The Assault Air Bike from LifeCore Fitness sets itself apart from the competition with its sleek design, rock-solid construction and challenging cardio workouts. If you like the idea of a full body workout while you ride, this one is definitely worth a look.
The Assault comes in a Classic and Elite version, with a commercial grade frame and high contrast LCD display.
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The current big players in the Air Bike market are Assault, manufactured by LifeCore Fitness, and Schwinn, makers of the popular Airdyne bikes.
So naturally everyone wants to know how the Assault Air Bike compares to the Airdyne bikes from Schwinn.
Quite simply, although each has its pros and cons, it comes down to quality. Overall the Assault is a much higher quality product, more at home in a health club or the home gym of a more serious rider. The AirDyne's are for the more casual user, and the prices reflect this.
The base Classic model costs around $799, over $200 more than the popular Schwinn Airdyne AD6. However, there is an Airdyne Pro (AD7) model that costs around $999. So the Air Bike sits between the mid-level and the top-of-the-line Schwinn model.
One of the biggest differences between the two bikes, besides the overall quality, is the fact that the Assault features a chain drive, vs. the belt drive on the Airdynes. Although maintenance is required to keep the chain functioning properly, it is more efficient and versatile than a belt, which needs to be replaced after some time.
The seat is more adjustable on the Assault, giving you up and down as well as fore and aft. The Assault also gives you 7 built in workout programs...the Airdyne AD2 and AD6 don't give you any. You have to step up to the Pro model to get built in workouts.
Although the Assault Air Bike is built better, Schwinn does offer a better warranty. The Assault comes with only 5 years on the frame, same as on the AD2. However, the AD6 and Pro model give you 10 years on the frame.
Other than the better warranty however, the Assault Air Bike is probably a better option, as it compares most closely with the higher end Schwinn Airdyne, which is $200 more.
If you're looking for an air bike, which provides that upper and lower body workout you can't get on the traditional recumbent, upright or spinner, then the Assault Air Bike is a very good choice.
It compares quite favorably to the Schwinn Airdyne bikes, and at $799 on sale it's a great deal. You can step up to the Elite model, but at $1999 it's a bit pricey and you don't necessarily need all of those extra features.
With high adjustability, smooth air resistance, built in workout programs and heart rate monitoring, the Assault Air Bike is a winner.
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