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Echelon Smart Connect Bike Review

Quick Summary

Echelon Smart Connect Bike is a premiere spin bike that offers a new and popular way to workout from home.  It’s comes with the Echelon Fit app and offers a variety of virtual workouts that can take you around the world to spin on different terrains – city streets, a beach, a mountain or a real time indoor spin class. Just add your own tablet and  you are ready to go. Solidly built, the 33 lb flywheel gives a smooth and quiet ride while the steel frame is strong and sturdy; both of which are important when maneuvering through 32 levels of resistance. The padded seat makes it comfortable to go the distance whether you are participating in a live class or on demand.

Specifications

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Model Echelon Smart Connect Bike
Rating

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81%
List Price

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$999
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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.

32
Resistance Type

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

Flywheel
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).

Spin
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.

Belt
Frame

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

Powder coated welded steel frame
Seat

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

Padded
Pedals

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

SPD compatible
Programs

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

Bluetooth-connect with Echelon Fit App to track stats.
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.

Wireless
Display

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

Works with any size mobile device screen. Wifi and Bluetooth connect.
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).

59”L X 53” H X 23” W
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.

1 year warranty

Rating: 81%

Our Rating

Rating: 81/100. The Echelon connect is a sharp looking bike with modern black and red detailing, a light flywheel and easy to maneuver structure. This bike is a great option for beginner or intermediate cyclists/athletes looking for an affordable, at-home exercise biking option. Equipped with an easy-to-use app feature, the bike provides a display unit to accommodate a phone or tablet connected through an aux cord.

The bike is lightweight and easy for the average rider to assemble at home. The instructions include pictures, tools and step-by-step direction to set up the bike, taking around 45 minutes from start to finish. The seat is very comfortable and includes an attached holder for dumbbell weights to add on if desired. The pedals provide 2 options for SPD clip-in shoes on one side and can be flipped over to use with cages for running shoes on the other–a great feature for multiple users.

As far as quality the bike is sturdy and well made. The 33 LB magnetic flywheel, makes for a smooth, quiet ride. Light weights can be stored and are easily accessible from the rear of the padded seat. The console/tablet mount is able to hold a variety of sizes of tablets, whatever is more convenient for using your app.  And never run out of power with the USB port to charge your smartphones or tablets. Knobs can be adjusted for speed and resistance, as well they make it easy to lower or increase the height of the handlebars and the seats (up and down/ back/forth). Handlebars are multi positional making it easy to change stand up or lean forward.

Great qualities of this bike include its compact frame and light weight making it easy to store and move while not taking up a lot of room in your home. The dual water bottle holders are a bonus for long rides and the seat is great for universal comfort. The resistance knob is easy to use with directing arrows to add or reduce and located within a comfortable reach.

The handlebars are not the most ideal positioning if looking for an outdoor ride feel as they are angled upward feeling slightly outdated. While the bike itself is quite nice to ride, the app could use improvements in the quality of the videos. The instructors in the app often come across as unpolished or lacking motivation. I found the music slightly outdated and the camera angles became dry quickly. The outdoor rides are a great idea but I found the video footage too slow to mimic an actual bike ride and the accompanying music was bland. In general, I would say the app videos are not comparable to an actual spin class but would be efficient for a rider looking for a basic instructional video to ride to.

Through the Echelon Fit App, you are able to see the distance, calories burned, cadence and heart rate.  Now fairly common with most bikes especially at this level are the options to ride around the world virtually – on beaches, country roads or mountains – whatever your pleasure or challenge. Link to Facebook, FitBit and Strava to include others in your progress and or challenge them to a friendly competition. The additional program called, “The Extra Mile” includes workouts for strength, stretching, core and yoga exercises. This is a great feature to round out your cardio spin routine.

Overall, I felt the bike itself was much better than the app it is paired with. I would give this bike a higher rating if the app were improved. The bike itself is definitely a great purchase for new riders looking for a lightweight at-home exercise bike. Its color and style are quite appealing and would be suitable for a variety of riders of different sizes. The display deck offers enough space for various technologies and is not limited to one particular server. This piece of equipment would be a great purchase for a first-time rider as it meets the requirements for a well-modeled exercise bike. An elite rider may require more features and different positioning of the actual bike frame to mimic a road bike.

Pros:

  • Seats: Larger, comfortable padded seat, adjustable up and down forward and backward
  • Pedals:  Allows for clip on and regular running shoes.
  • Handlebars: Multi-position handlebars
  • Personal training experience: Virtual access to real trainers from the comfort of your home.

Cons:

  • Programs: Only have access to programs and heart rate via use of a tablet no other options available for monitoring workout. You must purchase a subscription to use the basics.
  • Warranty: The warranty that comes with purchase is 1 year only but you can purchase extended warranties. For such a pricey bike and being at the top of the line spin bike, the warranty is a little short.
  • Price: Although well made the price is high considering the console will be your own tablet purchased separately. And the major significance of the bike is the ability to access live classes or people via the app which has to come through your device.
  • Live classes: Live classes were limited to the day in EST; which means those who live in other time zones are limited to the access of live classes. However, this is likely to improve as Echelon grows.

Introduction

“Never Ride Alone”, are the words that come up on the Echelon website; the manufacturer of the Echelon Smart Connect Bike. The words are true, but seem at odds with a bike manufactured for a home gym where traditionally it’s the rider and the monitor and perhaps their music playing in the background for motivation. Times have changed, with the evolution of apps, exercisers can be streamed into classes from tablets, smart phones and TV’s.  Technically you are home alone but can experience a live class, with fellow spinners, on the road or in another part of the world. The Echelon Smart Connect Bike allows you to do it all.

Workout Programs

Echelon Smart Connect bike programs work with the Echelon Fit App, where you can monitor your stats: speed, cadence, calories burned, and distance.  Through monthly subscriptions of $12. 99, $19.99 and $24. 99 you will have access to a wide variety of live and on demand classes. The classes range from hip hop rides to upper and lower body workouts to scenic outdoor landscapes (country, city, beach). It’s like having a private instructor in your home. With 32 levels of resistance, it is challenging for most riders – beginners, more experienced and athletic users.

There are many instructors and live classes make sure to confirm the live classes and times that will be available  in your particular time zone. The live classes become on demand options once completed but if you have a preference for live streaming make sure to check it out.

Schwinn Airdyne AD Pro Features

Programs: Live and on demand pre-recorded  workout programs

Type: Indoor residential bike (Spin)

Bracket: Allows for attachment of tablets

Multi position handlebars

Resistance: Belt; 32 gears of resistance

Flywheel: 33 lbs

Weight Capacity: 300 lbs.

Seat: Adjustable and padded

Pedals: Allow for regular toe and clip on.

Holder:  2 bottle holders

Dimensions: 59”L X 53” H X 23” W

Warranty & Guarantee

The Echelon Smart Connect Bike comes with a one year warranty.

Conclusion

The Echelon Smart Connect Bike is  a part of the new wave of the workout experience. It is definitely a good quality bike, but the selling points are equally about the App/programs – live streaming and on demand workouts as well as options that allow you to explore the world while getting your exercise in.  It’s a good choice, however, it does have some improvements to make with the app as some users find the app freezing or crashing. The bike itself is sturdy, it has 32 levels of resistance and the 33 lb flywheel which makes it a quiet, comfortable ride… and you never have to ride alone.