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Schwinn 130 Review

Quick Summary

At $399 the Schwinn 130 Upright Bike is an especially low-priced fitness machine. Even so, its resistance system has enough force to keep beginners challenged for a year or more. Besides that, the Schwinn 130 has features that aren’t common on stationary bikes under $500: more than 13 computerized workout programs; MP3 speakers and more. Read on for our detailed review.

Specifications

Model Schwinn 130
Rating

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83.50%
List Price

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

$399
Best Price

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$399
Resistance

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

16
Resistance Type

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

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.

High Inertia 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.

Adjusts Vertically
Pedals

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

Shoe Straps
Programs

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

13
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.

Grip Sensors
Display

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

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).

41.3”x 21.4”x 54.5”
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: 10 years
Parts: 2 Years
Electronics: 1 Years
Labor: 90 Days

Rating: 83.50%

Our Rating

Rating: 83.50/100. The Schwinn 130 is a $399 stationary bike with solid features and free shipping. This cheap fitness machine has a fair warranty for the low price, so what’s the catch? The main cost-cutting feature is the flywheel, which is a high-speed, high-inertia, perimeter-weighted flywheel system. For comparison, with a heavier flywheel you’d get smoother pedaling and a wider range of challenge levels.

Resistance options on the Schwinn 130 Upright Bike are good for novices, as you get 16 resistance levels with small increments in between. This setup lets you find a comfortable match and then progress rather quickly.

Another highlight of this exercise bike for beginners is the workout programming. Including “Quick Start” or manual mode, riders get 13 options. Many of the programs can be controlled by your heart rate if you maintain constant contact with the pulse sensors.

The Schwinn 130 has a 300-pound weight capacity, yet the bike is very compact. It takes just 41” x 21” of floor space.

Pros:

  • Low price
  • Easy to assemble
  • Compact frame
  • Quiet magnetic resistance
  • Bluetooth-enabled for wireless heart rate monitors
  • Compatible with multiple apps
  • Heart rate monitors in the handles
  • Padded seat with universal stem
  • 13 preset workouts
  • Grip heart rate sensor
  • Mobile shelf
  • Bottle holder
  • Two-year warranty on parts

Cons:

  • Seat adjusts up/down but not forward/back
  • Basic handlebars (not multi-grip)
  • Lightweight flywheel

Introduction

The Schwinn 130 is this year’s cheapest upright exercise bike at the Schwinn Fitness website. While it isn’t as versatile as more expensive models, the 130 is generously appointed for just $399. Below are details about the parts, programming and free warranty.

Workout Programs

Schwinn 130 exercise bikes have a good deal of programming for the discount price. You can choose from “Quick Start” (manual mode), 13 workout routines and two fitness tests. The complete list includes:

  • Manual
  • Interval (HIIT)
  • Challenge Programs (11)

Schwinn 130 Features

Resistance for the Schwinn 130 pedals comes from a high-speed, high-inertia, perimeter-weighted flywheel system. You can choose from 16 resistance levels with digital controls. Quick-set buttons are built into the console.

This model also features heart rate monitors in the handlebars and is Bluetooth compatible for other styles of heart rate monitors. In addition to the Schwinn app, the bike also works with Zwift and Explore the World.

The handlebars and saddle are padded for comfort. For a custom ride you can swap out the bike seat; the Schwinn 130 uses a universal stem. The bike seat position can be adjusted up/down with a pin.

The 130 data monitor has a 5.5″ segmented LCD to show your progress. The bike computer also tracks workout data long-term for two user profiles. With 13 data points, it supplies lots more feedback than the typical stationary bike under $500. Pedals for this bike are rather simple. They have a one-piece crank design, and shoe straps are attached. To help keep you entertained, room is provided for reading material or a mobile device. Transport wheels are attached.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Schwinn 130 bike have Bluetooth?

Yes, in addition to heart rate monitors, the bike’s Bluetooth function enables users to access a number of workout apps.

What is the difference between the Schwinn 130 and 170?

The 170 features a heavier flywheel and 25 resistance levels instead of 16. Instead of 13 built-in programs it offers 29, more comfort features, and is compatible with more apps.

How much does the Schwinn 130 bike weigh?

The bike weighs 61 pounds.

How difficult is it to assemble the Schwinn 130 bike?

No, users report assembly to be quite simple.

With what chest straps is this bike compatible?

The bike is compatible with Polar and Polar-compatible heart rate monitors.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Schwinn 130 warranty includes:

– Frame: 10 Years

– Parts:  2 Years

– Electronics: 1 Year

– Wear Parts: 1 Year

Conclusion

The Schwinn 130 is an entry-level exercise bike. It provides much more training guidance and feedback than the typical fitness machine under $500, but it isn’t especially powerful. You could expect the 130 to serve well for a year or two before you’re ready for an upgrade.

Also selling for $649 is the Schwinn IC3. For comparison the IC3 has a much heavier drive and more advanced ergonomics, but the trade-off is a lack of workout programming. It’s a spin bike whereas the Schwinn 130 in this review is a more traditional stationary bike.

1 Comment

  • Donald Reynolds July 6, 2020 at 9:15 pm from VA
    I got the Schwinn 130 for Christmas and I'm having issues with the motor or resistance. It is loose then really hard to pedal. Not sure what is going on. Is there a warranty for this problem.

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