Zwift Drop Shop… Buy new Zwift Upgrades
Another Zwift update dropped today, and with Zwift opened up shop – Specifically the Zwift Drop Shop, and with it launched their own virtual currency called “Drops”. Is that Drops of sweat, Drops of oil, handlebar Drops, number of riders who you have Dropped. I’m not necessarily a fan of the currency name, but I can see how they decided to choose it.
This new digital store that allows riders to start customising their sessions in Watopia with new bikes and wheels in addition to the previously unlocked goodies. Now you’ll be able to drop your Drops (see what I did there!) on new bling from ENVE, Zipp and Cervelo.
The first time you log in, and see the update the kindness that is Scottie the squirrel has bestowed a one-off lump sum of Drops dependent on the riders level
As Level 29 I received just over 1.6 million drops. There is an important reason for the arrival of drops. The level up rewards have CHANGED. A lot of people noticed that when the Level 50 expansion arrived there was a dearth of new bikes. That is because from now on the levels will only unlock apparel – glasses, jerseys etc, no more carbon fibre goodies. Any new steeds you’ll have to save for them in the Drop Shop.
But there is also good news with this. As you’ll be buying your bike, there is a much broader range of manufacturers to choose from: Ventum, LIV, BMC, Diamondback, Parlee, Cannondale, Ridley, Zwift, Pinarello, Trek, Canyon, Giant, Cervelo, Specialized, Scott
HOWEVER it is worthwhile highlighting that the Zwift Concept Z1, and the other challenge bikes, cant be purchased. Only unlocked with appropriate levels of sweat to complete the various Zwift Challenges (There remain only three major challenges, but this is set to grow as Zwifters will be able to win/unlock further drops from smaller challenges in the future)
There is still an element to where the level matter. Whilst I can purchase my IRL steed, a Scott Foil for a mere 781,000 Drops (Do we have a symbol for the Drops currency yet??)
You can’t just go and purchase anything, for example, if you wanted the Diamondback Andean – which looked EXCELLENT when it was available to ride for a short while a year or so ago, you have to be level 35 before you can even ask the price. Remember, if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it!
If you go looking for a Drop Shop icon, you are going to be out of luck. The Drop Shop has been hidden your Garage, which was previously the “Customize” menu
Your Garage is now split in two – your current Zwift unlocks on the LEFT, along with the ability to customise your rider, and on the RIGHT the Drop Shop, where currently you can buy bikes and wheels
Now we are buying with our own Drops, it becomes a little more important to consider what the bike characteristics are. The layout of the Drop Shop does allow for much easier comparisons with regard to weight and aero benefits
I decided to put the P5 back on the rack, as I don’t often used the TT bikes on Zwift, and did opt for my IRL frame. After all, the Foil goes much better with the Team X jersey!
You’ll now see your Drops accruing at the top of your status bar as you spin round, so if you’ve got your heart set on some new wheels you can keep an eagle eye on your numbers.
As for generating your drops. It’s not simply a case of spinning as with the old XP. You’ll now generate different quantities of points depending on what you are doing in Zwift – You’ll get more, for example, slogging up inclines – so there is a reason to keep headed up to the radio tower! As a result, we don’t have the specific formulae for Drops, but we’ll drop that in later… ok I’ll show myself out