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5 Best Spin Bikes For Home – UK

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In this article, we are reviewing the best spin bikes for home gyms. We will be looking at what they are, what to look out for and our recommendations – A spin bike can be a great idea for a home workout. If you’ve been to a spin class you will know just how hard you work during a half-hour session. With a bit of imagination, you could recreate that class in your very own home. Now we need to look at what is the best spin bike for home, for your budget. 

 We will be looking at all the features you can find amongst the different price ranges and types available. This way you can be better informed as to what is best suited for your needs and budget.

What to look for when buying a spin bike for home

There are many factors you need to take into account when deciding which is the best spin bike for home use. It is not just down to the price, or how it looks.

To get the best value for money we have a list of things you should take into consideration;

Flywheel

The flywheel is the weighted wheel, usually a solid metal disc, and tends to be at the front of the bike. It connects to the pedals by a chain or belt drive.

The flywheel provides the resistance while you pedal, which you can adjust with a control near the frame or handlebars.

A heavier flywheel can give you a harder workout.

Weight Limit

Better quality spin bikes will have a higher weight capacity.

They will usually be better made, using higher quality materials. A decent spin bike will support a weight of around 120kg or more. This is obviously an important factor.

Seat & Handlebars

This is often overlooked as a decided factor, but it can be crucial. As people are of different heights, the spin bike should be height adjustable in the seat and handlebars to accommodate.

Dimensions

Of course, deciding which spin bike to buy can be affected by the amount of space you have. Think about the desired location – conservatory, spare room, gym…

You will need space to comfortably use the bike, and leave it in situ if you will be, or if you will storing it in a cupboard somewhere. There are also folding spin bikes available.

Screen

You are more likely to find at least a basic LCD screen on your bike. They do vary in functionality so decide if you want a screen that displays speed, time, distance, heart rate to name a few.

Some also have preprogrammed workouts and timers for better variety.

If you are used to using your own chest heart rate monitor straps, many spinning bikes are compatible. It is worth checking before you buy.

Price

As with everything, the more expensive it is the better quality it is likely to be, with more features. But it can vary even within a limited price range.

It is important to look at what is available, what you might want from it, and what you can afford.

We will look at the best spin bikes in various price ranges to make sure every budget is catered for.

Warranty

Do not forget to look at what warranty the spin bike comes with. You can expect at least one year, some have two years, and there may be the option to increase this for a fee.

Should the unlikely happen, the company can come out and repair your bike at home, or take it away for repair with the option to have a replacement one in the meantime.

Best Spin Bike for Home UK

Hopefully by now you have a good idea of what you are looking for, what you want and what you have to spend, let’s look at what is available on your budget.

best spin bikes for home

Best Budget Spin Bike

If you have a limited budget we have found the perfect spin bike for you.

When looking for a cheaper spin bike, pay particular attention to the quality. You may come across some poorly-made, cheap copies.

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  • Resistance: Variable Resistance
  • Flywheel: 6kg
  • Seat/Handlebars: Fully adjustable seat, height-adjustable handlebars
  • LCD: Speed, time, distance, calories and heart rate
  • Dimensions: 110cm x 45cm x 85cm, 25kg
  • User Weight Limit: 150kg
  • Warranty: 12 months

Overview

Our recommendation for an indoor spin bike on a budget is excellent value for money. It is certainly not the cheapest around, but in the ‘affordable’ price range, and offers some great features you might otherwise expect to pay more for.

It comes with a reasonable 6kg steel flywheel, fully-adjustable seat and handlebars.

The included LCD is fairly basic, but does allow you to track speed, time, distance, calories and heart rate.

It is a perfect for beginners, advanced athletes and everyone in between.

  • Steel flywheel
  • Arm and elbow rests, adjustable seat and handlebars
  • High-quality build design, easy to assemble
  • LCD with speed, distance, pulse, calories and duration
  • Basic LCD screen
  • Not particularly comfortable seat

Best Spin Bike Under £300​

If you can stretch your budget a little more, this spin bike could be the choice for you.

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  • Resistance: Magnetic resistance
  • Flywheel: 20kg direct belt-driven, two-way flywheel
  • Seat/Handlebars: Fully adjustable
  • LCD: Time, speed, distance, calories and odometer, pulse & RPM
  • Dimensions: 104cm x 107cm x 54 cm, 52 kg
  • User Weight Limit: 130 kg
  • Warranty: 12 months

Overview

Stepping up to the £200-300 mark, this indoor spin bike is an ideal choice for those looking for a little something extra in their purchase.

It comes with a reasonable 20kg direct belt-driven flywheel, fully-adjustable seat and handlebars.

This LCD has 7 features: time, speed, distance, calories and odometer, pulse & RPM. The handlebars have built-in heart-rate monitoring. Wheel on the back of the bike make it easy to move from its location to another without having to lift manually.

It is a perfect for beginners, advanced athletes and everyone in between.

  • Good stability
  • Comfortable, quiet user experience
  • Magnetic resistance
  • Easy to set up and transport
  • Handlebars can shake while riding
  • Max 130 kg user with limit

Best Spin Bike Under £500​

If you can stretch your budget a little more, this spin bike could be the choice for you.

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  • Resistance: Magnetic resistance
  • Flywheel: 22kg Two-Way Flywheel
  • Seat/Handlebars: Adjustable Seat Height, Handlebar Height and Foot-Straps
  • LCD: Time, Distance, Speed, Calories, RPM, Watt and Heart Rate
  • Dimensions: 145cm x 124cm x 54 cm, 59 kg
  • User Weight Limit: 150 kg
  • Warranty: 12 months

Overview

Stepping up to the sub-£500 mark, this indoor spin bike is an ideal choice for those looking for a little something extra in their purchase.

