Nautilus U616 vs Schwinn 170 – How They Match Up

nautilus-u616-vs-schwinn-170 split screen with 2 woman up close on upright bikesThis Nautilus U616 vs Schwinn 170 comparison puts these bike alongside each other to see how they match up.

But first here is a quick review of both bikes

These bikes look just a little different but do have similar features.

They are supplied by the same company which explains some of this.

But there are a few other differences between the two bikes.

There is the price difference of course. And in this post I look at whether the differences justify the price.

But before detailing the differences here is a quick review of the bikes.

Nautilus U616 Upright Exercise Bike

This bike has the better looks and styling (so I think) – I like the white support poles. The computer console has more modern look to it as well.

There is plenty of variety with the pre-set programs to help you stay interested and match to your goals and fitness ability.

The 25 levels of magnetic resistance goes from easy to hard so it can be set to the level you want. The levels increase incrementally and movement between them is smooth.

The pedaling motion is smooth too, so it gives a low impact experience that is easy on the joints.

There are 4 user profiles that allows you to track performance for each separately.

The dual displays provide you with lots of feedback as you workout to keep you on track and see how you are getting on. It also allows you to still see measures when you use the media tray which covers the upper display.

Customers like the quality of the bike with it being compared favorably with gym quality bike. Read more in my full review here.

Schwinn 170 Upright Exercise Bike

This is the most popular upright exercise bike at present. It packs in a lot of similar features as the U616 but at a more affordable price.

It comes with a 13 lbs flywheel, belt drive, 25 levels of magnetic resistance and 29 workout programs.

It can be used by a range of people from complete beginners to those looking for a more demanding workout including indoor training for cyclists (it’s not going to give very demanding training for very fit individuals but it can help maintain and improve cardio fitness when you can’t get outside).

It is compact and can fit into most homes without overtaking a room and it can be moved on transport wheels if you want to put it out of the way.

Customers like how quiet it is, stable, sturdy and that they can just get on with their workouts when they want. The like it build too. Read my full review here

The Differences – The Facts

The differences between the bikes are highlighted and described here to provide the information that can be key to deciding between the two. There is listing of the features side by side below that allow you to see a full comparison at a glance between the two bikes.

These differences can help to decide where each bike is better for you depending on your goals and by looking the features each offers and the differences.

BlueTooth. The U616 has bluetooth capability which allows you to upload your workout data for the 4 users up to their accounts or app accounts rather than using the USB stick. You can still use the USB stick method if your prefer – this is the only way you can do it with the 170.

Fitness App. The U616 works with the Nautilus Connect App where as the 170 doesn’t have an App. This is for uploading your workout information but doesn’t give any more options for use with the bike itself.

Fitness Account. The Schwinn work with the Schwinn Connect Account and the Nautilus with Nautilus Connect Account. They both work in a similar way and both can be synced

Weight. The U616 is 6.2 lbs heavier at a total weight of 68.6 lbs due to its slightly larger size and construction which is why people find it a quality constructed bike.

Dimensions. There is a slight difference in dimensions with the U616 being bigger. It 2 inch taller, 0.2 inch wider and 1/2 longer. This will give it a little more stability than the Schwinn 170 and the estra inch that it caters for in the height of users.
Maximum User Height: The U616 caters for people another inch taller with going to 6 ft 2 ins.

What About The Price

The Nautilus U616 is, when I checked, more than the Schwinn 170

Which On Should I Buy?

For me you are paying quite a bit more for a bike that is slightly better put together and looking that comes with bluetooth and a Fitness App.

The Nautilus U616 will probably give a slightly better ride and feel a little more stable. You can also upload your workouts to a fitness app using bluetooth. This does save some work in using a USB stick to do this with as you have to do with the Schwinn 170.

Customers to date have on the whole think they got a good bike that gives them a smooth workout and is well constructed which is reflected in the ratings and popularity.

From the feedback from the supplier the Nautilus U616 will stand up better to standing on the pedals and riding it more like an indoor cycle but it’s not designed for long periods out of the saddle.

The App does allow you to check on things with your phone that you can’t with the 170 which you can only do on your account and It doesn’t provide you with any more programs or a better way to control your bike.

I think with the price difference, for the extra features and quality, that the Schwinn 170 looks the better deal is the one I’d go with. Unless you want to be out of the seat and standing for long periods and then you may better off with an indoor cycle or spin bike but they do come with less features.

Side By Side comparison

In the table below is the features, specifications and dimension for both bikes listed side by side to give a full idea of how they are alike and where they differ too.

FeatureSchwinn 170Nautilus U616
Resistance TypeMagneticMagnetic
Resistance Levels2525
Weighted Flywheel13 lbs13 lbs
Bike Weight62.8 lbs68.6 lbs
Max User Weight300 lbs300 lbs
Min User Height5 ft 0 ins5 ft 0 ins
Max User Height6ft 1 ins6 ft 2 ins
Handlebars AdjustabilityYes - AngleYes - Angle
Seat AdjustabilityVertical

Bike DimensionsHeight 55.6 ins
Width 21.4 ins
Length 41.3 ins
Height 57.6 ins
Width 21.6 ins
Length 41.8 ins
Drive TypeFlywheel
Belt Drive
Belt Drive
AccessoriesWater bottle holder
Electronics ledge
3 speed fan
Water bottle holder
Electronics ledge
3 speed fan
Pre-Set Programs2929
User Profiles44
Frame ConstructionSteelSteel
Transport WheelsYesYes
Pedal SizeOver-sizedOver-sized
Crank3 piece3 piece
Seat PaddedYesYes
Heart Rate SensorsYesYes
Heart Rate Sensor TypeHand Pulse
Strap Compatible
Hand Pulse
Strap Compatible

Hopefully you now have the information you wanted and have decided on the right bike for you. It would be great to hear what your thinking is on this.

2 comments for “Nautilus U616 vs Schwinn 170 – How They Match Up

  1. ann
    May 27, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    There is no table

    • Paul
      August 26, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      Sorry, now added.

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