Bodycraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike

 

The Bodycraft SPX is an excellent club level indoor cycle that’s also great for the home user. It’s a quality product with tight design and top-notch components. Starting with the rust and corrosion resistant heavy duty steel frame down to the 46 lb perimeter weighted flywheel, the Bodycraft SPX delivers on style and function. These components combined with the automotive quality, maintenance-free drive belt, this cycle provides the quiet, performance that every user is looking for in their home.

Bodycraft also provides some additional functionality with this cycle including a multi-grip handlebar that can be adjusted both vertically and horizontally. The seat is also fully adjustable in both directions. The icing on the cake is that the Bodycraft SPX Indoor Cycle comes with a lifetime frame warranty and five-year parts warranty.

Its frame is constructed of heavy-duty steel which prevents any flexing or shaking while you are pedaling hard in or out of the saddle. You don’t feel unsteady at any time including when transitioning in and out of the seat. The handlebars and seat don’t shake when correctly tightened up, and the hexagonal shape of the posts help to ensure the l-levers get a good firm grip stopping any movement.

The 46 lbs flywheel is perimeter weighted and turns on quality SKF sealed bearing which helps in keeping it rolling and pulling the pedals through the cycling motion, so you have a natural and smooth riding motion. This makes it a low impact that is easy on the joints. There is no jerkiness or choppiness that you get with lighter flywheels. If you want to use it on an uneven floor, there are levelers under the stabilizer bars that you turn to level out the bike and prevent it from rocking.

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Bodycraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike

Product: Bodycraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bile

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Warranty: Lifetime frame, 5 years parts, 1-year ware items, 2 years labor

My rating: 9/10

Adjustability:

This bike is easily adjusted for a range of sizes between 5 ft 2 ins and 6 ft 7 ins. The handlebars and seat can be moved vertically and horizontally to get it all fitting correctly for a comfortable and efficient workout that will reduce the risk of injury from straining or cramped positions or from not having it adjusted for the best pedal stroke.

Adjusting the bike is easy. You loosen the L-clamps on the adjustment poles and sliders and move the handlebars or seat into position and tighten up. You can set them to exactly where you want them to go, so you get the best fit possible and you are not restricted to pre-set holes.

There are markings on the poles to help adjust the bike back to your settings if it has been moved since you last used the bike. Adjusting is quick making the bike able to be used by multi-users. It also means you can quickly get on with your workout without messing about with the bike, which if you are like me you find anything getting in the way of your workout annoying when you are ready to get going.

Resistance:

This bike uses friction to provide resistance for hill climb workouts for building strength, intensity, and endurance. It uses a tension knob at the top of the frame that you turn that pushes down on a lever that is attached to a resistance pad that sits on top of the flywheel.

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resistance

It seems the resistance is constant which prevents the flywheel from slipping. The strength increases at a good steady pace with it not being too sensitive, so it is easy to control how much you are putting on or taking off as you workout.

There are no markings to indicate the level of resistance that is being applied which makes it difficult to return to a prior setting. This is normal for spin bikes with very few having this marked with it being only bikes with magnetic resistance such as Keiser M3+ bike having levels (but this costs $800 or more).

To stop the flywheel quickly so you can get off you push down hard on the tension knob, and resistance pad works as a brake.

The pad is going to need replacing due to the friction wearing it down. The pads are available by contacting the supplier. There is no guard or cover to prevent sweat dripping on to the pad so you may find it needs replacing more often than those that do have one like the Spinner Blade.

Drive Type:

The Bodycraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Cycle Bike has a Hutchinson 5PK v-ribbed automotive belt for a drive. The V-rib provides a better nonslip pedaling experience by providing a full area of grip to give extra surety when you are standing on the pedals. The extra toughness of the automotive belt should result in a more extended riding experience before it needs replacing.

On a day to day basis, there should not be any maintenance required as you have with a chain drive. However sometimes in a few years time or so it will need replacing, and that will probably need to be done by someone with the specialist skills.

It is a very quiet bike to with the belt being almost silent. However, you may feel lose some of the bike sense because there is none of the slight variation in the pull that you get with a chain drive.

It is a fixed gear so you can’t coast. The inertia of the flywheel will continue to pull the pedals through the pedal motion when you stop pedaling. To stop the pedals, you can use your legs and feet to slow it down gently. Or apply the brake feature of the resistance pad.

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Pedals:

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at an angle

The pedals are made from aluminum alloy with toe straps for athletic shoes. Along with the forged steel crank, there is no unusual movement from the pedals when standing, and they are sturdy enough for standing up on and pushing as hard as you want. You get a good grip on pedals so your foot shouldn’t slip while you are pedaling in any position.

