BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike Review

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There are high-end spin bikes that could be crappy but the BodyCraft SPX Club Cycling Bike is certainly not one of them. On the contrary, the BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike has received a lot of recommendations from its users due to its outstanding build that is characterized by quality and ergonomics.

This bike is suitable for home use and could be used in the commercial gym as well.

BodyCraft has built on the reputation of manufacturing high quality and innovative fitness products and the SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike is indeed one of them.

It is designed to support prolonged workout sessions without having the initial comfort it provides fizzle out in the long run.  It has a full adjustability that makes almost anyone be able to find the right suitable workout position that is comfortable.

Its stability is awesome because of its base’s framework and partly its weight. This is important because wobbling movement during a workout could really be annoying and ultimately destroys concentration and focus towards achieving fitness goals.

The BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike really supports excellent spinning workouts just like the spinner bikes do.

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The Frame/Sturdiness

The BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike’s frame is made of heavy duty steel which is coated with anti-corrosionBodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike Review and scratch paint that prevents rusts and scratches. Its quality supports any type of high intensity and vigorous workout without giving in to any shaking or flexing.  The general concept of the design is to make the spin bike a rock and preserved.

This is not just a claim but individuals that have had the opportunity of using it have attested to that.

Due to its sturdy nature, it supports up to 350 pounds/ 158.7 kg maximum user weight capacity.

Just as aforementioned, the BodyCraft SPX Indoor Exercise Bike has a reliable stability due to the back and rear stabilizer bars at the base which is attached to the frame. Moreover, the bike weighs about 127 pounds/57.6 kg which makes the bike to be grounded and stable.

And just in case you are concerned about moving the bike due to the weight, well that is taken care of with the integration of the two transport wheels at the front base. These make it very portable and easy to roll in and out between storage and workout area. Simply tip the bike toward the transport wheels and roll it to your desired location. However, it might require two persons to be able to move it across the stairs.

The BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike could be considered compact when compared to other spinning bikes such as the Asuna Minotaur Cycle Exercise Bike 7150. The assembled dimensions of it are 43 inches long by 24 inches wide by 47 inches tall. This literally means that a workout area of 3 feet 5 inches long by 2 feet will be required. However, it is always recommended to make an additional room of at least two feet on each side of the bike and the rear for safe and convenient workout experience.

Ceiling height of at least 7 feet will be ideal especially if you wish to perform the standing ride workout.

The overall build and quality of the BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike guarantee safety and comfort and sure one of the best spin bikes you can rely on.  Perfect for home use and group classes.

The Seat, the Handlebar, and Pedals

Comfort pivots on these three elements; the seat, the handlebar, and the pedals. In other words, if these elements are poorly designed then it means that users will experience a lot of discomforts but if they are correctly designed then comfort and safety will be experienced.

That said, the seat of the BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike is one that is unique and provides the much-needed comfort. Although, the saddle that comes with stationary bike such as the spin bikes are usually not very comfortable however the one on this bike is different and will tell you why.

The seat has an elastomeric cushion with dimensions of 10.5 inches long by 6.75 inches wide. It is fully adjustable which means it can be adjusted vertically (upward/downward) and horizontally (fore/aft). This is so important because it allows users of different heights to find their suitable settings for most preferred workout position.

The bike can easily accommodate users between the heights of 4 feet 4 inches to 6 feet 6 inches without restrictions.

The adjustments can easily be made as well and within seconds. Multiple members of the family could conveniently utilize the bike without getting in each other’s way.

If by any reason you wish to replace the seat with another type saddle that can also be done. You may also try to enhance the comfortability of the seat by using a gel seat cover.

The handlebar is also 4 way adjustable (can be adjusted upward/downward and forward/downward). Not too many stationary spinning bikes’ handlebar can be adjusted both vertically and horizontally.

Users find this bike suitable because of its micro-adjustability.

Just as the seat, the adjustment of the handlebar is easy and could also be done within seconds. The handlebar is ergonomically designed to allow a user to work out in different postures with comfort and the multi-grip design does just that. The handlebar is coated with a thick rubber form material that provides softness and comfort to palms which prevents slippage and blisters.

The pedals are yet another important aspect of the bike because they play a big role in making the user experience the road bike feel especially if the Q Factor is right.

