For 2019, we've updated this review to include the Rogue Echo Bike. It is by far the best value bike currently available and we wanted to update our readers to include the change as well as include other bikes we've tested since our original publish date.

After researching 15 air bikes, using 8 of them, and legitimately testing 6 of them, we've determined that the Rogue Echo Bike has dethroned the previous victor, the Schwinn Airdyne Pro as the best air bike for most people. Factoring in price, warranty, performance, durability, and ease of use, the Rogue Echo Bike offers the best performance and least amount of maintenance among all its competitors including the ever-popular Assault Bike.

How we Picked and Testedkeyboard_arrow_up

To compile our list of air bikes, we researched all of the major manufacturers, scoured Amazon, Alibaba, and more as well as reached out to industry experts who aided in the creation of these bikes. In addition to this, we went to Garage Gym Reviews HQ to rank and test all of the bikes we've used in the past as well as currently own. After researching around 15 air bikes, we narrowed it down to the bikes that are worth your time and money.

One of the things we found that wasn't too surprising was the fact that many of the modern air bikes are pretty much the same. In fact, we found that not only were they made to look and perform alike, but many of them are actually made in the same factory in Taiwan.

Due to the fact that many of the air bikes that are currently available are similar, we looked for the differences (mainly just the monitors) as well as bikes that weren't like these. The bikes we've picked are all worth using, it really comes down to your preferences and budget. Ultimately, after some deliberation, we narrowed down our specification to the following list of features we like to see in air bikes in no particular order.

  • Overall Construction: An air bike is going to receive a lot of use. Whether you choose to use it for just warm-ups and cool-downs or use it for interval training as well, you're going to want a bike that can take a beating and keep on going.
  • Required Maintenance: Unfortunately, two of our four picks still use a chain drive system which does require constant maintenance (oiling the chains as well as adjustment.) However, an air bike and any piece of equipment for that matter is designed to be used for increasing fitness, not increasing handyman skills. Therefore, we took this into consideration.
  • Durability: Durability relates pretty closely to the required maintenance of the machine. An air bike should be able to take years of abuse from commercial CrossFit facilities or home gyms and still work like the day they were purchased. This is an expensive machine, it should last like one.
  • Adjustability: The seat should be able to be adjusted both vertically and horizontally. The more adjustments available for customization, the better.
  • Monitor: The monitor should be able to track a wide range of metrics from wattage to meters biked.
  • Durable Components: The pedals, handles, seat, and other parts of the bike should be capable of taking a beating and keep on operating.
  • Value: It doesn't matter if the bike is $500 or $5,000, the value received is what we're judging.
  • Noise: All air bikes are loud due to how they receive their resistance, they shouldn't be unnecessarily loud from the clanking of components.
  • Warranty: Air bikes will occasionally break, and if they do so in a short amount of time then the company should either repair or replace whatever the issue is.

During testing, we used the bikes in various time durations from sprints to longer rides. We tested the adjustability, ease of maintenance, monitor metrics, noise levels, and simply how much they hurt during use (they all hurt pretty equally.) Finally, we asked the opinion of others on what bike they would most like to have.

Our Top Pick: Rogue Echo Bikekeyboard_arrow_up

Our Pick
Rogue Echo Bike
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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. Additional Specifications:Patent Pending DesignQuality Steel Construction for Dependable StabilityHeight: 52.75" (to top of handles)Length: 58.875" (overall with seat in position furthest from fan cage)Width: 29.875" (at handles - widest point)Footprint: 44.5" x 23.75"LCD Console Display (Batteries Included) with customizable modesBelt Driven Steel FanAdjustable Seat with 8 height and 5 front/back settings1.5” diameter rubber grip handlesRubber-tread PedalsTexture Black powdercoat finishRubber Leveling FeetAll Hardware & Assembly Tools IncludedWeight: 127LB, 350LB weight limit

The Rogue Echo Bike is by far one of the most successful pieces of equipment Rogue Fitness has released to date. Not only are home gyms across the country filled with the black powdercoated, belt driven monster, but so are CrossFit Affiliates, Globo-Gyms, and personal training studios. Despite the Echo Bike having a lot of hype, it’s not just. In fact, in our experience, the ease of use, quality, durability, and other features actually allow the bike to exceed the hype, which is saying something considering the amount that is swirled around the bike.

