Best Exercise Bikes 2022 – Do NOT Buy Before Reading This!

Kristen Nelson

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Last Updated: November 21, 2022

Exercise bikes have exploded in popularity in the last few years — and one primary reason is the engaging content that is now available on many bikes. Rather than ride inside alone in a dark room, indoor cycling bikes now feature full-color interactive touchscreens with live classes, personal trainers, crisp outdoor landscapes, and even a full 24-stage breakdown of the Tour de France. This new generation of exercise bikes is redefining a sport once claimed by weekend warriors and rugged mountain bikers.

We have researched, tested, and compared the best exercise bikes on the market, and here is our breakdown for 2022. So jump on, and try one out! You may not be a professional cyclist, but you’ll sure feel like one.

Here are the Best Exercise Bikes of 2022 – by Awards

Honorable Mention:

  • Schwinn IC3 – Honorable Mention


  • As you can see, there are lots of great options when it comes to choosing an exercise bike. We have our favorites based on quality, components, tech features, warranty and overall functionality. Depending on what you are looking for, there are several great options to choose from!

    See the Pro’s and Con’s, features, specs, and why each exercise bike made our best list below.

    Why Buy an Exercise Bike?

    • Exercise bikes are considerably smaller than other types of indoor equipment.
    • Bikes are easy to use and understand. Most people have ridden a bike before, so using one at home isn’t overwhelming.
    • They are quiet so they won’t disturb neighbors or family members
    • With an indoor bike you can workout on your schedule, in the safety of your own home.
    • Bikes are low-impact. They are not jarring on your joints or spine.

    We’ve reviewed exercise bikes that include a screen, some incline and decline, some are recumbent and others offer subscription content. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite exercise bikes in 2022!

    Why You Should Trust Us

    Even though we’re called Treadmill Review Guru, we test exercise bikes just as thoroughly and as often as we test treadmills. We put time in the saddle and sweat on the handlebars while we test out all the features of each, take classes if subscription content is available, and compare every bike to others on the market.

    As we review, we are able to jump from bike to bike to get a good feel of every flywheel, every saddle, and every subscription app to get the best comparisons possible. This gives us the opportunity to bring you the most detailed and informative reviews so you can take home an exercise bike you will love and be excited about, just like we are about all these bikes on this list.

    Sneak Peek of Best Exercise Bikes:









    Best Exercise Bikes of 2022 — Our Guru’s Top Picks

    1. Best Exercise Bike 2022 – NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle

    NordicTrack S22i Best Overall Exercise Bike 2022
    The NordicTrack s22i is our #1 Best Exercise Bike for 2022! The s22i has it all: streamlined frame design, high-end features, and innovative tech all at an affordable price point! It also includes iFit free for the first month with classes and outdoor routes led by personal trainers. Add to this the automated incline and decline feature which makes the s22i the best indoor exercise bike on the market.

    The Nordictrack s22i changed what it means to ride inside. While other bikes offer fun studio-based rides, the iFit content on the s22i features outdoor routes for both road and mountain rides. I loved the variability of the routes in iFit. You can traverse the rugged mountains of New Zealand or join a road race with hundreds of other cyclists on the Tour of Utah. The s22i also inclines and declines, so the bike will literally tilt while you ride to match the terrain of the route. The incline and decline features are automated, so you don’t have to adjust it one your own – which makes riding the s22i feel very natural. (You can override the automation at any time if desired).

    The 22” touchscreen is placed at the end of the handlebars so it is easy to see and reach, but not right in your face. Control buttons on the handlebars also make it a breeze to adjust the resistance or incline when needed. We also love the built-in fan at the base of the screen with four power settings. The s22i has hybrid pedals so you can ride it with an SPD cycling shoe or any athletic shoe. It also includes 3lb hand weights for upper-body work in the strength training workouts on iFit.

    The Nordictrack s22i is best suited for those who want an outdoor riding experience. Consumers looking for innovative tech. Those who will enjoy the automated incline/decline. Riders who prefer outdoor routes. Those who want a 22” touchscreen. Riders who want subscription content that is updated regularly. People who want something engaging and fun, but also quiet and not overly large.

    Click Here for In-depth Review of NordicTrack s22i

    Pros
    • Automated Incline/Decline
    • 22” HD Touchscreen with white stat bar
    • Resistance and Incline auto-adjust for you in iFit programs
    • Fan built into screen
    • Inertia-Enhanced flywheel maintains smooth motion.
    • Extended reach from saddle to handlebar enables space for all size riders
    • Soft spongy-coated handlebars with multiple positions
    • iFit included free for one month
    • iFit features outdoor routes and indoor classes as well as cross-training options all led by certified personal trainers
    Cons
    • Slightly stiff seat (but it can be swapped out for any compatible seat)
    • Speakers project from back of screen rather than in front
    FeaturesSpecifications
    • Automated +20% Incline to -10% Decline
    • 24 Levels of Magnetic Resistance with Handlebar Controls
    • Inertia-Enhanced 32lb flywheel
    • 3 Points of adjustment
    • Touchscreen options to control incline and resistance
    • Fans attached to the bottom of the touchscreen
    Construction:

    • Front-mounted Transport Wheels with Adjustable Leveling Feet
    • Padded Saddle and Flat ergonomic pedals
    • 55.0″ L x 21.9″ W x 56.9″ H Footprint

    Console:

    • 22” Smart HD Touchscreen
    • Two 2” Digitally Amplified Speakers
    • Dual Water Bottle Holders
    • AutoBreeze™ Workout Fan

    Functionality:

    • -10% – 20% Incline
    • SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
    • 24 Digital Resistance Levels with OneTouch™ Controls
    • Inertia-enhanced Flywheel
    • Automated Incline & Decline System
    • Non-slip, Multi-position Handlebar
    • 350 Lb. User Weight Capacity

    Warranty

    • 10-Year Frame Warranty
    • 2-Year Parts Warranty
    • 1-Year Labor Warranty
    Recommendation
    We love the Nordictrack s22i. This bike makes you feel like you are outdoors, navigating technical terrain as you traverse some of the most scenic regions in the world. Gone are the days of riding alone in a dark room — now you can exercise in the safety of your own home but not feel like you’re stuck there. All the outdoor rides are led by a professional cyclist so if you’re climbing the mountains of Germany, the guide is right ahead of you, providing cadence guidance and instruction. If you are looking for an innovative bike with some impressive tech and even more impressive content, check out the Nordictrack s22i. This is our pick for Best Exercise Bike in 2022.

    2. Best Exercise Bike under $1000 – Bowflex C6 Exercise Bike

    Best Exercise Bike Under $1000 2022 - Bowflex C6

    The Bowflex C6 Bike is our pick for Best Exercise Bike under $1000. This bike is new on our list this year and it’s already ranked #2! The Bowflex C6 bike surprised us with its comfortable saddle, handlebars, and overall design. We like this bike because it has a Bluetooth enabled console, so you can sync any number of cycling apps with the C6 for customized training and real-time metrics. The C6 includes an armband chest strap (HR shows up on the console) and has 100 levels of magnetic resistance. We think the Bowflex C6 is a great all-around bike and a good option for those who want the freedom to use other apps — you’re not locked into one subscription. This is one of our favorite bikes and we are thrilled with the great price point!

    The Bowflex C6 bike does not have a touchscreen but it has a Bluetooth-enabled console. The console provides ride metrics such as speed, distance, calorie burn, time elapsed, RPM’s, etc. Since the console is Bluetooth compatible, it will also sync with a phone or tablet and it will connect with certain 3rd party apps. This means you can use Zwift, Peloton, iFit, or other cycling apps while riding the Bowflex C6. While watching the Peloton app, for example, your cadence will show up on your phone or tablet screen. (There is a tablet holder attached to the handlebars.) While you don’t get the same metrics as on the fully integrated Peloton app, you can still see all your other riding metrics on the C6 console including calorie burn and wattage, etc.

    Another thing we like about the Bowflex C6 bike is it has 100 levels of magnetic resistance. 100 levels of resistance just makes sense. Other bikes have 32 resistance levels or maybe 26, but these arbitrary levels can make it harder to interpret overall resistance and rider strength. The Bowflex C6 bike also has hybrid pedals, so it will work with any athletic shoe — you don’t need cycling shoes to ride. However, there are SPD clips on the underside of the flat pedal for those who prefer SPD spin shoes. We are impressed with the combination of a Bluetooth enabled console, the ability to sync with 3rd party apps, the use of 100 levels of resistance and the hybrid pedals on the Bowflex C6.

    The Bowflex C6 is best suited for riders who: Want a comfortable indoor bike that is stable and well built. Are interested in using cycling or other entertainment apps, but don’t want to pay for a touchscreen. Would like the option of using different training apps rather than be limited to just whichever one comes with the bike. Want hybrid pedals so you can use a regular athletic shoe or SPD cycling shoe. Want a bike any rider will fit on (the Bowflex C6 has four adjustment points). Need something quiet and low impact. Are looking for a way to train or exercise indoors.

