The MYX Fitness bike is yet another player catering to the interactive training phenomenon that shows no signs of slowing. They call it the Un-Peloton, and though that’s the kind of line that could land a brand in the sights of Peloton’s trigger-happy legal department, the specs of the MYX Fitness bike seem to live up to this bold statement. You get a well built bike, fitted with a 21.5-inch high definition touchscreen display with a sleek interface, and access to a plethora of live and streaming training programs (both on and off the bike).
MYX Fitness introduced their bike at CES in early 2020, receiving a very warm overall welcome. With Peloton firmly positioned as the ultimate interactive indoor cycle for the elite and well-to-do, the MYX Fitness bike arrived as the interactive bike for the people, offered at a substantially lower sticker price. Between the caliber of the trainers, the build quality of the bike, and the volume of streaming training available (about 500 classes, and 40 being added each week), there’s little surprise that this machine has become the new ‘one to watch’.
Though the name might not seem familiar to many, this is by no means a no-name bike. The MYX Fitness bike is built by Star Trac, a brand under the Core Fitness umbrella, who also owns Schwinn. While MYX itself is still a startup, there is some added comfort in knowing that this bike was produced by a well-established manufacturer of fitness equipment. How does it compete with the rest of the market? Let’s have a look.
|Seat||Adjustable horizontally and vertically|
|Display||21.5" HD Touchscreen|
|Max. Weight||350 lbs|
|Dimensions||54" x 21" x 47"|
Myx Fitness: The Value Proposition
Starting with the hard facts, the bang-for-buck quotient on the MYX Fitness bike is really solid. As it stands, any of the other players offering this level of equipment are coming in with prices north of $2,000. Echelon touted itself as the most affordable alternative previously, however as it stands their bike (when on sale already) comes in at $1,639.98 before shipping or monthly subscription fees are added. The MYX Fitness Bike on the other hand comes in at $1,299.00 including shipping. If you’re looking to take further advantage of their off bike training, you can also opt for the MYX Plus bundle. This adds three sets of dumbbells, a kettlebell, a resistance band, a foam roller, and a stabilizing mat. The weights are available in three different ranges (broken out has light, medium, or heavy). While it wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to buy these items on your own, they add great value to the package purchasing of the MYX Fitness bike. At $1,499, this is still less expensive than the Echelon Smart Connect EX5S.
The next element of the value proposition at hand is the subscription cost for streaming classes to your MYX Fitness bike. Where competitors like Peloton, NordicTrack, and Echelon all charge $39 per month for their interactive training offerings (in some cases rolled into the cost of the bike for the first year), the subscription for the MYX fitness bike is only $29 per month, saving you $120 annually. Again, it’s not a giant savings, but when you add it all up the savings found in the MYX bike are definitely noteworthy.
Bike Build Quality
Of course the next question at hand is the bike itself. Now, MYX Fitness goes out of their way to point out the similarities and differences between their bike and the Peloton. For example, their monitor swivels and the Peloton doesn’t their pedals can accommodate both clip-in shoes as well as regular running shoes (using toe cages). Their flywheel is heavier too, coming in at 41 pounds compared to 35. This last detail is important, as it adds to the overall feel of riding the bike—the heavier the flywheel, the smoother and more stable the bike will feel. The MYX Fitness Bike can also support heavier riders, matching the weight capacity of the NordicTrack S22i at 350 pounds.
One thing that they don’t seem to call out that we caught immediately is a touch more adjustability in the frame. Unlike its competitors, the MYX Fitness bike has fore and aft adjustment in its handlebar position. This is a great little detail for riders that are shorter in the torso, and one that we suspect other brands avoided for one key reason. Having this adjustment means taking extra precaution with the wiring harness leading to the screen as well as a general increase in manufacturing cost. It’s nice to see an entry-level bike taking the luxe offerings to task like this.
The Experience: Resistance and Ride
The biggest difference between the friction resistance of the MYX Fitness Bike and the magnetic resistance of its competitors involves how resistance adjustment takes place. At a mechanical level it’s simple, friction uses friction—specifically a friction pad on the top edge of the flywheel. Magnetic resistance, again self explanatory. The proximity of a strong magnet is adjusted in relation to the flywheel, and the closer the magnet, the greater the resistance. With the MYX Fitness Bike, you are setting resistance by feel using the control knob, rather than working with preset increments as you would see using the “digital resistance” on a magnetic resistance exercise bike. In the grand scheme of things, this is a better option for most, as you want to be able to self-guide your training and set the bike’s resistance to levels best suited to your fitness level anyway.
