Just got into cycling a few months ago and I’m hooked, unfortunately, weather has made in unbearable and obviously with Covid, the supply/demand for any indoor exercise equipment is tough… Don’t really want to get into a debate of trainer vs stationary bike as I’m sure that’s been done a million times, and personally if it weren’t for back orders of 3-4 months of pretty much all the smart trainers (even the fluid trainers) I’d get one of those. That being said, a stationary does check off two major boxes where other members of my family can use it and some of the bikes I’m considering are available NOW.
Bikes I’m Considering:
- Schwinn SC Power
- Schwinn AC Power
- Life Fitness IC6 (Fitness shop guy said this was compatible with Zwift, but I don’t see it on Zwift’s site)
- Stages SC3 2.0
- Keiser M3i
So out of all these I’m leaning towards the SC Power as it’s slightly cheaper than the rest, but it’s not showing as a “supported” indoor bike on Zwift’s site, the “AC” is which is a bit confusing because they both have the echelon2 console, and the 4iiii crank arm PM. Only difference is the frame, and magnetic resistance (on AC) vs friction (SC). Is it a matter of just zwift being slow to update? I know there were issues with the Schwinn IC4 (aka Bowflex C6) with the over rating of the power, but does the better console and/or the 4iiii PM not alleviate this?
Again, If I could, I would get a trainer, preferably direct drive and obviously if I’m going to spend that kind of dough on a stationary, budget on the trainer isn’t a concern, just availability is. My main thing at the moment is to get riding indoors WITH Zwift with as little setup/issues as possible and ASAP. My bike is a 2018 Giant TCR Advanced 1 Disc.
ANY help/feedback would be GREATLY appreciated!