Surprisingly, the Echo Bike is the first piece of conditioning equipment that Rogue Fitness has made. I say surprisingly for a couple reasons.

1. It’s that good

2. They’re the largest strength & conditioning manufacturer in the world

Although we shouldn’t be surprised how good the bike is based upon Rogue’s track record, we are. The Rogue Echo Bike is one of the best air bikes currently available at any price and there’s a reason it’s our top pick. Despite it being as good as it is, it’s also one of the most affordable bikes available among the top of the line options. Since it’s release, nearly every other air bike has dropped in price to compete with the Echo Bike. When it was released in 2018, we said in our full in depth review, “Unfortunately for the manufacturers, the Echo Bike will force greater innovation, dedication to quality control, and tighter profit margins.”

This statement couldn’t be more true.

Although the Rogue Echo Bike will be most oft compared to the Assault AirBike, which is on our list, but certainly not the top air bike, the air bike the Echo Bike is actually most similar to is the Schwinn Airdyne Pro. We were big fans of the Schwinn Airdyne Pro and still are. In fact, we view the Rogue Echo Bike and Schwinn Airdyne Pro as very similar bikes with only minor differences. This said, we believe the Rogue Echo Bike wins out mainly based on its price and customer service/warranty.

With so many air bikes available today, it’s become clear what makes a winner. Stability, low maintenance and quick responsiveness via a belt drive, an easy to use monitor, and multiple adjustment options to dial in the bike for different heights. The Echo Bike exceeds in all of these areas and although there are competitors to the throne, there is none that tops it.

Every part on the Echo Bike is beefy. From the foot pegs that feature knurling for grip and spin for effect to the fan blades that are pieces of formed aluminum vs the plastic found on most other bikes. Yes, it’s oversized, but not dramatically so over other bikes. It can also look intimidating to a certain type of person. We put the bike in our personal training gym and found that most people stayed away from it. After asking why, the most consistent reply was, “it just looks harder than the other bikes.”

We have now been able to use the Echo Bike both in the garage gym and at our personal training facility for over a year. Despite all of the varied use, it still looks and performs like it did on day one. We have yet to do any maintenance (something that can’t be said for the chain-driven bikes we’ve used) and we like it as much as we did on day one. We’re actually suprised companies like Assault Bike haven’t tried to re-do their bike to compete as chain-drive bikes feel like such archaic technology at this point.

The Rogue Echo Bike is the best air bike for most people currently on the market. Should something else come out, we’ll update our opinions, but until then, the Rogue Echo Bike is the current champion and our recommendation for a majority reading this.

Our Runner-Up: Schwinn Airdyne Prokeyboard_arrow_up

The Schwinn Airdyne Pro is the next generation of the Airdyne from Scwhinn. Although we've had a lot of beef with Schwinn Airdyne's in the past (I've owned three of them), the AD Pro is nothing like the previous generations.

The first thing you notice about the Schwinn the bike is the overall quality. The Assault Air Bike and Xebex Air Bike have brought a new level to air bikes regarding build quality, and the AD Pro is right up there with them.

