1. The Diamondback 300
The Diamondback 300 is a $600 recumbent exercise bike is built by one of the biggest names in street bikes. The Diamondback 300 recumbent emphasizes its’ build quality and Diamondback’s experience and proven track record of building some of the best road bikes in the industry for over 20 years. The console display features include time, speed, distance, calories and pulse. Oversized screen permits function feedback in large size numbers and users can set the display up for scans or constant feedback. Diamondback also added a 3 – piece crank set, a new Eddy Current Brake (EDC) system, sealed bearings and a poly V-belt for super smooth drive train feel. Few brands are this quiet at this price point.
2. The Fitness Quest Edge 491 Recumbent
The Fitness Quest Edge 491 Recumbent is a great exercise bike in the under $400 price range and offers features that you might not expect in that price point. Fitness Quest packs a lot of features into their exercise equipment, and the Edge 491 recumbent gives you 2 heart rate controlled workouts as well as excellent build quality, fit and finish.
The 491 Recumbent’s computer displays time, speed, distance, pulse, and calories burned. The Edge also features 12 pre-set programs, including two for heart rate. The Edge 491 is aimed at fitness enthusiasts who desire low-impact exercise routines that are comfortable and effective.
3. Ignite 745 Exercise Bike
The Ignite 745 Exercise Bike is made by Lamar Fitness and is a definite frontrunner in recumbent bikes in the under $600 price range. With a low step-through frame for easy mounting and dismounting, high-tech features include 20 workouts with 16 levels of adjustable resistance, a lumbar supporting seat, and wireless telemetric heart rate control. Additional plus factors include a large display console that displays time, distance, RPM, calories, speed, dual speakers and convenient front-mounted wheels for transport. Wrapped up in a 2-year warranty, the Ignite 745 gets top recommendations all around.
4. Lifegear Recumbent Exercise Bike
The Lifegear Recumbent Exercise Bike is one of the only exercise bikes you can buy for less than $200. The Lifegear Bike delivers decent performance at the price point with the only real down-sides being a lack of forward and backward seat adjustability and that tall riders over 5′ 10″ may feel a little cramped in an otherwise comfortable riding position. The Lifegear Recumbent’s large LCD screen console display reads out time, speed, distance, pulse and approximate calories burned. The heart rate is monitored with built-in hand grip pulse sensors. The Lifegear could be a good choice for those needing a simple workout bike that you can just get on and go.
5. Nordic Track SL700 Upright Bike
The Nordic Track SL 700 Upright Bike is a solid contender in the exercise bike market and perhaps one of the best available. All of about the newer Nordic Track exercise equipment is made with high-quality materials and features top-notch construction and the SL700 is certainly no exception to the rule. You’ll have a hard time finding a better bike for under $1000. The Nordic SL 705 has one of the best console displays around with an LED workout screen, 8 preprogrammed workout profiles, 2 pulse driven work programs, and it even features iFit compatibility. A few of the SL 705’s other key specs include CardioGrip pulse sensors, a CoolAire workout fan and one-step push button Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR). If you’re looking for the best in exercise bikes, the Nordic Track SL 705 might be your machine.