The Best Exercise Bikes for 2018

Welcome to The Best Exercise Bikes for 2018 Buyer’s Guide! As always, we’re glad you found us here at Physique Authority and we’re excited to present you with the most current, industry-leading information regarding the best exercise equipment you can buy.


 

Introduction Part I


2018 brings many exciting things for us to talk about and we can’t wait to get started and show you how to pick the best exercise bike for your budget.

By the way, if you’re interested in any other exercise equipment, feel free to browse the very top navigation bar or simply select GEAR from the main bar!

*Special note:

If you’re after a great bike with a back rest, and you want to be more comfortable, we have an intensive Recumbent Bike Buyer’s Guide as well which you can check out here.


What we’re going to cover are 3 price categories that we think are the most popular. We’ll go through as many exercise bikes as we feel is appropriate for each category – and we even feature an Honourable Mention that we think brings some exciting features to the table.

Let’s jump right in why don’t we!


As with the other buyer’s guides, this was created with knowledgeable fitness experts’ expertise and we think that this is the most detailed, comprehensive list on exercise bikes you will find in 2018.

If you select the right one, an exercise bike can be a fantastic way to get in shape and have a convenient way to work out and do some cycling in the comfort of your own home during inclement or cold weather. 

However, riding a bike in your home or at the gym alone unfortunately is not the best way to lose unwanted weight. For an in-depth guide to weight loss check out our article How Many Calories Do I Need to Eat to Lose Weight?

In each of the 3 price-ranges you are going to find certain features that might just be right for your budget. You definitely do not have to spend a fortune on an indoor bike to get an absolute killer workout and we’ll show you exactly why down below.


However, there is one exception: If you’re an advanced cyclist with the requirement for more levels of resistance, the latter 2 categories might be better suited for you as cheaper bikes might not offer enough resistance, durability and warranty for excessive and frequent cycling sessions. 

When you decide to shell out slightly more on a higher quality exercise bike you will be sure to get a superior user experience, durability, build quality, design, features and warranty periods.

Before we dive in deeper, it’s important to at least have a basic grasp of the different types of resistance found in exercise bikes and why we chose to only feature the most modern designs.


Introduction Part I: Different Drive & Resistance Types


When it comes to the mechanism of resistance on your exercise bike, the drive type makes all the difference in terms of the noise it produces, resistance, the feeling of the ride, maintenance hassle and reliability.

For the purpose of keeping this article as simple and straight forward as possible, you will mainly want to keep an eye out for the following two main drive types:

  • Chain-driven design
  • Belt-drive design

CHAIN-DRIVE:

Chain-driven designs have a few pros and cons, but this is one of the most popular types of transmissions.

Some of the pros include a more realistic riding experience and more linear resistance across different resistance levels, but the pros include regularly required maintenance and lubrication just like you would find on a real bicycle.

If doing maintenance is not your thing, and you don’t care about a “more realistic ride”, then we suggest to simply move on to the second most popular type of drive mechanism.

BELT-DRIVE:

Belt-driven designs are popular because they almost feel as realistic as chain-drives but without the maintenance hassle you will find on chain-drives.

In addition, they produce less vibration and noise, and unless you’re Lance Armstrong you’re probably not going to care anyway.

Belt-driven designs are built with user-friendliness in mind and won’t require you to do much if any maintenance at all which is the perfect turnkey solution!

If you wish to learn more about the different types of resistance and drive systems you can do so at LIVESTRONG. They have an awesome article explaining all of this.

See also: Spinning and you, what it means to your fitness goals


PART I: Best Exercise Bikes for Beginners


Alright, so here we are with Part I. The truth is, in this price-range, there are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of options for you to choose from that have essentially the same feature-set.

As we move up in price (and further into the article) the options begin diminishing, but the budget-conscious space of sub-$300 exercise bikes is quite flooded.

What we’ve done is hand-picked the top 5 exercise bikes for you plus one honourable mention based on overall customer satisfaction and the number of good reviews from consumers that each bike gets.

In addition, we have carefully hand-chosen each bike also based on our own personal expertise and 

knowledge and you’ll find the best possible options for you here based on those criteria.

As you will find below, in Part I, we feature only bikes with a belt-driven and magnetic design which means that this information is the most up-to-date available and will best suit your needs.

If you’re a cycling enthusiast requiring more resistance we recommend to skip this section and head down to Part II using the quick-navigation button below.

A training bike in that category will be sure to offer you a better experience if you’re a more advanced cycling enthusiast.


Let’s kick off Part I of this article and show you our top-pick for this category right off the bat right below. This is our Exerpeutic 1200 Folding Upright Bike and we think this is the best choice in this price-range.

Learn more by scrolling down. You will find the full outline of this bike below.

We hope you enjoy!


 

Exerpeutic 1200 Folding Upright Bike

Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike with Pulse
  • WEIGHT CAPACITY: Up to 300 lbs. Intended to be used on the hard flat floor.
  • SEATING COMFORT: Large seat cushion for people of any size, easily adjustable to fit anywhere from 5'3 inch to 6'1 inch users. HEART RATE: Hand Pulse Monitor
  • Please tighten the Screws/Bolts to avoid noise during pedaling;Fitness Goal:Increase Cardio, Lose Weight. The bike will fold to at least ½ the size as when fully assembled, so it is uniquely compact
  • COMPACT DESIGN: Folds for storage and can moved with the included transportation wheels
  • TENSION RESISTANCE: An 8 level Magnetic Tension control system, allows the user to adjust the tension level for an easier or more difficult workout. Refer to the manual for troubleshooting steps of Tension system malfunctioning.
$149.00

In Part I of this article we will focus on the best exercise bikes under 300 bucks, and you will quickly learn about their features, what makes them so special and unique, and how you can benefit from owning one in your own home if space and time is important to you.

You won’t be training for any triathlons in this price-range, but you can definitely get something that is convenient, quick to stow away when not in use and can still provide a great workout for your cardio sessions.

Along with either a belt-driven or magnetic design, you will get EKG heart rate monitoring via the handlebars, speed, distance, time and scan monitoring via LCD panels, foldable designs, adjustable seat posts, and, in some cases, adjustable handlebars.

Let’s quickly dive in so you can get started learning all there is to know about exercise bikes in this price range.


#1: Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1002

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1002 49lb Flywheel Belt Drive Indoor Cycle Bike
  • STATIONARY EXERCISE BIKE: The sturdy steel frame and 275 maximum user weight gives this bike a rock solid build that will keep it moving ride after ride. Easily move the indoor cycle from room to room with the front-mounted transport wheels
  • RESISTANCE: The cycle bike trainer features a resistance system that gives you the experience of a realistic, real-road feeling. Make your workout more intense and burn more calories by cycling at a high resistance level
  • SILENT RIDE: Experience a smooth and quiet ride with the maintenance free belt drive system which allows you to workout without interrupting your workout or anyone around you. Seat Dimensions- 10.5L x 6.5W x 2.5H
  • CUSTOMIZABILITY: Adjust the seat vertically and horizontally. Handlebars move up and down to adapt to any user type. Height Max 40 in/ Min 29 in. Designed to keep your feet in place, these pedals are built with toe cages
  • WATER BOTTLE HOLDER: Stay hydrated throughout your workout. This convenient water bottle holder is built into the frame for easy access
$299.99

As sort of an oddball in this price-range, the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1002 is not a folding treadmill, and it’s powered by a maintenance-free belt-drive design. The easily adjustable seat and handlebars make this a treat for users of many sizes.

As we move up in pricing, you will find that certain exercise bikes are more feature-packed than others, and this is why we chose this bike to be featured. You will be getting a fantastic bike made by a reputable manufacturer.

The 49lbs flywheel will ensure enough resistance for even the most seasoned of recreational cycling cardio enthusiasts and the ultra-padded seat will allow you to continue using the bike in the most comfortable fashion possible.

