Zwift XP, Levels and Unlocks Explained

It’s getting cold outside, time to level up your cycling game indoors. If you ride on Zwift, you might be wondering how many rider levels are available, how you achieve them and what you unlock as you go.

There are currently 50 rider levels in Zwift, for a long time the cap was set at 25, thankfully that changed a little less than a year ago. Everyone starts at level 1, and you move up through the levels by gaining XP points in the game.

Finding Your Zwift Rider Level

Zwift XP, Levels and Unlocks Explained 4To see your current level, check the rider console while in game. Below speed, distant, elevation and ride time is a bar which shows current level progress and below that to the left is your current Zwift rider level.

Zwift XP, Levels and Unlocks Explained 5Every-time you level up, an in-game notice will pop up across the screen.

Seeing your Current Zwift XP Points

You’ll notice the XP progress bar doesn’t provide a numerical value for the number of XP points you have. To see your current XP, go into the game Menu and your current XP progress will appear there.

How Do I Get XP in Zwift?

For the most part, the bulk of your XP in Zwift will be earned by simply grinding through mile after mile (or kilometer) of riding. There are a few other ways to gain XP as well, though:

  • Every workout block completed will reward XP, how the actual XP calculation is performed is unknown
  • Points are awarded for some in-game power ups:
    • Large Bonus Power Up: +250 experience points
    • Small Bonus Power Up: +10 experience points
  • You get 10 XP points every time you complete a KOM or sprint segment
  • The spinner atop Alpe du Zwift will reward 250 XP if it lands on a prize you’ve already won
  • Route badges reward XP ranging from 60 XP to 820 XP

How Distance XP Points are Calculated in Zwift

The calculation for awarding XP points for distance in Zwift is a little wonky. Here’s why, Zwift awards 20 XP for every kilometer ridden or 30 XP for every mile ridden. The calculation depends on whether you chose imperial or metric in the Zwift settings. Those of use that know our math, know that 1 mile equates to 1.61 kilometers, so if points were awarded equally between imperial and metric it would be 20 XP per km and 32.2 XP per mile.

That’s right, if you’re riding in imperial (miles) you’re actually going to level up slower. There’s about a 7% difference, to be exact. That might not seem like a huge difference, but by the time you grind to level 50 it’s a difference of over 1000 miles of riding.

Zwift Level Unlocks and Miles/Kilometers Per Level

Level Reward XP Total Miles to Reach Miles to Reach Next Level Kilometers to Reach Kilometers to Reach Next Level
1 Zwift Kit 0 0 33 0 50
2 Basic Kit 1 1,000 33 33 50 50
3 Black Helmet 2,000 67 33 100 50
4 Zwift Glasses Basic 3,000 100 33 150 50
5 Black Shoes 4,000 133 33 200 50
6 Gloves 5,000 167 67 250 100
7 Solid Socks 7,000 233 100 350 150
8 Vintage Kit pack 10,000 333 100 500 150
9 Camo Jersey pack 13,000 433 100 650 150
10 Oakleys 16,000 533 100 800 150
11 Digital Camo Jersey pack 19,000 633 133 950 200
12 Basic Kit 2 23,000 767 167 1150 250
13 Dot Socks 28,000 933 167 1400 250
14 Glove Pack Pattern 33,000 1100 167 1650 250
15 Level 15 jersey 38,000 1267 200 1900 300
16 Glasses Zwift #1 44,000 1467 200 2200 300
17 Striped Socks 50,000 1667 200 2500 300
18 Classy Kits 56,000 1867 200 2800 300
19 Glasses Zwift #2 62,000 2067 267 3100 400
20 Level 20 Jersey 70,000 2333 267 3500 400
21 Neon Kits 78,000 2600 333 3900 500
22 Pattern Socks 88,000 2933 200 4400 300
23 Glove Pack Solid 94,000 3133 200 4700 300
24 Skater/Bowl Helmet 100,000 3333 333 5000 500
25 Level 25 Kit 110,000 3667 367 5500 550
26 Zwift Oversize Glasses 121,000 4033 300 6050 450
27 S-Works Shoes 130,000 4333 333 6500 500
28 Dots Socks 140,000 4667 333 7000 500
29 S-Works Helmet 150,000 5000 667 7500 1000
30 Level 30 Kit 170,000 5667 333 8500 500
31 Retro 80s Sunglasses (Oakley Eyeshades) 180,000 6000 333 9000 500
32 Newsy (Paperboy) Cap 190,000 6333 333 9500 500
33 Fluoro Gloves 200,000 6667 667 10000 1000
34 Monochrome Kit 220,000 7333 333 11000 500
35 Mavic Shoes 230,000 7667 667 11500 1000
36 Calories To Burn (Food) Socks 250,000 8333 333 12500 500
37 Bell Javelin Helmet 260,000 8667 667 13000 1000
38 Vintage Gloves 280,000 9333 333 14000 500
39 Vintage Leather Shoes 290,000 9667 667 14500 1000
40 Level 40 Kit 310,000 10333 667 15500 1000
41 Zwift Rockstar Glasses 330,000 11000 333 16500 500
42 La Z Claire Kit 340,000 11333 667 17000 1000
43 Retro 80s Helmet 360,000 12000 667 18000 1000
44 Alpine Slopes (Ski) Kits 380,000 12667 667 19000 1000
45 Giro Synthe Helmet 400,000 13333 667 20000 1000
46 Prism Kits 420,000 14000 667 21000 1000
47 Zwift Vintage Riding Goggles 440,000 14667 667 22000 1000
48 Bont Shoes 460,000 15333 667 23000 1000
49 Giro Vanquish Helmet 480,000 16000 667 24000 1000
50 Level 50 Kit 500,000 16667 0 25000 0

Zwift Bike Frame & Wheelset Level Requirements

In addition to level unlocks, many wheelsets and bike frames in the Zwift Drop Shop have level requirements.

