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This exercise bike is highly rated earning 4.7 out of 5 stars based on 176 Walmart customer reviews. -johnny_miller

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499 echelon bike back in stock.
seems like a solid deal and hard to find.
has magnetic resistance which is way better than belt type.

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I ride outside, I teach Spin, and I have a Precor Chrono Power which is arguably near the top of the list of spin bikes and does power pretty accurately.

A couple racing years I did 90% of my riding on spin bikes and was a top 10% age grouper. You ride outside, in groups and such, and I highly doubt you push yourself as hard as you can/would in an instructor led class. Granted I don't do 50+ mile rides on a spin bike, but I do long climb and speed intervals along with HIIT rides on the spin bike which will do more for you than a typical group ride with a few pushes here and there.

On a spin bike, you have zero worries of any outside factors, balance when applying drive and pressure, no potholes, cars, lights, and Yada Yada Yada. No rain, snow, cold.

As with any workout, you get out of it what you put into it. Countless times I'd hop off the bike to coach individuals, and it's amazing to see the jump in wattage when you call people out mid class. Even just small changes. A vast majority don't work as hard as they are able. They don't know how to push themselves. They don't understand they can sustain a certain HR or resistance for x amount of time because they just see something is hard and plateau. And that goes for outside riders too.

So when people tell you a certain class or a certain was ride easy, it's bullshit. They took it easy. If you felt you weren't being challenged, it's your hand that adjusts the resistance knob to add resistance or pedal faster or both. You're the one that realizes I actually can sustain this level of of effort longer than I thought or give more effort than previously because you actually attempt to.

That's the benefit of a good instructor and instructor led classes. Good ones are more like coaches. They should inspire you to work harder and put in the effort to a greater degree than you typically will do on your own. So if you don't get a good workout in, it's usually one of two things, the instructor wasn't motivating enough or you were just being a wuss (sorry not sorry), outside factors notwithstanding.

And that said, I paid $650 for my well over $2k Chrono power with its beefy aluminum build, very adjustable seat and handlebars, included spd pedals, power meter and BT connected computer that trounce any computer on these retail bikes. The computer connects via BT to wahoo along with my broadcast HR from my Garmin watch (so many don't know you can broadcast HR to BT computers and fitness apps on your phone). Wahoo connects to strava as does my Garmin. Don't really care about zwift, but I suppose I could connect to it via BT.

The only reason to get a Peloton bike is if you just have to be seen on the leader board and want shout outs from instructors. Otherwise, whether you have the spin bike computer that does BT or you buy the speed/cadence sensors along with your HR device that will record info on your phone, you can gauge your own performance and improvement.

Most cheap retail bikes have crap computers and you're better off buying speed/cadence sensors from wahoo. Garmin or even cheap off branded ones (provided you have good reviews from say zwift or other cycling forums).

But I would look at Craigslist, FB Marketplace, Letgo and the like for people selling commercial spin bikes because they lost interest or its a seller that bought at a gym's bikes. They'll be more solid, stable, come with SPD pedals, have a better computer (and possibly a connected one). And if that route isn't successful, then I'd go with something like this or Sunny or whatever. Just keep in mind, you might end up spending for clip in pedals, a better seat, speed/cadence sensors and so on which drives up that price, hence looking at used commercial bikes that might include everything already.

In the end, if it gets you to work out consistently, who gives a crap what you buy, as long as it works for you and it doesn't become a clothes rack.

What you do want though in the grand scheme is magnetic resistance (not friction) and belt drive (not a chain). 4 way adjustability on the handlebars and seat. Some are fine with only 2 way adjustability on handlebars, but if you're not, you're stuck. I hated previous gen Keiser bikes because of that.

Clip in pedals and actual bike shoes will allow you to apply more power and have a smoother pedal stroke than cages and sneakers. A relatively cheap upgrade for a more effective workout. Mountain bike shoes work well since they are geared around walking around off the bike. Road shoes and wood floors don't mix well though many three point cleats/clip in systems don't have any metal contacting the ground. SPD is also what's used in spin studios so having spd shoes makes it easier to transition from home to the studio. If you do ride outside, you've probably moved in from spd and can always swap the spin bike pedals for something that works with your setup. I use spd since I'm doing both home and studio, but I have Time pedals on my road bikes. I don't long for them on the spin bikes. I'm used to the difference between them.

Off the soap box of that very long winded post. Hope it's somewhat helpful.
I have this exact bike and use with the peloton app ($14/mo). You need a device and the echelon app (free) to see your resistance, cadence, and watts. I use an android tablet on the bike and the peloton app on Apple TV. For the price this can't be beat. I love this thing and use it every single day. Super smooth and quiet. Only concern would be if you are taller than 6' 2" I wouldn't buy it as it might be too small. It doesn't work with zwift. If you want that check out the schwinn ic4.
It will take standard bike pedals. SPD or whatever you use. Pedals and saddle were the first things I changed on it. It does not come with SPDs but I've heard the company will send you some if you ask - ymmv on that tho.

Yes the metrics will show on your phone or whatever in the echelon app under freestyle ride. I use accessibility to zoom in on them too. It shows cadence, watts , and resistance level and some sub metrics (distance calories averages - all bs numbers honestly).

I've run comparisons to peloton in terms of cadence and output and the resistance setting is just less than half of the low range of the peloton setting the instructors call roughly (you get a feel for what you need as you do rides but that's a very good starting point). so when the instructor says 30-45 on peloton, on this you use 14-15 to start.

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Excellent. I was on the verge of hacking on together (which would've cost roughly the same).
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if that was an ex3 it would be a deal, I didn't even know they made a bike that low end
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This is the ex-3 though right?
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this is thenlowest of the lowest Echelon bike. but still good price.
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This is the ex-3 though right?

Doesn't seem like it's the EX3. It's a Sport offering exclusive to Walmart. Half the price of the EX3. I've been thinking about Peloton and Nordictrack S22i but at this price and with ability to use the Peloton app with a separate tablet, I think I'm going to bite.
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I'm assuming the rides are no where close to pelotons being 1/5 of the price but I'm still thinking about getting it..
It looks like this includes a cadence and Bluetooth. All you need is $13 a month Peloton subscription. It is the cheapest entry into Peloton without spending $2000.
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It looks like this includes a cadence and Bluetooth. All you need is $13 a month Peloton subscription. It is the cheapest entry into Peloton without spending $2000.
Or add yourself to someone's Peloton and get it free Smilie
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I have an Echelon Connect (EX1) it is not this model but I just wanted to say how much I love the company, Echelon. For the price the online and on demand classes on this bike are superb. It is similar to Peloton. You will get very high outputs with this bike which will allow you to get noticed and receive "shoutouts " from instructors on the leaderboard. If you can swing for an EX1, EX3 or EX5 bike do so. You will get a better piece of equipment and more realistic output, but if $500 is what you can spend on an exercise bike, GET THIS.
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I have an Echelon Connect (EX1) it is not this model but I just wanted to say how much I love the company, Echelon. For the price the online and on demand classes on this bike are superb. It is similar to Peloton. You will get very high outputs with this bike which will allow you to get noticed and receive "shoutouts " from instructors on the leaderboard. If you can swing for an EX1, EX3 or EX5 bike do so. You will get a better piece of equipment and more realistic output, but if $500 is what you can spend on an exercise bike, GET THIS.
How much are those other models ? .do they ever go on sale ?
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Do ANY of these work with zwift?
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I'm assuming the rides are no where close to pelotons being 1/5 of the price but I'm still thinking about getting it..
Businesses don't charge based on quality, they charge the maximum they can get away with. Quality and price are only loosely correlated.
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