Smart Bikes: Six Exercise Machines That Aren’t Pelotons


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Get fit at home with the latest smart wheels

For a while during the height of the pandemic, Peloton bikes were a must-have, providing accommodations for both fitness and social connections. Today, a host of new smart bikes are taking the lead with sleeker designs, wider runs, and even smarter technology (Peloton, for its part, has spent the first part of 2023 climbing out of a pit).

Some connected bikes have offered enhanced audiovisual devices, such as giant touchscreens. Someone enlisted architects to create biomechanically advanced devices. Others enlisted athletes like former New York Giants star Tiki Barber to guide you through fitness.

Here are our picks for the latest smart bikes:

Nordic Track S27i

Smart bike makers like to brag about “immersive” experiences. But with a 27-inch touchscreen that tilts and pivots, NordicTrack’s best-in-class bike actually delivers. 16,000 workouts come from the highly regarded iFit app, and the S27i automatically adjusts incline, incline, and resistance to suit whatever route you choose. From ancient ruins to country roads, your workout settings are just as motivating as the high-energy trainers who drive them—think elite athletes like Mr. Barber, Olympic runner Sanya Richards-Ross, and personal trainer Kayla Itsines.

The NordicTrack S27i is available for $2,499.

Stride bike

Compact and cleanly designed, Stryde claims to offer the widest selection of streaming cycling classes through nationwide partnerships with coaches and boutique studios. The company says it worked with a German industrial designer to create the bike’s distinctive profile from scratch. Each bike comes with a built-in 21.5″ Android tablet that comes pre-installed with the Stryde app, browser, and other Android apps. The Stryde app can also store up to four profiles, so your family members can take personalized courses.

Stryde Bike is available for $1,895.

Lighted bike rainbow

The eye-catching digital backgrounds, designed by artists, are one of Moonbow’s selling points. The Swiss-designed bike features a screen that fully rotates, allowing for an easy transition between cycling, stretching, strength training, and class-based workouts. This smart machine automatically adjusts based on the instructor’s signal, adapting to your riding style. And for feedback, the Personal Trainer Algorithm evaluates your performance and calibrates intensity to ensure workouts are challenging yet fun. As a bonus, the Moonbow comes in colors like Moonbow Beige, Aurora Pink, and Snowpeak White.

The Lit Bike Moonbow is available for $1,799.

Echelon EX-8s

The EX-8s Connect features the industry’s first curved HD touchscreen, according to Echelon, that better simulates the feel of a studio cycling class or an adventurous trip in a remote area. The built-in flywheel lights sync with your workout metrics, like heart rate zone and output, and can even match your mood, from an energetic pulse to a calming aura. Echelon says its dual, user-facing speakers provide twice the sound of other models. Besides specific workouts, the EX-8s sync with apps like Strava, ZSwift, Apple Health, and FitBit.

Echelon EX-8s are available for $2,299.

Technogym bike

With its sculptural design by Italian architect Antonio Citterio, “based on more than three decades of research into biomechanics,” the high-end bike from Technogym feels just as at home in your living room as it does in your home gym. Technogym says this is also the most compact bike on the market, making it an ideal choice for smaller spaces. Bike Personal offers a library of on-demand personal training sessions, HIIT routines, and goal-oriented workouts—along with internet, social media, TV, and Netflix for your wait times.

The Technogym Bike Personal is available for $12,195.

Wahoo Kicker Smart Trainer

If you prefer to ride your own bike indoors, this trainer lets you turn any two-wheeler into a connected machine. LIVE YOUR BIKE IN KICKR; Linked to your smartphone, tablet, computer or GPS bike computer, the trainer automatically sets and adjusts your resistance based on the program or route. Its maker promises to simulate a grade of up to 20% incline and a whopping 2200W of impedance. Note that Wahoo X costs $149 per year, but its training programs include horseback riding, fitness, and competitive racing with other users.

The Wahoo Kickr Smart Trainer is available for $1,299.

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