Last updated on July 4th, 2018 at 02:27 pm
The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1509 & SF-B1509C Premium Indoor Cycling Exercise Bikes are relatively new on the market as the manufacturer continues to unleash innovative designs. These spin bikes were released back in 2017 with colorful outlook.
These are mid-range cycling bikes that are integrated with useful features that could help you experience a cardiovascular workout with ease and comfort.
Even though these are unique spinning bikes they still share a lot of similarities with the Marcy Club Revolution Bike Cycle Trainer XJ-3220, such as the same flywheel weight, maximum user weight capacity, adjustability, friction resistance system, and portability. However, the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-1509 & SF-1509C Cycling Bikes are slightly cheaper.
Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1509 & SF-B1509C Premium Indoor Cycling Exercise Bikes are the same spin bikes but with a different drive system that distinguishes them apart. In other words, a version has a belt drive system and the other version has chain drive system.
Therefore, you have the option to choose the version with the belt drive or chain drive system.
Some users have been complaining about the weight being too much. How much weight is enough? The unit weighs about 108 pounds/49 kg. We rather think that the weight adds positively to its stability and when it comes to moving or relocating the bike it has transport wheels integrated into it to allow you do that without hassles.
These are no doubt affordable bikes that are great for beginners and intermediaries who wish to work out and get fit in the comfort of their home.
Nevertheless, we are going to comprehensively review these spinning bikes and unveil the upsides and the downsides so that you can make an informed purchasing decision.
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The frame of the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1509 Premium Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike is made completely from solid and quality steel. It is sturdy enough to support up to 300 pounds/136 kg maximum user weight capacity.
The base framework is such that promotes optimal stability because it has stabilizer bar at the front base and the rear base. Underneath the stabilizer bars are 4 adjustable rubber levelers that have the ability to grip and level up the bike on an uneven floor.
That said, it is recommended to place a rubber mat underneath the indoor bike to further prevent any sort of movement during high intensity and vigorous workouts especially if it is going to be used on a wooden or tiled floor. The rubber mat is often sold together with the unit but it is however optional.
The steel frame is coated with white anti-corrosion and scratch paint that prevents rusts and scratches from damaging it. The flywheel also is beautifully designed with white and red paint with chrome at the edge. This leaves the cycling bike to be admired.
Just as aforementioned, there are two versions of this bike, and the difference between the two is the drive system and the color. The one painted with white and red color has belt drive system while the other that has gray and red paint features chain drive system and anti-corrosion and scratch paint on its frame. The code name for the gray and red color chain drive system spin bike is B1509C, while the one that features belt drive system is B1509.
Other than the difference in the coloration and the drive system, both have the same features and user weight capacity.
The seat and handlebar posts are chrome finished while the logo is engraved with red color on the belt drive version bike’s flywheel and with white on the bike that features chain drive.
The belt drive cycling bike version looks a lot more elegant and catchy than the one that has chain drive system, but both are the same except for the drive systems and their coloration.
The bike is not a very large unit; it dimensions are 47 inches long by 20 inches wide by 47.5 inches tall. This will require a workout area of 4 feet long by 1 foot 7 inches wide with an additional clearance of at least 2 feet on each side and the rear for safe and convenient workout experience.
The workout area ceiling height should at least be 6 feet so that it can accommodate you while performing stand up pedaling.
It weighs 108 pounds/49 pounds which enhances the overall stability of the bike. This bike has the elements that make it not to wobble or move even when you engage in high intensity and vigorous workouts. These elements are, the weight of the bike, the 4 adjustable rubber levelers that grip the floor, and the solid stabilizer bars at the front and rear bases.
This is a pretty sturdy bike with good overall construction that could pass as one of the best spin bikes for home use.
The Seat, the Handlebar, and the Pedals
The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1509 Premium Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike features a standard seat design that is commonly found on every other spin bikes. It is relatively the same with bicycle seat which is hardly comfortable. But considering the fact that the seat, the handlebar, and the pedals are the elements most responsible for providing comfort during workouts the manufacturer decided to make the seat 4-way adjustable with saddle dimensions of 10.5 inches long by 6 inches wide by 2.5 inches thick.
The seat can be adjusted upward/downward and forward/backward which provides the possibility of users finding their suitable workout position. You can easily adjust the vertical and horizontal seat adjustments within seconds. There are 9 adjustment holes on the seat post which makes it easy to adjust and also remember your settings in case someone else alters it while using the bike. In other words, family members can also use the bike without adjustment issues.
