The latest Zwift update is now available on all platforms: Mac, PC, Android, iOS, and AppleTV.
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This update includes free ridable former Rebel Routes, a couple of new bike frames, homescreen UI updates, and lots of workout localization. Here are the details…
Release the Rebel Routes!
The 5 Rebel Routes which were released for Tour of Watopia are now in-game and available for free riding. We’re not gonna lie – it’s pretty cool to see routes we designed here at Zwift Insider now available for free rides, for the first time ever!
- Downtown Titans (24.6km/15.3mi, 254m/883′ of elevation gain)
- Eastern Eight (51.7km/32.1mi, 340m/1115′ of elevation gain)
- Three Little Sisters (37.7km/23.4mi, 401m/1316′ of elevation gain)
- Triple Flat Loops (33.9km/21.1mi, 134m/400′ of elevation gain)
- Mayan Bridge Loop Running Only (5.3km/3.3mi, 47m/154′ of elevation gain)
New Bike Frames
Not included in the update notes, but added to the Drop Shop nonetheless, are two more frames:
- Allied Able (gravel): 721,000 Drops, Level 15+ required, rated 2 stars for aero, 3 for weight
- Scott Spark RC World Cup (MTB): 745,400 Drops, Level 21+ Required, rated 1 star for aero and weight
Additionally, Zwift tells us they’ve added the Giant Revolt Advanced and Liv Devote Advanced as event-only frames in this update. We assume these gravel frames are for use in upcoming partner events and will eventually be added to the Drop Shop.
We’re testing the Allied and Scott frames now, and will publish results when available.
Chapter2 TOA Frame Nerfed
Zwift included this line in the list of bug fixes for this release: “Fixed an issue causing the Chapter2 TOA frame to show as 4 stars weight instead of 3 stars.”
Yup. Zwift has nerfed the Chapter2 TOA, which had become the Tron-beating best all-arounder in game. Its Alpe du Zwift test climb time has gone from 48:54 to 49:03, while its flat time is essentially unchanged.
Related feature request: hopefully Zwift will create a way for Zwifters to sell back items in their garage, or just delete them, or save a handful of “preferred setups”, as more and more Zwifters are getting annoyed at the growing list of useless frames in their Zwift garage. Vote up this feature request >
KICKR Direct Connect Enabled for Windows
In a separate forum post from Shuji today, Zwift announced that Wahoo KICKR Direct Connect is now enabled for all Zwift platforms. Previously it had been enabled for all platforms except Windows, but as of today we’ve confirmed it’s working for Windows as well.
Read more about Wahoo KICKR Direct Connect and Zwift >
Home Screen UI Update, Rollout Notes
This release includes updates to Zwift’s new home screen UI which has been slowly rolling out to PC and Mac users since January.
Today’s update includes a “workout anytime” carousel which currently shows the Workout of the Week plus 5 random workouts for the day (Zwift says they plan to make this more intelligent as time goes on). Zwift has also improved the UI so you can select from any course on any world when you do a workout. Another way to ride any world at any time!
Lastly, you can now filter upcoming events to only show events in your Clubs, using the “Type” dropdown. Unfortunately, this only shows Club events in the next 60 minutes, which isn’t terribly useful. Perhaps an event count limit makes more sense than a time limit, eg show the next 20 events (with the ability to click for more) instead of the next 60 minutes of events?
Zwift tells us the new home screen will be quickly rolling out to many more Windows and Mac users in the coming days, with testing now underway for AppleTV, iOS, and Android.
