How did we choose the top rated spin bike?
Our researchers have been through every online review on Amazon and major gym equipment websites and read all the reviews to distil all the pros & cons. The research took approximately 10 hours of reading, then digging deeper into the actual reviewers to determine if they are real. If you didn’t know, many Amazon reviews are faked to boost the rankings.
The end result is finding 3 spin bikes for people on a budget (under$500) and 2 pro spin bikes which could also be used commercially.
Spin bikes v Upright bikes
Spin bikes also called ‘Indoor cycling bikes’ have a flywheel while upright bikes use electromagnetic induction to create the resistance needed for a workout. Upright bikes are also programmable.
Spin Bike FAQs
Are spin bikes and indoor cycling bikes the same thing?
Are spin bikes delivered fully assembled?
No not if you are buying from Amazon. But most are super easy to put together (under 10mins). If you are buy a pro spin bike then generally come fully assembled.
Are good spin bikes expensive?
No not if you are buying from Amazon.
Can they be easily lifted and moved around a room?
Yes, most are around 200lb which fine. You can also put felt cushions under the feet like you would a sofa if you want to slide it around your room
Can they be easily stored?
The short answer is no. They are generally not foldable.
Do they have weight restrictions for use?
Some do, please check the product pages for further information.
- Up to 250 lbs user weight capacity. Chain Driven to simulate road bike exercise
- Heart Pulse sensors will enable you to stay within your personal heart rate zone. LCD computer with readouts of calories burned, distance, time, speed, pulse and scan
- 4 way seat adjustment. The cushioned ergonomic seat will adjust forward/backward and up/down
- Easy Dial tension adjustment for a more progressive and challenging workout. Top down emergency brake
- Cast iron inertia Driven flywheel with a chrome rim weighs 22 lbs and is smooth and consistent when pedaling
Progears spin bike is the top rated bike on Amazon and comes under the ‘Amazon choice’ section. Products only get this listing here if they have a decent number of positive reviews and a great track record with few returns.
The spin bike as a quality flywheel producing smooth peddling capability. 80% of the reviews said this product is very well built and were very happy with their purchase.
Progear do a range of gym gear for the home, all are top sellers on Amazon.
Note: this product does not fold up, so make sure you have enough space in your home to store it. Many verified buyers of this product stated they just leave the bike out in their apartment as it looks good.
Progear 100s Pros & Cons
Sunny Health and Fitness Indoor Spin Bike
Sunny Heath and Fitness have been selling exercise gear for over 15 years. Along with a good range of home-based equipment, they also sell commercial cardio equipment to gyms under their Asuna brand.
This spin bike comes with a 50lb flywheel and is slightly more robust than the Progear bike.
This spin bike as of January 2019 has 2543 reviews on Amazon from verified buyers. 81% of the reviews gave the bike 4-5 stars.
Pros & Cons
Schwinn IC2 Spin Bike – Editor’s Choice
- Infinite resistance levels with a 31 lb. effective flywheel with high inertia drive system
- BioFit comfort multi-position handlebars
- Easy to use LCD screen displays speed, RPM, distance, time and calories
- Oversized, corrosion-resistant steel tubing for a safe and sturdy ride
- Durable wool felt pad gives smooth and even resistance
Schwinn have been producing outdoor bikes for years and are one of Amazon’s top selling manufacturers. We didn’t know they actually made a spin bike so were pleasantly surprised, especially when we saw it – it looks awesome with its matt black finish!
Like the indoor bikes above, the Schwinn IC3 has a 40-lb flywheel and is a lot more ergonomic than the products above.
Pros & Cons Schwinn IC2
JOROTO X1S Indoor Cycling Bike Trainer
This spin bike is slightly more than the other models but offers a bit more adjustability. The flywheel is only 35lb so will offer slightly less maximum resistance. Users said the max resistance is still a very hard workout.
The Joroto indoor bike comes with an onboard monitor to track all your main data like speed, calories time and distance.
Joroto do this spin bike in a range of different models which vary in size and the flywheel resistance, the max being 45lb.
Pros & Cons
Best High End Spin Bikes $1000+
All our pro spinners are from Life Fitness, who have a great range of cardio equipment and are one of the top gym gear brands in the USA.
The IC1 Spin bike is Life Fitness’s cheapest bike they do, some are $3000+. Unlike the budget spin bikes, these have belt driven systems and no chains, making them a lot smoother to ride.
The IC1 bike comes with a stylish on-board computer to track your activity. The monitor can keep track of your calories burnt, heart rate and cadence.
The frame is totally solid being made of matte steel, the total bike weighs 287lb.
How to maintain your Spin bike for optimal performance Here
1) Use WD40 on all the main frictions points, like you would on normal bicycle
2) Ensure all the nuts and bolts are constantly tight and nothing is lose, especially after a few month of heavy use
3) Ensure the chain is well lubricated
Spin bike workouts
Most people who use spin bikes love doing HITs – Hign intensity interval training. A typical HIT routine would be 10 seconds cycling as fast as possible, then 20 seconds cycling slowly; done over 8-10 reps. There are hundreds of different combinations you can try to stop you getting bored, try some of these.
Below is a Youtube video class for you to carry out.
Jamie is a running addict and gym junkie. He trains 7 days per week and is currently doing an MA in nutrition and sports science