Pros: Heavy flywheel, extensive and accurate feedback, stable, smooth, wide range of adjustment, overall quality
Cons: Pricey, unsolicited resistance changes
Verdict: One of the best indoor cycling bikes on the market
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CycleOps produces the finest line of indoor cycling bikes on the market. The 300 is the second most expensive model, and it’s jam packed with features. The most unique of which is PowerTap technology that tracks and records power output. It has a 48 pound flywheel with a freewheeling hub. The seat and handlebars are micro adjustable both vertically and horizontally. The handlebars offer both aero-style and road-style positions. Also included are two water bottle holders. The 300 is backed by a lifetime warranty on the frame and 3 years on parts.
CycleOps is like the Rolls Royce of indoor cycling bikes. What separates CycleOps from all other manufacturers is use of PowerTap technology and the Joule™ 3.0 to track and record all the relevant data that cycling enthusiasts demand. Examples include power output, training zones, peak power, cadence, heart rate, speed, distance, time, etc.
Data alone however isn’t useful if you can’t trust its accuracy. CycleOps provides the most accurate data in the business, as it’s always at least within 1.5%.
You get access to reports, history, and workouts. Everything you need to evaluate how much progress is provided. The data can be transferred to your computer with a USB connection.
While a few other indoor cycling bikes have a computer display, often customers complain that the the statistics are inconsistent. We know that accuracy is not an issue with CycleOps, and that is a huge benefit to users.
The 300 is incredibly solid, as it weighs 150 pounds and has a 48 pound flywheel. I don’t know what the maximum user weight is, but needless to say that most people can ride it very hard without any wobbling.
You can count on this bike requiring minimal maintenance over the long run because it’s made with such quality.
The freewheeling hub is a pretty unique feature as it allows users to coast while riding. This is normally only reserved for road bikes. This allows for a period of recovery when necessary.
The entire bike is designed to feel exactly like a road bike. You can insert your own saddle and pedals in if desired. The handlebar and seat micro-adjustments are top notch. I love the use of clamps instead of pins to secure the posts in place. It’s much more convenient and durable.
This is an awesome indoor trainer. You get the benefits of a real bike without having to set up a trainer…and it easily adjusts so that more than one person can use it. Training with power is fantastic. Set up was easy. Love it!
- Margaret O’Mara
The resistance range is tremendous; no worries about not being challenged enough.
How can you not like having two water bottle holders? Staying hydrated during a session is critical, and one water bottle won’t last very long. This is very convenient for users.
So what’s the downside? For most, it would be the $2000 price tag. A few customers also noted that the resistance fluctuated without turning the knob. The cause seemed to be the friction pads heating and expanding, causing the resistance to increase. This of course can be quite an inconvenience over the spand of an hour long session.
My biggest beef with the Pro300PT is that it will not hold a constant resistance level
The CycleOps 300 Pro has just about everything you could ask for: excellent stability, wide range of adjustment, heavy flywheel, durability, and the best feedback system on the market. It’s pricey, and a few customers reported unsolicited resistance changes. No bike is perfect, but this one is pretty close.
Pros: 48 pound flywheel, belt-drive, micro-adjustable, stable, durable, comfortable
Verdict: Great value for under $1000
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The Fitnex X Series Velocity Bike features a robust 47 pound flywheel, a belt drive system, and fully adjustable handlebars and seat. Also featured is a coil-spring shock suspension system and a leather brake pad. The seat post and handlebar slider is stainless steel and is coated with a rust-resistant application. Also included is an adjustable water bottle cage, triathlon-style handlebars, and a maximum user weight of 300 pounds. The X Series Velocity bike is backed by a 5-year warranty on the frame and a one year warranty on parts.
The 47 pound flywheel is among the heaviest you will find on the market. The http://indoorcyclingbikereviews.org/600-above/review-cycleops-400pro-indoor-cycle/>CycleOps 400 Pro Indoor Cyclehas a 48 lb. one and it costs over $2500. Considering that the Velocity costs under $1000, this is pretty good value. The other high performance feature is the Poly-V Belt Drive system that allows for smooth, quiet operation. Plus, it’s more durable and ultimately requires less maintenance than chain-drives.
