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Unlike with regular upright exercise bikes, spin bikes or indoor cycles generally cost more because they use a heavier weighted flywheel. However, there are a few models that won’t break the bank and you can get a good workout with them without needing to visit a gym where they are most popular. The best spin bike under $300 can be found if you’re willing to settle for slightly lower end features but you can be assured of a good exercise experience anyway.
Firstly, spin bikes under $300 usually come with chain drive and brake pad resistance for the most part, as these are cheaper to make than belt drive magnetic resistance types. However, as long as you don’t mind a bit of oiling as maintenance now and then, the chain can be pretty silent. Similarly, with brake pad resistance, the contact pads will eventually need to be replaced and switching between resistance levels may sometimes feel less fluid than with magnetic resistance. As long as you’re OK with those limitations, there’s no reason not to find a perfectly good affordable spin bike. If you want to raise the overall build quality or prefer to get a belt drive bike, then you could raise your budget to $500 an easily find one that suits those requirements. For more help on how to choose the right exercise bike for your needs, including upright and recumbents, take a look at our comprehensive stationary bikes guide.
The following reviews select only 5 top rated ones, but if you’d like to see a wider range, Amazon has quite a few more that are currently priced for $300 or less.
Table of Contents
- 1 Chain Drive with Contact Resistance
- 2 Belt Drive with Magnetic Resistance
|Product||Rating (out of 5)||Drive mechanism||Resistance||Flywheel weight||Max. User Capacity||Price|
|Sunny B901||4.3||chain||brake pad||40 lbs||275 lbs||$$|
|Sunny SF-B1001||4.1||chain||brake pad||30 lbs||220 lbs||$|
|Exerpeutic LX7||4||chain||brake pad||40 lbs||300 lb||$|
|Body Champ Pro||4.5||chain||brake pad||40 lbs||250 lbs||$$|
|Fitleader FS1||3.8||belt||magnetic||13.22 lbs||293 lbs||$|
Chain Drive with Contact Resistance
Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike B901
Although the chain drive Sunny B901 Indoor Cycling Bike B901 is a budget bike, we chose it as one of our top picks for spin bikes for the home, so it definitely qualifies as the best spin bike under 300 dollars.
Some of its features allow it to be favorably compared with other spin bikes that cost a lot more. For example, this bike’s crank is heavy duty and the flywheel is solid at 40 lbs. It can accommodate people weighing up to 275 lbs and will give you a smooth ride, which is quite good at this price. Contact-type resistance adjustment is simple, with just a turn of a knob, so those who prefer not to tinker with complicated programs will find this a good thing. The display monitor is also easy to use and read, although it is small.
Although the handlebars don’t move fore and aft but only up and down, the seat adjusts in all directions very easily and makes pedalling very comfortable. Unfortunately, short riders should note that anyone below 5’3″ will struggle to use this. However, anyone up to around 6’2″ will find it a good fit.
The only maintenance required is a periodical oiling of the brake pad on the flywheel to keep it from squeaking.
Sunny SF-B1001 Indoor Cycling Bike
When shopping for spin bikes, it can be hard to find something that is reasonably priced and comfortable, especially if you are short in stature. Most bikes on the market are about 47 inches tall. However, the Sunny SF-B1001 Indoor Cycling Bike is only 43 inches in height, making this spin bike not only budget-friendly but height-friendly for smaller people. The SF-B1001 is also comfortable for larger riders. Someone who is 6 feet tall and weighing over 200 pounds can adjust the seat and handlebars to maximize their comfort. The bike can hold up to 220 pounds of body weight so it’s not for very heavy users.
The SF-B1001 has a wide range of forward and backward or up and down seat movement that involves the simple turn of one knob. Handlebars can also be moved up and down. The lowest seat setting is 29 inches and the highest is 40 inches. The lowest handlebar setting is 37 inches and the highest is 41 inches.
The 30 pound flywheel and chain drive give the SF-B1001 a quiet ride and solid performance, making it ideal for use in a home gym or home office. The bike has transportation wheels for easy movement of the machine. The SF-B1001 has adjustable resistance with a press down brake system. Turning the tension knob adjusts your resistance level, allowing you to customize your riding experience with one simple movement.
The biggest downside with this bike is the general downside to most spin bikes; it has an uncomfortable, rock hard stock seat. Of course, this seat can be swapped out for a separately purchased, more well-cushioned seat of your choice. Another potential problem that a few customers have reported is that the pedals seem to break after a little bit of wear and tear. These pedals, too, can be swapped out for different quality pedals.
For the most part, assembly of the bike is fairly simple and straight-forward. Also, since this is a smaller bike with a lighter flywheel, it is not as heavy to lug around. But it does mean that pedaling may not be as smooth as with other models, although most say that the ride is smooth. Once assembled, the transportation wheels make it even easier to maneuver this 85-pound bike around.
