At $299 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 20 computerized workout programs; goal tracking for two user profiles; MP3 speakers and more. Read on for our detailed review.
|Drive System||13-lb Flywheel|
|Heart Rate||Grip Sensors|
|Max. Weight||300 lbs|
|Dimensions||41.3”x 21.4”x 55.6”|
|Warranty||Frame: 10 years
Parts: 2 Years
Electronics: 1 Years
Labor: 90 Days
Rating: 83.50/100. The Schwinn 130 is a $329 stationary bike with money-back guarantee. 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 Schwinn’s lightest at just 13 pounds. 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 20 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 22 options. Many of the programs can be controlled by your heart rate if you maintain constant contact with the pulse sensors.
Special features include a workout fan, support for a mobile device or magazine, a USB charging port and more.
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
- Padded seat with universal stem
- 22 preset workouts
- Grip heart rate sensor
- Mobile device holder
- USB charging port
- MP3 speakers
- Three-speed fan
- Bottle holder
- Two-year warranty on parts
- Not compatible with wireless chest straps
- 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 $329. Below are details about the parts, programming, free warranty and money-back guarantee.
Schwinn 130 exercise bikes have a good deal of programming for the discount price. You can choose from “Quick Start” (manual mode), 19 workout routines and two fitness tests. The complete list includes:
- Quick Start
- Profile (9)
- Heart Rate Control (8)
- Fitness Tests (1 beginner, 1 advanced)
- User-Defined (2)
The console can save two user profiles with two custom programs each.
Schwinn 130 Features
Resistance for the Schwinn 130 pedals comes from a 13-pound flywheel with magnetic braking. You can choose from 20 resistance levels with digital controls. Quick-set buttons are built into the console.
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 two-window 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. The bike also has a USB port with charger, and a set of MP3 speakers.
To help you keep cool, the bike has a built-in water bottle holder and a three-speed fan.
Transport wheels are attached.
Warranty & Guarantee
The Schwinn 130 warranty includes:
– Frame: 10 Years
– Parts: 2 Years
– Electronics: 1 Year
– Wear Parts: 1 Year
Additionally Schwinn Fitness bikes have six-week money-back guarantees.
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 $329 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.