The Bodycraft SPT-Mag Bike is built to commercial use standards which would also seem to make it ideal for home use situations where people want a spin bike for serious workouts and training.
It looks good, has a heavy construction and flywheel. It has a belt drive and magnetic resistance that can provide a low maintenance and quiet ride. It’s designed to be used in a gym setting but should also be good for home use too.
The handlebars are a little different to most spin bikes in that they provide more hand positions for indoor cycle training.
The bike certainly seems to have everything needed to be a spin bike for the home or gym that you can get the workouts to the intensity you want from moderate to very intense.
In our full review, we look at all aspects of the bike to make sure it is a bike that lives up to its promise for the home as well as the club.
Product: BodyCraft SPT-Mag Indoor Club Group Cycle
– Commercial: Frame 10 years / Parts 3 years / Wear items 90 days / Labor 90 days
– In-Home: Frame lifetime / Parts 5 years / Wear items 1 year / Labor 2 years
My Rating: 9.6/10
Since it’s a commercial grade exercise bike, its frame is made of heavy-duty steel tubing. In fact, most parts of its construction are steel-made, with the exception of several covers. The mainframe features a corrosion-resistant and scratch-resistant paint finish; the colors used are black for the main body, grey for the upright bars of the seat and handlebar, while the horizontal adjustment sliders of the seat and handlebar have a chrome finish.
The BodyCraft SPT-Mag indoor cycling bike offers an extremely sturdy construction and exceptional stability. Not only that its center of gravity is situated pretty low, its base bars are both equipped with adjustable stabilizers, each stabilizer featuring a large rubber cap. Plus, the whole bike weighs approx. 116 lbs, which is more than twice the weight of the average road bike, and this weight also plays a very important role in its overall stability.
So, as a small conclusion here, even if you’re close to the bike’s maximum weight capacity, it still shouldn’t wobble or move when you exercise, even if you undertake a more demanding spin workout.
On the other hand, moving the bike shouldn’t be too difficult; its front base bar is equipped with two large wheels which facilitate its relocation.
Compared to other cardio training machines, such as treadmills or ellipticals, this exercise bike isn’t large. It won’t take too much usable space. With the frame completely assembled it takes 42″L x 24″W of floor space. It’s recommended, though, to maintain at least two feet of clearance all around it for safe operation, entry, and exit.
Last but not least, the BodyCraft SPT-Mag bike has quite an aesthetic, professional-looking aspect. This can serve as a motivation factor. It’s definitely not a cheaply made bike; differently put, it’s a rock-solid item of fitness equipment.
Seat and handlebars
The SPT-Mag indoor cycling trainer from BodyCraft Fitness is equipped with a 4-way adjustable seat. Its upright post is ovalized, while the horizontal slider is hexagonal. Due to these shapes, it is almost impossible for the seat to turn sideways.
The seat’s upright bar and horizontal slider offer quite many adjustment positions, with increments of approx. half an inch. Differently put, the bike can accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’5″ with no problem.
The saddle is an elastomer cushioned model, featuring a longitudinal groove to promote a healthy blood circulation during seated workouts. It offers optimal comfort, but overall, it’s not a saddle built for comfort. It’s a slim spin seat, and almost any new user to spinning will find it uncomfortable at first. However, its comfort can always be improved by a gel cover. Also, the connection system to the slider is standard; thus, compatible models are widely available.
The BodyCraft SPT-Mag exercise bike offers a more versatile handlebar. Not only that its handlebar integrates a middle loop aero bar, it also has two lateral drop-down grips, which multiplies the workout postures that you can adopt during your workouts.
Just as the seat, the bike’s handlebar is 4-way adjustable (up, down, forward, and backward). It’s completely covered by a layer of high-density foam, in order to provide a non-slip, secure grip. Its horizontal slider is also hexagonal, while its vertical post is ovalized.
Both the seat and the handlebar are very easy to adjust. They’re equipped with large lock levers, easy to grip and turn. Therefore, adjusting the bike to your own size shouldn’t take more than a minute.
Resistance system of the BodyCraft SPT-Mag Bike
As we’ve mentioned above, the BodyCraft SPT-Mag bike is equipped with an eddy current (magnetic) resistance system, which consists of a magnetic brake placed over the flywheel and connected to the adjustment dial on top of the main bar of the frame. The brake is not motorized, so the bike doesn’t require a power source in order to generate resistance. It’s a manual magnetic brake, and as you turn the dial clockwise, the magnets in the brake’s construction will come closer to the flywheel increasing the resistance.
The brake knob also has the function of an emergency brake. By pressing it down the brake applies full contact to the flywheel instantly stopping it if it’s necessary. And this function may be necessary if you repeatedly alternate normal pedaling sessions with backward pedaling sessions.
The brake doesn’t have pre-determined resistance settings. You simply “tighten” it until you obtain the resistance that you feel adequate for your workout.
