Schwinn IC2 Indoor Cycling Bike Review
While the lower end of the spin bike price spectrum may be dominated by the likes of Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1002 spin bike, sometimes users require more advanced features like infinite resistance levels, LCD console readouts and special balancing mechanisms. However, it so happens that in providing these, manufacturers tend to neglect vital features like the flywheel.
The makers of the Schwinn IC2 Indoor Cycling Bike – renowned bike makers Schwinn, are not known to make such mistakes. However, given this product’s more premium pricing and varied feature set, it would not be wise to assume either anything either good or bad without putting the device to a thorough review.
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- Flywheel Weight: 31 pounds
- Supported User Weight: 250 pounds
- Item Weight: 83 pounds
- Drive System: Belt Drive (Direct Drive)
- Warranty: 5 years on the frame, 1 year on parts and electronics, 3 months on wear parts
Ease of Assembly
While easy assembly cannot be credited to all of Schwinn’s products, the Schwinn IC2 Indoor Cycling Bike lives up to expectations as far as the assembly procedure is concerned. The frame and flywheel come assembled, with the user merely required to assemble the handlebars, pedals, seat and console. Some users complained that installing the console required some amount of effort with the screwdriver and wrench, but this did not extend the overall assembly time beyond 40 minutes, even when the user was working alone.
Build Quality and Design
Heavy gauge steel is the norm in this price bracket, and hence it is not surprising to see the Schwinn IC2 Indoor Cycling Bike come with a sturdy steel design that employs such heavy gauge metal in virtually all parts excepting the user-operated ones. The anti-corrosion coating on the unit is such that it is difficult to make out whether the unit has any coating at all, thus giving it a pristine metal aesthetic. The user operated parts are made of a lighter, easier-to-use steel gauge that ensures adequate operability.
In terms of design, Schwinn’s well-renowned front flywheel structure has been utilized here. This design allows the flywheel to be compact and heavy at the same time (see below) and thus allows other parts to take up sufficient space without making the unit extremely bulky.
Further, despite the console making the handlebar unit somewhat more complex than is normally found in the best spin bikes, the presence of a solid set of connecting shafts ensures that the user’s body weight and momentum are evenly distributed between the front and rear sections of the unit. Finally, there are a pair of stabilizers located at the back of the frame which allows the user to workout at a rapid pace without feeling wobbly.
Ease of Use and Comfort of User-Operated Parts
Being a console-centric product, the unit can be started out simply by settling down on the pedals and seat, starting up the console, and initiating a workout. Optionally, a water bottle or MP3 player can be placed in the dedicated container located on the handlebars to make the workout an even more pleasant experience.
Going beyond pleasantness, however, the unit brings in raw efficiency by offering handlebars that is shaped like an outdoor premium sports bike’s counterpart but possess longer shafts for extremely tall people. Further, the handlebars allow users of all heights to try out different workout postures as well. As expected from a BioFit Comfort product, the handlebars are also padded for additional protection against bruises during heavy workouts. Similar padding can be found on the seat.
Complementing the design is the adjustability of the handlebars and seat. As our spin bike reviews have shown, lower-priced products tend to lack fore/aft movement options. This unit, however, offers both height adjustability and fore/aft modification without suffering from any loosening of joints, etc.
Finally, the product has been praised by users for providing a customized Q-factor that matches those of top range outdoor bikes. This Q-factor, when combined with the oversized non-slippage pedals, allows the unit to claim a position among products that can make the task of migrating from an outdoor bike to a spin cycle a simple one. More vitally, such a Q-factor dovetails perfectly with the small but compact flywheel, thereby allowing users to achieve maximum calorie loss and body toning.
Internal Parts and Operation Mechanism
While a 31-pound flywheel may appear somewhat on the weaker side, one has to remember that the small and compact nature of the flywheel provides more momentum compared to the larger discs generally used. Such momentum, furthermore, is improved by the availability of an excellent felt pad brake system that allows for all the benefits of a spin bike arising from infinite resistance level choices without forcing one to shell out excessive sums for a magnetic resistance unit.
In addition to these, the unit comes with a direct drive system that runs on a belt drive, thereby keeping the pedals, flywheel, and handlebars in perfect rhythm. In fact, the presence of a belt drive accentuates the ability of the unit to provide accurate resistance levels when the lever is turned to a certain level.
If these did not justify the premium price tag, consider that the unit also comes with an LCD console that reports specifics like calories burned, distance traveled, and most vitally, cadence. According to users, while some of the measurements like calorie count are hypothetical, vital indicators like distance, speed, and cadence are actually measured and are measured accurately.
The Schwinn IC2 Indoor Cycling Bike comes with an unmatched warranty of 5 years on the frame, 1 year on parts and electronics, 3 months on wear parts, making it one of the safest products to use in terms of the coverage of the warranty is concerned.
- Excellent heavy gauge steel construction with compact design.
- Rear stabilizers allow for heavy workouts without instability.
- Both handlebars and seats have height and to/fro movement options.
- Pedals have sports bike-grade Q-factor for enhanced workout efficiency.
- Excellent direct drive belt drive system for accurate resistance management.
- Console with a wide range of metrics provided.
- Excellent warranty cover.
- Installation of console can occasionally be difficult.
- Supported user weight is average.
While the reduction in flywheel weight might seem to be a compromise, in reality, we have seen how the Schwinn IC2 Indoor Cycling Bike achieves excellent workout dynamics courtesy of a well-built and extremely sturdy design with complementary parts. With all other parts matching or exceeding the specifications of other competitors both on paper and in reality, the suspicions of corner-cutting prove unfounded. Indeed, the combination of these and a compact design make this unit ideal for fitness enthusiasts who would like to have advanced features without having to shift to larger houses.