Being a certified
Katie’s Side Note: If you can take a live class from Eric Thompson, do it! His energy and passion for cycling are amazing!
Schwinn Z Pros & Cons
Usually, after I have taken a 9-hour cycling certification, I feel it during the workshop and the following day in the form of saddle soreness. However, staying on the Schwinn Z
|Handlebars- the design is incredibly comfortable due to the flat front design.
|Heart Rate Tracking via Bluetooth- in a crowded room, the console often picked up another rider’s heart rate instead. If you are riding at home, this would not be an issue.
|Smart Watch Connectivity- Easily connects with your Smart Watch, including Fitbit. A simple tap of your Apple or Android watch to the console pairs the device
|Price- It might not be affordable for many people due to the price tag being around $3,600.
|Riding Experience- The pedal stroke is incredibly smooth due to the drive system.
|Competitive Saddle- Since the saddle is a competitive style, some riders might not be comfortable.
|Multiple Training Options- Whether you like to focus on your power output or perhaps a zone (stage) training model, this
|Z LED Lights- LED lights coincide with different FTP zones.
|Connectivity- Connects via Bluetooth, NFC, and ANT+ technology.
|4iii Power Meter- The built-in power meter is one of the most reliable for delivering accurate real-time metrics.
The Schwinn Z
Although the Schwinn Z
Tip: A fun training challenge when using the Zone mode is to complete three twelve-minute blocks. In the first block, select a pace and resistance that requires significant effort to maintain cadence and intensity. This is your “set it” block of work. The next block is the “match it” block, where you try to match your previous metrics. Finally, the third block is the “beast it” section, where you crush all of your earlier metrics in the set.
- Frame: 10-Year Warranty (5-Year Corrosion Warranty)
- Labor: 1 Year
- Mechanical Parts: 2 Years (cranks, drive mechanism, braking system)
- Pedals & Saddle: 6 Months
- Product Footprint (LxW): 42.5″ x 20.6″
- Flywheel Weight: 32 pounds
- Resistance Type: Magnetic
- Resistance Levels: 25 Gears
- Drive System: Poly V Belt
- Max User Weight 300 pounds
- User Height Range: 4′ 11″ – 6′ 8″
- Product Weight: 130 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 152 pounds
Mechanics and Detailed Specs
The design quality of the Schwinn Z
Resistance & Drive Systems
The resistance system of the Z
OpenHub Console Connectivity
The OpenHub Console offers a multitude of connectivity options. This console offer connectivity options, including ANT+, NFC, and Bluetooth. The different connection options allow riders to pass metrics to their favorite 3rd party apps, such as Strava. Another console feature is linking to Smart Watches and
Due to the versatility of the Zone console, workouts can be designed around FTP, cadence, or heart rate. The metrics tracked on the console include heart rate, cadence, FTP, time, distance, gear, stage timer, and calories. One of the great features of this console is the ability to customize the display. Users can add or hide metrics to focus on what they desire.
Power Meter & Z LED Lights
The 4iiii provides strain gauge power feedback in real-time that allows riders to train harder and smarter. The power meter is located on the left crank arm of the cycle. The power reading shows how hard a rider works and helps measure road speed, distance, and caloric expenditure. Accompanying the FTP reading from the power meter is the ability to use the Z LED lights feature. Four color zones on the console indicate a rider’s intensity. They range from yellow being the easiest and red showing the highest energy output.
The handlebars offer four-way adjustability and are one of my favorite features of this
Featuring both a toe cage and clip option, these dual-sided forged steel pedals are incredibly versatile. Cycling shoes featuring an SPD clip are needed.
Wheels on the front foot of the Schwinn Z
A wide range of riders can be accommodated with the Schwinn Z because the saddle and handlebars move fore, aft, up, and down. This model offers a pop-pin design to move the handlebars and saddle up and down. In addition, micro adjustments are available to move these elements fore and aft.
Best Budget Alternatives: Bowflex C6 & Schwinn IC4
We have clubbed these together because they are the same
Let us start with the design. It’s a cool-looking bike, the Bowflex C6 color scheme is a little more stealthy than the Schwinn IC4, but overall you have a
The drivetrain is excellent on this bike. It is completely frictionless and works on the eddy currents of magnets and has a belt drive. I love this combination. It will make the bike silky smooth, and responsive and will not skip a single beat at any time. It’s equipped with a 40lbs flywheel which plants the bike to the floor and gives it fantastic structure in any sprint.
The Bowflex VeloCore is perhaps another model to consider. This cycle offers two different riding modes leaning and stationery. Men’s
This model has a 4.7 out of 5-star consumer rating and costs around $1,700. This model also pairs with Bowflex’s Journey app and connects with third-party apps like Zwift and Peloton.
- Flywheel weight: 33 pounds
- User height range: 5’1″ -6’5”
- Resistance levels: 100
- Height: 55.3″, Width: 24.1″, Length: 59.8″
- Item weight: 85 pounds
- Max user weight: 325 pounds
The Keiser M3i offers a V-shaped frame. This frame style accommodates riders up to 7′ tall. Equipped with 24 levels of magnetic resistance, the M3i also features a Poly V-belt drive. This cycle is priced at $1,995 and has a 4.8 out of 5 customer rating.
What is unique about the Keiser M3i is the design of the rear flywheel. Although most cycling bikes offer flywheels weighing 25-40 pounds, the M3i flywheel is incredibly lightweight. This design allows the rear flywheel to spin eleven times faster than the pedal stroke. The result of this unique
Cycling apps that pair with the M3i include Sufferfest, Fulgaz, Zwift, and mPaceline. Also included with this model is Keiser’s M Series App. This app provides metrics about heart rate, power, cadence, and FTP zones.
- Flywheel weight: 8 pounds
- User height range: 4’10” -7′
- Resistance levels: 24
- Height: 45″, Width: 26″, Length: 49″
- Item weight: 85 pounds
- Max user weight: 300 pounds
The bike itself is an incredible machine and has an incline and decline feature, which means when you ride, a motor will raise and drop the front of the bike. The screen is 22” HD and uses an application called iFit for all your live and pre-recorded classes.
Another potential alternative to the Z
The S22i comes equipped with the iFit app, which features many instructor-led and beautiful scenery rides from around the world. The 22″ monitor swivels 360 degrees and includes an upgraded sound system. Resistance and incline can also be controlled from the handlebars. In addition, this model contains magnetic resistance and a belt drive for a quiet riding experience. Do you get hot when you ride? The console has an Autobreeze fan with multiple settings to keep riders a little more comfortable. We also love that this model includes wireless Bluetooth headphone connectivity. Now riders can even ride when everyone is sleeping and not disturb them.
- Flywheel weight: 32 pounds
- User height range: 4’10” -6’10”
- Resistance levels: 24
- Height: 55″, Width: 29.1″, Length: 56.9″
- Item weight: 193.6 pounds
- Max user weight: 350 pounds
If you are looking for an indoor cycling