Elite Sterzo Smart Firmware Update Required On Zwift

Elite Sterzo Smart Firmware Update Required On Zwift

Zwift + Elite have released a required update for the Sterzo Smart steering device. Notice was posted in the Zwift forum on June 4th and now, once you’ve installed Zwift’s latest update (version 1.14.0) you’ll get the following warning if you try to pair a Sterzo to the game with the old firmware:

Why the Update?

According to Zwift’s forum posts, this update is being rolled out for two reasons:

  1. It improves and simplifies the initial pairing procedure. It especially helps the reconnection process should the Sterzo Smart ever disconnect.
  2. Security improvements were made to deter hacks to the Sterzo system. There were people hacking and selling fake Sterzos.

Installing the Upgrade

To upgrade your Sterzo’s firmware, you’ll need to install Elite’s “Upgrado” app (available on iOS and Android), create an account, connect to your Sterzo, and upgrade its firmware. Here are some screenshots of that process:

Here’s a video from our favorite Aussie lama explaining the upgrade process and sharing Shane’s views on this news and other thoughts Zwift steering related:

Questions or Comments?

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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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Matt 3595
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Matt 3595 (@straightlineboy)
2 months ago

Perhaps someone from Elite can explain why we need to register to get this update that is being forced on us. I hope the security of their accounts is better than that of their devices that lead them to issue this update. Not impressed by this

Jan Hendrik
Jan Hendrik
2 months ago
Reply to  Matt 3595

Haha, you wish. Last time I needed software for a 500€ smart trainer there wasn’t even an option to download via HTTPS or any checksums available. I’m happy with the trainer and the (dumb) Sterzo I have, but the software side of things is just really poor.

Juergen
Juergen
2 months ago
Reply to  Matt 3595

For an explanation have a look at DC Rainmaker…

bobvz
bobvz
2 months ago

Fake Sterzo, heaven forbid. What next, “fake” trainers? Would prefer to see a standards approach over hardware lock-in.

Danter
Danter
2 months ago

Someone show me a link to the fake sterzo I can buy. It does not exist. A few electronic hobiests reverse engineering the protocols is not a fake sterzo.

Mike Collins
Mike Collins
2 months ago

Just a quick note. I had real problems getting the Sterzo to connect with my Motorola phone. Eventually my wife’s Samsung connected immediately. Performed the update, which was quick and easy. Then the sterzo would not reconnect to my laptop (Windows machine). Finally discarded the old Sterzo Bluetooth connection on the laptop, and set up a new one. Bingo it worked! Hope this helps someone else out there!

EJ Acosta
EJ Acosta
2 months ago

Eric, as usual, thank you for your informative and complete post regarding the Sterzo update. I followed the steps outlined and the update completed quickly and without a hitch. The pairing for my first post update ride was quicker than before. Thanks. 👍

Rick
Rick
2 months ago

I have run the updater. My Sterzo is now on Firmware 21 Hardware revision 6. I still get a error message. Swift thinks I still need to do the firmware update. The Sterzo shows up as connected. But, no steering.

rick
rick
2 months ago
Reply to  Rick

So I can’t type. . . Zwift not Swift. Any ideas?

Mike
Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Rick

I have the same problem Firmware 21 Harware revsion 2 with no option to update further in the App and Zwift still says it needs updating.

Mike
Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

I can’t type either Hardware not Harware.
Plus I have sent question to both Zwift and Elite

Mike
Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Rick

Response from Zwift is that it is a known problem and they are working on a fix which will be released as part of an update

Eddy Van de Walle
Eddy Van de Walle
1 month ago

have’nt seen any fix till now…

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