If you’re looking to get the Peloton Bike experience without paying the Peloton Bike price, the Echelon Smart Connect EX-5 is one of the best options out there. The bike offers 24 levels of digital resistance, hybrid pedals (SPD clips and adjustable toe cages), and a ventilated competition-style bicycle seat. Although we haven’t tested this specific model yet, we’ve tested some of Echelon’s similar offerings and can vouch for the company’s quality.
One drawback of the Smart Connect series is that the lower-cost don’t have a built-in monitor, but the media device holder is sturdy and can swivel 180 degrees to allow you to follow off-bike workouts. Echelon is equipped with Echelon Fit capabilities.