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Peloton Vs. MYX Fitness Bike: Can a Budget Bike Compete?

peloton vs myx fitness bike

The Peloton and the new MYX Fitness Bike are two stationary bikes designed to deliver an unparalleled interactive spin class workout experience straight into your home, but not all bikes are created equal. Both bikes have large HD screens, streaming programming, and other niceties to get the job done, but there are other details that account for the fairly significant price difference between the pair. In this review, our goal is to break down the best features of both bikes, and compare them head-to-head. While both bikes will provide you with a great ride, one may be better suited to your personal goals and interests. Wondering which bike comes out on top in which circumstances? That’s precisely why we’re here.

 

With recent changes at Peloton, we now have a lower entry price for the original Peloton Bike, as the new Peloton Bike+ is upgraded with a host of new features. Interestingly, the Peloton Bike’s biggest downfall—the lack of a swivelling screen—has been remedied with the Peloton Bike+, but it’ll cost you $1,196 more than the MYX Fitness Bike to get it. That’s right, you can nearly buy two MYX Fitness Bikes for the price of one Peloton Bike+. As you’ll see below, the big problem with that math is that it is by no means twice as good. For that reason, we’ve focused on the closer competitors here, which means the original Peloton Bike.

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MYX Fitness Bike Specs & Highlights

MYX fitness bike whiteMYX Fitness is the newest player in the connected exercise bike space, and the first to bring the ‘Peloton Experience’ to the table in an affordable manner. Other competitors (Echelon, Horizon, and Bowflex) have typically come into the space with bikes that require the use of your own device, or that give users the option of accessing different training apps, but none have delivered a built-in screen and proprietary streaming training the same way Peloton does without being more or less on par in terms of pricing. Some of the top features of this bike include:

  • Impressive ergonomics
  • 21.5” HD touch screen
  • Heavy 41-pound flywheel
  • Dual sided petals—SPD clips and toe cages both fitted
  • Separate Coach and Music volume controls
  • Dual water bottle holders
  • Swiveling touchscreen design
  • Can hold up to 350lbs

Read our full Myx Fitness Bike Review here.

Peloton Specs & Highlights

Black and Red Peloton workout bike with HD display screen

The 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 and then broadcast to the bike’s large 21.5″ built-in HD display. The Peloton comes in at a much higher price point than the MYX Fitness bike ($1,895 compared to $1,199), and its monthly subscription fees are also higher, but it aims to set the bar high with elite level instructors and a wide range of training styles. 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, with the option to purchase Peloton cycling shoes
  • Dual water bottle holders
  • Elite instructors teaching live from a studio in NYC

 

Peloton Vs. MYX Fitness Bike Breakdown

 

Peloton Pros

·         Large screen display with clear images

·         Elite trainers with great music

·         Extremely smooth flywheel

·         Cycling shoe clip-in option

MYX Finess Bike Pros

·         Screen swivels for off-the-bike workouts

·         Lower cost of monthly subscription ($29/month)

·         Lateral adjustment of handlebars

·         Heavy flywheel

·         Large fan on console

·         Polar OH1 heart rate monitor included

 

Peloton Cons

·         Higher price point

·         Higer monthly fees

·         Screen does not swivel

MYX Fitness Bike Cons

·         Friction resistance, not magnetic

·         Newer entry into the market

·         Lower ‘prestige factor’

 

Key Differences Between The MYX Fitness Bike and Peloton

It’s worth noting here that while the specs place these two bikes in direct competition, their approaches to training and motivation are fundamentally different. Where Peloton focuses on specific resistance level and cadence in its training feedback, MYX is all about heart rate. This means that regardless of your fitness level, so long as you’ve got that blood pumping you’re good to go. Training on the MYX bike is also more personal rather than competitive—a key difference here as well. Peloton motivates you by placing you on their leaderboard, whereas MYX encourages you against your own personal goals and objectives. These will not be the hardcore instructors yelling at you to go faster, but rather the calm and composed type that will invite you ask if you want to bump up the resistance alongside them as you ride along together.

MYX Fitness also breaks its classes out slightly differently, grouping them into four categories—bike, floor, mindful, and cross-training. This combination is simple and effective, and keeps recovery front and center. Finish a hardcore ride last night? Open up the mindful tab and have a good recovery stretch this morning.

Where The MYX Fitness Bike Leads

  • Ergonomically speaking the bikes are pretty equally matched, but having that tiny bit more adjustment on the handlebars sets MYX ahead. I have long legs and a short torso, so the ideal pedal-to-seat configuration leads me to want to bring the bars forward a hair.
  • The screens are essentially the same size, but the MYX Fitness Bike screen swivels for off-the-bike workouts which is ideal for viewing other workout types offered by MYX.
  • The MYX Fitness Bike is significantly more affordable than the Peloton—so, if cost is of concern then you are definitely going to want to lean towards the MYX Fitness Bike. However, if you have the budget for the Peloton, the workouts might just sway you in their direction.
  • MYX did sneak in another feature that many will love—independent volume adjustment between the workout soundtrack and the instructors. Some people struggle with background noise, and others would rather listen to their own playlists, so this is a smart solution.

