Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike

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schwinn recumbent 270 side profile
schwinn recumbent 270 feature console

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  • Recumbent bike that uses magnetic resistance
  • 25 levels of resistance
  • Features a dual track, two-LCD screen system
  • 29 pre-programmed workouts
  • Requires some dedicated floor space
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In-Depth Review

Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike Review (2024): Great Hardware in Need of Software Upgrade

Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike Review (2024): Great Hardware in Need of Software Upgrade

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Pros & Cons

What we like ...
  • 29 programs
  • 4-user capacity
  • USB port
  • Compatibility with Explore the World app and MyFitnessPal
  • Easy to use
What needs improvement ...
  • Lacks technology features
  • Friction resistance bikes generally require more maintenance than magnetic

Product Summary

The Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike is a  low-impact cardio machine that’s both easy-to-use and efficient. It comes equipped with 29 pre-programmed workouts, two fitness tests, one recovery test, one quick start and a four-user capacity that will keep multiple users on track with their fitness goals. 

Two LCD screens allow you to monitor up to 13 different display feedbacks. What’s more, the 270 has a USB data transfer functionality to the Schwinn Connect website that is compatible with MyFitnessPal and the Explore the World app. So, easily upload your fitness metrics and track them to assess progress towards your health goals. 

The Schwinn 270 uses 25 levels of resistance aligned with a high-speed, high-inertia perimeter flywheel that makes for a smooth and quiet ride. With a user weight capacity of 300 pounds and an adjustable seat, this is a great training tool for users of varied size. Ergonomically placed pulse grips make for a relaxed riding position when using the heart rate program. The Schwinn 270 is also telemetry heart rate-enabled which, if you purchase the chest strap, is more accurate than pulse grips.

Design features such as the aluminum slider seat rail with fore and aft adjustment capabilities, a large padded seat bottom with contoured leg area, a large vented seat back, cooling console fans, transport wheels, and 10 resistance quick keys to quickly change levels, make the Schwinn 270 convenient, effective, and comfortable. 

Several reviews stated the resistance stops working after a few years. While there were only a handful that reported this problem, we felt it was worth noting. And with a warranty of only two years on parts (plus one year on electronics, 10 years on the frame and 90 days on labor), this could be an issue. 



64” (L) x 27.7” (W) x 50” (H)

Item Weight

86.6 lbs


25 levels of eddy current


Cooling fan, USB port, 29 pre-programmed workouts, 4 fitness tests, 1 recovery test, 1 manual mode, 4 user profiles


10 years frame, 2 years parts, 1 year electrical, 90 days labor

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      The Schwinn 270 may be one of the brand’s older models of recumbent bikes, but it still comes with a variety of basic, yet motivating features. There are some complaints about it breaking down (specifically the resistance) and, given the limited warranty, this is a viable concern.