How the test was made
We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. Our test team consists of both elite and recreational athletes, and together they have evaluated over 100 exercise machines. We retain the models that perform well for longer-term testing, in many cases several years, and continuously add updates to the reviews.
In our assessment we have focused on the following areas:
Ease of use: Does the spinning bike suit both short and tall users? How easy is it to adjust the resistance? Is the spinning bike easy to move? How clear is the user manual? Is there an exercise computer?
Quality and design: How well constructed is the spinning bike? How much stress and wear should the construction tolerate? What guarantee does it have?
Functionality: Are the handlebars and saddle adjustable both horizontally and vertically?
Performance: How strong is the maximum resistance? How high is the maximum user weight? How powerful is the crank wheel?
We have scored each spinning bike according to its value for money; in other words how good it is in each area in relation to its price tag. We thus have higher expectations of an expensive product than a cheaper one, and vice versa.
The SB700 is a premium spinning bike from world-leading Sole Fitness, and we select it as our best professional choice. The design is slim and attractive and exudes exclusivity. The build quality is exemplary, which unavoidably means a high machine weight. Despite this, the SB700 is relatively easy to move, not least due to its decent sized transport wheels. The saddle is medium hard – in other words, not too hard – and feels comfortable. The flywheel is very substantial, and gives excellent resistance.
Both the handlebars and saddle can be adjusted both horizontally and vertically, and the SB700 is also suitable for taller users. Unusually for spinning bikes, the SB700 has an exercise computer. The display is clear and shows simultaneous values for pulse, time etc., which reduces the need for clicking through these during the exercise session. As the exercise computer is battery-operated, the spinning bike can still be placed anywhere, regardless of wall outlets. Other luxury functions are double water bottle holders and a speedometer – which is very rare on a spinning bike. The only possible weaknesses are that the pedals don't have SPD function and that the handlebars can be perceived as hard if you're leaning on them while standing on the pedals.
The FINNLO Speedbike CRT is a stable spinning bike with high build quality, integrated SPD attachments and which is very user-friendly. Unlike many other models, both seat and handlebars can be adjusted steplessly both horizontally and vertically. This gives the user a good chance to quickly and easily find an ergonomic sitting position, which reduces the risk of injuries. The saddle can also be angled, which is an advantage during long-distance sessions where you often sit in the same position for a long time. The resistance can be adjusted quickly with the stepless adjustment knob, and the cycle reacts immediately. The adjustment knob can be reached from all conceivable positions. The Speedbike CRT is pleasant to cycle on, and its belt drive makes it very quiet. It is equipped with a high-quality, comfortable saddle, a water bottle holder and a simple exercise computer. Unfortunately, the exercise computer's display is not backlit, which makes it illegible in a dark room.
The Speedbike CRT is also rather difficult to move as the transport wheels feel rather fragile, particularly on an uneven surface. It would also have been nice to have a tablet/mobile phone holder as these days it's possible to do a spinning session via YouTube, for example. The bike could also have been compatible with a digital platform to transfer the data to an application. However, the Speedbike CRT is still a comfortable, high-quality bike with many advantages.
The KEISER Indoor Bike M3i is an exclusive, stylish premium spinning bike that exudes high quality in the smallest detail. It's been constructed to suit all sizes of rider and it's easy to adjust both the saddle and handlebars. Unfortunately, the vertical adjustment isn't stepless, which makes it slightly less possible to find the perfect setting. The M3i has been designed with a top class flywheel and belt drive, making it extremely quiet. This spinning bike is equipped with a highly advanced exercise computer with Bluetooth function. This means that it can be linked to various exercise apps, but also that it supports a wireless pulse strap, although you have to buy this separately. To save on batteries, the display unit's backlighting is only activated when it's sufficiently dark in the room.
The gear control is positioned so that you can easily adjust the resistance with your thumb, which is excellent during really tough exercise sessions when you really don't want to have to change position. You'll be sitting comfortably throughout the entire session on the well-made and nicely soft saddle. The positioning of the bottle holder could have been better as it can be tricky to reach, particularly when you're exercising hard. However, we like the stable and sensibly positioned tablet shelf. The KEISER Indoor Bike M3i is a stylish, almost maintenance-free and extremely reliable spinning bike. It's primarily aimed at regular and discerning users who are ready to pay the price for top build quality.
The FINNLO Speedbike CRS 2 is an uncomplicated spinning bike with high build quality and which is very user-friendly. Both handlebars and saddle can be adjusted steplessly, both horizontally and vertically, giving major ergonomic advantages. It's easy to set the bike up and adjust the settings so that you can quickly get started with your exercise session. The Speedbike CRS 2 is belt driven, which on paper ought to make it very quiet. Unfortunately, it emits a monotonous, irritating noise when you add a bit of resistance, which doesn't occur on its sister models. Positive aspects of the CRS 2 are that it has a high-quality saddle which can also be angled, a water bottle holder and a simple exercise computer. Not all spinning bikes are equipped with an exercise computer, which gives this model an extra plus. The exercise computer displays the most essential exercise information. Unfortunately, it's not backlit, which means that in a darker room it's difficult to get an overview of your exercise session.
