|Schwinn AC Plus|
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|37 lbs||350 lbs||50 x 21 x 51||-10 years frame
-2 years mechanical
-1 year labor
If you want to purchase a spinning bike that delivers both performance and comfort, you can check out the Schwinn AC Performance Plus which, with a price tag that ranges between $1000 and $2000, is not exactly the cheapest machine on the market but it will help you burn all those suborn calories with maximum comfort.
Features and Specifications
The technical specifications for the AC Performance Plus are as follows:
- Machine Dimensions: 51 x 21 x 50 inches
- Machine Weight: 112 pounds
- Flywheel Weight: 37 pounds
- Drive System: Chain Drive
- Maximum Weight Capacity: 350 pounds
- Handlebars: Adjustable
- Water bottle holder: Yes
This machine operates on a chain drive system. While this is not the quietest type of drive system on the market, it does provide an extremely smooth cycling motion that perfectly replicates the movements associated with regular outdoors cycling. This is ideal for athletes who anyone who likes to cycle in the open air. More importantly, it is equipped with magnetic resistance designed to help you vary your workout as you shuffle between different levels of intensities. According to fitness trainers, switching between different levels of resistance will deliver the best type of workout since your body will not adjust to the same type of cycling motions. This consequently boosts both your stamina and metabolism, which consequently encourages your body to burn more calories in the same lapse of time. With this bike, you will be able to choose between no less than 6 levels of intensity, which is ideal for users of different fitness levels.
This spinning bike operates with a 37 pound flywheel. Admittedly, this is not the heaviest flywheel on the market and may fall below expectation for more experienced athletes. However, the flywheel is still weighted and has a heavy feel to it, hence encouraging your entire body to participate in the training session. By this token, you will be able to rapidly tone up flabby areas such as the hips, waist, glutes and thighs. This is quite a major plus to anyone who wants to target common problem areas.
Its superior user capacity of up to 350 pounds makes it one of the best spinning bikes for obese individuals and is in fact higher than what you’ll get with most other bikes including the Diamondback Fitness 510Ic and the Keiser M3.
Users who like to stand up during their cycling workout will be glad to learn that the frame is extremely stable, hence allowing you to pedal as fast as you want. In fact, it even comes with leg stabilizers to deliver more stability while you train. This ensures your safety while preventing the bike from wobbling from side to side, especially considering that most indoor cycle workouts do require the user to stand up during training.
Comfort and Ease of Use
The Performance Plus does come with a superior-than-average level of comfort to help you work out with no added strain or injury. For example, the apparatus comes with Double Link pedals enhanced by SPD. Whether you work regular training shoes or cleats, you will be glad that the pedals are compatible with different toe-clips. They are wide enough to accommodate virtually every shoe size and can be comfortably secured around the ankles.
Best of all, the saddle is also entirely adjustable. It can be moved up and down or forth and back, depending on your height. This adds versatility to the bike and ensures that every member of your family can use it. The seat is quite nicely padded, enabling you to exercise without the common discomfort that normally accompanies lengthier workouts. The handlebars can also be inclined towards the best angle for you. Users will no doubt appreciate the thick and textured rubber coating that promises a safe and secure grip even if you tend to sweat a lot. Transportation wheels are also included to help you move the bike around and hence facilitate storage.
This particular spinning bike does not come with a display console but it can be purchased separately and fixed to the handlebars. The lack of a console actually makes it easier for beginners to operate the machine since every other feature is quite straightforward. For example, to adjust the resistance, you simply need to use the ergonomically-located knob found between the handlebars.
Assembly and Parts
When you order this spin bike online, the pedals, saddle, handlebars and main frame are detached from each other so you will need to indulge in some DYI. Luckily enough, the great majority of people did not have any issue with this step. Most people actually found that they were able to assemble the machine within half an hour to 45 minutes. All the tools that you will need, along with a detailed instructions manual are included.
Very few drawbacks have been reported about this bike. The main complaint was related to the lack of a computer console. Most people found it quite problematic to keep track of their workout data without a proper display. A small group of customers also bemoaned the lack of built-in programs, but this was not a widespread complaint.
If you can afford to splurge, this is undoubtedly a highly recommended machine. With a higher-than-average weight capacity to accommodate obese users, the Schwinn AC Performance Plus is covered by a 1 year warranty on labor, 2 years on mechanical parts and 10 years on the frame.