Best Indoor Cycling Spin Bikes in 2017 – Fitness Equipment Reviews
One of the most important dimensions of any workout routine is aerobic exercise, commonly known as “cardio.” In short, aerobic exercise involves spending longer periods of time doing activities of light-to-moderate intensity. While activities such as weight training and sprints are also highly beneficial, physiologists agree that cardio exercise is an essential part of any workout routine.
One of the most pleasurable and efficient forms of cardio exercise for many is riding a bicycle. However, riding an actual bicycle isn’t convenient all of the time – in addition to the risks inherent to sharing the road with motor vehicle users, rainy, snowy, or cold weather conditions can make riding a bike outside difficult.
Fortunately, relatively inexpensive indoor spin bikes are widely available. Indoor bikes can be helpful for all kinds of training, including training for outdoor bike riding, running, and many sports. Beyond this, a lot of people love the activity itself – “spin classes” as they have become a tremendously popular option at a bunch of gyms. At times, avid riders showing up as early as 4 or 5 A.M. to get an indoor ride in before work!
Having an indoor cycling spin bike in your house can help take your fitness to the next level. However, it can be difficult to figure out which bike is right for you. That’s why we’ve reviewed some of the top-rated cycling spin bikes. If you’re looking for a different type of bike, then click here. In this table below we have the bikes compared by using a few main factors. Please note that one dollar sign is a low-priced product, two signs is a mid-tier product, and three signs means the product is an elite model.
Top Rated Indoor Cycling Spin Bikes
|Type||Price||Shipping Weight||User Weight Limit||Our Rating|
|Sunny SF-B1110||$$||101 lbs.||265 lbs.||4.3/5|
|Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer||$||67 lbs.||240 lbs.||4.1/5|
|Sunny SF-B1002C||$$$||115 lbs.||275 lbs.||4.5/5|
|Sunny SF-B1001||$$||85 lbs.||220 lbs.||4.1/5|
Sunny Health and Fitness Sf-B1110 Indoor Cycling Spin Bike
The Sunny Health Fitness bike is one of the most popular indoor exercise bikes out on the market, with thousands of users worldwide.
Some of the key features include:
- Adjustable handlebars, seat, and resistance
- Heavy duty crank
- Heavy duty construction
- 44-pound flywheel
- Quiet operation with chain drive
- Highly portable design
- Pedals with toe clip cage
And with a maximum weight capacity of 265 lbs., the SF-B1110 Indoor Cycling Bike is among the sturdier and higher-capacity bikes we’re reviewing.
The SF-B1110 is a solid choice for many indoor settings. If you’re in close quarters, you won’t have to worry about volume, as the chain driven mechanism is silent. The 44-pound flywheel makes it seem like you’re riding outside on a regular street bike. The toe clip cages are convenient and effective, especially if you’re trying to get some cardio exercise in while performing other tasks, like reading or watching TV. However, the SF-B1110 bike comes with no onboard computer, meaning that it might not be the best choice for people who love to collect data on their workouts.
Also, assembly is pretty straightforward, and the fact that it’s easy to assemble doesn’t correspond to any structural weakness. The solid construction makes the SF-B1110 indoor bike a good long-term investment, even though it’s the second-cheapest option we’ve reviewed. In short, the SF-B1110 is a strong, no-frills-attached choice for those looking for a straightforward indoor spin bike at home.
Sunny Health and Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer
Our cheapest contender is also among the most popular – coming in at a low price, tons of consumers have reviewed, and loved the Sunny Health and Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer. Far and away the most basic of the bikes we’re reviewing, the fact that it’s fairly no-nonsense may be a plus for many. Key features include:
- Adjustable seat and intensity
- Chain drive mechanism
- Felt fabric brake pad
- LCD display, showing Speed, Distance, Scan, Time, and Calories Burned
- 22-pound flywheel
- Heavy duty crank and steel frame
Again, for most basic situations the Sunny Health and Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer will suit your needs. The LCD screen is highly useful for tracking improvement and fitness goals, and the seat is adjustable. The Health and Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer features many of the things we found important in the SF-B1110, including the heavy duty crank and steel frame, the chain drive mechanism, and adjustable intensity levels.
