I’ve used Systm for a bit over a week and I have some thoughts. Initially, I’ve got to admit I didn’t like Systm but I think it was primarily due to how it was revealed. I thought I was getting a new, improved Sufferfest platform with Android support but then this Systm thing turns up and, well, I felt cheated as it wasn’t what I’d been promised. At. All. After a week with SYSTM, now I have some random thoughts…
There’s no ride/run plan which is a big issue for me as I’d kind of thought that was a no brainer?
The calendar is better but not as great as I was expecting, plans/workouts still won’t push to my Outlook calendar and there’s no drag and drop. I also can’t add other workouts to the Systm calendar so I always have to use 2 calendars to plan my training which is just irritating.
I can’t push running workouts to my Garmin watch. Write them down? In 2021? Erm, let me think. No.
The plans aren’t adaptive (as far as I know) and can’t account for training load from other activities, I understand that this is a feature on other platforms and I would’ve expected it here
The video quality is, on occasion, reminiscent of watching YouTube on a Nokia in 2002
There are noticeable stutters and 2-3 second freezes in the workouts, these aren’t frequent, maybe 1-2 per session but there’s nothing wrong with my set up and it’s annoying
The ERG is just not as good as other platforms in my opinion. Yes, this was true of The Suffefest too but SYSTM is supposed to be an improvement and I don’t see that. My Kickr is relatively new and has been checked by Wahoo
I still can’t see the power targets on the workout graph without entering the workout and dragging the playhead (this also annoyed me in SF)
The On Location rides are really good. The Pro-Rides also look really good too but I haven’t tried them yet because I’m scared.
The woman with her screamy face on the main screen and the people on the new intro doing their “I’m strong and inspiring” faces makes me want to commit murder.
And I know, I know, teething problems, server issues, there’s going to be patches, bug fixes, shiny new features “later”, we’ve got a road map but, no, you can’t see it, OK, you can see it but it’s subject to change …I’ve been a gamer for 20yrs and I’ve heard it ALL before…So. Many. Times.
I paid for an annual SF subscription about 2 months ago partially on the promise of the SF Android app so I’m obviously going to ‘suffer’ until my subscription expires but I think by that time I’ll have seen and done all the SF has to offer. I think the problem for me is that I was invested in Sufferlandria even as a newcomer, The Sufferfest was a weird club I really wanted to be part of, I liked telling people I was ‘doing The Sufferfest’ it made me stupidly proud, it made me work harder. Yes, the videos are still there as many KoS will pop up and no doubt point out but it’s very clearly being phased out otherwise why did they bother to change the intros? There was absolutely no need to do that if the SF was just going to become a part of Systm. Mount Sufferlandria has gone, the bleeding eyes have gone, the whole glorious ridiculousness of ‘suffering’ is being dialled down, the goat is getting nervous I’d guess.
I get why they changed the branding, I do, but I just don’t feel the same about SYSTM because it isn’t glorious or ridiculous and it doesn’t inspire, well, anything because it isn’t a club I can really feel involved in, I’m completely ambivalent towards it, it’s just a platform, an OK platform for sure, but it just doesn’t have that hook the The Sufferfest brand had for me and I think there’s probably better offerings out there for me once I’ve experienced the SF content that’s left here.
I would’ve had more respect for Wahoo if they’d just shut SF down completely to be honest rather than trying to maintain that it’s “just an update, nothing’s changed” which I find a little bit disingenuous although I guess they didn’t want to refund subs and needed an initial captive audience if only to test their new Systm servers. I’m sure Wahoo’ll get lots of new subscribers and honestly, good luck to them, I just don’t think as it stands Systm has much to set it apart from other platforms and unless there’s some MAJOR SF content drops I think I’ll probably migrate elsewhere when my renewal comes around but I’ve still got 10months of suffering ahead of me, so, we’ll see I suppose.