Due to its adjustability, users of different height size of 5 feet to 6 feet 5 inches can comfortably be accommodated without restrictions.
That said, just as aforementioned, the saddle may not entirely be comfortable to the butt; so, if you find it so discomforting you can use a gel seat cover improve the feel or completely replace the saddle with one that is better.
The handlebar is 2-way adjustable unlike the seat that is 4-way or some other spin bikes that feature 4-way adjustability for both the seat and the handlebar.
You can only adjust the handlebar vertically, which is upward/downward, but it has an ergonomic multi-grip design that provides you with different comfortable workout postures.
The handlebar is coated with a rubber foam material that is designed to provide a firm grip even to a sweaty hand and prevent blisters in the palms.
Both the handlebar and the seat can be adjusted via the adjustment knobs within seconds.
The bike also features textured non-slip foot pedals that can accommodate every foot size. On top of that, the pedals come with toe cages with adjustable safety straps and are also SDP clips compatible. This means you can always use the standard gym shoes or a pair of spin shoes for your workout.
The pedals provide secure feet and prevent slippage even during a high intensity and vigorous workout. Sprinters will have no problem with safety as the pedals are made of aluminum alloy with crank arms that are made of solid steel, thus support stand up pedaling.
The pedals, however, can easily be replaced if you have a reason to as they feature standard thread.
You should be able to pedal in both directions, that is forward and backward because the pedals are bidirectional and this also means that more muscle groups could be toned.
That said, you will not be able to coast as you could on an outdoor bicycle because both the flywheel and the pedals turn simultaneously.
Unfortunately, the Q Factor (i.e. the distance between the inward part of the left pedal and the inward part of the right pedal) is not indicated. But we have observed users and reviewers saying that it has a comfortable Q Factor that provides your feet and legs with that natural placement on the pedals. This of course reduces or eliminates the stress that is often felt on the legs and ankles during and after workouts with a spinning bike.
The Asuna Lancer Cycle 7130 Exercise Bike has a Q Factor 127mm/5 inches which is similar to that of an outdoor bicycle.
The Drive System
The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1509 Premium Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike features a belt drive system while the B1509C version features a chain drive system.
As aforementioned, there are two versions of this bike. The two versions have the same features except their drive system is different.
This version has a belt drive system that consists of a heavy duty V belt and a 40 pounds/18 kg flywheel that provide consistent momentum that is characterized by smooth and quiet motion.
The belt drive system is generally known to be very quiet during operation and it is also maintenance free. Except of course the belt may require a replacement over a long period of use as a result of wear and tear.
The only downside of the belt drive is that you may not experience the feeling of riding an outdoor bike. In other words, it does not mimic the outdoor bike’s operation.
The SF-B1509C version possesses the chain drive system that consists of a chain, the crank arms, and the 40 pounds/18 kg flywheel.
This drive system is not as quiet as the belt drive system because of the chain it uses and in order to maintain the chain in good working order, there is the need to lubricate and probably adjust the chain periodically.
But this drive system does mimic the outdoor bicycle thereby providing the feeling of riding a real bicycle, unlike the belt drive system that does not.
Both the chain and the belt drive systems have different ways of impacting the user and the choice of a certain drive system depends on the individual preference.
The Resistance System
The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1509 & SF-B1509C Premium Indoor Cycling Exercise Bikes feature friction resistance system that consists of a top-down leather pad that is attached to the main tube of the frame and connected to the tension knob. The leather pad is positioned on the chrome edge of the flywheel so that when the two elements get in contact resistance is generated.
The tension knob is used to adjust the resistance from easy to difficult resistance levels. However, the resistance levels are not indicated on the tension knob because the bike features an infinite resistance.
The only way to determine the resistance level is to keep on adjusting the tension knob until you feel you have reached the preferred resistance effect for your workout. In order words, twist the tension knob clockwise to increase the resistance and turn anticlockwise to reduce it.
The problem with infinite resistance is that you won’t be able to track your strength endurance progress because no way to know the resistance level you used in your previous workout session in order to compare it with the current resistance level you are using.
If you wish to get a bike with distinct resistance levels then you might want to look up the Asuna Lancer Cycle 7130 Exercise Bike or the Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle. But these bikes are more expensive than the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1509 & SF-B1509C Premium Indoor Cycling Exercise Bikes.