The resistance can be easily adjusted with the stepless adjustment knob, which is useful when you're tired and want the session to be as easy as possible. The positioning of the bottle holder could have been better as it can be tricky to reach, particularly when you're exercising hard. For many people, it's enough to use pedal clips during a spinning session, but for the dedicated spinner we recommend you to go up a price class, and for example to look at the sister model Speedbike CRT, which is equipped with SPD pedals. Overall, the FINNLO Speedbike CRS 2 is comfortable, safe and stable and is aimed at those looking for a simple but high-quality spinning bike.
The XL2 is a budget price class spinning bike from German manufacturer Christopeit Sport, who also produce the test-winning AL2 exercise bike. The XL2 has an acceptable design and a relatively substantial construction, together with a high machine weight for a budget model. This also means that the bike is stable to sit on as long as you aren't too tall. You can only adjust the handlebars vertically, which is normal on cheaper spinning bikes. However, the saddle can be adjusted both vertically and horizontally, which is also normal on spinning bikes.
The XL2 has an exercise computer, and even though this is of simpler type, you normally only find exercise computers on spinning bikes of the more exclusive models. Given its low price, the XL2 is a good value for money spinning bike and an interesting alternative if you have a small budget.
The Bodymax B200 is a high-quality premium model primarily intended for commercial environments such as gyms. The design is exclusive and stylish. The build quality is very high throughout, which is both visible and tangible. Like the maximum user weight, the machine weight is high and the bike is extremely robust and stable. The saddle is firm without being too hard. The flywheel is substantial and has a high weight, which contributes to excellent resistance dynamics. The resistance system is on the top of the wheel and is quiet. It reacts quickly and so you don't need to spin too much to adjust the strength of the resistance. The seat and handlebars can be adjusted easily both vertically and horizontally to achieve the best sitting position for both tall and short users.
The exercise computer is simple, uncomplicated and shows all the key parameters such as speed, distance and time. It also supports a wireless pulse belt, but unfortunately the display isn't backlit. The B200 is expensive, but it also gives you a whole lot of spinning bike for the money.
The Bodymax B2 is a very good value for money budget class model, with an exclusive design for its class. The construction is stable despite its low machine weight, and the build quality good in relation to the price tag. The maximum user weight is high and the guarantee period longer than average. The exercise computer is very simple, but the fact that you get an exercise computer at all on a budget model is good. The saddle is more of exercise bike type than spinning bike type and it would need to be possible to raise it a little further to suit tall users better.
The resistance system is rather insensitive, and you have to turn the control a few more turns to get a response. This is rather distracting when you're in the middle of a demanding spinning session. The flywheel is light for a spinning bike but also normal for a budget model. The dynamics in the resistance system are equally perfectly acceptable.
The B15 is a mid-price class model from British manufacturer Bodymax. The construction looks surprisingly substantial for the price class and the bike definitely feels stable, even during tougher sessions. Despite this, the machine weight is moderate, which makes it easier to move the spinning bike. At the same time the flywheel weight is in line with what you'd expect of this price class, and it contributes to a completely acceptable resistance. The maximum user weight is high. The actual resistance system brakes the flywheel from above, which many people prefer to a lateral action. The saddle feels just right in terms of hardness, and the handlebars have several good grips.
The handlebars can't be adjusted horizontally but only vertically, and it's also rather fiddly to change the height. Above all, the handlebars are too high to be on a spinning bike – even at their lowest height setting. This can mean that you can't lean as far forwards as you'd like.
The SB 1.4 is a mid-price class spinning bike from Spanish manufacturer BH Fitness, one of the world's foremost brands within exercise machines. The machine weight is relatively low for the price class, as is the maximum user weight, but the bike feels both clearly robust and stable. The flywheel weight is under the average for this price class too, but the resistance still feels good. Both saddle and handlebars are ergonomically designed and can be adjusted both vertically and horizontally. Together this makes possible a number of different sitting positions. This is particularly important during longer training sessions. The pedals have clips, but unfortunately you can't "click in" to them with normal cycling shoes.
Traditionally, spinning bikes haven't had exercise computers, but simple ones have become increasingly common in recent years. The SB 1.4 has one, with a small display and a simple interface which shows the most elementary information. The display is not backlit, which makes it difficult to read in dark conditions. The design feels modern and the red colour gives the bike character.
The Proform Indoor Bike Tour de France 2.0 is an advanced spinning bike created to give the user training that's as realistic as possible. It's constructed with digital gears positioned in the same place as on a real bike, on the handlebars. It can simulate downhill and uphill cycling by tilting the bike, which makes training feel more realistic. The exercise computer is compatible with various apps which mean that you can cycle a number of pre-set virtual training routes via different maps. The idea of the product is exciting but it falls on the finish line because the screen isn't sufficiently good and because the range of virtual training routes is still rather underdeveloped. The routes we tested skipped quite a lot and didn't add anything extra to the training. It's fiddly to adjust the saddle and handlebars on the bike because you need to use a hex key for each one, just like on a real bike. Because it's constructed with magnetic resistance and has a top quality flywheel, the Tour de France 2.0 is all but silent.
The Proform Indoor Bike Tour de France 2.0 has a high quality saddle with a hardness aimed at seasoned cyclists. But for others it will probably be perceived as far too hard and perhaps even painful. For some incomprehensible reason the bike doesn't have SPD pedals, which is a huge weakness in a cycle in this price class. Overall, the Proform Indoor Bike Tour de France 2.0 is an innovative bike that takes your indoor training out onto the street and a little bit closer to reality. It's aimed at frequent cyclists who appreciate details that you only normally find on real bikes.