Love the feel of air resistance? So do we! If you’re hunting around the web looking for the best air bike exercise machine, then Home Gym Experts is here to save you some time and money.
Air resistance offers a fantastic different feel to that of magnetic or friction, with something for those looking for light exercise, or those with more intensive training in mind!
Air cycles were all the rage once upon a time, and were the go to exercise bike in many a gym in the UK. Sadly, there’s a lot less of them around today. But if you look around there’s still some superb air cycles available (and they’re a lot better than they were in the 90s).
In this guide we’ll look at the best current air bikes on the market in the UK, with an eye on the essentials such as price, build quality, assembly and everything else you’ll want to know before you buy. With a whoosh of a fan, lets get started…
#1 Choice: Schwinn Airdyne AD6
The great thing about air resistance is it’s ‘infinite’ and bikes like the Schwinn Airdyne AD6 let you get some serious workouts in, even if you’ve only got 5-10 minutes. The harder you push, the more calories you’ll burn.
One user on Amazon is burning 600 – 700 calories in the space of 45 minutes! But you don’t have to go mad on an air bike – new users can go at their own pace.
So is the Schwinn AD6 a good air bike to buy? It’s the most robust out there, offering a quality feel throughout.
It doesn’t take up a huge amount of space either, making it a good choice if you’re running our of room.
The air resistance is provided by a large high-strength ABS frictionless fan. It’s going to give you a smooth training session that’s as hard as you want. While it’s smooth, this is an air bike. It’s not going to be silent. Expect some noise during intense workouts.
Check out this cool 360 degree view of the AD6 at Fitness Superstore.
The display is also worth noting here. It’s a top quality HD display that shows all the stats on screen at once. You can see things like calories, speed, distance, rpm and pulse displayed clearly on one screen. Forget scrolling through awkward menus, or waiting for the scan to hit on the stat you want to see.
The only real downside was the display can take a second to come on once you start training. This is a minor niggle. The AD6 is simply one of the best air exercise bikes on the market in the UK right now.
Don’t take my word for it, see what real buyers think of this air cycle at Fitness Superstore.
- Robust built-to-last construction
- Great natural feeling resistance
- Track all important stats on one screen
- Burn off a lot of calories in a short time
- Work your upper body at same time
- Standard noise from air bike
- LCD display takes a second or two to come on
#2 Schwinn Airdyne AD2
One of the best air bikes on the market in the UK right now is the Airdyne A2, also from Schwinn. It has a unique fan system that’s designed to displace the air evenly and creates superb infinite resistance.
Best purchase I have made for home gym. By far.(Verified Buyer)
This is a good choice for both new users, and those wanting a real challenge from their air bike workouts. The dual action trains your upper and lower body at the same time, or lets you focus on just your upper body. And the handlebars are HARD to move – in a good way. You’ll get a tough workout here.
Another thing that’s good about this A2 airbike is it’s quality. It’s not always easy to see which air bike has a strong feel to it but this one feels like it’s built to last… forever? At least for many years to come.
Transport wheels to the front mean that you can move the A2 around when you’re done. If you’re looking for something to save space this is a good option.
The LCD screen is also a lot better than some of the other models out at the moment. The screen’s got chunky, easy-to-read digits, and does some other cool stuff. As well as tracking the usual suspects: time, distance, calories, RPM etc… it also records your data so you can review it after your workout. Completely optional, but a smart way to make progress faster.
If you’re buying from Fitness Superstore, it’s worth noting they have a proven track record for fast delivery and superb after sales service.
This is a top notch air bike that’s not at a terrible price. Check out Fitness Superstore’s A2 Airdyne page for the full specs.
- Patented fan design makes for smooth exercise
- Long lasting design
- Fine for beginners
- Some serious workout for experienced riders
- LCD screen lets you review progress
- Easy to move around
- Can’t see all data on screen at once
- As with most air bikes, things can get noisy!
#3 Lifecore Fitness Assault
If you need a high quality air exercise bike, and are prepared to pay a bit more for it, then the Lifecore Fitness Assault (Amazon UK) might be the prefect air cycle for you.
