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Zwift App Gets a Nice Fix

March 14, 2018

 Today. I noticed that Zwift updated their Mobile App, now called Zwift Companion. You can check it out for iOS HERE and for Android HERE

 

You can watch Shane Miller's great video on it above, or the Zwiftcast segment that both came out today.

 

 

The app still has all your favorite screens that let you control the online experience from your phone, and it still lets you sign up for events offline. It is great for grabbing some screenshots to throw up on your Strava feed or to give a Ride On to your mates.

 

The new workout mode screen gives some nice expanded features. I did get a chance to this out today, and I have to say there are some real positives to the new workout mode screen, but they might come at a cost? For the record, both these screenshots came from the app store, as the app seemed to block my iPhone from taking a screenshot while it was running. 

 

 As you can see above, the workout screen allow you to see you watts, HR, and cadence all conveniently at the top of the screen. I like the look, and I like that you can see the range of acceptable power for the segment you are on. It allows you to toggle between ERG mode on and off, which is nice if you like that. I do not use it much, as I find that for many workouts that call for wide swings from one segment to another (like a sprint to recovery), it doesn't react well. I think it's better for longer tempo and 20 minute block kinda stuff. The pause button gives you a nice way to step off the bike to get a drink or to answer the door or turn on the fan. Also, okay. The bias control allows you to tweak you FTP slightly based on whether you are feeling great or you are currently regretting this whole workout and need to dial it down a notch. Very nice, but all stuff we could do already, just made a little easier.

 

 

 

The thing I really liked was the incline adjust feature. This can be seen above, and it replaces the ERG mode on/off function when you start a workout with ERG mode turned off. The incline mode allowed me to dial in my cadence and power to stay perfectly in my target zone. As I stated earlier, I am not a huge fan of ERG, so this works great for me. Zwift's non-ERG mode gets me pretty close, and the incline twea