 

Where The Peloton Bike Leads

  • When comparing the apps, Peloton remains a class leader in terms of quality when it comes to everything from app layout/functionality, to volume of available programming, to the quality of their trainers. There’s an authenticity to it all that just works.
  • The MYX Fitness coaches are still great, mind you, but you can see a difference in overall ‘production value’ between the two brands.
  • Resistance adjustment on the Peloton is more precise, showing a 0-100% resistance display on screen, whereas the MYX Fitness Bike is all done by feel, with your heart rate driving how hard you should be pushing during your ride. If you’re used to/more interested in more structured guidance, the Peloton has the upper hand.
  • If you’re a hardcore rider, and are used to pushing yourself very hard, very often, the magnetic resistance of the Peloton Bike will win out over the friction resistance of the MYX Fitness Bike.

In Conclusion…

I’m going to keep this one real simple… If you’re an elite spin class assassin looking to climb to the top of your competitive pool, Peloton is still king of the ring and they’re going to make you pay for it. For the 80% or more out there that just want a good workout, some extra guidance, and the convenience of occasional spin classes from the comfort of your own home, the MYX Fitness Bike is half the price of the Peloton for way more than half the bike and experience quality. Save some bucks, and ride with MYX.

 

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31 Comments

  • Cathy Bramanti January 26, 2021 at 11:28 am from Santa Cruz, CA
    I purchased the MYX about two months ago after a lot of research between MYX and Peloton. I have the $$ to purchase the Peloton, and really wanted to buy into THE popular exercise bike however, comparing the two, I just couldn’t justify the extra cost. Yes, Peloton classes/instructors look “more polished” BUT...it came down to that You still need to wake up everyday and get your butt in the saddle and do the work, Regardless of the brand! I’m 55 and in great shape and I’ve worked out my entire life. I’m highly motivated and don’t necessarily need someone to tell me when/how to workout harder/faster etc. I liked that MYX gives the option of peddles (clip shoes not required), that YOU control both music AND coach volume. (You can skip songs if you don’t like them) and the screen turns for better visibility when you do their other workouts. Cons at the moment: no live classes and for some ridiculous reason, I have to log in almost EVERY TIME I start a daily workout. Seriously annoying. This bike is in my home, not a public space...🤷🏼‍♀️ All in all, I’m happy with the MYX and I’m sure that as they get more established, newer things will be added. Happy riding!
  • Lindsey January 22, 2021 at 1:46 pm
    Which has the better free ride and scenic ride options?
  • Stephanie January 18, 2021 at 11:08 am from Phoenix
    I’m happy with the quality of my new MYX Fitness bike, but I’m disappointed in the spin classes. For me, Spin class is all about the music and having instructors sync and choreograph their classes to a killer set list. I like the feeling of almost dancing on the bike, on the beat to the music. The MYX Fitness classes have soundtracks, but the instructor is not in sync with the music. The music is secondary. It just doesn’t get me going like a real spin class. I’m trying the Peloton app to see if I like their classes better. They do seem to be more spin-class-like.
    • Kristin Wise January 30, 2021 at 3:26 am from Maui
      Are you able to use the Peloton app on the MYX screen and ride ?
      • FitRated February 3, 2021 at 3:18 pm
        Hi Kristin, you can't connect the Peloton app to the MYX screen. The MYX bike is only compatible with MYX Media apps. You can check out the Bowflex C6 if you want a bike that can connect to Peloton: https://www.fitrated.com/exercise-bikes/bowflex-c6-bike
  • Ellen January 11, 2021 at 11:52 am from VA
    I spent a lot of time comparing the peloton and the myx. ALL of my friends have the peloton and are obsessed with it, and I totally believe personal references and reviews are critical to decision making. I am also someone who spends a lot of money on fitness. We have an amazing home gum with top of the line equipment. However, I concluded that as much as I am attracted to buying the Peloton name brand, I could not see the value in doing that; the myx features outweigh the Peloton's features hands down and I could not justify spending $1300 more to get less features. Specifically, I love the fact that the audio volume for the myx coach and music are separate because I don't love the music they play. I also love the swivel on the screen because I usually add a 15 minute sculpting workout after my bike workout, and I can swivel the screen 180 degrees to work out on the floor. I am glad there is no leader board and that my resistance is controlled by me and not by someone else. I don't want to get injured because my resistance is being made higher than what is safe for me. I am not an elite cyclist but I am in good shape; I have been working out nearly every day since I was 18 (I am turning 60 in 2 weeks) and the myx workouts leave me drenched and exhausted! I could not ask for anything more! I love the myx so much that after using it for a month, we bought a second one for our beach house.
