What is the best indoor cycle for a realistic feel?
Who makes a maintenance free indoor cycle for group fitness indoor cycling studios and home use?
Now there is a solution for home gyms and fitness studios - no more bike grease, no more repairing broken cycle chains, no more wear and tear adding maintenance time and cost when you should be focused on your cardio workouts and burning calories.
Schwinn® launched a phenomenon with the first production bike designed specifically for indoor cycling over 20 years ago, and continue to build on the legacy of the most experienced brand of indoor group cycling bikes.
The Schwinn flagship bike, the AC Performance Plus, is designed to enhance rider comfort with micro adjustable seat and handlebars, a wider step-through and durable, covered stretch pads - surrounded by a rust-free aluminium frame.
Using a cutting-edge belt drive (Carbon Blue), it provides an authentic riding experience indoors.
It's innovative and stylish design keeps it on the cutting edge of the indoor cycling industry, and with the smallest foot print of any commercial group cycling bike, it allows for the most usage of the cycling studio floor space.
The Schwinn AC Performance Plus comes standard with Double Link pedals with SPD and toe-clip combinations to accommodate both cycling cleats and regular athletic shoes.
The bikes are also compatible with the Schwinn Triple Link™ pedal upgrade. Triple Link Pedals accommodate Look Delta and SPD style cleats to simulate an outdoor riding experience. They also easily convert to accept traditional athletic shoes with the snap-in locking toe clips.
Also available is the Schwinn MPower Echelon 2 console with optional power (Watts) upgrade, or the Schwinn Cadence Pro computer.
A belt drive system combining unmatched durability with the authentic outdoor biking feel you expect from Schwinn. For nearly 20 years, Schwinn chain drive bikes have led the indoor cycling industry.
Even as other companies began to use belt drives on their group cycling bikes, Schwinn stayed true to their technology for one simple reason: belt drives felt nothing like riding an outdoor bike.
There is a revolutionary new belt drive taking the outdoor bike community by storm, and Schwinn Fitness has adapted it and brought it indoors on the A.C. Performance Plus with Carbon Blue indoor cycling bike.
This next generation system delivers guaranteed durability and virtually zero maintenance, without sacrificing the Schwinn authentic cycling feel that riders know and love.
Several years ago, a company named Gates introduced a concept never before seen on outdoor bikes - a belt drive that performed like a chain. Their innovative system - called Carbon Drive™ - features a carbon fibre reinforced belt with teeth for maximum durability and true bike performance.
Over time, this has transitioned from a novelty system to a mainstream solution used on hundreds of outdoor bike models today. Over the past year, Schwinn Fitness has worked with Gates to adapt this revolutionary technology to their A.C. Performance group cycle.
The result is a new belt-based drive system that combines the maintenance-free durability and performance of a belt with the authentic-ride feel of a chain. We call it Carbon Blue™ - those who ride it call it "incredible".
At Schwinn, we're committed to designing bikes that deliver both an authentic experience to riders and lasting value to gym and studio owners.
Our new Cadence Pro Console works seamlessly with our IC Pro, IC Classic, and AC series bikes to give your riders the best results.
With great user-friendly features like heart rate monitoring, summary displays and modes for personalising data - the Cadence Pro is a perfect partner.
Add a variety of basic rider feedback tools - time, distance, calories and RPM - to your ride with the Cadence Pro.
This console brings motivation and measurement to the group cycling studio at a budget and is compatible with all Schwinn bikes. A compact display that is easy to use and easy to read, makes a great bike even better.
Schwinn are committed to designing bikes that deliver both an authentic experience to riders and lasting value to gym and studio owners. It’s a dedication that drove us to developing the most feature-rich console in the industry today.
With “measurement” being an added tool continually gaining momentum in cycling rooms, the new MPower Echelon 2 Console gives motivating rider feedback which changes the way members ride and how classes are coached, ultimately enhancing the member experience.
The Echelon 2 Console is Schwinn's smartest design yet - and an even smarter choice for your bike.
The new Echelon 2 is an evolution of the Echelon. We’ve kept the basic look of the console the same but changed the outer case to black to distinguish it from the Echelon.
Note: Power statistics require the Echelon 2 Power Upgrade component to be installed. This component is sold separately.
The new console, combined with the Power Upgrade, offers a number of enhancements, making it a valuable and reliable tool in all types of cycling facilities and home use.
The Power (Watts) Upgrade Kit for Echelon 2 gives motivating rider feedback which changes the way members ride and how classes are coached, ultimately enhancing the member experience. The console, combined with the Power Upgrade, offers a number of enhancements, making it a valuable and reliable tool in all types of cycling facilities.
I only received the bike a few days ago but so far I am very pleased with it.
It looks very well built and is smooth and quiet to use. The seat is a bit hard - perhaps I am not used to it yet but otherwise it is great.
The customer service was very good - thank you!
I am very excited to have such a nice spin bike and I hope that it will serve me well for years to come.
This bike is fantastic. It feels solid, while light enough to move around easily. After using chain drive spin bikes for years, the silence is also a great surprise. I also love the handlebars. The ergonomic design makes so much easier to move around in spin class routines. It's more expensive than most but, assuming the various parts last as long as Schwinn says it will, the feel of the bike makes the extra cost worthwhile.
I love this bicycle. I work with heart rate and watts. They bicycle is compact so suitable for my small apartment. It is silent so could not be a worry of other residents of the retirement village. The resistance is easy to adjust. I note rpm and time. Sweat will not corrode any item. There will be few maintenance concerns. The use of a battery for the console means that I do not have electric cord connections. The light on the console ensures performance measures are easy to read when working out.
I did a fair amount of research before purchasing this bike. I've used Keisers and Schwinn AC Sports at gyms before but wanted a home option to avoid the cost and time of going to a gym/cycle studio to have to work out, especially after a long days work. This bike is better than either of the previous two I've used before.
Don't get me wrong, the Kesier is a nice bike for a group fitness class, but it's not going to mimic a 'real' bike as much, but that's a matter of personal preference and what the user is looking for - there is no 'right' answer. You'll feel a smoother ride for sure on the Keiser, but the Carbon Blue drive does a really nice job on this bike as well mimicking a real bike while giving a smooth ride on your joints as well.
Compared to the AC Sport, this bike is a tank. The packaging weighs a ton and they delivery service will only deliver to your front door, so just be aware of that. It's well worth it though because the frame looks and feels sturdy. I'm a bigger guy (6'3-225 lb) and the frame really doesn't move or sway, even during a hard push. All adjustments are great and are capable of accommodating both me and my wife who are pretty different in size.
Not much bad to say about this bike so far. It's a steep price tag, but you'll get a return on investment within a year of not paying for high end classes if you currently are. We've rigged it up in a room with some lighting and a sound system to great results. Highly recommended!
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