At a Glance
Zwift, one of the first platforms to revolutionize virtual training, has a new competitor. In April, 2022, Wahoo Fitness announced that they have acquired RGT Cycling. Wahoo X, Wahoo’s new indoor training subscription, a combination of Wahoo RGT and Wahoo Systm is now Zwift’s biggest competitor. With this acquisition, Wahoo is able to offer both a structured training focused platform, and an esports platform. The main difference between Wahoo X and Zwift is the size and realism. When one logs onto Zwift at any time of the day, they can see over 3,000 users on the platform, vs Wahoo RGT where there are ~1000 riders. However, Wahoo X/Wahoo RGT will definitely be growing with Wahoo’s acquisition, but it will take awhile to get to the scale of Zwift. If you are looking for a realistic platform with realistic physics, graphics, and style; RGT is the way to go. If you are looking for a more gamified experience, Zwift is definitely a better option. Some of Wahoo X’s key features include: realism, ability to create events, e-racing, targeted workouts, and magic roads. Some of Zwift’s key features include gamification, customizability, community, e-sports, and detailed routes/worlds. Note: Wahoo purchased RGT Cycling, so the features remain the same, just the subscription includes both Wahoo Systm and Wahoo RGT. Many of the features are included in this in depth comparison between RGT and Zwift.
| Wahoo X Vs Zwift
Is Wahoo X the Better Option Now?
If you are looking to get the most out of the money you spend, Wahoo X is definitely the better option. At the exact same price as Zwift, $14.99, Wahoo X gives you both structured training and gamification. However, many will still be attracted to Zwift for many reasons: socialism, gamification, larger platform. There really is no right or wrong platform to go with, it is all based on which platform better suits your needs. Most Zwift users will stick with Zwift, and most RGT or Sufferfest users will stick with Wahoo, but new users could go either way. Wahoo does still offer a free version of the app(for Wahoo RGT), which is the same as it previously was. Both training platforms offer a free trial(Wahoo 14 days, Zwift 7 days), so it is always an option to start a free trial for both to see which one is best for you. Note that Zwift does offer structured training, just not at the level that Wahoo does. Zwift is definitely looking to expand into more structured training, but for now, Wahoo X is the only subscription to offer both excellent gamification AND structured training. If Wahoo is able to execute this right, and deliver the features that the Zwift community wants, Wahoo will be able to win over some Zwift users.
Deciding on which platform is right for you will all depend on your needs/expectations for the platform. With Wahoo’s acquisition, Wahoo X is now an extremely good option for those looking to begin indoor training. There are also numerous other platforms out there such as: Rouvy, Trainneroad, Bkool, FullGaz, and more.