    • Stephanie Wubben January 31, 2021 at 3:29 pm from UT
      Thank you for your review! Picking up my MYX today and I'm so excited! Stephanie
  • Jen December 29, 2020 at 7:10 am
    How does the Proform bike compare?
  • Carolyn November 27, 2020 at 7:31 pm from CA
    Thank you for this comprehensive assessment
  • Hooma November 14, 2020 at 6:43 pm
    I love my bike :) the customer service people at MYXfitness are amazing and calm. They work with you not against you. The bike has all the features I need. I’ve always been a work at my own pace when it comes to spin classes.
    • FitRated December 7, 2020 at 3:56 pm
      Hi Hooma, that is great to hear. Keep up the good work on your MYX spin classes!
  • Sara November 12, 2020 at 3:32 am
    What other spin bikes use magnetic resistance like peloton?
    • FitRated December 7, 2020 at 3:59 pm
      Hi Sara, you can check out our list of the best magnetic resistance bikes here: https://www.fitrated.com/exercise-bikes/spin-bikes-reviews/
  • Michelle Chapman November 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm from Southern California
    Great review and very helpful in making a choice. Does the MYX have virtual outdoor ride option?
    • FitRated December 7, 2020 at 3:57 pm
      Hi Michelle, thank you for your message. Scenic Rides are offered on the MYX Fitness app. Scenic Rides take place all over the world —New Zealand, Canada, Costa Rica, and more. You can find more info on this on MYX's website.
    • Dena January 13, 2021 at 7:37 pm from MN
      What are options to use MYX HD screen besides paying $29/mo? Can it be used as a TV to stream? Or only for apps?
  • Maureen Downey October 31, 2020 at 4:35 pm from CA
    Can I use the Peleton App or other Apps on the MYX? I am comparing the MYX realistically tot he Bowflex VeloCore.
    • FitRated December 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm
      Hi Maureen, the MYX Fitness Bike touchscreen is only compatible witht he MYX Fitness app. You can find more info on this on MYX's website.
  • Jen October 7, 2020 at 4:58 pm from Michigan
    Thanks for the honest comparison!! My husband found the MYX Fitness for $700 accidentally priced wrong but the store honored that price. IM SUPER EXCITED TO TRY IT OUT. Although I wished that there was option to do live workouts. But for the price I can't complain.
    • Marcy Stanley January 6, 2021 at 12:52 pm from Michigan
      Where did you find it cheaper?!
  • Karla September 29, 2020 at 1:35 pm from Chicago
    Thank You! This made my decision as a first timer simple. Love my MYX
    • FitRated September 29, 2020 at 2:30 pm
      Happy to help! We're glad to hear that you love your MYX.
  • Claire September 23, 2020 at 4:46 pm from NJ
    Does Myx have any plans of offering live workouts?
  • Allison September 14, 2020 at 4:28 pm from San Diego
    Thank you so much for an honest pro/con article. I appreciate your no nonsense, easy to read approach to comparing the two bikes. The layout of this article is 10/10!
  • helen September 10, 2020 at 5:30 pm from washington state
    how do you compare the MYX with bowlfex C6?
    • FitRated September 16, 2020 at 3:55 pm
      Hi Helen, the Bowflex C6 is a great bike, but unlike the MYX, it doesn't have it's own screen or training programs. The Bowflex requires you to use your own phone or tablet in order to access your training app of choice. You can read more about these 2 bikes in our round up here: https://www.fitrated.com/exercise-bikes/spin-bikes-reviews/
  • Terri Glover July 25, 2020 at 7:25 pm
    How would you compare the Stryde bike to these two options?
    • FitRated July 28, 2020 at 10:23 am
      Hi Terri, we are currently working on reviewing the Stryde bike. Check back soon to see our take on Stryde!
      • Meagan November 15, 2020 at 8:27 am
        Are you able to access the Peloton classes on the MYX bike?
        • FitRated December 7, 2020 at 3:55 pm
          Hi Meagan, you cannot access Peloton classes on the MYX bike. The MYX touchscreen is only compatible with the MYXfitness app.
        • Mary January 14, 2021 at 9:05 pm from Sausalito ca
          I like the peloton live classes also. But love my new MYX BIKE. Although the couching is exactly what I need you can use your own iPad or tablet just to get a live class on a Peloton. It cost 12.99 for app but you can always cancel anytime. Have fun!

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