Fastest TT Bike Frames and Wheels at Each Zwift Level

Fastest TT Bike Frames and Wheels at Each Zwift Level

If you’re racing time trials on Zwift, upgrading your frame and wheels will cut some significant time off your efforts. And in the “race of truth” where there is no hiding in the draft, every bit of savings counts!

But figuring out where to spend your hard-earned Drops can be confusing, so we’ve put together this table which lists the fastest TT frame and wheelset available at each Zwift level.

(Keep in mind this list applies only to flat and rolling routes. The list below is essentially a simplified, flat-race-focused version of our complete Zwift Shopping Guide. If the climbs in your time trial race last more than a few minutes, you may want to consider a more climbing-friendly setup.)

Want to keep it simple? Just purchase each frame or wheelset on the list as soon as you level up. Don’t have enough Drops? Keep riding – you’ll get them soon enough! (And you might want to ride near a Pace Partner so your Drops add up more quickly!)

Fastest TT Frames

LevelFastest Frame Time
Savings
1Zwift TT (Free)0s
10Specialized Shiv (710,000) or Shiv S-Works (852,000)18s
15Cervelo P5 (710,000)25s
18Specialized Shiv Disc (994,000)30s
26Canyon Speedmax CF SLX Disc35s

Fastest Wheelsets

LevelFastest WheelsetTime
Savings
1Zwift 32mm Carbon (Free)0s
4ENVE SES 3.4 (191,700)26s
5Roval CLX64 (170,400)30s
6DT Swiss ARC 62 (184,600)34s
13Zipp 808 (177,600)42s
31ENVE SES 8.9 (205,900)43.5s
35Zipp 808/Super9 (1,075,700)51s
42DT Swiss ARC 1100 DICUT DISC (1,579,800)59.5s

Total time savings of fastest TT frame and wheelset over stock Zwift setup (Zwift TT frame and 32mm wheels): 35+59.5=94.5 seconds

Times above based on our flat speed tests, done with a solo 75kg rider at 300 watts over two laps of Watopia’s very flat Tempus Fugit route. Our test rider completes the route in approximately 50 minutes.

Improvement by Level

The biggest performance gains come early in a Zwifter’s level progression, but TT setups have a slower progression than road setups. Here’s how much time you would be saving at each level if you upgraded to the recommended setups above:

You can see that by level 18, 76% of the overall possible improvement has already been achieved. And once you’ve hit level 42, the only way you’ll get faster is by racing smarter and training stronger!

Digging Deeper

Want to dig deeper into the speeds of various frames and wheels? Check out our TT Frame Ranking Charts and Wheel Ranking Charts.

Your Thoughts

Hopefully this helps you select a rig for your next TT effort, no matter your Zwift level. Got questions or comments? Post below!

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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Marco NL
Marco NL
1 month ago

Can’t help but wonder when we finally get to use TT bikes for TTT (draft allowed) so that we look less silly. How do the TT bike times compare to the road bikes? Just the difference between your 2 stock setups would suffice 👍.

Jan Dvořák
Jan Dvořák
1 month ago
Reply to  Marco NL

Fastest TT frame vs fastest road frame is 1:36 difference with the stock wheelset.

Jan Dvořák
Jan Dvořák
1 month ago
Reply to  Marco NL

Fastest TT frame vs fastest road frame is 1:36 difference with the stock wheelset.

abcd
abcd
1 month ago

DT Swiss ARC 1100 paired with Canyon Speedmax CF SLX Disc for a long time, not tested even once as studying IRL, no time 4 fun

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