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Peloton Exercise Bike Review

Quick Summary

Indoor biking takes an exciting path with Peloton. Whenever you spin your Peloton wheel, it’s a chance to combine high-end hardware with elite instruction. Pedal along with a live cycling class, or choose from thousands of on-demand sessions! A Peloton exercise bike also makes it easy to schedule virtual studio workouts and rides with friends to stay motivated and on track with fitness. Details are below in FitRated’s first Peloton bike review.

Specifications

FitRated
Model Peloton Exercise Bike
Rating

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90.25%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$1,995
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Resistance

The flywheel in an exercise bike is what creates resistance. You can choose the level of resistance to increase your workout intensity.

0-100
Resistance Type

The type of resistance shows what kind of flywheel is being used (if any), and its weight if the manufacturer provides it.

manual
Type

Type refers to the style of the ride: Recumbent bikes allow you to lay back, while Upright bikes are more like road bikes (lean forward).

Studio
Drive System

The bike's drive system is how your pedaling interacts with the rest of the bike (flywheel) to give you a good workout.

Poly V power transmission belt drive
Frame

It's important to choose an exercise bike that will last, and the material of the frame determines how durable the bike is.

Welded steel frame
Seat

The most important part for comfortability during your workout, the seat should be adjustable and have ample cushioning.

Adjustable
Pedals

Pedals are the driving force for an exercise bike, and should be comfortable, adjustable, and easy to control without slipping.

LOOK Delta clip-⁠in pedals
Programs

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

14 daily live studio workouts
5,000+ on-demand workouts
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.

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Display

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

22’’ HD touchscreen
Max. Weight

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

305 lbs
Dimensions

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

48"x 53"x 24"
Weight: 135 lbs
Accessory Tray

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

Speakers

Cooling Fans

Portable?

Some exercise bikes can fold up and/or have wheels that make it easy to roll them around for convenience and to save space.

Warranty

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

12-Month Limited Warranty

Rating: 90.25%

Our Rating

Rating: 90.25/100. The Peloton bike is a favorite high-end home exercise option for cyclists at all experience levels. It’s unique for being club-quality and connecting with premium spin classes, essentially transforming a home workout area into an elite studio. Choose from more than 4,000 cycling classes anytime! Peloton spin classes are streamed both live and on-demand. With high-def views on a 21.5” screen, you can feel transported to the elite Peloton gym in New York City, or to scenic trails for simulated outdoor training 24/7. A video camera lets you chat with the instructor and classmates as you ride, and a leaderboard shows the top participants’ scores as motivation. Instruction for yoga, general stretching, strength training and other exercises is also included with Peloton virtual gym membership.

Engineering for the Peloton bike is exceptional. The machine came to market as a Kickstarter project, and it launched with support from “people like you” who care about home fitness. Where cheap alternatives have breakable plastic, the Peloton bike has steel or aluminum. While low-end bikes squeak-squeak, the Peloton keeps nearly silent. And just like a commercial exercise bike, the Peloton home exercise bike is adjustable for just about any body size. The saddle adjusts to fit riders from 4’11” to 6’5” tall. The bike’s user weight limit is 305 pounds.

New Peloton bikes cost $1,995 plus delivery with assembly. New bike owners also enrol for a year of Peloton classes at $39/month. This makes the up-front cost greater than what you’d pay for a Sole SB900, this bike’s top competitor with very similar performance specs. With the Peloton bike you’re not only buying an elite spin bike, but also investing in the live instruction and social features of a virtual studio membership.

Purchase includes a 12-month warranty on parts, electronics and labor. Extended warranties are available to cover the purchase up to 39 months.

Here are lists of pros and cons we’ve noted in a preliminary Peloton bike review.

Pros:

  • Thousands of enthusiastic customer reviews & very few complaints
  • Connect with spin classes 24/7
  • 21.5” touch screen and stereo speakers for immersive experiences
  • Webcam for in-class video chats
  • Compatible with wired and Bluetooth headphones
  • Bluetooth for automated statistics tracking
  • Commercial-grade magnetic resistance system
  • Welded steel frame with powder coating for a durable finish
  • Adjustable saddle and handlebars; sized for riders from 4’11” to 6’5”
  • Industrial-grade bearings, pedals, and crank arms
  • Takes up little floor space; Peloton bike dimensions are just 48” L x 24″ W
  • Peloton customer service available daily by phone and online chat

Cons:

  • Bike needs to be plugged in
  • Requires a strong wireless connection
  • Costs more than the average indoor cycle trainer (but most other bikes lack programming), especially if financed
  • Free warranty includes parts and labor for 12 months only

Introduction

Peloton’s club-quality home exercise bike is helping to reshape fitness. With a Peloton bike you can make time for “spinning” – and more importantly, you’ll want to! Peloton riders keep motivated with live and on-demand classes made specifically for the bike. Below are overviews of programming and hardware.

Peloton Workout Programs

The Peloton bike has WiFi for streaming live classes or playing any of 4000+ pre-recorded classes. Most Peloton bike videos are filmed in a studio, and about a dozen classes are offered throughout any given day and night. Also available are scenic bike workout videos filmed along outdoor paths.

Peloton organizes studio bike classes into these eight categories:

    1. Beginner – The easiest Peloton rides, all low-impact
    2. Low Impact – Low impact rides for all experience levels
    3. Rhythm  – Spin bike workouts set to a beat
    4. Theme – Bike classes set to musical themes such as classic country or 1980s rock
    5. Live DJ – Peloton classes with live DJs for workouts especially focused on fun
    6. Metrics – Highly structured rides focused on cadence, resistance and output
    7. Climb – Rides that use resistance to simulate uphill climbs
    8. Heart Rate Zone – Workouts focused on any of five effort levels as measured by heart rate

Peloton videos are also designed to help you focus on your arms, core and total-body stretching.

Following each Peloton workout you get the chance to review each ride and rate the music, and the company uses feedback to continually improve and adapt to members’ preferences. You can also use the bike’s social media feature to recommend a specific Peloton workout to friends.

Peloton bikes are sold with one-year virtual studio subscriptions, which cost $39 per month. Starting in autumn 2018, a bike membership will give access to Peloton treadmill classes as well.

Peloton Exercise Bike Features

The Peloton home exercise bike weighs a sturdy 135 pounds. Its charcoal gray frame is 125 pounds of carbon steel, and the console with wide screen adds another 10 pounds.

For showing live and on-demand spin classes, the Peloton bike has a 21.5” screen. The screen shows HD video and uses touch technology. High fidelity stereo speakers are included.

A 5 megapixel camera faces the rider for video chat. You can use the webcam to interact with classmates and instructors.

The Peloton bike frame is powder coated to be sweat-resistant.

The bike provides nearly silent resistance with a high end magnetic belt drive.

Peloton’s saddle is molded and can be micro-adjusted vertically and horizontally with levers. Peloton handlebars are adjustable too.

This bike takes 4 feet x 2 feet of floor space. Caster wheels are attached for easy repositioning.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Peloton bike warranty provides 12 months of coverage for the bike’s parts, electronics and labor. Two extended warranties are available, with the longest bringing coverage to 39 months for $230.

For a Peloton warranty to remain valid, the bike needs to be kept where it was originally assembled.

Conclusion

Choosing a Peloton is like adding an elite membership studio to your home: The Peloton bike is built for club-quality performance, and it can connect to live classes anytime. The unique experience and motivation could make the Peloton well worth its price. (We’d skip the monthly financing option though, as it nearly doubles the overall cost.) For many riders the Peloton’s social aspect makes the difference between following through on fitness resolutions and abandoning healthy goals.