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Old 05-20-24, 04:14 PM
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Rouvy / Zwift Hub compatibility?

My GF has been learning to ride and would like to get a bit more comfortable on her "real" bike (Scott Speedster Contessa.) I've got it mounted on a dumb trainer with a wheel speed sensor installed.
I have an account with Zwift (currently paused) and wanted to let her ride virtually to get used to shifting. However, Zwift doesn't seem to allow two users on one account.
With the recent Zwift price increase, it wouldn't be worthwhile to pay for two accounts, since she won't be using it that much. Rouvy does offer the ability to have two users on a shared account for something like $3 more per month.
Does anyone use a Zwift hub with Rouvy? Is it compatible? If anyone has two users on a shared Rouvy account, how is it switching between users, especially if there are two different hardware configurations being used?
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zwift hub is the traienr that does virtual shifting, right? look at indieVelo. i think they support that trainer or at least teh concept of virtual shifting. no idea how it works. best part is that indieVelo is free.
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Rouvy is compatible if you are using a normal cassette rather than the Zwift virtual gear.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
Rouvy is compatible if you are using a normal cassette rather than the Zwift virtual gear.
Thanks. I have one of the early versions of the Zwift Hub with the 11 speed cassette. Still can't figure out why they went away from that. Oh well, doesn't matter, they are all orphaned by Zwift now anyway.
I think Rouvy offers a 7 day free trial. Maybe I'll go that route to see if I can get both the Zwift Hub and a dumb trainer to work with a dual membership. Her bike is a 3X8 setup, and changing out the cassette on the trainer all the time would be a pain.
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Originally Posted by Bald Paul
Thanks. I have one of the early versions of the Zwift Hub with the 11 speed cassette. Still can't figure out why they went away from that. Oh well, doesn't matter, they are all orphaned by Zwift now anyway.
I think Rouvy offers a 7 day free trial. Maybe I'll go that route to see if I can get both the Zwift Hub and a dumb trainer to work with a dual membership. Her bike is a 3X8 setup, and changing out the cassette on the trainer all the time would be a pain.
It should work fine then. Incidentally, you answered your own question at the end about why they introduced a single virtual gear.
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I recently saw there are a couple of apps that let you use virtual gearing outside of the way it was intended to be used. Probably on facebook, let me see if I can find it.

Well, someone on fb says that qz app will do it, but I couldn't find anything on their page that said anything about it. Granted, I didn't look too hard
https://www.qzfitness.com/

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Originally Posted by Bald Paul
Thanks. I have one of the early versions of the Zwift Hub with the 11 speed cassette. Still can't figure out why they went away from that. .
It's really quite simple. Why have a mechanical system when a software system can give the same end effect. Saves wear on cables, cogs, and derailleurs. More perfect chain line for both big and little chainrings.
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Originally Posted by Bald Paul
Thanks. I have one of the early versions of the Zwift Hub with the 11 speed cassette. Still can't figure out why they went away from that. Oh well, doesn't matter, they are all orphaned by Zwift now anyway.
I think Rouvy offers a 7 day free trial. Maybe I'll go that route to see if I can get both the Zwift Hub and a dumb trainer to work with a dual membership. Her bike is a 3X8 setup, and changing out the cassette on the trainer all the time would be a pain.
If you don't care about realistic actions of shifting (using a keyboard key instead of a shifter), you could use the free indieVelo and just use her rear shifter to get the chain settled onto a cog on your 11s cassette that has the least amount of noise and then use virtual shifting without changing cassettes. Would still ahve to swap bikes on the smart trainer, but it'd give you virtual shifting, ability to use either bike on it, and it's (currently) free.
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Originally Posted by himespau
If you don't care about realistic actions of shifting (using a keyboard key instead of a shifter), you could use the free indieVelo and just use her rear shifter to get the chain settled onto a cog on your 11s cassette that has the least amount of noise and then use virtual shifting without changing cassettes. Would still ahve to swap bikes on the smart trainer, but it'd give you virtual shifting, ability to use either bike on it, and it's (currently) free.
Unfortunately, the 8 speed chain isn't compatible with an 11 speed cassette.
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