Schwinn 230 Review 2016-2017

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If you take working out seriously, you will love the Schwinn 230.

Its 20 levels of magnetic resistance and 22 programs are sure to give you a challenging workout every single time. You can effortlessly monitor and analyze your performance because of its compatibility with multiple fitness applications.

Best of all, it is a sturdy and comfortable bike that I’m sure you’ll love.schwinn-230-recumbent-exercise-bike

Pros:

  • Easy to assemble
  • Multiple workout programs
  • Multi-user setting
  • Lumbar support
  • Quiet
  • Stable and sturdy
  • USB port for charging and data exchange

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Bulky
  • Slightly uncomfortable seat

Features

Stable Frame

Spend just a few minutes on the Schwinn 230 and you will notice that it is a solid and stable recumbent bike.

The components are made of high-quality materials that are securely put together.

The center frame is supported by two levelers, and a thick crossbar tubing connecting the seat to the rear leveler provides added stability.

20 Magnetic Resistance Levels

One major advantage of Schwinn bikes is their extent of tension level options.

Most recumbent bikes have less than 10 resistance levels. This could be insufficient, especially for those who have been riding actively outdoors where there are many different road conditions.

The Schwinn 230 has 20 levels of smooth magnetic tension that can adapt to your desired difficulty level.

schwinn-230-consoleMultiple Programs and Dual User Settings

If you yearn for a challenge, that is exactly what you will get with this bike.

The Schwinn 230 has 22 programs to choose from, ranging from heart rate control, fitness tests and custom user defined, to name a few. Whether you want to push yourself really hard or simply want to test your fitness level, there is a setting that will give you exactly what you want.

The settings and workout statistics of up to 2 users are saved on the console. When you restart your workout, you just pick up from where you left off without having to input anything all over again.

Data Management and Display

You can easily track your performance with the DualTrack two LCD window system that is capable of displaying up to 13 different feedbacks.

It does not end with just viewing the numbers. You can import the data through the USB port and upload the information to SchwinnConnect and/or myfitnesspal.com, With these useful tools, you can analyze and plan your workouts for maximum results.

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  • The bike’s structure allows your legs to pedal comfortably.
  • The seat is a bit hard. On the other hand, I like that there is lumbar support for more comfort.
  • You can adjust the seat according to your height using the lever on the left of the seat.
  • The sensors in the handle bars enable you to monitor your heart rate.
  • It has acoustic chamber speakers and a 3-speed fan to make your workout more enjoyable.

Design and Specifications

The Schwinn 230 is a bulky recumbent bike, measuring 64 x 27.7 x 49.9 inches (L x W x H).

It does take up quite a big amount of space, but I don’t mind because it makes the bike stable and secure. I can pedal as fast and as hard as I want to without worrying that the bike may tip over.

Furthermore, this stable bike has a maximum user capacity of 300 lbs.

Well-built as it is, the Schwinn 230 provides a generous warranty: 10 years for the frame, 2 years for mechanical, 1 year for electrical, and 90 days for labor.

F.A.Q.

Is it easy to assemble?

Yes. There is very little assembly required because the base of the bike comes pre-assembled. It also comes with clear instructions and all the necessary tools.

Is it quiet?

Yes. You can watch TV with normal volume.

What is the user weight capacity?

It can accommodate a maximum user weight of 300 lbs.

What is the height restriction?

There is no specific height restriction. However, the slider seat rail system allows you to adjust the distance between the seat and the pedals.

How is the Schwinn 230 different from the Schwinn 270?

schwinn-230Although they are similar in many ways, there is also quite a number of differences between the Schwinn 230 and the Schwinn 270.

The Schwinn 230 has 29 programs while the Schwinn 270 only has 22.

The Schwinn 230 also has 2 more user settings than the Schwinn 270.

In terms of magnetic tension levels, the Schwinn 230 has 20 while the Schwinn 270 has 25.

The Schwinn 230 has a plastic molded seat and standard size pedals. On the other hand, the Schwinn 270 has a padded seat and oversized pedals.

Both models have hand pulse sensors but the Schwinn 270 also has a telemetry heart monitoring capability.

Both are stable recumbent bikes, but the Schwinn 230 has an oversized crossbar tubing that reinforces stability.

Lastly, the Schwinn 270 has a sleep mode feature. it automatically shuts off after 5 minutes of inactivity.

Other Options

With its valuable features, the Schwinn 230 can easily be one of the best recumbent exercise bikes today.

If you want another efficient recumbent bike that does not cost as much, you can consider the Exerpeutic 400XL.

It may not have sophisticated features but it has the fundamentals like magnetic tension control, seat adjustment, performance tracking and display, and a stable frame with Step Thru design.

You may also consider other good quality, high-performing recumbent bikes in this top 5 review.

Conclusion

If you won’t settle for the basics and are willing to spend a little more for your recumbent bike, the Schwinn 230 is perfect for you.

While stable and comfortable, it certainly does not lack features that will keep you challenged, the top ones being its wide range of tension control and numerous preset programs.

Overall, the Schwinn 230 is a highly-recommended recumbent exercise bike.

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