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Schwinn IC2 Review

Quick Summary

The Schwinn IC2 Indoor Cycling Bike is well-made and a great machine to help improve on cardio fitness and lower-body muscle tone—an ideal fit for your home gym. You can also have confidence knowing that with Schwinn, which has been manufacturing bikes for more than a century, you are getting a quality machine for its price point.

The IC2 has a sturdy steel frame and adjustable leveling feet to stabilize the bike on uneven flooring. The ride is smooth and fairly quiet thanks to its 31 lb flywheel. The pedals are adjustable and the Q Factor, which is the distance between the two pedal cranks is inspired by outdoor bikes and makes the ride feel more natural.

The handlebars can be adjusted up & down while the seat can be moved both up & down and back & forth to allow for a wide range of heights (about 5′ to 6’5). Making adjustments to the seat and handlebars is easy, so this bike can work well for multiple riders in a single household.

The LCD console provides basic stats for your ride like time, distance, speed, calories burned and RPM. If you want to use a workout app while you ride, your best bet is to keep your smartphone or other small device in the water bottle holder.

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

Resistance comes from a wool felt pad and you can increase or decrease it by simply turning a knob on the bike. There are no actual levels or settings, rather it can be continually adjusted. This might take some getting used to and may also make it hard to achieve the exact same resistance each time you get on the bike, but the learning curve is pretty quick. It also allows you to go from a very easy ride to extremely challenging if you want. You may need to replace the pad every now and then as it can get worn down.

The IC2 isn’t too difficult to assemble and should not take more than an hour. It has a relatively small footprint and is fairly easy to move around thanks to transport wheels that allow you to roll the machine out of the way when you’ve finished your workout.

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.

0
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.

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 well designed residential bike making it a great option for such a low price ($299, not too shabby).

The ride feels stable and solid with the steel frame and floor levelers, no rocking or shakiness. The flywheel is heavy enough at 31 lbs and keeps your ride smooth. Adjusting the bike to fit your height is easily done with the turn of a couple knobs and movement of the posts; the handlebars can be adjusted up & down and the seat can be moved back & forth or up & down. Some riders complain that the seat is a bit uncomfortable, but that just might be the nature of a bike seat. The pedals come with toe cups and a strap. Spinners or serious riders might want to change it out for clip-on pedals.

The console shows all of the basic stats that you’d expect—speed, distance, time, RPM and calories burned. What it’s missing, however, is a way to capture your heart rate, which is too bad.

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

The bike is nice and compact so it can fit in most designated home gyms and will easily move around on its transport wheels. There is a holder at the front of the handlebars but it’s only large enough to fit a water bottle OR your smartphone/MP3 player.

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

Pros:

  • Price: You can find the IC2 for about $299
  • Console: It only provides basic stats, but still a good inclusion for this price point
  • Adjustable Handlebars: They move up & down and allow for multiple positions depending on how you like to ride
  • Adjustable Seat: Can work for most people between 5′ to 6’5 and adjusts back & forth as well as up & down
  • Infinite Resistance: You can make your ride as easy or as challenging as you can handle
  • Warranty: Frame (5 years), parts and electronics (1 year) and labor (3 months)

Cons:

  • Heart Rate Monitor: Not included with this model
  • Linking capabilities: Doesn’t have the capability to link to fitness apps
  • Pedals: Don’t work with spinning shoes, but have toe cups and adjustable straps
  • Holder: There is only one holder, so you will have to decide if you’re putting your water bottle or a device like a smartphone or MP3 player in it

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 as well as beginner and intermediate riders, providing a smooth riding experience for all. It is sturdy and made from durable material, making it a good value for its price point. The look is traditional with improved ergonomic elements meant to make your ride more comfortable. The console displays basic stats, but what this bike lacks in bells and whistles you might find on other models, it makes up for in quality design.

Schwinn IC2 Features

Type: Indoor residential bike (Spin)

LCD display provides feedback on speed, RPM, distance, time and calories (requires 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 natural movement of outdoor biking

Easy-adjust pedals

Adjustable seat

Holder: Water bottle or smartphone

Dimensions: 45” L x 23”W x 49” H

Warranty & Guarantee

The Schwinn IC2 warranty includes:

– Frame: 5 years

– Mechanical and Electronics: 1 Year

– Labor: 90 Days

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

Conclusion

The Schwinn IC2 is a good value purchase. It’s simple, stable and durable and the warranty offers decent coverage. The console is basic compared to consoles that allow for connectivity to other devices and virtual workouts, but it does provide the information that is most necessary to follow your progress and set goals. The resistance is infinite, the seat and handlebars are adjustable and it can be used by just about anyone relatively comfortably. Between the low price and the fact that it’s made by a trusted manufacturer, you can’t go wrong.

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