Zwift’s Tron bike is the most coveted ride in game: it takes a lot of work to acquire, it’s fast, and it looks super future cool! Here’s everything you need to know about this special ride.
First: Get The Name Straight
The bike is called the “Zwift Concept Z1” in game, probably due to intellectual property concerns. But everyone calls it the Tron bike, so don’t call it anything else, n00b!
How To Get Yours
Select the “Climb Mt. Everest” challenge, then start climbing. Once you get to the top (8,850 meters), keep going for another 41,150 meters.
That’s right: you have to climb 50,000 meters to get the Tron bike. For most riders, this is a months-long project.
Just How Fast Is It?
It is not the fastest bike if you are only climbing: that award currently goes to the Specialized Tarmac Pro with Lightweight wheels. And it’s not faster than a TT bike if you’re doing a solo effort on flattish roads.
But since it drafts, and most races involve going down as well as up hills, you’ll want the combination of drafting, aerodynamics and light weight the Tron bike provides. (There’s a good reason why the pointy end of A races is full of Tron bikes.)
Idiosyncrasy #1: No Wheel Changes
The Tron bike is the only frame which doesn’t let you swap out your wheelset. Of course, why would you want to? Those light-up wheels are amazing!
Idiosyncrasy #2: Reduced Avatar Positions
On all other bike frames, your avatar stands up when you drop below 80rpm on a 3% or greater incline. And when you’re in the draft your rider sits up a bit to indicate that you are no longer “in the wind.”
Neither of these avatar positions exists for the Tron bike, though. All you get is the standard riding position and the out of the saddle sprint.
You Light Up My Life
Idiosyncrasies aside, there’s no other bike on Zwift that lets you change the color of your tires. You can dial in your bike color to match just about any kit quite nicely. Put the slider in the just the right spot and you’ll get a multi-color light show as you ride. Thanks, Tron bike!
Where Did It Come From?
Wait… you haven’t seen the movie? Here’s a clip from the original Tron movie released in 1982. And below is a clip from the 2010 version.