The Horizon M4 Exercise Bike – An Inexpensive Spin Bike

The Horizon M4 exercise bike is an affordably priced indoor cycle with a hefty flywheel and a compact frame.

The Bike

The simply LCD display and console computer monitors time, steps, total steps, and calories in either a single display or scan mode.

Horizon M4 Exercise Bike

The Horizon M4 indoor cycle features:

  • 42-lb Flywheel
  • Chain Drive system
  • Micro-adjustable knob resistance
  • Adjustable drop handlebar
  • Adjustable Pedal Cage w/toe straps
  • Fore/aft seat adjustment
  • Dimensions: 43"L x 19"W x 35"H
  • User capacity: 285 pounds
  • Warranty: 10 years frame, 1-year parts and labor

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Horizon M4 Console

The Horizon M4 exercise bike has a heavy-duty weighted flywheel, a chain drive system, and forged steel crank to provide the tough pedaling resistance with the feel of a street bike. It has an attractive steel frame and pedals that are interchangeable with any standard 9/16 pedals. The tension knob easily dials resistance up to make pedaling harder, or down to make it easier. The pedal cages have toe straps to keep you securely locked in for more responsive footing when pedaling at a faster cadence.

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At 43-inches long, the Horizon M4 is an inch to three inches shorter than other models but it doesn’t compromise on stability or comfort. The adjustable saddle moves up/down and fore/aft to accommodate any size user for the most comfortable riding position. The aero-style handlebars have multi hand positions and can also move up and down, but they do not adjust vertically so can’t move closer or further away from the user. Also, the 285 pounds for the max user weight capacity is overstated but not by much – 250 pounds at the most would be our guess.

Our Take

Normally priced at $399, the Horizon M4 can be found online for as low as $349 when on sale – which is the price you should shoot for. If you plan to ride infrequently, these cheaper spin bikes are okay but keep in mind that they are inferior to the health club exercise bikes you’ve ridden on in spinning class. The sturdiness isn’t there, the ride is not as smooth, and the bikes are not fully adjustable. The price is attractive here but don’t expect the Horizon M4 exercise bike to perform like a studio quality bike.

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