6 indoor cycling bike PROS and CONS – You might be sorry if you miss this Peloton Alternative guide!

6 indoor cycling bike PROS and CONS – You might be sorry if you miss this Peloton Alternative guide!

Echelon EX-15: https://amzn.to/3nKGKpg (finally in stock!)
Sunny Bike: https://amzn.to/39Bi7rJ (on sale)
Joroto discount: http://bit.ly/JorotoX2 Coupon: TAILHAPPY (-$20, free shipping too)
Joroto X2: https://amzn.to/35C1Pw2 (amazon)
Sunny magnetic: https://amzn.to/36ea9CE (on sale)
Schwinn IC4: https://amzn.to/3kEhoI1
This is a quick straight to the point review of the pros and cons of 6 highly popular indoor cycling bikes including the peloton bike plus, and if you want to know more information or see head to head comparisons of any of these indoor cycling bikes browse my channel because I have a lot more videos on each of these peloton alternative bikes. If you’re looking for a spin bike you’ve come to the right place.

Pedals recommendation: https://amzn.to/36MsJ3B (MORE BELOW)

Bike seat gel cover (best seller) https://amzn.to/35NcQLk

Pedals/shoes:
Womens TIEM clip in shoes (spd): https://amzn.to/2HhzFxd
Video on pedals/shoes: https://youtu.be/9QyXjAs85Xw
How to clip in/out (video): https://youtu.be/esUEay9sJ4E

Mens shoes recommendation (spd): https://amzn.to/3pFUxiW
Shoe option (cheaper): https://amzn.to/36PSqjR

Popular accessories for indoor cycling:
Wahoo Cadence sensor: https://amzn.to/2UAas3V
Favorite Heart rate monitor (video, scosche): https://youtu.be/NzbFsvi1slc
Scosche Rhythm+ https://amzn.to/31hOcTy

We’ll go from most expensive to least expensive indoor cycling bike, at the time I bought, some are less expensive now and some do have limited time discount prices so the description box below for links to the current best price. This is simply a quick run down of what comes to mind right away, definitely going to miss some things, this is just a highlights indoor cycling review video, and believe me when I saw I have more in depth videos on each of these indoor spin bikes so if one of these bikes catches your interest watch my in depth video on it.

Let’s start with the king, the Peloton bike plus, $2495 plus $39/mo
Pros
most convenient to get on and go, you get the leaderboard, cadence, resistance, power, tons of metrics on a beautiful rotating screen with excellent audio, and automatic changing resistance, and apple gymkit to connect your apple watch,
it is the best bike of the bunch, no question.

Cons
price, recurring price, delivery speed/time, locked into only peloton, handlebars don’t move forwards and backwards

Schwinn ic4 $900

pros
schwinn ic4 is adjustable, smooth magnetic resistance and excellent drive train feel, high max user weight of 330lbs, screen that shows resistance and cadence, peloton alternative comes with weights and a HRM and comes with dual side clip in pedals/cage, resistance knob on schwinn ic4 only takes about 4 turns from 0-100

cons
no peloton leaderboard, pedals seem to come loose on schwinn ic4, max resistance leaves more to be desired at this price point for my weight and power output,

Echelon connect ex-15 or echelon connect sport $500
pros
really great value, bluetooth enabled so you bring your own devices for metrics, versatile, solid build all around and it earned a 71 on the tailhappy score in my full echelon bike review, good peloton alternative

cons
max resistance on echelon connect bike, lots of turns, leaderboard for peloton app, handle bar grips on my bike, max seat height,

Joroto X2 review $399
pros
4 way adjustable, smooth magnetic resistance and drive train for the price, joroto bike has wide seat if thats your thing,
cons:
metrics, screen doesn’t give cadence, resistance, watts, Pedals are cheap, water bottle holders get in the way of tablet holder on joroto x2 bike

Proform tour de france cbc from costco $385
pros:
you can buy the proform bike on a whim at costco, automatic resistance with ifit, free ifit for a year, smooth magnetic resistance, great handlebars, thick and nice hand position options, screen gives you cadence and resistance numbers on proform bike from costco

cons:
riding position of proform tdf bike is aggressive and stretched out relative to other bikes, max handlebar height isn’t very high. No resistance knob, must use buttons on screen or ifit app to auto adjust, resistance changes slowly, max resistance out of the box was weak.

Sunny bike $369
pros:
massive flywheel unique feel and lots of inertia, max resistance, great for tall people not to say its not good for short people too, looks great and solid build quality. Versatile, not locked into any platform and highly customizable, no electronics means you’ll never have to worry about the electronics failing you on the sunny indoor bike.

cons:
sunny bike noise, leather pad requires maintenance and it is not as smooth of a drive train feel compared to magnetic resistance, no cadence or resistance metrics, can add wahoo for cadence, the sunny bike is great overall and has a great reputation so if you really want magnetic resistance i’d encourage you to take a peek at the 1805 which costs twice as much but makes a good peloton bike alternative.