The shock suspension isn’t a feature that you often see on indoor cycling bikes. It helps make the ride more comfortable, as does the polyurethane foam seat covered in vinyl.
The range of resistance more than enough to satisfy even the most fit individuals. It’s micro-adjustable, which gives users more flexibility while riding.
The stainless steel handlebar and seat posts are naturally resistant to rust and corrosion, plus a rust-resistant coating was applied to add to the durability of the bike. I just happened to use a indoor cycling bike the other day that had rust all over the posts. Not pretty, and it made it that much more difficult to adjust the height.
Both the seat and handlebars can be adjusted both vertically and horizontally, which allows you to further customize so you can find the position that feels just right. This is one feature that I highly value in a spin bike. I also like the quick release levers, they are much more efficient and effective.
The pedals can be swapped out for clipless versions if desired.
The leather break pad might not seem like a big deal, but this just makes it that much more durable.
Weighing 120 pounds and having a 300 pound maximum user weight, this is a heavy-duty bike that provides excellent stability.
You have to love the price considering the high-level performance features this bike has. It’s really a steal for under $1000.
The one downside I see is the warranty. I would expect more than one year on parts. The http://indoorcyclingbikereviews.org/bodycraft/review-bodycraft-spx-club-indoor-cycling-bike/>BodyCraft SPX Clubcosts several hundred more, but offers 5 years on parts. That is a significant difference despite having a similar price.
The lack of a computer might be disappointing for those who want one. However, you can always purchase one separately.
I couldn’t find anything about that bike specifically that I didn’t like. I don’t much about Fitnex and what type of customer service they provide. If anyone has any insight, feel free to comment below.
The Fitnex X Series Velocity has all the characteristics of a top-level indoor cycling bike: a robust flywheel, a belt-drive system, micro adjustment, stability, and durability. This is one of the best bikes you can purchase for under $1000 on the market.
Pros: robust flywheel, precise resistance, stable, smooth, quiet, dual capacity water bottle holder
Cons: no horizontal handlebar adjustment, no computer console
Verdict: one of the top performing bikes on the market
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The CycleOps 100 Pro is the “entry-level” model in the line of CycleOps cycling bikes. Though, the price is anything but entry-level at just over $1000. It fits the mold of a high end indoor cycling bike, as it features a robust 48 pound flywheel and freewheeling hub. The aero-style handlebars allow for various positions, and the resistance control for high intensity workouts. Also included is a holder that can accommodate not one, but two water bottles. The weight is 150 pounds. The 100 Pro is backed by a lifetime warranty on the frame (residential use) and 3 years on component parts.
The CycleOps 100 aesthetically looks the part. It has a beautiful, smooth, streamlined appearance with a gray/yellow color scheme. A customer noted that he wanted to place it in his living room.
The flywheel is simply as robust as you will find. This creates an incredibly smooth ride that rivals any other indoor cycling bike you will find.
A bike of this quality is built to last. The frame is incredibly strong. While I couldn’t find the maximum user weight, it has to be 300+ pounds.
The resistance knob is very sensitive…one little turn, and the intensity increases quite a bit. This bike will allow for quick changes and the ability to achieve as intense of a workout as you want. The knob is located very conveniently, just in front of the handlebars.
The 100 Pro is as stable as any bike that you will probably find. You can stand up and ride it as hard as you would like without wobbling. With 4 legs and a weight of 150 pounds, it might as well be cemented into the ground.
The freewheel hub allows for the pedals to keep going even when the cyclist stops, which simulates the feel of a true road bike. So when you feel the need to coast as you would outdoors, you can do that with the CycleOps 100 Pro.
Another unique feature is the dual capacity water bottle holder. This is the first indoor cycling bike I have seen with this feature. It may not be a huge benefit, but having two water bottles on hand is a lot more convenient. It helps you stay hydrated so you can get the most out of your session.
It comes with SPD pedals with toe clips, though they can be swapped out for ones you prefer. The seat and handlebars are micro-adjustable to achieve the right position for you. The seat is also comfortable and mimics a road bike.
The CycleOps 100 Pro lacks horizontal handlebar adjustment and a computer console for tracking data. Some cyclists have mentioned that they would rather not have a console however because it could require more maintenance. With that said, you can go out and purchase one separately to attach to the bike if desired.