However, some users report that it’s not adjustable to the proportions of taller bicyclists, and others report that the seat, which can’t be replaced, is not very comfortable. That said, after doing some research, it appears that most customers were satisfied. If you’re a more serious (or taller) spin cyclist, it may be worth investing in a slightly more advanced bike. However, if you’re not sure if indoor cycling is right for you, or if you’re okay with a more basic set-up, the Sunny Health and Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer may be exactly what you’re looking for.
Sunny Health and Fitness SF-B1002C
The most expensive bike on our list, the Sunny Health and Fitness SF-B1002C is also the most highly rated by us, coming in at a full 4.5 stars out of 5. Some of its key features include:
- Adjustable seat and intensity
- Smooth chain transmission
- Heavy-duty crank
- Super-strong steel frame
- Metal bottle holder
- 49-pound flywheel
- Heavy-duty frame
- Chain drive mechanism
- Transportation wheels for easy portability
- Replaceable seat
While it lacks some of the accessories of other bikes, like the Sunny Health and Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainers LCD screen, it is probably the most sturdily designed of the bikes we’re reviewing by far. The fluid chain drive system offers a smooth and quiet operation, so you won’t experience annoying noises or jar your joints as much as other set-ups.
Some users complain about the fact that the handlebars are not adjustable – while it works far better for taller users than the Sunny Health and Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer, it still may not be perfectly comfortable. On the other hand, the replaceable seat and the advanced seat adjustment options make it a strong choice for many, and even those who complain about the handlebars say that the bike is among the most comfortable they’ve ridden.
The “super-strong steel frame” is among the most durable and reliable at its price point, with many reporting that it compares to the kinds of bikes found in expensive clubs and spin classes. Also, at 275 lbs., the SF-B1002C has the highest weight capacity of any of the bikes we’re reviewing. Many users also commented positively on the chain drive mechanism, saying that it is both stronger and easier to maintain than many alternatives. In short, if you’re fairly serious about your indoor bike, or simply want a sturdy product and don’t need much in the way of gadgets or bells and whistles – and have a bit more money to spare – the SF-B1002C may well be the bike for you.
Sunny SF-B1001 Indoor Cycling Bike
The Sunny SF-B1001 bike is a stripped-down, high-quality option, available in either red or silver. While lacking some of the features of more advanced indoor bikes, for many beginners, as well as for many who are not primarily focused on indoor cycling, the SF-B1001 may be exactly what you need. Some of its key features on this bike include:
- Fully adjustable seat and handlebars
- Chain drive
- 30-pound flywheel
- Heavy-duty crank
- Adjustable resistance
- Heavy-duty steel frame
- Wheels for moving/storage
Many reviewers report that assembly is about as easy as it gets for indoor spin cycles, taking only about a quarter of an hour.
It’s important to note that the Sunny SF-B1001 is a smaller bike. With a maximum weight of 220 lbs., it’s about 43 inches tall, while the standard indoor spin cycle comes in at nearly 47 inches. For people shorter than 6 feet tall, like many of the reviewers, it seems to work like a charm – in fact, for many smaller-sized people, the smaller size is better than larger-sized bikes.
On the other hand, if you’re a larger person, it might be worth shelling out a bit more money at first to make sure that the bike you’re buying will be comfortable. Given that the ultimate goal is better fitness and all-around health, it’s very important to be able to have good posture when cycling, and a properly-sized bike is crucial for that.
Other than that, it’s a solid yet light bike, with a heavy-duty steel frame and a 30-pound flywheel (the second-lightest we’re reviewing). If you’re on the move or like to put your bike away after workouts, it might be a great compromise for you – the wheels make it easy to move.
It’s important to note that everyone’s needs are different when it comes to indoor cycling. However, in terms of an all-around recommendation, the winner is the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1002C.
Many experienced indoor cyclists reported that the SF-B1002C rivals the indoor spin bicycles in high-tech, expensive gyms – some of which cost upwards of thousands of dollars. All the bikes we’ve reviewed come with some warranty, but it seemed quite clear from reading dozens of reviews that the other options were far more likely to malfunction or require repairs than the SF-B1002C.
In short, it strikes us as far and away the most dependable, reliable indoor cycle we reviewed. If you’re a smaller person, or if you’re okay with a bike that might not last as long, other, more affordable options might be for you. However, for the general consumer looking to push their fitness to the next level with an indoor spin bike, the SF-B1002C is probably going to take you the farthest.