They don’t fit specialist shoes, but you can replace them with specialist bike pedals as it takes standard bike fitting pedals.

The q factor, which is the horizontal measurement between the inside of the pedals is 175 mm (confirmed with brochure) which is amongst the narrowest I’ve seen so far on a spin bike. This helps in keeping the hips, knees, and ankles in alignment providing a more efficient workout as well as one where an injury is less likely to happen due to the alignment.

Comfort Seat:

Unusually for spin bike seats, this one is described as comfortable by many of the people that have been sitting on it for long periods of time. I’ve not come across a review that says it is too hard. However, everyone is different, and you may not like the seat. You can change it for one more to your liking. Alternatively, you can try a gel seat cover or padded bike shorts.

Handlebars:

The handlebars are covered to make them easier to grip and prevent blisters especially when your hands get moist from sweat. You can use the handlebars for the standard hand positions for spinning plus you can lean on it with your forearms in the aero position but you may find that they are not padded enough and your arms may start to hurt after a period.

Noise:

This is a quiet bike with the belt drive making very little noise at all and a shooshing sound coming from the resistance pad on the flywheel. You should be able to use this bike at home without disturbing others or having to turn up the volume on the TV.

Riding Position:

You sit on this bike like you would a road bike where you are upright and lean forward on to the handlebars so if you have any back issues you may want to consider other exercise bikes such as the recumbent bikes.

Dirt And Dust:

There is going to be some dust dropped by the bike and some lubricant. Also, there is likely to be sweat dropped by users on to the bike and floor. The bike has been double coated to reduce damage from sweat but should still be cleaned. Also, the floor may get damaged so it is a good idea to place the bike on a rubber mat.

Storage:

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transport wheel

The bike does not need much room when it is not in use. It has a footprint of 43″  X 24″ which does make it easy to store out of the way.

You tip the bike onto the transport wheels when moving the bike which you need to be a little careful doing but is relatively easy to do and then wheel it to where you want it to go.

Although the wheels are small, they are tough and are unlikely to get jammed up by most carpets. If you are using it on a wood floor, make sure that moving the bike doesn’t damage it by scratching or denting it.

Assembly

The bike comes mostly assembled and to complete this should take less than an hour. There are no specialist skills needed to do this.

You are left with adding the stabilizer bars, pedals, adjustment stems, handlebars, seat and water bottle holder.

It comes with the tools required to complete the bike.

The instructions included are adequate but could be more explicit. However, it is a simple job, and they cover the basics.

The most challenging part of the job is handling the weight of the bike. The shipping weight of the bike is 129 lbs. You’ll want someone to hold the bike while you attach the stabilizer bars to prevent injury.

Dimensions

  • Max User Weight 300 lbs
  • Bike Weight 120 lbs
  • Flywheel Weight 46 lbs
  • Height 47 ins
  • Width 24 ins
  • Length 43 ins

Accessories:

The bike does not come with a console as standard, but you can buy one separately. The BodyCraft computer V2 costs about $100 and monitors speed, time, distance, calories. If you purchase heart rate strap for around $50, you can track your heart rate as well as training in your heart rate zone. The below-listed accessories are available for optional purchase.

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shown with optional computer
  • 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
  • Heart Rate Chest Strap for optional Computer $50.00
  • Polar Brand T34 Heart Rate Chest Strap for optional computer $60.00

(accessory prices are approximate)

Warranty (home use):

  • Lifetime Frame
  • 5 Year Parts
  • 1 Year Wear Items
  • 2 Year Labor

Pros

  • Weighted flywheel provides a smooth and fluid ride
  • Belt drive gives a low maintenance and tranquil ride
  • Comes with two water bottle holders
  • Exceptional customer service
  • Resistance is continuous and incremental
  • The seat is described by users as comfortable but can be changed if it isn’t to your liking
  • Easy to assemble
  • Quick to adjust for a range of different sizes of people
  • It is stable when it is being used at all intensities
  • Pedal Q factor of 175 mm provides a natural ride and helps to prevent injury

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a computer
  • There is nowhere to put your tablet nor book nor MP3 player
  • Pedals do not fit specialist shoes but can be replaced
  • Resistance levels not marked making it difficult to return to previous settings
  • Does not have guidance for beginners nor is there any workouts to follow
  • There is not a guard to prevent sweat dropping on to the pad and flywheel

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Final Thoughts on the Bodycraft SPX:

This bike is priced around the $1000 mark, but the quality of the build would seem to indicate it reasonably priced at that level. It has a massive perimeter flywheel, well-constructed frame, and a belt drive which gives an excellent basis for tough workouts. It’s a well-constructed bike that provides for smooth low impact cardio workouts for beginners to experienced spinners. Furthermore, your workouts won’t be interrupted when you can’t get outside because of adverse weather conditions.

