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The equipment includes, i.e., the brake system providing a comfortable workout motion. In combination with the training pc, precise resistance adjustments and diversion while exercising are made possible. Transport wheels, bottle holders, pulse measuring are extras increasing training comfort or effectivity and contributing to a good evaluation.
A sturdy frame construction, high weight, and safe stastand provide stability of the ergometer. A stable ergometer has a higher weight load capacity. Frame and handlebar are less loose for higher training intensities, the ergometer is more durable.
Besides the transmission ratio, the balance unit contributes to the concentric run. It consists of balance mass, pedal bearing, ball bearings, etc.. The better the concentric run, the more joint-gentle becomes the workout.
An ergonomic construction of the rgometer prevents signs of tiredness and physiological bad postures. Details like adjustment of saddle and handlebar, a low entry, pedal sapce, and general construction of the machine provide good ergonomics.

Indoor Cycle - Customer ratings

  • Taurus Indoor Bike IC90 Pro

    Jan Kuzar 4.11.2019 - Taurus Indoor Bike IC90 Pro

    Stability of this indoor bike is perfect but.... It was delivered to Sweden with German manual only. It is easy to fix it I think. The very first little problem was how to unpack it. Then an assembly. It is not so easy. Specially assembly of the handlebar is not described enough. All this described above is acceptable but what is not acceptable is production accuracy. Pedal crank arms are not symmetrical. Left one is 4mm further from the central axis comparing to the right one. Bottom bracket width is not 17,5 but 18cm. Using different crank arm shape, it could be only 16cm because there is enough place on both sides. These 2cm means much for experienced riders. Because of this enorm 18cm is riding feeling on "right bike" and this indoor bike too different. You want to ride a bike not a horse. Saddle adjusting mechanism is cheapest on the market. I can choose to adjust saddle angle to low or to high but never horizontal. Handle bar is rotated a bit right not much but it is. For the price it could be better. Do not buy taurus "SPD combi pedal system" it did not fit SPD shoes correctly. I wrote separate review about it.

  • Taurus Indoor Bike IC90 Pro

    Jan Kuzar 4.11.2019 - Taurus Indoor Bike IC90 Pro

    Stability of this indoor bike is perfect but.... It was delivered to Sweden with german manual only. It is easy to fix it I think. The very first little problem was how to unpack it. Then an assembly. It is not so easy. Specially assembly of the handlebar is not described enough. All this described above is acceptable but what is not acceptable is production accuracy. Pedal crank arms are not symetrical. Left one is 4mm further from the central axis comparing to the right one. Bottom bracket width is not 17,5 but 18cm. Using different crank arm shape it could be only 16cm because there is enough place on both sides. These 2cm means much for expericed riders. Because of this enorm 18cm is riding feeling on "right bike" and this indor bike too different. You want to ride a bike not a horse. Saddle adjusting mechanism is cheapest on the market. I can choose to adjust saddle angle to low or to hight but never horizontal. Handle bar is rotated a bit right not much but it is. For the price it could be better. Do not buy taurus "SPD combi pedal system" it did not fit SPD shoes correctly. I wrote separate review about it.

  • Taurus Indoor Bike IC90 Pro

    Jan Kuzar 4.11.2019 - Taurus Indoor Bike IC90 Pro

    Stability of this indoor bike is perfect but.... It was delivered to Sweden with german manual only. It is easy to fix it I think. The very first little problem was how to unpack it. Then an assembly. It is not so easy. Specially assembly of the handlebar is not described enough. All this described above is acceptable but what is not acceptable is production accuracy. Pedal crank arms are not symetrical. Left one is 4mm further from the central axis comparing to the right one. Bottom bracket width is not 17,5 but 18cm. Using different crank arm shape it could be only 16cm because there is enough place on both sides. These 2cm means much for expericed riders. Because of this enorm 18cm is riding feeling on "right bike" and this indor bike too different. You want to ride a bike not a horse. Saddle adjusting mechanism is cheapest on the market. I can choose to adjust saddle angle to low or to hight but never horizontal. Handle bar is rotated a bit right not much but it is. For the price it could be better. Do not buy taurus "SPD combi pedal system" it did not fit SPD shoes correctly. I wrote separate review about it.

  • Darwin indoor cycle Speedcycle Evo 30

    fabio 8.6.2019 - Darwin indoor cycle Speedcycle Evo 30

    The bike is a very good deal price vs quality. Highly stable and robust product. Not very noisy and adjustable for different sizes. in case looking for a computer to attach to the bike i bought the Taurus training computer for indoor cycle.

  • Darwin indoor cycle Speedcycle Evo 30

    fabio 8.6.2019 - Darwin indoor cycle Speedcycle Evo 30

    The product is a very good deal quality vs price. Very robust and easy to assemble. Not very noisy when riding and adjustable for different body size. If you look for a computer to connect to it, I bought the Taurus training computer for indoor cycle.