The CycleOps 100 Pro is worth every penny. It has ideal performance features across the board. It’s very stable, operates smoothly and quietly, and the resistance is precise. If performance is what matters most to you, then you won’t be dissapointed with the 100 Pro from CycleOps.
Pros: magnetic resistance, sturdy, smooth, customization, frame
Cons: no belt drive or computer monitor
Verdict: one of the better indoor cycling bikes available
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The Schwinn A.C Performance bike features Virtual Contact resistance technology, which utilizes a magnets and a aluminum disk for producing resistance. It includes a extra-large flywheel and a chain-drive system. The three-position handlebars are adjustable both vertically and horizontally. The bike also includes SPD toe-clip pedals, oversized water bottle holders, and transport wheels. The frame is completely made of aluminum, and the weight capacity is 300 pounds. It accommodates heights in the range of 4’11″ to 6’8″. Schwinn backs it with a 5 year warranty on the frame.
The Virtual Contact resistance technology uses magnets, which provides a smoother ride. This is comparable to the Keiser M3′s magnet system. Changing the resistance is a very seamless transition, and is built to last. The faster you peddle, the harder it gets with magnetic bikes. Overall, it’s superior to the friction resistance that you see with most other indoor cycling bikes.
The aluminum frame is beneficial because corrosion is limited at the very least, and this means less maintenance for you. The road and aero handlebars allow you to position your hands pretty much anywhere to find the comfortable spot. The handlebars and seat both adjust vertically and horizontally; the former typically only adjusts vertically in most bikes. This is a really great feature, and allows for a wider range of adjustment so you can find that position that fits just right for you.
The maximum user weight is 300 pounds, which is as good as it gets. The bike is very sturdy and built to last. Included is a dual-density saddle, which provides both comfort and stability.
I don’t know about you, but I really like the look of this bike. The colors are soothing, and the design is fairly unique. Admittingly, I do believe that most bikes do have a nice appearance, but this one does stand out a little bit more than some others.
The one downside is that it’s chain driven. While this allows it to feel more like a road bike, it’s going to be a bit more noisy and overall is inferior to the belt drive. The most expensive bikes all have belt drives, and but the A.C. does not. Also, while I have seen the A.C equipped with a MPower Console, the ones I see for sale don’t come with one. It appears that they are sold separately.
The Schwinn A.C. is among the very best indoor cycling bikes out there. The Virtual Contact technology is excellent, the aluminum frame is built to last, and the bike operates very smoothly. It provides users with full-adjustment capabilities to optimize it for their liking. A belt drive however would be preferred, as well as a computer monitor.
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The Bushido’s new look – Wireless Tacx ergotrainer for fanatical cyclists
The Bushido, Tacx’s most advanced ergotrainer, has been restyled. The new trainer is coloured silver-grey and features matte black front legs with subtle Bushido logos. A fresh look for the world’s first completely wireless ergotrainer. Electricity is no longer needed, with the Bushido all demanding cyclists can train wherever they want, indoors and outdoors, with scientific precision at high level.
Pro cyclists, triathletes and mountainbikers
The Bushido is the favourite ergotrainer of the pro cyclists, who only want the best of the best. Triathletes use it intensely to prepare themselves for the highlights of their season and mountainbikers simulate the steep climbs in the wild nature on the Bushido. Every fanatical athlete who wants to measure his/her own progress in a professional way eventually falls for the Bushido.
The wireless Bushido has a powerful brake system which offers a maximum resistance of 1400 Watt, consisting of a motor brake and a 2 kg computer-driven flywheel. This helps you to obtain a supple pedal stroke on steep climbs. Through the handlebar computer 99 training programs for slope, power output or heart rate can be set in advance.