Key Features:

  • Amazon’s Choice Award Winner
  • There are thousands of excellent, positive reviews from big-box retailers and happy customers
  • Maintenance-Free belt-drive design for hands-off cycling ensures your continued enjoyment
  • Features front wheels for easy and effortless transportation between rooms
  • Fully adjustable seat (29 – 40 inch inseam) and handlebar
  • Seat moves up/down and forward/backward
  • Bottle holder can easily hold your favorite exercise beverage
  • Ultra-padded seat for continued comfort
  • 49lbs flywheel for great resistance – fully adjustable resistance selection
  • Top press-down braking for reliability
  • Dimensions: 44L x 20W x 44H
  • Weight Capacity: 275lbs
  • Warranty: 1-Year Frame, 90-Day Everything Else

 


#2: Exerpeutic 1200
Folding Exercise Bike

Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike with Pulse
  • WEIGHT CAPACITY: Up to 300 lbs. Intended to be used on the hard flat floor.
  • SEATING COMFORT: Large seat cushion for people of any size, easily adjustable to fit anywhere from 5'3 inch to 6'1 inch users. HEART RATE: Hand Pulse Monitor
  • Please tighten the Screws/Bolts to avoid noise during pedaling;Fitness Goal:Increase Cardio, Lose Weight. The bike will fold to at least ½ the size as when fully assembled, so it is uniquely compact
  • COMPACT DESIGN: Folds for storage and can moved with the included transportation wheels
  • TENSION RESISTANCE: An 8 level Magnetic Tension control system, allows the user to adjust the tension level for an easier or more difficult workout. Refer to the manual for troubleshooting steps of Tension system malfunctioning.
$149.00

The Exerpeutic 1200 Folding Magnetic Exercise Bike is the perfect addition to your home cardio collection as it provides one of the most reliable, durable and comfortable rides in this price range. Thousands of happy consumers have raved about this product and you’ll find out why below.

Exerpeutic is known to make some pretty awesome exercise equipment, and the 1200 is no different. Featuring a 300lbs weight capacity, a 1-Year Limited Warranty, a large LCD display and a supremely comfortable, cushioned seat, this exercise bike has been a household favorite in 2017 and will continue to be in 2018.

In addition to the above, this bike has been Amazon’s #1 Bestseller in this price-range and that, quite simply, cannot be beat by any other choice in our list for 2018.

Key Features:

  • The Exerpeutic 1200 is Amazon’s #1 Bestselling Exercise Bike
  • Can be folded to half of its size for easy storage when not in use
  • Features a magnetic resistance system with 8 levels of resistance
  • The magnetic tension system allows for a no-maintenance experience
  • Features wheels for easy portability when not in use
  • Padded and adjustable seat for ultra-comfort and durability
  • 3.3 x 1.5 inch LCD display indicating distance, calories burned, time, speed, scan and heart rate
  • Dimensions: 31L x 19W x 46H
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • Warranty: 1-Year Limited

 


#3: Marcy NS-652
Foldable Exercise Bike

Marcy Foldable Exercise Bike with Adjustable Resistance for Cardio Workout and Strength Training NS-652
  • EXCELLENT CARDIO WORKOUT - The fat-blasting cardio offered by this exercise device is significant, as each pedal targets the quads, hamstrings, and glutes. Not only does it burn fat, but it also strengthens the leg's muscles, giving you well-toned legs
  • ADJUSTABLE RESISTANCE - This bicycle has a manually adjustable resistance that offers various degrees of exercises. With eight preset levels of magnetic resistance control, you can set to simulate various types of workouts depending on the resistance.
  • FOLDABLE - The exercise utility is designed to fold compactly with its advanced frame design that allows for easier storage and portability as it folds up, granting you more space at home. It also has rubberized foot based to prevent scratching and damage
  • EASY SCREEN INTERFACE -This unit comes with a LCD panel that shows different variables related to your workout - speed, distance, time, and calories burned. The interface is user-friendly, especially planning workout routines and monitoring your progress
  • HEAVY DUTY CONSTRUCTION - Made of 14 gauge, high-quality frame which boasts durability and surface resiliency, this bike has counterweighted pedals with adjustable foot straps and an adjustable foam padded seat for hassle-free cycling
$129.99

The Marcy NS-652 Foldable Exercise Bike is by far one of our favorite exercise bikes in this price range due to the enormous amount of positive reviews from consumers. 

Along with many of the bikes in this category, the NS-652 has the ability to be easily folded and stowed away when not in use. However, what really separates this bike from the pack is its incredible 2-Year Frame warranty.

A great LCD panel lends itself to easily viewing information such as distance traveled and time, and the magnetic resistance design offers up 8 levels of resistance to suit your needs no matter your experience level.

Key Features:

  • Ability to be folded and easily stowed away when not in use
  • 8 levels of magnetic, manually adjustable resistance
  • LCD panel conveniently displays speed, distance, time and calories burned
  • Frame is made from 14 gauge steel for an ultra-durable design
  • Fully adjustable foam-padded seat for great comfort (up to 5 levels of height adjustment)
  • Dimensions: 32L x 18W x 42H (maximum)
  • Weight Capacity: 250lbs
  • Warranty: 2-Year Frame provided by IMPEX

 


#4: Exerpeutic Gold 500XL
Foldable Exercise Bike

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Exerpeutic GOLD 500 XLS Foldable Upright Bike, 400 lbs
  • Heavy Duty and High Durability steel frame construction with up to 400 lbs weight capacity. 20% more steel than the Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike for more maximum performance.
  • An 8 level Magnetic Tension control system for an easier or more challenging workout.
  • Folds to 1/2 the size, so it is uniquely compact; Folded Dimensions: 26.4" L X 24.8" W X 57.5" H
  • Large comfortable seat cushion for people of any size, and easily adjustable to fit 5'1" to 6'5" user heights
  • An easy to read large computer LCD display that indicates calories burned, distance, time, speed, scan, pulse and odometer. Please refer user manual attached below for instructions and troubleshooting steps.
$192.16

The Exerpeutic Gold 500XL is a fan-favorite in any big box retailer and has been enjoying fantastic user reviews! We originally weren’t going to include this bike as it’s similar to its sister – the Exerpeutic 1200 above – but we needed to throw this in the mix for you.

The V-Belt magnetic drive system is definitely going to deliver a no-hassle, no-maintenance and sound-free user experience for reliable comfort. You’re getting a more durable unit than the Exerpeutic 1200 from above with over 20% more steel making it also more reliable.

An extra-large cushioned seat provides continued comfort and the 8 levels of resistance keep you going at your maximum effort for as long as you want.

Key Features:

  • Features 20% more steel than the Exerpeutic 1200 above
  • Extra-large cushioned saddle for continued comfort during the longest rides
  • 8 levels of magnetic tension
  • Folds to half of its unfolded size and includes transportation wheels
  • LCD display indicating heart rate, distance, time, speed and calories burned
  • Dimensions: 39L x 48W x 52H
  • Weight Capacity: 400lbs
  • Warranty: 1-Year Limited Warranty

 


#5: ProGear 225
Foldable Exercise Bike

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ProGear 225 Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike Heart Pulse
  • 220 lbs. Weight capacity. Heart Pulse sensors allow you to monitor your heart RATE
  • Compact folding design perfect for limited spaces or small apartments. Folded dimensions: 19" L x 17.5" w x 53" H
  • An 8 level magnetic tension control System. An easy to read computer LCD display indicates calories burned, distance, time, speed, Pulse and Scan
  • Ergonomic contoured seat cushion easily adjustable to fit 5'1 inch to 6' user heights
  • Dual transmission flywheel allows for higher resistance workout
$115.00

The ProGear 225 Folding Magnetic Exercise Bike is definitely one of our favorites in this category and it’s a consumer favorite as well boasting a 4.5 average rating. This little bike is sure to deliver a top-notch cardio experience in the comfort of your home.

If you aren’t too sure about how much space you have this little bike might be perfect for you. Fully-assembled and set-up dimensions are 32L x 18W x 46H and folded just 19L x 18W x 53H so you can easily stow it away.

A dual transmission flywheel will be sure to deliver great resistance for even the most strenuous of workouts and the 1-Year Limited Warranty will back up this bike so you can enjoy your rides worry-free.

