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CrossFitters love to hate air bikes, whether they’re cranking on a Rogue Echo Bike, Schwinn Airdyne, or AssaultBike. In this AssaultBike review, I cover all three AssaultBike models to help you decide if this is the right fan bike for your home gym. 

More Than a Decade of Using AssaultBikes

Our team consists of several fitness experts certified in varying disciplines, including personal training and CrossFit coaching. For this AssaultBike review, I leaned on my own experience with AssaultBikes, which spans years; recent hands-on testing in our fitness equipment facility; and the cumulative 10-plus years of AssaultBike use from other CrossFit enthusiasts on our team. 

A Quick Look at Assault Fitness and the Air Bikes

Assault Fitness is one of the OG CrossFit brands. 

The AssaultBike was one of the very first stationary exercise bikes to populate CrossFit boxes around the world—second only to the original Schwinn Airdyne—and the brand became a household name in the CrossFit world when AssaultBikes appeared in the 2015 CrossFit Games. 

I’m truly convinced that whoever led the product development team loves to see grown humans cry. Those who have used an AssaultBike will understand what I mean by this. Those who don’t, count your blessings and then join the cool kids’ crying club. 

assault bike elite classic and pro all side by side in gym

AssaultBikes, like other cardio equipment from Assault Fitness, are designed to withstand commercial use, but they’re a great option for home gyms, too. (Assault Fitness also produces a manual treadmill called the AssaultRunner and an air rower called the AssaultRower.)

These manual exercise bikes use a large, fan-powered flywheel and moving arms: A ride on the AssaultBike won’t feel like a ride on your average indoor cycling bike. Nay, the AssaultBike provides an intense full-body workout that gets your heart rate up in no time. 

The cool thing about air bikes is they’re entirely human-powered and have unlimited resistance—the faster you crank and pedal, the harder it gets.   

My Tips:

  • Air bikes are different from exercise bikes with magnetic resistance; these have moving arms that make for a full-body workout.
  • Choose a model with fenders on the flywheel if you care to keep airflow to a minimum (the flywheel creates a lot of draft).
  • Keep in mind that air bikes are not quiet.
  • Be careful getting off this bike—pedals and arms keep moving, and they are known to hit you on your way out.

Great For:

  • Trainees who do a lot of CrossFit workouts 
  • People who want a cardio machine that can provide a full-body workout 
  • Those looking for a cardio solution they can safely keep outdoors or in a garage

Not Recommended For:

  • People looking for a quiet bike they can use without disturbing others
  • Trainees who prefer a more traditional spin-style bike without moving arms
  • Anyone who wants a built-in large, touchscreen display such as on the NordicTrack S22i

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AssaultBike Specs

ClassicProElite
Price$749$899$1,299
Assembled Dimensions50.95” L x 23.34” W x 50” H49.8” L x 24.1” W x 51.1” H55.08” L x 26.26” W x 55” H
Product Weight95.64 lbs118.4 lbs138.89 lbs
Max User Weight300 lbs300 lbs350 lbs
ConsoleLCDLCDLCD
BluetoothNoYesYes
Interactive ProgrammingNoYesYes
Seat Height Adjustments111112
Seat Length Adjustments56Unlimited
Frame Warranty5 years7 years10 years
Parts Warranty2 years3 years3 years
Labor WarrantyNoneNone1 year

Are AssaultBikes Worth the Money?

AssaultBikes are expensive, ranging from $700 to $1,300 depending on the model, but they’re not the most expensive exercise bikes out there. 

Plus, with proper maintenance, an AssaultBike should last for years: Keep chalk and dust off it, and oil the chain to keep it from rusting. Many CrossFit boxes with AssaultBikes don’t take care of them like they should (i.e. regular chain maintenance). 

assault bike classic in use

Despite enduring extremely high-volume use, commercial AssaultBikes last for what seems like forever. If an AssaultBike can last years in a CrossFit box, it can probably last decades in a home gym with proper care and maintenance. 

