The 2020 Guide to Purchasing Sunny Health and Fitness Cycle Bikes

The 2020 Guide to Purchasing Sunny Health and Fitness Cycle Bikes

Sunny Health and Fitness cycle bikes are some of the most highly reviewed cycle bikes available for in home fitness enthusiasts. Our diverse selection of cycle bikes enables any prospective buyer to find the right cycle bike to fit their health and fitness needs and budget. There are affordable options for cycling newbies that still provide a top-quality cycling workout experience, but we also offer a variety of cycle bikes that offer experienced cyclists the features they need to take their cycling experience to the next level and beyond. There are cycle bikes to satisfy the needs of both in-home and commercial users. Our variety of cycle bikes will vary in type, resistance level, workout data tracking, foot pedal design, as well as handlebar and seat options.  Below you will find 10 highly rated cycle bikes that offer an incredible cycling experience and would be a great addition to any in-home gym.

So, what kind of cycle bike is right for you?

When looking to purchase a cycle bike, you have a wide variety of options to choose from. Cycle bikes can be categorized by resistance type. Resistance types vary from magnetic resistance, friction resistance, or air resistance. The best part is, whatever type of resistance you choose, all of these cycle bikes can provide an incredible cardiovascular workout.

Magnetic Resistance

Magnetic resistance uses magnets to create tension against the flywheel. A magnetic force applies varying degrees of resistance as the magnets get closer or further away from the flywheel. Because the magnets never make physical contact with the flywheel, they provide an incredibly smooth and silent ride. 

Magnetic resistance can be adjusted either by twisting a micro-tension knob or electronically through set levels on a digital monitor. A magnetic resistance bike is sure to provide challenge throughout your fitness journey. Magnets create incredibly strong forces, meaning the resistance you’ll feel with a magnetic resistance bike is strong, although it can always be adjusted down if you’re looking for an easier ride.

Along with a durable, smooth, and virtually silent ride, you can expect little to no maintenance with these bikes, making them one of the most popular types of bikes on the market.

Friction Resistance

Friction resistance cycle bikes use either a felt or leather pad to apply pressure to the flywheel through varying degrees of contact. The resistance level can be adjusted by twisting a micro-tension knob. Levels are generally based upon the difficulty and fitness level for each fitness user, rather than a set numeric level.

The resistance you’ll experience with friction resistance is incredibly strong. Because either felt or leather pad will come in direct contact with the flywheel, if you tighten the resistance completely you should effectively be unable to pedal.

Due to the actual contact the pad will inevitably have with the flywheel, there will be general wear and tear to the pad itself. In general, leather pads are higher quality than felt and will need to be replaced less often. Whether leather or felt, pads will need to be lubricated regularly. If a pad starts to get worn down and fuzzy, the resistance will feel less effective, and it’s time to replace the pad.

Contact resistance bikes are generally quiet. You may notice a light, soft noise of the pad coming in contact with the flywheel. It will be slightly louder than a magnetic resistance bike, but my no means loud.

Air Resistance

While both magnetic and friction resistance bikes create resistance by applying pressure to the flywheel, air bikes create resistance with fan blades that push against the air. The faster you ride, the more resistance you’ll feel.

If you’re interested in HIIT or Tabata training, air bikes are an incredibly popular choice, as they’re perfect for pushing you to your max during all out sprints and intervals. Most air bikes have full motion handlebars, incorporating your upper body for a full body engaging cardiovascular workout.

Fan bikes aren’t typically as quiet as magnetic or friction resistance cycle bikes. They’re basically what you would expect volume-wise from a large household fan.

Whatever your choice, you really can’t go wrong when it comes to choosing between magnetic, friction, and air resistance. It all comes down to personal preference and what will best serve your fitness goals at the end of the day!

1) SF-B1002C Chain Drive Indoor Cycling Trainer Exercise Bike

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The SF-B1002C Chain Drive Indoor Cycling Bike is my top choice for cyclists who love the authenticity a chain drive bike can bring to your routine. If you prefer the feel of outdoor cycling, or are an avid road cyclist, this bike would be a great addition to your home gym! If you’re looking for a premium road bike experience in the comfort of your own home, look no further.

