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Sole SB900 Review

Quick Summary

The shiny red SB900 Light Commercial has a steel frame and high quality components.

Sale priced at $999, it’s nonetheless an affordable option for home use.

Its highlights are SPD pedals, a 48-pound flywheel and chrome plating

In addition to its great ergonomics, it operates very quietly.

Owing to its simplicity, however, this isn’t the best exercise bike for everyone.

Read our review below to decide if the SB900 is the right bike for you.

Specifications

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Model Sole SB900
Rating

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91.1%
List Price

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

$1,499
Best Price

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$999
Resistance

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

Adjustable
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 Magnetic
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).

Indoor Cycle
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.

48 lb. 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.

Standard
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.

Toe Clips
SPD Pedals
Programs

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

None
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.

3" x 4" 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).

42" x 21" x 40"
Weight: 160 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: 3 Years
Electronics: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year (In-Home)

Rating: 91.1%

Our Rating

Rating: 91.1/100. The SB900 Light Commercial leads an indoor cycle series that also includes the SB700. It’s reasonably priced – just $999 during frequent online sales – and has the essentials that many serious cyclists demand: SPD pedals, a heavy drive and an ergonomic design. The SB900 is also a smooth operator with quiet magnetic resistance. Its only possible drawback is its simplicity. Some shoppers would prefer a cycle trainer with preset workouts. Here are the details.

Pros:

  • Commercial steel frame
  • Good-looking!
  • Comfortable adjustable saddle
  • Adjustable handlebars
  • High quality 48-pound drive
  • SPD pedals
  • Data monitor (Basic LCD)
  • Chest strap compatible
  • Water bottle holder
  • Generous warranty
  • Great customer service

Cons:

  • No cooling fan
  • No preset workouts
  • No digital entertainment (e.g., iPod compatibility)

If you prefer a high quality Sole exercise bike with preset works, consider the Sole LCB with 30-pound drive.

Introduction

The SB900 Light Commercial is a high quality upright cycle that’s sized and priced for home use. This sturdy trainer packs great basics into a small space. Highlights include a 48-pound drive, SPD pedals and a data monitor that’s compatible with wireless heart rate transmitters. Its aluminum-shrouded steel frame weighs 160 pounds yet has a conveniently compact 40” x 21” footprint.

How does the SB900 compare with the SB700, which is $200 cheaper? The SB900 weighs 20 pounds more. It is friendlier for home use because it uses magnetic resistance.

Transitions between eddy current tension levels are virtually silent. With the SB700’s Kevlar braking on the other hand, changes are more audible. Another difference between the SB700 and SB900 is that while both have oversized pedals, only the SB900 pedals have toe clips.

The SB900 has a competitive warranty package (see below). It lacks bells and whistles, but it’s one of the highest quality indoor bikes under $1000 and is backed by excellent customer service. Its online sale price is $999.

Workout Programs

The Sole SB900 Light Commercial does not have workout programs. It has a 3” x 4” data monitor with fields for RPM, time, KCal, distance, speed and pulse. It is chest strap compatible.
The top Sole exercise bike with preset workouts is called the LCB.

Sole SB900Features

The SB900 has one of the best indoor bike drives on the market. It weighs 48 pounds, is chrome plated and has smooth operation.

To help you track performance, a small LCD monitor is included.

It has an RPM graphic and simultaneously shows the elapsed time, calorie estimate, distance, speed and pulse.

It’s compatible with wireless heart rate monitors but isn’t sold with a chest strap.

If you’re motivated by music, you’ll like how this exercise bike lets you ditch your ear buds. It has an iPod-compatible port and 2” speakers.

Other specs include SPD pedals, an adjustable saddle, adjustable handlebars (vertically and horizontally) and a bottle holder.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Sole SB900 warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 3 Years
– Electronics: 3 Years
– Labor: 1 year

All service is performed in-home.

Conclusion

The Sole SB900 Light Commercial is among the best exercise bikes under $1000. It’s a top option for shoppers who seek durability and aren’t interested in using preset workouts or paying for on-board digital entertainment.