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Peloton vs. Echelon Connect: Comparing Luxury to Economy

Peloton Bike vs Echelon Connect Bike, side by side.

The Peloton and Echelon are two stationary bikes designed for cyclists and those looking to take their indoor workouts to the next level. Both bikes have different apps that offer unique elements to keep indoor workouts exciting and challenging. In this review, I will break down the best features of both and compare head to head. While both bikes will provide you with a great ride, one may be better suited for your personal goals and interests.

With recent updates at Peloton, their original Peloton has seen a bit of a price drop to $1,445 with the Peloton Bike+ model at $2,495. Because budget plays a key role in this debate, the more fair comparison takes place between the original Peloton Bike as opposed to the Peloton Bike+.

Ed. Update — Since writing this, a new contender has thrown their hat in the ring, delivering a closer-to-Peloton experience for the price of the Echelon EX3. The MYX Fitness Bike has rapidly become our new favorite affordable alternative—read the full MYX Fitness Bike review here.

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Black and Red Echelon workout bike.Rather than building in an oversized screen into their equipment, the Echelon EX3 takes advantage of existing tech in your home, providing a secure holder for your tablet or phone to display the Echelon Connect App on while riding—saving you significant cost in the process. The bike comes equipped with the option to use SPD clips on one side and cage clips on the other allowing riders to use cycling shoes or their own sneakers. The Echelon is affordable, easy to set up and caters to tech-savvy riders wanting to take advantage of training programs from the comfort of their own home. Some of the top features of this bike include:

  • Rear flywheel and sleek color combination
  • Dual water bottle holders
  • Live and pre-programmed workouts (first year subscription included w/ bike)
  • Universal pedal design; comes equipped with caged pedals that also can be flipped for SPD compatible clips
  • Easy set-up and maneuverability
  • Easy to use app with many beginner friendly rides
  • Lightweight (105lbs)
  • Ability to choose your own display; can hold different sized tablets, phones, etc.


Black and Red Peloton BikeThe Peloton’s biggest sales pitch is its 24/7/365 live and pre-programmed classes led by real instructors, all filmed in one of the brand’s fitness studios in Manhattan. Rather than running an app on your existing device, this bike comes with a large 21.5″ built-in HD display. The Peloton comes in at a much higher price point than most bikes on the market ($1,445), but aims to set the bar high with elite level instructors and a wide range of training styles. That said, if the higher price tag is the only thing putting you off, you could find a lightly used model on an online marketplace such as eBay. Some of the top features of this bike include:

  • Peloton app built into screen display with monthly membership ($39/month)
  • 21.5” HD touch screen
  • Thousands of different rides and workout options
  • Clip-in pedals
  • Dual water bottle holders
  • Elite instructors teaching live from a studio in NYC

So which one is best for you?

Peloton Pros

·         Large built-in display

·         Elite trainers with great music

·         Extremely smooth flywheel

·         Cycling shoe clip-in option

Echelon Pros

·         Significantly better bang-for-buck

·         Lightweight and easy to move

·         SPD clip and cage pedal options

·         User friendly app and beginner rides

Peloton Cons

·         Still significantly more expensive

·         Not ideal for manual workouts

·         Dumbbells not included

Echelon Cons

·         Older ergonomic setup

·         Less extensive live training programs



My Experience

  • Both bikes are quiet to ride in terms of the flywheel but the Peloton delivers a slightly smoother ride.
  • The Peloton gets the upper hand on account of its built-in display. It feels more “complete” than the Echelon on account of it, but given that it’s twice the price if you opt for a new model rather than finding a used one on a classified site, that is to be expected. If you aren’t tech obsessed this might not be worth the big price bump.
  • The Peloton definitely has a more premium feel, but is heavier to move around your home and would require more space than the Echelon that is very light and easy to move in comparison.
  • The Echelon is significantly more affordable than the Peloton—so if cost is of concern then you are probably going to want to lean towards the Echelon. That said, if you’re mostly interested in the training courses Peloton has to offer, you may be able to justify the cost or find a used, cheaper Peloton bike on somewhere like eBay. 
  • The Echelon includes both cages and SPD clips so you can ride right away with a couple options whereas the Peloton comes with clip compatible pedals only that require you to buy their own branded shoes—a bit of a frustrating detail.
  • When adjusting the resistance on the Peloton, the numbers increase showing you exactly how much resistance you are adding as the instructor leads. The Echelon resistance I found to be not very sensitive to resistance adjustment.
  • The Peloton is a bit more sturdy with a heavier overall weight, so riding out of the saddle or pushing sprints physically felt more comfortable than the Echelon.
  • When comparing the apps, I found the Peloton app instructors were more authentic and inspiring than those from Echelon. I also enjoyed the music better on the Peloton, but that is pretty subjective. The Echelon rides are filmed with essentially 2 different angle, and their workouts come across a bit more dated versus the cutting edge tech company.

In Conclusion…

Both of these bikes offer great workout options that will leave you sweating. When deciding which of these bikes is best for you I would recommend narrowing down how much importance you’re placing on the live training, and how much you will use that functionality day-to-day. If you are interested in getting your butt kicked in studio-similar classes and intense rides, the Peloton great. If you are more of a beginner or new to spin classes, or you plan on sticking to your own routine and music from time to time, the Echelon is likely a better match. The physical bike setup is also important, as you want to be comfortable when riding daily. The setup of the Peloton is more similar to that of a road bike (which I personally preferred) whereas the Echelon reflects more closely what you would see in a local gym spin class.

The Peloton does require a $39 monthly membership on top of its higher price point, where the Echelon offers a year’s free subscription to their programming. The Echelon does require you to own a tablet or phone to display the app, but in this day in age there’s already something suitable kicking around in most households.

Lastly, the price point is something to consider for your own budget and what you are looking to achieve from your new purchase. Both bikes offer unique features so it may come down to the best price point. If you’re settled on Peloton but are worried about the price tag, try searching for a lightly used model on a classified site like eBay.

My advice, compare the pros and cons and determine which factors are most important to you and your personal fitness levels, and you will be able to choose the bike that best suits your needs!

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  • Goldfishrock September 17, 2020 at 6:24 am from Dartmoor, UK
    My wife and I are looking around for a spin bike at the moment. My wife is only 5 foot and is quite short in the leg and so choices seem to be limited. A lot of the bikes are just an inch or so too much in the saddle when it's at its lowest setting. I am really keen on Echelon and it states it will be fine for her height but I am slightly concerned about the flywheel weight.... at 13kg it feels a little on the light side. Could any Echelon owners give me some feedback about how they find that and how it affects their rides? I've searched all over but there doesn't appear to be much information out there.
  • Wendy September 10, 2020 at 8:41 pm
    I just need to get a bit of clarity on how service is done on the Peleton bikes ... they probably need tuning and fixes over time -is there a service which comes with the bike or which can be purchased if I buy a used Peleton in the market? Also if I buy a used Peleton bike, can I buy the programs for biking, weight lifting etc from Peleton or do they require a new bike to be bought from them. Thank you
    • FitRated September 16, 2020 at 4:05 pm
      Hi Wendy, details of proper recommended care for a Peloton bike can be found in the owner's manual, and you can also find additional maintenance information via the FAQs page on their website ( Anyone can download the Peloton app regardless of whether or not you have one of their bikes, and it comes with a free 30 day trial. After the free trial, you have to pay the monthly subscription cost to access their various programs. More info is available on their website, as well.
  • Yuk Devilliers January 26, 2020 at 10:02 am
    Great blog you have here.. It’s hard to find excellent writing like yours nowadays. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!
  • DD January 10, 2020 at 8:53 am
    What amazes me is how little actual information about the bikes is available on these companies' websites, forcing prospective customers to resort to sites such as this one. Don't these companies want to make sales?
    • FitRated January 15, 2020 at 10:30 am
      Hi DD, thanks for your feedback. Sometimes websites can be hard to navigate and information gets lost, so we are glad that we can provide consumers with the info they need to make informed purchases. Let us know if we can further help you in your search for an exercise bike!
    • Toni January 21, 2020 at 9:59 pm from California
      Totally agree.
  • Robert C January 9, 2020 at 8:16 pm from Québec
    Both bikes use standard pedal mounting, so you can swap out the pedals to mount whatever you want. A pair of cheap SPD pedals costs $20, so you can use so-called “spinning” shoes (really road shoes with mountain bike cleats) on a Peloton if you want - or any other pedal/shoe combo you may prefer.
  • Charli Colhour December 25, 2019 at 9:14 pm from California