The first aspect to mention here is that the BodyCraft SPT-Mag bike is equipped with a belt drive system. This feature comes with two main advantages. One, the pedaling motion is extremely quiet, almost silent; second, the belt doesn’t require any lubrication, so the bike’s transmission part is basically maintenance-free.
The integrated flywheel is bi-directional. In other words, it gives you the possibility to pedal backward as well, with the same resistance given by the selected level. The bike doesn’t offer the possibility to coast, though.
The flywheel weight isn’t specified. However, it’s a mid-range flywheel, with a weight somewhere between 30-40 lbs. It’s perimeter-weighted and delivers a very smooth motion and a consistent momentum, perfect for spin workouts of all sorts.
Just like any other spin bikes, the BodyCraft SPT-Mag bike is equipped with an extremely sturdy, 3-piece crankset. Even if you’re close to the maximum weight capacity you should be able to pedal while standing up with no problem. The bike’s Q-Factor isn’t the narrowest, but at 175 mm it’s still narrow enough to eliminate any lateral stress on the ankle and knees during your workouts.
Last but not least, a heavy-duty, metallic alloy set of pedals is included with the bike. They’re dual-sided, featuring toe cages with straps on one side, but you can also use them on the other side without the cages. They do not have SPD clips for spin shoes. However, they’re standard pedals featuring 9/16 threads, which means you can easily find replacements for them.
Assembly and Maintenance of the BodyCraft SPT-Mag Bike
Although most of the bike is pre-assembled, some parts do require assembly. You will have to attach the base bars, the seat upright post, the saddle, the handlebar upright post, the handlebar, and the pedals. This shouldn’t take longer than 20-30 minutes, though. The included manual will guide you step-by-step through the assembly process. All the instructions are pretty clear and straightforward. Also, all the tools required for the assembly are included with the bike.
Since it’s a belt drive bike, the transmission of the BodyCraft SPT-Mag bike doesn’t require any lubrication or maintenance. In fact, the only maintenance that is required for this bike is keeping it clean, and periodically check if all the parts are well-tightened in their places.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 42L x 24W x 47H inches
- Assembled weight: 116 lbs
- Supported weight: 350 lbs
- Handlebars: 4-way adjustable
- Seat: 4-way adjustable
- Drive mechanism: Belt
- Resistance: Manual magnetic
- Fitness meter: Not included
- Bottle holder: Included
- Sturdy steel frame, with an impressive weight capacity of 350 lbs;
- Bases with adjustable, rubberized levelers;
- Transport wheels on the rear base;
- 4-way adjustable seat;
- 4-way adjustable handlebar, with a multi-grip design;
- Drop-down grips on the handlebar, feature that many other spin bikes don’t have;
- Frictionless, wear-free, magnetic resistance;
- Balanced, perimeter-weighted flywheel for a smooth pedaling motion and solid momentum;
- Heavy-duty crank made for spin workouts;
- Durable, metallic alloy pedals with toe cages;
- Standard 9/16 threads on the pedals, so you can easily find replacements for it if needed;
- Narrow (175 mm) Q-Factor, minimizing the lateral stress on the ankles and knees;
- Smooth and quiet belt drive, great for apartment use;
- Bottle holder included;
- Really easy to assemble;
Little maintenance required;
- Excellent warranty.
- Exercise meter not included;
- No SPD elements on the pedals.
Available optional accessories from Bodycraft:
Tablet/IPad/Phone Holder, 12″ Adjustable $50.00
Wide Comfort Saddle (10.75L x 8.25W) $40.00
SPD Clip-in Pedals $100.00
Computer w/Comprehensive Feedback $100.00
28″ x 56″ x 1/4″ Protective Mat $50.00
Polar Brand Heart Rate Belt for optional computer $60.00
Note: The Bodycraft SPT-Mag bike does not come equipped with a console. It’s available as an accessory from Bodycraft. Its name is SP-C-BC VC-1 Computer w/Comprehensive Feedback and sells for around $99 (as of doing this review). It gives Speed, Time, Distance, Calories, Heart Rate and Odometer. You can set yourself Time, Distance, or Calorie goals which can count down to zero. To use the heart rate you also need a heart rate strap. The company offers one for $60.00. SPD Optional Clip-in Pedals are also available from Bodycraft for around $100.00.
Final Thoughts on the BodyCraft SPT-Mag Bike:
The BodyCraft SPT-Mag bike is a commercial grade indoor cycling trainer, featuring a frictionless magnetic resistance system and a belt drive. It has an extremely sturdy frame and an impressive weight capacity of 350 lbs. It also excels in micro-adjustability, with a 4-way adjustable seat and handlebar. It’s a rock-solid bike, perfect for all kinds of spin workouts, for light to intense cardio training, weight loss, endurance gain, and intervals.
It would be good if it came with a computer as standard to be able to monitor and track performance. That aside this is a very good bike for home use (and gym) that is robust and durable providing the basis for many years of low impact and intense (or moderate) cardio workouts. It definitely offers outstanding value for the price.
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