See Zwift forum topic for details and discussion >
Training Plans Available as On-Demand Workouts
Zwift has been working to put all Training Plan workouts into On-Demand list, so Zwifters can take advantage of these workouts on an ad-hoc basis. These were released in version 1.23.1, but Zwift has updated their folder names so they match the Training Plan titles:
- Active Offseason
- Back to Fitness
- Build Me Up
- Crit Crusher
- Dirt Destroyer
- FTP Builder
- Gran Fondo
- Gravel Grinder
- Pebble Pounder
- Singletrack Slayer
- TT Tune-Up
- Zwift Racing
New Workouts of the Week
Workouts have been added to the on-demand list for April and May. You can only see the current week’s workout, which you can do on your own or in a Wednesday Group Workout. These four workouts are all about gravel:
- April 18-24: ‘Texaco Hill’ Temp
- April 25-May 1st: Recipe for Grit
- May 2-8: Happy Trails
- May 9-15: Dirty Teeth Drills
Perhaps not a glamorous update, but Zwift continues to localize On-Demand workouts, rolling out 24 workouts in Japanese with this update. Workout of the Week workouts are also now localized into French, German, Spanish, and Japanese.
Lastly, running workouts have begun localization into French, German, Spanish and Japanese. Localized run workouts in this release include 3-2-1, 8x400m Repeats, Broken Tempo, Down and Up the Ladder, Endurance Run, Fartlek 5’s, Furtherance, Hill + Tempo #1, Hill + Tempo #2, and Ladder Intervals.
Lazer Helmet Update
The Lazer Bullet helmet was formerly given as one of the prizes atop the Alpe, but it’s been upgraded to the new Lazer Vento.
Don’t be creeped out, but Zwift managed to sneak into our garages and swap out all of our Bullets for Ventos, too. Thanks, ZHQ!
Bug Fixes and Misc Improvements
Here’s Zwift’s list of fixes and improvements included in this update, with notes in italic from us:
- Running Training Plans now provide access to workouts from past weeks. This added flexibility was rolled out for cycling training plans in a previous update.
- Fixed an issue causing some audio elements to be missing when the 3D World Volume slider was set to ON.
- Fixed an issue causing the camera to sway in some situations when a Zwifter joins the world.
- Fixed an issue on gravel surfaces that caused Tacx road feel to feel a bit more bumpy than it should have.
- Fixed an issue that caused the Tour of Watopia cap and shoes to remain equipped after the Tour of Watopia event concluded.
- Fixed an issue causing the logo for the ENVE wheelset to appear improperly.
- Fixed an issue with the Back to Fitness training plan where the sprints were the wrong duration.
- Fixed an issue with the workout text spacing in the Global 2×30 FTP intervals workout.
See Wes Salmon’s notes on this update release in the Zwift forum >
Questions or Comments?
If you spotted any other changes or bugs in the update, please comment below!
Are they going to fix the cervelo?
Cervelo S5 2020 got fixed a while back. It’s zippy again.
I already expected that ZHQ would slow down the TOA, because I think it’s too cheap and too strong on flats AND climbs, so it would have been the only frame to choose for all routes … now, we have to think a bit more about bike choice again. BUT the worst thing is that we always have to wait at least 3 months (so ~3 updates) to be sure that we buy a new frame with its accurate performance numbers 😬
So does this make the Canyon Aeroad 2021 the best all-rounder for a sub-level 25 rider instead of the TOA2? Or does it still have groupset weight issues?
That bug was corrected in February 2022 update.
I’d say yes, the Aeroad 2021 is again the best lower-level all-around choice since the groupset bug was fixed a couple months ago. It’s my plan as well to return to it since the TOA was expectedly and rightfully downgraded.
Did anyone else experience? their Tacx Neo roadfeel misbehaving after the 13-4-2022 game update I think the update is causing intermittent jolts every few pedal strokes on Neo trainers (very annoying to ride) as soon as I finish/save a ride the jolting disappears and smooth pedalling as per normal.
Yep! Trying to figure out what is happening. I am on a Tacx Neo (gen 1) on an ANT+ connection into a Windows 10 PC driving Zwift. I have always had road feel enabled at 100%, but hand to turn it off completely today in game settings to get through the ride. It felt like I was riding a rear wheel with a huge flat spot cut into it, thump thump, thump thump. I don’t know what’s going on, it’s def related to this update following some testing and seeing your comments. For now, turning off road feel in game… Read more »
Yep!! Very annoying
Yes – rode yesterday no problem. Rode today after update, got a “thump” every few pedal strokes even on flat roads. Turned off road feel and thump goes away.