That being said, the friction resistance is good for all fitness levels especially beginners and intermediaries.
The leather pad wears out and will require replacement after a long time of being used.
The tension knob also doubles as an emergency brake when you wish to suddenly stop cycling because the pedals and the flywheel turn simultaneously. You do that by simply pushing the tension knob down and that’s it.
The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1509 & SF-B1509C Premium Indoor Cycling Exercise Bikes do not include any console in the original package. However, in order to be able to track your workout progress via your smartphone, you can use the Wahoo Cadence device which is also sold together with the indoor bike but it is optional.
The only accessory that is integrated into the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1509 & SF-B1509C Premium Indoor Cycling Exercise Bikes is a water bottle holder that is very essential for hydration during workouts.
You can buy a tablet holder separately if you have the need for it; especially if you wish to keep your phone handy and listen to your favorite music while spinning.
The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1509 & SF-B1509C Premium Indoor Cycling Exercise Bikes are not foldable but they have a relatively small footprint that won’t occupy too much space. Both the SF-B1509 and SF-B1509C have dimensions of 47 inches long by 20 inches wide by 47.5 inches tall.
They weigh about 108 pounds/49 kg each and are both integrated with tall/narrow transport wheels for portability.
The approval rating of the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1509 & SF-B1509C Premium Indoor Cycling Exercise Bikes is good since the majorly of its users indicated satisfaction, while few expressed disappointment.
In overall, the approval rating shows that these bikes are recommendable, durable and stable.
- Solidly built and designed with a steel frame
- Supports up to 300 pounds/136 kg maximum user weight capacity
- Features belt/chain drive system
- Integrated with friction resistance that provides good and quality workout
- The seat is 4 way adjustable i.e. upward/downward and forward/backward
- The handlebar is 2 way adjustable i.e. upward/downward
- Ergonomic multi-grip handlebars for different workout postures
- The handlebar is well coated with rubber foam material for a firm and comfortable grip
- Dual compatible pedals with toe cages and adjustable straps on one side and SDP clips on the other side
- Features a 40 pound/18 kg flywheel that provides consistent momentum motion
- Considerably narrow Q Factor for a comfortable workout
- A water bottle holder is included
- Easy assembly
- It does not have a monitor but you can use the Wahoo Cadence to view your workout data via your smartphone
- The handlebar is only 2 way adjustable
- Resistance levels are not indicated on the tension knob
Product Dimensions and Specifications
- 47’’ Length
- 20’’ Width
- 47’’ Height
- Supports up to 300 pounds/136 kg maximum user weight capacity
- Weighs 108 pounds/49 kg
- Features bi-directional pedals that are dual compatible, i.e. toe cages/SPD clip
- Friction resistance system
- Belt/chain drive system
- 4-way adjustable seat
- Water bottle holder included
- 3 Years on Frame
- 90 Days on Parts and Components
Shipping, Assembly, and Maintenance
The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1509 Premium Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike is delivered in a box that weighs about 119 pounds/54 kg with dimensions of 50 inches long by 22 inches width by 48 inches tall.
The shipping cost depends on the retailer you are purchasing from; however, Amazon provides free shipping and delivers within days.
To assemble the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1509 or the SF-B1509C Premium Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike is very easy as either of them comes with the major components preassembled.
You are only required to attach the stabilizer bars, the pedals, the seat and the handlebar posts, the seat, and the handlebar onto the frame. This will probably take less than 30 minutes to completely assemble.
Moreover, the needed assembly tools and the instruction manual are included.
The maintenance of these bikes depends on the version you purchased.
If you purchased the one that features belt drive system then there is no maintenance required. You may only have to replace the V belt after a long time of use because it wears out.
But if it is the chain drive system version you purchased, then you will have to maintain the chain by lubricating it and probably adjusting it to make sure it is in good working order at all times. This maintenance could be periodically or anytime it starts making some squeaky sound from the chain.
In general, you should always examine the bike for any loose, worn, or broken part before use. Do fix any problem that may occur accordingly.
Keep the bike clean from dirt and sweat by wiping it with wet and mild soap.
The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1509 & SF-B1509C Premium Indoor Cycling Exercise Bikes are both the same with a different drive system.
They are both capable of providing good and quality workouts to both beginners and intermediaries.
If you are purchasing make sure you choose the one with the drive system you prefer.