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Assault AirBike vs. Rogue Echo Bike Video
The Assault AirBike is the most popular air bike currently available. That said, popularity does not equate to something being the "best."
First off, the Assault Bike has become popular for a few reasons. One, it's been marketed more and better than any other air bike. Assault/LifeCORE Fitness has targeted the CrossFit/Functional Fitness Community as well as anyone in the industry.
Assualt saw that there was a need for a commercial grade air bike and came to market with the Assault Bike before anyone else. It took competitors months to come out with a product that could compete and by that time Assault Bikes could be found in just about every CrossFit Affiliate in the country.
The Assault Bike isn't a bad bike, in fact, compared to what used to be available it's quite good. The real issue is that a very similar bike (except for the monitor) can be had at a lower price (our budget pick.) This said, the Assault Bike does have one of our favorite monitors and overall, has a good build.
The Assault Bike is based on an all-metal frame designed to take whatever a CrossFit Affiliate can throw at it. It features upgraded materials from Airdyne's of the past and is quite stable for its small footprint.
The frame of the Assault Bike uses rounded square tubing that allows the bike to be stiff enough for high power work, but light enough to move the bike around.
The handles have a rubber grip that takes chalk well and is firm enough to keep a steady grip. One advantage of this style of handle is that it's quite rigid and remains out-of-the-way of your knees. You can torque them somewhat in the beginning of an interval if you're pushing a lot of wattage, but I haven't noticed much of any issue.
The fan is oversized compared to some of the original Airdynes, but uses the same bike spoke fan blades that have been around for decades. The fan blades on our top pick is preferable due to the lack of noise and more consistent feel, but these get the job done just fine.
The main reason the Assault Bike took our runner-up spot instead of the top pick was primarily due to the chain drive. Although the outer components of the Assault Bike are all upgraded from the original Airdyne's, the part that most people had issues with remains the same.
Chain drives are notorious for needing lots of maintenance and also making excess noise. Compared to our top pick, the Schwinn Airdyne Pro, the Assault Bike is louder, requires more maintenance, and less responsive. Going from the Assault Bike to the Schwinn Airdyne Pro is like driving a gas vehicle versus a Tesla. They both get the job done, but one is undoubtedly a better experience.
Although the chain-driven system is less than ideal, the monitor on the Assault Bike is a standout feature. Every metric you would like to see as well as ways to run intervals quickly are a button away on the Assault Monitor. If you wish to do long, slower sessions, there's also a place for your phone.
Ultimately, the Assault Bike is a great air bike, just not as good as our top picks. If you train for the CrossFit Games, then we suggest the Assault Bike, however, if you don't, then stay with our top pick.
Finally, a heavy-duty exercise bike designed directly from the feedback of athletes and coaches. The Assault AirBike reinvents and retools nearly every component of the traditional fan bike, from the frame construction to the crank, pedals, monitor and more. The series is designed and tested in the USA by the experienced team at LifeCORE Fitness in Carlsbad, California.
Using air resistance, the Assault AirBike scales automatically to how hard you want to work. The harder you pedal, the greater the resistance. It's simple physics with big benefits.
The great thing about the Assault AirBike is that it can work for a beginner, a rehabbing athlete, or a seasoned pro training at the highest levels of competition—no matter their sport, body type, or ambition. While fanbikes have existed for nearly half a century, modern advances in their design and function have made them increasingly in-demand among military personnel, pro and college sports teams, competitive cyclists and sprinters, and high performance athletes from the cross-training ranks. The key: you set your own pace. The resistance adapts to your own output, and the bike’s multiple, custom seat adjustments make for a more comfortable, customized ride.
In the age of smartphones and tablets, an old-fashioned, clunky fitness bike monitor simply doesn’t cut it. The Assault AirBike’s state-of-the-art LCD display console is still easy to navigate at the push of a button, but your customization options—from on-board programs to instant, multi-faceted monitor feedback—is almost limitless. Athletes can simultaneously track their heart rate, speed, RPM, time, calories burned, and more. Even watts can be monitored with precision accuracy, thanks to the AirBike’s 20-horsepower electric motor and carefully calibrated torque measurement meter. You won’t just feel the effects of a good workout, you’ll be able to see the science behind it in real time.
LifeCORE threw out many of the old stationary bike manufacturing methods and focused on a powerful new 21st century bike that could handle daily abuse at the best gyms in the world. Each bike is equipped with a thick-gauge chro-moly steel frame, with at least 1-2 sealed cartridge bearings in EVERY single pivot—from the flywheels and pedals to the bottom bracket and linkage arms. There are over 20 bearings in all, unmatched by most fitness bikes in the industry. The goal isn’t just reliability—it’s zero wobble and zero maintenance required over thousands of hours of use.