If you enjoy the authentic feel of outdoor cycling, then a chain drive bike is perfect for you; and, none better than the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1002C Chain Drive Indoor Cycling Bike. Enjoy a smooth, momentous ride as adjustable leather pad resistance and the heavy 49LB flywheel converge.

Take control of your workout by completely customizing your workout experience to your body with the 4-way adjustable seat, and 2-way adjustable handlebars, designed for max comfort. Switch up riding positions with ease thanks to the durable multi-grip handlebars.

2) SF-B901B 40 LB Flywheel Belt Drive Pro Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike

For cyclists who prefer the feel of friction resistance, look no further than the SF-B901B Belt Drive Indoor Cycling Bike. The felt pad resistance system provides strong, consistent resistance, enough to challenge you throughout your entire fitness journey. I love how incredibly smooth a ride on this bike feels. This bike has everything you need and more to get a great workout.

Bring a powerful training routine to the comfort of your own home with the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B901B Belt Drive Indoor Cycling Bike. Tailor this stationary bike to your own needs with the two-way adjustable seat and multi-grip handlebars. Feel confident as you perform long-lasting, high-intensity workouts on the heavy-duty steel frame, which supports up to 275LB.

This cycle bike provides an incredibly smooth and virtually silent ride experience as the belt-drive system engages the sturdy 40LB chrome flywheel. Increase or decrease resistance based on your workout goals by making micro adjustments to the felt pad resistance system. Stay hydrated throughout your workout when you place your beverage of choice in the bottle holder. If you’re looking for a smooth, durable ride from your very own home-gym, this is the bike for you!

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3) SF-B1918 Indoor Cycling Bike with Magnetic Resistance

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The SF-B1918 Indoor Cycling Bike with Magnetic Resistance is a perfect bike for beginners. At this price point, this cycle bike offers a surprising number of features including a digital monitor to track important fitness metrics, a device holder to enjoy workout entertainment or stream workouts, as well as custom-fit, sturdy construction that can accommodate a wide range of riders. This cycle bike would make a great addition to any home gym.

Cycle your way to cardiovascular fitness with the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1918 Indoor Cycling Bike with Magnetic Resistance. With smooth magnetic resistance, and a variety of convenient features, this bike is the perfect for those just starting out on their cycling journey. As you start your ride, slide your feet into the universal toe cages which allow you to use your workout shoes of choice. Enjoy ultimate flexibility with the 4-way adjustable seat, 2-way adjustable handlebars, and ground levelers. 

Increase exercise intensity—or bring your workout to a swift stop— with the magnetic resistance which is controlled by an easy-to-use knob. Keep your workout data accessible when you use the digital monitor to track your time, speed, distance, calories burned, and rotations per minute. Control your in-workout entertainment when you place your phone or tablet onto the device holder. The SF-B1918 Indoor Cycling Bike with Magnetic Resistance is the perfect magnetic bike to start building your home gym.

4) SF-B1805 Magnetic Belt Drive Indoor Cycling Bike

The sturdy frame, magnetic resistance, and custom fit of this bike make it a great fit for someone looking to kick their home gym up a notch. I love the smooth feel of the magnetic resistance, as it works with the 44-LB flywheel – which really provides a top-quality cycling experience. This bike comes with adjustable pedal straps, making it perfect for beginners or exercisers who prefer fitness shoes to cleats.

Push yourself to become stronger, faster, and better with the SF-B1805 Magnetic Indoor Cycling Bike. For those ready to kick their routine up a notch, this cycle bike would be an excellent fit. Experience a high intensity cardio workout with this cycle bicycle that supports up to 300 LB, multi-hand grips, and high-interval training. The strong magnetic resistance creates an unbelievably smooth and nearly silent ride helping you achieve a better cardio and metabolic fitness routine. Increase the micro-adjustable resistance challenging your legs to really feel the burn as you push against the heavy-duty 44LB flywheel.

This bike is also completely customizable with both 4-way adjustable seat and handlebars. Follow along with your favorite videos when you place your tablet or mobile device on the device holder conveniently located between the sweat-resistance handlebars. Take your at-home cycling experience to the next level with the SF-B1805!

