Bluetooth capability allows uploads from Schwinn’s Trainer app. Syncs with third-party fitness apps. Easy to put together and set up. Runs very quiet, with a large, easy-to-read console. Comfortable seat and riding position.
Heart-rate contact sensors are inaccurate unless gripped exactly right. Built-in speakers are tinny at best. Users shorter than 5’5” may find this bike uncomfortable.
Delivers a smooth, no-impact stationary ride with several preset program that present a fitness challenge without stressing knees or back. Monochrome LCD indicators are easy to read. Assembly takes 1 to 2 hours and instructions are easy to follow.
Fewer levels of resistance than the 270, and room for only 2 saved profiles. USB connectivity only. Console controls aren’t backlit. Seat back is hard and uncomfortable. Heart rate monitor is glitchy at best.
Fairly easy to set up, despite its weight. Wind guard and book stand are available separately. Comfortable seat and pedals. Easy to assemble, and not too large for the family room.
Seat is difficult to adjust and tighten, and tends to slant forward. LCD console has limited functions and can be hard to read. Belt can snap after a few months of use, and it’s prone to developing rattles and squeaks. Shorter users will have trouble reaching the handle bars.
Easy to move to a new spot thanks to front-side roller wheels, and both seat and handle bars can be adjusted. Console can be personalized and some custom programming can be done.
Programming interface has a steep learning curve. Seat can be uncomfortable. Unit may shift around on smooth floors, so consider purchasing a mat. Not very quiet, and inertia wheel isn’t as smooth as pricier models.
Quiet belt drive, and a much smoother ride than other professional-grade air resistance bikes. Console supports heart rate monitors and includes some programmed presets. Allows for both light beginner workouts and intense HIIT training.
Console requires D batteries, a mild inconvenience. Display isn’t backlit, and LCD can be difficult to read. No air diverter (though some users are fine with the pedal-generated air conditioning). Instruction manual doesn’t help with programming console. Very heavy.
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