Rebooted zwift and power cycled the tacx, no change.
I did notice after I saved a ride it went away briefly, but eventually came back.
1st gen tacx neo
Just saw this in forums – apparently a known issue, root cause found, working on fix, think it will be a quick patch 😌
The same happen to me this morning, after the update. In my case only happen in tarmac, in the cobbles in Richmond not an issue. Offline, or if you are in Zwift but not in a world id did not happen. I have a Tacks Neo 2, glad is not me alone, my previous trainer failed catastrophically after 3 and a half months, just as old as this one.
Same here! The thumping also goes away during a workout but comes back when I just ride. I just bought a new TacX trainer after my old one died so I was wondering if it’s zwift or the new trainer.
Ah, FFS.. Can’t they just stick with the frame properties for a while? After every update this year we have to rethink our choices of bikes for each race/course. Especially for those who arent blessed with a Tron jet, it’s becoming a bit of a gamble to start a race before reading the releasenotes here.
Well, at least i know why i got dropped on the Volcano KOM today. I guess it’s TOA out and Nuclear in for now then..
There would only be a 1-2 seconds difference on the volcano climb, if you got dropped it’s because you weren’t putting out enough watts.
Ssst.. Don’t be harsh, let me believe it was the bike, not me. I’m superior, it’s just the bike that’s letting me down of course!
Come on, be honest, you actually get pleasure out of the all the time you spend working out the best bike… just to save a few seconds.
If they didn’t change the bikes all the time, you would have one less hobby.
Guilty as charged.. The best part is when you’re in then pen on the new best bike and you find you’re nemesis still on the old-best..
Hopefully Zwift HQ will be refunding all the drop points which Zwifters wasted on the Chapter bike. Oh, and are they going to sort out the massive cock up with the companion app which has appeared on the latest update? Very unhappy level 45 zwifter.😡
I though they already nerfed the TOA once? Now they do it again?
I’m on PC and my UI is the same after the update as it has been for the last X years. Is this still not for everyone?
Seeing the new UI is something Zwift does on their side on a per-user basis. My guess is you’ll get the new UI in the next week or so.
So I now have another middling bike in the garage, instead of a bike the next step beyond Tron. Pretty disappointing as I really liked the Toa.
Congratulations Eric on the incorporation of the rebel routes! I rode all of them and they were great.
Didn’t buy the TOA so I have some extra drops to blow.
I use an iPad for Zwift. No upgrade yet. Going to tackle a longer hillier route and get a hard badge before my TOA gets converted to iron.
that’s a really smart veteran move Bonnie 😉🤣
Picked up Surrey Hills badge. Toa is now in the back of the garage. Fortunately I’m about to level up to 34 and can grab the Aethos for climbing, which they haven’t nerfed into uselessness yet.
I can confirm that the KICKR Direct Connect works on a Windows 11 Pro PC. Mine is plugged into my Unifi Flex Mini Switch which my home gym PC is also connected to. Started the Zwift app, clicked on the search function, it connected immediately once the ethernet option of my Wahoo Kicker V5 was selected.
Just did my first proper ride with Direct Connect. 1 hour with C Cadence, worked flawlessly!
I’ve been on Zwift since the beta but finally cancelled my subscription because of Zwift’s lack of interest in creating new roads and general malaise when it comes to innovation. Instead of adding routes as a feature, why not provide a feature that allows users to design their own routes?
I already posted this idea. Looks to me like this would allow for far more diversity.
Imagine designing your own route and use it in meetups and events!
I doubt Zwift could code this properly though.
This would be incredibly complicated to code! The way zwift works currently is that you have all the game assets locally on your computer and the only thing you are uploading and downloading while playing is the position (and their gear choice) of people around you. If you create a new route nobody will have that road so they won’t be able to ride with you. To make a custom route work while keeping the game multiplayer, it would require the assets to be downloaded/uploaded every time you ride which would be much more demanding on your internet connection.
I remember early last year I told myself I cancel in the Spring if there’s nothing new for level 50 players. This year I’ll finally follow through. The lack of any kind of innovation in almost all regards is absolutely mind blowing.