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5) SF-B1879 Synergy Magnetic Indoor Cycling Bike

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If you’re looking for a great magnetic cycle bike, with the option of mounting dumbbells for easy access to use during streaming workouts, the SF-B1879 Synergy Magnetic Indoor Cycling Bike is a great bike for you. This bike also offers a device holder where you can place your phone or tablet to tune in to any workout of your choice – for a truly perfect at home cycle bike set up.

With the SF-B1879, your fitness routine has no limits! Go for a spin on this bike for increased cardiovascular health, and engage your core, arms, and lower body as you continue to cycle while using dumbbells which can be placed in the onboard dumbbell holders.

Grab the pulse grips on the padded handlebars to see your heart rate mid-workout, check your workout data on the digital monitor which displays cadence, calories, pulse, time, distance, and speed. Watch your favorite workout shows or movies when you place your personal tablet or phone in the device holder. The 4-way adjustable set and 2-way adjustable handlebars make this bike completely customizable for riders. Instantly boost your in-home cardio workout with the magnetic resistance that makes your workout easy when you want it, hard when you need it.

6) SF-B1851 Synergy Pro Magnetic Indoor Cycling Bike

Upgrade your at-home fitness routine with the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1851 Synergy Pro Magnetic Indoor Cycling Bike. Enjoy an immersive, full body workout on this cycle bike that features sturdy magnetic resistance and onboard dumbbell holders. Achieve cycle class experience in the comfort of your own home with the convenient device holder, and SPD compatible pedals which allow you to clip in cleats for more stability and precise performance during your ride. This bike is perfect for building both cardiovascular endurance and physical strength, and a top-notch at home workout experience.

Ergonomically designed, this bike features a rounded multi-grip 4-way adjustable seat handlebar and 4-way adjustable seat that can help maintain your comfort and stability while you exercise. Sunny Health and Fitness's Flywheel is second to none - no jerky, out of control movements, regardless of speed or resistance level! Switch up the intensity of your workout with micro-adjustable magnetic resistance. Use the SDP-compatible pedals with compatible shoes to clip and attach your feet to the pedals or the built-in toe cages for ultimate stability. Avoid foot slippage at increased levels of speed and intensity!

Monitor your workout efficiency when you track your average and max speed and cadence, as well as all other essential metrics like calories, distance, pulse and time on the built-in performance monitor.  Monitor your heart rate when you grab onto the pulse grips. Heart rate is an incredible measure of your cardiovascular health and fitness level that you can use to track your progress not just throughout your workout but over your fitness journey. Take your workout experience to the next level by securely placing your phone or tablet in the tablet holder to follow along to fitness videos or listening to your workout playlist. This bike is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a solid piece of equipment to satisfy throughout your entire fitness journey.

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7) SF-B1709 Magnetic Rear Belt Drive Indoor Cycling Bike

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This bike is incredibly sleek in design, while still offering a solid, sturdy frame built to support high intensity workouts. I love the rear mounted flywheel which allows you to cycle to your hearts content without getting sweat or water on your flywheel – keeping this beautiful piece of performance equipment in top condition. Clip in with SPD compatible cleats and get wrapped up in the smooth precision of this beautiful bike.

Achieve a serious adrenaline boost when you cycle on the elegant and responsive Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1709 Belt Drive Magnetic Indoor Cycling Bike. With a sleek cutting-edge design, this unique cycle bike offers high quality performance with flawless bold aesthetics. The micro adjustable 13-level belt drive magnetic resistance system delivers a smooth responsive ride ensuring you have an unmatched cardiovascular workout. Mount your cycle bike with confidence as you step into the toe-caged with adjustable strap pedals that will keep your feet secure through each powerful revolution or use the SPD compatible clips to clip in cleats for maximum security and power.

The four-way adjustable seat and handlebars paired with an inseam range of 28" inches to 39" inches, create a fully adaptable riding experience for users of different sizes. The well-made frame can support a user weight limit of up to 300LB. Ergonomically positioned pulse sensors enable users to accurately track their pulse rate, while the robust multifunctional digital display records speed, average speed, max speed, cadence, average cadence, max cadence, distance, calories, race, and time. Convenient transportation wheels allow for easy mobility and storage, while the reachable water bottle holder located in the middle of the handlebars allow for quick hydration before, during, and after strenuous rides. Take your calorie burning potential to new heights with this amazing in-home cardiovascular machine.

8) SF-B2916 Motion Air Bike

The first time I used this bike it surprised me, I’ll just say it’s not for the weak. Whether you’re planning an easy, breezy recovery ride, or pushing through a HIIT workout this bike is truly built to withstand it all. If you’re using this bike to it’s max potential, through sprints and interval training, this bike can provide an incredible full body workout as you engage your legs as you cycle, and your upper body and core as you use the full motion handlebars.

Take your Tabata and interval workouts to the next level with the SF-B2916 Motion Air Bike by Sunny Health & Fitness. This bike that features fan resistance is perfect for those looking to challenge their at-home high intensity routine. Start your ride when you sit on the 4-way adjustable bike seat that can accommodate a wide range of riders (leg inseam range: 27 inches to 37 inches). Slide your feet onto the wide foot pedals with straps for a secure fit while you exercise. Achieve a full body workout when you use the muscles in your upper and lower body to push and pull against the progressive fan resistance. The harder you push, the more resistance you’ll feel.

Rest your feet on the supporting pegs while you push and pull to only work your upper body. Use the onboard performance monitor to track your speed, distance (kilometers or miles), time, and calories burned. Use the set mode to create goals for workout time, distance, and calories burned. Be in control of your workout entertainment when you place your personal device into the tablet holder. Feel confident during enduring workouts with the 265LB weight capacity.

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9) SF-B2729 Tornado LX Fan Bike

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This upright fan bike is packed full of incredible features. If you’re looking for a fan bike to challenge yourself with Tabata or HIIT sessions, or even to break up CrossFit or circuit style training, this bike would be incredible. It’s designed with incredibly solid construction and can withstand as much power as you can push into your workouts.

Train like a champion with unlimited resistance on the SF-B2729 LX Tornado Air Bike by Sunny Health and Fitness. The newest Tornado Air Bike is bigger, sturdier and more durable for your toughest workout yet. The greater your speed and force the more resistance this fan bike can make! The commercial grade oversized 27.5-inch fan wheel drives unlimited air resistance as you pedal forward with heavy momentum. The stylish red paddles are enclosed in an upgraded fan cover guard to protect from accidental dirt and debris from damaging the fan.

Ergonomic extreme grip handlebars are designed to increase muscle engagement in the arms, back, and shoulders during the push and pull action. The large multi-function screen displays your fitness metrics such as RPM, speed, interval times, distance, calories, watts, and heart rate simultaneously as your pedaling hard on the fan bike. The sturdy steel frame can support even the most intense rides with a user weight capacity of 330LB.

10) 6100 Sprinter Commercial Indoor Cycling Trainer Exercise Bike

I absolutely love this bike. It’s incredibly sturdy, and perfect for climbs, sprints, and everything in between. One of my favorite features of this bike in particular is the digital monitor – seeing details on your cadence and speed while you’re riding is a total gamechanger for keeping yourself on track mid-workout. These real-time metrics push me to give more throughout my entire workout. If you’re a serious cyclist looking for a top of the line cycle bike to take your fitness to the next level and beyond the ASUNA 6100 is the bike for you!

Serious fitness calls for serious equipment with the Asuna 6100 Sprinting Commercial Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike. This premium bike comes with a rear drive flywheel that keeps your bike performing like new. Keep sweat and water away from your flywheel with its rear mounted design. The sturdy 37LB flywheel masterfully pairs with magnetic resistance to create an unbelievably smooth ride. As you cycle, keep your momentum going with the seamless cycle experience. This beautiful, commercial bike is the cutting-edge piece of equipment you need to make your home gym top-notch.

The featured premium monitor provides everything you could want and more for a professional riding experience. Easily monitor your average and max cadence, average and max speed, pulse, time, and distance. Seamlessly track your heart rate as you grab onto the pulse sensors or connect a heart rate belt. Place your phone or tablet on the tablet holder and stream your favorite cycle video.

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Still not sure which cycle bike is the best for you. Check out our article 10 Facts to Help You Choose the Best Exercise Bike for You, where Sunny trainer Matt breaks down the most important features of cycle bikes to help you make your best choice!

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