  • Taurus Indoor Cycle Racing Bike Z9 Pro

    Peter 18.4.2019 - Taurus Indoor Cycle Racing Bike Z9 Pro

    Good but better bikes for the money. Doesn’t have ANT so can’t connect to standard devices like HR monitors or Zwift

  • Life Fitness indoor cycle IC5 Powered By ICG

    Anders 29.3.2018 - Life Fitness indoor cycle IC5 Powered By ICG

    As expected from Life Fitness, a great spin bike. Quiet and smooth. The only shame is that one single screw was missing but I hope to be able to get a new one from customer service.

  • Taurus Indoor Cycle Racing Bike Z9 Pro

    Anonym 12.2.2018 - Taurus Indoor Cycle Racing Bike Z9 Pro

    Excellent biking features; heart rate measurement is only remote (add.); Heavy instrument; silent running; multiple hand position. The optional iConsole+ program is not professional.

  • Bodymax B2 Indoor HR Cycle

    Gemma F. 6.7.2017 - Bodymax B2 Indoor HR Cycle

    Mrs C Website easy to use and order from. Bike competitively priced. Arrived in no time, properly packed and in mint condition. I'm enjoying using the bike daily. I will heartily recommend this website and have already been doing so. Thank you Fitshop.

  • Bodymax B2 Indoor HR Cycle

    Gemma F. 6.7.2017 - Bodymax B2 Indoor HR Cycle

    BodyMax B2 indoor cycle Arrived quickly and easy to assemble. Nice and sturdy and doesn't take up too much room. Easy to adjust the resistance. Small print on the digital display isn't very easy to read but really good workout. Would recommend.

Racing bike training at home

Indoor cycles were developped by cyclists in the 1970s. They looked for a possibility to do regular training sessions independent of wind, weather, and time.

Indoor cycles offer everyone the possibility - either cyclist, athlete or leisure sportsman - to do a cardio training effectively. You can lose weight, improve your fitness, strengthen your cardiovascular system or increase your performance with an indoor cycle.

Nowadays almost all gyms offer classes with the indoor cycle. In a group and with loud music you get motivated for new maximum performances. Those who like it more quiet, the indoor cycle at home is definitely the better alternative – at home you can choose your own music and tv programme.

We explain to you what you should pay attention to purchasing an indoor cycle.

The balance mass

It's the heart of every indoor cycle: the balance mass. It should be of a rather high weight, because a high balance mass is decisive for a smooth concentric run. The smoothness of a concentric run of an indoor cycle also depends upon the workmanship of the indoor cycle and the type of brake system. We recommend you models from a balance mass of 18 kg.

The brake system

The most common and most well-known type of brake of an indoor cycle is the felt brake. A metal plate covered with felt is pressed against the flywheel and generates the brake effect. By means of a control knob the pressure of the brake is increased and the training resistance gets increased as well.

There are also the magnetic brake systems. Here, a strong magnet brakes the flywheel, the resistance is set by means of a control knob. The advantage of this version is that the magnetic brake system has no direct contact to the flywheel and works thus completely friction-free, silent, and maintenance-free.

The drive

The drive is responsible for power transmission from pedals to flywheel. Like bicycles, some indoor cycles are still driven with the classic (metal) chain. The disadvantage is that it is much louder while exercising. The main part of indoor cycles produced nowadays is designed for home use and the developers have the target to produce machines as silent as possible. Thus the most indoor cycles are driven by drive belts made of synthetics or Kevlar. These work silently and are maintenance-low. The company Taurus uses Kevlar belts, i. e., for their premium products like the Taurus IC70 Pro and the IC90 Pro. These belts are produced by the company Hutchinson in France and stand for first-class quality.

Sitting comfort, handlebar and adjusting possibilities

Your indoor cycle should be equipped with a sporty saddle, which supports you optimally in a dynamic cardio training. The handlebar should offer different grip positions, so that your training is varied and you can find the appropriate hand position on the handlebar. Make sure that the handlebar is very stable and non-slip, so that sweaty hands do not slip off and so you can get off the saddle while exercising.

Saddle and handlebar of your indoor cycle should offer you the possibility to change your position in vertical and horizontal position. Many models have quick release locks, which allow you to do your adjustment quickly and easily. An infinitely variable adjustment is ideal, because you can adjust the indoor cycle even better to your height.

Pedals and foot straps

Take a look at the pedals when you buy your indoor cycle - in order to be able to do an ideal power transmission on the pedals. The foot should find a safe stand in the (basket) pedals, so that slipping off is avoided. The safe hold in the pedals is an extremely important aspect, because indoor cycles do not have freewheel. That means: the axis is stiffly connected to the crank. If you pedal backwards, i. e., the flywheel would rotate in the other direction as well.

Additional accessory

As already mentioned at the beginning, indoor cycles were invented by cycling pros. It's still proven even after many years of the invention. The pedals and the saddle can be easily exchanged, so that you can equip your indoor cycle, i. e., with click pedals or your racing bike saddle. These are the same standard threads and holders like for trecking or racing bikes.

Further information

The most indoor cycles are equipped with transport wheels. These should be on the feet below the balance mass in any case. So you can easily move the indoor cycle to the desired place without much effort. As further accessory we recommend you a training computer, which calculates important data, i. e., time, distance, speed, RPM, total distance as well as calories and heart rate in combination with an appropriate chest strap.
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