Key Features:

  • Space Saving design easily lets you fold it up and store it away when not in use
  • Great for spaces with limited space and small apartments/rooms
  • 8 levels of magnetic tension control
  • Dual transmission flywheel is better suited for more resistance
  • LCD display for easy tracking of distance, calories burned, time, speed, heart rate and scan
  • Easily adjustable and padded cushioned seat for extra comfort while riding
  • Dimensions: 32L x 18W x 46H
  • Weight Capacity: 220lbs
  • Warranty: 1-Year Limited Warranty

 


So we know we’ve wrapped this section up, but Physique Authority always provides our readers with a little extra for your pleasure. We therefore make special shout-outs to products we think you will love, hence our Honourable Mentions.

These products did not necessarily make our short-list because they feature a design that is either unusual or maybe something you’re not into, but we still think they’re worth you having a look at them!


Exerpeutic Workfit 1000 Folding Semi-Recumbent Desk Bike

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Exerpeutic ExerWorK 1000 Fully Adjustable Desk Folding Exercise Bike with Pulse
  • Sliding Desktop: large fully adjustable desktop with tilt, forward, back, up and down adjustability for sitting or standing positions. 3 angle adjustments (0, 16 and 33 degrees), 5 height adjustments 41" up to 45". Storage Drawer. Arm rest. LCD Computer
  • Patented XBike Desk and Exercise Semi-Recumbent Bicycle. 2.5" Thick large AirSoft seat with extra comfort and adjustable to fit 5' 2" to 6' 3" user height
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs. Semi-recumbent design for comfortable, effective workouts
  • Folds up for storage. The bike can still fold up when fully assembled, with a foot print of 21.3" L x 25.5" W
  • An 8 level Magnetic Tension control system allows the user to adjust the tension level for an easier or more difficult workout. The actual work surface is 24 inches (W) x 16 inches (H) and it can hold objects up to 44 pounds
$216.99

With that said, we simply love this bike. It’s a semi-recumbent desk bike which means you can continue to work on your laptop or tablet while you’re exercising. What we love most, however, is that this bike can be transformed into a fully operational standing desk as well which is pretty awesome in our opinion!

Yet another Amazon’s Choice award winner this desk bike has been a fan and consumer favorite. The desktop slides in all directions and is fully adjustable with up to 3 angles 0, 16, and 33 degrees with 5 height adjustments.

Powered by 2xAAA batteries, featuring an LCD display to indicate your time, distance, speed, calories burned and heart rate, a cushioned AirSoft seat for ultra comfort, a comfortable back rest, 2 cup holders and 8 levels of magnetic resistance, this bike will deliver a supreme user experience.

You’re going to get a 300lbs weight capacity along with a 3-Year Limited Warranty which well-surpasses any other bike we’ve discussed thus far.


Well folks, that’s pretty much a wrap-up in terms of the best exercise bikes under 300. We think that you will definitely find useful information in Part II and III if you are more of an advanced cyclist.

Part I was more or less geared towards those requiring a basic cardio workout at home without having to spend a fortune, but those bikes are definitely not meant for the serious spinners and cycling enthusiasts.

Related: Cardio for Abs – Fitness Goals and You.

Why don’t we jump right into the next part so we can have a look at some exercise bikes for enthusiasts and more advanced riders.


Part II: Best Exercise Bikes For Intermediates


Alright so we’ve covered some of the more budget-friendly offers in Part I, and now it’s time to take an in-depth look at some indoor spin bikes that will offer you a lot more for your money.

What you will find in Part II are more features, more durable materials, more adjustability, more resistance levels, heavier flywheels, better warranties and a much better cycling experience if you are a more serious cyclist.

It goes without saying that if you’re willing to do a little more research and spend just a bit more money – maybe 100-200 bucks – that you can get something much better suited for slightly heavier and regular usage.

These bikes are also going to more closely resemble real road bikes, and they are, in our opinion, beautiful pieces of machinery that look and feel the part more closely.

Part II will aim at presenting you with the most current and up to date information regarding the best spin bikes in the $300 – $1000 price range. Let’s get started.



 

BodyCraft SPX

Bodycraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike
  • Indoor training bike with heavy-duty steel frame and powder-coated paint
  • 46-pound precision flywheel is perimeter weighted for high inertia
  • German-made SKF sealed bearings and Hutchinson V-ribbed automotive belt
  • Micro-adjustable stainless-steel seat post; aluminum alloy pedals with toe straps
  • Top-quality Velo saddle; 300-pound capacity; measures 24 x 47 x 43 inches (W x H x D)
$1,099.00

When considering spending anywhere from $300 to $1000 on an exercise bike, a few features are important to look out for. 

If you’re using the bike at home, you’ll want to make sure the bike features a belt-driven design not a chain-driven design. This will allow for a hassle-free, maintenance-free experience.

Chain designs are great for fitness gyms and clubs because they are the ones worrying about maintenance, not you! So let the gyms buy chain-designs.

We have made every concerted effort to only offer you up the best belt-driven spin bikes so that you can focus on the actual cycling and not have to worry about whether or not the following bikes feature a chain or a belt.

We do need to make one disclaimer here though. If you’re serious about your cycling, you maybe be someone that actually prefers a chain-driven design. Many people believe that chain-drives feel more “realistic” and some people actually don’t mind doing the maintenance to keep them running smooth.

However, we do not feature any chain-driven designs in our article this year to keep the ease-of-use high for as many people as possible. We hope you understand and we hope you enjoy the article regardless.


#1: Bladez Fitness Master GS

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Bladez Fitness Master GS Indoor Cycle (D132)
  • Type: Indoor Cycling--. Resistance Type: Adjustable with brake--. Time Readout--Displays the amount of time that you have been riding..
  • Calories Burned Readout--Shows the number of energy calories that were burned.. Seat: Anatomically Designed Saddle with Two-Tone Design--. Model Number: Master GS.
  • Wheels--. Weight Capacity: 300 Pounds.
from $489.99

We love the Bladez Fitness Master GS because we believe it’s the best bang-for-your-buck mid-range exercise bike on the market. Coming in at around half of this price-range the massive 45lbs flywheel, LCD display, and belt-driven design will offer you cycling enjoyment for years to come.

Featuring wheels for easy moving and storage, this bike is also compatible with the Polar lineup of heart rate monitors. The saddle and handlebar easily lets itself be adjustable in 4 directions: up, down, forwards and backwards to suit any sized cyclist.

You’re also getting a 1-Year parts, wear items, labour and computer warranty which will keep you cycling with less down time.

Key Features:

  • Amazing mid-range exercise bike smack in the middle of our price range
  • Awesome massive 45lbs flywheel and belt-drive system for near-silent operation and is maintenance-free
  • Seat and handlebar can be adjusted up, down, forwards and backwards
  • Informational LCD display displays information such as heart rate, distance, speed, time etc.
  • This bike is compatible with the Polar lineup of heart rate monitors (sold separately)
  • One of our favorites in this list due to the price/value ratio
  • Dimensions: 48L x 20W x 47H
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • Warranty: Residential Only. Lifetime Frame. 1-Year Parts, Wear Items, Labour and Computer

#2: Phoenix 98623 Revolution Cycle Pro II

Phoenix 98623 Revolution Cycle Pro II Exercise Bike
  • Bio medically efficient design
  • Adjustments in saddle height and fore-aft seat positioning allow for maximum total tension and force-generating capabilities as well as a neutral knee position
  • Manufactured in United States
  • Modern exercise bike with direct-drive resistance system and 39.6-pound balanced flywheel
  • Direct-drive system lets the rider pedal forward or backward, with quick-stop handle brake
from $682.18

Our Phoenix 98623 Revolution Cycle Pro II features a heavy-duty 40lbs flywheel and a direct-drive resistance system for the ultimate workout. You are getting a tension control knob with up to 8 levels of resistance.

As this is another one of our favorite bikes, it didn’t quite make our Editor’s Top Pick but we still give this a 4/5 star rating due to its awesome price to value ratio.

What you will get is a fully adjustable saddle – forwards, backwards, up and down, front wheels for easy transportation and a heavy-duty braking system to keep you safe while you’re slowing down and cooling off.

The included water bottle holder and 8 levels of resistance are sure to deliver the ultimate user experience and joy.

