Simple Zwift Setups: Direct-Drive Smart Trainer + Apple TV (Video)

Simple Zwift Setups: Direct-Drive Smart Trainer + Apple TV (Video)

Looking to get on Zwift for the first time? Need a solution that works well without being too complicated? Our favorite Aussie Lama Shane Miller has just posted a video explaining the basics of setting up an easy to use yet high-quality, super-functional Zwift station.

The station has just a handful of components, keeping things simple:

Watch Shane explain it all:

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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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Steve Becraft
Steve Becraft
1 year ago

Eric, I have read most of your posts and enjoy them. What is being done with the “Sandbagger issue”? I have been racing most of my life and I love a fair fight and dont mind being beat in a fair fight but I feel like I have a knife in a gun fight with regards to the races in Zwift. In the last D race on Sunday most of the racer was legit. The winner and back @ 10 places were all way above the 2.4 w/kg and a few have been racing in the B group. There are… Read more »

Paul Smith
Paul Smith (@smithpauld1501)
1 year ago

Eric, since late 2017 when I saw the Shane Miller YouTube vid on this, I’ve been nothing but pleased with the ATV and Zwift’s implementation on it. Not so the !$%@#$ Siri remote (I’ve actually submitted a Features request for Zwift HW to build something usable). It’s gone through two trainers. I’m a ride leader and wouldn’t switch despite the remote. The one thing I would stress is a bombproof WiFi connection or even direct Ethernet to the ATV.

Dennis Packard
Dennis Packard
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul Smith

I have seen posts from others who have gotten really frustrated using the Apple TV remote. I too hate it for Zwifting and I have no answers for anyone (and everyone) using this dumb thing. True, it works fine on other ATV apps buts feels like trying to park the Queen Mary most of the time. Does anyone know if a wireless keyboard will work? I have a 2019 Kickr and HRM. Cadence is sent directly through the Kickr so I may have one Bluetooth channel available for another device. Anyone try this?

Shane Miller
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Shane Miller (@gplama)
1 year ago
Reply to  Dennis Packard

There’s no support in Zwift tvOS for keyboards at this point.

thewannabeironman
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thewannabeironman (@wanna_b_ironman)
1 year ago

How have you managed to connect the trainer, the cadence and the hr monitor to the Apple TV? The Apple TV is limited to three BLE, with the remote taking one. Or is your mid-range Wahoo Kickr ‘simulate’ cadence and therefore only use one BLE port? Thanks

Shane Miller
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Shane Miller (@gplama)
1 year ago

The Kickr18 and CORE now transmit cadence over the single BLE device connection. It’s an estimate from the power curve, and one of the most accurate I’ve seen when comparing it to on-bike sensors.

thewannabeironman
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thewannabeironman (@wanna_b_ironman)
1 year ago
Reply to  Shane Miller

Great 🙂 I’ve worked around it by using a CABLE device, which works fine. My setup is Apple TV, Wahoo Kickr, Wahoo HR, Wahoo cadence and CABLE. Much more headache than your set up !!!

Darren
Darren
1 year ago

This, plus the Climb, is my setup and I’m very happy with it.

Andy Schmitz
Andy Schmitz
1 year ago

From a beginner who wants to ride indoors I appreciate you simplifying the  process. I
bought a Neo 2T trainer and the Apple 4K TV. My final purchase is a television.
Would the Zwift experience be any better with a 4K 2160 TV as compared to a 1080
non smart TV? Thanks much Eric.

Jeff Schaffer
Jeff Schaffer
11 months ago

I use this exact set up but with the ATV 4th gen. I have problems with the remote input being taken by the software. Can’t end a ride or maneuver thru the screen lots of times. Also I can’t delete a HRM and install a new one. There is no way to delete a device that I can find. Also, I can’t find where to log off of my account on the app after logging in. What am I missing in all of this?

Bas van Wel
Bas van Wel
11 months ago

Hi, I connected bij Wahoo Kickr to apple TV, but their doesn’t seem to be a cadence sensor in this Kickr. Can that be? How do I connect, besides my kickr and Heart beat sensor a cadence-sensor to the apple tv

Marc Grimm
Marc Grimm
3 months ago

Eric, I have the Apple 4K tv setup. I can’t figure out how to give a ‘Ride On’. Is there a way to do it? Thanks

Robin
Robin
2 months ago

I just purchased the AppleTV 4k, a new 32″Samsung 1080 TV and have a TacxNeo2 Trainer and have used the Zwift Companion App on my Mac up until now. All apps are up to date. The issue is that the Zwift option is not showing once I select AppleTV on my screen. I’ve paired my phone and TV and they are both signed on the same wifi network. Any suggestions?

Mark
Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  Robin

Hi Robin, I may have misunderstood some of your message, so apologies if I’m stating things you’ve already tried. Until recently, I had used the mac to airplay to the ATV – initiate airplay, start the zwift app on the mac and make it full screen. I’ve now switched to the following option based on positive comments from folks who have been using the native Apple TV app. To use this, install the Zwift app on the Apple TV using the ATV App Store, login and go from there. I’ve ridden using this a few times in the last few… Read more »

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