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The Titan Fan Bike is the most complete piece of cardio equipment Titan Fitness has released to date. To be frank, it’s essentially a tricked-out Assault Air Bike. Nearly every part of it from the color to the monitor reminds me of the ever-popular Assault Air Bike even down to the less than desirable chain drive. It also borrows elements from the Rogue Echo Bike. Although I prefer the Echo Bike, the Titan Fan Bike is one of the best options we’ve tested for budget home gym owners.
Titan Fitness is known for creating some of the best home gyms that focus on value and that’s evident in the Titan Fan Bike. It’s not the best fan bike we’ve used or recommend, however, it comes in at a tremendous price with a lot of features you ordinarily have to pay extra for. Like is often the case with Titan products, they combine many of the favorite features from competitors and put them into their product. If the Assault Bike and the Rogue Echo Bike had a baby, this would be that air bike… and to be honest, it’s quite good especially when compared to the price point.
There was a time that the only option for a fan bike was which Schwinn Airdyne was available at the local sporting goods store. Now, the Titan Fan Bike is just one among dozens of others. Here’s who I recommend this bike to:
Who I recommend the Titan Fan Bike for
Who I don’t recommend the Titan Fan Bike for
The Fan Bike was delivered from Titan Fitness in a large, dual-ply cardboard box wrapped in poly straps and tape. The box was big and cumbersome weighing over 120 LB but only had some minor scrapes.
Upon opening the box, the bike parts are revealed pack tightly with styrofoam for protection and to prevent the metal from flying around while on the back of the delivery truck. I’ve assembled many air bikes in my quest to find the best air bike, but this was one of the quickest to build that we’ve brought into the gym.
There are a couple of things to note about the assembly. One, the bike comes mostly pre-assembled. This is something that isn’t often done with imported products and I was thankful to see it. Two, there were extra metal parts included in the box to keep things from shifting in the box. This is an extra cost to Titan but shows they’ve taken customer concerns over shipping issues in the past seriously.
Over the course of 30 minutes, we assembled the Fan Bike and leveled it out on the garage gym floor.
The Titan Fan Bike, like all air bikes, is a piece of equipment I have a love/hate relationship with. Similar to some of the top and best exercise bikes, I love the results that come from doing HIIT conditioning on an air bike, but I hate how bloodsucking difficult it can be. But, this is what gym equipment should be, so I’m not complaining too much.
The first time I hopped on the bike, I was reminded of the bike (I believe) it was designed after–the Assault AirBike. The Assault Bike is THE air bike that is used in the CrossFit Games and was the first modern take on the older Schwinn Airdyne. It has its flaws, but overall, it’s a good bike and better than anything that came before it.
The resemblance between the two bikes is uncanny and if I didn’t know any better, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out if they were made in the same factory.
The similarities and the features that are prevalent in both during use start with the drive system. The Titan Fan Bike uses a chain drive similar to what you see on bicycles. Metal chains that wrap around sprockets and then connect to crank arms are what drive the fan on the front of the bike. Chains are, in my and many others opinions inferior to belts, like what is seen on the Rogue Echo Bike.
The good thing about chains is that they’re cheap and familiar. The bad thing is they require much more maintenance including lubing and tightening over time.
However, when combined with the retro-fitted bicycle wheel made into a fan on the front of the bike, you get a system that is overall easier to pedal than a belt-drive, in my experience. Starting a belt-drive bike like the Echo Bike from Rogue Fitness is harder and they also stop more abruptly. A chain drive makes it possible to ‘ghost-ride’ as my friend and CrossFit Games champion Jason Khalipa coined. This means that when you’re finished pushing the bike, you can put your feet on the knurled footpegs and let the bike continue to rack up calories and meters.
The arms on the Fan Bike are again, similar to the Assault Bike. When pushed, you feel connected to the system and although there is some play, it’s not a ton and allows for a nice experience.
While cranking on the bike, the piece most interacted with is the monitor. If I’m to be frank, the monitor on the Titan Fan Bike is not good. The buttons are too small, it asks for my age for some odd reason every time I press start, and it’s not very intuitive. This is the only glaring miss of the entire bike.
One of the biggest benefits of the Titan Fan Bike in comparison to its competitors is the number of accessories included standard with the bike.
The accessory that most hits the box for, “I didn’t know I needed that” is the phone holder with a grippy pad that sits on top of the monitor. It slides up and down so it’s out of the way of the monitor when not in use, and it holds my phone so I can watch YouTube videos while doing longer, steady-state cardio.
An accessory that requires an upcharge from other companies, if it’s even offered, is a fan guard that prevents the air from the bike cooling your body off. This is a nice thing in the summer, but when I go out to the garage in the winter, the last thing I want is cold air blowing on me. This, again, comes standard on the Titan Fan Bike.
The other accessory that comes included is the turf tires and back handle (that’s also knurled, thank you very much) that allows the bike to be easily maneuvered on all surfaces, including grass. I didn’t realize how much convenience these would add to my life until I tried them. They also don’t increase the footprint of the bike any, which was cool to see.
Although I prefer fan bikes for EMOM’s and shorter duration, max effort training, they also work well for longer duration, consistent effort training. I will often switch from using both legs and arms to just arms on the Titan Fan Bike and it requires no thought, just varied endurance.
The biggest downside to the Titan Fan Bike is its monitor. The price, accessories, and overall build quality presents a great value. In fact, for a gen 1 product, this is one of Titan’s best showings.
However, the monitor should be reworked and improved.
This isn’t the first time this has happened in cardio equipment though. The first Echo Bikes that Rogue sold required a 3, 2, 1 countdown with jarring beeps on the monitor every time it started. They’ve since fixed this. I’d love to see Titan improve the monitor as well.
The other downside of the bike that is somewhat preference and kind of expected for the price point is the chain drive system. A chain drive system will simply require more maintenance than poly-groove belts seen on more expensive competitor air bikes.
For some of the best budget home gym setups I've seen, there are many air bikes available for home gym owners. We’ve brought all of the options and given recommendations in our best air bike guide, but here are the bikes you should most consider in comparison to the Titan Fan Bike.
The most notable competitor to the Titan Fan Bike and our Top Pick is the Rogue Echo Bike. The Rogue Echo Bike is bigger, more stable, and less prone to maintenance issues. Thanks to its belt drive system it’s also somewhat quieter.
This said, the Titan Fan Bike is much cheaper and includes many accessories that Rogue Fitness charges extra for. Although we prefer the Echo Bike for most people, if you’re on a budget and looking for the best budget home gym equipment, we certainly could understand why you’d pick up the Titan Fitness Bike.
The other stationary air bike you’re likely interested in when looking at Titan’s offering is the Assault Air Bike. For most people, I’d recommend the Titan Fan Bike first as they’re extremely similar, but the only thing Assault does better is with its monitor, while Titan’s is less expensive and includes many accessories.
They’re honestly so similar, you’ll get a similar experience between the two.
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