By Jeff Hahn
With fall fast approaching and the kids heading back to school soon, it’s time to go though the great selection of spin bike options available. The days are getting shorter and the nice weather for riding to work in Portland will be going away. Don’t let that keep you from maintaining the great shape you have gotten yourself into over the summer! Keep your momentum with a quality spin bike for home use. If you are a person who is ready to find the perfect spin bike for you, here is a overview of the best spin bikes we carry for Fall 2011.
At the top of the list is the defending best buy champion, the Revmaster Pro (MSRP $1395) by LeMond Fitness -a solid, durable spin bike with a great feel and tremendous adjust-ability. Whether you are 4’8″ or 6’8″ the Revmaster Pro has you covered. It has easy to use levers for height adjustments on the seat and handlebar, along with easy for and aft adjustments for optimizing the setup for your size. LeMond also offers a unique leather resistance system that gives a quiet smooth ride even under a heavy resistance load. Optional clip pedals and the “Pilot II” fitness computer outfit this bike with all the bells and whistles. As a multiple award winner, and the industry standard, the LeMond Revmaster Pro is a must try for any spin bike shopper.
A newcomer to the US, the Sportop CB8500 has come up with a similar design to the Revmaster Pro. With similar oval tubing and a heavy frame, it offers a similar feel but with a felt pad resistance rather than the leather. The CB8500 has a slightly shorter range of adjust-ability, fitting users from 5’4″-6’6″, but comes fully equipped with the clip pedals and fitness computer for only $1395. This bike is a great value if you like the LeMond but don’t need the added adjust-ability and want to save a few hundred dollars.
If you are looking to get yourself into the under $1000 range, the Waters Fitness Tsunami Sport is your best bet. It offers an extremely heavy flywheel at 50 lbs, and a full commercial frame to take a beating. With a smooth felt pad resistance system and poly-v drive belt, it is just as comfortable to ride as the higher priced models – you can feel the quality. There is a little less adjust-ability to the Sport, but if you are the only user and don’t require frequent adjustments, the Waters Tsunami Sport is a great value and can be equipped with optional clip pedals and Tsunami fitness computer without breaking the bank.
The most unique option in the category is the new Waters Tsunami Elite. This bike offers a magnetic resistance system and the ability to run programs. With nearly all other spin bikes, resistance adjustments are made manually via a turn-knob. The Elite comes with a fitness computer that includes 17 programs and tracks all of your basic time, distance, and calorie statistics. The most impressive charactoristic is how quiet the magnetic resistance is. It gives a tremendously smooth feel and is absolutely silent in operation due to the fact that there is no friction. Smooth and quiet, the Waters Tsunami Elite is a must try!
On the horizon (available mid September 2011) is a new offering from Schwinn Fitness – one of the biggest names in bikes. Schwinn will unveil the new IC-2 home spinner. This is a scaled down version of the old spin bikes. It will be a little louder than the rest due to its chain drive, but if you want a bike for $500 or less, this is the one to get. If you want to pre-order one of these models, they are on sale now at nwfitnessportland.com at the pre-sale price of $399.
As you can see there are a ton of great spin bikes available at Northwest Fitness. We have only highlighted a few. The best way to determine which is the bike for you is to come down to our store and try before you buy. See you soon!