    Well, I purchased the complete Peloton package with the guarantee it would be delivered before Christmas. The delivery/setup company they use is XPO to handle their delivery/setup. Long story short, they scheduled a delivery on December 16th, texted me that it was en route and would arrive between 3PM and 6PM on the 16th. It never showed up. XPO called and said they would need to reschedule me at a later date (well after Christmas) and then hung up? They would not answer a call back. After contacting Peloton stating that I needed it before Christmas as promised. They contacted XPO and I was guaranteed delivery on Christmas eve. Another Text from XPO was sent saying it would arrive between 4PM and 7PM and it was en route. It, once again, did not arrive and I was unable to contact XPO. XPO has got to be the worst company I have ever dealt with for customer service or professionalism. I will not stand in line to spend money and this was way worse. I have contacted Peloton and told them I want a full refund and they can have XPO return the bike (if XPO is even able to handle that) that I have never even seen. Very disappointed as I wasted two days waiting for nothing and having the the present that I ordered never show up. The old saying "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me" really applies to this and there will not be a third time. Peloton may be a terrific bike, but without decent service, it really doesn't matter to me.
    • John November 4, 2020 at 6:14 pm from Florida
      Thank you for the comments on Peloton. I was considering one for my wife this Christmas. I don't mind paying a premium for things, but the customer service has to be outstanding. That's what I pay for. If I don't get it, as it appears you didn't, I don't want anything to do with the product.
  • Leah Sperbeck December 6, 2019 at 9:29 am from New Hampshire
    What you don’t mention is the additional content with the Peleton on and off the bike. I don’t see that with the Echelon. Peleton offers yoga, running, walking, strength, stretching, meditation, boot camp classes etc. You can cast to your TV to take the floor classes. All live or recorded. Pricey? Depends. If you are paying for a gym membership that you don’t use - you may come out ahead. You can add as many people profiles you want to your subscription so friends and family can ride and use the app for the other content. I personally love the other content and used it while on my own treadmill. Zero percent financing too. I get bored with exercise so this works because of the variety - most consistent I’ve been with exercise. I just bought the Peleton treadmill and it is added to our existing subscription so no extra cost! You have to decide - ride only? Or use other content? Peleton justifies the cost with a sturdy bike and great components- mine is 2 years old without any problems. They also regularly improve their apps.
    • Nikki January 28, 2020 at 7:03 pm
      the Echelon app has non-spin classes as well, and you can add the profiles of others as well.
  • Willie644 September 13, 2019 at 1:16 pm from NY
    Is there a way I can try it beforehand? Does anyone know? I have tried the Peloton and the Stage bikes and I love the Stages bikes over the Peloton Bike. However, the Peloton bike has a much better screen than the Stages. I read the comment on the ergonomic fit and that is important to me being that I ride 4 to 5 times a week. I need to make sure I do not mess with my body mechanics after having slowly recovered from an old accident that took years to fix.
    • John Gannon December 8, 2019 at 1:36 pm from Florida
      Hi there! You probably already found the answer to your question, but in case you didn't, you can call a local peloton store and schedule a try out session on one of their floor models. I hope this helps!
  • Kawanis September 13, 2019 at 10:07 am from Tallhassee
    I was wondering about the instructor lead training for the Peloton bikes. Does the program provide strength training? Also, what about spin classes using the dumb bells? Can you stream strength, yoga, or any other training from your television? One more question, does it have a Zumba or Pilates classes ?
    • FitRated October 2, 2019 at 4:25 pm
      Hi Kawanis, the Peloton app available on the bikes provides a variety of classes from cycling to bootcamp to yoga. You can learn more about their app on their website
  • Kristen September 8, 2019 at 9:06 pm from AR
    I am contemplating the Echelon connect vs the Peleton. I am wondering if the Peleton app can be used with the echelon bike? I already have the Peleton app for their other workouts and enjoy it. The reviews so far seem to not be favorable of the Echelon app. Price is my real reason for considering Echelon. I don’t expect them to be identical on their benefit, but I would hope they are close enough. Is the Echelon quiet enough to have in your bedroom and enjoying a morning workout without waking my husband?
    • FitRated October 3, 2019 at 3:55 pm
      Hi Kristen, you can use any app with the Echelon bike. However, a common problem people have with this is measuring cadence and resistance. There are a few videos and DIY guides on how to do a DIY peloton set up using a regular exercise bike, the peloton app, and a cadence sensor available on Youtube. The Echelon bike is definitely quiet enough to have in a bedroom.
