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Schwinn IC2 Review

Quick Summary

The Schwinn IC2 Indoor Cycling Bike is well-made, great for any home gym.  It’s a sound choice for beginners and intermediate riders to build on cardio and muscle tone.  The Schwinn brand, with over a century of manufacturing bikes, can give you confidence in knowing that you are getting a quality piece of machine for its price point.

It has a sturdy steel frame and adjustable leveling feet to stabilize any possible uneven flooring. The ride is smooth and fairly quiet with the 31 lbs. flywheel. The Q Factor  – which is the distance to where the pedals attach to the crank – is ergonomic and manufactured to similarly move to how one would naturally movement.

The adjustable seat and handlebars allows for just about anyone – 5 feet to 6’5 inches, 250 lbs. to use it comfortably. The handlebars only move up and down while the seats can be moved up, down, forwards and backwards.

The LCD console gives feedback on time, distance, speed, calories burned and RPM. There aren’t any connections to smart phones or apps, but it provides the necessary information.  There is a water bottle holder that could also be used for your MP or smartphone.

You are able to increase resistance by the turn of a knob.

The driver of the bike is not the usual belt type used on an indoor bike, but a chain, similarly used on an outdoor bike. The same maintenance normally used to lubricate an outdoor bike is the same maintenance required for the Schwinn IC2 driver.

The  IC2 has a small footprint with dimensions of  45” L x 23”W x 49” H. and it is fairly easy to move around.

The warranty is decent:  five years for frame, one year on parts and three months on parts.

It isn’t too difficult to assemble and will not take more than an hour.

Specifications

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Model Schwinn IC2
Rating

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81%
List Price

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$299
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$299
Resistance

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

Adjusts with Dial
Infinite Choices
Resistance Type

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

Belt Drive
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.

31-lb. 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 Horizontally & Vertically
Pedals

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

Toe Cages
Programs

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

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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.

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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.

250 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).

45” L x 23”W x 49” H
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: 2 Years
Labor: 6 months

Rating: 81%

Our Rating

Rating: 81/100. It’s a good buy. Schwinn IC2 is a simply made and designed residential bike but it’s a great option in its class. The price at $299 is a good deal.

The ride feels stable and solid with the steel frame and floor levelers – no rocking or shaky feel. The flywheel, is heavy enough, and keeps your ride smooth. Adjusting the bike to fit your height is easily done with the turn of a knob; the handlebars can be adjusted to your reach and the seat can be moved back and forth or up and down.

These are quick and easy to do. Albeit, the seat is slightly uncomfortable but that is a personal preference. The console gives all the basic required stats – nothing more nothing less. However, there isn’t a heart monitor with this model. There is a holder, but only one so you will have to choose between using it for a water bottle or smartphone/MP3 player.

The chain drive is fairly quiet, but  you will need to maintain it as you would a regular outdoor bike with a chain – lubricate.

The bike is nice and compact so it can fit in most designated home gym areas; and will easily move around on wheels.

The pedals come with toe cups and a strap, spinners or serious riders will probably want to change it out for clip on pedals.

Pros:

  • Price: Listed for $599 but can find in range of $299 and up.
  • Data Console: The LCD computer is basic, it shows the RPM, time, distance and calories burned. Two AA batteries are required. (Compared to bikes with more advanced Blue tooth and programs –it could be a con for some)
  • Adjustable Handlebars: Handlebars allow for multiple positions.
  • Adjustable Seat: Can fit most, between 5 feet to 6’5 inches
  • Warranty: Frame – 5 yrs., parts and electronics (1 yr.) and parts (3 months)

Cons:

  • Heart Rate Monitor: Not made with this model.
  • Linking capabilities: Doesn’t have the capability to link to fitness apps
  • Pedals: Doesn’t work with spinning shoes, but has toe cups and adjustable straps.
  • Holder: There is only one holder, so you will have to decide between water bottle and MP3.

Introduction

The Schwinn IC2 Indoor Cycling Bike is a solid upright indoor stationary bike. It is well suited to the avid cyclist and spin class enthusiast. Manufactured by leading 100 yr. old bike manufacturer, Schwinn, the quality and design for this price point is a good value.  It is sturdy, made from durable material. The design is traditional with improved ergonomical elements such as the Qfactor. The console is simple, offering the basic statistics on its display. Over all it is a good bike, although simple, this is where the old adage “less is more” applies, the quality and design features deliver for beginner and intermediate riders

Schwinn IC2 Features

Type: Indoor residential bike (Spin)

LCD display- provides feedback on speed, RPM, distance, time and calories (2 AA batteries)

Multi position handlebars

Resistance: Infinite

Flywheel: 31 lbs

Weight Capacity: 250 lbs

Q factor: distance to where pedals attach to cranks, ergonomically superior because it more comfortably matches the way most move

Easy –adjust pedals

Cooling Fan

Holder: Water bottle or smartphone

Dimensions: 45” L x 23”W x 49” H

Warranty & Guarantee

The Schwinn IC2 warranty includes:

– Frame: 10 years

– Mechanical and Electronics: 2 Years

– Parts: 2 years

– Labor: 6 years

Additionally Schwinn Fitness spin bikes have six-week money-back guarantees.

Conclusion

The Schwinn IC2 is a great bike for the cost and design – is a good value purchase. It’s stable and durable. The console, in this day and age seems very basic, compared to consoles that allow for connectivity to smartphones, tablets and virtual workouts. But it does provide the information that is most necessary to follow your progress and goals. The resistance is infinite and it can be used by just about anyone comfortably. The warranty offers decent coverage. Between the price and the make by a trusted manufacturer you can’t go wrong.