Hey Zwifters! Todays update includes a feature we’ve been wanting to do for quite a while - a virtual cycling equipment shop we call the ‘Drop Shop’ where you can pick up some new wheels or bikes. Why the odd name? Well, rather than being currency based, what you spend in this shop is your blood, sweat, and tears (ok, maybe just sweat). The more you ride, the more you earn, and we’ve even got a multiplier on how fast you earn them during up-hill sections to encourage everybody go get more elevation into their legs this spring. As a bonus for past miles, existing Zwifters will also see a large sum of ‘drops’ given to them when they log in next.
To get to the new cycling Drop Shop, just open up the pause menu once you’re in the game and click on “My Garage”. From there you can browse frames and wheels by brand. Having enough drops isn’t the only requirement to get an item, as you’ll notice some items have a level requirement. As you level up through normal riding you’ll unlock the ability to acquire these items as well.
With the shop now live, we can start to add new bikes and manufacturers on a continuous basis. Historically this has been a problem as we’ve only been able to let people try bikes out during a special mission or challenge, but there would often be no way to be able to keep the bike.
In other news, this update also includes a beta of a new FTP test - the Ramp Test. For many this may be an easier way to get a close approximation of your FTP without having to suffer through a 20 minute all-out effort. Give it a try! For the runners, we’ve tweaked the run calibration a bit to be more clear about how the 3 speed calibration process works.
UPDATE ISSUE: We are aware of an issue with Korean text crashing some users in this update. We’re working on a fix to go out in the next 12 hours
As usual we’re all ears when it comes to feedback about changes or a new issue you may have discovered, just respond to this thread. Or if there is something new you’d like to see, head on over to Feature Requests to post your idea.
The Team at Zwift