Our wheel and frame performance charts are useful tools, but they don’t answer one crucial question for many Zwift racers: how does X frame and Y wheelset compare with the Zwift Concept Z1 (Tron) bike?
After lots of testing, we’ve created a scatter plot chart pitting the Tron bike against top-performing wheels and frames. Here’s how the best frames and wheels in Zwift compare to the Tron bike on flats and climbs.
Frames used, in order of aero performance:
- Zwift Concept Z1 (Tron)
- Cervelo S5 2020: most aero frame (852,000 Drops, level 27)
- Specialized Venge S-Works: former most aero frame (798,800 Drops, level 33)
- Scott Addict RC: strongest all-arounder (852,000 Drops, level 33)
- Pinarello Dogma F: former strongest all-arounder (1,029,500 Drops, level 32)
- Canyon Aeroad 2021: strongest beginner all-arounder (568,000 Drops, level 10)
- Specialized Tarmac Pro: former top climber (408,300 Drops, level 11)
- Specialized Aethos: featherweight climber (923,000 Drops, level 34)
Wheelsets used, in order of aero performance:
- DT Swiss ARC 1100 DICUT DISC: most aero wheels (1,579,800 Drops, level 42)
- Zipp 858/Super9: former most aero wheels (1,508,800 Drops, level 45)
- Zipp 858: most aero non-disc wheels (312,400 Drops, level 37)
- ENVE 7.8: aero all-arounders (205,900 Drops, level 39)
- Zipp 808: popular OG racing wheels (177,600, level 13)
- DT Swiss ARC 1100 DiCut 62: strong all-arounders (184,600 Drops, level 6)
- Zipp 353 NSW: strong all-arounders (255,600, level 19)
- ENVE 3.4: strong all-arounders (191,700 Drops, level 4)
- Roval Alpinist CLX (135,300 Drops, level 32) or Lightweight Meilensteins (unlocked via Alpe du Zwift spinner): both top climbers deliver the same performance
Tron vs Top Performers
Colored based on frame. Mouse over each point for details.
Zwift Concept Z1, Cervelo S5 2020, Specialized Venge S-Works, Pinarello Dogma F, Canyon Aeroad 2021, Scott Addict RC, Specialized Tarmac Pro, Specialized Aethos
Chart updated August 30, 2021
Not surprisingly, the most aero setup (Cervelo S5 2020 + DT Swiss disc) is also the slowest climber, and the best climber (Aethos + Roval Alpinist) is almost the slowest on flat ground.
The Tron bike is a standout all-arounder thanks to its blazing fast flat test and mid-pack climb times. The Scott Addict RC is the closest we have to a Tron-beater thanks to its amazing climbing performance while staying nicely aero.
The ENVE 7.8 wheels make a surprisingly good showing as “aero all-arounders”. The DT Swiss ARC 62s also display solid all-around performance, but skewed a bit more to the climbing side of things.
We’ve enlarged the points which perform best (you want points that are lower and leftward). Notice the almost perfect trendline traveling from the lower-right to the upper-left. There are no significant outliers in terms of performance, but rather a consistent tradeoff between climbing and flat test results.
What conclusions do you draw from this chart? Share your thoughts below!