Zwift vs Wahoo Systm: Which indoor cycling app is right for you?

Zwift vs Wahoo Systm
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While Zwift is by far the most popular indoor cycling app in the world, there are a number of other apps, each with dedicated followings that boast about the unique features that their chosen platform offers. TrainerRoad and RGT Cycling come to mind, as well as Wahoo Systm – formerly known as The Sufferfest – which is a comprehensive training app designed for performance-based endurance athletes looking to unlock their performance potential. Both Zwift and Systm are compatible with any of the best smart trainers, so long as they're 'smart', as well as most of the best exercise bikes, and offer a wide variety of leg-burning workouts, accompanied by a high-tech display and helpful cues. But it is the community aspect where the platforms suddenly diverge. 

In this article, we’ll take a look at the similarities and differences between Zwift and Systm, and how to decide which of the two indoor cycling apps might be best for you.

Zach is a freelance writer, the head of ZNehr Coaching, and an elite-level rider in road, track, and e-racing. He writes about everything cycling-related, from buyer's guides to product reviews and feature articles to power analyses. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science at Marian University-Indianapolis, Zach discovered a passion for writing that soon turned into a full-fledged career. In between articles, Zach spends his time working with endurance athletes of all abilities and ages at ZNehr Coaching. After entering the sport at age 17, Zach went on to have a wonderful road racing career that included winning the 2017 Collegiate National Time Trial Championships and a 9th place finish at the 2019 US Pro National Time Trial Championships. Nowadays, Zach spends most of his ride time indoors with NeXT eSport.