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