It comes with a good 22kg two-way flywheel, fully-adjustable seat and handlebars.

This LCD allows you to easily monitor the following 7 features: time, distance, speed, calories burned, RPM, Watt and heart rate. It is also compatible with your own heart rate band. It is compatible with the iConsole app on iOS and Android

It has SPD-compatible pedals.

It is a perfect for beginners, advanced athletes and everyone in between.

  • Good stability
  • Comfortable, quiet user experience
  • Magnetic resistance
  • Easy to set up and transport
  • iConsole app is 'buggy'
  • Quite heavy overall (59kg)

In our second offering for best spin bike under £500, we have another worthy contender;

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  • Resistance: Magnetic resistance
  • Flywheel: 22 kg magnetic flywheel
  • Seat/Handlebars: Fully adjustable
  • LCD: Displays time, speed, distance, calories, odometer and pulse
  • Dimensions: 114cm x 28cm x 95cm
  • Weight: 64 kg
  • User Weight Limit: 160 kg
  • Warranty: Lifetime JTX Fitness frame warranty. 3 year in-home repair warranty

Overview

This is the upgraded JTX Studio Cycle version 6, with superior build quality, ideal for everyday use. We recommend it for the commercial-grade quality with a home-gym price point. It is very sturdy and stable, weighing in at 64 kilograms. Another spin bike great for all abilities.

  • Stable, smooth and comfortable ride
  • Superior build quality
  • Easy to assemble
  • Free water bottle
  • 2-year warranty
  • Heavy frame
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Gym Quality Spin Bikes:

In this category, we feature a bike we consider gym-quality, meaning a commercial-grade indoor spin bike.

With this choice, you will achieve the usual characteristics found in the home-gym-range bikes, with additional features you would normally only find in a professional setting.

We are giving you a couple of options this time;

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  • Resistance: Magnetic resistance
  • Flywheel: 25 kg magnetic flywheel
  • Seat/Handlebars: Fully adjustable
  • LCD: Advanced training computer: Displays speed, time, distance, calories burned, odometer and pulse rate.
  • Dimensions: 114cm x 28cm x 95cm
  • Weight: 71 kg
  • User Weight Limit: 135 kg
  • Warranty: JTX Fitness 3-year in-home repair warranty, plus lifetime frame warranty.

Overview

The JTX Cyclo Studio is a commercial-quality spin bike, designed for intense use, yet still ideal for the home.   

It is a solid machine, weighing in at 71 kilograms. 

The Cyclo Studio features an advanced LCD monitor to track cadence, speed, time and distance, and is compatible with many bluetooth chest monitors.

Now includes JTX SPD CLIP-IN PEDALS giving you the option to clip-in for maximum efficiency, or to use flat pedals or toe clips at any time.”

  • Durability, stability and performance
  • Gym-standard build quality
  • Tablet holder
  • 3-year warranty, Lifetime frame warranty
  • Overwhelming for beginners
  • Heavy frame
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  • Resistance: Magnetic resistance
  • Flywheel: 26 kg magnetic flywheel
  • Seat/Handlebars: Fully adjustable
  • LCD: Advanced android console with track simulation and integrated competition mode.
  • Dimensions: W:61cm, L: 165cm, H: 151cm
  • Weight: 76 kg
  • User Weight Limit: 180 kg
  • Warranty: 2 years

Overview

This is most definitely top of the range, and the price reflects that, but looking at the build quality and extensive features is is not surprising.

It is a comfortable, quiet riding experience with an impressive Android console with a host of training programs and the ability to play music and videos right from the screen.

  • Superior, gym-standard build quality
  • Advance Android console with a range of training programs
  • 2-year warranty
  • Heavy and difficult to transport
  • High price

Exercise Bike vs Spinning Bike, What’s the difference?

There is not a huge difference between the two – they are both stationary cycles that are used indoors. Spin bikes often have more adjustments to the pedals, handlebars and seat. Spin bikes also allow you to vary the resistance as you cycle.

Benefits of Spin Bikes;

  • Spin Bikes offer a simulated version of a road bike, so if that’s what you’re used to outdoors, you will appreciate a spin bike.
  • Spin bikes offer a great cardiovascular workout, either in an organised class or at home, which, with regular use will help increase your lung capacity, endurance and stamina.
  • Exercising on spin bikes target your core muscles, as well as calves, thighs, glutes and arms. Increased resistance will give you a more intense core workout.
  • Without a doubt, a spin bike workout will burn a lot of calories – as much as 600 calories in a 45-minute session. There aren’t many exercises that will offer that calorie burn.
  • It is also considered to be a low impact exercise, resulting in lower pressure on the joints – significantly lower than compared to rowing machines or treadmills.

Benefits of Stationary Exercise Bikes;

  • Exercise bikes generally offer a range of pre-set workouts to suit a variety of needs.
  • Exercise bikes are usually slightly more affordable than a Spin bike
  • You will often find working out for any length of time on an Exercise bike will be more comfortable, as they feature wider, more padded seats.
  • Newer models often include a built-in heart rate monitor to enable better fitness tracking.

Conclusion - Best Spin Bikes for Home

Best Spin Bikes

An indoor spin bike is a great option for the home gym. They offer a high intensity, full-body workout, whilst being low impact, meaning if you can only afford one cardio machine it will give you one of the best workouts for your money.

Hopefully, we have given you a good overview of what you can buy in your price range and what to look out for, whether you are a beginner or seasoned spinner.

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