Rogue Fitness has sent a shot across the bow of both Schwinn and Assault with the release of the Rogue Echo Bike.
The Rogue Echo Bike is a surprising release from Rogue Fitness. Rogue has largely focused on strength training through barbells and squat racks along with the various accessories that accompany CrossFit, Powerlifting, and Strongman. Their site is littered with all sorts of products, many of which are not made by Rogue, but simply sold through their marketplace.
One of the best selling items in all of CrossFit is the Assault Bike, second to that as is the Schwinn Airdyne Pro (check out our guide on the Best Air Bike here.)
Up until this point, Rogue has not sold a piece of cardio equipment that they've created with the Rogue name. Although the Echo Bike will be Rogue's first foray into machines designed for cardio, it won't be the last. For those that follow this sort of thing (many of you who are reading this) Rogue releasing an air bike is a change in the tide. Rogue is a juggernaut and will continue to use their large reach and manufacturing power to dominate as much of the industry as possible.
For the consumer, this is a great thing. Forcing companies like Assualt Bike to improve their product (which it desperately has needed, in my opinion) is something that needed to happen. This will force that.
The Rogue Echo Bike takes the good things from both the Schwinn Airdyne Pro (our previous top pick) as well as the Assault Bike to create something that should not only hold up to the abuse put on the frame, but also to the internal mechanisms.
The biggest improvements upon previous iterations of the air bike are the replacement of a chain drive for a belt drive as seen on the Schwinn Airdyne Pro as well as a beefed-up frame.
The Rogue Echo Bike weighs in at 145 lbs, the heaviest of any air bike available by quite a bit (the Assault Bike weights 98 lbs for comparison.) Rogue has taken thick steel tubing, similar to what's used on their rigs and racks, and added their signature powder coat to create a bike that will fit into any gym environment and still hold up to the abuses anyone will throw at it.
Rogue has spent a considerable amount of effort in perfecting the LCD Console, one of the most important parts of an air bike. The console appears to be easy to read with all of the various metrics that are popular among users including intervals, calories, and heart rate tracking. There are also preset buttons on the side similar to the Assault Bike that allows for ease of use.
A majority of the Rogue Echo Bike is welded to allow for extra rigidity. The seat of the bike features both up/down and forward/back adjustments to allow the user to get in the right position. This is similar to what has been used on the Assault Bike, Schwinn AD Pro, and Xebex Air Bike.
Although the extra weight of the Echo Bike is a welcomed feature, this biggest improvement that should cause people to purchase the bike is the addition of the belt driven system. Our previous top pick, the Schwinn AD Pro utilizes a belt-drive system that is smooth, responsive, and requires little, if any maintenance.
If the Rogue Echo Bike lives up to the specifications and hype, it should prove to be the best air bike on the market. Keep your eyes peeled for our review.
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