It can be hard to decide on what is the right indoor cycling bike for you with the endless list of indoor cycling bikes available online. However, if you’re after a bike that is robust and heavy duty then look no further than the XS Sports Indoor Training Exercise Bike.
Not only will it provide an excellent workout but is one of the most affordable to buy on Amazon.
So, let’s have a look at the key features of this bike.
Check out my 2 year review on XS Sports bike below
Heavy Duty Robust Frame
The frame of the XS Sports bike is made entirely of steel. You can guarantee that when your cycling ‘Pedal to the Metal’ and really putting the bike under some serious pressure, that is remains solid and stable.
An indoor cycling bike needs that solid structure as when in use, the cyclist will be moving side to side, up and down – and you can bet that the XS Sports bike will hold its own.
With a 15kg steel flywheel which is situated at the front of the bike, you will be able to have a smooth cycle through your entire workout.
Basically the flywheels job is to simulate the feel of an outdoor bike. It’s job is to store energy which is then used to smooth out your cycle to promote consistent cadance (the speed at which your legs spin as you pedal).
Fully Adjustable Handlebars
XS Sports developed this bike to provide ultimate comfort to the cyclist by having fully adjustable handlebars.
The handles double up as arm rests where you can rest your elbows on when going into ‘race’ mode. There are a number of positions where you can place your hands on so you can get the most out of your workout.
The handlebars are ergonomically designed to fit the position and posture of the cyclist so you can pedal in comfort and keep fatigue at bay.
Pulse sensors are built into the handlebars which allows you to track how many calories you’ve burned during your indoor cycling session by measuring your heart rate.
A great way of helping you to stay motivated and keeping track of your progress.
The electronic display is basic in looks but it provides the key information you need to know when your cycling.
It measures and scans Time, Speed, Distance, Total Distance, Pulse and Calories.
It’s very easy to use and designed so that anyone can use it. It just helps you to keep that motivation and track your metrics throughout your workout.
Water Bottle Holder
When cycling, staying hydrated is key to have an effective and injury free workout.
The XS Sports bike comes with an aluminium water bottle. It is situated just under the cyclist between their legs so it allows for easy access to water without you having to stop or slow down to take a drink.
Fully Adjustable Seat
The seat is a fully adjustable well-padded saddle that provides optimum comfort for the cyclist.
It’s nicely designed with the red and black colour design.
The seat can be adjusted to move forward or move back with the turn crank just under the seat. The seat itself can be fixed to move up and down so that you can find the best position for you.
Just below to the resistance crank, you’ll see the emergency stop in ‘alarming’ red.
If you feel that the bike is pedalling beyond your control, press the emergency stop and the flywheel will come to an automatic halt.
This will activate the flywheel brakes which are excellent as stopping the wheel.
During a cycle, the bike itself it actually very quiet. I was actually quite surprised by this due to the low price tag on it.
The XS Sports bike is a chain driven indoor cycling bike which means it has the same mechanics as a standard outdoor bike so you will hear a light ‘clinking’ noise of the chain as it rolls over the sprocket.
However, this is not noisy by any means. You can still cycle early in the morning without waking anyone up.
To be honest I purchased this bike as it was one of the most affordable bikes on Amazon and with that I thought I would have to sacrifice durability for price.
I thought that even if I can get a year out of it, I could then save up for another more expensive bike.
Let me tell you, the durability on this bike is incredible!
It has a strong steel frame and very robust pedalling and gear system. When on the bike, I prefer a good HIIT indoor cycling session which means putting all my effort into the bike.
I can tell you it definitely has outperformed itself.
I ordered the bike from Amazon on a Thursday and it was delivered by the Tuesday after (this is without Amazon Prime).
Very quick in my opinion
It is delivered in two boxes, the larger one is quite heavy, so you might need two people to bring it in to where you want to set up. This contains the actual bike itself.
The smaller box contains all the attachments such as handlebars, pedals and saddle bar.
Set Up Time
The bike requires assembly however full instructions and tools are provided.
It took me around 20-30 minutes to set it up which I thought was actually going to take a lot longer.
Adjustable to Height
So once you have the bike set up, you want to make sure that it is the right height and fit for you.
Simply move the seat forward or back or up and down with the turn cranks so that you can reach the handlebars and that your feet are securely locked in the pedals with your knees bent.
I am 5ft 10 myself and needed a few adjustments but the bike fits me perfectly to make sure I have correct posture when I’m cycling.
Pros & Cons
So, in overall if your after an excellent exercise bike that is firstly very affordable but will allow for an effective workout and secondly very robust, then the XS Sports is the bike you want.
It’s a great bike for a complete beginner or even a cycle enthusiast that you can use from the comfort of your own home.
If you have any questions, please drop me a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you.