Beachbody Bike Review (MYX II) | From a SPIN® Instructor

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By Katie Pierson

Spinning® Instructor & Personal Trainer

 Katie holds ten different fitness certifications, including Group Fitness, Spinning Elite, Rockstar Spinning, and Personal Training.

Is the Beachbody MYX II worth it? 

Our team at GirlBikeLove couldn’t wait to try the MYX II to see if it really was worth the hype. We wanted to see what this bike had to offer and have concluded this bike now offers features that are not available anywhere else. 

Are you interested in a well-made bike that offers customized workouts based on your targeted heart rate zones, live and on-demand classes, and the possibility to receive real-time feedback from expert trainers? If so, let us share our 2-months experience with the Beachbody Bike – MYX II and why we believe this bike will become one of the most popular bikes on the market.

My Short Review after 2 Months of Hands-on Testing

I do think the Beachbody MYX II is worth it. Although, I have always been a sucker for a friction resistance style bike as they are what I have ridden the most in my past twenty years of teaching, and I like how adding or decreasing resistance feels more natural. However, my opinion of why the MYX II is such a great bike includes so much more than that. I love how Beachbody has intertwined newer technological capabilities with a fantastic design, and I can’t wait to share all that I have experienced.

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How was the order & delivery process

The ordering process was straightforward. Within only a few clicks, I purchased the MYX II bike for just under $1,400. This price included a discount and also free shipping and assembly. From the time I clicked submit on my order to when the bike actually arrived was 23 days. I wasn’t surprised by the longer delivery window as the confirmation email was clear that most orders came within two weeks unless impacted by weather.

myx ii box

Since I ordered during the winter in Colorado, I expected a longer delivery window. I liked how I was informed every step of the way during the delivery process, so I knew exactly what to expect. While I waited for my bike, I also received an email with the directions to set up my OpenFit account and begin my free trial of various class formats. The same day I received notice my bike would be delivered the following day, the assembly team also contacted me to schedule a time to arrive at my house. The whole experience from order to delivery was very seamless.

MYX II Assembly

When the delivery team arrived, I was surprised that the bike was assembled entirely except for the pedals and the monitor. Since the bike arrived almost fully assembled, the delivery team was at my house for about twenty minutes. The delivery team checked every bike component before leaving and made sure I knew the next step to get started.

What factors did we include to rate the bike?

In order to accurately rate the MYX II, we selected five key factors to evaluate. We paid extra attention to these categories during our testing process. These factors included:

  • quality of construction,
  • apps & connectivity,
  • smoothness of the ride,
  • adjustability, and
  • integrated platforms.

All of which will be discussed in greater detail later in this article.

The MYX vs. MYX II: Does The Upgrade Worth It?

Recently, MYXfitness announced they would discontinue their original MYX model and focus on the brand new MYX II. Why would MYXfitness decide to retire the original MYX that has been widely successful? They retired the older model because they are clearing the way for their latest creation and platform, ready to take the fitness industry by storm. The unique pairing of two excellent Beachbody platforms and this new model will be discussed in greater detail later in this article, but below check out our comparison of how these two models stack up against each other.


MYX II BikeMYX Bike
Sensor TrackingCadence, Speed, Distance, & Heart RateHeart Rate
CameraYesNo
Upgraded TrackerYesNo
Console Display21.5” HD Touchscreen21.5” HD Touchscreen
Resistance TypeFrictionFriction
Flywheel41 lbs.41 lbs.
Weight Capacity350 lbs.350 lbs.

Detailed Beachbody Bike Review Based on Hands-on Testing

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Specifications

Dimensions54 L x 21 W X 47 H (Inches)
Bike Weight150 lbs.
ResistanceFriction
Flywheel Weight41 lbs.
Weight Limit350 lbs.
Height Limit4’11” to 6’8”
Monitor21.5” touchscreen that swivels 360 degrees
PedalsCompatible with both cycling & trainers – 18mm diameter
Q-Factor165mm
Adjustability3-way adjustability of the seat & handlebars

Note: Although the compact dimension includes 54 L x 21 W X 47 H (Inches), it is essential to note that a 4’ x 6’ space is ideal for accommodating the 21.5” touchscreen that swivels 360 degrees.

Main Features 

Customized Heart Rate Training

The Polar OH1 Heart Rate Monitor that arrives with the MYX 2 is more than an additional accessory that purchasers receive. Before taking any classes, riders are prompted to take a particular heart rate class that identifies their various heart rates. Then, MYXfitness uses the metrics obtained from the heart rate monitor to customize three different zone intensities based on each rider’s heart rate. These metrics are displayed on your screen during every ride to tell in which zone you are training.

How does knowing these three different heart rate zones affect your workout? First, it allows greater customization for workouts and will enable participants to reach their goals faster. Second, trainer-led classes guide users through the various stages to get the most out of their training no matter how much time participants can spend, whether it is only ten minutes or an hour long. Finally, it is also important to note that the MYX tech also assesses the rate at which users will fatigue and customizes the workouts to avoid injury. 

Live and On-Demand Capability

Beachbody is now combining their MXY 2 bike and their extensive on-demand library through two different platforms, Openfit and BODi. The digital library contains cycling classes, and various other formats, including strength, kickboxing, Barre, HIIT, yoga, meditation, etc. Very few digital platforms offer live classes, but MYXfitness is now one of them. We will discuss Openfit and BODi that make all this possible later in this article.

openfit classes

BODcast

One of the most intriguing features of this bike is the camera included in the monitor. It is the first on the market to offer users the ability to see themselves and their classmates participating. This feature allows for instructor shoutouts to increase participant motivation and provide real-time feedback to maximize training sessions and help decrease the chance of injury.

Advanced Sensor

Even the original MYX bike was known for tracking heart rate and utilizing the metrics for advanced program customization. With this new model, an advanced tracker that is 10% more accurate than other sensors on the market is included and records speed, distance, and cadence with greater accuracy. This new sensor helps riders gain advanced insights into their progress. 

Note: If the sensor stops displaying the metrics to the monitor, simply restart the monitor, and the metrics will begin to show again.

Warranty & Refund Policy

MYXfitness offers a 12-month warranty for everything included in the purchase. This consists of the bike, touchscreens, firmware, accessories, and labor. In addition, the frame includes a 5-year warranty.

Currently, they are also offering a free 30-day trial. However, refund requests must be completed within 30 days of receiving the equipment to receive a full refund.

MYX II Performance

Quality of Construction: 9/10

This MYX bike includes exceptional quality in its construction. Not only is it commercial-grade, but additional consideration has been taken to make it such a fantastic model, including an optimized Q-factor at 165mm. The Q factor is the distance between pedals to decrease knee stress. 

Apps & Connectivity: 5/10

Applications such as Strava, Sufferfest, and Zwift are not available for this model as the touchscreen-only supports MYXfitness content. However, it does include Bluetooth connectivity and pairs nicely with the Apple watch.

Smoothness of Ride: 9/10

This model provides an incredibly smooth ride. The smoothness is in part to the weighted flywheel located at the front of the bike. In addition, the inertia generated from the 41-pound flywheel helps to create a great riding experience.

Adjustability: 9/10

The three-way adjustability of the seat and handlebars is ideal for riders close to 5’ and over 6’. It allows riders to find the correct riding position for maximum comfort and safety.

Integrated Platforms: 9/10

Most indoor cycling bikes offer maybe one integrated platform if you are lucky. However, this MYXfitness bike model offers two great platforms. These platforms include OpenFit and BODi, requiring at least one membership.

Mechanics & Parts of the Bike

  • Monitor: A 21.5” touchscreen is included with the purchase of this bike. The monitor swivels 360 degrees in addition to the ability to tilt it up or down. The mobility of the touchscreen is ideal for workouts on and off the bike. It also has a convenient port in the back to charge the heart rate monitor.
  • Flywheel: The weighted front flywheel weighs 41 pounds. 
  • Drive System: A 6-groove Poly-V belt drive is utilized on this indoor cycling bike.
  • Resistance System: Unlike many newer bikes emerging on the market, including magnetic resistance, the MYX has friction resistance. Friction resistance consists of cloth pads that increase or decrease friction as the pads come in contact with the flywheel.

    Pro Tip: Friction resistance mimics the feel of riding an outdoor bike and is seamless when adjusting resistance up and down. Magnetic resistance has a lag between when the knob is turned and when the resistance change kicks in.
  • Saddle: The saddle includes a standard competitive seat silhouette. In addition, four-way adjustability of the seat is available as it moves up and down, as well as forward and back.
  • Handlebars: The handlebars offer 3-way adjustability. The handlebars move up and down and can also move farther away from the saddle.
  • Pedals: For maximum comfort when riding in street shoes, the pedals on this model are more prominent at 18mm than similar bikes on the market, around 14.3mm. A standard SPD cleat also clips in perfectly to the pedals.

MYXII Pros and Cons

Things We Like

  • Beachbody Understands the Importance of Exercise AND Nutrition: We loved that MYX II owners will receive in-depth programming for both exercise and nutrition. Separately they will provide some results, but pair exercise and fueling your body correctly, and that is the ticket to success. Many other platforms only offer one or the other, but Beachbody provides a one-stop-shop for the tools to reach your goals. 
  • Variety of Classes and Formats: Beachbody’s platform integration with this bike allows purchasers the ability to have all that Beachbody has at their fingertips, which quite frankly is robust in the form of content.
  • Built-in Camera: Many other platforms are beginning to offer live classes, but the ability to participate in real-time and be seen by the instructor is genius. We feel that it bridges the gap between working out at home and the community feel achieved by taking a class in person. Who wants to be recognized for doing a fantastic job during a workout? Us too! This feature will be a game-changer.
  • Increased Sensor Accuracy: Everyone wants to know how effective their workout was after it is complete. So we love that the new sensor is 10% more accurate than other sensors on the market in tracking cadence, distance, and speed metrics. This could be a big selling point to those who depend on metrics to track their progress and serious athletes.
  • Bike Construction: Its sleek and compact design is perfect for at-home use without sacrificing durability, quality, and safety.

Things that could be Better

  • Additional Membership Required: For riders to experience all that Beachbody has to offer, a monthly BODI membership of $19.95 per month in addition to the yearly $99 Beachbody on Demand (BOD) membership is needed. Additionally, if riders want access to Openfit, it is an additional $39 per month.
  • Limited App Integration: Although this bike integrates with the Apple Watch, many other trackers and fitness app integrations are unavailable.

MYX II vs. MYX II Plus: Main Differences

Besides price, the only difference between the MYX II and the MYX II Plus is the additional equipment accompanying the purchase. MYX II Plus buyers receive the following:

  • Three pairs of dumbbells (six, nine, and twelve pounds)
  • One kettlebell (twenty pounds)
  • One exercise mat
  • One bike stabilization mat (4’ x 6’)
  • One foam roller
  • One resistance band

For a complete comparison of what these two purchasing options include, please look below.

FeatureMYX IIMYX II Plus
Upgraded Metrics Sensor
Star Trac Stationary Bike
21.5” Rotating Touchscreen
Polar OH1 Heart Rate Monitor
Apple Watch Connection
Additional Exercise Equipment
MYX II vsMYX II Plus Comparison Table

How To Set Up The MYX II Bike

The monitor included great prompts and videos on how to complete the set-up. For example, after I logged into my OpenFit account (we highly recommend you set this up before your bike arrives), I was prompted to activate my cadence sensor and pair my heart rate monitor. 

set-up speed sensor of myx ii

The cadence sensor was one of the most important bike components that needed to be set up before riding. It took a second to find where the sensor was located in order to pair it with the monitor. I knew it had to be located on one of the crankarms, and I found it on the left. The most challenging part of the whole bike setup was trying to get the battery out of the sensor to remove the tab.

The first video helped explain the heart rate monitor and how to wear it. Then, an additional video described setting up your bike’s handlebars and saddle correctly. They were both very easy to follow. 

Within about twenty minutes, I was already taking the heart rate test to set my target heart rate zones.

Beachbody On Demand Interactive (BODi) and Openfit Experiences on the MYX 2

BODi

BODi, also known as Beachbody On Demand Interactive, now offers 1,500 pre-recorded classes and daily live classes. These classes are currently available on the web and mobile app. In addition, you can enjoy a wide range of classes taught by Beachbody’s renowned trainers, including Shaun T (P90 X), Jennifer Jacobs (former Peloton instructor), Amoila Cesar (645), Elize Joan (3 Week Yoga Retreat), Idalis Velazquez (Total Body Pregnancy), and many more. In addition, these fantastic instructors are now creating new workout programs to share with the Beachbody community. Class formats include Bootcamp, yoga, Pilates, meditation, strength, cycling, cardio, Barre, and core and the new programs currently being created.

The live and on-demand classes are not only fitness-based, but users can also learn how to prepare nutritious meals in the comfort of their own homes. In addition, you can select from different nutrition support programs, including 2B Mindset and Portion Fit. I tried both and found them to provide great information.

BODi also makes it possible for users to utilize the exciting BODcast feature of the MYX II. You can now receive real-time personalized instruction and shoutouts from the expert trainers since the trainers can view your video while taking their class. Not only can the trainers see you, but your video is displayed on a large backdrop behind the instructor. This feature is not currently offered with any other at-home cycling experience. We enjoyed seeing the shoutouts and form corrections from most of the instructors. However, in particular, one instructor used this feature to ridicule a rider who picked up their phone during the class, which we felt went against the welcoming community that the rest of the BODI instructors have worked hard to create. Like any platform, you will need to find the instructor style and vibe you most enjoy.

Openfit

Openfit is a fitness and nutrition app also owned by Beachbody. You access the Openfit platform directly off the MYX screen. After the initial setup, you easily log in to the platform by entering the number that displays on the screen into openfit.com/activate instead of needing to always enter a username and password. 

openfit dashboard

This application offers a boutique studio style for the users. Openfit users can participate in classes such as Xtend Barre, Xtend Barre Pilates, Rough Around the Edges, Tough Mudder, T-Minus 30, Yoga52, 600 Secs, and Sound Meditation. Many of these classes can be completed in 30 minutes or less. Along with specialized classes taught by expert instructors, a meal plan option is also included helping you reach your goals faster. One of our favorite bonus class options was Mat Chat, which was available after completing a ride. A wide array of class topics are available. We found them the perfect length if you need a little longer of a cool down.

Something else we also thought was important to mention was that we loved receiving a personalized text message after our first class telling us what a great job we did. This helps to motivate riders to stay with the program. Also, Openfit is starting to have live classes as well. However, these classes are different from those offered by BODi. The videos are other OpenFit team members performing the exercises while the instructor is not actively participating but instead talking through safety cues.

Openfit Class Options

Class NameClass Description
Xtend BarreAndrea Rodgers is the creator and instructor for Xtend Barre. With a combination of Pilates, ballet fundamentals, and cardio moves, it is no wonder why this fun and challenging workout is the most popular format on Openfit.
Xtend Barre PilatesAlso led and created by Andrea Rodgers, Xtend Barre Pilates perfectly layers Pilates, toning, and cardio for an ideal workout.
Rough Around the EdgesAre you looking to feel strong and empowered? A Hollywood stunt woman leads this martial art format class.
Tough Mudder T-Minus 30Designed to receive serious results in only 30 days, this program improves overall body composition and fitness level. Hunter McIntyre, four-time Tough Mudder Champion, is the creator and instructor for this program.
600 SecOnly have ten minutes to workout? These ten-minute HIIT workouts created by Devin Wiggins maximize results in a short amount of time.
Sound MeditationRefocus your mind with a meditation session from various instructors.
Yoga52Strengthen and lengthen your muscles with fun, great yoga sessions taught by a multitude of certified instructors.

Beachbody Bike Cost & Where to Buy

The MYX II is currently sold only on the Official MYX Fitness Website. The price is ranging from $1399 for the MYX II & $1599 for the MYX II Plus. You can always check the MYX site for a special discount or coupon code.

FAQ

Is the MYX II bike as good as Peloton?

With the new Beachbody content, camera, and price, the MYX II bike might be better than the Peloton. Although, it is essential to note that the MYX doesn’t include a leaderboard like the Peloton. It comes down to which specific features you are interested in your bike and platform possessing.

Can you use the MYX II bike without a membership?

Since this model includes friction resistance, it can be used without a membership. However, if you do not want to purchase either a BODi or Openfit membership, you might want to select a more affordable indoor cycling bike since the touchscreen only works with MYX compatible apps; that function would be rendered useless. 

Do you need special shoes for the MYX II bike?

The MYX II bike pedals come equipped with SPD clips and toe cages for regular street shoes. They also include a larger pedal for maximum comfort.

Can you watch Netflix on the MYX II bike?

No, unfortunately, that feature is only currently available on the Bowflex VeloCore.

Is the MYX II bike quiet?

Yes, the MYX bike is quiet, even with friction resistance. 

Is MYX Bike Available in Canada?

Yes, the Beachbody Bike by MYX is available in from February 2022.

Is MYX bike owned by Beachbody?

Yes, Beachbody owns MYXfitness.

Why does MYX bike have a camera?

The MYX bike has a camera to actively participate in BODcast classes.

Competitor Detailed Comparisons

Below, we will explore some of the most popular competitors of the MYX bike. Although these models have many similarities, they have notable differences that will influence buying decisions. 

MYX II vs Peloton

The Peloton experience of their platform is what makes this bike so enticing to customers. The most affordable Peloton model is $1,895 and requires a $39/month membership fee. Peloton bikes include a touchscreen and provide 100 levels of magnetic resistance. In addition, the inspiring instructors, cycling experience, and plethora of different class formats offered are what make this bike unique.

Related: You can also read our comparison with the Peloton.

MYX II vs IC7

This indoor cycling bike, manufactured by Life Fitness, includes an evenly light-weighted rear flywheel and a unique steel frame design to minimize sweat corrosion. Priced at $3,199, this bike is more expensive than many similar magnetic resistance models. However, the robust technology that is included with this model sets this bike apart from rivals. Life Fitness‘s Coach-by-Color technology not only gives an exciting riding experience but provides real-time interactive metrics to keep the workouts interesting and beneficial. In addition, the free ICG app easily connects with the IC7 cycle and helps riders prepare for FTP tests, track and log workout metrics, and provide various workouts to reach customized goals. 

MYX II vs Schwinn IC4 / Bowflex C6

The Nautilus models, Bowflex C6 & Schwinn IC4, offer a great product at an affordable price. Priced at less than $1,000, riders can enjoy 100 levels of magnetic resistance and a quiet and comfortable ride. Unfortunately, live classes are not available with these models, and nor is a touch screen. Instead, the console integrates with various riding applications such as Peloton and Zwift via your tablet or phone.

MYX II vs Echelon EX-5S

Echelon EX-5S users can select from live classes or the class library to stay motivated during every ride. This connect bike costs $1,599 for a model that includes a 22” touchscreen or $1,199 for a 10” touchscreen. Overall, to enjoy the various classes and formats that Echelon offers, riders will need to purchase a membership for $39.99 per month.

You can also read a relevant article about the differences between the Bowflex C6/ Schwinn IC4 and theEchelon Smart Connect EX3 & EX5.

MYX II Vs. NordicTrack S22i

The Nordic Track S22i offers riders a realistic terrain experience through this model’s auto-adjusting incline and resistance capability. Priced at $1,849, this model also includes a 22” inch smart touchscreen that rotates 360 degrees, 24 levels of magnetic resistance, a 30W sound system, and free access to iFit for 30-days. In addition, the iFit platform allows participants to select from a variety of live and on-demand classes.

MYX II vs. Proform Studio Bike Pro

With the purchase of the Proform Studio Bike Pro, riders will enjoy a three-year iFit membership. Riders are immersed in realistic terrain rides as this bike auto-adjusts the cycle’s incline and resistance. This model includes 22 levels of magnetic resistance, a 10” 180-degree swiveling touchscreen, and a 250-pound user weight limit. The Proform Studio Bike Pro is priced at $1,403.

Bottomline

MYX II Bike review

The MYX II bike is a fantastic model, and now with the added content from Beachbody and the lower price point than similar bikes, this is an awesome option. However, it is essential to note that purchasing the membership is vital to enjoying this model’s maximum potential.

Katie Pierson

Katie is the creator of MT Girl Fitness and has been a certified fitness professional for almost twenty years. She currently holds ten different fitness certifications, including Group Fitness, Spinning Elite, Rockstar Spinning, and Personal Training. Fitness is her passion, and she loves seeing her clients reach goals they never imagined.

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