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Schwinn AD7 Airdyne Pro Air Bike
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SCHWINN AIRDYNE PRO Schwinn has been manufacturing quality bikes for over a century, and in the fitness world, they’ve been a leading innovator in air resistance technology. With the Airdyne AD Pro, Schwinn has developed its most complete all-purpose stationary bike to date—with a perimeter-weighted flywheel design, powerful solid steel cranks, and doubled-coated steel body construction. Multi-position handles allow the rider to use a vertical or horizontal grip, redesigned foot platforms reduce slip and improve push-off, and a larger, padded seat offers optimal comfort. The universal rail and clamp system even lets users swap in their own customized seats if they choose. Not all fitness bikes are built the same. The Schwinn Airdyne AD Pro is uniquely designed to increase resistance to match the force you’re exerting, and its drive belt system is not only durable and up to the task, but far quieter than most air bikes on the market. No matter your goals or the pace you want to set, the bike allows you to establish a program that works for you, tracking watts, time, calories burned, distance, and more.SPECIFICATIONS:Single stage belt drive air resistance systemDimensions: 42" L x 20" W x 52" H (106CM x 50CM x 132CM)26 Blade Performance Fan + Progressive Wind ResistanceMoisture-repellent steel construction9 programmable workout optionsMulti-Grip Handle BarsLCD display screen with metrics for time, distance, calories, RPM, watts, pulse, and speedOversized, padded seat for greater comfortMaximum user weight: 350LB (160KG)Warranty Info: Frame (10 years), Parts (2 years), Labor (6 months)

Although the AD Pro doesn't feature an all metal construction, in this case, plastic is a plus. Metal, in most cases, is much more durable than plastic, but metal also makes much more noise. And, when it comes to a machine that already produces the decibels that air bikes are known for, the last thing you need is more noise. So, the basic makeup of the bike is metal and plastic, with a majority being aluminum and steel.

Everything on the bike seems to be larger than on the Assault & Xebex bikes as well. That's not to say it takes up a whole lot more foot space because it doesn't, but the fan, for instance, is gigantic as is the monitor and seat.

The frame on the AD Pro is a bit longer than other air bikes out there, and it makes sense why; the AD Pro is made for fitness enthusiasts, not the elderly.

No longer are old people the only ones using air bikes. They're now being used more than ever in competitions and in serious training environments. This means they take more abuse from people who can push some serious wattage. (Want to see something freaky? Watch Danny Nichols get 300 calories on an Airdyne in under 10 minutes.)

The longer frame keeps the bike from rocking back and forth when you're starting. It also has seems to have the weight a little bit more evenly distributed on the frame which helps combat the side to side rocking that anyone who's spent much time on an air bike has noticed.

The biggest upgrade on Airdyne Pro over other bikes, and the main reason it stole our top pick is that it features the first belt drive system on any air bike ever produced. Belt drives have been used for a little while on bicycles with great results, but this is the first time I've seen it in this type of application (Concept 2 also uses something kind of similar on the BikeErg.)

Rather than using your typical link chain, the bike uses a heavy-duty rubber belt often seen in cars. This allows for a few things:

  • fewer adjustments needed to be made over the lifetime of the bike
  • more responsive ride
  • a much quieter and smooth ride

The belt drive system will require far less maintenance, but it also reduces noise dramatically. The only real sound you hear is the one produced by the blades on the fan battling against the wind. Starting the bike is smooth and quick as is coming to a stop for things like movement changes or intervals.

This is by far the most significant improvement of the air bike and one I would imagine other companies will try and emulate in the future.

The Schwinn Airdyne Pro also boasts the best monitor on any air bike we tested. Second place was the Assault Bike with it's many presets, but it still left some improvements to be desired.

The main difference between the two were the size and brightness of the AD Pro's screen being easier on the eyes (especially while sweating), and additional metrics at the top.

The top of the monitor features dials very similar to what you would find on a car. It seemed excessive at first, until you do a workout that you're pacing and the ability to see your current RPM is beneficial. If you're a person who loves data, this monitor is the one for you.

It also tracks heart rate, connects to your monitor very quickly, and you can track your effort based on heart rate zones.

Finally, the bike is, to put it simply, really well-built. The pedals are actual metal pedals and not plastic so expect fewer problems. The rubber grips are heavy-duty and unlike foam take chalk extraordinarily well. There are just so many little things you start to discover as you go through the bike that show Schwinn really went back to the drawing board on this bike.