That said, I do think AssaultBikes are worth the money, but of course, it ultimately depends on your needs and budget. Ahead, learn about the three AssaultBike models to find out which one is worth the price tag for your home gym needs.

AssaultBike Classic Review

AssaultBike Classic

Assault AirBike

GGR Score: 4.2 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Heavy-duty exercise bike
  • Monitor is easy to use
  • Affordably priced
  • Uses a chain drive, not a belt drive

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • A staple in many CrossFit gyms
  • Great, easy-to-use monitor
  • Made of mostly metal for great durability
  • Matte black finish
  • Comfortable seat
  • Rubber grips on handles are very durable
  • Affordable for an air bike

Cons

  • Chain-driven system that requires additional upkeep
  • Some rocking side to side
  • Screws may come loose often

Bottom Line

The Assault AirBike was once the standard air bike for CrossFit athletes. In our testing and reviews of the bike, we’ve found it to be durable and enjoyable (not in the traditional sense) to use.

This is the base-level AssaultBike: the original “love-to-hate-it” model.

Pros:

  • No frills or unnecessary bells and whistles: just a good workout 
  • Weighs less than 100 lbs, pretty easy to move 
  • 300-lb weight capacity 
  • Simple and sturdy 
  • Doesn’t require electricity, so it can safely live in a garage gym or covered outdoor setting

Cons:

  • Wind screen not included 
  • Lesser warranty than Pro and Elite models 
  • No Bluetooth connectivity or app compatibility

The AssaultBike Classic is as no-frills as they come—as air bikes come, that is. This model doesn’t boast any extravagant comforts or jazzy tech specs, but it does one thing really well: Makes you sweat. 

Weighing about 95 pounds, the Classic is the smallest of the AssaultBike models, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t sturdy. It has a user weight capacity of 300 pounds, a heavy-duty steel frame and seat post, and steel fan blades.  

assault bike classic side wide view

In terms of conveniences, there isn’t much: not even a water bottle holder or media holder. But, I don’t want to knock Assault Fitness for this since the intent of this bike isn’t the same as the intent of a bike like the tech-infused Bowflex VeloCore

I’m inclined to say that most people use manual mode when riding an air bike anyway, although there are a handful of programmed workouts that you can select from the LCD screen if you want some touch-and-go guidance. 

monitor on assault bike classic

The Classic does connect to Polar heart rate monitors, so there’s at least that perk, and you get basic metrics including calories burned, distance in meters, and time passed. 

If I was going to buy an AssaultBike, it would be this one. It’s durable, it’s simple, and it provides a smooth ride for a fan bike. I’ve used more of these than I can count at CrossFit gyms all around the country. At $750, it’s a solid value. 

side view angle assault bike classic

GGR Head of Content and CrossFit L1 Trainer Kate Meier owns an AssaultBike Classic. She bought it used from a CrossFit gym. “It’s definitely got some rust and corrosion in places, and you can tell it’s been used,” she said. “But, it still works perfectly fine for what I need. I’ve had it for about a year and haven’t had any issues other than having to change the batteries.”

seat assault bike classic

AssaultBike Pro Review

AssaultBike ProX

GGR Score: 4.25 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Heavy-duty fan bike
  • 330-lb user weight capacity
  • Belt-drive system
  • 11 adjustable height settings
  • 6 front-to-back settings
  • Padded seat
  • LCD display
  • Work/rest LED lights
  • Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Durable, heavy-duty steel frame
  • Belt-drive system
  • Sealed bearings in each pivot point for smooth ride
  • Adjustable seat options
  • Financing available
  • Low-impact workout
  • Scalable to various fitness levels
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Cons

  • Reportedly poor customer service
  • Relatively large footprint

Bottom Line

The AssaultBike ProX offers a heavy-duty steel frame, belt-drive system, and seat adjustability to fit most home gym owners. The fan design also makes it scalable to every fitness level.

The AssaultBike Pro is a mid-tier model with slight improvements upon the AssaultBike Classic, plus interactive programming.

