In this era of indoor cycling, the controversy over the best stationary bike is just as polarizing as the Team Jacob or Team Edward discussion back in 2008. Similar to the ever-changing werewolf, Peloton has a reputation as a dependable, reliable companion that’s always there to get your heart pumping and leggings soaked in perspiration. However, the SoulCycle at-home bike — the new, glistening vampire, so to speak — has received glowing reviews from Instagrammers as well as a Shape editor. And you — also known as Bella — are bound to completely fall for the latter.
Introduced nationwide in October 2020, the SoulCycle at-home bike may not possess the same history as its competitor, but it provides all the identical features and advantages of indoor cycling — and even more. The bike itself is constructed with robust commercial-grade steel, so it feels secure when you’re not seated, and it can accommodate riders who are 4’10” to 6’10” in height and up to 350 pounds in weight. (For the record, the Peloton Bike is only suitable for riders up to 6’4″ and 297 pounds.) To accurately monitor metrics such as power, cadence, and mileage during your ride, the bike is outfitted with the same power meter employed by professional cycling teams, according to the company.
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When you’re prepared to perspire, you can join in with one of many on-demand or live-streamed classes, set to a variety of music genres including pop, rock, hip-hop, country, Latin, and more. While you pedal, the bike will gauge how in sync you are with the rhythm of the playlist for the ride — an exclusive SoulCycle feature called Beat Match, which reviewers say serves as the ultimate motivator. “After countless 99% rides, I FINALLY ACHIEVED A 100% BEAT MATCH!” Instagram user @Youbetyoursweetash wrote in a post. “…This is like executing the choreography from the iconic Britney Spears music video ‘Oops I Did It Again’ and not missing a single step.”
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Not experiencing the rapid rhythm and high intensity of instructor-guided classes? Give this 30-minute stationary bike workout or the Freedom Ride feature a try, which enables you to pedal at your own pace and enjoy your favorite Disney, Amazon Prime, or Netflix series on the bike’s high-resolution, sweat-resistant touchscreen — a characteristic Akeesha Williams, Shape’s social media coordinator, regards as a significant selling point. “It’s truly amazing when you desire to reduce speed, not engage in an overly intense ride, and not be concerned about the time spent on the bike,” she remarks.
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However, according to Williams, the most remarkable advantage of SoulCycle’s home bike is that it eliminates all the pressure and anxiety that can arise and result in errors for novice cyclists. “I feel like with the in-person cycling experience, it’s highly intimidating when you’re a beginner and everyone in the room is moving at a certain speed while the instructor is simply demanding you to keep up,” she explains. “With the home bike, you’re more likely to decrease the pace, take your time, and avoid ending up with an injury or a severe medical condition caused by damaged muscle tissue…When I attended an in-person class, I experienced significant stress afterwards because I was so embarrassed — I was the only beginner, and everyone else was excelling while I was gasping for breath. Having the home bike removed that stress and embarrassment.”
Fortunately, you can acquire the SoulCycle home bike with a substantial $600 discount — in addition to free shipping and installation — if you place your order before January 31. You will need to subscribe to a year-long, $40-per-month Equinox membership to participate in SoulCycle classes. However, by doing so, you will also gain access to workouts from Equinox, Precision Run, Pure Yoga, HeadStrong, Rumble, and TB12 on the accompanying app.
If these enticing offers and an endorsement from a Shape editor still haven’t convinced you to hastily purchase this piece of equipment, allow this reviewer, who described the SoulCycle home bike as “amazing,” to persuade you otherwise. “I am extremely impressed with the speed of innovation (continuous addition of new features), the quality of the rides, and the customer service,” @dancingnancy1114 shared on Instagram. “You will not be disappointed with the SoulCycle bike.”
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