  • Whitney July 28, 2019 at 11:16 am from Connecticut
    I’m looking to get clarity on something — I’m thinking about getting the Echelon, because sometimes I like to ride to my own playlists (and not a class). I was glad to see this listed as a PRO for Echelon, but in a couple comments I noticed that people said you NEED to use the app in order to operate the bike. Is this true? Do you have to continue the app subscription in order to do freerides to your own playlists? I’m looking for a quality bike that doesn’t require me to do a monthly subscription if I find I don’t need the video classes. Perhaps this means I should get one of the less tech-involved bikes, but I really want to be able to track my ride stats (distance, heart rate, etc)
    • FitRated October 3, 2019 at 3:33 pm
      Hi Whitney, the bike does operate without a subscription. However, your ride statistics and information cannot be seen or stored. You can only access programs and heart rate monitor via use of a tablet, and you must purchase a subscription to use these basic functions. The good news is that you can pair the bike with any app that you'd like!
  • Rachel S June 16, 2019 at 5:56 pm from Wisconsin
    I have a question about both bikes. Is WiFi required to use either app? I live in an area where we cannot access WiFi, but I do have a tablet with cellular data and Bluetooth access.
    • FitRated June 18, 2019 at 2:20 pm
      Hi Rachel, WiFi is required to use both apps. However, you may be able to hotspot your tablet's cellular data and use that in place of WiFi.
      • Alexandra November 8, 2019 at 11:14 am from Canada
        May be a more recent update to this - but as of a few months ago I've been using the Peloton Digital app on my cellphone (Android device) without WiFi without any issues. (I use the app with regular spin bikes at my gym; their WiFi is horrible.) The only problem is that the Peloton Digital app eats up data like crazy, so running a 45 minute spin class will absorb up to 2GB of data. Not so bad if you have an unlimited data plan, but something to keep in mind.
    • Nikki January 28, 2020 at 7:05 pm
      We have an Echelon - it bluetooths to the device you want, so however you get your data via that device is what it needs.
  • Gregory Sandau May 25, 2019 at 5:46 pm from Seattle, WA
    I needed a solid indoor workout to augment my running program and the Echelon fits the bill. I play my own music and have no need for any apps. A hard 30 minutes and I'm soaked in sweat. Love it. Plus I'm 66 years old and my knees love it too.
  • G Santoro May 15, 2019 at 4:12 am
    I tested both bikes - and settled for the Echelon. However, I feel it might have been a mistake because the bike is definitely ‘wonky’ sometimes. It will freeze up mid ride and you have to hope it will pick back up again. Sometimes the software does not. The initial connection always makes me say a silent prayer that my iPad and bike will work together. I like most of the instructors. I spin 5 days a week.
    • Courtney Grafton May 15, 2019 at 1:55 pm
      Hi G, thank you for letting us know about your purchase. Have you tried contacting Echelon directly to inquire about the connectivity issues? The bike may have connection issues to your tablet if not in a good wifi area. Also check that blue tooth is on when connecting. The Echelon bike is definitely not as premium of a bike and therefore may not give you that sturdy structure of a higher priced model but should operate smoothly if on a hard surface. I find that most bikes have a smoother and sturdier feel if on hard flooring versus carpet.
  • Elizabeth May 9, 2019 at 5:21 am
    I have had a very difficult time with my bike. I cannot ride it without the app and the app crashes and then I need to start the same or another ride with no stats carried over or ability to start where it crashed. It will look like all is fine but all of the sudden the tension takes a life of its own and it goes haywire not responding to the knob to increase or decrease; it is rendered useless and I need to stop, disconnect from wall power and the app completely, and then start again from scratch. Sometimes this process is ineffective and I go through all the steps again and throw a prayer in that this time is will work. Customer service is polite and well intentioned but the follow through was sorely neglected. I also had difficulty with a broken pedal (could use the clip in shoes) and at first they didn’t send it at all and after a couple of week and inquiring about my other problem I found out the pedal was never ordered to send to me. Then they sent three! The bike is also very creaky. I am still frustrated with myself for assuming this bike could be used without a power source and app. They said I needed a new console and never sent it. The lag time and confusion with customer service issues and the mechanical/technical issues has resulted in my decision to return the bike. I loved this bike at first but it’s was a very short love affair. I have been spinning for 18 years and almost want to go back to old clunker I have. At least it worked.
