Sole SB900 Exercise Bike Review – Pros & Con’s (2020)

Last Updated: January 14, 2020

 

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The Sole SB900 is one of our Best Bikes in 2020. It is also our Best Buy Bike for its quality frame and affordable price. Sole has a reputation for building high-quality fitness equipment and the SB900 is no different. It does not feature some of the updated tech found on more expensive bikes, but it is a great option for indoor spin enthusiasts who just want a quality bike that doesn’t need WiFi, an internet connection, or to be plugged in.


Who It’s For: Cyclists who love to spin and want a quality bike without extra tech

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 with spongy grip for comfort
  • 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
Pros
  • Steel construction with quiet belt drive and magnetic resistance
  • 48lb flywheel provides smooth pedal cadence
  • Multidirectional handlebars with spongy coating for comfort
  • Magnetic resistance doesn’t cause wear on the flywheel
  • Pedal stroke is nearly silent so you can ride any time of day or night
  • Front and Rear stabilizers with leveling feet keep the bike from rocking while you ride
  • Front transport wheels make it easy to move
  • Bike only weighs 160 pounds so it is lightweight and doesn’t take up a lot of space in your home
  • Four points of adjustment help you find the perfect bike fit!
  • No WiFi or plug needed
Cons
  • LCD screen is pretty small, so it may be hard for some people to see the numbers
  • There is no fan
FeaturesSpecifications
  • Heavy duty steel construction
    • The SB900 is a well-engineered spin bike. It was designed by both indoor and outdoor cyclists. Steel tubing with aluminum shroud makes Sole bikes sturdy but still lightweight. The overall design is simple and streamlined for cycling enthusiasts.
  • SPD/Toe Clip Pedals
    • You can clip in via SPD cleats on one side, or ride a flat pedal with cages on the other. Both options hold your foot in securely while riding so you can maximize motion through that pedal stroke. By clipping in or using cages, you can pull up at the top of the pedal stroke to better engage the glutes and hamstrings as opposed to all downward, quad-dominant motion.
  • Front Mounted Transport wheels and Rear balancing feet
    • Wheels under the front stabilizer allow you to tip and roll the bike out of the way when not in use. Grippy feet under the rear stabilizer hold the bike securely so it doesn’t rock during your ride.
  • 48lb Chrome-Plated Flywheel
    • A heavy flywheel makes all the difference! When riding a stationary bike, the front wheel doesn’t move with the same momentum as it would outdoors. If the flywheel is not heavy enough, it makes the pedal stroke feel heavy and jerky as the pedals lose momentum in the rotation. A weighted flywheel glides smoothly as the energy from your pedal stroke creates kinetic energy in the wheel. The forward inertia keeps the wheel spinning evenly throughout the rotation so there is no jerkiness in the pedal stroke.
  • 3″ X 4″ LCD Integrated console displays heart rate, RPM, Time, kCal, distance, and speed
    • The LCD display provides a nice readout of your ride metrics. It is large enough to see, but not so big it gets in your way. Sole machines are not designed to feature a lot of tech.
  • 3″ X 4″ LCD Integrated console displays heart rate, RPM, Time, kCal, distance, and speed
    • Magnetic resistance is ideal on an indoor bike. The magnets create external resistance on the flywheel without any actual friction, so there is no wear on pads or the wheel. This prolongs the life of the flywheel and makes it so the pedal stroke is nearly silent. Braking is quiet as well.
  • Resistance Knob
    • This is the only aspect of the SB900 I would improve. While the resistance knob gives the rider a tactile feel for how much resistance they add with each turn — there are no digital resistance buttons. This makes it slightly more challenging to move between levels quickly and consistently.
  • Comfortable Handlebars with extension grips
    • SB900 handlebars offer multiple resting points and feature a lightly coated spongy grip for comfort. This grip material won’t harbor bacteria and is easily wiped off.
  • 4 Adjustment Points:
    • The ability to adjust the bike four ways is vital to finding the correct fit. You can move the seat forward/aft and up/down. You can move the handlebars forward/aft and up/down. This allows riders of all sizes to find the fit that works best for them.
  • Lifetime Frame Warranty
    • A lifetime frame warranty reaffirms Sole’s commitment to quality products. These are solid, well-built machines that Sole expects to hold up to regular use.