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- Including Skyliner front wheel support
- Handlebar computer with graphic display (ANT+)
- Wireless communication between brake system and handlebar computer (ANT+)
- No need to plug it in; train wherever you want
- Cadence and balance measurement without sensors
- Satori frame with sturdy front legs
- Easy to assemble brake system
- Universal fit for wheels with diameter 600 to 710 mm
- Upgrade to Virtual Reality trainer with Upgrade i-Bushido (optional)
- Catalyst training programs with slope (-5 to +20%),
- power output or heart rate
- 99 programs can be set in advance
- Brake force can also be adjusted manually while Cycling
- Integrated brake system with powerful motor
- Maximum resistance 1400 Watt
- Supple pedal stroke on steep climbs through 2 kg flywheel with computer drive
- High power output at low cycling speed
- Training Free training or preset program with slope, power or heart rate
- Program 40 programs with a maximum of 99 routes, based on time or distance
- Time between 10 seconds and 59 minutes
- Distance between 0.1 km and 99.9 km
- Slope between -5% and +20%
- Power between 10 Watt and 990 Watt
- Heart rate between 30 bpm and 230 bpm
- Opponents 1 opponent
- Average speed may be modified in 0,1 km/h increments
- Users maximum of 8 (name: weight; sex; length; d.o.b.)
- HF receptions analogue and ANT
- Language English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish and Italian
- Clock / date 24 hour clock
- Weight kg or lbs
- Speed km/h of m/ph
- Consumption kJoule
- Sound alarm signal heart rate limits and route transitions
- Scale factor 80 to 120
- Calibration for accurate power display
- Speed current speed, maximum speed, average speed
- Cadence current candence, average cadence, maximum average
- Power current power, average power, maximum power, total consumption in kJoule
- Heart rate current heart rate, average heart rate, maximum heart rate
- Position riders stopwatch, ride-distance, total distance, position in relation to the opponent
- Balance indicator provides balance in power distribution
- Program graphic display of total program and per route
- Memory checking earlier, score on Bushido. If linked to a PC, then data logging per second.
Tacx films also for cycletrainers
Bring your training sessions to life with the free Tacx Video Player
There already are many Tacx films of well-known cycling classics and mountain stages, training camps with the pros, cycle tours and city trips. The Video Player now makes these videos accessible to use for riders who have a ergotrainer, cycletrainer or fitness bike from Tacx or another brand, without the trainer needing to be connected to the internet. Thanks to the free Video Player you can experience all Tacx films and enjoy unlimited entertainment.
Cycling in a Tacx film makes your training session more enjoyable and adventurous. While riding, you see the current gradient percentage displayed, the altitude profile of the route and, most important, the resistance position in which your trainer has to be set in order to experience the course in the most realistic way.
Tacx Video Player
The Video Player and seven demo films are included for free when you buy a Tacx cycletrainer (Booster, Satori and Blue). The Video Player can also be downloaded from the Tacx website.
Pros: Well-constructed, stable, durable, heavy flywheel, LCD display screen
Cons: Chain-drive system, noisy, limited handlebar positions
Verdict: A quality bike that tends to be a bit noisy
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The Proform 490 SPX features a 48.5 pound flywheel and a backlit LCD display that tracks distance, time, speed, calories burned, pulse, and RPM. The resistance system is wool-felt. The seat adjusts vertically and horizontally, and the handlebars adjust vertically. It has a chain drive system and a quick-stop brake. Also included is a water bottle holder, adjustable leveling feet, and transport wheels. The weight capacity is 275 pounds. Warranty: 5 years on frame, 1 on parts and labor.
The first feature that stands out is the heavy-duty 48.5 pound flywheel, which rivals some of the most expensive indoor cycling bikes out there. This creates an incredible amount of resistance and momentum, simulating what you would experience outdoors especially when riding uphill.
I am extremely pleased with the bike. It’s very sturdy in construction. It was easy to assemble. It feels very much like a bike I rode at our local gym that cost far more.
- W. Morgan
A customer who is 6’2″ noted that the bike fit him just fine, so it has at least a decent range of adjustment.
The LCD display is a nice addition as most bikes don’t come with one. It displays the standard statistics, and gives users an idea of how intense their workout is. It also is backlit so you can ride in the dark. The bike is also compatible with a wireless chest pulse strap for those who want to track heart rate.
The non-slip handlebars are designed for comfort and reducing fatigue. With a commercial grade steel frame, a weight of 113-pounds plus a 275-pound capacity, this bike offers good stability and durability.
This bike is well built and has proven to be a great trainer. I had no problems reaching Customer Service by just selecting the option to have them call me. The service rep was extremely processional and accommodating.