Key Features:

  • Features a heavy 40lbs flywheel and a direct-drive resistance system
  • Tension knob lets you control the intensity you require – up to 8 resistance levels
  • Saddle is adjustable forwards, backwards, up and down
  • Front wheels for easy transportation
  • Heavy-duty braking system for extra safety
  • Water bottle holder included
  • Dimensions: 42L x 24W x 43H
  • Weight Capacity: 250lbs
  • Warranty: Available Upon Request from Phoenix

 


#3: L NOW LD577

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L NOW Pro Indoor Cycle Trainer LD577- Exercise Bike Commercial Standard (Black)
  • Commercial Use: The LD-577 is designed for high frequency use, like in a fitness studio. It is built using robust components which provide much better quality than regular household bikes. This model is built to last and to perform.
  • The handlebar and seat are fully adjustable making it possible for people of all body types to work out comfortably. Each part of the two is made from high quality material to withstand high frequency commercial use.
  • Core: A 44-pound 1.14-inch-wide Heavy Duty Star Flywheel and body frame significantly enhances experience a near realistic bike ride whilst ensuring safety.
  • Large LCD Screen Monitor allows you to track your progress whilst you cycle. Real-time Digital console displays RPM, time, distance, heart rate and speed SIMULTANEOUSLY.
  • Heavy Duty and Comfortable: Soft and ergonomic PU Seat for longer periods of fitness training time. The supported weight is up to 350lbs. Find more highlights in product description. Assembly Required.
from $899.00

The L NOW LD577 is one heck of an indoor exercise bike – featuring a 50lbs and 1.14 inch thick flywheel this bike is going to deliver a near-realistic cycling experience right in your own home.

Reliable enough to be a fully-fledged gym bike, the belt-driven design is equally good enough to be used frequently at home due to its low-noise design.

The ability to clip in cleats is going to keep your ride even safer. The LCD display will indicate distance, time, heart rate, RPMs and speed which is easily visible.

Key Features:

  • Features a heavy-duty, 50lbs & 1.14 inch thick Star flywheel providing a near-realistic bike riding experience
  • Belt-driven design
  • Cleats can easily attach to the cranks (all included)
  • Made from heavy duty steel
  • LCD screen can track time, distance, heart rate, speed and RPM
  • All the different data are shown on-screen simultaneously for your convenience
  • This product is commercial-grade and therefore features extra-wide elements designed for more frequent and intense training sessions
  • Dimensions: 46L x 21W x 52H
  • Weight Capacity: 550lbs
  • Warranty: 1-Year Limited

 


#4: BodyCraft SPX

Bodycraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike
  • Indoor training bike with heavy-duty steel frame and powder-coated paint
  • 46-pound precision flywheel is perimeter weighted for high inertia
  • German-made SKF sealed bearings and Hutchinson V-ribbed automotive belt
  • Micro-adjustable stainless-steel seat post; aluminum alloy pedals with toe straps
  • Top-quality Velo saddle; 300-pound capacity; measures 24 x 47 x 43 inches (W x H x D)
$1,099.00

This is by far our favorite bike in this price-range. The BodyCraft SPX Indoor Exercise Bike is going to provide you with industry-leading build quality, design and construction and is a feature-rich bike for the money.

This is probably the best commercial-grade exercise bike coming in just under the upper limit of our price-category at the time this article was written. Featuring a 46lbs precision, perimeter-weighted flywheel, fully adjustable seat and handlebar and a gorgeously powder-coated finish, this bike is going to last you a long time.

You will also get the ability to add SPD pedals later on if you wish to use those, German-made SKF sealed bearings and a French automotive-grade V-ribbed belt for supreme reliability, comfort and safety.

Key Features:

  • This is our top-pick because of its immense value for the money
  • Extraordinary build quality, design and construction
  • Best commercial-grade exercise bike under $1000
  • Features a 46lbs precision flywheel and is perimeter weighted for constant tension
  • Seat is adjustable in 4 directions – up, down, back and forth
  • Handlebar is also full adjustable
  • SPD petals can be purchased separately
  • German-made SKF sealed bearings and a automotive grade V-ribbed belt for extreme comfort, reliability and low-noise
  • Beautifully powder-coated design
  • Perfectly suited for home use or commercial gym use
  • Dimensions: 43L x 24W x 47H
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • Warranty: Non-Commercial: Lifetime Frame, 5-Year Parts, 1-Year Wear Items & 2-Year Labour. Commercial: 10-Year Frame, 3-Year Parts, 90-Day Wear Items, 90-Day Labour

Related: How to select the best home exercise equipment for weight loss

 


#5: Sunny Health & Fitness ASUNA 6100 Sprinter

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Sunny Health & Fitness Asuna 6100 Sprinter Cycle Exercise Bike - Magnetic Belt Rear Drive, 350lb Weight Capacity, Commercial Indoor Cycling Bike
  • Bikes with magnetic resistance never come in contact with the flywheel, resulting in silent, stable and virtually low maintenance experience. The closer the magnet the greater the resistance will be.
  • The right Q factor makes indoor cycles more bio-mechanically efficient by keeping the rider's hip, knee, and foot aligned. The Q factor of 176 mm makes this stationary cycle bike safe and efficient.
  • The patented high-grade aluminum safety post reduce weight, making it easy to adjust. Foot levelers eliminate shaking for a smoother ride while the push down brake brings the bike to an immediate stop
  • Use the tablet holder to watch a video/read. Track progress with LCD monitor (built in wireless pulse receiver with chest strap to monitor heart rate). Stay hydrated with the dual water bottle holder.
  • This 350 lb. high weight capacity cycle bike features an ergonomic, fully adjustable handlebar and seat allowing for multiple positions. Dual sided pedals fit SPD cleats and traditional fitness shoes.
$899.00

You’re going to absolutely love the Sunny Health & Fitness ASUNA 6100 Sprinter Exercise Bike. Not only did it get very close to winning our Editor’s Top Pick Award – it also got very close to winning our hearts over with a full 5-star rating. 

The reason it didn’t win us over in terms of winning the Top Pick Award is because we felt like this bike doesn’t bring as much to the table as the SPX above. With a lighter flywheel weighing in at only 37lbs this bike is nonetheless an incredible deal for the money.

Like we said, if we could give out a Top Pick Award for more than one bike this one would have won the other award! We love it so much due to the high number of user reviews, incredible warranty and virtually unmatched build quality, design and reliability.

Key Features:

  • Another one of our favorite selections in this category
  • Features a silent operation with a 37lbs flywheel and belt-driven design
  • Mechanically adjustable resistance via knob
  • Dual-sided pedals fully compatible with cycling shoes so you can clip right in
  • Q-factor keeps your joints aligned for a safer and more comfortable ride
  • Heavy-duty aluminium seat post makes the saddle lightweight and easy to adjust
  • Fully adjustable saddle and handlebar can be adjusted back, forward, up and down
  • Includes tablet holder so you can stay up to date on all your favorite entertainment media while you ride
  • Progress is easy to track with the built-in LCD monitor displaying time, calories, and heart rate
  • Easy heart rate monitoring with the heart rate belt
  • Industry-leading warranty
  • Dimensions: 43L x 22W x 52H
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: 5-year Frame, 180-Day Other Parts & Components
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame & Motor Warranty, 5-year parts, 2-year labour Warranty

 


LifeCORE Fitness Assault Air Bike Trainer

Assault AirBike Classic, Black
  • Twenty Sealed Ball Bearings throughout the frame and pivot points to provide a smooth and durable feel
  • Unlimited Resistance for upper and lower body extremities based on Air Resistance; Get a complete Cross-Fit Workout
  • Computer features motivational programs providing many programs (Tabata, Intervals, Watts, Heart Rate) to accomplish your fitness goals
  • Maximum user weight: 350 pounds . Twenty Five inch diameter steel fan delivers maximum resistance, with six way adjustable seat fore and aft, up and down and tilt
  • Set a calorie, distance, or time target goal with the advanced computer display ; Integrated messaging to help inspire you keeps the workout fresh
$699.00

The LifeCORE Fitness Assault Air Bike Trainer made our special selection for the Honourable Mention in this price range even though we really wanted to include it as a regular featured bike. What really separates this bike might surprise you so keep on reading to find out more!