Despite the AD Pro being an excellent bike, it's features are very similar to our top pick, the Rogue Echo Bike, at a much higher price point. For these reasons, the Schwinn Airdyne Pro is our runner-up for the best air bike.

The CrossFit-Focused Option: Assault Bikekeyboard_arrow_up

Another Great Option
Assault AirBike
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ASSAULT AIRBIKE Finally, a heavy-duty exercise bike designed directly from the feedback of athletes and coaches. The Assault AirBike reinvents and retools nearly every component of the traditional fan bike, from the frame construction to the crank, pedals, monitor and more. The series is designed and tested in the USA by the experienced team at LifeCORE Fitness in Carlsbad, California. Using air resistance, the Assault AirBike scales automatically to how hard you want to work. The harder you pedal, the greater the resistance. It's simple physics with big benefits. The great thing about the Assault AirBike is that it can work for a beginner, a rehabbing athlete, or a seasoned pro training at the highest levels of competition—no matter their sport, body type, or ambition. While fanbikes have existed for nearly half a century, modern advances in their design and function have made them increasingly in-demand among military personnel, pro and college sports teams, competitive cyclists and sprinters, and high performance athletes from the cross-training ranks. The key: you set your own pace. The resistance adapts to your own output, and the bike’s multiple, custom seat adjustments make for a more comfortable, customized ride. In the age of smartphones and tablets, an old-fashioned, clunky fitness bike monitor simply doesn’t cut it. The Assault AirBike’s state-of-the-art LCD display console is still easy to navigate at the push of a button, but your customization options—from on-board programs to instant, multi-faceted monitor feedback—is almost limitless. Athletes can simultaneously track their heart rate, speed, RPM, time, calories burned, and more. Even watts can be monitored with precision accuracy, thanks to the AirBike’s 20-horsepower electric motor and carefully calibrated torque measurement meter. You won’t just feel the effects of a good workout, you’ll be able to see the science behind it in real time. LifeCORE threw out many of the old stationary bike manufacturing methods and focused on a powerful new 21st century bike that could handle daily abuse at the best gyms in the world. Each bike is equipped with a thick-gauge chro-moly steel frame, with at least 1-2 sealed cartridge bearings in EVERY single pivot—from the flywheels and pedals to the bottom bracket and linkage arms. There are over 20 bearings in all, unmatched by most fitness bikes in the industry. The goal isn’t just reliability—it’s zero wobble and zero maintenance required over thousands of hours of use. Specifications:LCD screen outputs: Watts – RPM -- Calories – Heart Rate -- Distance – Time – Odometer – Interval Training (Tabata and custom)Heavy Duty Steel Frame eliminates side-to-side movement25" diameter steel fanHybrid seat with multi-adjustment optionsIndustrial powder coating for durabilityReinforced pedals and crank20 sealed cartridge bearings, utilized in every pivot

The Assualt Bike is the most popular air bike currently available. That said, popularity does not equate to something being the "best."

First off, the Assault Bike has become popular for a few reasons. One, it's been marketed more and better than any other air bike. Assault/LifeCORE Fitness has targeted the CrossFit/Functional Fitness Community as well as anyone in the industry.

Assualt saw that there was a need for a commercial grade air bike and came to market with the Assault Bike before anyone else. It took competitors months to come out with a product that could compete and by that time Assault Bikes could be found in just about every CrossFit Affiliate in the country.

The Assault Bike isn't a bad bike, in fact, compared to what used to be available it's quite good. The real issue is that a very similar bike (except for the monitor) can be had at a lower price (our budget pick.) This said, the Assault Bike does have one of our favorite monitors and overall, has a good build.

The Assault Bike is based on an all-metal frame designed to take whatever a CrossFit Affiliate can throw at it. It features upgraded materials from Airdyne's of the past and is quite stable for its small footprint.

The frame of the Assault Bike uses rounded square tubing that allows the bike to be stiff enough for high power work, but light enough to move the bike around.