    • Courtney Grafton May 9, 2019 at 1:43 pm
      Hi Elizabeth, we are so sorry to hear about your negative experience with the bike. That definitely sounds like a very frustrating situation to deal with. We hope you will consider some of our other bikes that do not require an app to run and perhaps some more standard feature rather than all the bells and whistles. We hope that a different model of exercise bike can offer you a better experience.
      • Jma February 2, 2020 at 9:08 am from pa
        Which bike is this referiito?
    • Sharon Richie November 30, 2019 at 7:08 pm
      What brand of bike do you have?
  • ryan doyle April 30, 2019 at 9:08 pm from Wisconsin
    Have had nothing but problems so far with the echelon!!! First of all, it took almost 2 weeks to get it when they first said 48 hours to ship. My girlfriend went round and round with them until we received the bike. Then once we got it the tablet that comes with it wouldn’t connect with the bike. She was able to get her phone to connect......for one training session!!!! Then nothing. Called customer service and still waiting for a response on what they’re going to do. Yes it’s true the price is way less, and I understand you get what you pay for but looking back, I would be willing to pay another 800 for quality craftsmanship and customer service.
    • Courtney Grafton May 2, 2019 at 11:21 am
      Hi Ryan, we are sorry to hear about the delay in getting your bike and the connectivity issues. Have you been able to speak to a representative yet to discuss connecting the tablet? We do find sometimes resetting your wifi and reconnecting can be a solution if you haven't tried that yet. We hope we can help you solve this issue in a timely manner.
  • Tony April 24, 2019 at 11:58 am from New York
    The Peloton bike is absolutely amazing! It's the complete package where I don't have to worry much after initial set-up. While the price is on the hefty side I feel its worth it. In my opinion the bread and butter are the instructors. Peloton did a great job hiring personable instructors that really motivate you to push harder (I heart Emma and Cody). That to me is the clincher. Most people have a hard time sticking to their own routine. The amount of content on the Peloton will give you plenty of options where every ride feels new.
    • Courtney Grafton April 26, 2019 at 6:32 am
      Hi Tony, so glad you are enjoying the Peloton! It definitely is a great bike and we agree, the instructors are amazing!
  • Dean Lambert April 6, 2019 at 11:55 pm
    I have used both and opted for the Echelon. $2,400 for the Pelton compared to $999 for the Echelon. The price difference made it very difficult to justify what amounts to little additional value. The Pelton is heavier, which makes it seem a little more stable when going at it hard. Peleton's trainer programming is more "live," but not enough of a benefit to justify $1,400 in additional cost. I am very eased with my decision.
    • Courtney Grafton April 8, 2019 at 3:33 pm
      Hi Dean, thank you for sharing this information! We are glad that you are enjoying the Echelon. It is a great value!
  • Jeff Allen April 1, 2019 at 5:44 pm from Atlanta
    Peloton shoes are a standard called Look Delta and you can buy them anywhere. I got mine at REI but they aren’t much different than the Peloton branded ones - just cheaper.
    • Courtney Grafton April 3, 2019 at 12:31 pm
      Hi Jeff, yes you can purchase the same clip-style shoes at most stores. They are also SPD compatible.
    • Kelly June 6, 2019 at 6:44 pm
      Was about to post the same. I use the same shoe model I have for my road bike - just a different set of cleats. This comparison should be updated since the author notes this as a negative against Peloton ("...whereas the Peloton comes with clip compatible pedals only that require you to buy their own branded shoes—a bit of a frustrating detail.")
      • FitRated June 18, 2019 at 2:10 pm
        Hi Kelly, thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. We will look into updating this post.
    • Donna Heaton dixon August 26, 2019 at 3:20 am from California
      Love my echelon, received in Feb 2019, did not consider the peloton due to the price, I don't mind using my phone or tablet, this way I don't have to worry about that built in tablet malfunctioning on me, my husband says the more gadgets the more repairs, I can replace a phone/ tablet quicker than repairing it.❤❤❤my ECHELON, although I do need to tighten the handlebar, it came with tools,I'm using my bike.

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