My setup: Macbook Pro (i7, mid 2015, OS X El Capitan), Ant+ dongle connected to Elite Direto smart trainer. Macbook connected via HDMI to flatscreen tv, Garmin heartrate monitor.
DOWNLOAD AND SETUP
Download and installation was absolutely painless. The installer took a while but was always in progress so no worries there.
There was a small hiccup when connecting the Macbook to the big screen via HDMI with the VGO application open. The whole interface was offset so that only half of the Home screen was visible. I solved this by changing the monitor arrangement in the OS display settings from Duplicate screens to Extend. When I switched back to Duplicate the problem was gone. I did try and select ‘Windowed’ and don’t know if this had anything to do with the problem going away.
The application interface is really intuitive, uncluttered and very nice. I like the fact that you can exit a ride or a workout without exiting the application (unlike Zwift for instance).
When launching a free ride, the system found the Direto and the heart rate monitor within seconds and I was able to start riding. Tried some of the various graphics settings and my Macbook was able to run them all without problems or latency issues.
THE RIDE EXPERIENCE
Like some other testers, I experienced intermittent jerks where my rider seemed to jitter and go backwards for short moments.
I found the resistance changes to be concise with no lagging.
I did encounter some slow bots but they were soon gone and I felt pretty alone out there (I’m really not that fast). It would be nice if you could manually spawn bots and perhaps make FTP settings/rider profiles for these bots. This would probably be most ideal for private rides. Incidentally, I like the fact that you can choose between multiplayer and private rides. Sometimes you just want go off the grid.
I liked the KOM countdowns and the distance markers. Except for one other rider at one instance, I was alone in the KOM leaderboards.
I liked the semi-transparent heads up display with the wattage, heart rate readings and cadence. The transparency makes them feel less intrusive than those in Zwift that take up a huge amount of screen real estate.
With the Col de Soller ride it would be nice if you could add a warm-up segment before the climb. I did not try adjust the Difficulty setting yet, but at the default value of 100 it’s a tough start.
I’m guessing that it will become possible to navigate the courses in the future.
And by the way, I liked the fact that I was able to select a Scott Foil under Customization
All in all a fine experience with a lot of interesting potential. In my next session I will try the workouts.