These are two of Sole’s most popular bikes. They’re both made with Sole’s famous 2-degree inner angle cant on the pedals which puts your body into more natural alignment when you pedal.
They also both have comfortable, easily-adjustable seats with backlit consoles and iPod docks with speakers in the console.
So they look pretty similar to each other – it’s natural to wonder “What’s the Difference? Which is Better?”
Not to worry, this post will give you the main differences between them to help you decide which Sole recumbent bike is best for you:
Sole R92 vs LCR – Price
The Sole R92 is currently the more affordable recumbent bike coming in at $999 with Free Shipping here. That makes it the more popular choice if you’re on a budget.
The Sole LCR is the commercial recumbent version of the bike and is made a bit tougher to stand up to light commercial settings or high-end home gyms. It comes in around $1499 with Free Shipping here.
Sole R92 vs LCR – Flywheel
A heavier flywheel on a recumbent bike helps to give you a smoother-feeling ride, especially during resistance transitions. It also helps to anchor the machine for a more stable feel.
The Sole R92 bike has a 20 pound flywheel – which is decent at that price point.
But the Sole LCR easily outshines it with a 31 pound flywheel. This is a massive flywheel and pretty impressive for a bike under $1500.
Sole R92 vs LCR – Console
The Sole R92 console is backlit and easy to read. It can be seen below:
The Sole LCR is also backlit however the window is slightly larger and it has with a different look:
Sole R92 vs LCR – Resistance
The R92 comes with 20 resistance levels – which again, isn’t bad. It’s about standard for the $999 price point.
However the LCR bike completely blows it out of the water with a whopping 40 resistance levels. So you have a lot of room to grow with the LCR bike that you don’t get with the R92.
Sole LCR vs R92 – Stability
While both bikes feel very stable when you ride on them the Sole LCR is built a bit tougher with a heavier weight to the frame. This, along with the heavier flywheel helps to give you a more stable ride overall. It would be better for those planning on heavy or more intense workouts.
Sole R92 vs LCR – Warranty
The Warranty is a bit better on the Sole LCR bike – you get a full 5 years on parts and electronics (vs 3 on the Sole R92 recumbent). You also get 2 years on labor (vs 1 on labor for the R92 bike). This alone can save you quite a bit of money should you need to use the warranty as service costs for fitness equipment can mount pretty fast.
While both bikes are excellent, they both have their strengths. The Sole R92 is the more budget-friendly bike and does give you everything you need in a solid, stable home recumbent.
However the LCR is built to handle a bit more pressure with a stronger frame and heavier flywheel. There’s also more room to grow with the extra resistance levels.
So it really comes down to what you’re looking for.
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