The Q Factor means the distance between the inner edge of the left pedal and the inner right pedal. The narrower the Q Factor the better because that will not only simulate the feel of riding a real road bike but also alleviates the stress that is usually felt on the joints such as the knees and ankles.

That said, the Q Factor is 175 mm/6.8 inches which is not really bad but could have been better. The standard Q Factor of a bicycle is usually 5 inches similar to the one on the Asuna Lancer 7130.

Seriously, we expected to see dual sided pedals on this bike considering the price but instead, the pedals are designed with toe cages only which accommodate standard fitness shoes but not special spin shoes.

However, they could be replaced with SPD pedals which is among the optional features a user could procure.

The pedals are strong and durable as they are made of aluminum alloy.

The Drive

The BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike is a belt driven spin bike that is super quiet and smooth during operation. Generally, belt driven bikes are quiet and very smooth during operation, unlike the ones that are chain driven.

Bikes with belt drive system do not also require any maintenance or adjustments of any sort. Except in some cases, the belt will be required to be replaced after a long period of time of usage. In the case of the BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike, it will take a very long time for the belt to shred or expand because it is adorned with a high-quality 5PK Hutchinson V-ribbed automotive belt that may last a lifetime.

Again, no lubrication or adjustment required.

The drive also consists of a 46-pound/20.8 kg precision, perimeter weighted, and high inertia flywheel with German-made SKF sealed bearings.  This with other components such as the pulleys and the belt provides the excellent performance of smooth, consistent and quiet ride.

A user can perform the stand-up ride because the pedals are durably made of aluminum alloy with a 3-piece cold forged steel crankset. The pedals support stand up pedaling as long as the user’s weight is within the stipulated weight range of 350 pounds/158.7 kg.

The Resistance

The BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike features a friction resistance system. Friction resistance system usually has infinite resistance adjustments without any specified or indicated resistance levels on the tension knob as the case with the Keiser M3 or the Asuna Lancer.

What this means is that the adjustment of the friction adjustment is done by turning the red tension knob that is situated on the main frame tubing clockwise or anticlockwise to either increase or decrease the resistance. In order to find the best suitable resistance, you need to keep on adjusting the tension knob until you feel you have the right resistance.

The resistance knob also doubles as the emergency stop which could be used to suddenly put a stop to the spinning flywheel. This is important because the pedals are bidirectional which means you can pedal in reverse to work on more muscle groups but the downside is that you cannot coast as you could on a regular outdoor bicycle due to the fact that the pedals and the flywheel spin simultaneously.

The resistance on this bike provides easy, medium and difficult or high challenging workouts but the downside is that you will not be able to compare the highest resistance level used between workout sessions and therefore you won’t know the progress of your strength and endurance improvement because there are no clear resistance levels specified on the tension knob.

That said, most users however care less about this and are impressed by the resistance system’s efficacy.

The resistance system has a wool-felt pad that comes in a direct contact with the top of the flywheel when the tension knob is adjusted clockwise thereby generating certain resistance.

The felt pad wears out over time due to usage and friction and a replacement will be required, although, the felt pad lasts for a very long time.

Console

The BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike is not supplied with a console unfortunately but you can upgrade with the optional Cycle Computer w/comprehensive feedback and the Polar T34 Heart Rate telemetry chest strap if you wish to monitor your pulse as well.

These provide you with accurate pulse, time, distance, calories burned, cadence (RPM), and Odometer. You should be able to set up a goal countdown for time, distance, and calories.

The monitor displays data with high readability and cannot be compromised even in a poorly lit room because it is backlit.

The console dimensions are 5.25 inches height by 3.125 inches wide and it is not compatible with the BodyCraft SPX but with SPM, SPL, SPT, SPT-MAG and the SPT-V2 as well.

The console and the chest strap could cost about $150, but take note this is subject to change.

Accessory

The BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike has two water bottle holders designated in reachable positions. Actually, each water bottle holder is on the right and the left forks of the bike.

Aside from those, there is no other accessory available and this is not unusual because most indoor cycling bikes come with only a water bottle holder and some do not even have one at all.

Just as the console/HR chest strap, and the pedals, there is an optional tablet/phone holder available if you wish to add it to the bike.

