Sunny Health Exercise Bikes Review 2016

Sunny Health and Fitness are a California based home fitness company who have quickly established a reputation as a supplier of high quality, low cost exercycles, treadmills, elliptical trainers and rowers. The home cycle range offered by Sunny is especially impressive. In this article we take an in depth look at the best Sunny exercise bikes, comparing them to the best of the rest.

The Best of the Sunny Range

Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycling Bike

Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycling Bike

The Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Pro Cycling Bike comes with a heavy duty 49 pound flywheel to give you a natural, smooth riding experience. A heavy duty crank and smooth chain drive mechanism combine to provide a jerk free wheel revolution, which is a welcome change to bikes in this price range. You get a wide range of variable resistance levels, which are controlled by a centrally located knob.

The seat and handle bars of the Sunny Health Fitness Indoor Cycling Bike are fully adjustable, both fore and aft, to allow for user customization. The seat is well padded for comfort and the pedals are ergonomically placed for ideal lower body placement. The frame of this bike is made from heavy duty steel, providing an extremely rigid support base to work from. The dimensions are 48.5” x 20” x 46.5”.

The Sunny Pro arrives partly assembled, with the balance being able to be done solo without too much of a problem within about 20 minutes. The total assembled weight of the SF-B901 Pro is 111 pounds, but you get transport wheels to make it easy to move around.​

PROS

  • 40 lb flywheel
  • Heavy duty crank and smooth chain drive mechanism
  • Able to fit all sizes
  • Variable resistance
  • Solid construction
  • Very well priced

CONS

  • Heavy

Sunny Folding Recumbent Bike

Sunny Folding Recumbent Bike

The Sunny Folding Recumbent Bike is a lightweight, stowaway exercycle with a folding frame for ease of storage. Of course, there are quite a few lightweight foldable bikes on the market. Many of them, however, are lightweight, not only in weight, but also in features and performance. Let’s see how Sunny’s pink exercise bike stacks up.

At just 35 pounds, this lightweight exercycle is able to be easily moved around by just about anybody. The dimensions of the bike are a space saving 32” x 19.5” x 46”. It easily collapses inward to a size which is about the same as a regular ironing board. This allows you to store the Sunny Folding Recumbent bike in the smallest nook and cranny that you have available.

Lightweight doesn’t have to mean that a recumbent bike lacks rigidity. This lightweight stationary bike feels solid when it is set up. Obviously it won’t be as sturdy as the more expensive, permanent set up bikes out there, but it will support most people securely during even the most intense workout. The bike has a maximum weight capacity of 220 pounds.

For a low budget, lightweight recumbent bike, having 8 variable resistance levels is quite impressive, yet that is what you get with this folding recumbent from Sunny Fitness. This allows you to progressively increase the resistance of your workout over time.​

PROS

  • Lightweight and compact
  • Sturdy
  • 8 resistance levels
  • LCD display with essential data
  • Noiseless
  • Adjustable pedal straps
  • Two way striding capability

CONS

  • Top resistance levels not overly challenging

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Sunny Health and Fitness folding sitting exercise bike

The Sunny Health and Fitness folding sitting exercise bike is a lightweight, foldable model that provides you with a quality workout and comes in striking pink. The total weight is just 35 pounds and the unit collapses into about the size of a regular ironing board. However, when set up, the cycle is surprisingly rigid, providing you with a safe, solid riding experience. It has a maximum user weight of 220 pounds.

A functional yet simple LCD screen provides you with all of the training data that you need. The seat on the Sunny recumbent foldable is extra wide and well padded for comfort. You also get 8 levels of variable magnetic resistance. The bike is also completely noiseless.

PROS

  • Compact and foldable
  • 8 levels of resistance
  • Wide, comfortable seat

CONS

  • Resistance levels not challenging for advanced users

Sunny SF-B1516

Sunny SF-B1516

The SF-B1516 is a heavy duty commercial grade Sunny exercise bike that delivers high quality exercise performance. It has a huge 48.5 cast iron flywheel to provide the smoothest, most natural riding action you can get. The addition of the micro magnetic adjustable resistance system coupled to a press down braking control knob ensures that the riding action you get on this bike is very close to on-road performance.

The Sunny SF-B1516 has a very natural body positioning, thanks to the ergonomic positioning of the seat, handle bars and pedals. The pedals have basket toe cages to keep your feet securely in place. The contoured seat is of a racing bike style and has a pleasing level of padding. The multigrip handlebars provide a solid grip. Both the seat and handle bars are fully adjustable to allow for a custom fit. The maximum user weight is 300 pounds

PROS

  • 48.5 pound flywheel
  • Contoured seat
  • Max user weight 300 pounds

CONS

  • Rather expensive

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1002C

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1002C

The Sunny SF-B1002C is a commercial grade spin bike that offers what you’d get at your local gym for a budget home price. The smooth chain drive mechanism ensures that you get a fluid, natural cycling motion. A heavy duty crank system and impressive 49 pound flywheel further enhance the fluid motion provided by the chain drive. The frame is very sleekly designed and of heavy duty steel to provide a very solid riding base.