Unlike older friction resistance bikes, the MYX Fitness Bike is still quite quiet, and also very smooth overall. This is in part thanks to its extra hefty flywheel design and heavy duty construction, which allows for its 350 pound rider capacity. On this topic of resistance, we do need to call this out as the first key differentiator Peloton and the MYX Fitness Bike. Generally speaking the use of friction resistance is more “low tech” than magnetic resistance, however from a practical use standpoint it really shouldn’t be a dealbreaker. Realistically, it’s a fair trade if streaming training is a priority for riders who just aren’t willing or able to spend the bigger sticker price on the Peloton bike. Depending on how strong a rider you are, a friction resistance bike isn’t necessarily going to be noticeable. These systems show their colors when you’re maxing out resistance, and the added heft of the flywheel will help avoid that more choppy feel you can get from a friction resistance bike. MYX also notes that their pads are designed to last between 5 and 10 years, and are easily replaceable when the time comes.
MYX Bike Vs. The Competition
In the streaming training indoor cycling space, there are only a handful of competitors, and all of them come in at a higher sticker price than the MYX bike, both for the bike and for the accompanying monthly streaming service. The competitive pool includes the Peloton bike, the Stryde Bike, the NordicTrack S22i, and the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 (which is a near carbon copy of the NordicTrack). All of these competitors offer magnetic resistance. The Stryde and Peloton have monthly subscription costs that are added to the bikes, whereas the NordicTrack and ProForm bikes both include the first year of membership.
Realistically speaking there are only two key shortcomings of the MYX Fitness Bike versus this competitive pool, and one that has helped the brand from becoming a target of Peloton’s legal department. Peloton has already taken down the upstart Flywheel, whose technology ran a bit too similar for the tech giant’s liking. Where MYX decided to change the equation is by not having speed and resistance fed into the bike’s programming. This means that you’ll get instructors telling you to increase or lower resistance, but not calling you out if you’re not up to speed. Instead MYX Fitness bike trainers focus on heart rate zones, which has proven to be quite effective when optimizing workout performance.
Whether or not this last difference matters will really be a personal choice for many. The hardcore spin class enthusiast will know well enough how much to push themselves when training, and the rookie rider is most likely to be engaged and satisfied enough with the ability to chase along with a streaming trainer that that level of detail won’t really be necessary. Still there will be some who crave ALL the bells and whistles, leaving them options like Peloton, or better yet the NordicTrack Commercial S22i.
- Most affordable in the category
- Additional ergonomic adjustments
- Option of clip-in shoes or standard toe cages
- Swivelling screen for off-bike workouts
- Heart rate monitor included
- Independent volume controls for both trainer and music
- Inexpensive monthly subscription ($29 instead of $39 from competition)
- Engaging professional coaches
- 41-pound flywheel
- 350-pound user weight capacity
- Transport wheels
- Short warranty period
- Limited interactivity between rider and instructor compared to Peloton
As noted above, the current digital catalog of MYX Fitness runs about 500 programs deep, covering a range of categories. Endurance rides and HIIT (high intensity interval training) rides are a core part of the equation, supplemented by body sculpting, yoga, meditation, cardio dance, and other workouts that alternate off and on the bike. We’ve been in formed by MYX Fitness that approximately 40 programs per week are being added to their online library.
Interestingly, the competition (Peloton et al) love touting the fact that there are thousands of workouts to choose from on their apps, but when you break it down realistically the 500+ offered by MYX fitness is more than enough to ensure you won’t get bored from doing the same old workout over and over. You’re not going to be doing more than one class per day over the course of your first year of ownership, and even if you develop a preference for one or two specific trainers, this size of catalog is more than adequate to keep anyone properly equipped.
Of course the big home run feature here outside of the access to streaming training is the massive and swivelling 21.5-inch touchscreen display fitted onto the bike. This can only be found on three other bikes in the industry—the Peloton bike, the NordicTrack S22i, and the Echelon Smart Connect EX5S. Screen technology is all pretty even-keel in the space, but we will say that initial reports on how the training app on the screen of the MYX Fitness bike runs have all been very positive.
On the bike itself, the option of using toe cages rather than clip-in shoes is a welcome perk for the less seasoned rider. While you’ll get a more precise push/pull on the pedals using toe clips, consider it something you have the option of growing into as you get used to the bike. Thanks to its hefty flywheel, the MYX Fitness bike delivers a smooth and stable ride, even when riders are up and off the saddle.
The ‘what’s included’ category is also a solid one for the MYX Fitness bike. Opt for the bike itself, and you still get the Polar wireless heart rate monitor included, as well as free delivery and assembly. Opt for the MYX Plus package, and you’ll also get a kettlebell, weights, a stabilizing mat, yoga/workout mat, foam roller, and a resistance band.
Warranty & Guarantee
Unfortunately this one spot where MYX Fitness falls flat. Much like Peloton, there is only a 1-year warranty on the MYX Fitness bike.
Is It Worth It?
All told, we’re very impressed with what MYX is able to offer consumers for such an affordable entry price. The warranty is a bit of a hangup for us, as we’re used to seeing warranties of 5, 7, and 10+ years at least on the frame of the bike at the very least. That said, knowing who builds the bike makes a difference in how much we trust the longevity of the MYX Fitness bike.