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Schwinn A.C. Performance Plus Indoor Cycle

As a Schwinn flagship indoor cycle, this bike gives a true cycling feel found with outdoor bikes.


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The Schwinn A.C. Performance Plus Indoor Cycle Trainer is an exercise bike from the Schwinn IC line that incorporates Virtual Contact Resistance Technology. It has an aluminum frame, fore-aft adjustments with three positions, two large water bottle holders, and Smart Release. This indoor cycle has the feel of an outdoor bicycle, but it gives riders the ability to enjoy a hard pedaling workout inside. It comes with Virtual Contact Resistance Technology which is a system that uses an aluminum disk and magnets to create resistance. This spin bike is finished in a pearl white, and it has a capacity weight of 300 pounds.

Best Features:

• Innovative Virtual Contact Resistance
• Smoothness Provided by Magnets and an Aluminum Disk
• Dual Density Seat
• SPD Pedals with Toe Clip
• Smart Release Safety System

What We Like:

As a Schwinn IC flagship spin bike, this indoor trainer gives one a true cycling feel found with outdoor bikes, but riders can experience their workout indoors and out of the elements. It is designed with Virtual Contact Resistance. This technology uses an aluminum disk in combination with magnets in order to create the needed resistance. The result is a high energy and tough workout. It also helps the cycle last longer by stopping the brake system from prematurely wearing out. The large flywheel and chain drive allow riders to adjust resistance levels in steady increments. This creates an authentic and smooth ride similar to an undulating hill.

Users enjoy the comfort of the dual density seat. It is flexible in some areas and fixed in others. This generates both stability and comfort. The seat also adjusts vertically and horizontally to allow the rider to personalize the fit of this indoor cycle. In addition, the handlebars are adjustable with three positions being offered. Extra-large water bottle holders help keep cyclists hydrated, even during longer workouts. The pedals include toe clips to keep feet from slipping, and the built in rollers make transporting the bike easy. The Smart Release safety feature will slow down the flywheel when the rider abruptly quits pedaling.

The aluminum frame finish is done in a pearl white color. Handlebars, seat slide, and hardware are all aluminum as well. The drive system is chain operated with a forged steel crank. It is compatible with an MPower console, but it is not included. This indoor cycle trainer suits riders who fall between 4’ 11” and 6’8”. It measures 20 inches wide, 48 inches high and 43 inches deep. It comes with a one year warranty on electronics, a five year warranty for the frame, and a six month warranty over wear items.

What We Don’t Like:

This bike doesn’t generate enough resistance to properly simulate a climb. Some users noticed a screeching sound and extra vibrations when the resistance knob is turned to its maximum position in an attempt to simulate climbs. Otherwise riders were quite satisfied with the resistance system being used on this particular model.

Other riders have complained of noises and vibrations even though this model is advertised as a smooth and quiet ride. It is actually normal for a spin bike to generate a certain amount of noise and vibrations while being used, even with a magnetic brake, so this shouldn’t be a concern.

Reviewers off this indoor cycle often mention that there is a tool needed for assembly that it doesn’t come with. The tool is easy to find in a local retailer, and Schwinn’s customer service is good about helping one retrieve it.

The Bottom Line:

Although this indoor cycle trainer does generate noise and vibrations, it is nothing out of the ordinary for this type of bike. If you’re looking for a good spin bike that offers high energy workouts, you will enjoy this bike with its special features and comfortable ride. Those wanting more of a climb option should consider the Schwinn Fitness AC Performance Plus with a carbon blue belt drive. It costs slightly more, but it offers a 12 degree incline setting.

With this indoor cycle you’ll get quality and plenty of useful features. It is well worth the higher price point when compared to similar models. It takes advantage of all available technology in order to provide riders with a smooth and comfortable experience.

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