We’re giving this bike a special place on our list this year because of the unique design and feature set you don’t normally see. You’re getting a fully-functioning fan that not only cools you down while you ride – it also provides infinite resistance to keep your workouts as challenging as you want!

It’s won Amazon’s Home Gift Guide award this year for the Christmas season 2017 and we’re super pumped about that. People have been loving this thing.

As you may know, we don’t rate our Honourable Mentions because we just put them on the list as we believe you may find them interesting.

The seat is fully adjustable – up, down, forwards and backwards, the bike itself features a 5-Year Frame & Parts Warranty and has a weight capacity of 400lbs and is sure to deliver the ultimate user experience right in your own home.

Learn more about the LifeCORE Fitness Assault Air Bike Trainer by clicking below.


Part III: Best Exercise Bikes For Advanced Riders


So we’re going to jump right in and get this next section started for you. When you decide to shell out over $1000 on an indoor exercise bike, we want to make sure you’re armed with all of the relevant and necessary information to help you make an informed decision.

What you will find in this price-range are professional-grade indoor training bikes that offer up features, build quality and warranties that cannot be even remotely rivaled by cheaper bikes.

We’re featuring bikes from the likes of Keiser, Life Fitness, Schwinn, L NOW and BodyCraft – and we believe these guys are the top manufacturers in this segment.

Deciding to spend so much on an exercise device is something you want to think very closely about, and we’d bet that many of you are already pretty familiar with exercise bikes in this price range.

We’re even sure that you have probably even heard about many of the bikes we feature here – and if you’re new to the professional cycling realm, we’re sure you’ll find everything you need to know in this in-depth guide and ultimately in Part III of our guide below.

Let’s get this started and show you everything you need to know about this price category.


 

Keiser M3i Indoor Cycle

Keiser M3i Indoor Cycle Bundle
  • Bundle includes: Keiser M3i Indoor Cycle, Media Tray, Stretch Pads, Floor Mat
  • Industry's First V-Shape Frame: Enables M3i to mimic different road-bike frames by allowing seat and handlebars to be raised in conjunction to adjust for riders of all sizes, from 4-foot-10 to 7-feet tall
  • Bluetooth-enabled Interactive Cycling: Riders can connect to the Keiser M Series app and train with real-time graphs for power and heart rate, cadence range dials, FTP zones and more for a limitless array of workouts
  • Durability and Beauty: Simple, elegant design makes the M3i extremely durable, virtually maintenance-free, and a sexy showpiece for your home or gym
  • Made in the USA: The M3i is ONLY indoor bike built in the United States, ensuring the tightest quality control
$1,995.00

Many of these bikes are going to feature patented, ribbed belt-drive mechanisms with precision machined and balanced flywheels, German-made SKF bearings, advanced Eddy Current magnetic resistance and braking systems, fully adjustable handlebars and seats (with fore/aft adjustability), and heavy-duty, coated steel frames that protect from sweat, dust and rust.

In this price-segment we don’t offer our customary Honourable Mention and that’s because the bike we wanted to feature is no longer available anywhere that we could find. Giving you information regarding that particular bike is pointless.

However, if you’re interested, you’re going to find that the Keiser M3i’s predecessor – the M3 Plus – is almost as feature-rich as the M3i and if you can find it anywhere you can save yourself a few hundred dollars. We just didn’t include it here because we couldn’t find it, but we really wanted to include it at least by telling you about it.

We’ll kick this section off with the first bike below.


#1: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX

Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Group Exercise Bike with Console
  • Item may ship in more than one box and may arrive separately
  • Robotically welded steel frame with rust prevention e-coating helps protect frame and sensitive mechanisms from dirt, sweat and water
  • Dual-Magnetic Brake Resistance System allows user to gauge and repeat resistance
  • Multi-Ribbed Belt Drive with a magnetic eddy current for a smoother, quieter ride with less maintenance
  • Dual-sided SPD pedals for riders with soft sole shoes and for those wearing cycling shoes
$1,599.00

By far, one of our favorite choices in our list this year, the Life Fitness LifeCycle GX comes with an incredible feature-set, warranty, design, functionality and user-reviews.

What you’re getting with this bike is unmatched build quality, a ribbed belt-drive design with eddy current magnetic resistance, a dual brake system, dual-sided SPD pedals with clip-in availability and an exceptional warranty.

In addition to the above, this bike offers a touch-screen LCD display indicating speed, distance, time and more. See below for the full feature-set. We love this bike – and we think you will too!

Key Features:

  • One of the best and one of our favorite bikes in our 2018 indoor cycling guide
  • Best-suited for heavy and repeated use
  • Features a robotically welded steel frame with a rust-preventative coating which protects from sweat, dust and dirt
  • Ribbed belt-driven design with magnetic eddy-current allows the smoothest and quietest ride available for an in-home bike
  • Dual brake system for added safety
  • Dual-sided SPD pedals with clip-ins available
  • Touch-screen LCD screen indicates speed, distance, time, resistance level, calories burned, heart rate
  • Handlebar and saddle are adjustable forwards, backwards, up and down
  • Dimensions: 55L x 23W x 40H
  • Warranty: 5-Year Frame, 2-Year Electrical & Mechanical Components, 6-Month Surface Treatments & Expendable Parts (Cover panel, chassis, bezel, faceplate, overlay, end caps, rechargeable battery, seat, grips, pedal straps, belts, handles and upholstery), 1-Year Labour

 


#2: Schwinn Fitness AC PERFORMANCE PLUS

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Schwinn Fitness AC PERFORMANCE PLUS with CARBON BLUE Belt Drive - Indoor Cycling Bike
  • Aluminum frame construction manufactured by Giant - provides rust-free performance and is significantly lighter than steel
  • 6-Magnet brake system allows for smooth, consistent control and provides maintenance-free resistance that won't wear or change over time
  • Virtual Contact Resistance Technology - the magnetic brake does not contact the flywheel, eliminating friction and wear
  • Belt drive using Carbon Blue technology for an authentic outdoor ride feel and virtually zero maintenance
  • Double link pedals with SPD and toe-clip combination. Lightweight performance handlebars with ErgoLoop, aero bars, and 12 degree incline enable multiple user positions and increased comfort levels
$2,099.00

 

Although we still love this bike, we had to knock half of a star off of our rating because of the price-tag associated with this bike. As you know, we really aim to provide the best, most honest information for you and we just couldn’t give this the full 4 stars.

However, we still really do believe you’ll love the Schwinn Fitness AC PERFORMANCE PLUS.

We had to include this bike for you because of Schwinn’s status as one of the best exercise equipment manufacturers. One thing that really stood out to us is the fact that the frame of this bike is made by one of our editor’s favorite real bicycle manufacturers – Giant Bikes – who makes frames for major cycling manufacturers.

Backed by an absolutely immense 10-Year Frame warranty, featuring the ability to accommodate tiny riders from 4’11” to giant riders 6’8″, a 6-magnet braking system and handlebar that even tilts up to 12 degrees, this bike will suit any need you will ever have.

Key Features:

  • One of the most renowned indoor training bikes around
  • The aluminium frame on this bike is made by Giant – one of the most highly regarded real bicycle frame manufacturers
  • 6-Magnet braking system allows smooth and maintenance-free operation
  • Virtual Contact Resistance Technology – no touching parts means no friction and wear
  • Belt-driven system with Carbon Blue technology allows for the most authentic feeling ride available
  • Dual SPD pedals with toe-clip combination
  • Handlebar can be moved up or down; forwards or backwards; and can incline up to 12 degrees for the most customisable settings you prefer
  • Can accommodate riders from 4’11” – 6’8”
  • Dimensions: 50L x 21W x 51H
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: 10-Year Frame, 2-Year Moving Parts, 1-Year Labour, 6-Month Wear Items (Saddle and Pedals)

 


#3: L NOW LD-501


What can we say. We absolutely love the L NOW LD-501. We actually love the entire L NOW lineup to be honest. Best of all – L NOW offers up some immense options and the pricing is usually just right as well. 

You’re going to get an awesome LCD display, a 55lbs bi-directional flywheel, a heavy-duty steel frame and a hydraulic rear shock system for continued comfort during your longest and most strenuous rides.