I have not had the opportunity to try routes, but the route builder seems good: https://forums.zwift.com/t/create-own-custom-route-and-follow-them/13669/40
Super disappointed that they still haven’t fixed the screen freeze problem on MacBooks with Monterey OS. My fairly new MacBook Pro has been unusable for Zwift since January. Zwift claims to know what is causing it and promised that they’re working on it but months later there is still no fix.
I was so close to buying the Chapter 2 frame last week, but I decided against it because I knew it would probably be nerfed as soon as I did. Best decision I ever made! Long live the Tron!
I was using Direct Connect on Mac flawlessly until the April 13 update. Now it can’t keep a signal.
Hi Eric, I did vote but I’d rather have a garage organizer. BR
still no new homepage for me on PC :*(
Would an easy fix not to be to create a “Race Car” – where you are able to select up to 3 Frames/Wheelsets from your Garage that are available to change to during a race.
Accessed using a hotkey / its own Menu from the Hud Screen.
Means you can pick and choose what to put in your team car depending on what course you are riding, and means they don’t have to make any changes to the Garage.
@zwiftinsider – I also thing the new update allowed you to choose what route and world you want to work out in. Last week I was only allowed or shown 4 popular routes to do a workout on, whereas this has changed and I can pick the route I want now. I also think means you can badge hunt more freely as you don’t have to create a meet up with a friend to do a route that is not on the current world schedule?
Yea – that’s all mentioned above.
Well for some reason after this update I can’t do workouts. They freeze everytime during the same set. Maybe the workout file is corrupt or zwift is just doing zwift things. Worked fine when I just did a free ride though.
brought chapter2 TOA and never had been used :< How could they add a 3 star weight frame but became 4 star weight in result? Zwift shouldn't has any excuse on it
Pretty bummed about the Chapter2 TOA. Not so much about the wasted drops or the frame that will never be used again cluttering up my garage, but more about the fact that it takes away some of the strategy from the game. The Herd Summer Racing Series race this weekend (7 time options, loads of fun) is 10 laps of Rooftop Rendezvous. I was trying to decide which bike would make the most sense (10 laps is a fair bit of climbing, but most of it isn’t that steep and there’s just as much descending), and had almost decided on… Read more »
I did a ride yesterday after being away for 10 days… I was looking around at the landscape more than usual (I think) and I *feel* there are new features/shading/etc. Did they make any recent changes on this front??
What happened with the road surface feeling??
Gravel is terrible and tarmac bumpy.
Also I got a firewall warning
So, since TOA is not an option any more as best all around, which is the best high-level all-around bike choice now?
Scott addict RC
Dopo aggiornamento la mia smart bike tacx anche su asfalto sente il vibrare solo qnd sale qst effetto smette
“Zwift has also improved the UI so you can select from any course on any world when you do a workout.”
I assume any world does not include Crit City or Bologna? I miss Bologna, which I haven’t ridden since it was first released; it’s a cool course.
Correct, no event-only worlds.
Eric, Eric, only you can save Desert Flats! It’s gone. The whole down is gone. If you can cause Rebel Routes to Rise, you can convince the coders at Zwift to poke around in the bit bucket and resurrect the ghost town from the, uh, dead.
Word is it’ll be back soon! Temporary ghost town. 🙂
Hi Eric, what happened to TOA’s flat time ? Yesterday, it seemed to be nerfed from 51:19,5 to 51:28 … and today it’s back to 51:19,5 or similar ?
And do you already have some first news for the Allied Able (Tempus, AdZ, Jungle, Temple KOM) ? Probably it could be an interesting option for the following ZRL race 😉
Many thanks in advance.
Very observant! The TOA’s flat time wasn’t actually nerfed – test anomaly. Current numbers available here: https://zwiftinsider.com/tron-vs-top-performers/
As for the Allied Able – it’s nothing special in terms of flat or climb performance, at least in Zwift. We’ll publish a post about it soon, but there are better gravel bikes out there already.
