Features: 10-inch touchscreen | 4-way adjustable handlebars | Compatible with standard sneakers or SPD clip-in shoes
The rather wordily-named Echelon Connect Bike EX-5s-10 provides a nearly identical ride experience to the Peloton Bike, right down to the magnetic resistance adjustability and availability of professionally-led live and on-demand classes, but at a much lower entry price, with a slightly less expensive companion subscription in the Echelon fitness platform.
Of course, this does come with some slight concessions, the most important one being the downsizing of its included touchscreen display from the 21" range to just 10". While this will, of course, hurt immersion when using it for scenic rides, and it might make the various professional trainers that owners will interact with a bit less present, it comes with a savings of nearly $300 without compromising anything about the riding experience itself. This makes it an ideal option for those unsure of their commitment to sticking to class-based workouts and those just as happy with audio feedback as they are with big-screen visuals.
While it hasn't quite reached the level of Peloton, Echelon may be the second-best known name in this space, boasting a well-known fitness platform and app that even integrates streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and Samsung TV+) directly into its interface. This is on top of the cycling, yoga, functional training, and other fitness classes available across the Connect Bike, Echelon mobile app, and other Echelon-branded equipment.
- Digital resistance control allows for precise, repeatable resistance levels
- Versatile pedal system secures either standard sneakers or SPD clip-in shoes
- Companion app is $5 to $10 less per month than Peloton's, depending on the purchased term
- Smaller screen may ruin immersion for some
- Official dumbbells and kettlebells required for many weight-based workouts add $200 to the price
- 300lb weight limit may exclude some larger riders