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Sole SB800 Review

Quick Summary

The Sole SB800 is a fan air bike built for light commercial and residential use.

Durable and suitable for virtually any strength level, it can deliver an excellent return on its $899 sale price.

Key points are customized fan air resistance, optional upper-body training, preset and tailored workouts, and wireless heart rate monitoring.

See below for our complete Sole SB800 Bike review.

Specifications

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Model Sole SB800
Rating

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89.7%
List Price

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

$1,399
Best Price

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$899
Resistance

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

Air Resistance
Resistance Type

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

Self-Generating
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.

N/A
Frame

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

Heavy Duty
Grade Steel
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.

Standard 9/16" Thread
Programs

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

8
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.

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.

5" X 7" LCD
Max. Weight

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

300 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).

50" x 26" x 52"
Weight: 172 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.

Reisdential:
Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 1 Years
Electronics: 1 Year
Labor: 1 Year (In-Home)

Light Commercial:
Frame: 5 Years
Parts: 1 Year
Electronics: 1 Year
Labor: 1 Year (In-Home)

Rating: 89.7%

Our Rating

Rating: 89.7/100. The new Sole SB800 fan bike with moving handlebars is virtually the bike for everyone, from cautious physical therapy patients to athletes in peak condition. Three key points help create widespread appeal: adjustable seating, infinite resistance levels and low-impact motion. This bike adjusts for user height and can hold up to 300 pounds. Sale priced at just $899 the SB800 can add plenty of value to a home gym or light commercial workout facility.

In two major ways the SB800 Bike stands out from competitors: It’s a fan bike, and it’s a total body trainer.

  1. Fan Bike: The SB800 is the only Sole exercise bike to generate resistance with a fan blade. Rather than using gears or preset tension levels, it builds up air resistance as the rider pedals a fan wheel. As pedaling speed increases, so does the resistance. This makes the SB800 Bike a natural match for any strength level. Furthermore the unique style of resistance helps create a low-impact ride. Fan bikes are gentler on joints and ligaments when compared with standard stationary bikes.
  2. Total Body Trainer: The Sole SB800 is a total body trainer thanks to optionally moving handlebars. You can pedal while resting your arms… pedal and move the handlebars simultaneously… or get an upper body workout and rest your feet.

Programming on the Sole SB800 can help any trainee meet their goals. Seven preset workout programs let you quickly begin interval training, exercise for time/distance/calorie goals and more. Additionally four customized programs can be saved to the computer. The feedback provided are time, distance, speed, RPM, Watts, calories and pulse. Pulse is measured wirelessly with a chest strap (not included).

Pros:

  • Light commercial quality
  • Low impact
  • Infinite resistance levels
  • Moving handlebars
  • Adjustable saddle
  • Data monitor
  • Preset and personalized programs
  • Chest strap compatible
  • Generates a breeze
  • Heavy steel frame
  • Compact dimensions (50″ L x 26″ W x 52″ H)
  • Transport wheels
  • Sole customer service

Cons:

  • No media ledge or on-board entertainment
  • No water bottle holder
  • One-year parts warranty

Introduction

The Sole SB800 Bike is an exciting new cardio trainer for all ability levels and training intensities. This 172-pound fitness machine has light commercial quality (suitable for apartment complexes, office workout facilities and other non-membership gyms) but also has a small footprint for convenient use at home. Residential and light commercial warranties are available.

For lower body exercise the SB800 Bike supports ultra-smooth pedaling against air resistance, which increases progressively with the rider’s speed. For upper body exercise the fan bike has moving handlebars. A rider can choose between upper body training, lower body training and total body workouts.

The introductory sale price for the Sole SB800 is $899. Full price is $1,399.

Workout Programs

The Sole SB800 Bike has seven built-in workout programs. The programs make it easy to quickly start exercising for a target heart rate, distance goal, calorie goal and other objectives. Additionally four user-designed workouts, such as interval training routines, can be saved to the console.

The LCD monitor is 3″ wide and 7″ tall. It shows time, distance, speed, pulse, calories, RPM and Watts. The calorie readout is an estimate; it isn’t customized to user weight or gender.

Fan Bike Features

The SB800 provides remarkably smooth motion for an upright exercise bike, having the advantage of friction-free air resistance. Its seat is adjustable both vertically and horizontally to help ensure a comfortable stride length.

Moving handlebars are provided for upper body toning and to increase calorie burn while cycling. Footrests are provided above the pedals so that the handlebars can be used without lower body training if desired.

This bike is compatible with wireless chest straps for accurate and convenient heart rate monitoring.

The frame is made from high-grade steel and carries a lifetime warranty with home use.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Sole SB800 warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime residential, 5 years light commercial

– Parts: 1 Year

– Electronics: 1 Year

– Labor: 1 year

Service is performed in-home or at the light commercial facility.

Conclusion

The Sole SB800 Bike can serve virtually any trainee regardless of their physical strength and desired workout intensity. It’s more than a bike too, offering optional upper-body training and head-to-toe workouts. For the $899 sale price it can add great value to home gyms and light commercial workout centers.