin bikes that work this way. It’s sort of like riding a single-speed bike on a trainer. Not a good experience but if you’re happy without the automatic resistance changes then go for it.
There are an awful lot of spin/exercise bikes that advertise themselves as being “Compatible with Zwift" but don’t offer the full functionality. I feel it’s a shame that people are buying equipment which does not offer the full functionality
This is also having an effect on the people who do own fully compatible devices, as it opens up the opportunity to “lie” about your efforts.
I’m not allowed to link here but if you search “zwift support what do i need to ride” in a web browser there are sections which detail which trainers/bikes SHOULD work and which functions they will provide. I say should because even their Zwift branded hub one currently does not work with full functions on quite a few platforms.