The handles have a rubber grip that takes chalk well and is firm enough to keep a steady grip. One advantage of this style of handle is that it's quite rigid and remains out-of-the-way of your knees. You can torque them somewhat in the beginning of an interval if you're pushing a lot of wattage, but I haven't noticed much of any issue.

The fan is oversized compared to some of the original Airdynes, but uses the same bike spoke fan blades that have been around for decades. The fan blades on our top pick is preferable due to the lack of noise and more consistent feel, but these get the job done just fine.

The main reason the Assault Bike took our runner-up spot instead of the top pick was primarily due to the chain drive. Although the outer components of the Assault Bike are all upgraded from the original Airdyne's, the part that most people had issues with remains the same.

Chain drives are notorious for needing lots of maintenance and also making excess noise. Compared to our top pick, the Schwinn Airdyne Pro, the Assault Bike is louder, requires more maintenance, and less responsive. Going from the Assault Bike to the Schwinn Airdyne Pro is like driving a gas vehicle versus a Tesla. They both get the job done, but one is undoubtedly a better experience.

Although the chain-driven system is less than ideal, the monitor on the Assault Bike is a standout feature. Every metric you would like to see as well as ways to run intervals quickly are a button away on the Assault Monitor. If you wish to do long, slower sessions, there's also a place for your phone.

Ultimately, the Assault Bike is a great air bike, just not as good as our top picks. If you train for the CrossFit Games, then we suggest the Assault Bike, however, if you don't, then stay with our top pick.

The Budget-Friendly Air Bike: Xebex Airmillkeyboard_arrow_up

Budget Pick
Xebex Airmill Air Bike
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The Airmill Air bike has the same great features and manufacturing process as the Xebex Air Bike; but with cylindrical, traditional handlebars. The Airmill Air Bike features increased durability by using higher quality parts throughout the frame. We've reinforced weak points of other air bike models to create the most durable and robust bike on the market. The frame weighs more than comparable models which leads to more stability. Higher quality parts such as our Universal Ball Joints where the Handlebars connect to the Linkage Arms is one example of how Airmill Bikes are built more durable and longer-lasting! Effective for any abilityAirmill Air Bikes resistance is controlled by the user, not the machine. You can control the intensity of your workout - The harder you push, pull and pedal, the more air you're moving and the greater the resistance. Cool-down and lower your heart rate by easing the intensity of your push, pull, and pedal stroke in order to decrease the resistance and amount of air moving.Full-Body Workout Pushing, Pulling, and Pedaling can all be done with a Airmill Air Bike. This activates muscles in your arms, chest, back, legs, and even your core for washboard abs! Quickly burn calories with a full-body workout where you control the intensity of your exercise regimen! Comfortable and adjusts to fit various heightsOur 4-way adjustable seat allows you to adjust the seat up/down, and forward/back. Simply loosen the pop-pin and pull out to adjust the vertical distance from seat to pedal. Next, loosen the seat track lever to slide the seat closer or further away from the handlebars! Base/Frame: - 104lb steel frame- Heavy-Duty 24" fan, 27" with Fan Housing- Sealed cartridge bottom bracket- Heavier base and handles produce a more intense workout- Increased arm range of motion - Pedal arm uses bearings - stays tighter over timeLarge, Easy-to-Read Console/Programs - Tracks Distance (Meter or Mile), Time, Speed (KM or MI),Calories, Watts, and HR- Programmable Custom Interval Functions (Work, Rest programs)- Set Distance or Calories with countdown functionality- Distance tracked in meters or thousandths of a mile (1000.0 = 1 mile)Comfort/Adjustments - Rubber-Dipped handles- 4-way adjustable seat - Peg attachment foot rests- Extra padding on seat- Optional Pair of SPD Cleat Pedals: Toe cup and SPD clip-in design to take your workout to a whole new level!Specs: Net Weight: 104LBsShipping Weight: 110 lbs.Shipping Dimensions: 48" x 35" x 11"Warranty: 5 year frame, 2 year non-wear parts

The Xebex Airmill is an answer to the Assault Bike at a lower price point. Initially, Xebex released the Air Bike, which we rated very high, but in looking to hit a lower price point, Xebex came out with the Airmill that features all of the same things as the Air Bike, but with different arms.

