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Zwift Introduces a New Virtual Shopping Garage

Zwift today opened doors to their new Zwift Drop Shop, a new virtual store that allows Zwifters to purchase new bikes and wheels from the likes of Specialized, Trek, Cervelo, Zipp and ENVE for their in-game avatars.

All Zwifters will receive a one-time payout of Drops (Zwift’s new in-game currency) based on their current level of experience in the game. Drops have no real-world value, and may only be acquired through riding on Zwift – you can’t buy or trade Drops, they must be earned. Drops are awarded based on a combination of miles, feet climbed, and calories burned while riding on Zwift.

Zwifters will continue to ‘level up’ based on their total mileage in game. The rewards, however, receive a makeover. From today, level unlocks will only include accessories to customize the appearance of your avatar – jerseys, helmets, glasses, and shoes can all be unlocked by leveling up in game.

Bikes and wheels must now be purchased in the Drop Shop, allowing Zwifters greater freedom over what equipment they choose to ride. Special unlocks, such as the coveted Concept Z1 bike, however, will continue as challenge unlocks.

HOW TO ACCESS THE GARAGE

To access the new Drop Shop garage, from the Zwift main menu, you will see a new icon called “Garage. This replaces the old “Customize” icon and this is where all your in-game unlocked goodies will be stored.

Inside the Garage, you will find all the unlocked equipment that you acquired throughout your Zwift career. From there, you will find two new icon: Wheels and Frames.

You will see a big selection of gear from major brands that you can purchase with your virtual currency “Drops”.

Once you select an item that you want to purchase, you will be asked to confirm your purchase and the cost will be deducted from your Drop wallet.

Your Drops balance will be visible in the riding screen where the “Levels” used to be.

RUNNING

Currently, the new Garage is only open for the cycling side of things in Zwift. Runners will still see “Levels” and unlock running gear the same old way.

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