Packed with a 1-Year Limited Warranty, a 500lbs weight capacity and an automotive-grade patented belt-drive system, we’re almost certain you’ll love owning this bike as much as we loved checking it out! We’re giving this bike a well-deserved 4.5 star rating.

Key Features:

  • Features a fully adjustable seat and handlebar (with fore/aft adjustability)
  • Automotive-grade, patented belt-drive system offers up an incredibly smooth, quiet, and maintenance-free experience
  • Offers a hydraulic, shock-absorbent design for extended comfort
  • 55lbs bi-directional flywheel for immense resistance
  • Heavy-duty steel frame for durability and sturdiness
  • LCD screen displays your time, speed, calories burned, trip odometer, RPMs, heart rate and distance
  • Dimensions: 46L x 26W x 50H
  • Weight Capacity: 500lbs
  • Warranty: 1-Year Limited Warranty

#4: BodyCraft SPT-Mag

BodyCraft SPT-Mag Magnetic Club Group Cycle
  • Built and warranted for club Use, but also perfect for the in-home cyclist
  • Handlebar features multiple position hand grips including racing handles
  • RESISTANCE uses eddy current magnetic Technology designed to react to your demand
  • Saddle and handlebars are infinitely Adjustable fore/aft and vertically for a perfect fit
  • Belt drive for smooth, quiet, and maintenance-free performance
$1,599.00

We already know what you’re thinking… we can hear it… “But Mike, why did the BodyCraft SPT-Mag get your prestigious 5-Star Rating but isn’t your Editor’s Top Pick Award Winner?” That’s a legitimate question and we are going to answer this the best we can below.

This is one of the best indoor cycling bikes you can get on the market today. What makes this even more intriguing is the price-point which is definitely lower than the Keiser M3i we’re going to discuss a little bit lower down in the article.

It’s for this reason that we had to award our highest rating to this bike, yet our top-pick to the Keiser. You’re getting some serious hardware and features here which we’ll discuss now.

Originally designed for club use, this is now a staple in the professional cyclist’s home gym because of the incredible price-to-feature ratio. We also definitely believe in our opinion that this is the most beautiful bike of them all!

You’re getting a precision, perimeter-weighted flywheel with German SKF bearings, a fully adjustable saddle and handlebar (with fore/aft), an Eddy current magnetic resistance design, a direct-drive Hutchinson Automotive-Grade Kevlar reinforced drive belt and an absolutely breath-taking, matte-black finish.

See the full feature-set below.

Key Features:

  • This indoor exercise bike is warranted for club (gym) use so you know you’re getting an amazing piece of machinery for home use
  • Frame is made out of heavy-duty steel with a double protective coat to protect from dirt, dust and sweat
  • Precision, perimeter-weighted flywheel with German-made SKF bearings
  • Fully adjustable (fore/aft) handlebar and saddle for finding the perfect riding position
  • Eddy-current magnetic resistance design controlled by a micro-adjusting knob
  • Direct drive maintenance-free Hutchinson Automotive grade Kevlar reinforced drive belt.
  • Beautiful matte-black finish makes this piece of hardware almost an art piece
  • Optional Components: Wide-comfort saddle, SPD clip-in pedals, LCD computer and heart-rate chest strap are all optional add-ons that can easily be purchased separately
  • Dimensions: 42L x 24W x 47H
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: (Home-Use): Lifetime Frame, 5-Year Parts, 1-Year Wear Items, 2-Year Labour (Club-Use): 10-Year Frame, 3-Year Parts, 90-Day Wear Items, 90-Day Labour

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#5: Keiser M3i

Keiser M3i Indoor Cycle Bundle
  • Bundle includes: Keiser M3i Indoor Cycle, Media Tray, Stretch Pads, Floor Mat
  • Industry's First V-Shape Frame: Enables M3i to mimic different road-bike frames by allowing seat and handlebars to be raised in conjunction to adjust for riders of all sizes, from 4-foot-10 to 7-feet tall
  • Bluetooth-enabled Interactive Cycling: Riders can connect to the Keiser M Series app and train with real-time graphs for power and heart rate, cadence range dials, FTP zones and more for a limitless array of workouts
  • Durability and Beauty: Simple, elegant design makes the M3i extremely durable, virtually maintenance-free, and a sexy showpiece for your home or gym
  • Made in the USA: The M3i is ONLY indoor bike built in the United States, ensuring the tightest quality control
$1,995.00

This is it – the moment we’ve been waiting for. This is the crescendo of our top bike list for this year, and this is a well-deserved place for this very special Keiser M3i pro-grade indoor cycling bike. Let’s jump right in and learn everything there is to know about it.

Keiser started off the M3 series with, well, the M3, then the M3 Plus (as we mentioned in the introduction to this price-segment) and the M3i is the product of years of testing, trials and errors and user-feedback – and Keiser has answered.

The M3 series has been a staple in the cycling community but the original just couldn’t cut it in terms of certain features and functionality. The M3i has made all of the bad go away, and has brought in all of the stuff we wanted to see in the newest iteration!

Stuffed with features, let’s let the feature-set below do the talking so you can learn everything there is to know about it.

Key Features:

  • The M3 series by Keiser has been a staple in the industry and is loved by home users and gym-goers alike
  • Newest version of the M3 series (M3, M3 Plus and M3i)
  • Comes from a long line of reliable bikes and the Keiser series are club and home favorites
  • Smooth, moving-part-less belt-drive system for supreme quietness
  • Can easily be used at home at any time without disturbing anyone else
  • Rear-mounted lightweight flywheel (8 lbs)
  • Revolutionary Eddy current magnetic resistance system for maintenance-free operation
  • Fully adjustable seat – backwards, forwards, up and down
  • Fully adjustable handlebar – backwards, forwards, up and down
  • Comes with the ability to connect the Keiser M Series fitness app so you can upload your rides and compare them at a later date if you wish
  • “Holiday Bundle” includes the Polar H1 Wireless Heart Rate Monitoring system
  • Features a wireless Bluetooth display to showcase all important info – distance, time, speed, etc.
  • The computer can relay information to any screen and can also connect to your favorite wireless device (phone or tablet)
  • Features a water bottle holder
  • Wheels for easy transportation from room to room
  • Dimensions: 39L x 48W x 52H
  • Weight Capacity: 400lbs
  • Warranty: 3-Year (excluding labour and wearable parts), 6-Month Wearable Parts (T-Handles, Pedal Cage, Pedal Straps, Saddle Upholstery)

 


Best Recumbent Exercise Bikes for 2018


#1: HCI Fitness PhysioCycle XT

HCI Fitness PhysioCycle XT Recumbent Bike with Arms
  • Walk-through design makes it easy to get on and off the machine
  • Pulse sensors on seat handlebars enable the user to monitor heart rate at all times
  • Pedals with adjustable straps for easy use and perfect
  • Transportation wheels for easy movement
  • Easy to read display shows: time, speed, distance, calories, heart rate and torque level
$1,495.00

By far, one of our favorite choices in our list this year, the HCI Fitness PhysioCycle XT comes with an incredible feature-set, warranty, design, functionality and user-reviews. 

A half-star has been knocked off from our otherwise 4-star review based on the design. We definitely don’t think this is one of the best looking machines, but if you can look past that, there are many features to be desired here.

The robotically welded steel frame will deliver an exceptionally reliable and durable design allowing for repeated bouts of very strenuous riding sessions all with an amazing warranty backed by HCI fitness. Learn more below.

Key Features:

  • One of the most advanced pieces of machinery found in physiotherapy clinics as well
  • Walk-through design separates this machine from step-through models by making it very easy to mount and unmount the machine
  • 8 levels of magnetically controlled resistance
  • 7 built-in workout programs offer up great variety for your workouts
  • Contact heart rate monitoring on seat handlebar grips
  • Seat height is fully adjustable
  • Handlebars also spin around for upper body movement as well
  • Large LCD display makes tracking your fitness information an absolute breeze
  • HCI offers up some of the best customer service in the industry
  • Dimensions: 60L x 25W x 52H
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 3-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour.

