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Peloton Exercise Bike Review

Quick Summary

The Peloton has a luxury look and feel with the best fitness app to accompany it. With one of the highest price points on the market, this bike is made to impress the athletic consumer. The Peloton’s app has some of the best instructors with challenging, inspiring and varying workouts. The overall sharp black frame and minimal flashy details in color make this the Rolls Royce of indoor spin bikes.

The bike is equipped with a 21.5” HD screen, magnetic flywheel and 3 points of adjustment for seat height, moving the seat forward and back and the handlebar shaft. It has 2 10-watt speakers that go loud enough to fill a room but also include a headphone jack to avoid disturbing those around you. The bike can hold up to 300lbs and is easy to maneuver around your home. The ride is the smoothest you’ll ever find and the app blows most others out of the water in terms of quality and experience.

Whenever you spin your Peloton wheel, it’s a chance to combine high-end hardware with elite instruction. Pedal along with a live cycling class, or choose from thousands of on-demand sessions! A Peloton exercise bike also makes it easy to schedule virtual studio workouts and rides with friends to stay motivated and on track with fitness. Details are below in FitRated’s first Peloton bike review.

Specifications

FitRated
Model Peloton Exercise Bike
Rating

Our custom rating considers all of the bike's features, specs, warranties, and 100's of user & expert reviews, to save you time!

90.25%
List Price

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

$1,995
Best 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.

0-100
Resistance Type

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

manual
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).

Studio
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.

Poly V power transmission belt drive
Frame

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

Welded steel frame
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.

LOOK Delta clip-⁠in pedals
Programs

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

14 daily live studio workouts
5,000+ on-demand workouts
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.

no
Display

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

22’’ HD touchscreen
Max. Weight

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

305 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).

48"x 53"x 24"
Weight: 135 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.

12-Month Limited Warranty

Rating: 90.25%

Our Rating

Rating: 90.25/100. I gave this bike a high rating because of its ability to offer an amazing ride with a strong frame and the experience of the instructors leading the workouts. The Peloton uses real instructors from its NYC location who teach regular classes (you can even see people in the class!) and are well rehearsed in leading amazing spin classes. While this bike is not for riders on a tighter budget, the price is set to reflect the quality of the bike itself and the app it is paired with. It comes with thousands of different workouts such as HIIT rides, themed rides, climbs/sprints, and workouts that incorporate dumbbells (not included with the bike). Riders will love the different options and the music is fantastic!

The Peloton bike is a favorite high-end home exercise option for cyclists at all experience levels. It’s unique for being club-quality and connecting with premium spin classes, essentially transforming a home workout area into an elite studio. Choose from more than 4,000 cycling classes anytime! Peloton spin classes are streamed both live and on-demand. With high-def views on a 21.5” screen, you can feel transported to the elite Peloton gym in New York City, or to scenic trails for simulated outdoor training 24/7. A video camera lets you chat with the instructor and classmates as you ride, and a leaderboard shows the top participants’ scores as motivation. Instruction for yoga, general stretching, strength training and other exercises is also included with Peloton virtual gym membership.

Engineering for the Peloton bike is exceptional. The machine came to market as a Kickstarter project, and it launched with support from “people like you” who care about home fitness. Where cheap alternatives have breakable plastic, the Peloton bike has steel or aluminum. While low-end bikes squeak-squeak, the Peloton keeps nearly silent. And just like a commercial exercise bike, the Peloton home exercise bike is adjustable for just about any body size. The saddle adjusts to fit riders from 4’11” to 6’5” tall. The bike’s user weight limit is 305 pounds.

New Peloton bikes cost $1,995 plus delivery with assembly. New bike owners also enrol for a year of Peloton classes at $39/month. This bike’s top competitor is the NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio, with similar performance specs and features. With the Peloton bike you’re not only buying an elite spin bike, but also investing in the live instruction and social features of a virtual studio membership.

Purchase includes a 12-month warranty on parts, electronics and labor. Extended warranties are available to cover the purchase up to 39 months.

Here are lists of pros and cons we’ve noted in a preliminary Peloton bike review.

Pros:

  • Thousands of enthusiastic customer reviews & very few complaints
  • Connect with spin classes 24/7
  • 21.5” touch screen and stereo speakers for immersive experiences
  • Webcam for in-class video chats
  • Compatible with wired and Bluetooth headphones
  • Bluetooth for automated statistics tracking
  • Commercial-grade magnetic resistance system
  • Welded steel frame with powder coating for a durable finish
  • Adjustable saddle and handlebars; sized for riders from 4’11” to 6’5”
  • Industrial-grade bearings, pedals, and crank arms
  • Takes up little floor space; Peloton bike dimensions are just 48” L x 24″ W
  • Peloton customer service available daily by phone and online chat

Cons:

  • Higher price point and monthly membership required
  • No fan in the screen display as other bikes include
  • No tray or holder for items such as phone, keys, etc.
  • Screen does not swivel

Introduction

Peloton’s club-quality home exercise bike is helping to reshape fitness. With a Peloton bike you can make time for “spinning” – and more importantly, you’ll want to! Peloton riders keep motivated with live and on-demand classes made specifically for the bike. Below are overviews of programming and hardware.