The wool-felt resistance is beneficial because it’s very resilient, and therefore has a longer life. This is important when you consider the constant friction being created.
The water bottle holder is a feature that shouldn’t be taken for granted, as some don’t have one.
It’s currently priced at just over $370, which is very generous considering the features this bike has.
The seat/handlebars aren’t micro-adjustable, and the handlebars don’t adjust horizontally.
The chain drive system may mimic an outdoor bike more than a belt drive, but it also tends to produce more noise and not have as much durability. Plus, the bike doesn’t tend to operate as smoothly.
I read a lot of reviews and found that the biggest problem with at home bikes was the chain sound.
The biggest complaint from customers was the amount of noise it made, not just from the chain, but from other sources as well. It seems to occur when the resistance is cranked up.
The noise from the resistance pads (that rub on the flywheel) and connecting parts is so loud I cannot hear the television.
Regarding noise, there is no chain noise but there is noise from the flywheel and the felt pads used for resistance. But to me it’s minor.
- W. Morgan
We can conclude that the 490 SPX does at least make some noise, particularly when the resistance is heavily increased. Some say it’s not that loud, others say it’s very loud. We do know that the bike is very well-constructed and durable. The heavy flywheel is a huge plus and provides very good value. It’s certainly a good bike, but the noise does seem to be an issue. Bottom line: buyer beware. It does have a warranty, so it can be returned if you find that it does make too much noise.
Manufacturer: Horizon Fitness
Pros: 42 lb. flywheel, LCD console, 285 max. user weight, water bottle holder, brand
Cons: Chain drive system, limited height adjustment, questions about durability
Verdict: The LCD console is a difference maker
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The M4 is a new indoor cycling bike from Horizon Fitness. It features a 42 pound flywheel and a 285 pound user capacity. Included is an LCD console that tracks calories, distance, time, and speed. The seat adjusts horizontally and vertically, while the handlebars adjust vertically. It has a chain drive system and a pedal cage with toe straps. A water bottle holder is located just below the resistance knob. The M4 is backed by a 10 year warranty on the frame, and 1 year for parts. Dimensions: 43 x 19 x 36 (L x W x H)
The standard flywheel weight for indoor cycling bikes is 40 lbs. Anything above this amount is icing on the cake. The M4 boasts a 42 lb flywheel, which compares to some of the more expensive bikes. For instance, the Diamondback Fitness 910Ic is priced near $900, yet has a 40 lb. flywheel. The heavier the flywheel, the more resistance and momentum the bike will generate. Naturally, it will operate more smoothly and simulate the feel of a road bike. It will give you as intense of a workout as you desire.
While the M4 may not quite have micro-adjustable seats and handlebars, the increments are smaller compared to other bikes. This provides more customization so you can find the ideal settings.
What’s unique about the M4 is the addition of the LCD console. Very few indoor cycling bikes in general come with one; the bikes that do are usually expensive. Not everyone wants a console, but it’s there for ones who do.
The 285 pound maximum user weight is pretty standard, as most bikes are somewhere between 250 and 300 pounds. It indicates a strong and sturdy frame that can hold up while doing standing climbs and sprints.
The incumbent pedals can be swapped out for clipless ones if preferred. I have never used clipless before, but some swear by them. The toe clips work just fine.
The water bottle holder is sometimes taken for granted because you would think every bike would have one. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Horizon Fitness has a very good reputation for producing quality fitness products. They are a trusted brand, and their customer service is excellent. The M4 is very affordable, and is backed by a good warranty.
The chain drive system may have some advantages, but the belt drive is superior in terms of performance. Belts are rust resistant, are lighter, stronger, and operate more smoothly and quietly. They also require less maintenance in the long-run.
I have noticed on older indoor cycling bikes that the knobs for the handlebar and seat adjustment are harder to pull out. I really like bikes that are micro-adjustable and use clamps that secure the posts in place. It’s more convenient and tends to be more stable. Mid-priced cycling bikes also tend to have limited height adjustment for the seats and handlebars.
The only other question about the M4 is durability. The chain naturally is more susceptible to maintenance, and the part quality doesn’t compare to the most expensive bikes.