Pros:

  • Connects to Fiit app for interactive programming and Assault Fitness app
  • Bluetooth- and ANT+-enabled 
  • Improved contrast on LCD screen
  • 11 seat height settings
  • 6 front-to-back seat adjustments
  • 7-year frame warranty

Cons:

  • No labor warranty
  • Wind screen not included in purchase 
  • Heavier than the Classic, but doesn’t seem noticeably sturdier
assault bike pro wide side view

This slightly souped-up version of the AssaultBike Classic features a slightly heavier and larger build, plus a couple extra seat adjustments, a better warranty, and a smoother drive train system. 

assault bike pro seat

The big callout, though, is the newfound tech capabilities: The Pro and Elite models of the AssaultBike feature Bluetooth connectivity and compatibility with the Fiit app, which hosts workouts specifically created for AssaultBikes. 

Not too long ago, connectivity was not the name of the game with Assault Fitness—nor with any other manufacturer of manual, non-motorized equipment, for that matter. However, in early 2023, Assault Fitness announced a partnership with Fiit, a UK-based brand producing fitness streaming content. 

monitor on assault bike pro

Still, you won’t find an HD touchscreen display on the AssaultBike Pro, but being that the company specializes in manual equipment, it doesn’t feel fair to knock the bikes for not having flashy tech specs.

The Pro is only about $150 more than the Classic, so the upgraded features such as the protective plastic shrouds on the drive chain and interactive programming feel worth it. However, the ride feels more or less the same, so you can save a couple hundred bucks if you’re not concerned with instructor-led workouts. 

assault bike pro pedal

AssaultBike Elite Review

AssaultBike Elite

Assault AirBike Elite

GGR Score: 3.8 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

The Assault AirBike Elite features increased resistance when speed is increased along with the option for upper and lower body engagement or isolation. Finally, we’ve equipped this bike with the ability to pedal forward or backward for workout variation.

This beefed-up version of the AssaultBike features more comfort elements and tech capabilities, but it’s probably not worth the price for most people.

Pros:

  • Has a much wider, more comfortable seat than Classic and Pro 
  • Connects to Assault Fitness app and Fiit for interactive programming 
  • Bluetooth- and ANT+-enabled 
  • High-contrast LCD display 
  • 10-year frame warranty 
  • Ultra-adjustable seat 
  • Higher weight capacity than Classic and Pro (350 lbs)

Cons:

  • Nearly double the cost of the Classic (list $1,299)
  • Angled “comfort” handles didn’t actually feel more comfortable
  • Heaviest model at about 140 lbs, not easy to move
assault bike elite wide view

To be frank—because I want to save you all the money I can—I don’t think the AssaultBike Elite is worth the money for most people when compared to the Pro model. 

Most of the upgrades, such as angled handles or the aluminum seat post, don’t change much in terms of functionality. During testing, I didn’t notice any overt differences in smoothness of the ride or comfort, and the workout programs are the same through the Fiit app.

seat assault bike elite

The wider seat and included wind screen are nice perks, but you can purchase the wind screen separately for the Pro or Classic, and some people actually prefer a narrower seat that more closely resembles a road bike. 

Also, the drive train on the Elite is the exact same drive train on the Pro. I’d like to see a belt-driven model for an above-$1,000 price tag. 

assault bike elite close up

One factor that might justify the cost for some is the more robust warranty with the Elite model: 10 years on the frame, 5 years on non-wear parts, and 1 year for labor. 

This model will take up a bit more space than the other two options with dimensions of about 55 inches in length, 27 inches in width, and 55 inches in height. It’s still smaller than the Rogue Echo Bike, which measures 59 in length, 30 inches in width, and 53 inches in height.

Before you buy, beware that the AssaultBike Elite weighs almost 140 pounds, which might be tough to move for many people. You have to really tip this one up high on the transport wheels for it to smoothly roll around the floor. 

assault bike elite pedal

Ergonomics 

All three AssaultBike models are comfortable for long rides. Naturally, the Elite provides the most comfort during endurance workouts due to the wider, more cushioned seat—but I’ve never experienced any distracting discomfort on the Classic during all my years of doing CrossFit bike WODs (except for the tachycardia that comes with those). 

