If you’re one of the many coming across to FulGaz from Zwift, then at first you may find the riding experience quite different. Most people will see their virtual average speeds drop and find the climbs harder! This isn’t a fault or an issue with your setup, it’s simply reality.
By default, all climbs in Zwift are halved. When you see an 8% gradient in Zwift, your trainer is actually only simulating a 4% gradient. Furthermore, all downhills are actually QUARTERED! That same 8% going downhill in Zwift only feels like 2%.
FulGaz sets ALL gradients to 100% realism. Less virtual, more reality!
You can adjust this feel by changing the Slope Scaling settings. These settings works in a similar way to Zwift's single "Trainer Difficulty" slider, except in FulGaz you get a separate setting for uphill AND downhill.
To find these settings, click on the "cog" icon in the top right corner of the main screen, then scroll down and select Advanced Trainer Settings.
There are three settings you may want to adjust are:
Slope Scaling Uphill: This is "feel" of any uphill in FulGaz. The default 100% setting means an 8% incline will feel like an 8% incline! Reducing this percentage will make uphills feel easier. It will NOT affect your speed, it merely simulates a shallower gradient. It's also useful if you find yourself without enough low gears when climbing a steep grade.
Slope Scaling Downhill: The same as above, but for the descents. At 100% you can often spin out (run out of gears) and have to “coast” downhill, just like you would on the road outside! If you do not want to spin out, reducing this setting will enable you to keep producing power on the descents.
A similar "feel" to Zwift would be 50% Uphill Scaling with 25% Downhill Scaling.
Slope Limit: This is the MAXIMUM uphill gradient FulGaz will send to your trainer. The default is 25%, which is a STEEP climb. Some trainers may not even be able to replicate a climb this steep. If you are experiencing wheel slip (wheel-on trainers) or your trainer is clamping down too hard, try reducing this to 15% and adjust from there.
Enjoy the ride!
IMPORTANT NOTE ON SPINDOWNS AND CALIBRATION: To get an accurate power measure and ride in FulGaz, you may need to perform a trainer calibration or spindown. Once you have performed your spindown, it is important to then quit that app before starting FulGaz. If you don't do this, your trainer may still be paired to that app, stopping FulGaz from connecting to it. In some cases you will also need to "forget" the trainer in the utility app. Always quit the trainer app before connecting to FulGaz.