By Robbie Ferri, Cyclist, Personal Trainer, and Group Exercise Instructor.
Keiser as a brand has a few indoor cycles. Their two flagship bikes are the Keiser M3i and the M3. There’s a single letter that separated them in name but realistically, how different actually are they?
How do the bikes compare?
In this next section, we will talk about the main difference between the legendary Keiser bikes. They look the same, but they do differ significantly, and we don’t want you to end up disappointed if you purchase the wrong one for you.
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The bikes themselves are very similar. They have a beautiful V-Shaped design. Not only does this make the Keiser Bikes stand out but also it also is very intelligent. Using a V shape system means the higher the saddle, the further away from the handlebars, helping you get the correct fit. It also has an epic rear-facing flywheel, which isn’t just to look good. It’s so when you sweat. It doesn’t get into the internals and damage the
When looking at the two bikes, the main difference you will see is the handlebars. The M3 has the traditional spinning handlebars, which are what a lot of people are used to. They are two-way adjustable and can only go up and down.
Then we have the Keiser M3i, which has butterfly handlebars and is entirely different from the traditional M3 bars. They offer a variety of different positions, and they are four-way adjustable, so they can go up, down, back, and forth.
Both the Keiser bikes are completely built in the US, and the attention to detail is incredible. In my opinion, this is the highest level of quality you can get, and you can tell that it is built in house, unlike pretty much every other brand on the market.
Monitor and Connectivity
I believe in modern-day indoor cycling having the option of data and connectivity is vital, and it can completely change the way you train. You can train towards your
They give you pretty much all the same data between the two bikes, but there’s one massive difference. The M3, as a standard
The M3i has the converter inbuilt, so when you unpack the
Both the bikes share the same resistance system, and it is incredible. It doesn’t use a chain drive as many bikes do, but it uses a belt drive. This gives the
Alongside the belt drive system, you also have a magnetic resistance system which is entirely frictionless. Unlike traditional bikes that will use a brake pad, the Keiser uses an eddy current to create resistance. This gives you 24 levels of resistance and will offer a vast range great for beginners and cycling pros.
Unlike other spinning bikes on the market, it also doesn’t use a dial. It uses a resistance lever that you change by shifting it up and down. This makes getting into a heavy climbing resistance quickly, saving time and energy.
When it comes to the Keiser bikes, you have some excellent accessories. You have the media tray, the stretch pads, and even a floor mat. It’s nice to see that Keiser looks for ways to add to the experience, and we think it’s very forward-thinking.
The standard M3 doesn’t come with any accessories, and the only one you can use is the mat. When it comes to the M3i, it can use all accessories and add a lot of value to the experience of a workout.
Which one is for you?
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