Peloton Vs. Stryde Bike
The Peloton and the Stryde Bike both bring studio fitness to your home with live classes and solid construction. Built with a 21.5-inch HD touchscreen and a 22-inch tablet respectively, both bikes are of equal size. The biggest difference users will note is in the programming options by way of the apps. And while the Peloton brand has developed veritable legions of loyal fans, many bike enthusiasts are checking out the competition in a battle of the budgets.
Priced at $1,495 with free shipping, the Stryde Bike comes in a little over the $1,445 Peloton and its new upgrade the Peloton Bike+ at $2,495. Both have monthly app fees, with $29.99 per month for Stryde and $12.99 for Peloton, and both can be used independently of an app. Keep in mind, as 2022 rolls onward, more deals and pricing discounts are likely to be offered, and as the bikes are quite similar, it’s worth the checking. But as with all purchases, the deal is in the details. Check out our side-by-side comparison below.
The Stryde Bike
The Stryde Bike rolls into the home studio bike competition with an attractive design, measuring 4 feet long by 2 feet wide, and weighing in at 135 lbs, 10 of which is in the console. Constructed of welded, powder-coated steel, the bike utilizes a magnetic micro-resistance system with up to 100 levels. Equipped with a 21.5-inch, 1080 HD tablet, it also sports 16GB internal storage and 2GB Ram. In terms of sound, the bike offers two speakers, a 3.5mm headphones port, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Like the Peloton, the workout programming offered by the Stryde Bike is actually one of the big attractions. Users can ride along with professional trainers in a wide variety of indoor cycling clubs, from High Ride Cycle in Denver, Vibe Ride in Atlanta, Ride House in Dallas, RideBike Studios in Miami, and City Cycle in Seattle. With more than 200 classes available by way of the app and more added daily, users can keep track of their performance on a real-time leaderboard .
But even without a subscription, the Stryde Bike can still be used independently by selecting the “Free Ride” section, which includes all of the basic metrics. Any other app or programming, including the Peloton app, can be incorporated into the experience by way of the screen.
- Solid engineering
- 21.5” HD touch screen
- Silent magnetic micro-resistance with 100 levels
- SPD clips and toe cages both fitted
- 2 speakers, with 3.5mm headphones port and Bluetooth
- Resistance knob
- Stryde Bike app ($29.99 month), or works independently
- Frame warranty 5 years, 1 year labor/parts
The Peloton’s community of online exercise enthusiasts is officially legion. Led by professional instructors, the classes are offered both live and pre-programmed 24/7/365. Hosted out of the brand’s fitness studios in Manhattan, they’re broadcast to the bike’s large 21.5-inch built-in HD display. The bike itself measures 4 feet long by 2 feet wide and weighs in at 135 lbs. With a frame of welded, powder-coated steel, the unit offers silent magnetic resistance with a Poly V® power transmission belt drive.
The Peloton brings with it that brand’s app, and an instant portal to its Manhattan gym for live workouts with instructors and classmates who interact by way of the screen in real-time. Chatting with the instructors and classmates has been a real plus for the brand, as much as the nearly unlimited outdoor training sessions pre-programmed into the machine. A real-time leaderboard shows the user’s stats alongside their peers.
Classes include HIIT rides, themed rides, climbs/sprints, and dumbbell workouts. And as the app keeps track of an individual’s progress, these metrics can be incorporated into fitness plans going forward.
- Peloton app built into the screen ($12.99/month)
- 21.5” HD touch screen
- Nearly unlimited rides and workout options
- Clip-in pedals, with the option to purchase Peloton cycling shoes
- Dual water bottle holders
- Professional instructors training live from a studio in NYC
- Warranty of 12 months, including frame/labor/parts
So which one is best for you?
· 21.5-inch HD screen
· Professional trainers with live program
· Magnetic Resistance
· Shoe clip-in option
|Stryde Bike Pros|
· Lower cost for bike
· Lower cost of monthly subscription ($29.99/month)
· Can be used with or without app
· 100 levels of magnetic resistance
· Higher price point
· Higher monthly fees
· Peloton app only
|Stryde Bike Cons|
· No cooling fans
· No heart rate monitor
- Mechanically, the bikes are pretty much equal in terms of size and frame.
- The screens are essentially the same size, but the Stryde Bike offers more potential uses.
- Both bikes utilize magnetic resistance for smooth silence.
- Both bikes weigh the same and offer comparable maximum user capacity.
- The Stryde Bike offers not only live training with professionals at remote studios, but can also be easily utilized without the app, or in conjunct with nearly any other program available on the screen.
- The Peloton app features unique and innovative programming that users have come to know and love. The personalities of the trainers and classmates are engaging and one becomes part of a community.
It’s close because of the price but in terms of choice, I’d give a lean toward the Stryde. Unless you’re a devoted fan of the Peloton community, there’s really no reason to to be locked into just one app. This is especially noteworthy when considering one can use the Peloton app on the Stryde Bike. That said, the Stryde Bike is relatively new on the market and there is some value to knowing the Peloton brand and reputation for quality. At the end of the day, it’s $1,495 versus $1,445 with less than a $10 difference in the monthly app fees. We’re leaning toward Stryde because it offers more training options and of those happens to be the Peloton’s lone strength, the brand’s own app.