50 Comments

  1. Susanna Smith on August 17, 2022 at 1:05 am

    I’ve very out of shape and not skinny. I just started walking and a friend is giving me a recumbent bike that she came across (haven’t tried it yet) but I’m confused with the ‘regular’ indoor bikes that are upright – regular or spinning or are they the same?! is there any benefit for a beginner to have a recumbent and a spinning bike? just watching you standing up peddling exhausts me LOL! I was looking at a $300 yosuda on amazon but you were talking about the important metrics being power, cadence – and I was thinking miles would be good as I’m doing some ‘medal’ races that go by miles LOL!



  2. Rebecca Stuart on August 17, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Hi, Which bike should I buy for best value approx budget $600. Hubby a keen cyclist. Any guidance please



  3. Peter Alexander on August 17, 2022 at 1:08 am

    Why are these bike cranks alway wider than a normal bike. Why are the cranks not deep at the heels so the feet can rotate more inwards. On my spinning bike i can do 10 minutes and have knee pain because of the wide crankshaft. That was 4 hours on my normal road bike without pain.



  4. Amanda Smits on August 17, 2022 at 1:09 am

    What would your suggest for a newbie rider



  5. Celebrate Crypto on August 17, 2022 at 1:10 am

    I don’t like the fact peleton makes you pay $39 a month for their app. You already spent 2,500 you can YouTube spin bike videos we don’t need their app my gosh.



  6. Jesse Parris on August 17, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Can you do a video update on the "6 indoor cycling bike PROS and CONS – You might be sorry if you miss this Peloton Alternative guide!." I need to buy a bike!



  7. Vaping Fast break on August 17, 2022 at 1:13 am

    $39 monthly for the classes??? Screw that. Didn’t know it was that much. Thought it was like $12 even that’s too much.



  8. Alvin Prettyman on August 17, 2022 at 1:13 am

    great comparison



  9. Alex Desrochers on August 17, 2022 at 1:16 am

    I really liked the video. Just want to know which of these bikes do you recommend. I’m 6 feet tall, i want o track cadence and such and I anticipate using the peloton app on my tablet. I can’t afford the peloton, that’s why I’m exploring other options. Thanks



  10. P Wu on August 17, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Peloton bike is made to order. They order parts after you made the order and paid for it.



  11. TJF Denver on August 17, 2022 at 1:17 am

    great review.

    I went with a refurbished Schwinn IC4 … knowing that it does interface w/Zwift, albeit w/power/watt ratings that are not comparable …

    I wish the IC4 had power output on its small LCD and had controllable power adjustments for full 3rd party integration …. but as I’m just starting again (53, right knee replacement), it’ll do …



  12. Imel Kozlov on August 17, 2022 at 1:18 am

    i dont care about the console or apps i yes want a good bike with real ride experience, and prefere micro resistance what you recomend ne for that?



  13. Phillip Evans on August 17, 2022 at 1:21 am

    Thanks for an amazing, comprehensive and informative presentation. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻



  14. jazzcitla1 on August 17, 2022 at 1:21 am

    What do you think of the norditrac s15i



  15. Celebrate Crypto on August 17, 2022 at 1:22 am

    I pay less then $39 a month for my car insurance. People today have lost their minds ripping people off for everything



  16. bigsavvyguy on August 17, 2022 at 1:22 am


  17. Gareth Powell on August 17, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Great video thanks!



  18. l337pwnage on August 17, 2022 at 1:23 am

    I just need a bike that lets me control my World of Warcraft character. 🙂



  19. Sam C on August 17, 2022 at 1:27 am

    Use promo code PAX4T2 when you purchase a Peloton bike or tread and receive $100 off towards accessories!



  20. PeGaSus230 on August 17, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Great and thorough reviews! Do wish you had included the Bowflex C6 or C7. One more thing: Your wife…or girlfriend…is a saint for keeping the peace with all those bikes in the living room!😂❤️…please give her a hug and thank her for us.



  21. Gordon Yap on August 17, 2022 at 1:30 am

    great guide. Would love to see more bikes being featured such as the bodybike, stages sc series, and ICG IC7/8 bikes. Now that prices of bikes are very similar to commercial studio grade bikes, it would be cool to see how they compare with budget bikes.



  22. JGFowler121 on August 17, 2022 at 1:30 am

    Why no review of the BowFlex C6 or C7???



  23. Katie Yeagle on August 17, 2022 at 1:34 am

    Thank you so much for this comparison video. It was incredibly helpful



  24. Kerri Merlot Boutin on August 17, 2022 at 1:34 am

    Hello, I have a Sunny magnetic indoor cycling bike model SF-B1805. This is my first bike and the seat moves back and forth and is extremely uncomfortable when I tried riding it. Is there a way to stabilize the seat?



  25. ltjohns431 on August 17, 2022 at 1:35 am

    New to indoor biking but ramping up to begin riding. So do tell what is a leader board??



