If you are committed to getting in shape, Horizon exercise bikes are an affordable choice for weight loss and weight management. You will get heart healthy and will have made a sound investment in a quality piece of fitness equipment.
Horizon is a subsidiary of Johnson Tech that also owns the brands AFG, Matrix, Merit, and Vision. Johnson is the largest equipment manufacturer in Asia, with plants in Shanghai and Taiwan.
Better known for value-driven and budget-priced treadmills and ellipticals, Horizon also produces a handful of uprights, recumbents and indoor cycles. Prices range from $449 up to $799. The components used on Horizon exercise bikes are first rate, which is why you’ll have to pay just a bit more for them.
As of 2022, it looks like there are only four Horizon exercise bikes left in the lineup, down from about 6 in total previously.
Indoor Cycle Series
There are currently two indoor cycles: the 5.0 IC and 7.0 IC.
The 5.0 IC is more of an entry level model, with 100 resistance levels you can access with the touch of a button, magnetic resistance, dual sided pedals with toe cages, just under 30 lb. flywheel, Bluetooth capability, tablet rack and water bottle holder. It can accommodate a user up to 250 lbs.
The 7.0 IC has all of the same features as the 5.0 IC, adding the ability to adjust the handlebars horizontally, Bluetooth heart rate monitor included, an additional water bottle holder, max user weight of 300 lbs. and a stronger parts warranty.
The 5.0 IC and 7.0 IC are nice upgrades from the previous models. You can read more about them below.
Older Indoor Cycles
The GR3 has a pedal cage with toe strap., a road-style saddle, friction brakes, a 48 lb. flywheel, wireless heart rate monitoring, 5" LCD display and a few built in workout programs.
The new IC 7.9 improves upon the GR3 with dual sided pedals and toe cages/clips, racing style saddle, magnetic brakes, precision resistance and a stronger warranty. It is also compatible with any fitness app, including Studio Sweat, Peloton and Cyclecast.
The sole recumbent offering is the Comfort R, with a 15.4 lb. flywheel, 10 workout programs, ECB magnetic brakes with 16 resistance levels and CardioCompass heart rate monitoring, at around $699.
Horizon's sole current upright bike offering is the Comfort U, which is similar to the Comfort R but with a wider console, gel seat and cycling hand grips. It's $100 less than the recumbent model at $599.
Here are some of the older models, that I believe were discontinued in late 2018 or 2019 but may still be available for sale...
The Elite R7 model was priced at $1029, and added a larger console, 25 workout programs, 20 resistance levels, ViaFit workout tracking capability and Passport interactive technology.
The last model in the series is the Elite U7 at $829 which is similar to the Elite R7 except it has the gel seat and a smaller footprint.
The M-4 indoor cycle or “spin bike” has a commercial grade frame, triathlon-style handlebars, horizontal and vertical adjustments on the pedal and handlebars, friction brake system, toe clips, and a big 42.5-lb flywheel for ultra smooth performance, all at around $449 on sale.
All Horizon exercise bikes feature durable frames, ergonomic design and a high level of adjustability in addition to ample resistance and workout programs.
Just as Horizon has made huge upgrades in their treadmill and elliptical lines these past few years, Horizon exercise bikes also score above average in reviews. Horizon focuses on just a few models and doesn’t try to offer a bike at every price point. While the number of machines is limited, they strive to produce the best they can, while keeping prices reasonable.
They also offer free shipping on every order, financing options and a 30 day money back guarantee...so they are very focused on customer service...something you don't find very often in the fitness equipment industry.
Most Popular Models
Horizon Comfort R - a well-priced recumbent exercise bike with enough workouts and resistance levels to keep you engaged.
Horizon Comfort U - the upright version features cycling grips, an adjustable gel seat and 16 resistance levels.
Horizon GR3 Indoor Cycle - the newest bike in the series, with special Glow Ride system, built in workouts and plenty of adjustability.
Horizon IC 7.9 Indoor Cycle - joins the GR3 as the top of the line indoor cycle, with the ability to work with any popular fitness app.
Horizon Elite U7 Upright - an enhanced version of the Comfort U with workout tracking and more workout programs built in.
Horizon M-4 Indoor Cycle - An affordably priced spin bike with a hefty flywheel and a compact frame.
Horizon Elite R7 Recumbent - an up-level version of the Comfort R with interactive features and more capabilities.
Horizon RC-30 Recumbent - Reviews on this model are some of the best we’ve ever read. It scores well in terms of attractiveness, ease of use, smooth pedaling, quiet operation, variety of programs.
Horizon Elite IC7 Indoor Cycle - A highly adjustable bike with a heavy flywheel and smooth, natural motion mimicking an outdoor ride.
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