Zwift Bike Frame Level Requirements

Make Model Price Level Req Aero Weight Type
Cannondale Caad12 184,500 2 2 2 Standard
Ridley Helium 461,500 3 2 3 Standard
Specialized Allez 127,800 4 2 2 Standard
Specialized Roubaix 461,500 5 2 3 Standard
Specialized Roubaix S-Works 745,500 5 2 3 Standard
Specialized Ruby 461,500 5 2 3 Standard
Specialized Ruby S-Works 745,500 5 2 3 Standard
Chapter2 Tere 390,500 6 2 4 Standard
Zwift Aero 319,500 6 3 3 Standard
Zwift Steel 7 1 2 Standard
Giant TCR Advanced Pro 305,300 8 2 3 Standard
Cannondale Evo 213,000 9 2 4 Standard
Canyon Ultimate 461,500 10 2 4 Standard
Specialized Shiv 710,000 10 4 1 TT
Specialized Shiv S-Works 852,000 10 4 1 TT
Specialized Tarmac Pro 408,300 11 2 4 Standard
Cannondale Synapse 298,200 12 2 3 Standard
Cervelo S3D 468,600 13 3 2 Standard
Specialized Allez Sprint 127,800 14 3 3 Standard
Cervelo P5 710,000 15 4 1 TT
Chapter2 Rere 355,000 16 3 3 Standard
Parlee ESX 603,500 16 3 3 Standard
Scott Foil 781,000 17 3 3 Standard
Scott Plasma 852,000 17 4 1 TT
Specialized Shiv Disc 994,000 18 4 1 TT
Specialized Venge 461,500 18 3 3 Standard
BMC SLR01 376,200 19 2 3 Standard
Trek Madone 887,500 20 3 3 Standard
Canyon Speedmax 710,000 21 4 1 TT
Giant Propel Advanced SL 1 816,500 22 3 3 Standard
Liv Langma Advanced SL 745,500 22 2 3 Standard
Canyon Aeroad 532,500 23 3 3 Standard
BMC Timemachine01 781,000 24 4 1 TT
Cervelo R5 461,500 24 2 4 Standard
Cervelo S5 603,500 25 3 3 Standard
Pinarello Bolide 923,000 25 4 1 TT
Trek Emonda SL 142,000 26 2 3 Standard
Cannondale System Six 497,000 27 3 3 Standard
Cube Aerium 248,500 28 4 1 TT
Pinarello Dogma 65.1 603,500 29 3 2 Standard
Specialized Amira 142,000 31 2 3 Standard
Specialized Amira S-Works 355,000 31 2 4 Standard
Ventum One 482,800 31 4 1 TT
Cube Litening 177,500 32 2 3 Standard
Specialized Venge S-Works 798,800 33 3 3 Standard
Felt AR 639,000 34 3 3 Standard
Diamondback Andean 572,900 35 4 1 TT
Felt IA 1,065,000 37 4 1 TT
Pinarello Dogma F10 710,000 39 3 3 Standard
Zwift Buffalo Fahrrad 9,500 40 1 1 Standard
Pinarello Bolide TT 1,065,000 42 4 1 TT
Zwift Safety 3,550,000 44 2 4 Standard
Cervelo P5x 1,065,000 45 4 1 TT

Zwift Wheelset Level Requirements

Make Model Price Level Req Aero Weight
Zwift Classic 2 1 1
ENVE SES 3.4 191,700 4 3 4
Roval CLX64 170,400 5 3 2
Mavic Cosmic Ultimate UST 142,000 9 3 1
Zipp 202 149,200 11 3 4
Shimano C40 85,300 12 3 2
Zipp 808 177,600 13 4 1
Zwift 50mm Carbon 468,600 13 3 2
Zipp 404 149,200 15 3 2
Mavic Cosmic CXR60c 142,000 16 3 1
ENVE SES 2.2 191.7 17 2 4
Shimano C60 92,300 18 3 1
Bontrager Aeolus5 170,400 20 3 3
Giant SLR 0 191,800 22 3 4
Mavic Comete Pro Carbon SL UST 142,000 23 3 1
Zipp 454 284,000 24 4 3
ENVE SES 6.7 191,700 25 3 2
Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50 262,700 27 3 3
ENVE SES 8.9 205,900 31 4 1
Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35 248,500 33 2 4
Zipp 808/Super9 1,075,700 35 4 1
Zipp 858 312,400 37 4 1
ENVE SES 7.8 205,900 39 4 2
Zwift Buffalo Fahrrad 3,200 40 1 1
Zwift Safety 710,000 44 2 2
ZIPP 858/Super9 1,508,800 45 4 1

How to Earn Zwift XP Points as Fast as Possible

Zwift XP, Levels and Unlocks Explained 6A few tips to rack up XP points as fast as possible:

  • Change your display from miles to kilometers
  • Groups rides are a great way to go faster via drafting and thus rack up more distance in the same amount of time you would normally ride
  • When completing a workout use the TT bike and an aero wheelset on the Volcano circuit, this will maximize distance during the workout. Stick to the workout and complete every interval with a start to maximize points.
  • For general solo rides; choose aero everything and stick to flat routes if you want to rack up points quickly.

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