The Xebex Airmill and the Assault Bike are very much identical. Nearly everything about them is the same form their chain driven system to their frame. The main difference between the bikes is the price and the monitor.

The frame on the Airmill is as solid as they come. In fact, because the frame of the bike is so heavy and well-built, it shakes very little; mainly at the start of sprints.

This is a huge plus compared to the old Airdyne's that would begin to topple as soon as you went for a max effort, thankfully the newer Schwinn Airdyne Pro doesn't do this, but nevertheless, the Airmill is a significant upgrade over the original Airdyne's.

The welds on the frame are overall excellent and provide a solid foundation for the rest of the components. There are a few features on the frame that make it stand out compared to previous iterations of the fan bike.

One is the extra welded piece of steel behind the seat post. This piece of metal provides extra rigidity, and although it's probably not essential, it shows that this bike is made to take a beating (you'll notice the Assault Bike has the same piece.)

Attached to the front of the frame are a pair of wheels. However, unlike Airdyne's who have the wheels attached to the fan, these are attached to the base (in the same way the Assault Bike is, except they recently added an extender bar) and are heavy-duty. Rolling the bike around is very easy, which for people who train at home, mobility is very important.

The base pieces and the metal that runs along the base of the bike uses thick, rounded square tubing. Once again, completely unnecessary, but that's one of the things that makes this bike so great.

The word that comes to mind when discussing the Airmill and the Assault Bike is over-engineered. In a world that tries to skimp on product costs as much as possible, it's great to see companies producing products that will last.

That said, the Airmill, despite its great frame, does have the same shortcomings as the Assault Bike, and that is the chain-driven system.

Chain drives have been around forever, and although they do fine on bicycles, they require much more maintenance than the belt drive system of our top pick. You should be regularly oiling the chains (if you can get to them) and expect the chain to occasionally pop of the chainrings at which time you'll have to disassemble the lower section (it's a pain.

The Airmill is also noisier (the same as the Assault Bike) than the Schwinn Airdyne Pro, and finally, out of all of our picks, we like the monitor on the Airmill the least.

If the Airmill had the same monitor as the Assault Bike, we would see no need to purchase the Assault Bike as the Airmill is pretty much the same. However, due to the difficulty of use with the Airmill's monitor and fewer metrics, we decided to put the Assault Bike as our runner-up pick.

If you want a great air bike and are on a budget, then we suggest the Xebex AirMill.