The Horizon Fitness M4 compares favorably to the other bikes in its price range. What stands out is the 42 lb. flywheel and the LCD console. For those who want a console, this might be what puts this bike over the top. It lacks a belt drive, and may not be the most heavy-duty bike out there, but it’s a quality bike for the price.
Manufacturer: Best Fitness
Pros: Heavy flywheel, aesthetics, small footprint, stable, value, warranty
Cons: Chain drive, no micro-adjustment, questionable durability
Verdict: A typical entry-level indoor cycling bike
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The BFSB5 is one of two indoor cycling bikes produced by Best Fitness. It’s main feature is the 40 lb. flywheel. The seat adjusts vertically and horizontally, while handlebars adjust vertically in increments. It’s chain-driven and has a maximum user weight of 275 lbs. The pedals come with toe clips, and wheels are attached for mobility. The BFSB5 is backed by a 5 year warranty on the frame, 1 year on parts, and a 90-day in home labor warranty. Dimensions: 44 x 20 x 44; weight: 113 lbs.
A 40 lb. flywheel is a plus, considering that the Schwinn IC2 is slightly more expensive and only has a 31 lb. flywheel. At this weight, you can expect it to operate smoothly and generate good momentum during your workout. The result is that you can expect greater resistance compared to a lesser weight.
A maximum user weight of 275 is a positive considering the price of the bike. The highest user weight I have seen is 300 lbs., which is reserved for the top end bikes such as the Schwinn A.C. Performance and the Motus USA M-Racing Fusion cycling bike. It also weighs over 100 lbs., which indicates good stability.
I like the aesthetics of the bike. It has a simple, compact design and a nice color scheme. It looks more expensive than it really is.
It also has a very small footprint, as it’s a whopping 14 inches shorter than the aforementioned Schwinn IC2. If you have limited space for a bike, then this is a positive.
Priced less than $400 on Amazon, this is more than reasonable considering the heavy flywheel. This is about the amount that you would spend for a year membership to a health club.
The warranty is on par with what you would normally see from entry-level indoor cycling bikes.
The chain drive is not unique to entry-level bikes, but it’s a downside nonetheless. It’s not as smooth or quiet compared to belt-drives, plus it will require more maintenance long-term.
The seat and handlebars adjust in increments, which means that the range of adjustment is limited. Also, over time the knobs can be tough to pull out. The mid to high level bikes are micro-adjustable, and utilize clamps to tighten the position of the saddle and handlebars.
A frequent problem with increment adjustment is that the seat and handlebars tend to wobble when near their highest point.
I did some research on Best Fitness, and I couldn’t find an official website. I never consider that to be a good sign, as all the reputable brands have an online presence. If someone knows their web address, please let me know.
Lesser expensive bikes also tend to not be as durable, since their parts aren’t as expensive. I have no evidence that this one in particular lacks durability, but I would say that it’s naturally more susceptible to wear and tear.
I also didn’t see a water bottle holder anywhere. This may or may not matter to you, but it makes getting access to water a little more inconvenient.
- “Sturdy frame, great weight on base, easy to assemble and it rides very good. ”
G. Howard | 6 reviewers made a similar statement
- “Overall a very sturdy and well built bike, and I would not hesitate to recommend it. ”
Michael King | 1 reviewer made a similar statement
- “After assembly, when he tried the bike, the right side pedal came flying off. ”
A. Bhullar | 1 reviewer made a similar statement
The Best Fitness BFSB5 overall is a typical entry-level bike. The 40lb. flywheel will ensure a smooth ride. It has a nice design, is compact, and has good value. The range of adjustment could be an issue for those over 6 feet tall, but should be able to accommodate most others. The one other question you have with this bike is durability. With all that said, it should operate smoothly and provide more than enough resistance for most.
Manufacturer: LifeSpan Fitness
Pros: Heavy flywheel, belt drive, strong frame, completely adjustable, customer service
Cons: Limited handlebar height adjustment, reports of a rubber smell and noise.
Verdict: A quality, mid-level indoor cycling bike.
