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Sole B74 Review

Quick Summary

The Sole B74 Upright Bike is an ergonomic and no-frills exercise bike for novices. Its web price is just $599.

Key specs for performance are an 18-pound flywheel, 20 resistance levels and 10 preset workout programs.

Elements added for comfort are gel seat cushioning, seat adjustability and oversized pedals.

Get the details from our full Sole B74 review below.

Specifications

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Model Sole B74
Rating

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73.5%
List Price

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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.

ECB
Resistance Type

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

Eddy Current Brake
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).

Upright
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.

Flywheel
Frame

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

Durable Steel
Seat

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

Adjustable Gel
Pedals

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

Oversized
Programs

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

6
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 (Compatible)
Display

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

7.5" Backlit Blue LCD
Max. Weight

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

290 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).

54" x 23" x 48"
Weight: 88 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.

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 1 Year
Electronics: 1 Year
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 73.5%

Our Rating

Rating: 73.5/100. Sole Fitness values performance over flash. This brand first earned respect by producing light commercial fitness machines, which are showcased in fine hotels worldwide, and then expanded to the home fitness market. The Sole B74 is a lightweight compared with other Sole exercise bikes. Overall it’s an entry level upright exercise bike that lets you avoid paying for extras. Its full price is $1,199 but the $599 sale price is a better match for its profile. Here are pros and cons to consider about choosing the Sole B74.

Pros:

  • Steel frame
  • 18-pound drive (Good for beginners)
  • Comfortable gel seat
  • Adjustable seat (Vertically and horizontally)
  • 10 built-in workouts (Two user-defined)
  • iPod-compatible speakers
  • Wireless pulse receiver (Chest strap not included)
  • Grip pulse monitor
  • Cooling fans
  • Water bottle holder
  • Low price ($599 on sale, $1199 MSRP)
  • Compact frame (Footprint is 48” x 23”)
  • Good reputation for customer service

Cons:

  • Short warranty
  • Weak speakers
  • Not powerful enough for strong cyclists
  • Not heavy enough for bigger riders (Weighs 88 pounds)
  • Compared with the Sole B74 an exercise bike with more power and heft might better suit your needs. That’s a challenge to find for just $599, but for $799 you can get the Sole B94. This bike is similar to the B74 but its flywheel weighs 26 pounds, the machine weighs 123 pounds, and the parts and electronics are under warranty for three years

Introduction

Sole built the B74 for newcomers to indoor cycling. Unlike competitors at its $599 sale price, this upright bike is built from steel instead of plastic, so we don’t see many complaints about broken parts.

It cares for riders’ comfort with a gel seat and ergonomic pedals. It’s household-friendly too; the B74 demands little space and operates quietly with friction-free magnetic resistance. Ten workout programs are included.

Workout Programs

Lose weight and build strength with built-in training support. The Sole B74 provides six standard bike workouts such as “Hill” and two workout programs that are controlled by your heart rate. There’s also room to save two bike workouts that you design.

Exercise Bike Features

Bike seats matter! The more comfortable you feel, the longer you can exercise. The Sole B74 bike seat has a gel top for comfort.

The preset workouts and exercise data are shown on a 7.5” screen.

Music can motivate, so the Sole B74 supports your favorite tunes. It has an iPod-compatible port and speakers.

For heart rate monitoring the bike is compatible with a wireless chest strap (not included). A contact pulse monitor is built into the frame..

To help keep your body cool, the Sole B74 has a water bottle holder and fans.

To make transport easier, this bike has attached wheels.

Warranty & Guarantee

Conclusion

The Sole B74 is a sensible choice when your exercise bike budget is low. Sole Fitness has focused on providing the best components possible for the price instead of adding attention-getting extras. This bike isn’t as robust as the typical Sole product, but it’s more durable than its $599 competitors.