Stationary (spin) bike ,buying tips.!

I’m looking to buy a stationary bike to use at home. And would like to get it setup to be used with zwift. Any tips or features I should be looking out for.

Do you want a stationary bike or a smart trainer?

Here is a link for compatible hardware: https://zwift.com/hardware

I did some research on this the past few weeks. My current setup is my bike on the original Wahoo Kickr, but my wife loves spin classes so I wanted a bike we could both use. Im looking at the Life Fitness IC6. Its $2299 regular price without any accessories, but its currently 25% off for black Friday til the Dec. 2nd on their site.

However there seems to be a glitch and it gave me a 33% discount with the bike only bringing it down to around $1600 with delivery/installation. If you add an accessory it goes back to the actual 25% off (around 1850).

We’ve used the bike at our local gym for spin classes and its solid and pretty quiet. The ICG app has tons of free workouts. Just wanted to spread the word if you’re looking.

It does broadcast the Power and Cadence via Ant+ and works with Sufferfest, so Im assuming it’ll work with Zwift. Zwift lists the IC8 on its site, which has the same headunit as the IC6 and 7. You have to control the resistance manually but the discount makes it $900+ cheaper than the wattbike, tacx and Wahoo bikes. Finally life fitness bought ICG, so most of the good info is on ICGs site. Good Luck

I’ve recently bought a Schwinn IC8 for £900 and automatically connects to zwift. Has a power meter built in, along with speed and cadence, however haven’t worked out whether it is genuinely resistance controllable even though it says it connects…
Watts seem too high too so waiting on a Zwift support reply!

Fantastic bike though, not just quiet but absolutely silent!!

You mean the Life Fitness IC8? It only broadcast watts, but connects via ANT+ and BLE. Here is a link to Zwift Hardware and the IC8 does not have a check mark for Controlled Resistance: https://zwift.com/hardware

No it’s definitely a Schwinn IC8. It’s a relatively new bike and it isn’t even listed at all on the Zwift site as supported, but does indeed say that it is all connected…


The watts output must be way too high, I just can’t see a way of calibrating it!!

I’m often averaging 5+w/kg and whilst I’m in decent shape, I’m not in that good a shape!:joy: