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.
Product: Bodycraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bile
Warranty: Lifetime frame, 5 years parts, 1-year ware items, 2 years labor
My rating: 9/10
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Max User Weight 300 lbs
- Bike Weight 120 lbs
- Flywheel Weight 46 lbs
- Height 47 ins
- Width 24 ins
- Length 43 ins
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
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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