All you need is a turbo trainer, Bluetooth sensors, your smartphone or tablet and to download the Zwift and Zwift companion apps. If you have a Smart Trainer with built-in sensors, that'll work better but is by no means a requirement.
Zwift gives new riders the chance to try their platform out by letting you ride the first 25km for free. After that, Zwift is a subscription-based service that costs £12.99 per month but you can cancel the service at any time.
For those of you completely new to Zwift, you may want to check out this useful video: What is Zwift?
We've also put together a few example setups of what you need to get up and running. Although this should be fairly obvious, owning a bike is a pre-requisite to this list. Riders who want to use Zwift on their Android phones or tablets should note that they should be able to cast their screens to a Chromecast or SmartTV for a better experience.
Any turbo trainer - Example: Bikehut turbo trainer
Bluetooth Sensors - Example: Wahoo RPM Speed Sensor or Bluetooth and Cadence sensors - Example: Wahoo RPM Speed and Cadence Cycle Sensors
(Minimum of one to use as a speed sensor. Two suggested to add cadence info)
Smartphone app Download
(iOS 9.0+ Andriod 7.0+)
25km free trial.
TOTAL PRICE TO GET STARTED: Less than £100
Smart Trainer - Example: Elite Zumo Smart Interactive Turbo Trainer
ANT+ Receiver - Example: LifeLine ANT+ USB Stick
Laptop app Download
(Minimum OS: Windows 7 x64 bit, OSX 10.8. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo. Memory: 4GB. Graphics: 1GB dedicated GPU, or embedded Intel HD 4000/AMD R5. Hard Drive: 4GB of free space.)
Monthly subscription £12.99 per month
TOTAL COST: Approx £500 (Not including laptop)
TOTAL COST: Approx £1800 (not including TV)
For a complete breakdown of everything you need to know, our sister brand Cycling Weekly have put together a handy guide to get you going: Everything you need to know about Zwift
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