Can you control your turbo trainer resistance using an appwhilst riding with Zwift

Taupe78

New Member
Basically, I'm asking as would like to potentially use 'Level' mode at times to avoid gear changes on rides.

To do that I need to be able to use the Turbo Traniers own app (e.g. Elite's)... BUT, if the turbo trainer has only 1 bluetooth connection AND I'm using Apple TV - can I disable 'control' of zwift to the trainer and use an app to set the resiatnce whilst still riding in Zwift?
 

si_c

Guru
Location
Wirral
Should be able to, just use the Turbo as a power source on zwift and disconnect the controllable trainer option. Then adjust the target power using an app on your phone or your cycling computer.
 

CXRAndy

Guru
Location
Lincs
Yes, you need to set the Zwift just to read the power only and have the other app control the trainer. I regularly used Trainer Road and Zwift together. Zwift was the visual entertainment and TR controlled the turbo for set power levels. I used two Ant+ dongles on my PC so each program were separated to do their thing.
 

SydZ

Well-Known Member
Location
Way Up North
If the OP is simply looking to ride with Zwift and not charge gears though, ERG is a potential solution without have to invoke other software.
 
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Taupe78

New Member
Yeah - Si_C is right - I basically want to use an app to drive resistance - whilst still 'riding' Zwift.

I'm wondering if wanting to do that limits me to Kickrs as they have multiple bluetooth channels.
Cause if I use apple TV - it can't receive ANT+ - so thought the 1 Bluetooth channel would be taken up by Zwift - so would not be able to connect any app on my phone to control the trainer unless it has more than 1 bluetooth channel - which only Kickrs seem to have.
 
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Taupe78

New Member
Should be able to, just use the Turbo as a power source on zwift and disconnect the controllable trainer option. Then adjust the target power using an app on your phone or your cycling computer.
Thanks!!
So can I do that with 1 bluetooth connection and the fact that Apple TV can only be connected to by Bluetooth (and not ANT+)
 

bridgy

Legendary Member
Location
Cheddar
I agree it sounds like ERG mode in Zwift would do what the OP wants - good article on how it works and how to use it here https://zwiftinsider.com/erg-mode-in-zwift/
 

Colin Grigson

Bass guitarist - Bad News
Location
Slovakia
I think if you add the ‘Zwift-companion‘ app to your phone/control device you can change power settings etc … at will, at any time a program is running …
 
You'll be able to set up your trainer (assuming it's a Smart one) either to run off the Elite App, your bike computer/ERG or Zwift/ERG, adjust the feedback intensity as you see fit. It might take a bit of playing about until you've got it right. FWIW I don't use ERG anymore, it might be the quality of the Elite Suito but I found its varying resistance would injure me and I can put much more watts out sustainably with a resistance or level modes.
 
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