The Schwinn Airdyne AD6 exercise bike continues the tradition of well-designed, functional air resistance machines with all new features and capabilities for the new model year.
The AD6 features a high-res LCD display with a new RevMeter RPM gauge as well as workout metrics such as distance, time, calories burned, power and pulse.
Let's take a closer look at the specs...
The Schwinn AD6 Airdyne features:
The Airdyne bikes have always been very popular due to their ease of use and quality components that last long and are relatively maintenance free.
The AD6 has become one of the most popular models and reviews are very positive on this bike due to the many improvements over previous models as well as the entry-level Airdyne AD2 model.
The AD6 introduces improvements pretty much across the board. You have a quieter fan, improved shrouding on BioSynch linkage, the new REV meter we mentioned above, new console layout, improved styling, new foot straps, an integrated bottle holder and a wind screen as well as a reading rack.
As always, resistance is created by how fast you pedal...the harder you pedal, the higher the resistance as the fan creates wind resistance. When you get tired or just want to take a break, you simply slow down and the resistance level decreases.
You can work out your upper and lower body with the moving arms, or you can plant your feet and just work the upper body. If you just want to do the legs you just let go of the handles. (Note that there is also a recumbent/elliptical version called the 520 worth checking out that uses the Airdyne resistance)
Users appreciate the fact that the Airdyne AD6 is compact and fits well in most home gyms. It's also relatively easy to put together. It's fun to use and is a good value at under $600 on sale.
Any negatives? One thing experts are not thrilled about is the warranty, which seems to be worse than it was a few years ago. Whereas you used to get 30 years on the frame, you now get 15. The electronics and labor coverage has gotten worse as well.
Typically warranties improve over time as the company improves design and construction. However, not the case here. The good news is that these bikes seem to last for a very long time, so there shouldn't be any issues.
The Schwinn Airdyne AD6 is certainly an improvement over previous models, with enhanced features in all categories, so if wind resistance is something you are looking for, this is a very good choice.
The only thing that gives us pause is the warranty, which isn't the best we've seen. As a comparison similarly priced Diamondback exercise bikes offer lifetime frame and brake.
An extended warranty might be a good idea if you do opt for the AD6, just to cover yourself in case anything happens down the road.
The Airdynes have been popular for years, so you can be confident in your purchase. Just read the reviews to make sure it's the right bike for you.
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