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The S2 is a mid level indoor cycling bike from the LifeSpan Fitness line. It features a 40 pound flywheel, a heavy-gauge steel frame, and a poly-v belt drive system. The seat and handlebars are adjustable vertically and horizontally. The pedals and seat can be swapped out for others. The resistance is adjusted with the turn of a knob, which is located just above the flywheel. The maximum user weight is 300 lbs. The S2 is backed by a 5 year warranty on the frame, 1 year for parts and labor. Dimensions: 44 x 22 x 22 inches ; 97 lbs.
The 40 lb. flywheel is a definite plus. The Diamondback Fitness 910Ic costs nearly $400 more and has the same flywheel weight. A heavy flywheel produces a smooth, quiet, consistent motion. It generates a lot of resistance that allows users to get a challenging workout.
The belt drive is much better for performance than a chain drive. It’s quieter and requires less maintenance long-term.
The bike feels very solid due to the heavy gauge steel frame and the fact that it weighs nearly 100 pounds. The 300 lb. maximum user weight is very impressive, as that’s about as heavy as it gets. It’s a well-constructed bike especially for the price. Numerous customers made note that it didn’t wobble at all, even when standing up.
The pedals do come with toe straps, which is pretty standard for mid-level bikes. A lot of cyclists prefer the SPD pedals, and they can be installed if desired. You can also buy your own seat as well.
Apparently, the handlebars adjust horizontally as well, but I have a hard time seeing exactly how that works. Either way, this is a big positive as most bikes in general do not have this feature.
A water bottle holder is located right next to the flywheel. This may not be the most convenient location, but at least it won’t get in the way.
A few customer reviews pointed out that LifeSpan’s customer service was a positive. One person in particular said that their response was quick, they correctly diagnosed the problem, sent out the new part, and had a repair shop in the area come in and do the replacement.
The price I believe gives this bike good value.
A handful of customers on Amazon referred to a noise the the bike emanated. It could be due to a faulty part, assembly, etc. When operating the way it should, it’s very quiet.
Durability tends to be more of an issue with lower-to-mid level bikes.
As with most indoor cycling bikes, the seat is not very comfortable according to customers. This is why manufacturers allow consumers to exchange it for a different one.
Another complaint is that the handlebar height adjustment is rather limited, which can be a problem for those 5’10″ on up.
Several also reported this issue:
I’d give it 5 stars except for one problem I’ve been having. It smells like burnt rubber when I use it. I guess it’s the braking mechanism rubbing against the wheel because once it gets heated up it stinks.
- Robert Bobala
The LifeSpan Fitness S2 is one of the better mid-level indoor cycling bikes available. It has a heavy flywheel, a belt drive, and a heavy-duty frame. These are features that you’ll find in bikes that cost over $1000. By all accounts, the customer service is also helpful which is important anytime you buy exercise equipment. The bike has some flaws, but none of them are real significant. Overall, it’s a quality bike that is worth the price.
Pros: Joule 3.0, 48 pound flywheel, infinite adjustment, sturdy, quiet, smooth, warranty
Cons: Reports of technical issues, no horizontal adjustment
Verdict: One of the best indoor cycling bikes available
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The CycleOps 400 is one of the highest priced indoor cycling bikes on the market. It’s main feature is the Joule 3.0 computer, which is exclusive to CycleOps. It provides tons of feedback, including the user’s current and past performance. It also features a robust 48 pound flywheel and a freewheeling hub. The electronic resistance control can be adjusted with a turn a knob. The seat adjusts vertically and horizontally, while the handlebars adjust vertically. The 400 is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
The CycleOps 400 just might be the best indoor cycling bike on the market. The Joule 3.0 is what separates it from any other. Here is a video that covers it’s various features:
In essence, the Joule 3.0 provides feedback on your performance during a workout, and a report after your finished. It will record your workout history going back 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year. This allows you to see what type of progress you are making. It will even save a workout out for you can do it again in the future. You can replicate the type of terrain that you will see at a certain race or ride.
With PowerTap technology, you can be assured that the accuracy of the feedback will be within 1.5% range.
The 48 pound flywheel is second to none, as it generates enough momentum so you can freewheel during a recovery phase just like you can while on the road. It also allows for the bike to operate very quietly and smoothly.
The seat and handlebars have infinite adjustment, so users can find the optimal position. The range of the seat height is 66-92 cm.