The Best Air Bike Without Arms: Concept 2 BikeErgkeyboard_arrow_up

Concept 2
Concept 2 BikeErg
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The BikeErg is the latest innovation from the makers of the Concept2 Indoor Rower and SkiErg. Utilizing the same advanced engineering principles and PM5 performance monitor as those time-tested machines, the BikeErg is also lighter in weight than most stationary bikes and closer in feel to actual outdoor riding. The design is built around precision flywheel air resistance, creating a workout customized to any athlete who uses it. As you pedal harder, the intensity and challenge of the workout increases accordingly. At the same time, the inclusion of a clutch lets you freewheel like a standard bicycle, while a wide damper range re-creates the effect of changing gears. The Concept2 BikeErg is portable, easy to assemble, and designed with an adjustable saddle and handlebars. Users can even decide to attach their own bicycle seat, handlebars or pedals (most styles are compatible) to create the ultimate custom indoor bike. Rather than a chain, the BikeErg features high-strength, self-tensioning polygroove belts, greatly reducing the sound output and making set-up practical in any room of the house. Included standard with the unit, the PM5 Performance Monitor offers a wide range of instant data feedback, including pace, watts, cadence (rpm) and calories. These statistics are then saved and stored automatically in the monitor’s memory or an optional USB stick. The PM5 has both Bluetooth and ANT+ wireless options, so you can connect to most wireless heart rate belts, as well as Concept2’s ErgData app and other third party apps. The PM5 takes two D-cell batteries and the power is generated by the flywheel when you ride, saving on battery life. Like the Concept2 Rowers and SkiErg, the BikeErg uses air resistance generated by a fanned flywheel. This makes the machine directly responsive to your own output as you pedal. The inclusion of a special damper also re-creates the effect of shifting gears on a standard bicycle, as the user can alter the amount of air going into the flywheel. By changing settings, you can simulate the experience of a straightaway ride or a challenging uphill climb. The BikeErg is uniquely customizable to the skill sets and preferences of any athlete, regardless of size or experience. Additional Specifications: Flywheel Indoor Fitness Bike Footprint: 48” x 24” Weight: 58LB (26KG) Construction: Welded aluminum frame, steel feet Finish: Black powder coat frame, anodized posts Polygroove belts with self-tensioning system - quiet operation Adjustable seat and handles Damper for adjusting airflow to flywheel Clutch for freewheeling PM5 Performance Monitor BikeErg Product Manual with Performance Monitor Quick Start Guide Tools and instructions for assembly included

The Concept 2 BikeErg is the best fan bike without arms, and to be honest, is one of the only available. That said, Concept 2 as with all of their machines, has created something that is not only effective, but will be as durable as a bike could possibly be.

First off, the BikeErg is not a typical air bike which is immediately evident when you realize there are no handles. However, despite it being different from the typical air bikes we see, that does not mean it's any less effective. The goal of the original air bike design (the Schwinn Airdyne) is to provide both a stimulus to the upper and lower body. One thing that is often overlooked, however, is the fact that in reality, the majority of users spend most of their effort pushing the pedals instead of the arms.

So, although there are arms available with all of the air bikes in this guide, that doesn't mean the workout is more “total body” or “harder” for most people.

The Concept 2 BikeErg does receive its resistance from air, but it has an entirely different feeling from the air resisted Airdyne and Assault Bikes. One thing that the Concept 2 has that traditional air bikes cannot touch is a damper, the same thing that provides either more or less air flow on the Concept 2 Rowers and SkiErgs. Although the damper plays a significant role in the Rower and SkiErg, neither can compare to the importance of the damper on the BikeErg.

I say this because the damper can take the BikeErg from feeling like an Airdyne with hardly any resistance to a spin bike with the brake all the way pressed down.

In our opinion, the BikeErg is superior to the Airdyne and Assault Bike for most people. It has more versatility, better metrics, and will likely (based on Concept 2's history) have much fewer problems than other air bikes. If you're training for the CrossFit Games, then having an Assault Bike is necessary, but if you're just looking for a bike for conditioning, intervals, HIIT, sprints, warming up, recovery, etc., then the BikeErg is genuinely the superior option.

The build of the BikeErg is as good as we've come to expect from Concept 2. Starting at the feet, the frame sits on four adjustable pegs that screw into the feet for adjustability based upon the slope of the floor the bike is resting on. This is standard for air bikes, and I'm glad to see they've included them in the BikeErg.

To keep the bike grounded and stable, Concept 2 uses steel feet that are bolted to the frame. The BikeErg rocks much less than our other air bike picks, but this is most likely due to the fact that there are no arms. On the front feet are two roller hockey wheels that are larger than what is used on the rower and provide for easy maneuvering.

The aluminum frame is given the signature black powder-coat look that is both hard-wearing and corrosion resisting. Attached in the middle of the frame are two crank arms with black metal pedals. These can be interchanged just like a bicycle for any pedals you'd like including clipless.

One of the best features of the BikeErg is the fact that you won't have to do much, if any maintenance over the life of the bike.