    Click Here for In-depth Review of Bowflex C6 Bike

    Pros
    • Riders can enjoy their favorite cycling or training app on the C6. You aren’t locked in to one subscription.
    • You can even watch Netflix or Hulu (or any other entertainment app) on your phone or tablet while riding
    • The C6 bike is very quiet; the flywheel does not generate any noise.
    • This bike is lightweight and takes up less space than a treadmill, rower, etc.
    • Cycling is a great low impact, cardiovascular workout
    • Any rider can use the C6 since it has hybrid pedals that will support an SPD shoe or any athletic shoe
    • Sturdy and well built, the C6 feels a step up from entry level bikes with the functionality of high end studio cycles
    • Sleek black and red styling will look chic in your home or workout space
    • Four adjustment points enable riders of all sizes to find the right fit
    Cons
    • Bike is relatively new on the market so there is limited information on long term durability
    • Independent 3rd party apps all require their own subscription
    • A tablet screen is typically smaller than the touch screens found on more expensive bikes
    FeaturesSpecifications
    • LCD backlit computer console
    • Cadence Sensors in pedals transmit RPM’s and speed to console
    • Various handlebar grips both vertical and horizontal
    • Magnetic Resistance levels 1-100
    • Four adjustment points
    • Bluetooth enabled to sync with any number of external fitness apps
    • Front mounted 3lb weights, included
    • Armband heart rate strap included
    Construction:

    • Frame: Steel frame welded for stability
    • Stabilizers: Front and rear stabilizers hold bike securely
    • Saddle: Light padding, racing style seat; not replaceable
    • Pedals: Hybrid SPD and flat with cage
    • Flywheel: Weighted
    • Bike weight: 106lbs
    • Footprint: 48.7″L x 21.2″W x 51.8″H
    • Max Weight: 330lbs

    Console

    • LCD backlit computer console with speed, rpms, estimated calories, wattage, etc.
    • Cadence Sensors in pedals transmit RPM’s and estimated speed to console
    • Two oversized water bottle cages
    • Various handlebar grips both vertical and horizontal

    Functionality:

    • Magnetic Resistance; Resistance Knob
    • Digital Resistance levels 1-100
    • Four adjustment points: Seat up/down and forward/aft, Handlebars up/down and forward/aft
    • Bluetooth enabled to sync with any number of external fitness apps
    • No preloaded programs
    • 3lb Weights included, attached below water bottle cages
    • Requires power source to activate the console
    • Requires internet connection to run apps
    • All external apps require their own subscription
    • Armband heart rate strap included

    Warranty

    • 10 years frame
    • 3 years electronics/parts
    • 1 year labor
    Recommendation
    The Bowflex C6 bike is our pick for Best Exercise Bike under $1000, but really this bike is comparable to other exercise bikes that cost double the amount. The C6 is a quality indoor exercise bike with an LCD console, comfortable handles and seat, hybrid pedals and Bluetooth enabled console. Even if you don’t use any 3rd party apps on the C6, you’re going to get a great workout. It has four adjustment points so people of different sizes will be able to find the right fit. We love the use of 100 levels of resistance because it just makes sense to people when estimating how hard they’re working. If you’re looking for something affordable and well-built, that allows you multiple training options, the C6 is a great bike to consider.

    3. Best Exercise Bike under $1500 – ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22

    Best Exercise Bike Under $1500 2022 - ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22

    The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 has an amazing 22” touchscreen! This sturdy bike sits firmly on the floor so it won’t rock or wobble while you ride. The 22” touchscreen is the same size as both the Peloton Bike+ and the NordicTrack s22i. We like the ProForm Studio Pro 22 because you get the benefits of the 22” screen for a great price on a stable frame. This bike is currently priced under $1500 and considering the content, features, touchscreen and magnetic resistance, this is a fantastic deal.

    As exercise bikes have become more popular in recent years, we’ve seen an explosion of tech updates on the bikes themselves. Old fashioned spin bikes had no tech and were designed for semi-professional cyclists who wanted to train inside during the off season. You were on your own when it came to training content (your personal regimen) and tech (an old TV mounted in the basement). Today we see hundreds of cycling apps and lots of tech-enhanced bikes to choose from. However, they don’t all have the same quality or content.

    We like the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 because it capitalizes on ProForm’s history of building quality exercise bikes with the added feature of iFit which has built an extensive library of video training content. The Studio Bike Pro 22 brings the best of both worlds together so you get a quality bike and impressive training content in one affordable package.

    While the NordicTrack bikes have a motor that inclines and declines the bike frame as you ride, not all cyclists may want this feature. A motor is something that may wear out or break over time and for riders who want to just hop on and go, the Bike Pro 22 provides a gorgeous 22” touchscreen with the full iFit library — but you don’t have to worry about any motor other than your legs!

    Read our full review the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 to learn more.

    Pros
    • Affordable but still offers many of the same features found on more expensive bikes
    • Multi-position handlebars have a light spongy coating that protects the bars and also makes them slightly more comfortable when you are riding
    • iFit is included free for the first month so you can use and enjoy all the classes and content before you have to pay for a subscription
    • If you opt not to use iFit, the bike will still work with the preloaded programs that come included
    • The screen swivels side to side so you can see it when you step off the bike
    • Both indoor classes and outdoor routes provide lots of training options. There are HIIT rides, outdoor road rides, mountain bike rides, and trail/gravel rides.
    Cons
    • The screen does not adjust forward or back
    • No QuickTouch buttons to adjust resistance
    FeaturesSpecifications
    • 22” Touchscreen
    • Various handlebar grips both vertical and horizontal
    • Magnetic Resistance levels 1-24
    • Three adjustment points
    • Bluetooth enabled to sync with wireless headphones
    • 3lb weights, included
    • Armband heart rate strap compatible
    Construction

    • Frame: Steel frame welded for stability
    • Stabilizers: Front and rear stabilizers hold bike securely
    • Saddle: Light padding, racing style seat; not replaceable
    • Pedals: Flat with cages
    • Flywheel: 32lb Inertia-enhanced weighted
    • Handlebars: Coated, multi-position
    • Footprint: 22” Wide x 57” Deep x 54” High
    • Max Weight: 250lbs
    • Bike Weight: 125lbs

    Console

    • 22” Touchscreen attached
    • Various handlebar grips both vertical and horizontal

    Functionality

    • Silent Magnetic Resistance; Resistance Knob
    • Digital Resistance levels 1-24
    • Three adjustment points: Seat up/down and forward/aft; Handlebars up/down
    • Bluetooth enabled to sync with wireless headphones
    • 3lb Weights included
    • Requires power source to activate console
    • Requires internet connection to run apps
    • All external apps require their own subscription
    • Armband heart rate strap included

    Warranty

    • 10 years frame
    • 2 years electronics/parts
    • 1 year labor
    Recommendation
    If you are in the market for a solid exercise bike with a crisp touchscreen and good training content, the Studio Bike Pro 22 is a great option. This doesn’t have the extra bells and whistles of a motor with incline or decline; it doesn’t lean side to side or have other special features. It’s just a good bike with a nice screen and lots of video content. You can ride inside in a class setting or opt for an outdoor ride anywhere in the world! iFit outdoor rides include road rides through France, gravel rides through the Utah backcountry, and even mountain bike rides in New Zealand. iFit is included free for the first month, which is also a huge perk. We love the Studio Bike Pro 22 because it offers the best features for an impressive price!

    4. Best Exercise Bike Without a Subscription – Sole SB900 Exercise Bike

    Best Exercise Bike Without Subscription 2022 - Sole SB900
    The Sole SB900 is a great bike for riders who want quality and durability, but don’t want to pay for added tech or a subscription. This is why it is our pick for Best Exercise Bike that doesn’t require a Subscription. Sole has a reputation for building high-quality fitness equipment and the SB900 is no different. It does not offer all the bells and whistles frequently found on newer spin bikes, instead it keeps the geometry clean with a precise design and solid engineering. If you are a spin enthusiast who loves to ride, values quality, and doesn’t want extra tech, this is the best bike for you!

    Sole has a reputation for building sturdy, quality equipment and the SB900 is Sole’s premier exercise bike. It has all steel construction, solid seat and handlebar posts, and sturdy stabilizers under the front and rear to keep it from rocking while on the floor. Also, the 48lb flywheel is the heaviest of any bike on our list! The heavier a flywheel is, the smoother it will rotate, so you can ride at any speed and the flywheel will glide along without any jerkiness or hiccups in the motion.

    Sole also offers extensive warranties on all their products which indicates confidence in both build and design. With a lifetime warranty on the frame, the Sole SB900 is really the best bike you will find under $1000.

    Sole designs it’s machines for committed athletes who already have a workout routine and do not need trainers and programs to stay engaged. The SB900 offers: Quality design with steel construction and ergonomic seat and pedals. Multidirectional handlebars. Forward positioned flywheel mimics traditional bike design. Whopping 48lb flywheel creates smooth motion and balanced pedal stroke. Four points of adjustment for riders of all sizes.

    Read our full review of the Sole SB900 Exercise Bike here.

