There are indoor bikes and then there are Life Fitness exercise bikes. No other bike maker can match the style, ergonomics, and technology of the company that made the LifeCycle®, the elite bike that is the preferred choice of health clubs worldwide.
The company has a reputation for excellence that was founded more than 45 years ago with the world’s first electronic piece of fitness equipment, the legendary LifeCycle® Exercise Bike. Life Fitness, which is headquartered outside of Chicago in Schillar Park, Ill., is a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).
As the most trusted fitness equipment manufacturer in the world, Life Fitness products are used in commercial and public facilities in more than 120 countries – and even at sea, as Life Fitness cardio equipment was chosen by Royal Caribbean for their passenger fitness center on the elegant new 6,000-passenger Oasis of the Seas.
There are two key reasons to choose Life Fitness exercise bikes over other brands: quality and innovation.
As the major player in commercial equipment for many years, the company has easily entered the home fitness market with well-engineered, quality products that have placed it at the top in all categories.
As for innovation, the company owns over 50 patents, and their cardio machines feature many fitness industry firsts including touch screen technology, iPod connectivity, and console options.
The company also launched the Life Fitness Academy to study the science and medicine of exercise and train professionals in fitness programs.
LifeCycle® is the name of the line, not just one bike. There are currently twelve Upright, Recumbent and Indoor Cycle frames, which feature digital heart rate monitoring, advanced and customizable workout programs, and max user weights up to 400 pounds.
Current models include the C1 Upright, R1 and RS1 recumbents, C3, R3, RS3, Club Series Upright, Club Series Recumbent, Platinum Club Upright, Platinum Club Recumbent, GX Group Exercise Bike and Augie's Quest Lifecycle Bike.
The base C1 Upright costs $1,399 with the Go Console, and the prices increase from there, with the $4,500 Platinum Club Series Recumbent at the top of the heap.
All models, except for the GX and Augie's Quest, offer two console choices: the basic Go Console and the enhanced Track + Console, which allows for more interactivity to track your workouts by connecting with your smart phone or tablet.
The warranties on Life Fitness exercise bikes include lifetime on frame, up to 5 years on parts and one-year labor.
LifeCycle® Exercise Bikes have a maintenance-free chain-drive system, self-powered alternator systems, and a Poly V belt-drive.
As most exercise bike reviews by consumers and industry pros will attest to, the Life Fitness products are well built, comfortable, and extremely durable. They are priced high but there’s no argument about the superior quality of these machines.
Because the company is so widely respected among health club facilities worldwide, you can shop for Life Fitness exercise bikes with the knowledge that it is literally the best bike on the market and your investment will last for many years.
Life Fitness Lifecycle GX - the only indoor cycling bike in the lineup, this one is solidly built and adjustable to fit any rider with optional computer.
Life Fitness C1 Upright LifeCycle - We recommend the C1 Upright LifeCycle with the Advanced Console for around $1,399 as a Best Buy; one of the most comfortable stationary bikes on the market.
Life Fitness R1 Recumbent LifeCycle - Similar to the C1, this solid bike offers two console options and 20 resistance levels.
Life Fitness LifeCycle 9500HR Recumbent - The distinguished LifeCycle 9500HR helped to set the standard on which all other commercial health club bikes are based. Now discontinued, you can still buy this bike as a refurbished model.
Life Fitness Club Series Upright - Reviews on this model are excellent as expected. Its smooth ride is above and beyond any other upright bike you have ever tried.
Life Fitness Club Series Recumbent - Offers the guilty-pleasure comforts just like health club models costing twice as much. But do you really need a $3,000 stationary bike?