Almost every fitness equipment dealer claims they offer the best exercise bikes on the market. But there are hundreds of different models to choose from and the search for the perfect indoor bike can be confusing. Our experts have done some research of their own and came up with this list of the best upright and recumbent exercise bikes for 2017 in three different categories.
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UPRIGHT WINNER: MATRIX U50
The Matrix U50 is one of the best exercise bikes you can buy for serious workouts. If you like to work up a sweat and burn the calories this home version of the club model will perform like a dream. The bike features a Dual Form frame, Exact Force Induction Brakes, and an impressive 30 smooth, quick-changing resistance levels.
It has an adjustable Comfort Arc seat and ergonomic handlebars with deluxe forearm support. Its smooth ride is above and beyond any other upright bike you have ever tried. The best part is, it's only $1799 on sale, about half the price of similar models from Life Fitness and Precor. And this one is even better, with newer technology and three console choices.
RECUMBENT WINNER: MATRIX R50
The Matrix R50 Recumbent offers the guilty-pleasure comforts just like health club models costing twice as much. You may already be aware of the legendary traits of Matrix bikes including quality, comfort, style, and durability. At only $2,199, this bike has all of these characteristics, making it one of the best exercise bikes in the high-end recumbent category.
It offers the user a contoured, high back Comfort Arc padded seat, front and side-mounted handlebars with pulse grips, wide pedals with straps, multiple seat positions, and wireless heart rate monitoring. Add to that three console choices, workout tracking and 30 resistance levels, and you have yourself a real winner.
UPRIGHT WINNER: DIAMONDBACK 510Ub
The Diamondback 510Ub Upright is a home exercise bike built and designed like a machine you'd find in the gym. It has a strong steel frame and sleek, modern design, and provides the perfect workout whether you are a beginner or if you've been riding for years.
At only $699, it features eddy current brakes with 16 levels of resistance, 20 workout programs, a bright, adjustable LCD console, integrated heart rate sensors, built-in media center for your iPhone or iPod, QuickSet program keys, magazine rack and variable speed fans to cool you down. The ride is smooth and quiet, making your workout enjoyable throughout.
RECUMBENT WINNER: DIAMONDBACK 510Sr
The Diamondback 510Sr Recumbent is our top pick among the best exercise bikes in the mid-priced recumbent category. This bike delivers all the features you are looking for: quiet operation, solid frame, easy mount and dismount, smooth pedaling action, comfortable seat, simple console, and great entertainment options to keep you motivated and occupied for hours of pedaling workouts.
The bike offers a sturdy frame and smooth performance for a comfortable low-impact workout. The quiet, frictionless eddy current brake system provides 16 increment levels of resistance. The sculptured seat is extra wide for comfort and the molded backseat provides lumbar support. The step-through frame style allows for easy on and off, and the console and handlebar tilt for a customized fit. This bike offers a lot of value for its $799 price.
UPRIGHT WINNER: SCHWINN 170
Schwinn makes some of the best exercise bikes on the market. The budget-priced Schwinn 170 Upright combines quality engineering with a functional design, delivering an exceptional low impact cardiovascular workout for users who want to get in shape at home.
It is an impressive looking stationary bike with quality components and a perimeter-weighted flywheel giving the user a true road feel. The extra-wide seat is adjustable, as are the handlebars. A nice feature is the on-board computer which automatically records every workout in your user profile so you can track your fitness progress. For under $400 at Amazon, the Schwinn 170 upright exercise bike is a great buy.
RECUMBENT WINNER: SCHWINN 270
We added the upgraded Schwinn 270 Recumbent to our list of the best exercise bikes for 2016 because it is incredibly quiet, compact, and affordable. If you don’t wish to spend a lot of money on an exercise machine, this one will only set you less than $500.
The bike features an advanced magnetic Eddy Current Brake System, perimeter-weighted flywheel, grip heart rate sensors with telemetry option, transport wheels, frame stabilizers, reading rack, fan, and a water bottle holder. Users have reported that it is nearly silent, making it a better choice of a cardio machine than a treadmill or an elliptical for some small apartments.
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