Construction:

  • Heavy duty steel construction
  • 42″ H x 40” L x 21” W Footprint
  • Bike only weighs 160 lbs.
  • Hybrid Pedals with SPD/Toe Clip options
  • Transport wheels on front stabilizer
  • Leveling feet on rear stabilizer
  • Belt drive creates quiet flywheel motion
  • Flywheel weight: 48 pounds

Console:

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

Functionality:

  • Magnetic Resistance is smooth and quiet
  • Resistance Knob
  • 3” x 4” LCD Workout Display
  • Chest Strap Compatible heart rate monitoring
  • Handlebars offer multidirectional resting points
  • 4 Adjustment Points:
    • Adjustable Seat: Vertical/Horizontal
    • Adjustable Handlebars: Vertical/Horizontal

Accessories:

  • 2 Water Bottle Holders

Warranty:

  • Lifetime Warranty Frame
  • 3 Year Warranty Electronics
  • 3 Year Warranty Parts
  • 1 Year Warranty Labo

In-depth Review of SB900

Construction

Frame

Sole builds structurally sound, well-engineered fitness equipment. We always trust Sole to provide quality components and hearty construction. Steel parts are coated with anti-corrosive paint for protection and heavy-duty steel tubing in the frame supports users up to 300 pounds. The SB900 is a sturdy bike that sits snugly on the ground and won’t rock or wobble when you are riding. Front and rear stabilizers with adjustable leveling feet keep it balanced and front wheels make it easy to pivot and move out of the way. Construction is one of the SB900’s top selling points and Sole backs up all its products with a full, lifetime frame warranty.

FlyWheel

Who loves a 48 pound flywheel? We do! The wheel creates and maintains your pedal motion on an exercise bike and the 48 pound Sole SB900 flywheel is nothing short of fluid. Functionality is streamlined between pedals and flywheel so there’s no jerkiness or pauses in the rotation.

Saddle

The saddle padded with a centered groove for breathability. A striking red and black design makes the saddle look chic! The saddle feels comfortable for long rides and makes time on the SB900 enjoyable.

Console/Controls

Screen

There is no screen on the SB900. A simple console with basic metrics sits on the front handlebars. In the light, it is easy to see with large, digital numbers. But if you like riding in the dark while watching a show or something, the numbers can be hard to see. This isn’t the most intuitive display and even though you can see the numbers, the header for each readout is really small, so you kind of have to remember what number correlates with each metric.

Handlebars

Handlebars are a multi-grip ergonomic design covered with soft rubber foam for comfort. Both horizontal and vertical grips enable you to ride in different postures. EKG HR sensors are not integrated on the handlebar for heart rate monitoring, but a chest strap can be purchased separately from Sole.

Geometry

  • Height: 42″
  • Length: 40″
  • Width: 21″
  • Item Weight(lbs.): 160 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity(lbs.): 300 lbs.

Pedals

Dual pedals with SPD clips on one side and caged flats on the other make it so you can ride with any athletic shoe, or clip in if you have SPD cycling shoes. Hybrid pedals are great because serious riders who swear by their cycling shoes can easily clip in while casual riders can ride in their regular athletic shoes.

Accessories

  • No fans
  • No weights
  • There is a water bottle cage for one bottle
  • A nice tablet holder attached to the handlebars with an adjustable clip will hold most personal devices securely. This is a nice feature because there’s limited tech on the SB900 so it’s nice to watch a show or listen to a podcast while riding.
  • Heart Rate Chest Strap included — this will sync with the console for HR training

Storage

There’s really no storage on the SB900. It’s probably best to place your bike next to a small table for your phone, water bottle, etc.

Functionality

Performance

I love how it feels to ride the SB900. You can tell Sole has used quality components on this bike. It just feels solid. The drawbacks are limited tech, non-specific resistance and a rather small LCD screen, but if you are a person who just wants to spin on a quality bike, this is the perfect option.

Incline / Decline range

There is no incline or decline.

Resistance Levels

Resistance is magnetic and quiet, but I don’t love non-specific resistance knobs. While you can adjust the tension easily via the knob, there’s no digital readout for specific resistance levels, which means you are adjusting all by feel. Wattage, calories and kilojoules are hard to accurately measure unless you are wearing a heart rate chest strap.

Pre-programmed workouts

There are no pre-programmed workouts. The LCD displays metric readouts only, it does not feature any programs you can follow.

Subscription Options

Sole does not have an app or any subscription options for the SB900. The drawback here is you don’t have as many options but you don’t need WiFi or internet to use the SB900. Just pedal and go!

Noise Level

The Eddy Current Magnetic resistance is silent. Drive system is smooth so there is no pedalling noise. Feel free to ride the SB900 anytime — you won’t disturb those around you.

Storage / Folding

The SB900 doesn’t fold, but it only weighs 136 pounds, so it’s easy to move out of the way when not in use.

Bottom Line:

The Sole SB900 is one of our Best Bikes in 2020. We love Sole machines because they always provide exquisite engineering and quality build. The quiet belt drive and magnetic resistance create no sound, so you can ride quietly anytime of day or night. The heavy chrome-plated flywheel creates a balanced pedal stroke that floats underfoot. The Sole SB900 is the best option for cyclists who want a solid bike without all the fancy tech.

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