The Flywheel Is Light as a Fly
Created by a real cyclist, this indoor bike was purposely designed to mimic outdoor cycling. This meant that rather than having a vertical pump or up-and-down pedal action, the bike would need a very smooth and fluid 360° pedal action.
This is accomplished with the heavy weighted flywheel which imparts aggressive inertia into the crank, resulting in peddling it feels like a real road bike.
Expensive commercial units mimic real road cycling exceptionally well, but they are also out of reach of the pocketbook of many consumers. This model is priced for the top-end home consumer and includes many additional features that enhance the overall value ([easyazon_link asin=”B001Q3KOF6″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”biketrainerre-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]see latest prices at amazon.com[/easyazon_link]).
A Word about Downsides
The Fit strives to “fit in” to the upper echelon of indoor bikes, however, despite its many positive features the lighter than average 31-pound flywheel does not seem to generate the level of aggressive inertia that is required for that true cycling feeling.
Another downside for this unit is that under increased resistance to ride tends to become shaky and uneven. It felt like I was riding through wet marshlands.
Nice Extras – Great for Beginners
Included are four spinning DVDs, an eight week spinning weight loss program, and a helpful beginner’s guide to effective use of your new indoor bike.
Unlike many bikes in the same category this one comes with a complete one-year warranty on all parts. However, due to the impeccable quality of workmanship and heavy-duty components it is unlikely that you will encounter a parts problem. This bike is designed to withstand thousands of miles of cycling.
The brake system and flywheel assembly receive maximum moisture protection from the double-sided fender. This helps combat the onset of rust in the collection of dirt and grime that might be trapped by moisture.
While this is an indoor bike, perspiration, water bottles spills, and other accidents around the home do happen. The two-piece fender offers protection against all those potential problems.
Big or Tall Cyclist? No Problem!
Maximum cyclist weight is approximately 250 pounds.
The larger cyclist will be pleased with the extra wide, soft, padded saddle. One of the minor but persistent complaints about this bike is that the seats are typically viewed as too small and too hard. This is especially true amongst non-cyclists who are new to long workouts on an indoor bike.
The saddle and the handlebars are fully adjustable. For cyclist comfort and safety the handlebars feature non-slip grips, five degree angle, and the distinctive patented loop.
Cyclists up to approximately 6’3” will the Fit Spin Bike most accommodating. This is due to the wide variability in both saddle and handlebar adjustments. One common complaint we have found is that cyclist over 6 feet tall cannot get a comfortable leg extension in the pedal action. The Fit is designed to eliminate that problem.
Easy to Assemble and Transport
Designed for ease of assembly and ease-of-use this model is simple and without a lot of electronics. While the unit comes 80% assembled, some assembly will be required.
This unit measures 44 x 18 x 38 inches (L x W x H), weighs 90 pounds, and includes a flywheel that is 31 pounds.
From un-boxing to getting on the bike and enjoying your first training session generally requires about 30 minutes of your time. All required assembly tools are included, and parts are distinctly and clearly marked.
The Fit comes with built in transport rollers that make it easy to move the bike around the home or apartment. So lightweight even a child can move it. We give this unit three stars.