How to Purchase Bike Frames and Wheels from Zwift’s Drop Shop

How to Purchase Bike Frames and Wheels from Zwift’s Drop Shop

Cyclists are notorious gearhounds, and while our budgets (and significant others) may not support our real-money purchases, we get to indulge ourselves virtually on Zwift! The in-game “Drop Shop” lets us spend Drops (the virtual currency earned by real effort) to “purchase” virtual frames and wheelsets.

Why Buy?

Just like outdoors, the virtual frames and wheels you use on Zwift influence your in-game speeds. Lightweight items help you climb faster, and more aero items offer dividends at higher speeds on flatter ground and descents.

If you’re racing on Zwift or just chasing speed PRs, you owe it to yourself to buy a high-performing setup. Everyone else is doing it!

How To Make a Purchase

In order to make a Drop Shop purchase (or change your bike using stuff you already have in your Garage) you have to be logged into the Zwift game and on the actual Zwift map. But you can’t be moving.

Click Menu, then “Garage” in order to go to the Garage/Drop Shop page.

From this page, select which portion of the Drop Shop you want to access – the frames or the wheelsets. Then select a brand to browse items, and click a particular item for details and a purchase option.

Click the item price at the bottom-left to make the purchase. Click “Confirm” to purchase, then choose whether to immediately equip (use) your new stuff or not.

Your purchase is now in your garage, and can be selected whenever you wish. Here’s a step-by-step walk through the screens of a Drop Shop purchase:

Video: Buying from Zwift’s Drop Shop

Here’s a quick video showing how to make a Drop Shop purchase:

Gotta Be Stopped

Reminder (because this trips a lot of folks up): you can’t even get into the Drop Shop if your avatar is in motion. You also won’t be able to access your Garage in order to swap bike frames or wheelsets.

Once you stop moving, you’ll be able to do both.

How Pricing Works

Most of these frames and wheels are virtual versions of real-life bike parts, and their Drops price reflects real-life pricing, with 1 Drop being roughly equal to 1 US cent. (So a $10,000US bike frame will cost roughly 1,000,000 Drops, while a $1500US wheelset will cost 150,000 Drops.)

Level Locks

Most items in the Drop Shop are level-locked, meaning you have to reach a certain Zwift level before you can make the purchase.

Learn all about XP and levels for Zwift riders >

S-Works Venge + Disc Wheels – a potent and coveted race machine!

What Should I Buy?

Now this is the big question! Each bike frame and wheelset has its own characteristics in terms of “aeroness” and weight. The best setup for you depends on the route you’ll be riding, what sort of rider you are, and how you plan to approach your ride.

It can be confusing, but we’ve put together the “Zwift Shopping Guide” which lists recommended purchases at each Zwift level. You may also be interested in our speed test charts:

Questions or Comments?

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About The Author

Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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Simon
Simon
3 months ago

Has there been any mention on whether the shop will be expanded to sell clothes and other accessories? There’s plenty of free kit available but it would be nice to be able to buy some different looks as well.

MATHEW M ROSE
MATHEW M ROSE (@matrose617)
3 months ago
Reply to  Simon

Ooooh! Someone should tell Zwift I’d happily pay a million drops for a throwback Marco Pantani pirate casquette!

Mark Smallwood
Mark Smallwood
3 months ago

Is there anyway of removing bikes from your garage? I’ve got some bikes that I don’t use anymore as I’ve upgraded (for instance after levelling up and having and access to a new bike being unlocked).

MHolden
MHolden (@holdenadventures)
3 months ago
Reply to  Mark Smallwood

I would like a couple of “closets” where I could still keep less used clothing and gear 🙂

J.Graff
J.Graff
3 months ago
Reply to  Mark Smallwood

So never buy more than you want to use. Its a bore to have to scroll through too many bikes you never, use since you can not get rid of them again. Same reason I stopped the Italy Challence before finishing to avoid getting one more bike, which I wouldn´t use.

Fra
Fra
3 months ago

I use one of the best allround setups: new Canyon Aeroad and DT Swiss. So my drops are pretty unuseful. I’m level 33.

Evan
Evan
3 months ago
Reply to  Fra

you can get a better bike, the specialized s works or the cervelo s5 they are faster than canyon aeroad. if you have tron, even better

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