 


#2: Sole Fitness LCR Recumbent Bike

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3G Cardio Elite RB Recumbent Bike
  • Small and compact 49-inch length and 27-inch width
  • Seat frame slide adjustment making it possible to accommodate user heights between 5' and 6'4-inch
  • High quality construction with Lifetime frame and 7 year parts Warranty
  • Hand held Heart Rate contact sensors and included wireless Heart Rate strap
  • Narrow Q factor distance between pedals making for an extremely ergonomically correct ride
$1,499.00

When we think of the best exercise equipment manufacturers around, a few come to mind including Sole Fitness. Their LCR Recumbent Bike is truly a functional piece of equipment and a piece of art, all in one package. 

However, we still really do believe you’ll love the Schwinn Fitness AC PERFORMANCE PLUS.

Not only will you get an incredible workout on this machine with the 10 program options available, you’ll look great while you’re on it as well. Best of all, this machine will look fantastic in your home.

Offering 40 levels of resistance and a massive LCD display, this bike will deliver an astounding workout experience for years to come. The Lifetime Frame Warranty will also ease your mind as you ride this thing on a daily basis and put it through its paces.

Key Features:

  • Awarded with a Best Buy award for this price range from various reviewers
  • Sole Fitness brings many many years of experience to the table
  • Sole equipment can be found in any gym across the world due to its incredible reliability as a brand
  • Focused at the commercial marketplace, with a beautiful, industrial design
  • The 40 resistance levels, adjustable seat and back rest and 30lbs flywheel will ensure continued reliability
  • 6 Standard programs, 2 Custom programs and 2 Hear rate programs ensure that you will always be exercising correctly
  • Large and detailed LCD display allow users to target their fitness goals without being side tracked by useless information
  • This machine comes mostly pre-assembled for one of the most easy set up experiences in this price class
  • Comes with built in fan, speakers and water bottle holder
  • Dimensions: 57L x 30W x 50H
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: [Residential]: Lifetime Frame, 5-Year Electronics, 5-Year Parts, 2-Year Labour [Commercial]: Lifetime Frame, 3-Year Electronics, 3-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour

 


#3: 3G Cardio Elite Recumbent Bike

Cybex 750R Recumbent Exercise Bike
  • High-powered recumbent exercise bike with self-tensioning drive system
  • 20- to 900-watt power range accommodates beginning and advanced riders
  • 3 modes of operation, 21 total programs, and 21 resistance levels
  • Multi-position handlebars, proprietary ventilated seat, and extra-wide pedals
  • Supports up to 400 pounds; measures 25 x 49.5 x 63.5 inches (W x H x D)
$1,499.99

We absolutely love the 3G Cardio Elite Recumbent Bike. This bike also comes from a highly reputable exercise equipment manufacturer and you’ll find out exactly why you will love this machine down below.

If you want a great recumbent bike for a great workout experience, but you don’t have tons of spare room, we think the Cardio Elite Recumbent Bike will fit that bill perfectly due to its exceptionally small footprint.

Not only do you get a highly adjustable seat, industry-leading warranties and a massive LCD display, you also get 12 built-in programs and 16 levels of controllable resistance for any experience level and we think those are the key features to look out for in an exercise bike.

Key Features:

  • One of our smallest offerings in this price range for this year for smaller spaces
  • Low height, step-through mounting and unmounting for ease of use
  • Front transport wheels and easy-lift handles at the back make it a breeze to store away when not in use
  • Large LCD allows access to your vital fitness information
  • Features 12 Built in Pre-Set Programs
  • 3 Built in heart rate programs
  • 4 user profiles for a highly customisable experience
  • Features 16 levels of resistance for all experience levels whether beginner or advanced
  • 25 different adjustability settings for your 3-way, multi position seat for extended comfort
  • Special Note: White-Glove Delivery & In-Home Installation are available
  • Dimensions: 49L x 27W x 43H
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: [Residential]: Lifetime Frame, 7-year Parts, 1-Year In-Home Labour [Commercial]: 3-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour

 


#4: Fitnex R70 Recumbent Exercise Bike

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Fitnex R70 Recumbent Exercise Bike
  • Commercial grade recumbent exercise bike for your home with matrix/LED computer console
  • 16 levels of friction-free magnetic resistance
  • Tracks time, distance, speed, calories, and pulse rate; eight built-in programs
  • Contact heart rate sensors built into fixed handlebars on side of seat
  • 73 by 23-inch footprint; 400-pound weight capacity
$1,891.99

What can we say here? Not many of any products we recommend are awarded with our highly-prestigious Editor’s 5-Star Rating and the reason we awarded the Fitnex R70 with this award will be obvious once you check out the full feature set below!

Thanks to its commercial-grade construction made out of high-density steel this bike will be the most durable on our list this year.

The massively oversized console can display tons of fitness tracking data at the same time and the 16 levels of resistance will deliver a Gold Standard level of adjustability.

However, what you will love most about this bike is the incredible Lifetime Frame Warranty for a headache-free user experience for years to come.

See the full feature-set below.

Key Features:

  • Commercial grade recumbent bike made from a solid steel frame for extended durability
  • 16 levels of magnetic resistance caters to any experience level
  • Massively-sized console indicates distance, time, sped, calories and heart rate and includes 8 built in exercise programs
  • EKG pulse grip heart rate monitoring handlebars included
  • Features fully adjustable seat and back rest support
  • Dimensions: 70L x 31W x 44H
  • Weight Capacity: 400lbs
  • Warranty: [Residential]: Lifetime Frame, 5-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour [Commercial]: Please contact FMIAmerica for details.

 


#5: Sole Fitness R92 Recumbent Bike

SOLE Fitness R92 Exercise Bike
  • Recumbent exercise bike with 2-degree inward design on foot pedals
  • Puts your body in correct posture while minimizing aches and pains
  • Padded, adjustable seat with supportive back; 20 resistance levels
  • 9-inch console display; 6 preset programs, 2 user programs, and 2 HR programs
  • 300-pound weight capacity; measures 30 x 50 x 57 inches (W x H x D)
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Generally speaking, you can find Sole Fitness in all of our articles because they just offer up some of the best gear in gyms when it comes to exercise equipment. You will definitely love their R92 Recumbent Bike by Sole Fitness for sure.

Knowledge is everything in our opinion, and this massive 9″ LCD display will let you monitor all aspects of your fitness journey and where you are today compared to yesterday.

The Bluetooth connectivity seamlessly lets you connect to your favorite apps including Sole Fitness’s own app and MyFitnessPal.

You’ll also be offered a great set of speakers so you can listen to your favorite music, movies or shows while you are exercising making it a great option for that kind of thing. You will truly love this machine for all of its options and features.

Key Features:

  • Features a 14 position adjustable seat with highly supportive back rest for extended comfort
  • Large 9” LCD display allows you to keep track of all of your fitness information so you can stay on top of your fitness goals
  • Bluetooth connectivity allows seamless connections to your favorite workout apps including: the Sole Fitness app, Fitbit, iHealth, Record, Map My Fitness, MyFitnessPal and many others
  • Features 6 standard workout programs, 2 custom programs and 2 heart rate programs
  • Built-in speakers allow you to listen to your favorite music or vidoes
  • Cooling fan is also included along with wireless chest strap heart rate monitoring
  • Dimensions: 57L x 29W x 50H
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 3-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour

So I know we’ve covered a lot of ground here, and we do apologize for all of the information overloads. If you want to go back and review any of the sections you can do so using our quick-navigation menu below.


Some key takeaways for this article will be the following:

  • There are 2 main types of drive systems: belt or chain
    • belt-driven indoor bikes are the best nowadays thanks to the quiet operation and maintenance-free usage
  • There are 2 types of resistance: magnetic or strap restance
    • magnetic resistance is the most modern design and allows your bike to be quieter and less down-time

Short Buyer’s Guide


So how can you determine what type of exercise bike is the best for you? 

There seems to be hundreds of different options across numerous manufacturers and it can be quite overwhelming to choose the right one.

We do have a major buying guide to help you choose a bike – but first let’s talk about how you can decide what type of exercise bike is the best for your personal needs.

You’re Just Not Sure What You Need: Keep Reading!