The one main thing missing is a console that measures RPM, distance, speed, calories and heart rate that upload the numbers to a fitness account. But not everyone is interested in this data. If you do want this information, there is a computer accessory designed for the bike that can be purchased separately. That aside this is one of the best spin bikes around and at a reasonable price too considering the quality.

I hope you found this article helpful and as always I look forward to your comments, questions and the sharing of ideas.

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References:

Bodycraft Spx Club Indoor Cycling Bike Review • Exercise .., http://indoorsfitness.com/bodycraft-spx-club-indoor-cycling-bike-review/ (accessed January 02, 2018).

https://www.bodycraft.com/spx-indoor-training-cycle.html

Bodycraft Spx Indoor Training Cycle Review – Top Fitness .., https://www.topfitnessmag.com/indoor-bike-reviews/bodycraft-spx-indoor-training- (accessed January 02, 2018).

 

 

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42 thoughts on “Bodycraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike

  1. IMO, getting a quality fitness equipment like the Bodycraft SPX is only half the battle. The other half? Pushing yourself to make exercise a habit. Nonetheless, this one looks like a solid investment.

    1. Hi Robin, you’re right. It’s only a good investment if you use it. The convenience of being able to workout whenever you want may cause a person to use it more often. Thanks for your comments, Robert

  2. I like the pedals, and comfortable seats the most. It’s the two things that I carefully look out for because I want to get comfortable while getting fit at the same time.

  3. The features are definitely amazing. It’s also durable and is really useful, but at 999.00$ that is just too much for my budget. I need to look for another substitute

    1. Hi Faith, thanks for reading the article and your comments. I understand completely about it being in a higher price range. Two things to consider: this is a commercial grade spin bike with a lifetime warranty (it will last much longer than some of the less expensive brands) and actually there are other brands such as Peleton and Keiser that are twice as expensive as the Bodycraft. It’s really an exceptional buy at this price. However, I plan to review a couple of lower priced spin bikes for a reader like you whose concerned about the budget. So check back periodically for those reviews. Thanks again, Robert

  4. Looks to come in handy if considering home exercises. The price is on the upper scale but still needs to be considered in exercise regimen.

  5. This Indoor bike is what I could use to replace my old one. Too bad it is a bit hefty price wise but It is all worth it.

    1. Hi Scott, it would depend on you how much you would use this bike. Having it at home would be added convenience for using it. Yes, it’s available through the links I provided in the article. Thanks for your comments, Robert

  6. The machine has two bottle holders and no tablet or phone holder which is something that I would expect if I paid all that money. However, the pros outweigh the cons and it seems like a good investment.

  7. The stationary bike looks like a quality product. I bought a Chinese make for half the price and it did not last for an year.

  8. Oh, I like the features! I really like to have an indoor cycling bike. I might consider buying this even though it’s pricey for me.

  9. The ability of the bike to adjust to different sizes of people is what caught my eye. If you wondering why, I’m a short guy. Haha.

    1. Hi Edwin, your height should be just fine for the Bodycraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike. The bike is made to fit a wide range of different sized people. Thanks for reading the article and your comments, Robert

  10. The main goal is to be physically fit. I do notice that this bike provides all the parameters to help you ride; although at some point it lacks some features. All in all, it’s a nice indoor bike.

    1. Hey David, this bike is in the intermediate price range for spin bikes. It does lack some features that the Peleton or Keiser M3i comes equipped with but the Bodycraft is about $1,000.00 dollars less than the other bikes. Overall I believe the Bodycraft is a good value for the money. Thanks for reading the article and for your comments, Robert

  11. My friend is recently looking for a new indoor cycling bike. I think I would recommend to her this Bodycraft. It’s loaded with great accessories especially the heart rate strap that other brands don’t include.

    1. Hey Albeneth, thanks for reading the article and your comments. I believe your friend would be making a wise investment purchasing the Bodycraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike. It would be an excellent addition to any home gym. Thanks again, Robert

  12. As long as this would help you reach your fitness goal then this is a good investment. You really need to invest sometimes to reach your target.

  13. I believe this’s an ideal choice for indoor exercise bike since I’ve been working to improve on my gym. I love the fact that it’s rust and corrosion resistant.

  14. It’s good that this bike does not need too much space for easy storage. It is quite expensive for me, but if the benefit you will get is more than the cost then it must be worth the price.

    1. Hi Chatingale, it’s a good investment as long as you use it on a regular basis. With usage, you’ll get a great benefit to your overall fitness. Thanks for reading the article and your comments, Robert

  15. The first thing I looked is the price. It’s quite expensive for an indoor bike. But because of the detailed information given, it should be worth it.

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