Each model has ample seat adjustments both up and down, and back and forth, fitting most people. Kate, who coaches youth athletes, notes that people under 5 feet tall are typically too short to use the AssaultBike, even on its lowest setting.

close up assault bike pro pedal

The pedals also feature four foot-leveling adjustments on all three models. How you position your seat determines your posture during the ride, but generally, most people adopt a more upright position on air bikes than other types of exercise bikes. 

All three models also feature foot pegs in front of the pedals, so you can use the bike for upper-body or lower-body workouts in isolation. 

Assembling an AssaultBike  

AssaultBikes don’t come fully assembled, but the process isn’t terrible. The frame and flywheel do come assembled, so you just have to attach the pedals, monitor, handles, and seat post.

As a former CrossFit affiliate owner, Kate personally assembled half a dozen AssaultBike Classics. The process is pretty quick and easy, taking around 20 to 30 minutes. Because the bikes are non-motorized, there isn’t any electrical wiring to worry about. As a bonus, this means you can place them anywhere since you don’t need to be close to an electrical outlet!

Customer Experience 

You can purchase an AssaultBike from the Assault Fitness website, from Rogue Fitness, or on Amazon. Your customer experience will differ depending on where you buy it, because each retailer has different return, refund, and exchange policies. In general, though, my experience with all three of those retailers has been decent at worst and stellar at best.  

Customer Reviews

Assault Fitness as a whole has overwhelmingly positive customer reviews. The AssaultBike Classic in particular boasts a 4.8 out of 5 rating on Amazon, while the Pro has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars and the Elite has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Most reviews praise the bikes for having a sturdy build quality and providing a great workout. 

Some negative reviews call out poor customer service from Assault Fitness, Rogue, or Amazon, but other negative reviews seem to be the result of a lack of research. For example, a couple of reviews state the bike is too loud. Well, it’s a fan bike, and there is plenty of information online about the noise level of air bikes. 

Assault Air Bike vs. Rogue Echo Bike

Rogue Echo Bike

Rogue Echo Bike

GGR Score: 3.4 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Heavy duty steel
  • Overbuilt for smooth ride 
  • 350 lb weight limit 
  • Solid foundation for max outs 
  • Easily portable

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Extremely durable, beefy construction
  • Very little rocking or side-to-side movement
  • Black powder-coated metal on almost everything
  • Belt-driven fan for much less maintenance.
  • Easy-to-read LCD console screen
  • Legs feature adjustable leveling feet
  • Somewhat compact
  • Oversized, heavy-duty front wheels
  • Sleek, attractive look

Cons

  • Larger than other stationary bikes
  • Belt drive is overall harder to push than a chain drive
  • Not the cheapest air bike on the market

Bottom Line

We’ve tested just about every air bike on the market, and the Echo combines many of our favorite features into one. The belt drive is much more durable and requires less maintenance than a chain drive. The size and weight make it extremely stable, and the price is much less than we’d expect for such a quality piece of equipment.

The Rogue Echo Bike is our overall favorite air bike, as detailed in our guide to the best air bikes. It costs about the same as the AssaultBike Classic, but it has a build that can only be described as beefier. Its hefty build features a belt drive, rather than the chain drive seen on AssaultBikes, and aluminum (versus steel) fan blades. 

The Echo ousted AssaultBike recently to become the “official air bike of CrossFit.” Pro tip: You might find your local CrossFit affiliate off-loading AssaultBikes as they opt to purchase Echos. That’s how Kate snagged her AssaultBike Classic for just $300.

Read our full Rogue Echo Bike review.

Assault Air Bike vs. Schwinn Airdyne Bike

The Schwinn Airdyne Pro is another of our favorite air bikes, and it’s the most similar option to the AssaultBike. The display, seat adjustment mechanism, seat design, and frame are very similar across both brands of bikes. The major difference is that the Airdyne features a belt drive whereas the AssaultBike features a chain drive. Airdyne bikes were one of the first fan bikes to become available and, to this day, are still found in many CrossFit gyms. 