Exerpeutic LX7 Indoor Cycle Trainer with Computer Monitor and Heart Pulse Sensors
Looking at the Exerpeutic LX7 Indoor Cycle Trainer with Computer Monitor and Heart Pulse Sensors, you might assume it would cost more than it actually sells for. However, this sleek blue and black framed spin bike will not break your bank account and is well worth the modest price for its features.
The Exerpeutic LX7, unlike many other indoor bikes in its price range, comes with a computer and heart pulse sensors. The heart pulse sensors are built into the multi-grip handlebars that are coated with soft foam for a comfortable grip. The handlebars can be adjusted up and down into three different positions. The LX7 also features a four-way (fore and aft, up and down) adjustable cushioned ergonomic seat that maximizes your comfort. For those who prefer to stand while pedaling, this bike has stand up pedaling as well as double direction pedaling capabilities. The LCD monitor is easy to read and shows calories burned, elapsed time, speed, pulse rate, and distance traveled. The one problem a few customers have noted is that the calories burned counter does not seem to give an accurate reading as it doesn’t take the resistance setting into account.
Also, unlike many bikes in its price range, the LX7 has a decently weighted flywheel. The 40 pound flywheel, coupled with the bike’s chain drive, provide a smooth ride while doing an excellent job of simulating on-the-road riding. The LX7 works great on any floor surface, as its floor stabilizers keep it from shifting on uneven or carpeted floors.
The LX7 is ideal for serious or casual riders ranging from about 5′ to over 6′ and weighing under 300 pounds. The bike is somewhat heavy, weighing in at about 99 pounds, but it can be easily transported and stored.
Some customers report having issues with chain guards arriving with cracks in them prior to assembly. However, most customers are able to easily assemble the bike and do not receive broken parts in the packaging. A few users say that it is a bit noisy because of the chain.
Body Champ Pro Cycle Trainer
Road cyclists trapped inside their homes during harsh winters tend to love the Body Champ Pro Cycle Trainer. With its 40-pound flywheel and chain drive give the Body Champ Pro Cycle’s quiet, smooth ride that simulates on-the-road riding. Pedaling is also quiet and the pedals come with toe cages. The Body Champ Pro does tend to rock a little bit when in use, but this issue is fixable by placing the bike on a foam mat or other stabilizing surface. The curved frame design does lend some additional stability to the bike.
This bike is a great fit for anyone between about 4’9″ and 6′ and weighing under 250 pounds. This bike might be a bit uncomfortable for anyone over 6 feet tall. The adjustable seat and handlebars customize a relaxed fit for most users. Both the seat and handlebars are adjustable up and down. Unlike the above models, however, the seat is only two-way adjustable.
One of the best aspects of owning a Body Champ Pro Cycle is that it has limitless levels of resistance. A simple turn of a knob can increase or decrease your level of resistance. The same knob is also used as an emergency safety brake.
There is not much assembly required but you do have to make sure to tighten all the screws properly or it can feel a bit wobbly. The bike is also light in weight (about 86 pounds) and can be easily stored and transported. The bike also lacks a lot of the technological bells and whistles of higher-priced bikes, so it is user-friendly for those who are not terribly tech-savvy.
Belt Drive with Magnetic Resistance
Fitleader FS1 Stationary Exercise Bike Indoor Fitness Workout Upright Gym Cycling
The Fitleader FS1 Stationary Exercise Bike is one of the smaller spin bikes available on the market. With overall dimensions of 46″ x 25.3″ x 38.8″ and a weight of under 70 pounds, this bike is ideal for people of smaller physical stature and is easy to transport and lift. The seat height range is 31.5″ to 38.58″, so this bike might not be ideal for taller individuals. The bike is a good fit for almost any indoor location, especially if you are limited on space.
There are eight different levels of resistance on the FS1, and even the lower levels of resistance will give you a good, low-impact cardio workout. The bike’s magnetic, bidirectional flywheel creates a natural-feeling, bump-and-shake-free ride. The fact that this is a maintenance-free belt-drive bike makes it particularly appealing. Th magnetic resistance means you won’t have to replace any contact pads. The belt is also much quieter than chain drive models.
Also, the FS1 features a dual action safety brake system with a resistance adjustment lever that is easy to use. Adjustment of the seat is also easy and allows for maximum comfort. The seat itself is cushioned and backside-friendly for riders who like to sit while they pedal.
Assembly of the bike is relatively stress-free for most customers. The kit includes an installation guide with numbered parts and procedures. All required tools and parts are included and generally arrive in perfect condition.
The one slight issue you might take with this bike is that the handlebars can only be moved up or down and can’t be tilted in any direction.