    Pros
    • Steel construction with quiet belt drive and magnetic resistance
    • Weighted flywheel creates smooth pedal motion throughout the rotation
    • Multidirectional handlebars with spongy coating repel sweat
    • Magnetic resistance doesn’t cause wear on the flywheel
    • Pedal stroke is nearly silent so you can ride any time of day or night
    • Balancing feet on rear stabilizer keep the bike from rocking while you ride
    • Front transport wheels make it so you can roll it out of the way
    • 4 points of adjustment is more than most other bikes
    • No plug or WiFi needed
    Cons
    • LCD screen is small, the numbers may be hard for some people to see
    • No fan
    • Resistance is not digitally measured
    FeaturesSpecifications
    • Heavy duty steel construction
    • SPD/Toe Clip Pedals
    • Front Mounted Transport wheels and Rear balancing feet
    • 48lb Chrome-Plated Flywheel
    • 3″ X 4″ LCD Integrated console displays heart rate, RPM, Time, kCal, distance, and speed
    • Eddy Current Magnetic Resistance
    • Resistance Levels: Turn Dial (multi level)
    • Multidirectional Handlebars with extension grips
    • 4 Points of Adjustment:
    • Frame: Lifetime Warranty
    Construction

    • Heavy duty steel construction
    • Footprint: 42″ H x 40” L x 21” W
    • Bike Weight: 160 lbs.
    • Upright Cycle
    • SPD/Toe Clip Pedals
    • Front Mounted Transport wheels
    • Rear leveling feet
    • Quiet belt drive
    • 48lb Perimeter Weighted Flywheel

    Console

    • Integrated console displays heart rate, RPM, Time, kCal, distance, and speed

    Functionality

    • Eddy Current Magnetic Resistance
    • Resistance Levels: Turn Dial (multi level)
    • Workout Display: 3″ X 4″ LCD
    • Heart Rate Monitoring: Chest Strap Compatible
    • Multidirectional Handlebars with extension grips
    • Four Points of Adjustment

    Warranty

    • Frame: Lifetime
    • Electronics: 3 Years
    • Parts: 3 Years
    • Labor: 1 Year
    Recommendation
    The Sole SB900 is our Best Bike without a Subscription. We love Sole machines because they always provide exquisite engineering and quality build. A quiet belt drive and magnetic resistance make it so you can ride this bike anytime without disturbing those around you. The 48lb perimeter-weighted flywheel is one of the heaviest available on in-home exercise bikes and it creates a smooth pedal stroke that glides underfoot. You can roll the SB900 out in front of your TV and watch whatever you want while riding. There’s no need for a subscription and you’re not locked into a specific service. Take a look at the Sole SB900 — it is perfect for riders who want a quality bike at a good price without the extra tech.

    5. Best Exercise Bike for Heart Rate Training – MYX II Exercise Bike

    Best Bike For Heart Rate Training 2022 - MYX II Bike

    MYX Fitness is a relatively new company that offers a Star Trac exercise bike with proprietary training content and a 21” touchscreen for a great price. Like the other bikes on our list, MYX II has capitalized on the renewed interest in indoor cycling with a quality bike and science-backed training content. Unlike other bikes, this one won’t drain your bank account. Like Peloton, the MYX II bike showcases indoor cycling classes on the touchscreen — it just does it for about $1000 less.

    MYX recently upped their content game by partnering with BeachBody and giving not one but two options for subscription workout content. You can choose between live and on-demand classes on OpenFit, as well as BODi. Both offer indoor cycling classes as well as various mat classes, nutrition content and more. OpenFit is the more affordable option, whereas BODi has a monthly fee on top of the annual BeachBody membership. All of the classes in BODi are taught by BeachBody instructors.

    When you’re taking a live class, you can share your live feed with the instructor to get feedback in real-time. The MYX II also has a cadence sensor that is 10% more accurate in tracking your speed, cadence, and distance than standard magnetic-resistance bikes. You can connect your Apple Watch and use it as a heart rate monitor as well.

    One thing we like about the MYX II is that both of the subscription memberships are more you vs you rather than you vs everyone else. MYX II uses heart rate training as the fundamental module, rather than competition or a Leaderboard. Using your target heart rate, the MYX II bike aims to help enhance your conditioning and also gives you a fully immersive experience with direct feedback from your instructor as well as optional additional weights to purchase to make your bike more of a complete home gym, rather than just a bike.. The touchscreen swivels 360 degrees so you can see it off the bike during floor workouts as well.

    The fact that MYX uses your heart rate as a training tool makes it an attractive option for those who are more interested in personal improvements rather than in being on top of a Leaderboard. The MYX II bike uses friction resistance, which isn’t as advanced as magnetic resistance — but it isn’t as expensive either. The feel of the MYX while riding is still smooth and fluid, but the mechanics are simple and won’t break. For those who want quality but are willing to consider new options, the MYX II Bike is an attractive alternative.

    Click here to read our full review of the MYX II Fitness Exercise Bike.

    Pros
    • MYX II offers both the MYX II Bike and MYX II Plus package, so you can just buy the bike or upgrade and get 6 weights, a mat, HR chest strap, foam roller and resistance band for $200 more. This way, customers who don’t need the extra stuff aren’t stuck paying for it.
    • There are live and on-demand classes in indoor cycling, strength, HIIT, yoga and more, as well as nutrition content and news streaming through Newsy.
    • Heart Rate Training is a very precise way to evaluate your overall exertion and fitness as well as assess cardiovascular gains over time.
    • The bike has a 150 pound steel frame and a 350 pound max user weight. This is an impressive weight capacity. The Peloton bike only supports 300 pounds, so the MYX is better for larger users.
    • We like the inclusion of off-bike workouts for strength training. Also, the fact that you can buy the weights and a kettlebell as an add-on is a handy feature. There is currently a backorder on all fitness equipment due to Covid so finding something as simple as the right dumbbells or a kettlebell can take months.
    • There are two monthly subscription options. OpenFit is $29/month and BODi is $19.95/month plus $99 annual BeachBody membership fee. You can pick one or use both.
    • Two bike color options. This may not matter to many people but this is the only subscription bike we are aware of that is offered in two different colors: white or charcoal.
    Cons
    • This bike is new so long-term data on durability are not available
    • Friction resistance flywheel doesn’t let you monitor your resistance levels
    • One year limited warranty
    FeaturesSpecifications
    • 21” Touchscreen that swivels 360 degrees
    • Customized Heart Rate Training
    • 8 MegaPixel Camera for live training
    • Built-in Cadence Sensor tracks speed, cadence, and distance 10% better than standard magnetic-resistance bikes
    • Live and On-Demand Indoor Cycling Classes as well as mat classes through OpenFit Subscription Membership
    • Live and On-Demand Indoor Cycling Classes, mat classes, and nutrition through BeachBody’s BODi Subscription Membership
    • Polar OH1 Heart Rate Monitor Included
    • Adjustable For A Comfortable Fit
    • Multi Function Pedals
    • Connect Apple Watch to use as heart rate monitor
    Construction

    • Frame: Durable, rust proof Star Trac bike
    • Stabilizers: Front and rear stabilizers hold bike securely
    • Saddle: Racing style, narrow design, light padding
    • Pedals: Hybrid flat pedal + SPD clip
    • Flywheel: 41 lbs
    • Footprint: 21” W x 54” L x 47” H
    • Bike Weight: 150 lbs
    • Max Weight: 350 lbs

    Console

    • Screen: 21” Touchscreen, swivels 360 degrees and has built-in camera for live instruction
    • Subscription: OpenFit and/or BODi by Beachbody for Heart Rate Zone live and on-demand cycling classes, scenic rides, running classes, strength training, yoga, Barre, Pilates, nutrition tracking and more
    • WiFi: Required for use
    • Bluetooth: Enabled to sync with included HR chest strap
    • Speakers: Yes
    • Fan: No

    Functionality

    • Resistance: Friction Resistance; Resistance Knob
    • Adjustment: Four adjustment points: Seat up/down and forward/aft, Handlebars up/down and forward/aft
    • Weights: SPRI Weights included with MYX II Plus
    • Pedals: Hybrid flat and SPD
    • Seat: Padded racing saddle

    Warranty

    • 1 year warranty
    Recommendation
    Take a look at the MYX Bike if you are in the market for something affordable but still fun. This bike comes in two color options: charcoal or white and you can upgrade to the Plus package which includes dumbbells, a kettlebell, mat, foam roller, and other goodies! We think this is a deal worth exploring!

    6. Best Exercise Bike With The Largest Screen – NordicTrack S27i Studio Bike

    NordicTrack S27i Studio Bike Star Rating

    The NordicTrack Commercial S27i has the largest screen we’ve seen on an exercise bike. That’s why we’ve awarded it as the best exercise bike with the largest screen. The attached touch screen is 27” and makes for an extremely interactive experience while you’re riding. The S27i is enabled with iFit, which comes free for the first 30 days. With a membership, you can explore iFit’s entire library of trainer-led classes. Choose from studio indoor cycling classes, and outdoor classes filmed in beautiful locations around the world. The 27” screen is impressive and captures iFit’s high-quality content, well. Plus, the NordicTrack S27i is perfect for bike boot camp, as well as mat classes like strength and yoga because the screen pivots up to 360 degrees side to side. So, once you’re finished working your lower body on the bike, you can turn the screen and move into an upper body workout on iFit.