Well, you see, the reason it matters what type of spin bike you choose is because there are a variety of different kinds with a variety of different price tags attached as well.

Some common questions you can ask yourself would be:

  • How much money do I have to spend on an exercise bike?
  • How much space do I have in my exercise area (whether at home or anywhere else you’ll be putting it)?
  • How experienced am I at riding?
  • Will many other people be using the bike, or will it be just me?
  • Do I prefer to lay back (recumbent style) or sit upright (regular style)?
  • Would I like to be able to fold the bike up when it’s not in use?
  • Do I want to perform regular maintenance on the bike to keep it functioning or do I want to have a hassle-free experience?

There are a few other questions you might ask yourself and hopefully we’re going to help answer any questions you might have!


We’re not going to spend much time here because we’ve already written an article on how to choose an exercise bike for home usage in which we explain how your budget ultimately decides how many options you have.

You can go and read that article here if you’re interested in that. 

IN addition to that, it pretty much goes without saying that in any purchasing decision, the money you have available will determine what you can get.

Let’s move on.

How Much Space and Experience Do You Have, and How Many Others Will Use the Bike?


These are pretty important questions to ask. 

We’ll also keep this article quite short because there’s not much to it either.

SPACE:

If you have a very small space and you don’t have much experience, and not many others will use the bike, then something like a cheap folding exercise bike can do the trick for you.

This unit by Exerpeutic has over 5,000 4.5/5 star ratings across various online retailer websites and the quality truly speaks for itself.

It would be a good idea to only check that out if you’re just starting out and it’s going to be used maybe 2-3 times per week.

Whereas it doesn’t have the ability to act as a go-to bike for serious riders, that unit can serve your purposes quite well if you want to fold the unit when it’s not in use and save space in your small house or apartment!

For additional cheap folding options for beginners, feel free to browse our main article on how to choose an exercise bike including descriptions of top-notch options.

The bikes in that article will be upright bicycles such as the one depicted just underneath this sentence if you’re on a smartphone (or on the right hand side if you’re on a computer).

For information regarding recumbent bikes (ones you can lean back on) keep reading the article as we’ll cover that next.

EXPERIENCE:

If you’re relatively new to cycling you really won’t gain any benefit from more powerful or capable bikes, and we want you to just save your money if that’s the case.

For more advanced riders, you might have to spend a little bit more money on a higher quality unit with more resistance so you will actually be able to get the proper workout completed.

HOW MANY OTHERS USE IT?

If it’s just yourself using the bike 2-3 times per week, you’ll get away with a cheaper unit.

More frequent sessions or more vigorous sessions will demand a more quality unit, but it’s not too big of a deal if you’re not planning on training for a triathlon on your exercise bike!

Do You Prefer Recumbent (leaning-back) Bikes or Upright (standard-style) Bikes?


This is a pretty obvious question, but one that is mostly overlooked to be honest.

There are folding options for both upright bikes and recumbent bikes but it’s ultimately going to come down to your own personal preference.

No one can make that choice for you, nor is there any benefit of one over the other – this is 100% whatever you prefer.

You will still get high-quality machines if you choose the recumbent style, but overall, we personally prefer upright bikes for our own use.

RECUMBENT:

Most common benefits of a recumbent bike:

  • More comfortable, relaxed positioning
  • Less strain on your back
  • Less wrist strain
  • Less discomfort on your glutes and tailbone
  • Easier to get in and out of

The most important fact is that this is our own preference, and we won’t tell you that one is better than the other.


Check out this fantastic beginner’s video on recumbent bikes by Silver Sneakers on Youtube! <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>

If this is something that’s of interest to you, you can learn more about the best recumbent bike options for this year here.

UPRIGHT BIKES:

Most common benefits of upright bikes:

  • Much more natural-feeling experience that more closely resembles real cycling
  • Higher engagement due to the more realistic positioning
  • Generally speaking, there are a handful more options when it comes to upright bikes
  • Certain models can take up less space in your home and can be more easily stored away when not in use

There are pros and cons to both recumbent and upright bikes and you’re just going to have to trust your own instinct on which one will suit your own needs best.

Let’s move on to the next part!

So, What’s the Best For You?


As Linus Sebastian from LinusTechTips (a highly popular technology YouTube Channel) likes to say:

IT DEPENDS!

It depends on everything we’ve discussed above.

If you want to lean back, grab yourself a recumbent bike and be as comfortable as it gets!

If you want realism, snap yourself up one of these amazing upright exercise bikes and pick your poison (or, you know, “health device…”) anyway…

…all bad jokes aside, we really hope this guide has helped you out in your quest to find the perfect cycling companion for your home!


 

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions


QUESTION: Do I need to use some sort of a floor pad for my exercise bike?

It is generally recommended to add a floor pad to your exercise bike since sometimes the noise can be a little bit too much for comfort if you’re using your bike on a hardwood floor.

Additionally, placing your exercise bike on a carpet could potentially leave permanent imprints in your carpet which you might consider undesirable.

However, floor mats are not “absolutely necessary” if you don’t mind the above issues.


QUESTION: Are belt-drive bikes actually quieter than chain-drive bikes?

Although for the enthusiast cyclist who doesn’t mind extra noise and a more hands-on maintenance experience we would always recommend a chain-drive bike, belt-drive bikes are definitely quieter, smoother and have no maintenance albeit at the expense of providing a less-than-realistic cycling experience.


QUESTION: Are exercise bikes good for weight loss?

Although generally we recommend honing in on the calories you eat for weight loss, exercise bikes can be a great asset to also utilize if your goal is to lose fat.

Keep in mind that you will need to burn fewer calories than you eat to lose weight, and whether you use an exercise bike or any other piece of cardio equipment weight loss won’t happen unless you do the above.


QUESTION: Are more expensive exercise bikes worth the money?

It’s completely up to you to decide – if you’re a beginner or intermediate, a bike from about 300-700 should be great for you.

However, if you’re more advanced, and require specific needs, perhaps looking at the 700 dollar + range will be more suitable for you but only you can answer that question.

Generally, you get a few benefits the more expensive your bike is:

  • better warranties
  • higher quality craftsmanship
  • better service and support
  • a longer lasting machine

QUESTION: Are extended warranties worth it?

If you’re investing a significant amount of money ($500 or more) and plan on using your exercise bike more than 3-4 times per week, and you want it to last a long time, you can consider purchasing an extended warranty.

In general, if we’re planning on using our exercise gear heavily, and the machine is a pretty expensive cost, we’ll go ahead with the added warranties since it could be worth it for us – but again, only you can decide that!


QUESTION: How difficult is it to assemble your exercise bike?

Please keep in mind that assembly will differ between models, and it’s impossible for us to know every single piece of information surrounding this.

If you’re interested in finding out what models have what sort of assembly requirements, please head to the specific bike’s product page on either the manufacturer’s website or Amazon.com to find out how to assemble the bike in the Questions section (under reviews).

Generally speaking, however, exercise bike manufacturers have a lot of stiff competition, and for the most part they keep the assembly process pretty quick and easy, and oftentimes even include all the tools required to get the job done.

Rarely will you need additional help and in most cases the task can be completed within 2 hours with one single person.


QUESTION: Are recumbent bikes better than upright bikes?

This is all personal preference – of course upright bikes offer a more realistic cycling experience, however, recumbent bikes are also a fantastic option depending on if you value realism or if you value comfort more.

If you’re interested in learning about recumbent bikes, please feel free to head on over to our recumbent bikes list for this year!


QUESTION: Are exercise bikes safer than other types of exercise equipment?

Exercise bikes provide a very low-impact form of exercise unlike treadmills.

You aren’t repeatedly placing a lot of acute stress on your joints such as during running and we therefore believe that exercise bikes (especially recumbent bikes) offer a superb cardio experience for those wishing to place as little stress on your joints as possible.

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Final Note:

If you have any questions regarding any of the information we have presented you with here or if you have discovered any errors, exercise bikes that are discontinued or you wish to share your thoughts, opinions or if you have any other questions, please use our Contact Form and we will be happy to answer anything you have to say!

Thank you so much for tuning in and we hope to see you again soon.