What makes for the best spin bike with belt drive?
Of course, it must have a belt drive!
But it needs more than that to be considered for this.
Importantly you want a bike that you get a good low impact and no hassle spinning or training workout at the intensity you want.
This is what I’ve looked for in putting this list together to help you find the bike(s) that meet these requirements.
So you don’t have to go through all the investigation and checking.
It can be very time consuming and frustrating!
Instead of just picking one I’ve gone for 3 bikes in 3 different price range to cater for different budgets, wants and fitness goals.
Best Budget Bike
Sunny Health & Fitness Belt Drive
This is one of the most popular bikes and it is very well rated too by customers.
You get a lot of good value for the price. It can be adjusted to fit people between the heights of 5 ft 3 ins and 6ft 8 ins. It can be done quickly so it can be used by multiple users.
As well as the belt drive included in the price you get a heavy flywheel for a consistent and smooth riding motion through all levels of resistance
The only real issue considering what you get for the price is the fact that it doesn’t have a console to help you stay on track. Not many bikes in this price range come with a basic one – so to a certain extent it is to be expected.
The bike hold steady at all levels of intensity whether you in or out of the saddle and when you are moving in between.
BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike
It comes with an Hutchinson 5PK v-ribbed automotive belt that will give a more consistent riding motion for longer due to its strength and durability.
It can be used by people between the heights of 5 ft 2 ins and 6 ft 7 ins with full adjustment of the seat and handlebars to get the best possible fit for an effective workout.
It has a 6 inch q factor (the horizontal distance between pedals) which helps to keep you legs more aligned giving a more natural feel and puts less stress on joints for most people.
The seat for most people is comfortable which is unusual but can be replaced if you want.
It uses a friction pad for resistance that provides a good consistent grip on the wheel. It increases in increments so it is easy to set to the level you want.
This is not like a standard spin bike at all with its light flywheel, magnetic resistance and sleek modern design.
You will get a different riding experience from spin bikes but it still a quality ride.
It gives you a low impact, quiet and minimal maintenance so you can just get on with your workouts.
The console included lets you know the level of resistance you’ve set, watts, distance, speed, calories and heart rate when wearing a compatible heart strap (not included). It also connects with a Fitness App to track and analyze you workouts.
Having the resistance level displayed can help you to train more objectively as you know how hard you’ve set it rather than relying on feel and estimate.
It can be adjusted to fit people to get an effective workout between the heights of 4 ft 10 ins and 6 ft 5 ins.
The Selection Process
In choosing these bikes I looked at more than just the fact they had a belt drive although important you also want a bike that performs well to give you the workout you desire.
In preparing the list I went through the bikes specifications, features, their manuals, asked questions of the suppliers and also read through hundred of customer reviews to see just how these bikes deliver on their promises.
I then compared them to come up with my top bikes in each of the categories.
I looked at the quality of the pedaling motion, how sturdy and stable they were, their extras, their durability and how well they can be adjusted to fit you properly and others that might want to use the bike.
The advantages of the belt drive over the chain drive is that it is quieter and is low maintenance. Where the chain drive has an advantage is the price where it is cheaper and helps to keep bikes at a lower price. Also you do lose some of the feel of an outdoor bike as it sounds and feels different as you pedal. If you are interested here is some more on how the chain drive and belt drive match up.
From the list there should be a best spin bike with belt drive for different budgets. They all give fluid pedaling motion and allow you to get a good tough low impact workout to work you as hard as you want. Hopefully you’ve found the one you are looking and are now ready to buy.