    The massive screen isn’t the only aspect that makes the S27i unique. Just like the NordicTrack S22i, the S27i has an attached motor that tilts the frame of the bike up and down to mimic the experience of riding hills outdoors. When you’re riding, the bike will incline up to 20% and decline to -10%. There are also 24 levels of adjustable magnetic resistance to add variability to your rides. We love that the S27i is quiet and feels solid mainly because of the steel construction and large 350 lb weight capacity.

    The S27i also comes with hybrid pedals that are compatible with any athletic shoe, as well as SPD cleats. This way, users can ride based on their preference to get the most enjoyable experience. There is a fan mounted below the touch screen that provides a nice breeze to help cool you off during sweaty sessions, too. You can also keep a personal item like a phone or keys nearby on the tray that’s in between the handlebars. We really like the included storage on this bike, since many bikes don’t offer this

    We recommend the NordicTrack S27i to users who want to take classes led by instructors. Riders who want a bike that has innovative features. Those who want to feel like they’re riding outside. Users who want a bike that’s fun to ride and offers plenty of variability for training. Riders who want a bike that adjusts on its own to follow the preprogrammed workout.

    Read our full in-depth review of the NordicTrack Commercial S27i Studio Bike here.

    Pros
    • The large attached touch screen is 27” and it tilts and pivots to either side to be used for on and off the bike training.
    • It comes with iFit free for the first month and access to over 16,000 workouts filmed indoors and all over the world.
    • It inclines to 20% and declines to -10% while riding.
    • The pedals offer toe cages and SPD clips.
    • The motor, magnetic resistance, and belt drive system all make this bike very quiet and suitable for shared spaces.
    • The handlebars offer multiple areas to grip as well as accessible buttons to adjust the bike.
    Cons
    • It’s heavy at 217 lbs, but has wheels for transporting.
    • The incline motor adds another motorized component to the bike.
    FeaturesSpecifications
    • Inclines up to 20% and declines to -10%
    • AutoAdjust on iFit adjusts bike to match trainer’s cues and terrain
    • iFit enabled and comes with free month trial
    • 3 adjustment points
    • Handlebar controls as well as controls on touch screen
    • Storage tray
    • Included 3 lb weights
    • Mounted fan
    Construction

    • Steel and corrosion resistant build
    • Hybrid pedals with toe cages and SPD clips
    • 57″ L x 28″ W x 65″ H Footprint
    • 217 lb bike weight

    Console

    • 27” Rotating & Tilting Smart HD Touchscreen
    • 30 W Premium Audio
    • Dual Water Bottle Holders
    • AutoBreeze™ Workout Fan

    Functionality

    • -10% – 20% Incline
    • DC motor
    • Magnetic Resistance
    • 24 Digital Resistance Levels
    • 32 lb Inertia-enhanced Flywheel
    • Ergonomic padded seat
    • 350 Lb. User Weight Capacity

    Warranty

    • 10-Year Frame Warranty/li>
    • 2-Year Parts Warranty
    • 1-Year Labor Warranty
    Recommendation
    The NordicTrack S27i is an excellent option if you’re looking for a bike with more capabilities than your average stationary bike. The incline and decline function is fun and the iFit content on the large screen makes for a highly engaging experience.

    7. Best Air Bike – AssaultBike Elite

    Best Air Bike - AssaultBike Elite
    The AssaultBike Elite from Assault Fitness is our pick for the best air bike overall among these exercise bikes and it’s at the top of our best air bikes list, too. This premium air bike from Assault has everything you want in an air bike and then some. First off, the construction is of commercial grade quality, making the AssaultBike found in public and private gyms. Plus, being that it’s one of the most popular air bikes on the market, it’s tired and tested to be durable, and hearty all while giving you a killer total body workout. What more could you ask for?

    The flywheel is a large 27” fan with 6 fan blades that suck in air that’s used as resistance while you pedal. What makes this bike perfect for a challenging workout is that the fan provides unlimited resistance, so the harder you pedal the more tension you get. The handles also move in conjunction with the pedals so you’re able to work your entire body simultaneously. Targeted training is possible when you rest your feet on the foot pegs, too.

    We appreciated the two-way adjustable seat that is wide to support you during shorter intense intervals and bursts. We appreciate it’s adjustability to handle all of our reviewers ranging from 5’0” up to 6’5” comfortably, and the large 350 lb weight capacity.

    Another appealing factor is that the AssaultBike Elite air bike doesn’t require electricity to use. The LCD display is battery-powered to turn on when you start pedaling. This display is where you can keep track of your workout metrics and connect through bluetooth to the FIIT App for guided workouts led by energetic instructors. A small lip serves as your device holder, or you can place the air bike in front of your TV to use the app on a larger screen. Keep in mind that this powerful bike does make more noise than magnetic and even friction resistance bikes.

    Learn more at our review about the Assault Fitness AssaultBike Elite.

    Pros
    • The construction can handle both personal and public use.
    • The console is simple to not require electricity to use the bike, while also having bluetooth connectivity and compatibility with the FIIT app.
    • The bike is solid at 139 lbs but can be moved around easily.
    • The seat can be adjusted four ways to work for a variety of heights.
    Cons
    • The fan and chain drive system generates noise making this bike not suitable for some home spaces.
    • The seat isn’t our favorite and is a little slippery.
    FeaturesSpecifications
    • Unlimited Air Resistance
    • Total Body Training
    • Bluetooth Console Connectivity
    • All-Metal Pedals With Cleated Edges and Textured Moving Handles
    • Bike weighs 139 lbs
    Construction

    • Commercial-Grade steel construction
    • Chain drive system
    • 4-way adjustable seat
    • Textured foot pegs
    • Unlimited air resistance
    • Footprint: 55.08” long x 26.26” wide x 55” high

    Console

    • LCD Display
    • Custom mode, HIIT interval programs, target programs, and heart-rate programs
    • Time, distance, and calorie goal programs
    • Bluetooth enabled
    • Workout metrics: time, speed, distance, pace, watts, calories, and heart rate

    Functionality

    • 27” fan
    • Ideal for HIIT training and short intense bursts of cardio
    • Upper and lower body training as well as targeted training
    • Handles move in push and pull motion
    • Included wind screen

    Warranty

    • 10-year warranty for frame
    • 3-year warranty for non-wear parts
    • 1-year warranty for labor
    Recommendation
    The Assault Fitness AirBike Elite is our top recommended air bike. Commonly found in training facilities and garage gyms alike, the AssaultBike Elite is a well-constructed, durable air bike that can help take your fitness to the next level. The unlimited resistance provided by the fan makes noise but will give you a serious conditioning workout that is low-impact and high intensity.

    8. Best Rear Flywheel Exercise Bike – Echelon EX5s Exercise Bike

    Best Rear Flywheel Bike 2022 - Echelon EX-5s
    The Echelon bike has a unique design with the flywheel placed in the rear of the bike, under the saddle. This keeps the spinning wheel out of the way of the “sweat zone” under the handlebars. The rear placed flywheel also creates a more V-shaped frame design where the seat and handlebars extend away from each other when they are raised. This makes the Echelon bike a good option for taller riders who may need more leg span and/or torso room between the handlebars and seat.

    The Echelon EX5s has 32 levels of magnetic resistance, so it is quiet to ride. It also has a touchscreen like other bikes, but it is priced slightly less. The Echelon Fit app is designed to compete with the iFit and Peloton apps with live classes and trainers. The purchase of a bike and one-year subscription for the Echelon EX-5s costs less than comparable models, making it an attractive option in a field of high-end players.

    The Echelon EX-5s offers a few distinct features: The Echelon Fit app can be streamed to any phone, tablet or TV screen to display workout routines anywhere, anytime. The 22” HD Touchscreen displays Echelon Fit programs with personal trainers and live classes right on the bike. Echelon places the flywheel in the back, out of the “sweat zone” where there is less possibility of rust or damage to the flywheel. Echelon EX-5s is only 54” long and 20” wide, making it one of the most compact indoor bikes on the market. The Echelon EX-5s only weighs 124 pounds so it is lightweight and easy to move.

    Read our in-depth review of the Echelon EX5s here.