Read our full Schwinn Airdyne Pro review. 

Assault Air Bike vs. Concept2 BikeErg

Concept2 BikeErg

Concept 2 BikeErg

GGR Score: 3.88 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Priced in the low $1,000s
  • Uses air resistance via an adjustable damper
  • High-performing PM5 monitor 
  • Highly adjustable 
  • Chain-free belt system that decreases need for maintenance

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Durable and performs well year after year
  • PM5 performance monitor is among the best
  • Seat, handlebars, and pedals are interchangeable with standard bicycle parts
  • Damper adjusts airflow
  • Frame uses a black powder coat
  • Self-tensioning polygroove belts that provide a quiet ride
  • Extremely light at only 58 lbs
  • Adjustable handles and seat

Cons

  • Seat cannot adjust forward and back
  • Some find the seat uncomfortable
  • Height of the seat post has been known to not go low enough for some users

Bottom Line

After using the Concept 2 BikeErg over the course of two years in a variety of workouts from sprints to long-distance bikes, we highly recommend it to anyone wanting an air bike. Although we like air bikes with arms, we actually prefer the BikeErg and have found it to be great for general fitness as well as simply blowing up the quads. The BikeErg is a Concept 2 product; we think that speaks for itself.

Unlike the Echo Bike and Airdyne Bike, the Concept2 BikeErg isn’t actually very similar to the AssaultBike. Though both use air resistance, the BikeErg feels much more like a regular stationary bike during use. This is due largely to the fact that it features stationary handlebars rather than the moving arms found on the AssaultBike. The design of the BikeErg places your body in a different position; you’ll feel like you’re riding a road bicycle. 

Read our full Concept2 BikeErg review.

Final Verdict of Our AssaultBike Review

AssaultBikes have stayed largely the same since they took a stronghold on the CrossFit community after appearing at the Games in 2015. However, the brand has taken targeted steps at improving the bikes, including releasing beefed-up models and partnering with a fitness technology brand to provide interactive programming. In my opinion, AssaultBikes remain some of the best air bikes on the market. 

close up assault bike classic

AssaultBikes now come in three models: the Classic, Pro, and Elite, all of which feature a similar build but differ slightly in comfort, conveniences, and tech capabilities. 

The AssaultBike Classic is the most affordable option and, in our expert opinion, the best one for most home gym owners. 

We would love to see Assault Fitness incorporate a belt drive versus a chain drive for a lower-maintenance commitment.

 Full Rating

AssualtBike Classic

Our AssaultBike review covers the AssaultBike Classic, Elite, and Pro in depth to help you decide which one is worth the money.

Product Currency: $

Product Price: 749

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Editor's Rating:
4.2

AssaultBike Classic

Footprint & portability – 3
Delivery & setup – 4
Durability – 4
Customizations – 3
Adjustability & ergonomics – 3.5
Tech capabilities – 3
Conveniences – 2
Value – 4.5
Customer reviews – 4.8
Customer service – 5
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AssaultBike FAQs

What is an AssaultBike good for?

AssaultBikes provide full-body cardio workouts and can be paired with other gym equipment for a HIIT bike workout or endurance workouts. Because your whole body works when you cycle on an AssaultBike, you may burn more calories than you do on a typical indoor bike with stationary handles if working at the same intensity and for the same amount of time.

Are AssaultBikes too loud for home gyms?

For certain types of home gyms, such as workout spaces in apartments or townhomes, an AssaultBike may be too loud. However, if your home gym is in your garage or basement (or anywhere in a single-family home, really), you should be able to use an AssaultBike without disrupting your neighbor’s day.

Is an AssaultBike better than a regular exercise bike?

I don’t like to explicitly say one type of equipment is better than another—I believe everything depends on an individual’s goals and needs—but speaking objectively and from experience, I always wind up sweatier and angrier (in the best possible way) after an AssaultBike workout versus a more traditional cycling workout. If you’re looking for a piece of cardio equipment to provide a full-body workout, the AssaultBike is a good choice.

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