The tablet/phone holder is compatible with the BodyCraft SPX, SPT,-MAG and SPR indoor training bikes and some treadmills as well. It has a multipurpose clamp that is attached to the handlebar and can be secured to round, rectangular, square and oval tubing plus tables and desktops up to 2.25 inches thick.

When attached it does not shake or move and can accommodate tablet holders the size of 8.9 inches to 18.4 inches due to its spring loader.

Storage

The BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike is easy to put away because it basically has a small footprint with transport wheels integrated into it to make it portable.

Even though it is not foldable it requires only about 3 feet 6 inches long and 2 feet wide storage area. The ideal places to store it could be under the staircase or just beside the wall.

Approval Rating

The popularity of the BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike is obvious. The majority of its users have expressed their satisfaction without reservations.

Aside from the Amazon customer reviewers that have given positive approval ratings to this bike other review sites have also reiterated this trend.

This is not a surprise because this is a BodyCraft product.

Pros/Features overview

  • Built with quality and stability
  • Great for home use and commercial use as well
  • It can accommodate users between the heights of 4 feet 4 inches to 6 feet 5 inches tall
  • It is compact and does not take up space
  • It is portable because of its transport wheels
  • Pedals are made of aluminum alloy and 3 piece cold forged crankset that supports stand up pedaling
  • It features belt drive system that provides quiet and smooth pedaling with no maintenance required
  • It features friction resistance that provides easy, medium and difficult workouts that are suitable for all fitness levels
  • It is a highly sturdy bike that supports up to 350 pounds/158.7 kg maximum user weight capacity
  • It has a 175 mm/6.8 inches Q Factor that simulates outdoor bike feel and reduces stress in the knees and ankles
  • It has micro adjustability because both the seat and the handlebar are 4-way adjustable
  • The pedals are bidirectional which enables the user to pedal in reverse in order to work on more muscle groups
  • Two water bottle holders
  • Low maintenance
  • Excellent warranty
  • Easy to assemble

Cons

  • Does not have a console/monitor, but could upgrade by purchasing one
  • The pedals are not dual sided but could also replace them with a set of SPD Clit/toe cages pedals
  • The resistance levels are not indicated on the tension knob
  • It does not come with a tablet holder, again, could be bought separately

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Product Dimensions and Specifications

  • 43’’ Length
  • 24’’ Width
  • 47’’ Height
  • Supports up to 350 pounds/158.7 kg maximum user weight capacity
  • Weight: 127 pounds/57.6 kg
  • 46 pounds/20.8 kg precision, perimeter weighted flywheel
  • Drive: Belt
  • Resistance: Friction Resistance
  • Aluminum Alloy pedals with toe cages
  • 2 Water bottle holders
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Handlebar: 4-way adjustable

Warranty

Home Use

  • Lifetime on Frame
  • 5 Years on Parts
  • 2 Years on Labor

Club/Light Commercial Use

  • 10 Years on Frame
  • 3 Year Parts
  • 1 Year on Wear items
  • 90 Days on Labor

Shipping, Assembly, and Maintenance

Shipping

The BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike is shipped in a box with the dimensions of 44 inches long by 10 inches wide by 38 inches tall.

The shipping cost usually differs depending on the retailer you are purchasing from; however, some vendors such as Amazon provide free shipping.

Assembly

The BodyCraft SPX comes with the major components preassembled leaving the minor only minor parts to be attached to the frame such as the seat and the handlebar posts, the seat, the handlebar, the pedals, the front and the rear stabilizer bars.

It won’t take more than 30 minutes to completely assemble the bike.

Fortunately, an instruction manual with step by step details on how to assemble the bike is included. The bike also arrives with the required tools for assembly.

Maintenance

The BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike basically does not need any serious maintenance like the bikes with chain drive system.

However, the brake pad needs to be lubricated with a silicone based lubricant for smooth performance. This will help the brake pad to last longer and yes, it is true that the brake pad will require replacement at some point in time but that will take a few years at least.

Aside from this, you only need to always keep it clean from dust/dirt and sweat by wiping it regularly.

Conclusion

The BodyCraft SPX Club Indoor Cycling Bike is indeed a recommendable bike suitable for both home and commercial use. It is also great for beginners, intermediaries and advanced athletes.

It may not have the ‘’Spinner Cycling bike’’ inscribed to its name but it is sure a spinning bike that is in the same league with the Mad Dogg Athletics’s spinning bikes.

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