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You have probably heard the name Peloton before unless you are new to cycling. With almost six million Peloton members, Peloton is one of the planet’s most well-known in-home cycling brands.
Although many different bikes are on the market, many do not compare to the Peloton. However, Freebeat now offers a live leaderboard that used to be a Peloton exclusive. Luckily, we had the chance to test the Freebeat Lit for thirty days to see exactly what this brand offered, and we can’t wait to share our first-hand experience. We will dive into how these two cycling brands stack up in this head-to-head comparison. Stick around to learn which brand is right for you.
We will dive into how these two cycling brands stack up in this head-to-head comparison. Stick around to learn which brand is right for you.
Critical Differences Between Peloton
Bike+ & Freebeat Bikes
While Peloton is known for its unique community and the in-home studio-style riding experience, Freebeat looks to change the game with its gamified platform. Freebeat has a leaderboard similar to Peloton, and riders compete for the top spot by earning points when cycling to the beat. Freebeat riders are also rewarded for achieving those top spots by being entered to win various gift cards.
Although Freebeat and the Peloton
|Peloton+||Freebeat Lit||Freebeat Boom|
|Price||$2,495||Starting at $1,199||Starting at $649|
|User Height Range||4’11” – 6’4”||4’11” – 6’4”||4’11” – 6’4”|
|User Weight Maximum||297 Pounds||300 Pounds||300 Pounds|
Peloton Bikes Review
Peloton offers two great models the original Peloton
The resistance systems are among the most significant differences between the original Peloton
|Peloton ||Peloton |
|Resistance||100 Levels of Magnetic||100 Levels of Magnetic|
|User Height Range||4’11” – 6’4”||4’11” – 6’4”|
|User Weight Maximum||297 pounds||297 pounds|
|Camera||5-megapixel front-facing camera||8-megapixel front-facing camera with privacy cover|
|Dimensions||59″ L x 53″ H x 23″ W||59″ L x 59″ H x 22″ W|
Freebeat Bikes Review
While the Freebeat Lit and Boom bikes are almost identical in their specifications and riding experiences, the screen size and power differ. The Lit
|Freebeat Lit||Freebeat Boom|
|Price||Starting at $1,199||Starting at $649|
|User Height Range||4’11” – 6’4”||5’0″ – 6’7″|
|User Weight Maximum||300 pounds||300 pounds|
|Screen Size||21.5” diagonal||15.6″ diagonal|
|Dimensions||49.3” L x 58.8” H x 22.6” W||51.5″ L × 51.5″ H × 24.7″ W|
|Flywheel Weight||28.6 pounds||15.4 pounds|
Detailed Comparison of Peloton+ & Freebeat Bikes
The frame of the Peloton+ and Freebeat bikes include welded steel frames that are ED and powder coated.
The sports series saddles offer a sleek competitive design for all three models. However, the Freebeat saddles include Smart Saddle Detection+. This feature plays a crucial role in Freebeat’s riding experience. The technology incorporated with the saddle identifies when the rider is riding in or out of the saddle and provides points as long as the rider is keeping with the beat during the ride.
Tip: It is always best to ride in cleats with specialized pedals as they help riders pedal more efficiently and decrease the chance of injuries.
While the Peloton + and Freebeat Bikes include auto-resistance that changes with the instructor’s cues, only Freebeat has an auto-resistance algorithm. This means the Freebeat learns about the rider and adjusts the resistance to provide a challenging and appropriate amount.
I liked this feature when riding the Freebeat Lit, as thisKatie Pierson
bikecontinued to push and challenge me, sometimes more than I probably would have if I had added the resistance myself.
Very few cycles on the market offer a leaderboard experience. However, you can climb the leaderboard riding a Peloton or a Freebeat
Since the Freebeat focuses on riding to the beat of the music, riders receive points for finding that beat and getting bonus points for consecutive hits in and out of the saddle. Riders also have the chance to enter fun contests tied to the leaderboard to win various prizes, including gift cards to businesses like Amazon and Starbucks. Riders can also connect their PayPal account to their Freebeat
Peloton’s leaderboard is tied to performance and energy output. This means riders advance on the leaderboard when they work at higher resistance levels paired with higher cadences. As riders reach specific goals, badges are added to their profiles in addition to receiving merchandise for other milestones that are gone. *I received a Peloton t-shirt after I finished 100 rides. Riders also earn vitality points that can be spent in the vitality mall for merchandise, electronics, books, and other household items.
Peloton is known for its riding experience as they have a strong following. The instructors are some of the best in the business, and the classes’ production quality helps make the riding experience fantastic. With the combination of live classes, a large variety of instructors, multiple class formats, different music options, and an extensive on-demand library, what else could they start to offer? Peloton now allows riders to video chat with friends while riding and added a gamification component. Riding the Peloton is all about performance and taking your
Another advantage of the Peloton+
Freebeat only includes an app that can be used with the
Additional Peloton & Freebeat Alternatives
Bowflex C6 / Schwinn IC4
Created by Nautilus, the C6, and IC4 offer 100 levels of magnetic resistance and are priced at about $799. Although these models do not include a monitor, they have a console that displays basic metrics, a tablet rest, and a USB charging port. The C6 and IC4 also offer the option to purchase the Bowflex JRNY app, which can be accessed on a smartphone or tablet, and includes options such as instructor-led and scenic rides.
Check also my detailed, hands-on C6 review!
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Priced at $1,599, the NordicTrack S22i features automatic resistance, incline, and decline adjustments to mimic ridden terrain. The S22i includes a 22″ rotating touchscreen and a one-year membership to iFit, an app that provides on-demand
Who Should Purchase
Who should purchase a Peloton
Who should purchase a Freebeat
The Peloton and Freebeat Bikes offer wonderful riding experiences but are designed for different riding personalities.