Peloton indoor bikes are the new fitness trend. In addition to the luxury bike, there are cheaper alternatives that leave nothing to be desired.
Peloton: The bike trend
Training at home offers flexibility in terms of time and location – the workout in the studio scores with a sense of duty and a sense of community. With the founding of the Peloton company in 2012, a new era in the exercise bike industry began, because the manufacturers wanted to combine these advantages and developed the innovative Peloton bike.
By spring 2020 at the latest, when the pandemic was accompanied by the closure of the fitness studios, sports fans appreciated their training equipment at home. But with the steep price of the peloton bike of around 2,500 euros, there are now some cheaper alternatives on the market.
Peloton Bike vs Peloton Bike Plus: What’s the Difference?
The company has two indoor cycles in its range. Both Pelotonbikes have an integrated display on which the live and on-demand courses can be played. The peloton bike currently costs 1495 euros.
The Pelotonbike Plus differs, among other things, in its rotatable touchscreen with a 360-degree radius of movement. This allows additional mat exercises to be carried out. The price here is 2,495 euros. A monthly membership fee of 39 euros is required for both bikes in order to be able to use them.
That makes a good Peloton alternative
In general, if you are looking for a speed bike, you should consider certain criteria. Because with a peloton bike, you pay the high price for one thing in particular: effective but individually tailored training.
Coupling option with a suitable training app High-quality workmanship Adjustment options for weight and size Load capacity of the bike (maximum load at least 120kg) Stability using clipless pedals or loops, depending on preference Belt drive is quieter and requires less maintenance than chain drive
Alternatives to the Peloton: Bikes similar to the original
There are some indoor cycles that come very close to the Peloton bike in terms of their functions. This includes this popular model, the Schwinn Speedbike IC8 Indoor Cycle*. This allows:
Interactive training with apps such as Zwift or Peloton Extremely effective training with the various programs and the compatible chest strap Integrated tablet, bottle and dumbbell holders Dual pedal system with foot straps and SPD click system
Schwinn Speedbike IC8 indoor bike
Another indoor bike is the Sportstech SX500 Professional Indoor Cycle*. This offers:
Training videos, virtual video events, live coaching and a multi-player mode using an integrated display. A quiet and low-maintenance belt drive for heart rate-based training using a chest strap
Sportstech SX500 Professional Indoor Cycle
A cheaper but still popular indoor cycle is the Yesoul S3*. This can:
Can be connected to smartphones, tablets and your own Yesoul app via Bluetooth function and tablet holder Can be individually adjusted thanks to the variety of seat and handlebar positions
A similar model is the JASPORT Speedbike S3*.
also enables connection to the Yesoul app to consume similar content as the Peloton app can acquire real-time physical data using a chest strap for analysis in the Yesoul app
What a lot of people don’t know: you can use the training content without restrictions even without the peloton bike. In Germany, the price for membership of the Peloton app is 12.99 euros per month. You can load the app on your own devices, such as your smart TV or tablet, or you can play the training sessions via the browser.
Mat, drink holder and Co.: These Peloton accessories are worth it
Whether it’s a Peloton alternative or an original, accessories can quickly become expensive. Basically, you should make sure that you only buy equipment that you really need.
A holder for cell phone and tablet is useful in most cases. With AboveTEK* product, you can easily attach your devices to the handlebars.
AboveTEK tablet holder
An underlay* protects your floor from scratches, dents and dirt.
For very intensive workouts, a mat* made of absorbent material is also recommended to absorb sweat.
ATP Sports Mat sweat towel
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