  26. Shad0wmoses on August 17, 2022 at 1:36 am

    peloton seems like such a complete waste of money unless your one of those trying to flex and just want trendy brand names for other reasons than practicality and the actual use of the object. im sure one has a smart phone..they can just youtube a cycle workout video and place it somewhere, get some ear buds, and you have a replacement for that giant screen in your face. and you arent forced into a subscription.



  27. Rozenxz on August 17, 2022 at 1:37 am

    Jesus christ $40 that’s a whole dam gym membership



  28. backpackbrady on August 17, 2022 at 1:39 am

    really good video, holy cats ty



  29. Jessica Kenny on August 17, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Any tips for a short newbie? I am 5’1" and am looking to purchase my first bike.



  30. Dylan James on August 17, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Is Peloton the only bike that automatically adjust the resistance? That is important to me. Are there any other bikes that provide that feature?



  31. Robert Hamm on August 17, 2022 at 1:43 am

    If the left pedal comes loose that is because in manufacture they screwed-up. that was supposed to be cut ‘reverse thread’ I had this problem with a cheap cycle I had about 15 yrs ago.



  32. Leslie Howard on August 17, 2022 at 1:44 am

    what is your favorite indoor bike that doesn’t have a screen? I just want a good quality bike. thanks



  33. Karen U on August 17, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Have you any opinions on the Snode 8731B bike that is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08DCZTZP1/?coliid=I1GCJIPCZKFZH0&colid=1JHYBE62V83IP&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it?



  34. William James Rapp on August 17, 2022 at 1:46 am

    YOU MUST BE PRETTY ***TALL*** because on the Schwinn it "looks" as though you have the seat post ALL THE WAY UP and yet it "looks" as though you are still not in proper position. How tall are you and I did not hear you make mention that some of the bikes are not built for taller people, IS THAT AN ISSUE WITH YOU ???



  35. David Arguello on August 17, 2022 at 1:48 am

    Your videos are great. Could you do a video comparing the echelon ex 15 with the proform from Costco. Which bike is better



  36. try too on August 17, 2022 at 1:49 am

    These all seem trash. Is there really none under $100?



  37. J. Edwards on August 17, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Have you reviewed the Concept 2 Bikerg?



  38. BB AA on August 17, 2022 at 1:51 am

    Thanks for all your reviews. Any plans on reviewing the DMASUN bike?



  39. Rachel Huch on August 17, 2022 at 1:52 am

    Trying to decide between the Bowflex C7 ($799)Echelon 3($699) (both on sale at Dicks) or the Echelon connect($499). Any thoughts?



  40. Paul Fowler on August 17, 2022 at 1:53 am

    Did you ever do a review on the Bladez Master GS?



  41. Jenna Clausing on August 17, 2022 at 1:53 am

    thank you!!! I have been doing so much research on indoor cycling bikes and this comprehensive video is amazing!!



  42. Sarge's Adventures on August 17, 2022 at 1:54 am

    Why no Sole SB-700 review?
    What do you think of it?



  43. JVM LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION on August 17, 2022 at 1:54 am

    Good info we got Costco good beginning bike



  44. Nathan Collins on August 17, 2022 at 1:56 am

    Can anyone help with a bike with the longest revolution? (Long peddles)



  45. Mariela Cortes on August 17, 2022 at 1:58 am

    Thank you for such great information. I own the Joroto X1S (I see you reviewed the X2) and it is not smooth so I am considering replacing it. It does have that physical resistance barrier like the Sunny bike, as opposed to the magnetic one in the X2 and other bikes. In your experience, do you think that might be what is making it not smooth? Should the magnetic resistance be something I look for in my next bike?
    *I have a knee injury and I feel like I’m having to push down with each pedal stroke. If I stop pedaling, the pedals stop moving. I’ve noticed with other, more expensive bikes the pedals continue to circle around when I remove my feet. I’m trying to find a bike with the smoothest feel. Thanks for any help!



  46. TailHappyTV on August 17, 2022 at 1:59 am

    Like, share, subscribe
    Echelon review: https://youtu.be/sfZUYsJjilk
    ProForm review: https://youtu.be/toZPpFq6_wY
    Joroto review: https://youtu.be/wYpML_QbHSk
    more good stuff:
    Sunny unboxing: https://youtu.be/qZFDiHbNgLs
    Peloton (in store tour): https://youtu.be/CcG61v5EuFA
    Peloton Tread (the NEW one): https://youtu.be/Pjr4C0UY_3Y
    ProForm ROWER: https://youtu.be/tKcYutedRCM



  47. Celebrate Crypto on August 17, 2022 at 1:59 am

    I’m wanting to lose 20 or so pounds and long term continue cardio and exercise. should I get a spin bike or a treadmill or something else? Any recommendations thanks



  48. The Art School Rejects on August 17, 2022 at 2:01 am

    Thanks for this 🙏🏿



  49. NickKey on August 17, 2022 at 2:03 am

    Love Kenny G



  50. Your Agronk on August 17, 2022 at 2:03 am

    What about cup holders