    Pros
    • EX-5s bike and Fit app are a competitively priced option in a field of expensive subscriptions
    • 32 Levels of magnetic resistance
    • Wide, ergonomic seat is more comfortable than most
    • Rear Flywheel design moves the wheel out of your “sweat zone” and offers more forward clearance
    • 22” Swiveling touchscreen is large and easy to see on or off the bike
    • Fit app offers Daily classes and off-the-bike training options that can be watched from any phone, tablet, TV or device
    • You can use SPD spin shoes or any athletic shoe
    • Tension knob is directly below the handlebars for convenience
    Cons
    • Rear flywheel design is unfamiliar to some riders and may take getting used to
    • Uses a resistance knob rather than preset buttons
    • Does not include a heart rate strap
    • Handlebars are not padded
    FeaturesSpecifications
    • Magnetic Resistance
    • 32 Resistance Levels
    • 22” Touchscreen with 180 Swivel
    • Hybrid pedal: SPD and Flat
    • Bike only weighs 124 pounds
    Construction

    • Steel construction
    • Rear flywheel
    • Adjustable Handlebars
    • SPD Clip-in and Cage pedals
    • Magnetic Resistance
    • Competition Seat

    Console

    • 22” Touchscreen Display
    • Screen rotates the screen 180°
    • Water Bottle Holder

    Functionality

    • Echelon Fit app on touchscreen
    • Quiet belt drive
    • Multiple adjustment points for comfort
    • Magnetic Resistance
    • 32 Resistance Levels

    Warranty

    • One year limited parts and labor
    Recommendation
    The Echelon EX-5s is our pick for Best Rear Flywheel Bike. Like Peloton and NordicTrack, the Echelon EX-5s has a 22” touchscreen and is designed to feature Echelon’s Fit app. Even including the subscription cost, it comes out well below comparable bikes. Lightweight and slim, it is easy to move and slide aside when not in use. We like the fact that the flywheel is placed at the back of the bike. This allows for a V-shaped design which gives taller riders more span and moves the flywheel out of the “sweat zone.” The 32 resistance levels give you lots of training options. The Fit app features Daily classes with a leaderboard similar to Peloton’s for those who like the online community support.

    9. Best Exercise Bike For Core Strength – Bowflex Velocore Exercise Bike

    Best Bike For Core Strength 2022 - Bowflex Velocore
    The Bowflex Velocore bike is our pick for Best Bike for Core Strength. If you’ve seen or know anything about this bike, it is the one with the frame that can be unlocked to lean gently from side to side.

    This makes riding the bike feel like a motorcycle race! It requires a bit of balance and core strength, but once you get the hang of it, this bike is a scream to ride! We love how the leaning feature really targets and strengthens your core. Unlike standard bikes where you just need to sit on the saddle, the Velocore is a full-body challenging workout! You can’t sit idly by and spin the pedals on this one. The leaning feature can also be locked so the frame doesn’t move for those riders who may not want this added experience. We love how Bowflex is thinking outside the box here to make indoor riding both more fun and more challenging on the Velocore.

    The Bowflex Velocore is best suited for riders who can sit upright and lean slightly side to side without losing balance. We recommend this to cyclists who are looking for something fun that requires more core engagement than a standard spin bike. This is also a good option for those who want to watch 3rd party apps like Hulu or Disney+ (Bowflex JRNY subscription required to access 3rd party apps).

    Read our full review of the Bowflex Velocore Exercise Bike here.

    Pros
    • Bowflex offers buyers two different options for screen size. Some users may absolutely need the 22” touchscreen, but others may be just fine with the 16” option which allows them to save money.
    • The 175 pound steel frame holds the Velocore bike fully stable on the ground.
    • Impressive 375 pound max user weight. This is about 75 heavier than standard exercise bikes.
    • The leaning feature can be turned on or off
    • JRNY subscription for only $20 a month
    • If you subscribe to Bowflex’s JRNY app, you can use the Velocore touchscreen to also access Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or Disney+
    Cons
    • The leaning feature could possibly create a feeling of imbalance for some riders
    • This is a rather limited warranty
    FeaturesSpecifications
    • Corrosion resistant reinforced steel
    • Hybrid flat pedal + SPD clip
    • 60” L x 24” W 55” H Footprint
    • Bike Weighs 175 lbs and Max User Weight: is 325 lbs
    • 16” or 22” Touchscreen, adjustable screen
    • Magnetic Resistance; Resistance Knob
    • Digital Resistance levels 1-100
    Construction

    • Frame: Corrosion resistant reinforced steel
    • Stabilizers: Front and rear stabilizers hold bike securely
    • Saddle: Racing style, narrow design, light padding
    • Pedals: Hybrid flat pedal + SPD clip
    • Flywheel: Weighted, rear placed under saddle
    • Footprint: 60” L x 24” W 55” H
    • Bike Weight: 175 lbs
    • Max Weight: 325 lbs
    • Ceiling Height: Rider + 16”

    Console

    • Screen: 16” or 22” Touchscreen, adjustable
    • Subscription: Bowflex JRNY
    • WiFi: Required for use
    • Bluetooth: Enabled to sync with included HR armband
    • Speakers: Yes
    • Fan: No

    Functionality

    • Resistance: Magnetic Resistance; Resistance Knob
    • Levels: Digital Resistance levels 1-100
    • Adjustment: Three adjustment points: Seat up/down and forward/aft, Handlebars up/down
    • Weights: 3lb weights included

    Warranty

    • Pedals: 2 Year Warranty
    • Labor: 1 Year Warranty
    Recommendation
    We are always interested in innovation and Bowflex has surprised us yet again with this leaning Velocore Bike. You won’t be bored riding this one! The frame will sit stable in a locked position or you can unlock it to access the leaning feature while you ride. Hold on tight — some riders may love this and some may not! We think the Velocore is worth a second look if you are in the market for something new, fun and engaging that won’t give you time to feel bored. More core engagement is always a plus and we like the full body activation that happens on the Velocore Bike.

    10. Best Free Exercise Bike – ProForm Studio Bike Pro Exercise Bike

    Best Free Exercise Bike 2022 - ProForm Studio Bike Pro
    The ProForm Studio Bike Pro is a great indoor exercise bike with a full-color 10” touchscreen attached. The Studio Bike Pro is a solid exercise bike with a comfortable frame and integrated touchscreen. ProForm is currently offering this bike free with the purchase of a 3-year iFit membership. This is why the ProForm Studio Bike Pro is our pick for Best Value Exercise Bike. Since most users will probably use iFit anyway, it’s a great deal to get the bike free along with the impressive iFit content!

    The Studio Bike Pro 10” touchscreen showcases ProForm’s iFit content with both indoor studio rides and outdoor routes all over the world! Users can log in to ride the mountains of New Zealand, or bike through the cobblestone streets of Germany. There are so many routes and options available, it would be difficult to run out of training options on the Studio Bike Pro. The screen also pivots up and down and swivels from side to side, so you can adjust and rotate it as needed. iFit classes are not only for biking, you can also do strength training, yoga or gentle stretching off the bike. The fact that the screen swivels to the side makes it easy to workout adjacent to the bike and still be able to easily see and hear the iFit trainers.

    The Studio Bike Pro uses silent magnetic resistance which makes literally no noise while riding — so you can ride anytime day or night and not bother those around you! There are 22 levels of digital resistance and convenient buttons on the screen bevel for each level. This makes adjusting resistance a snap while riding. The resistance is also automated in iFit, so it will adjust for you while riding in a class or outdoor route. This makes it so you can keep your hands on the handlebars for a much more realistic bike experience! We love the ProForm Studio Bike Pro for its comfortable feel and updated tech!

    For users who may not have the full amount up front, you only have to pay $39 out the door to get the Studio Bike Pro. Subscription (and bike) can then be paid via the ongoing subscription cost for three years, which you would probably pay anyway. This makes the bike very affordable for students or those on a limited budget. The Studio Bike Pro is a stable exercise bike with a sturdy frame and comfortable geometry. Studio Bike Pro has a compact footprint so it should easily fit in most homes or apartments. iFit classes and content are fun and engaging. Attached screen is easy to see and use.

    Click Here for In-depth Review of Proform Studio Bike Pro

    Pros
    • Comfortable and Affordable
    • Bike currently comes with a 3-year iFit membership!
    • The inertia-enhanced flywheel spins smoothly while riding for a comfortable pedal stroke
    • Compact footprint of 21.9” W x 56.5” D x 52” H makes it a great option for any room
    • The Silent Magnetic Resistance with 22 Digital Levels is quiet and precise
    • Bike comes iFit Enabled, with both indoor and outdoor classes and routes!
    • You can select road biking routes or mountain bike through trails all over the world!
    • Live Resistance Control automatically adjusts resistance in iFit for a more realistic feel
    Cons
    • Does not feature incline/decline
    • 10” touchscreen is smaller than the Peloton or NordicTrack S22i screen
    • Handlebars are not padded
    FeaturesSpecifications
    • SMR Magnetic Resistance
    • 22 Digital Resistance Levels
    • 10” Smart HD Touchscreen Display with 180 SmartSwivel design
    • Compact Footprint: 22” W x 56” D x 52” H
    • 1-Month iFit Membership Included
    • Multiple points of adjustment
    • 250 Lb. Weight Capacity
    • 10-Year Frame Warranty
    Construction

    • Upright Frame with Commercial-Grade Solid Steel Construction
    • Ergonomic, Padded Seat
    • Multi-Position, Adjustable Handlebars
    • Pedal Toe Clips and Straps
    • Front-Mounted Transport Wheels
    • Adjustable Leveling Feet
    • 22” W x 56” D x 52” H Footprint

    Console

    • 10” Smart HD Touchscreen Display
    • SmartSwivel™ Design rotates the screen 180º
    • Digital Quick Resistance buttons on console
    • Audio Auxiliary Port
    • Water Bottle Holder

    Functionality

    • Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel
    • 22 Digital Levels of Resistance
    • SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
    • iFit® Enabled
    • LIVE Resistance Control automatically adjusts resistance in iFit
    • 250 Lb. Weight Capacity

    Accessories

    • Dual 3 Lb. Dumbbells

    Warranty

    • 10-Year Frame
    • 2-Year Parts
    • 1-Year Labor
    Recommendation
    The ProForm Studio Bike Pro is a solid bike for a great price! We love the iFit app, so the fact that you get the bike free with app purchase is a great deal. iFit trainers keep you engaged and motivated on the bike, with extra off-bike classes such as strength training and yoga as well! The OneTouch controls for each resistance level on the console makes adjustments easy to see and use. Bike geometry is comfortable. This is a fantastic option for any rider looking for a quality bike with subscription content!