Haha yes Eric, I follow all your posts (especially depending bike performances) very attentive to understand the game better and better :-). And I think, in your mentioned Scatterplot are some little inconsistencies from the last test anomaly some weeks ago. All flat times look ~8s slower than before (e.g. Tron had always 3027s on Tempus like in your (I would say) most current and accurate “raw data spreadsheet”). And the TOA is 11s slower than the Venge but I understood it like this that it’s back to 2,5s behind the Venge ? Please check this again. The Addict RC… Read more »
But I liked the Lazer Bullet! This new one has a weird gaping maw in the back.
One improvement to the garage I would like to see someday is the ability to sort kits by name, or by date we got it, and, of course, being able to delete some of them… we accumulate so many, that it is sometimes hard to find the one you want your avatar to wear… Being able to star your favorites so that they show up on top would be nice!
I have been wondering for a long time
why does it happen from time to time that Zwift slows down previous top performers like Toa now?
So has the new Ui been released to everyone yet or is it still on a soft roll out?
Wonder when Zwift will list their graphics as a “bug”? Its almost as good as wii sports 🙂
Hve you updated the TRON comparison scatter plot to reflect the new Ch2TOA performance?
Congrats Eric on becoming a part of “official” Zwift more and more! Are you planning on any more Rebel Routes in the future? Regarding the actual update, and maybe more on the tech/app side of things: Does anybody know why the town of Desert Flats doesn’t exist anymore? The other thing that needs massive attention, in my opinion, is in-game sounds, especially bike sounds. This seems to have started with the January update (or sometime around there). At least for me (and on three different devices) it is impossible to get actual bike sounds as there used to be such… Read more »
Why are the new updates available yet on my zwift app
Since the new update Zwift doesn’t transfer my activities to strava ? What do I do ?
You can export your Zwift rides in a FIT file, save it on your computer, then import that file into Strava. It’s a little clunky in terms of process, but it does work.
Sigh…I knew buying the Chapter 2 was a risk when I did it. At least I got a couple races in on it.
Now I need to buy another frame…what’s the now current best for someone at level 24? I also “only” have ~500,000 drops.
Canyon Aeroad 2021?
The Mayan Bridge Loop run route is broken. It fails to take the very first turn and instead takes the big jungle loop. Now there’s a surprise; Zwift creates and releases something without having bothered to test it.
“New” routes, same old terrain. Exciting.
I can’t even imagine who thought rolling this new interface out without the ride with feature was the way to go. So many of us use this feature constantly to join friends that we ride with regularly. I can’t believe they released it. Now I’m astonished that it isn’t the very first thing they’d correct.
Oh no, if that feature is not there by now they might be killing it.
I see there are a couple of new Rebel Routes on Veloviewer. No idea how to ride them. Will you be helping out?
Epic loop has a page already https://zwiftinsider.com/epic-loop/
For the other one it isn’t too hard to figure out, just look at the strava segment and a map of makuri. Consider it an extra challenge.
When you test bike speeds, like the Chapter, which wheels do you use? Are there better, lighter wheels which would reduce that time down up the Alpe? But you don’t use them to make sure the test is standardised.
With the new home screen UI, I am really liking the ability to enter the garage before starting a ride. A simple thing but makes so much more sense.
Also liking the new Lazer helmet, which gets rid of the ugly one they had before. Also means that I now have a decent looking helmet at last.
So, now we just need them to let us unclutter our garage by retiring unneeded kit, or (even better) selling it back at a second hand price – just as IRL
It would be nice to be able to search for events by name or by time slot. I don’t ride while sleeping, it’s too risky 😴💥🙃
any one having crash issues with this update on mac os monterey 12.3.1?
I can’t figure out how to join someone who’s already Zwifting in this new PC menu setup. It looks like you still can on the Android version.
They might have forgotten to implement/removed that feature from the new start page?
So, they rolled out the new UI to a few (involuntary) beta-testers first and got some feedback. And now it seems to be rolled out to almost everyone … without fixing any of the issues, they got feedback on? This is the strangest rollout of a new feature, I have ever seen…just bizarre.