It’s massive 25″ fan wheel leaves the resistance up to you. Pedal harder and you’ll get more resistance. You won’t need to upgrade to another bike in a few years and you’ll love to hate this one!
There’s 25 bearings used in the construction which offers a very smooth ride compared to air bikes that use cheaper bushings.
The whole bike is made from top quality materials, giving it a bomb-proof, sturdy feel. It’s used in gyms and is a favorite with rugby players. You can get a complete crossfit workout on the assault air bike and it’s suitable for beginners, fitness enthusiasts – right up to serious sports professionals.
Lets address the elephant in the room here – price! Although it’s more money than some of the cheap air bikes, you do get what you pay for. Check out the monitor on this cycle, for example:
This is a really useful gadget that has a large display showing all the important data without the need to scan. It does a lot more than mindlessly display data though. You can set your own programme and goals that will motivate you to hit certain targets. The idea is to speed up getting in shape and losing calories.
Aside from price, its hard to fault this air bike. If you’ve got the cash, you won’t find a better quality model.
- High quality bike
- Smooth operation thanks to the bearings
- Large display and goal focused computer
- Huge fan wheel perfect for beginners or advanced
- Robust build
- More expensive than some of the bikes in our reviews
#4 Inspire Fitness CB1
The Inspire Fitness CB1 is a mid-price, upright air bike combining high quality materials with a solid, sturdy build.
Nobody wants to buy gym equipment they’ll have to replace in a few years but the CB1 aitbike feels tough and like it will last a long time.
The dual action from using the moving handle bars, and the pedals burns off mode calories than using a normal stationary bike in the same time.
Pedaling action provides cool air and a nice smooth riding experience. The faster you pedal, the greater the air resistance.
One of the best things about this exercise bike is you can rest your feet on the front pegs, and concentrate on your upper body, giving you a choice of workouts.
Your progress is tracked in terms of time, distance and calories by a decent-sized LCD panel.
Another thing this air bike gets right is the seat. If you’re sick of bikes where the seat makes it uncomfortable, the CB1 has a deep-padded, supportive seat that lets yuou concentrate on your workout.
- Good quality parts
- Sturdy and smooth operation
- Can train upper and lower body together or separately
- Simple but large LCD display
- Comfortable seat
- LCD could be better lit
#5 V-fit ATC1
I was, perhaps prematurely, reluctant to give the V-Fit ATC1 (Amazon UK) much of a chance due to it’s budget price and concerns that ‘you get what you pay for’, but the high number of reviews on Amazon convinced me to give it a second look.
Check out the reviews on Amazon UK here if you’re interested.
This is the cheapest bike in the reviews of air bikes here and offers both air resistance and a second form called ‘friction tape’ resistance. This is adjusted by the dial and gives you a bit of extra work.
This bike isn’t going to over exert you so it’s best suited for home users looking for an air bike to lose some weight and get in shape. If you’re looking for some serious high intensity training, something like the AD6 (above) will be of more use.
Having said that, there’s a lot to like about the ATC1. It’s sturdy, comfortable and the pedals rotate upwards on their own so it’s easy to get your feet on them.
Assembly is a mixed bag. It’s not wholly difficult but the instructions don’t make things as simple as they could be. Once assembled it’s not heavy at all and won’t take up too much space. Short on space? This could be the air bike you’re after.
Hop on and it’s easy to get going. You can train both your upper and lower body at the same time, meaning you’ll burn off more calories than a regular upright bike.
The LCD screen is a bit of a let down. It’s a single screen affair that feels a little too far away. But it does track the basics such as calories, speed and distance.
A good budget air exercise cycle for the money, as long as you don’t mind some basic features and a lower intensity workout.
- Sturdy and comfortable
- Work your upper and lower body at the same time
- Extra dial adds more control over resistance
- Fully adjustable seat
- Self-presenting pedals are cool
- LCD display is very basic
- Handle bar pivots feel a bit slack
- Instructions could be easier to follow
- Not intense enough for serious sports riders
Thanks for reading this guide on some of the UK’s best air bikes. Hopefully it will have given you a clearer idea of which bike to buy and what each one does. Good luck and happy training!
Let us know in the comments which air bike you like best, or if there’s one that should be here.