The electronic resistance is adjusted with a turn of the knob on the Joule 3.0. This is one of the few bikes out there with electronic resistance, but it really allows users to make quick and precise adjustments.
It also has two water bottle holders, which really comes helps one stay hydrated throughout a prolonged session. The road style handlebars give you the feel of a road bike. The seat and pedals can be exchanged for whatever type you prefer.
The design of the base and the weight give the 400 excellent stability so users can stand and pedal as hard as they desire.
The lifetime limited warranty says that CycleOps believes in the durability of their product. Considering how well-constructed their bikes are, this should come as no surprise. It’s fair to say that CycleOps produces the best line of indoor cycling bikes out there.
Anytime you bring technology into the mix, there is always the possibility of complications. Several customers over on Amazon reported problems with the operation of the Joule 3.0. They also noted that the customer service wasn’t very helpful. The other downside is that the handlebars don’t adjust horizontally, which you would expect for a bike of this caliber.
All in all, the CycleOps 400 performs just as good if not better than any other indoor cycling bike out there. It’s incredibly stable, smooth, and quiet. The Joule 3.0 separates it from the rest, though some customers did report having a few technical issues. For those who want the most comprehensive feedback possible, this by far is the best bike available.
Manufacturer: Diamondback Fitness
Pros: Sturdy, resistance levels, LCD display, 300 user capacity, no wobbling seat/handlebars
Cons: Light flywheel, no micro-adjustment, no custom workout programs
Verdict: The LCD display sets it apart from most other bikes.
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The 510lc indoor cycling bike was just released this year and is the second model produced by Diamondback Fitness. It features computer-controlled resistance, which is a very unique feature for indoor cycles. It has a total of 16 levels of resistance and 14 workout programs, which includes 8 presets and 4 heart rate. The LCD display tracks calories, speed, heart rate, distance, and time. The flywheel is 32 lbs, and the maximum user weight is 300 lbs. The warranty is lifetime on frame, 3 years on parts, and 1 year for labor.
Dimensions: 42″L x 23″W x 46″H ; 126 lbs.
The computer-controlled resistance does have some positives. First, I love the fact that it has resistance levels that allow you to track progress. The average indoor cycle doesn’t have this feature because the resistance is turned with the knob.
One of the frustrations with turning a knob is having to turn it frequently to find the right resistance. This is not an issue with this bike.
It also comes with 14 workout programs. This gives you a lot of options to choose from so you can keep your workouts interesting.
The LCD display tracks time, speed, distance, calories, and heart rate. This feedback is excellent for evaluating your workout. Without this information, your left in the dark as to how hard your really working.
The steel frame provides sturdiness, which helps in particular when doing standing climbs. The sturdiness is evidenced by the 300 pound user capacity. Typically, only the most expensive bikes have this user weight.
I was immediately impressed with the solidity of the unit. No loose seating, no loose handlebars, no slack anywhere. And my gosh, was it quiet!
- W.D. Newman
The handlebars have contact heart rate sensors, which makes it very convenient to track. The handlebars also allow for a variety of positions. Some bikes don’t have the aero bars on the inside, but this one does.
What I like about the handlebar and seat adjustment is how you can tighten the post so it won’t wobble. This is often a problem with seat posts when they are at their highest adjustment. So no matter what level you have it on, wobbling should be a non-issue.
The water bottle holder is a plus so you have convenient access to water. It has a beautiful appearance and is built the last. The 3-year warranty on parts is also a plus.
One downside is the fact that you can’t create your own custom workout. This option would allow users to create a program that is specifically designed for their current fitness level.
The standard flywheel weight is 40 lbs., so 32 lb. is too light in my opinion. A heavy flywheel produces more momentum and resistance, plus it operates more smoothly.
It doesn’t have micro-adjust, and the handlebars don’t adjust horizontally. This makes the adjustment range a bit more limited. I also prefer the clamp system as opposed to the pins.
The Diamondback 510Ic is designed for beginner or intermediate users. The computer controlled resistance adds a unique element to the bike. The fact that it tracks data separates it from most other bikes. It’s very sturdy and well-constructed. The flywheel is a bit light, especially for the price. That is probably the biggest disappointment about it. With that said, there is a lot to like about this bike.