Looking for a good Peloton alternative?
The Peloton indoor bike exploded on the scene a few years back and pretty much brought a whole new level to indoor bike training.
The biggest draw of the bike?
The chance to take streaming daily live classes from the Peloton NYC studio directly in your home from your bike console.
So you didn’t have to go to pricey cycling classes or even live near a gym offering Peloton classes. You could do it all from your home.
However, on the downside, the bike is also pretty expensive – starting at around $2300 for the basic bike package – plus the monthly cost of streaming classes.
The good news?
Other exercise bike manufacturers have noticed how much people love this bike. And they’ve come up with Peloton alternative bikes that are both cheaper – and actually give you more options to train than the Peloton bike does.
Here is a rundown of some of the best Peloton bike alternatives on the market right now:
Peloton Alternative Bikes:
This is my favorite Peloton alternative because it’s the closest in design and construction to the Peloton – but it also gives you more than the Peloton (for a lower price).
The bike itself starts around $1999 with Free Shipping here.
It still has the extra large console screen, just like the Peloton – a whopping 22 inches across.
The console is full-color, HD, and touch-screen sensitive. The streaming service on this bike is called iFit Coach.
In addition to streaming workouts, iFit Coach also offers you the ability to track your workouts over time, set new goals and see how far you’ve come. You can get everything from daily activity tracking to recipe ideas and even sleep tracking with the iFit Coach app.
You can also stream thousands of high-energy, studio cycling classes into your home on this bike with iFit Coach.
Plus – unlike the Peloton where you pay extra for the handweights – you’ll get a Free set of 3 pound handweights included with this bike at no extra charge.
And the S22i studio cycle also gives you 20% incline and 10% decline for added crosstraining – something else that you don’t get with the Peloton.
That’s not all though.
In addition to the streaming cycling classes, you can also bike famous world trails with iFit Coach – from the Swiss Alps to the Grand Canyon – and watch the scenery pass you by in the console window.
So not only can you stream classes (as with the Peloton) but you can also bike all over the world!
The bike will also incline and decline to match the actual terrain of the trail you’re riding – for a more virtual reality-type experience.
Plus. the console rotates 180 degrees. So you can get off the bike and continue to do a workout off the bike (for example, if you’re doing stretching or yoga workouts that are included with iFit Coach).
The best part?
iFit Coach – like the Peloton workouts – are a paid subscription service. But if you get the Nordictrack S22i through the Manufacturer you can get a 1-year membership to iFit coach included.
So you can try it out for a full year to see if you like it! That alone is an incredible value.
So overall if you’re looking for a Peloton alternative that gives you even more training options (and incline/decline) – you may want to consider the Nordictrack S22i Studio Bike.
This Studio Bike Pro is Proform’s more affordable alternative to the Peloton. Even the overall look of this bike – from the molded handlebars to the red accents on the bike – look very similar to the Peloton.
Coming in under $1000 with Free Shipping here, that makes this a very attractive Peloton bike alternative for the budget-conscious buyer.
Like the Nordictrack S22i, this bike also works with iFit Coach to give you streaming cycling class workouts as well as world trail workouts.
However the difference is that the full-color HD screen is a bit smaller on this bike – coming in around 10 inches across (vs 22 inches on the Nordictrack S22i and the Peloton).
The bike is also easily adjustable to fit your body. You can move the seat back or forward, up or down.
You can also easily adjust the handlebars and console up or down to suit your height. The seat is also interchangeable – so you can add a different seat if you choose.
On the downside, you don’t get incline or decline on this bike like you do with the Nordictrack S22i above.
You’ll also notice that the bike is not as stable or heavy looking as the Nordictrack S22i. And the front handlebars aren’t as cushioned for comfort as the other bikes.
Still for $1000 less than the Peloton, the Proform Studio Pro is a fantastic alternative if you’re looking for something a bit more affordable.
This is actually my least favorite Peloton alternative – mainly because it doesn’t give you nearly as much for your money as the bikes above.
And you have to do a lot more work to get the bike and streaming package set up.
You also don’t get incline or decline on the IC3 bike either as you do with the Nordictrack S22i bike.
However it is an indoor cycle where you can set up streaming classes to your bike, similar to the bikes we’re talking about. So I thought I’d include it here.
The bike actually comes with a super-simple (and small) non-backlit console. It shows your workout stats – and that’s about it. However there is an extra-deep water bottle holder above the console where you can attach your tablet and watch it as you ride.
From there you connect your tablet and look for your own streaming package online (Schwin does not currently offer one).
Once you’ve found and paid for a separate streaming workout package, you’re good to go.
So this is basically a very bare-bones simple alternative to the Peloton bike. It is about $1300 cheaper (not including the cost of whatever streaming package you choose). However keep in mind that you will have to do a fair amount of work to set it up.
Peloton Bike Alternative – Summary:
So those are 3 Peloton alternative bikes to consider. Frankly I like the Nordictrack and the Proform best – mainly because they just give you more for your money.
Plus they’re also made by large, experienced companies, which means that even if we hit rough financial times, they will still be around to service your bike (and give you more streaming workouts) for years to come.
Regardless of what bike you choose, take your time and see what bike seems to work for your tastes and preferences. Then enjoy your cycling experience and have fun getting in shape!
Want to Learn More? Click the links below for more on each bike:
Summary: Incline and Decline, Same Size Console as the Peloton, iFit streaming package – 1 year membership included, Free 3 Pound Handweights, Rotating Full-size HD Console. About $300 less than the Peloton.
Summary: Around $1000 Less than the Peloton, iFit streaming package – 1 year Free included, Free handweights, Smaller Console than the Peloton and the Nordictrack S22i, Easily Adjustable to Fit Your Body.
Schwinn IC3 Indoor Bike
Summary: Around $1300 Less than the Peloton bike. No Streaming Package Included. Need to Add A Separate Streaming Package Separately Through Your Tablet.