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Schwinn 460 Review


Schwinn 460 Elliptical

It’s refreshing to see an elliptical manufacture actually trying to stand out from the rest of the competition.

Sure, the Schwinn 460 is not the greatest elliptical on the market, but with its innovative V-stride technology the elliptical is well on its path to dominance.

Thanks to this sweet new feature, users can easily adjust stride length (from 2 to 26 inches) without having to manually adjust the stride length.

Learn more by reading our full Schwinn 460 elliptical review below…


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Model Schwinn 460

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Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

16 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

Eddy Current Braking
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

2-28 inches

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.


Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.


The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

25 lbs

Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

2 Users
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Pulse Grips & Chest Strap

Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

Backlit LCD Touchscreen
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

300 lbs

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

54" x 34" x 73"
Weight: 221 lbs
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.


Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.


Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).


The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: 10 Years
Parts: 2 Years
Electronics: 1 Year
Wear Parts: 6 Months

Rating: 75.8%

Full Review

Quick Summary
Rating: 75.8/100. Innovative V-Stride technology provides a diverse stride length, adjustable from 2″ to 26″ while on the fly. Step to target calves and quads, walk to work thighs and glutes, or run to lengthen strides and engage all muscle groups. Elliptical does some unique things, but doesn’t come with a lot of extra features.

– V-Stride features adjustable stride length (2″ to 26″)
– Independent footplates let you target core muscles
– Bi-directional pedaling  targets specific muscle groups
– Fixed as well as moving handlebars incorporate upper body
– Track workout results with Schwinn Advantage
– Monitor heart rate with telemetry chest strap or pulse grips

– No iPod dock or built-in speakers
– No incline featured on elliptical for additional variety
– 2 years parts/1 year electronics coverage satisfactory, but not great


One of the major faults of most ellipticals is that you purchase a model and are stuck with the pre-defined number of resistance levels as well as stride length.

Not so with the Schwinn 460 elliptical.

The Schwinn 460 features V-Stride technology that quickly shifts the stride length (from 2 to 26 inches) without the user having to get off the elliptical and manually adjust it.

V-Stride is a very sleek feature that maximizes your workout experience, and is able to accommodate a number of different sizes and body shapes.

Additionally, the Schwinn 460 stands out from other models because the flywheel is located near the middle and not the rear of the elliptical. Schwinn’s philosophy is that the closer space to the magnetic resistance actually increases the difficulty of the exercise.

Workout Programs

The Schwinn 460 is all about maximizing performance. Therefore, the elliptical is equipped with 16 beneficial workout programs, including 11 user profiles and telemetry chest strap heart rate monitor.

Since the handlebars are locked into the footplates users will notice that they work in tandem and increase efficiency of the machine.

When you stride longer, your arms will also pull further. Shorter strides equal shorter pulls.

In addition to the well packaged workout variety, the Schwinn 460 also includes motivating messages on the LCD display, which is part of their Schwinn Advantage Workout System.

The trainer is not compatible with iFit Live, but the number of pre-defined workout programs will suffice.

Elliptical Features

Unfortunately, the Schwinn 460 opted to bypass some of the more traditional electronic specs found on exercise equipment these days including the iPod/mp3 dock and built-in speakers. If you’re really passionate about music when you exercise you’ll definitely miss the iPod dock.

However, the Schwinn 460 does ace the performance aspect and truly offers a full body workout.

Stick to the Touch Screen LCD display and you will have all the important data (time, interval time, RPM, distance, pulse, speed, calories, etc) to conquer your fitness goals.

Step to target calves and quads, walk to work your thighs and glutes, or run to lengthen your stride and engage all muscle groups. All of this is possible on the extremely versatile Schwinn 460.

Independent footplates let you target core muscles while engaging your arms, shoulders, and legs, while bi-directional pedaling allows you to pedal forward or backward to target specific muscle groups.

The Schwinn 460 does offer a transport handle and non-skid wheels, though at 221 lbs. it is by far not the most compact trainer on the market.

Lastly, an oversized water bottle holder and angle-adjustable cooling fan are provided for convenience.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Schwinn 460 elliptical warranty and guarantee includes:

– Frame: 10 years
– Parts: 2 Years
– Electronics: 1 Year
– Labor: 90 Days

For all questions (including returns), please contact (800) 605-3369.


The Schwinn 460 is creating a lot of noise in the elliptical market for its V-Stride adjustable stride length. The Schwinn 460 is not perfect, but a very decent elliptical.

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