Using the Elite Sterzo Smart to Ride Repack Ridge

Using the Elite Sterzo Smart to Ride Repack Ridge

Rolled out with the first version of FutureWorks steering back in October 2019, Repack Ridge is Zwift’s first and only MTB singletrack. Steering here has always been accomplished by the Companion app running on your smartphone mounted to your handlebars.

Now Zwift has released an updated version of FutureWorks steering which allows us to steer on all Zwift roads, provided we have an Elite Sterzo Smart connected.

But can we use the Sterzo on Repack Ridge? The answer is: yes! Just access the trail the same way you always have, but with your Sterzo connected. Here’s how to do it…

Finding Repack Ridge

To ride Repack, you must first find the trailhead. It’s a one-way trail found in Titans Grove. If you enter Titans Grove from the north and ride south for another 2 miles you will arrive at the trailhead, which is on the right.

There is no route choice which puts you directly on Repack Ridge – the best you can do is choose a route which will take you to the trailhead after a few miles of riding.

Choose “Dust In the Wind“, “Muir and the Mountain” or “Quatch Quest” Watopia routes for the most direct line to the new trail. This way you won’t need to select any manual turns until you until the (?) prompt comes up near the new trail (see below).

Companion Required

There is one bit of weirdness when it comes to riding Repack with a Sterzo: you must have the Companion app connected to your ride in order to get the turn prompt which allows you to get onto Repack Ridge. This is a holdover from the original version of steering which used the Companion app. Here’s what that turn prompt looks like:

Turn right to get onto Repack

Once you’re at the Repack Ridge trailhead, you’ll see prompts which imply that steering is still being controlled by the Companion app. Disregard these – apparently if you have a Sterzo connected, then the Companion app doesn’t do any steering. Start your Repack ride, and steer with your Sterzo as normal.

I found that having the steering sensitivity slider in the middle worked best, but you can mess with this setting as you ride to dial it in just right. Now go shred some virtual gnar!

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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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Harry
Harry (@harrytozer505)
6 months ago

Finally. For some reason my phone was unable to dthe steering

Dafydd Williams
Dafydd Williams
6 months ago
Reply to  Harry

Same here, my phone didn’t play with Zwift nicely – finally I can have a go at this 😀

dbenzhuser
dbenzhuser
6 months ago

I found Sterzo steering was automatically deactivated after finishig Repack Ridge. Glitch on my side, or a bug in Zwift?

Graham
6 months ago
Reply to  dbenzhuser

Verified , seems like a bug to me .

Blörölröl
Blörölröl
6 months ago
Reply to  dbenzhuser

There are so many steering portions on zwift, can’t expect them to have tested everything. Don’t be so hard on them!

Mark Martin
Mark Martin
6 months ago

Can you use the Sterzo with a Kicker Climb?

Jeff Bloom
Jeff Bloom
6 months ago
Reply to  Mark Martin

I am sure somebody has tried.

Leo Missler
Leo Missler
3 months ago

Hi, can you explain how I manage to show the Steering Sensitivity on my Zwift screen?

Kai
Kai
1 month ago

Hi,
after several attempts I finished Repack Ridge successfully. After finishing I got a message that there are now new tracks available. But how can I find these new mtb tracks?
Thanks and best regards!
Kai

Velocipede
Velocipede
1 month ago
Reply to  Kai

That’s interesting. I rode Repack four times this morning but didn’t get that message. Shane?

Leo Missler
Leo Missler
1 month ago
Reply to  Velocipede

Yesterday I did 2 times Repack Ridge and I also didn’t got the message 😃Did I miss the memo😂 I sure would like to ride some other Singletracks, maybe they are coming soon? Hope so🤔

Doug
1 month ago

How much better is repack with the sterzo? I did repack with just the companion and liked it a lot. But the lag on the controls was pretty annoying. If that went away, I’d get a sterzo.

Marc Stookal
Marc Stookal
1 month ago

I rode this tonight for the first time. Companion app took me right to the start. I have my front bike wheel in a Cycle Ops floor riser. It’s great for holding the wheel straight on Zwift courses. I’m not sure how this is to work with steering. I was yanking the handlebars left and right to turn with the block turning too. This can’t be what Zwift designed. What am I missing?

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