Welcome to our guide on the best recumbent bikes in the UK in 2020! An often overlooked form of exercise, recumbent (or ‘sit down’) bikes provide a superb way to get in shape and lose calories at home. Further more, they’re ideal for anyone who can’t train on an upright cycle too, offering safe training for those with back injuries.
As with every fitness category, there’s a whole slew of reclined bikes promising to be the best on the market but we’ve dug deep and found the best ones we think you’ll want to look at. Whatever your budget, you’ll find something here that suits your needs. From the mini bike to the excellent RE100, read on and happy hunting!
Best Spinning Bike
Lets jump straight in with the best budget spin bike in this category which is an excellent bit of kit – the JLL IC300 (Amazon UK). Lets look at what makes this cheaper spinner such a good addition to any home gym. It has the feel of riding a mountain bike, but obviously from the comfort of home.
First thing I noticed was the decent sized 18kg flywheel. It’s driven directly via the chain and makes for a smooth workout. The IC300 has enough oomph for both beginners or experienced users looking for some serious hard work. The design is also something worth mentioning. Glossy black (or white is also available), with red trim and a bit of flare throughout. A lot of thought as gone into the looks.
Nice chunky grips adjust the seat and handle bars and there’s 6 vertical and 10 horizontal seat positions. As it’s quick and easy to change settings, this is a good choice if there’ll be more than one person using htis spinning bike at home.
A nifty 6-function track computer displays your essentials, such as speed, calories, distance as well as pulse. Compromises have to be made at this price range and the only negative with the IC300 is the display isn’t as fancy as more expensive bikes. But it has the basics.
It is heavy (in a sturdy sort of way) but can be moved thanks to the wheels at the front.
Build wise, it’s as sturdy as you can get, and will suit anyone up to 130kg. You can stand up and hammer away on the pedals as much as you like, the 3 piece crank is as solid and reliable as they come. Impressive for a budget spin bike.
This product also has some superb reviews on amazon, so don’t just take my word for it.
There’s really no advantage to choosing a more expensive bike than the budget priced JLL IC300. It’s got a fantastic build quality, a good price and it is a fine addition to any home gym.
- Excellent 18kg fly wheel
- Solid and sturdy design
- Good safety features
- Some thought has gone into the striking design
- Pulse sensors
- The LCD display is basic but OK
#2 Bodymax B15 Exercise Bike
If you’re sick of crappy exercise bikes and want to buy a decent one, the Bodymax B15 (Amazon) is well worth your time. As well as having a fairly cool design, this is a very stable, comfy bike that has everything you need to do spinning at home.
Everything is adjustable, so you can get the seat and bars set just right for your body. And the toe straps here fit well and keep you from slipping.
Although it’s solid, there’s a set of wheels at the front so you can move it where you like. And setup isn’t as horrible as you might think. An easy build taking around 30 mins tops.
Once you’re on your spin bike, there’s a decent LCD panel that will keep track of calories, time, distance and it’s fairly easy to read. (Although it could be illuminated better).
- Solid, sturdy bit of kit
- Fresh modern design
- Everything is adjustable for a perfect fit
- LCD computer does the job
- Display could be better lit
#3 XS Sports Aerobic Indoor Bike
One of the main things I look for when reviewing the best budget spinning bikes is whether or not it’s a ‘proper’ spin bike – as in can it take some punishment? Is is suitable for taller people? Can you stand up on the pedals. the XS sports exercise cycle (Amazon) ticks all of the boxes on build quality and comes in at a very reasonable price.
This exercise bike has a 15kg chain-driven flywheel and the same kind of adjustments you’d expect at the gym. The bars and seat are fully adjustable, making this a good choice if there’ll be more than one person using it.
The LCD computer isn’t anything fancy but shows calories, distance, time, speed and, unusually for bikes in this price range, it also has pulse sensors. Max user weight is 125kg and it’s fine for all heights, even tall riders.
This bike represents great value for money and is perfect for beginners or anyone seeking a good solid spin bike.
- Sturdy build
- Simple computer to track the essentials
- Shows pulse
- Great value for money
- Shiney design and cool water bottle!
- the trim on the bike has a plastic feel to it
#4 We R Sports Aerobic Training Cycle
If price is at the top of your list and you’re looking for a spinning bike that won’t break the budget, check out this little gem from We R Sports (Amazon). It has a lot of the features of more expensive bikes while coming in at a low price.
Seat and bars can be easily adjusted, it has tow straps, and comes with the water bottle.
Unlike some cheap spin bikes, this one has an LCD display that tracks the essentials like calories, time, distance, odometer. Although it’s a bit small it does cycle through them all in scan mode.
You’re getting a 13kg fly wheel, which might be a little light if you’re used to some seriously hard work on your spinning classes, but it will be fine for others.
- Very low price for a spin bike
- Quick and easy to adjust
- Onboard computer tracks the basics
- Can be a bit noisy
- Seat not the most comfortable
- Flywheel will not provide enough of a workout for advanced cyclists
#5 RevXtreme Indoor Spinning Bike
Proving you don’t need to spend silly money to get yourself a decent home spin bike, you’ll want to take a look at the RevXtreme (Amazon). This thing is heavy – in a good way. It’s study as hell and feels like the ones in a proper spin class.
It’s got a beast of a 22kg fly wheel which is driven with crank chain system, for a close feel to cycling on a road.
The magnetic resistance is adjusted with a dial and the bars and seat can be adjusted for pretty much any shape and size. It’s comfy enough, although very new riders might take a while to get used to the seat.
This bike is excellent value for money and a solid budget spinning bike.
- Solid, firm bike
- Comfy ergonomic racing bars
- Chain system is strong and feels good
- Good price for a decent spin bike
- Seat could be comfier for novices
- A bit loud
#6 Fitnessform ZGT S20
I wanted to see how low I could go in price for a home spinning bike and still get something of reasonable quality. The Fitnessform ZGT S20 – Amazon is about as cheap a spinner as I could find, while still managing to be a solid build and have some good features.
The flywheel here is 15kg. Not the heaviest but enough for most users. The seat can be adjusted vertically, laterally and the handlebars can be moved to your desired height too.
You even get a water bottle. Hey, gotta love the little things. It’s a decent looking ‘barman’ black design which, although not the most solidly constructed I’ve seen, does the job. You’ve also got wheels at the front so, if you’re looking for a portable spinning bike, this might be a good choice.
- Super cheap for a home spin bike
- Fully adjustable
- Very comfy ergonomic seat
- Toe straps keep you from slipping out
- Has wheels to move it around easily.
- There’s no computer
- Lighter fly wheel than other bikes
- Less solid construction