Spin bikes are known to have accuracy problems when it comes to power readings. If you want to race you should have a more accurate power source such as power meter pedals or a smart trainer. For around the same price you can get a Kickr Core or Elite Suito assuming you have a bike to hook up to a trainer. If not, find a cheap used road bike, or power meters are as low as $299 now but make sure they would be compatible with the spin bike.
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I would suggest you get a smart trainer. The experience will be better, more fun and that means your fitness will improve faster.
Thanks for the response.
I don’t have a road bike.
I am looking at these spin bikes because of convenience.
I saw those threads about the high output of the IC4 bike. That’s why I didn’t pull the trigger on that yet.
Trying to see if there are other / better spin bike options.
From reviews, the Echelon spin seems to work on Zwift. But I cannot find any discussions on the Echelon spin bike in the Zwift forums.
Anybody has experience with them?
Or any other suggestions?
If you want a stationary bike look at the Tacx (Garmin) or the Wahoo. Some folks like the Stages but as well but I’d stay away from anything that is a tradition spin “bike” that you’d find on the sidelines of a high school football game.
Welcome. I asked more or less the same question a month ago. I did get more or less the same answers. The Taxc bike, the Yahoo Kickr Bike and the Wattbike Atom are all not (yet) available in the Netherlands (where I live). Otherwise I would probably have purchased a Atom Wattbike. I decided to go for the Life Fitness IC8 which sends Watt output to Zwift but is non controllable (so no resistance feedback from Zwift). The reason why I bought a stationary bike instead of a smarttrainer is because other family members want to use the bike too and it is easily adjustable to each individual.
If I would have to choose between the Echelon and the Schwinn, I’d go for the Schwinn. This stationary bike is non-controllable (I myself do not mind about that too much) but you can ride it on zwift anyway. I believe Schwinn indoor cycles are well build quality cycles.
Nick, thanks for the detailed response.
I want to stick with the spin bikes for the same reason. Allowing family members to use it.
I am not going to be riding outside anyway.
and i think the magnetic resistance spin bikes are quieter than a road bike plus smart trainer.
It is interesting that Echelon advertise that it works with Zwift. Yet there is zero info / discussion here.
I ride The Expresso bikes and Peloton bikes at work gym regularly. I get the best workout when I have a goal to go after. And that often is my own PR.
To me, I don’t care if it tells me my avg output is 200 watts or 300 watts, I want to continue to push myself to get better result. In the end, I get good workout.
Same goes with racing here on Zwift. As long as the output is consistent, I can push myself.
You are correct @Nick_Janssen. I was referring to the entry level spinning bikes that the OP was mentioning. There are a few high end smart bikes out there, but they are smart bikes not spinning bikes.
Just as an FYI: Power output DOES matter on Zwift, especially if you are planning to take part in any group events or races. If you are putting out 200 W, but the bike is saying 300 W you are, effectively, ‘cheating’ and are likely to get called on it and possibly flagged by other users. Accurate power is important.
Not really, power is power so no matter what weight you enter your power stay the same. What change is the in game speed a lighter rider will go up a hilly faster than a heavy rider at the same power (w)