By Robbie Ferri, Cyclist, Personal Trainer, and Group Exercise Instructor.
Exercise bikes are an amazing tool, and we consistently see new bikes hit the market. Having an exercise
What I liked and what could be better
If you want a quick rundown of what to expect, here are our first thoughts about what we liked and what we didn’t like about the Schwinn 170 exercise
Schwinn 130 vs. Schwinn 170
One of the most common questions we get about the Schwinn 170 is how does it compare to the Schwinn 130. The first thing to mention is they are very similar but overall, the Schwinn 170 is a better
You get 25 resistance on the levels on the 170 instead of 16 on the 130. The display on the 170 has two screens and much more function than the 130. The seat on the 170 can move back and forward, but on the 130, it can’t, and this is vital for a better fit. You also get speakers, a USB charging port, and a cooling fan on the Schwinn 170.
Overall the Schwinn 170 does have more to offer, and they are not gimmicky things. They are things that really improve the experience, and we highly recommend the Schwinn 170 over the Schwinn 130. As there’s not a huge difference in the price, we recommend the 170 as it is just better.
|Schwinn 130||Schwinn 170|
The Big Picture
The best way to understand an exercise
Size and who’s it for?
The Schwinn 170 is 41” in length, 21” in width, and 56” in height. It can work for all riders up to 300lbs and can work for users from 5ft to 6ft 1”. The actual size of the
Connectivity and Applications
The other uses of Bluetooth include calorie tracking applications like MyFitnessPal, and it also has Apple
Construction and Quality
Schwinn is not known for making low-end products. If anything, they are known as a high-quality brand as far as exercise equipment goes. The quality of the 170 heavily backs this up, and everything is excellent. The adjustment handles feel solid, and the buttons on the screen work smoothly and just feel very solid.
If there’s one thing I like about this
The Schwinn 170 has a magnetic resistance system, and this means the
Drive System and Flywheel
The drive system isn’t an old-school chain system; it is a belt drive. This makes the
I was very surprised at Schwinn’s effort to make this
The monitor actually offers much more than we originally thought. It has a lot of inbuilt programs for you to follow, which are tremendous fun, and has two data screens that will tell you everything you need to know, such as cadence, time, distance, etc. One thing we really liked was the cooling fan, sound system, USB charging port, and stand for a tablet. It’s intelligent thinking from Schwinn.
The pedals are not your typical exercise
A question we often are asked is about how difficult this
The assembly of the
As you can expect with Schwinn, the warranty is very good, and you get 10 years on the frame itself, 2 years on the mechanical components, 1 year on the electrical components, and 90 days on labor. This is a very good warranty, but there’s very little chance you will need to use it.
You don’t hear about many issues with this
Schwinn 170 vs Nautilus U616 and U618
Nautilus is also a very big brand in the
How does the Schwinn 170 step up to these bikes is simple? With the Nautilus, you get a longer warranty, a higher weight limit, a gel seat, and a tilting console. Though the Nautilus is more expensive and we don’t think they are worth the extra money, the Schwinn, in our opinion, is a better buy.
|Nautilus U618||Schwinn 170|
Schwinn vs. Sole B94
Away from Nautilus, the next bit of competition for the Schwinn 170 is the Sole B94. The Sole B94 looks very similar and comes in around the same price, but it is very different from the Schwinn170. The Sole B94 doesn’t offer as much as the Schwinn when it comes to programs on the monitor and the amount of the resistance levels, but it does feel like a very solid build and does come with a better warranty. We think either is a great buy, but the Schwinn does look and perform better, in our opinion.
|Sole B94||Schwinn 170|
Can you stand up on the Schwinn 170?
It’s an upright bike, so it’s not recommended to be standing as the bike
itself as it is designed for sitting. If you want a bike
for standing, you are going to want to invest in a spinning bike.
Is the Schwinn 170 quiet?
The Schwinn 170, with its magnetic resistance system and super-light flywheel, is very light, and if you live in a flat or house with thin walls ideal.
Does the Schwinn 170 have Bluetooth?
The Schwinn 170 does have Bluetooth, yes. You are able to connect heart rate monitors to some of the market-leading applications.
Is the Schwinn 170 worth it?
If you’re in the market for an upright exercise