    11.Best Exercise Bike For Heavy People – Sole SB700 Exercise Bike

    Best Exercise Bike For Heavy People 2022 - Sole SB700
    When it comes to weight loss, consistency is king. The Sole SB700 is our pick for Best Exercise Bike for Weight Loss because it is a great option for anyone who wants to lose weight while exercising in the safety of their own home. Too often, people assume they need all the updated tech with high-end features and components on fitness equipment. While all the bells and whistles are nice, most often what people really need is something affordable, compact, comfortable and easy to use.

    The Sole SB700 is the least-expensive bike on our list. It is also one of the quietest and most comfortable. Indoor cycling is low-impact so it is not hard on your joints. It is easy to do, since most people have been on a bike before. The Sole SB700 only weighs 141 pounds and has two wheels on the front stabilizer so you can move it out of the way when needed. You can roll this bike in front of your TV and exercise while watching your favorite program — or even subscribe to an online cycling app like Peloton or Zwift! You don’t need to pay a lot to get a quality bike that will help you lose weight.

    The SB700 is built with several features that keep it lightweight, compact, and simple: Built of heavy steel tubing with aluminum overlay, the SB700 only weighs 141 pounds. Front-mounted transport wheels so you can move it out of the way. Large, red resistance knob is easy to see and reach. LCD screen displays ride metrics. 48lb Flywheel creates smooth pedal motion.

    Read our full review of the Sole SB700 Exercise Bike here.

    Pros
    • Bright back-lit LCD screen displays real-time metrics during your ride
    • Steel construction is durable enough for light commercial use.
    • You can roll this bike out of the way when not in use
    • You can roll it in front of a TV to watch your favorite program or use your favorite app while riding.
    • LCD screen is chest strap compatible, so you can track your heart rate while you ride.
    • The tension knob allows riders to add/remove resistance with just the turn of the knob
    • Adjustable seat and handlebars help riders of all sizes find the right fit
    • Exceptional durability with Lifetime warranty on the Frame
    • Toe-caps hold your foot in the pedal. You can ride with any athletic shoe.
    Cons
    • LCD screen is small, the numbers may be hard for some people to see
    • No fan
    • Resistance is controlled via a brake pad rather than magnetic
    FeaturesSpecifications
    • Heavy duty steel construction
    • 48lb Chrome-Plated Flywheel
    • 3″ X 4″ LCD Integrated console displays heart rate, RPM, Time, kCal, distance, and speed
    • Felt Pad Brake Resistance
    • Resistance Levels: Turn Dial (multi level)
    • Multidirectional Handlebars with extension grips
    • Four Points of Adjustment:
    • Frame: Lifetime
    Construction

    • Heavy duty steel construction
    • Height: 42″ H x 40” L x 21” W
    • Bike Weight: 141 lbs.
    • Upright Cycle
    • Toe Clip Pedals
    • Front Mounted Transport wheels and Rear leveling feet
    • Quiet belt drive
    • 48lb Perimeter Weighted Flywheel
    • 300lb weight capacity

    Console

    • Integrated console displays heart rate, RPM, Time, kCal, distance, and speed

    Functionality

    • Felt Pad Brake Resistance
    • Resistance Levels: Turn Dial (multi level)
    • Workout Display: 3″ X 4″ LCD
    • Heart Rate Monitoring: Chest Strap Compatible
    • Multidirectional Handlebars with extension grips

    Warranty

    • Frame: Lifetime
    • Electronics: 3 Years
    • Parts: 3 Years
    • Labor: 1 Year
    Recommendation
    The Sole SB700 is our pick for Best Exercise Bike for Weight Loss. This bike is affordable, comfortable, quiet, easy to use and provides riders the option of exercising at home for safety and convenience. The SB700 has steel posts with an aluminum finish for durability. Lightweight at just 141 pounds, it is easy to roll out of the way and doesn’t take up much space when in use. Multiple points of adjustment in both the seat and handlebars make the SB700 a good fit for most riders. The extensive warranty also keeps it at the top of our list. This is a great bike — check it out!

    12. Best Expensive Bike – Peloton Exercise Bike & Peloton Bike+

    Best Expensive Exercise Bike 2022 - Peloton Bike+
    Peloton has taken the exercise bike industry by storm. The celebrity trainers, engaging classes, current music, and impressive marketing platform have kept Peloton at the top of the home-fitness market. Peloton recently released their new Bike+ which is an updated version of the original bike with added features such as automated resistance and front-facing speakers. Both the original Peloton Bike and the updated Bike+ feature the 22” touchscreen which showcases Petoton’s impressive library of content and classes. Also, the screen on the Peloton bike is the clearest in the industry. There is much to love about Peloton and the company certainly has an impressive community of subscribers.

    We love the feel of the bike and the content of the Peloton app. However, Peloton is also the most expensive bike/app package on our list. The original Peloton bike has been reduced to $1895 while the new Bike+ is $2245. The monthly subscription for the Peloton app is $39/month or $468/year. We love that riders now have the option of both a more expensive upgraded bike and the original bike for a reduced price. But buyers must factor in both the cost of the bike and the subscription, plus the added expense of Delta LOOK cycling shoes that are required to ride the bike since it doesn’t have standard flat pedals. This is why we have ranked the Peloton Bike and Bike+ the Best Expensive Bike. It certainly has great content and the screen is very impressive. You just have to be willing to pay for the cost of the bike and then the ongoing expense of the app.

    The Peloton Bike+ is best for users who want the full Peloton experience. Some people just aren’t going to be happy with a watered-down, tablet version of the app on an “alternative” bike. The Peloton Bike and Bike+ are best suited for those who: Want motivating trainers with engaging content. Want an excellent HD touchscreen mounted right on the bike with crisp graphics and bright resolution. Are slightly competitive and who love the Leaderboard rankings and Live classes where the trainer can see and “call out” (or recognize) your name as you ride. Desire to be a part of the Peloton community which has hundreds of thousands of subscribers online. Want a sturdy and comfortable, well-built bike that is enjoyable to ride and has the full app integration in the touchscreen.

    Click Here for In-depth Review of Peloton Exercise Bike

    Pros
    • Brand Enthusiasm: Peloton users love their bikes and app! There is lots of word-of-mouth enthusiasm surrounding this bike which catches people’s attention and makes it an interesting option.
    • Exciting Content: The Live Classes with a Leaderboard and trainer shout-outs really make you feel like you are in a spin class.This is especially desirable by more competitive cyclists. There is also the feeling of community through chat groups, challenges, and Live classes.
    • 24” HD Touchscreen: This really is the best screen on any piece of workout equipment. Graphics are crisp, videography is engaging, and the embedded navigation keeps the console simple.
    • Magnetic Resistance: A dial helps to navigate between 100 different resistance levels. Magnetic resistance is silent and doesn’t produce any friction.
    • Carbon Steel Frame: The bike is well-built, sturdy, and only weighs 135 pounds so it is simple to move when you are finished riding. Wheels under the front stabilizers make it easy to roll into a corner or closet.
    • Durable Moving Parts: Industrial-grade bearings, forged steel pedal cranks, and durable moving parts help the Peloton bike hold up under heavy training or multiple users.
    Cons
    • Price: at over $2200, the Peloton bike is one of the most expensive on the market.
    • Very specific pedals: While some riders will love the Delta LOOK pedals, these are very specific and riders must buy both a cycling shoe and the correct cleats to be able to ride the bike.
    • No Built-in Programming: If you don’t plan to use the Peloton app, the onboard programs are pretty minimal. As opposed to other bikes which include up to 50 onboard workouts independent of subscription content, the Peloton doesn’t offer much without the subscription.
    • Warranty: The standard warranty of 12 months for parts and electronics is short for the bike’s price category.
    FeaturesSpecifications
    • 24” HD Front Mounted Touchscreen
    • 1-100 Magnetic Resistance levels
    • 3-Points of Adjustment: Seat forward/aft, Handlebars up/down
    • Peloton app offers Live and On-Demand classes
    • Peloton pedals (Delta LOOK pedals included in basic package)
    • Padded racing saddle
    • Belt Drive Train and 19” 30lb Flywheel
    • Footprint” 59” L x 23” W x 53” H
    • Bluetooth Compatible — will sync with personal headphones
    • Two weight cages behind seat (weights purchase separately)
    Construction:

    • Welded steel frame, ED & powder coated
    • Poly V power transmission belt drive
    • Sport series saddle with ergonomic channel
    • Delta-compatible aluminum pedals
    • 170mm Crank arms, forged steel
    • Industrial grade bearings in bottom bracket
    • Footprint: 59” L x 59” H x 22” W
    • Bike weight: 140 pounds
    • Max user capacity: 300 pounds

    Console

    • 24” Touchscreen with 1080HD
    • 10-Point Multitouch touchscreen
    • Reduce reflective and anti-smudge coating
    • 2.2 Channel front-facing stereo speakers
    • 2.2 Rear-facing woofers
    • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
    • Bluetooth 5.0 compatible
    • No buttons on bevel — navigation is embedded in touchscreen
    • No fans on console

    Functionality

    • 1-100 Magnetic Resistance levels with Auto Follow feature
    • 3-Points of Adjustment: Seat forward/aft, Handlebars up/down
    • Inch markets on handlebar stem and seat stem for accurate fit
    • Peloton app offers unlimited classes, both Live and On-Demand available on screen
    • Minimal onboard programs; a few outdoor rides with no trainer and no audio
    • Peloton classes include Closed Captioning
    • Bluetooth Compatible — will sync with personal headphones
    • Two water bottle holders
    • Two weight cages behind seat (weights purchase separately)

    Warranty:

    • HD Touchscreen: 12 Months
    • Frame: 5 Years
    • Bke Components: 12 Months
    • Bike Pedals: 12 Months
    • Labor: 12 Months
    Recommendation:
    The Peloton Bike+ has several upgraded features that make it a fantastic bike. The original Peloton bike is also very comfortable and functional, but the upgraded Bike+ now has the Auto Follow feature so the resistance is automated. It also has front-facing speakers, and the screen swivels 180 degrees for better visibility off the bike. Peloton is always updating their content with Live classes and recently announced a partnership with Beyonce to provide a fully immersive music experience as well. For riders who want the full Peloton experience, a tablet version of the app on an “alternate” bike just isn’t going to cut it. However, you just need to consider the cost of the bike, the added cost of cycling shoes for each person who wants to ride the bike, and the ongoing cost of the subscription.

    13. Honorable Mention – Schwinn IC3 Exercise Bike

    Schwinn IC3 Exercise Bike
    Rounding out our list of best exercise bikes, is the Schwinn IC3. We are impressed with the overall build of this bike and it’s affordable price point. For tech, the IC3 has just enough to show your workout metrics on the console all while not requiring a plug-in to use the bike. The Schwinn IC3 also doesn’t require a subscription to use so it’s an appealing option for users who want a bike that they can just hop on and use.

    The console displays your time, distance, RPMs, estimated calories, and heart rate. This bike uses friction-based resistance so you can’t see your resistance level on the screen, but most should feel plenty of tension when you turn the resistance knob.

    This exercise bike only weighs 100 lbs when it’s assembled, but has a 40 lb flywheel. The heavy of flywheel definitely makes this bike solid and steady while giving you a smooth, consistent pedal stroke. The Schwinn IC3 can hold up to 300 lbs of user weight, too.

    I like the large water bottle holder that sits on top of the handles and console so it’s out of the way, yet within reach. The hooks in the front of it serve as a device rack for you to place your phone or tablet. This allows you to stream/read whatever content you want. You could also park the Schwinn IC3 in front of your TV as well.

    Users who want a cheap exercise bike from a reputable brand should look into the IC3 Exercise Bike. The hybrid pedals with toe cages on one side and SPD clips on the other make this bike accomodating for any riding preference. It also has four adjustment points, allowing users to get a good bike fit. Schwinn backs the IC3 with a 5 year warranty for the frame, to give you confidence in the construction quality that comes at an unbeatable price.

    Pros
    • This bike is affordable and doesn’t require electricity to use.
    • The flywheel is 40 lbs to help provide a stable riding experience and smooth pedal stroke.
    • The bike has front transportation wheels and is pretty lightweight to be moved if needed.
    • The saddle and handlebars adjust two ways for users to fit comfortably.
    • The hybrid pedals allow you to wear cycling shoes or regular tennis shoes.
    • The 300 lb weight limit means this bike can handle users of most sizes.
    Cons
    • The resistance isn’t measured or displayed on the console to determine what level you’re at.
    • The felt pads that create the friction resistance might need to be replaced after a while from use.
    FeaturesSpecifications
    • LCD Console Display
    • Integrated Device Holder
    • Oversized Water Bottle Holder
    • Four Adjustment Points
    • Ventilated Race-Style Saddle
    • Hybrid Pedals with SPD Clips and Toe Cages
    • 5kHz Wireless Heart Rate Strap Sold Separately
    Construction:

    • Steel frame and stabilizers
    • Quiet belt drive system
    • Friction resistance
    • Flywheel: 40 lbs
    • Footprint: 45” L x 23” W x 49” H
    • Bike weight: 100 pounds
    • Weight capacity: 300 pounds

    Console

    • LCD console
    • Console displays: time, distance, calories, and RPMs
    • Integrated multi-media device holder
    • Padded handlebars
    • 5kHz wireless heart rate tracking
    • No bluetooth connectivity

    Functionality

    • Non-quantifiable friction resistance
    • Four-way adjustable seat and handles
    • No electricity or subscription required
    • Oversized water bottle holder
    • Hybrid pedals with SPD clips and toe cages

    Warranty:

    • Frame: 5-years
    • Mechanical & electrical: 2-years
    • Labor: 1-year
    Recommendation:
    The Schwinn IC3 Exercise Bike comes with some thoughtful features for a great price. We appreciate the narrow racing-style saddle and padded handles which make riding this bike for long periods of time possible and comfortable.

    Finding the Best Exercise Bike: Factors to Consider

    So what to look for in an exercise bike? There are lots of features and components so let’s take a look at the most important ones:

    Exercise Bike Cost

    The price of an exercise bike is based on the components and frame. Look for the following features:

    • When evaluating a bike, pay attention to the frame. It should have steel stabilizers and support posts to keep it stable while riding. Most solid bikes weight between 125 – 200lbs. Leveling feet under the stabilizers will also help keep the bike from rocking. Also check the weight of the flywheel. Typically, heavier is better.
    • You also want to check for multiple points of adjustment:
      • You should be able to raise/lower the saddle and handlebars. If you are a tall person, make sure the bike offers enough vertical lift to bring the handlebars up away from your knees.
      • Moving handlebars and saddle forward/aft is also tremendously helpful in getting the right fit.
    • Make sure you know what you are paying for. Some bikes are more expensive because they feature an attached screen that is designed for subscription content. If you don’t want to pay a monthly fee for an app, then look for a bike without a screen — or one with a tablet holder for your personal tablet or phone.

    Bike Design/Type

    There are several different styles of exercise bikes:

    Upright Bikes

    This design is similar to a beach cruiser, where the seat is lower with handlebars higher. This design allows you to sit up while riding so your torso is not compressed. Upright bikes typically feature a wider, more comfortable seat and handlebars that gently angle up.

    Studio/Spin Bikes

    Your typical “spin” bike where the seat is level with the handlebars for a more aero-style position. Riders lean forward from the hips so torso is lower. Handlebars typically extend horizontally so riders can rest arms on the handlebars. Studio bikes have a narrower, less-padded seat similar to outdoor road bikes.

    Recumbent Bikes

    A recumbent bike allows you to sit back, behind the pedals rather than over them. This provides more lumbar support and less knee tension. Recumbent bikes are also lower to the ground and easier to get on and off. These bikes work well for those with hip or spine issues, mobility issues, or anyone recovering from an injury. Recumbent bikes typically feature a very wide seat with a backrest and wide, ergonomic pedals. Check out our list of best recumbent bikes.

    Rear Flywheel

    These bikes move the flywheel — or front wheel — to the rear of the bike. This keeps the flywheel out of the “sweat zone” so you don’t drip moisture down on your flywheel while riding. It also allows riders to sit up more like they would on an upright bike. Handlebars often can be adjusted to angle upward or stay horizontal.

    Air Bikes

    Air bikes have large fans attached to the front of the bike. When you’re using the bike, air is sucked into the fan and the fan’s blades push against the air to create resistance for you to pedal against. Most air bikes have moving handles that move in conjunction with the pedals to work your entire body. The handles move forward and backward in a push/pull motion. Typically, air bikes are used for short bursts of high-intensity like HIIT training. The fans generate sound so these bikes aren’t best for areas where noise could be an issue.

    Flywheel

    The flywheel on a bike is the heavy, suspended wheel that moves when you pedal. The heavier the flywheel, the more momentum it will gain as you pedal, which keeps it spinning evenly.