The seat and handle bars on this Sunny spin bike are fully adjustable in all directions, allowing you to customize the settings to your needs. A press down brake system allows you to smoothly adjust the resistance to suit every member of the family. Transportation wheels allow for ease of transport.

PROS

  • 49 pound flywheel
  • Heavy duty crank system
  • Chain drive

CONS

  • A little noisy at top speed

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B0418

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B0418

The SF-B0418 is a Magnetic pedal exerciser that allows you to work while you work out. It can be placed under a desk of table so that you can bike while you’re working. You can also place the pedaler on a table and use it to give your arms a challenging workout. It provides a very convenient top carry handle for easy portability.

This mini desk bike is very solidly constructed with a plastic encased central unit. An 8 level micro tension controller provides you with a fluid resistance adjustment that is jerk free and natural, which is a rare thing on a mini pedaller. The LCD monitor on the front of the unit provides an accurate readout of your key training data, including time, distance, speed and calories burned.

The SF-B0418 Sunny Health and Fitness mini cycle is the best quality, well priced desk pedaller that we have come across. It is stylish and functional, and with a maximum user weight of 220 pounds, it is built to last.​

PROS

  • 8 level micro tension
  • Solid construction
  • Top carry handle

CONS

  • A bit bulky

Sunny Health Alternatives

Sunny exercise bikes provide users with a great range and some very competitive prices. However, there are some standouts from other suppliers that give Sunny serious competition. We really like the Schwinn 130 upright, which provides more in terms of inbuilt programming than the Sunny Indoor Pro. The Exerpeutic 400XL folding bike is head to head challenge to the Sunny Folding bike and Exerpeutic LX7 offers an excellent spin bike option to the SF-B1002C.​

Schwinn 130

Schwinn 130

The Schwinn 130 Upright provides a level of choice and training motivation that you don’t get with the Sunny range. Schwinn are right on top of computer technology integration, with this model offering a dual track, two LCD window system that will provide readouts on 13 different training parameters at the same time. You also get 22 workout programs, two of which allow for user self programming.

The 130 is a very stylish looking exercise machine, that is also extremely sturdy. Two integrated levellers ensure that the unit is stable on any surface. The high speed, high inertia perimeter weighted flywheel provides the smoothest of resistances, while the padded and contoured seat gives total riding comfort.

A USB charging port and the ability to transfer your training data to the Schwinn website are an extra plus with the Schwinn 130 Upright.​

PROS

  • Dual track LCD windows
  • 22 workout programs
  • Data transfer

CONS

  • The pedals are a little wide apart

With so many to choose from, finding the right cycle for you can be a real challenge. Our Best Indoor Cycling Bikes Review 2016 helps to make the choice easier - check it out now!

Exerpeutic Folding 400XL

Exerpeutic Folding 400XL

The Exerpeutic Folding 400XL is a rare combination of compactness, light weight and strength. Although able to quickly fold until half its original size, this unit can easily handle user weights up to 300 pounds. You get a pair of leg stabilizers to make this foldable even more secure, along with the high quality steel tubing from which the frame is constructed.

With 8 levels of adjustable resistance and dual pulse sensors to track your training heart rate, the Exerpeutic 400XL is no ordinary foldable. It even comes with a 3 piece cranking system to make sure that you get an ultra smooth riding experience. You’re able to keep pace of you training stats with a large, easy to read LCD screen.​

PROS

  • Lightweight yet strong
  • 300 pound max user weight
  • 3 piece cranking system

CONS

  • The pedals are a little far forward

Finding the space to put your exercise gear in can be a real challenge. Let us make it easier with our Best Compact Exercise Bikes for Small Spaces Review 2016 - it showcases the top compact exercycles on the market right now.

Exerpeutic LX7

Exerpeutic LX7

The Exerpeutic LX7 features a 40 pound chrome rimmed flywheel to provide you with a smooth, natural riding experience, free of any jerkiness. You also get 8 levels of adjustable resistance and dual pulse sensors to track your workout pulse. Often sin bikes don’t have monitors, but this one does, allowing you to track your time, speed, distance, rpms and calories burned.

The seat is a racing bike style, but is still comfortable enough for an extended workout. Ergonomically designed pedals are fitted with basket toe cages to allow you to get a secure lower body position. Floor stabilizers will make sure that the bike is always standing on level ground. This is a standout spin bike that gives you both performance and feedback.

Sunny are just one of many retailers of home exercycles. Find out which models are the best in our Best Exercise Bikes Review 2016 - it’ll point you in the right direction.

Conclusion

The Sunny bike range has quickly become amongst the most popular on the internet. Sunny’s top quality offerings, their great pricing structure and their outstanding after sales service have all contributed to their success. Our favorite is the Sunny Health Pro Indoor Cycling bike, which provides all of the high end features you demand, including a 40 pound flywheel, at a price you can afford.

As alternatives to the Sunny range, we believe that the Exerpeutic Folding 400XL and LX7 spin bike are strong contenders, largely due to their unrivalled computer features. The Schwinn 130 upright also outshines the Indoor Pro in terms of screen capability.​