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May 29, 2019
July 30, 2019
Rogue Echo Bike vs. Assault Air Bike
2-Year Update Video
2-Year Update Written Review
I've had the Rogue Echo Bike for about two years and this is probably one of the best-selling products from one of the best-selling strength equipment companies. I've had it in many places, and a lot of people ask, if I recommend it for their home gym, well, I want to talk about how long I've had it, what's gone wrong with it, what works with it, and if I'd recommend it. We’ve reviewed the Echo Bike in-depth in the past (and even named it our Top Pick for the Best Air Bike,) and this is an update after 2-years of consistent use and abuse.
The review we're doing today, the update we're doing today is on the almighty Rogue Echo Bike. By far, I would say the Rogue Echo Bike is probably, and I don't get numbers on this stuff, I have no idea, but I would guess based upon how much Rogue Fitness promotes it, is that the Echo Bike is one of their best-selling products.
So this is a two-year update for the Rogue Echo Bike. It's been about two years since we got it. We've compared it to the Assault Bike and I'm sure many of you are wondering, just like you were back then today, if you should get the assault bike or should get the echo bike or if you should get the Schwinn Airdyne 7 or the Xebex Air Plus, Assault AirBike Elite or the Xebex AirMill or the Schwinn AD Pro. There's a lot of them as you can tell. There used to just be Schwinn and they just had that crappy AD-4, but now there's like hundreds of these things. So, why should you buy this one versus the others? First, I want to tell you where this bad boy has been. The first place it's been, is in my garage and it's been in my garage in fluctuating temperatures, you know, chalk, all sorts of crap. Second of all, it's been in my friend's garage because my friend decided he wanted to use it to lose some weight.
Well, two weeks later he gives me a call and says he hasn't used it once. So I went and picked it up again. Then I took it to my gym and it's been used in my gym for the past year with ranging people. We actually had a CrossFit Games Athlete, Jessica Griffith come and use it as well as various people at our gym. So it's been used by a wide population in a lot of settings and a lot of places. Despite having it for as long as I have, there's little we've done to it. The seat gets loose every once in a while, other than that though, there’s not been any maintenance done to it. This is what we have today. Two years, folks.
Here's the big reason why this still works like it did on day one. One is its stability. You get on an Assault Air Bike and you try to put all-out effort from somebody with crazy power output, it's going to topple over. But, because the feet on the Echo Bike are wider and also because this is about double the weight at 128 pounds. It's a heavy freaking bike. So, it's going to stay stable and do so no matter who's using it.
The next reason that it's still in the same great shape it has been, despite air bikes being known to be some of the worst maintenance equipment out there, is because of the belt drive system. What that means is rather than a chain drive like what's seen on bicycles traditionally, the Echo Bike uses a belt drive that's similar to what's used in your car.
Not only does a belt drive last longer, but it's also much more responsive. So as soon as you start stepping on the pedal, as soon as you start going, the fan starts going and as soon as you stop it stops. So, there's very little play in the system. And, best of all, because it's a belt-driven system, you don't have to deal with the maintenance of a chain. Chain's require constant tensioning, oiling, and the like. The Echo Bike uses a self-tensioning belt chain and despite having it for two years, I haven't done any maintenance to it.
So, it still runs like day one. Now onto some of the features. One that separates it is the fan on the front that uses fully meta fan blades that are quite thick. This is the only air bike that I've seen that has a fully metal air blade. I once had somebody describe the Echo Bike as Rogue just decided to take apart one of their squat racks and make it into an air bike. It's that beefy. It's that big. And this is one reason why a lot of garage gym owners like it is because it lasts long time. But I think even more so, is the CrossFit affiliate owner who has like 20 to 30 of these in their gym. You don't want to be having to do all that maintenance on the bike.
Now I will say in comparison to the Schwinn Airdyne AD Pro, they are very similar. I also have an AD Pro that I've had for about three years and I haven't had to do any maintenance on it either. So both those bikes last a long time, much longer than many would expect. I will say though, some people dislike the belt drive in comparison to a chain drive, and the reason is that it's a harder thing to use. So on the Echo bike, when you start going, you have to push harder overall to start using it. Whereas with an assault air bike it spins a little bit quicker and then as soon as you let off an Assault Air Bike, it'll keep going.
They call this ghost riding and it was from Jason Khalipa who came up with the idea at a CrossFit Games Event. As soon as you let go, it doesn't go much further so you're not going to be able to get a bunch of extra calories. It's a harder bike to use, but as you've seen, it lasts longer. I've used pretty much every air bike out there and if I was going to recommend a bike based on price, value, and features, I would recommend the Rogue Echo Bike. I do really like the Concept 2 BikeErg, but that's a bit of a different bike as it's more like a traditional spin bike. So, if you're wanting an air bike for your home gym or for your CrossFit Box or commercial gym, this is the one I would suggest.
The Rogue Echo Bike combines heavy-duty steel, precision engineering, and convenient customization to forge a stronger, sturdier fan bike.
Overbuilt for a Smoother Ride
This overbuilt 127LB, 350LB weight limit unit provides a rock solid foundation for max output bursts, while still offering easy portability around the gym via a set of 1" polyurethane front wheels. A quiet, belt-driven steel fan blade produces a smooth, consistent ride, while a high-contrast, battery-powered LCD console allows athletes to track intervals, distance, calories burned, heart rate, and more.
Rogue Fitness (Rogue) warrants that the ECHO Bike (Product) shall be free from defect in material and workmanship for a period of two years from the date of purchase when the product is used under normal uses and conditions and as recommended in the User Guide.
Weighing in at 127LB, 350LB weight limit, the Echo Bike is not the wobbling breed of exercise bike. Its reinforced steel construction gives it the rigidity and balance to help eliminate sways and bumps during even max output bursts, and the fan’s steady response delivers a uniquely consistent, smooth riding experience. For added stability, we’ve included rubber leveling feet under each base tube. These feet adapt to your flooring and provide added “stick,” helping to level the bike even if it’s not on a level surface.
The mounted LCD console measures 6.375" x 6.375" and features a crystal clear, high contrast display. Athletes can select or create a wide range of modes, including Intervals (20/10, 10/20 or a custom Work/Rest interval), Target (choose a goal Time, Distance or Calories and the console will count down based on your selection), and Heart Rate Tracking (please note that a heart rate transmitter is required to send data, but is not included). The console runs on two AA batteries, which are included.
The Echo Bike is built with a range of durable steel tubing (2x3", 1.25x3", and 1.625x3.125" steel finished in a texture black powdercoat. The adjustable padded seat locks into 8 different height settings and 5 front-to-back settings, and the 1.5” diameter rubber grip handles are welded directly to the bike’s arms for added rigidity. A steel step plate is provided along with knurled 4.5" long rotating foot pegs and rubber-tread pedals. The fan itself is a belt-driven, precision steel blade.
Assembly is required to set-up the Echo Bike, but all necessary tools and black hardware are included standard with your order, along with easy step-by-step guidelines. While the fully constructed bike is a beast, we’ve included a set of 1" wide polyurethane wheels at the front of the unit, allowing it to be rolled around the gym or stored out of the way with ease.
2x3", 1.25x3", and 1.625x3.125" steel finished in a texture black powdercoat
44.5" x 23.75"