    Bikes that feature a “perimeter weighted flywheel” or “inertia-enhanced flywheel” utilize the weight of the flywheel to create a smooth pedal stroke that glides along with you. Weighted flywheels support riders both in the saddle or when standing for a hill climb.

    Freewheels are much lighter and do not offer the same fluid motion of a weighted flywheel. However, freewheels are safer. As soon as you stop pedalling, the wheel stops — there is no inertia to keep it going. This makes it so the pedals will not spin out of control if you stop pedaling. Freewheels are a little harder to use if you like to stand up out of the saddle and they can feel jerky if you don’t have enough resistance.

    Pedal Options

    Exercise bikes typically feature four different kinds of pedals:

    SPD cleat pedals

    These are the “clip in” cleats found on indoor spin bikes and mountain bikes. You must buy a cycling shoe and SPD cleats that “clip” down into the metal casing attached to the pedal.

    Delta LOOK cleat pedals

    These are the cleats used most often by road bikers. They require specific shoes and cleats that attach to the sole of the shoe. These are larger than SPD cleats and lock right down into the pedal itself. Peloton bikes use LOOK pedals.

    Hybrid Pedals

    Most indoor bikes (except for Peloton) feature hybrid pedals, with a cleat on one side and a standard flat pedal on the other side. Check the kind of pedal on each bike so you know if you need additional cycling shoes to ride.

    Flat, Ergonomic Pedals

    This is the standard flat pedal. It is wide and textured and will work with any athletic shoe. Often flat pedals also have a “cage” or “strap” that comes around the pedal to hold your shoe in securely.

    Screen/Console

    Screens are relatively new on exercise bikes and they offer exciting features and content! A few things to watch for with a bike screen:

    Full-Color Touchscreen

    Many high-end bikes offer touchscreens where you can choose a program or manage data and navigation through the screen. The size of the screen will affect how well you can see any program. Even if it is full-color touchscreen, if it is less than 10” you may find it hard to see. Also, check to see if the screen rotates side-to-side or swivels up and down. This helps avoid overhead glare and makes it so you can see your screen if you are doing classes off the bike. However, be aware — most touchscreens do not allow riders to access the internet while riding. Most screens are designed to feature specific apps and programs, so don’t assume just because it has a screen you can watch Netflix or browse the web — this is most often NOT the case.

    Compatible Screen

    Some bikes offer screens that will show a limited number of full-color outdoor routes even if you don’t have a subscription app. While most bikes with screens are intended to be used with subscription content, you may be able to access a number of onboard programs through the screen. However, if you don’t pay for the subscription service, you won’t get all the classes and features.

    LCD Screen

    This is the standard, digital screen found on traditional workout equipment. It will not display a subscription program with classes and trainers. It will display of your metrics and stats while riding. LCD screens are typically found on more economical bikes and usually offer just a few onboard programs.

    Subscription Content

    The most well-known subscription app is probably Peloton. However, NordicTrack and ProForm offer iFit, Echelon offers FitPass, and other companies are now following suit with additional fitness apps. Subscription content can typically be accessed three ways:

    Included or Prepaid for a limited time:

    Many companies will offer their app free for 1 to 3 years when you buy an exercise bike. A code allows you to login and set up your free account which includes all the classes and features. After the prepaid period ends, you must then subsequently pay for the service.

    Subscription app required

    Some bikes are built to feature the app and if you don’t plan to use it or pay for it, I would look for a different bike. The Peloton bike is built around the app — the screen doesn’t really do anything if you aren’t paying for the service. Similarly, the NordicTrack s22i features a 22” touchscreen with iFit free for 1-year. Some of the functionality of the bike is integrated into the app — for example, the incline/decline feature on the bike will adjust to match the actual terrain of whatever route you are riding. There are some really cool features on these subscription services, just make sure you know how the app is integrated with the bike.

    Subscription app supported

    This option is often found on mid-range bikes where the color screen will play a limited number of onboard programs if you don’t want to use an app. But if you decide to subscribe, it will play all the features and content.

    Subscription app available via compatible tablet or phone

    This option is found on more economical bikes that have a tablet holder so you can watch the app of your choice while riding. Be advised, some of the functionality of specific apps will be limited. For example, you will not show up on the Peloton leaderboard if you are just using the tablet app because the trainer can’t quantify how hard you are working. Similarly, the automated incline/decline feature in iFit cannot adjust your bike from a tablet.

    Resistance Type and Calibration

    There are a few different ways resistance is created and measured. Both affect how the bike feels and functions

    Resistance Type

    Magnetic Resistance – this the best kind of resistance on an exercise bike. Magnets adjacent to the flywheel oppose the motion of the wheel. Magnetic resistance is quiet and easily calibrated. Because no friction is generated with magnetic resistance, it is noticeably quieter; it also creates less wear on the wheel.

    Friction Resistance – this type of resistance is created when a brake pad creates drag as it rubs against the wheel to generate resistance. Tension resistance causes wear on the flywheel and the pads must occasionally be replaced. Also, as the pads wear down, it affects the amount of resistance on the flywheel, so it is not as easy to measure the actual tension.

    Resistance Calibration

    Digital Levels – Preset digital resistance is the most accurate way to measure resistance. With digital resistance levels, you can set and find the same tension each time. There is no guesswork when increasing tension. It is also superior for moving quickly between resistance levels. Digital resistance is measured using preset levels that correspond to numbers on the console or screen.

    Manual Knob Tension – Knob tension is usually found on bikes with friction resistance. This tension is much more difficult to measure and there are no preset levels you can automatically select.

    Chain Drive vs. Belt Drive

    Bike pedals connect to pedal arms that turn the crank wheel. A belt or chain loops around the crank wheel and connects to the flywheel to create rotation.

    Chain Drive System

    A metal chain loops around the crank wheel and connects to the flywheel. One benefit of a chain drive is it is slightly more durable. However, chain drives are noticeably louder due to the movement of the chain. Users often report hearing rattling inside the drivetrain cover.

    Belt Drive

    A rubber or composite belt connects the crank wheel to the flywheel. This design is much quieter, however, belts are known to wear out before chain drives with heavy use.

    Incline/Decline Features

    One of the most exciting features on recent bikes is actual incline and decline built into the bike. A motor on the rear stabilizer and an arm under the flywheel lift and tilt the bike to mimic outdoor terrain. Rather than just use resistance to simulate a hill climb, some of the new bikes actually pivot and tilt as you ride. This is a valuable feature and greatly enhances the functionality of the bike. Check out the NordicTrack and ProForm bikes for this feature.

    Quality and Warranty

    Exercise bikes are economical, but check for quality and warranty before you buy. Read reviews on how the bike typically holds up and what warranties are offered. In our reviews, we include warranty information on every bike. An extensive warranty usually indicates a well-built bike.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the different types of exercise bikes?

    The kinds of exercise bikes on this list are also referred to as “spin: bikes or indoor cycling bikes. Other types of exercise bikes include upright bikes, recumbent bikes, and air bikes. You can learn more about each type here.

    Is cycling better than running?

    Depending on if you have joint issues or if you just want a low impact exercise, you will probably prefer cycling over running. One isn’t necessarily better than the other, it just depends on which one works better for your body and your overall preference. Both provide excellent health benefits and are popular workout activities

    What type of resistance should I use on a stationary bike?

    One of the most common types of resistance on an exercise bike is magnetic resistance because it is smooth and really quiet. On some bikes, it is even practically silent. This type of resistance also requires less maintenance than others and lets you see workout metrics like watt output and resistance level.

    Magnetic bikes are usually more expensive. Friction resistance bikes are typically less expensive, but can make a little bit more noise and require a little bit more maintenance because they use a brake against a pad that can cause a bit more wear overtime. Friction resistance usually isn’t measured in levels like magnetic resistance so it’s often not displayed on the bike.

    Air resistance is another form of tension that uses air which is louder than other types. Air resistance offers unlimited amounts of tension though. Each of these resistance types come with pros and cons though.

    Which exercise cycle is best for home use?

    We’ve rated the NordicTrack s22i Studio Cycle as our top exercise bike for home use. Along with having iFit content on the touchscreen, the s22i inclines and declines to give you an even more realistic indoor riding experience at home.

    Best Exercise Bikes 2022 By Our Fitness Guru's
    • NordicTrack S22i Exercise Bike
    • Bowflex C6
    • ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22
    • Sole SB900 Exercise Bike
    • MYX II Exercise Bike
    • NordicTrack S27i Studio Bike
    • AssaultBike Elite Air Bike
    • Echelon EX5s Exercise Bike
    • Bowflex VeloCore Bike
    • ProForm Studio Bike Pro Exercise Bike
    • Sole SB700 Exercise Bike
    • Peloton Exercise Bike
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    Summary

    After reviewing more than 20+ exercise bikes from numerous brands, our fitness guru’s have selected the top 10 best exercise bikes of 2022 and have given them awards based on what they are individually best for. This took into account a number of things including the specs, features, durability, budget, and programming. Our #1 goal is to help you choose what the absolute best exercise bike is for your needs so you have 100% happy with your purchase.