There’s undeniable truth in the idea that any tool that facilitates cycling to a wider audience is a good thing. Therefore, by extension, any Zwift setup should be considered good. However, for the committed indoor cycling enthusiast, the best Zwift setups can make indoor training time a considerably more enjoyable and fun experience.
Once something becomes enjoyable, it’s likely to be used more, so pimping your pain cave to include things such as smart connectivity, a clear display and a sizeable amount of airflow is likely to repay that investment with hours of entertainment and, if you do it right, an increase in fitness.
Zwift was launched back in 2015 but in the years since has revolutionised indoor training for cyclists. You can race, ride with people from all over the world and socialise with riding mates. Indoor cycling was once a necessary evil for committed training cyclists escaping the otherwise wet, cold and potentially dangerous winter cycling experience, but the virtual worlds on Zwift offer an engaging and addictive experience, helping more riders get fitter than ever before.
You likely know all about it by now, but if you’d like more information on the platform, here is our ultimate guide to Zwift.
By connecting your turbo trainer or smart bike with Zwift on your smartphone, tablet or computer, you can immerse yourself in a virtual world of software-based interaction.
In simple terms, the harder you ride, the faster your virtual avatar will go. If you’re using a smart trainer or smart bike, it will tell the app how hard you’re pushing on the pedals, and the app will automatically adjust the resistance in response to gradient changes, workout intervals and even road surfaces.
You can ride solo, follow single workouts or complete training plans, free-ride with friends, or join pre-organised group events which range from easy social spins all the way through to full-gas races against pro riders.
Whatever your budget and level of expertise, there’ll be a setup for you, but the more you spend, the more premium a solution you’ll get. This will show itself by way of a more realistic, engaging and perhaps enjoyable experience, as well as a considerably quieter operation.
In this guide, we’ll run through the best Zwift setups to help you make the most of…