Is getting fit, healthy and shedding those extra pounds top of your agenda?
If so, will then a spin bike is one of the best pieces of fitness equipment to help you achieve that.
Nowadays, fitness equipment is becoming more and more affordable and enabling people to purchase their own equipment so they can workout from home.
No more expensive gym memberships….Jackpot!
The spin bikes I’m going to discuss here are not only incredibly robust, affordable and will guarantee to provide you with fat melting workouts for years to come as long as you remain consistent – that’s the key!
Buying Guide - What to look out for
So, whenever you’re buying your own home spin bike look out for few factors firstly:
Amazon offer some incredible spin bikes that are actually really affordable that you can get your hands on. Obviously, the more expensive the spin bike the more features you can get with it but there are a number of spin bikes under the £600 price range.
The purpose of a spin bike flywheel is to replicate that of a real outdoor bike. It generates energy and momentum which is used to create a smooth cycle and to promote consistent cadence.
The heavier the flywheel, the smoother the cycle will be.
Home spin bikes generally come in flywheel weights of 10kgs – 22kgs. Anything less than this weight may create a bumpy and uncomfortable cycle.
This is should be a rule of thumb when purchasing anything online, especially if it is something that you want as an investment and that you’ll be using for many years.
Before you purchase any spin bike, always look at the reviews. They’ll always give you an honest independent review. However, these spin bikes that I am reviewing all come with excellent customer ratings but I would advise to still check them out yourself.
A good spin bike must come with a strong steel frame.
When you’re cycling hard and really putting the bike under some serious pressure, you want peace of mind knowing that the bike will be able to handle this intense pressure and that it’s not rocking side to side or parts falling off.
So, let’s not wait around any longer and have a look at some of the best spin bikes you can easily get a hold of.
XS Sports Bike
The XS Sports bike is an incredible spin bike that I am currently using myself. You can check out my full review of it here.
It has a strong steel frame with adjustable seat and handlebars so you can find the best fit for.
It has a 15kg flywheel that is going to create a smooth cycle with a friction resistant system that allows you to turn up the resistance to really burn off those calories.
The hand pulsers are located on the handlebars were it will allow you to measure your heart rate and calories burned. This is then linked up to the electronic console where you can further measure your speed, distance and time.
JTX Cyclo 6 Bike
The JTX Cyclo 6 bike is definitely up there with being one of the most advanced spin bikes that you can buy for your home.
It has an incredible 22kg flywheel that is going to give you a consistent and very smooth cycle – it’ll be like just cycling an outdoor bike.
The flywheel itself is powered by a belt driven system. You see a large amount of home spin bikes usually come with a chain driven system as they are less expensive to manufacture but the JTX Cyclo 6 has a belt powered system.
This simply means it is quieter, has very low maintenance and is exactly like a bike you would get in any good gym.
It has 2 sets of handlebars so you can find the best cycling position for you whether you want a gentle cycle or get into racing mode. The outside set of handlebars has integrated pulse sensors to measure your heart rate and calories burned.
The electronic console is very smart, attractive and provides detailed information on your speed, time and distance.
It also has a nice turn crank so you can increase the resistance up or down with absolute ease.
BodyMax B2 Bike
The BodyMax B2 bike is a very popular spin bike that is sleek, robust that will provide an incredible cardio workout for you.
It has a 13kg flywheel that provides an effective, consistent smooth cycle that is generated with the 3 piece chain crank system.
The LCD Console is very appealing that measures time, distance, speed and temperature.
Most spin bikes have a very narrow saddle or seat however this bike has a larger padded seat that is a lot more comfortable and will provide that extra cushion you need for those long spin sessions.
JLL IC300 PRO Bike
The JLL IC300 PRO is a spin bike for someone who wants to get the best out of their workout. It incorporates the ‘newer mechanics’ of spin bikes with its very robust belt drive and magnetic resistance.
With the belt drive and its magnetic resistance it will make for a more quieter workout that you can enjoy for years to come with very little maintenance…if any.
It has a nice 20kg flywheel that is going to keep a very smooth ride where you can crank up the resistance with the brightly coloured turn dial just in front of you.
It has a 150mm Q-Factor. This is a term used to compare different bike sizes. It analyses your ‘stance width’ when standing on the bike. The average road bike is 150mm so the JLL IC300 is able to resemble this.
Maximise your workout by analysing your progress with the combination of the hand pulsers and large electronic console.
Life Carver BTM Bike
The Life Carver BTM is a highly popular home spin bike that many people enjoy.
It has a very appealing colour design with black and a choice of either yellow, red or green. The frame itself is very robust made of a solid steel construction that will be able to handle any pressure its under during cycling.
The handlebars are adjustable giving you the freedom of moving them up or down by 15cms each way. It just allows you to get the best fit and feel for you.
The flywheel is one of the lightest of the range discussed so it may not be as smooth to cycle as some of the heavier flywheel bikes but for the price it’s very hard to turn away from it.
OnePeloton Spin Bike
The OnePeloton is not just a standard spin bike, it’s much more than that. It’s main aim is to replicate a gym spin session such as SoulCycle….all from the comfort of your own home.
Now, it is a lot more pricier compared to the other bikes discussed however if your after the full all-interactive experience then this may be the one for you.
It has different membership packages you can sign up to for as low as $39 per month that gives you 24/7 access to a range of different spin sessions or you can join in on a live online stream from their headquarters in New York.
You can tap the classes you want to workout to with its HD touchscreen that is going to show session duration, your speed, your distance and you also have the option of connecting a heart rate monitor to measure your heart rate and calories burned.
You can check out the OnePeloton further here.
The Echelon bike would be in the same category as the OnePeloton in regards to having the ‘full immersive spin class from home’.
The Echelon is significantly a lot more affordable compared to the OnePeloton and it also comes with a years free membership whereas the Peloton does not – this is an additional expense.
However if your budget can allow for the it and you’re interested in the extensive training courses you be able to justify it.
When you purchase the Echelon bike, you can download their own personal app; the Echelon Connect App. Here you can watch and train along to live or pre-programmed workouts.
Echelon designed the bike where instead of you buying additional tech, it gives the choice of using your own devices such as your mobile phone or tablet. This brings down the cost considerably.
So if your after the full immersive spin cycling training but keeping costs to a minimum, then the Echelon may be the bike for you.
Check out the Echelon here.
So if you’re after a new spin bike or looking for an upgrade, these are some of the best on the market right now.
Each one of these spin bikes are incredibly robust so will be able to handle being under constant pressure. They can be put together very easily and require very little maintenance over time but the main benefit is what they offer you – an awesome workout that is going to get your heart rate jacked up and melt that unwanted fat away.
Not only that, but you’ll notice a more ‘hop in your step’ were you’ll feel a lot healthier, have improved endurance and enjoy a more happy life. Exercising really does offer incredible benefits for your mind and general outlook on life.
All of these bikes are great that you can easily get your hands on so that you can train all from the comfort of your own home.
If you do have any questions about any of these spin bikes, please drop me a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you.