Peloton Workout Programs

The Peloton is a popular model in the cycling community as many riders are looking to find a bike that provides the experience of being in a spin class while in their own home. The Peloton is the closest riders will get to an in-studio experience without physically leaving their homes. Peloton has upped the ante in their quality of fitness app by using real instructors whose classes are filmed in NYC. Many apps on the market can come across cheesy, overly rehearsed and inauthentic, where the Peloton gives you a real, motivating and sweat dripping experience. The music has a ton of variety from throwbacks to modern age hip hop which left me singing along even when the workout was finished.

Alex Toussaint is one of the top instructors for Peloton and was my personal favourite on the app. He speaks to his class as if you are in it rather than filming for an app. The dialogue is often funny, inspiring and most importantly, real. He is motivating and informative telling you exactly how much resistance to add and at what cadence you should be riding. The instructors inform you of how to use the numbers at the bottom of the screen: cadence, output and resistance and always tell you where you should be or striving to be in different parts of the ride. Other bikes on the market tell you to add resistance but this is the first I have seen where you can see the amount of resistance you are adding for a more accurate workout.

Peloton organizes studio bike classes into these eight categories:

    1. Beginner – The easiest Peloton rides, all low-impact
    2. Low Impact – Low impact rides for all experience levels
    3. Rhythm  – Spin bike workouts set to a beat
    4. Theme – Bike classes set to musical themes such as classic country or 1980s rock
    5. Live DJ – Peloton classes with live DJs for workouts especially focused on fun
    6. Metrics – Highly structured rides focused on cadence, resistance and output
    7. Climb – Rides that use resistance to simulate uphill climbs
    8. Heart Rate Zone – Workouts focused on any of five effort levels as measured by heart rate

Peloton videos are also designed to help you focus on your arms, core and total-body stretching.

Following each Peloton workout you get the chance to review each ride and rate the music, and the company uses feedback to continually improve and adapt to members’ preferences. You can also use the bike’s social media feature to recommend a specific Peloton workout to friends.

Peloton bikes are sold with one-year virtual studio subscriptions, which cost $39 per month. Starting in autumn 2018, a bike membership will give access to Peloton treadmill classes as well.

Peloton Exercise Bike Features

The flywheel and seat are important features to look at when purchasing an indoor exercise bike as you are going to be spending a lot of time on the bike and should be comfortable riding it. The magnetic flywheel is quiet and smooth as butter. You could be riding right beside someone in your home and they would barely hear the wheel moving. The push-stop option with the resistance knob is also extremely smooth with no friction to bring the wheel to a complete stop. The seat on this bike is narrow like a road bike seat but cushioned for comfort when riding in the saddle. If you are looking for a smaller, professional seat but without the discomfort of actual road bike seats, the Peloton will be perfect for you.

With any great piece of equipment there are always some downfalls that users will find. One of the main things that would be considered a negative about the Peloton is the screen’s inability to swivel. Some of the workouts require off the bike movements so not being able to turn the screen like its competitors definitely makes it more difficult to use. Another feature that is less desirable is the fact that the screen is so close to the user’s face when riding, especially as some of the rides require out of the saddle work that would bring you within centimeters of the screen. Something to consider when buying a stationary bike with a screen that doesn’t move is that if there are times when you don’t want to ride to a video but perhaps your own TV, the screen will be distractedly in your way.

The Peloton home exercise bike weighs a sturdy 135 pounds. Its charcoal gray frame is 125 pounds of carbon steel, and the console with wide screen adds another 10 pounds.

For showing live and on-demand spin classes, the Peloton bike has a 21.5” screen. The screen shows HD video and uses touch technology. High fidelity stereo speakers are included.

A 5 megapixel camera faces the rider for video chat. You can use the webcam to interact with classmates and instructors.

The Peloton bike frame is powder coated to be sweat-resistant.

The bike provides nearly silent resistance with a high end magnetic belt drive.

Peloton’s saddle is molded and can be micro-adjusted vertically and horizontally with levers. Peloton handlebars are adjustable too.

This bike takes 4 feet x 2 feet of floor space. Caster wheels are attached for easy repositioning.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Peloton bike warranty provides 12 months of coverage for the bike’s parts, electronics and labor. Two extended warranties are available, with the longest bringing coverage to 39 months for $230.

For a Peloton warranty to remain valid, the bike needs to be kept where it was originally assembled.

Conclusion

Overall, the Peloton lives up to its high status and price point. The quality of the bike itself paired with the best fitness app make this a worthwhile investment for indoor riding. The Peloton is for the luxury rider with the budget to put towards a high-end model. This bike is a great option for users with busy lifestyles that do not allow them to go to conventional spin classes. New users to indoor cycling and apps may want to explore the market in terms of price point. The app also requires a monthly membership fee that would be what most people pay for a gym membership so it is definitely a model for avid riders and fitness fanatics. Users can download the Peloton app to use on their tablets or phones, which may be a great starting point to test the app before investing in the bike. While you will truly only have a real spin class experience by physically going to a studio, the Peloton is by far the closest you will get to achieving that while riding in your own home. Riders will enjoy the endless options of rides and get an amazing workout. Peloton is definitely the bike to beat on the market.