The BikeErg uses polygrooved belts rather than the traditional chain seen on Assault Bikes and Airdynes (excluding the Airdyne Pro) which not only makes the ride quieter but also reduces maintenance and increases the life of the bike. We praised Schwinn for transitioning from a chain drive to a belt drive system, and we're glad to see Concept 2 insisted on the same, except even better is the fact that the BikeErg's belts are self-tensioning.

In addition to the belts, the BikeErg utilizes a clutch that allows the flywheel fan to continue spinning despite the pedals stopping, something you don't see on our other picks. If you've ever done intervals with another person on an air bike, you know how frustrating it is getting on and off due to the pedals having to continue progressing. This is a significant advantage of the BikeErg, and I hope Schwinn, Xebex, and Assault take notice.

The Concept 2 BikeErg also features every adjustment you can imagine, from the height of the seat to the handlebars both horizontally and vertically.Finally, one of Concept 2's biggest selling points is their Performance Monitors that track every metric you could want and allows you to compete against others.

The versatility of the BikeErg is unmatched, and it's the reason we recommend it above the traditional air bikes for most people. The Assault Air Bike and Airdyne certainly have their place (I won't be getting rid of mine,) but if I had to have one, I'd take the BikeErg.

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Xebex Air Bike: Before Xebex released the Airmill, the Air Bike was our budget-friendly option. However, the Airmill is the exact same as the Air Bike, but includes different arms at a much lower price. Because of this, we believe the Airmill is a better value, although the Xebex Air Bike is still a great bike.

Body-Solid FB300: The FB300 is the exact same bike as the Assault Bike, but with a lower quality monitor and at a higher price. Unless you can find it used, we recommend staying away from it.

Schwinn Airdyne AD6: The Schwinn Airdyne AD6 was Schwinn's premier bike prior to the AD Pro. Although it's a decent bike, they are prone to breakage and have a lot of plastic parts. If you want a Schwinn but don't want to spend the amount that the AD Pro costs, then this is our recommendation.

Schwinn Airdyne AD4: Before the Assault Bike, this is what you would find in most CrossFit Affiliates, and although it's limited in its functions and not that durable, it's an okay bike. That said, it's no longer manufactured and can be purchased for pretty cheap on the secondary market.

Schwinn Airdyne AD2: We would not recommend this bike at just about any price.

Body Rider Exercise Upright Fan Bike: This bike is not made for the functional fitness crowd, however, if you're trying to go slow, it will work just fine.

Marcy Fan Exercise Bike - NS-1000: This is a decent budget friendly bike, but only buy this if you really cannot afford something more expensive. This bike will work, however, not for as long as you'd like.

Marcy AIR-1: There are much better options around this price range.

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B2706 Fan Bike: This bike is based off the Assault Bike, however with some cheaper modifications. At this price point, there are better options. However, it's not a bad bike.

StairMaster Air Fit Bike: We have yet to use this model, however, for the price we can't see it being that much better than our top pick.

Fitness Reality 1000AR Resistance Exercise Fan Bike: Cheapy looking bike with a design that's prone to failure.

StarTrac ST Fitness 8610 Air Force Bike: This is the same bike as the Assault Bike with a worse monitor.

StairMaster Zephyr Dual Action Bike: This is the same bike as the Assault Bike with a worse monitor and a backrest.

Lamar Fitness Air Force Dual Action Bike: This is the same bike as the Assault Bike with a worse monitor and a backrest. It's fine if bought cheaply on the secondary market.

Top Pick
Rogue Echo Bike
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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. Additional Specifications:Patent Pending DesignQuality Steel Construction for Dependable StabilityHeight: 52.75" (to top of handles)Length: 58.875" (overall with seat in position furthest from fan cage)Width: 29.875" (at handles - widest point)Footprint: 44.5" x 23.75"LCD Console Display (Batteries Included) with customizable modesBelt Driven Steel FanAdjustable Seat with 8 height and 5 front/back settings1.5” diameter rubber grip handlesRubber-tread PedalsTexture Black powdercoat finishRubber Leveling FeetAll Hardware & Assembly Tools IncludedWeight: 127LB, 350LB weight limit

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