The Assault Bike Reviewed
The air bike is the oldest version of the home exercise cycle. In recent years, however, the air bike has had a makeover, becoming more efficient streamlined and comfortable. The Assault Air Bike claims to take that innovation to a new level.
In this article, we take an in-depth look at what is an assault bike, the assault bike to see whether it is truly the best mid-priced air bike on the market. We’ll also compare the Assault with three of its main competitors in this assault bike review.
Commercial-grade materials make it hardy and very durable
Very versatile, the resistance is changed with the pedaling speed
Easy assembly, minimum tool requirement
Relatively large console with plenty of features
Super adjustable, the seat height and distance from handlebars are easily changed
Low-impact exercises that can still be quite intense
The console is not backlit, making it hard to read in some cases
No heart rate strap for easy heart rate tracking
No toe baskets or straps on pedals to keep you safely locked down
The sole method of pedaling resistance on the Assault Air Bike is provided by way of the 27-inch fan wheel at the front of the bike. The faster you pedal the harder the resistance becomes. The assault exercise bike generally does not come with a damper, such as you get on an air rowing machine to allow you to control the resistance level. One downside of this type of resistance is that you are not able to simulate the hill training that you can do on training bikes that use different resistance methods. The direction of the air that is blown from the fan is mostly out and to the sides.
The drive mechanism on this air bike is a chain drive which is similar to what you would be used to on an outdoor bicycle. Just as with an outdoor bike, the chain moves over sprockets, producing a slight noise as it does so. Most non-air resistance home exercise bikes use a quieter belt drive. Occasionally you will be required to do some minor maintenance on the chain drive. This will involve tightening and lubricating the chain.
The pedals on the Assault Air Bike do not come with straps or toe baskets. However, they do give you a pretty solid amount of grip. The pedals, handlebars and fan wheel on this bike are all connected so movement in one means movement in all three. The handlebars on this bike pivot from down low to provide for full extension through the latissimus dorsi on each pull through. This provides you with an upper-body as well as a lower body and cardio challenge. If you want to focus exclusively on working the upper body, there are footrests to place your feet upon.
The handlebars are made from 12-gauge steel and the frame is built from high tensile steel. The fan wheel blades are made from metal and the whole thing feels very solid. You won’t experience any wobbling on this bike, even when you’re pushing your workout to the limit. You can even push hard while standing upon the pedals without any lack of stability.
If anything, you may notice a little bit of movement in the seat fitting but this can easily be addressed by tightening the nuts in that area.
The assault bike comes with four stabilizers which are positioned under the feet of the bike. This allows you to evenly balance out the bike regardless of how uneven your exercise surface happens to be.
The frame warranty on this assault bike is for five years.
Size & Portability
The unit has a total weight of 98.1 pounds. However, transportation is easy due to the built-in wheels. Your assault bike will arrive partly assembled. All tools to complete the job will be included in the package and you should be able to put it all together in about half an hour. You can easily assemble the bike all by yourself, but you can always ask for help if you're struggling, or if you never did anything like that before.
But the price point of the bike shouldn't drive you away. Every feature it has to offer, plus the quality of its build makes up for the price! It will last longer than conventional air bikes, so you'll save money in the long run. With that being said, you will need to save up a bit before you actually buy it. There are cheaper alternatives out there that offer almost the same quality as the Assault air bike, but their warranty is not that great, nor will they last so long.
This, in turn, prevents injuries. As you pedal, you will be able to adjust the difficulty to your needs just by pedaling faster or slower. No need to turn any knobs or dials! The handles of the bike will move as you pedal, giving both your lower and upper body an intense session. This will build up your endurance, strength, and flexibility while toning up your muscles and increasing their size. The Air Bike is a great tool that's fit for both beginners and advanced users all the same, simply because of the adaptable resistance levels.
There are a few steps you will need to follow when it comes to the daily maintenance of the bike. You will, of course, need to clean it, and you will do so with a damp rag, with just a drop of mild detergent. The bike frame and fan cover will need to be cleaned from sweat and dust every day. Do not allow any sweat to dry up, to prevent it from entering deeper into the frame and seat. Wipe down the seat cover and post just in case. If you use chalk, remove any residue you see, as it will attract moisture. Remove chalk and sweat from the handles as well. Inspect the bike to see if there are any loose bolts, and tighten the pins if need be.
You should see if the bike pedals smoothly, and if the console receives the signal well every week or so. Remember to tighten the crank and the bolts as well, and check how tight the bearings are. And do not forget the handlebars either - check whether the pivot nut is tight enough. And last but not least, remember to lubricate the chain every month or two months! This will make the pedaling smooth and quiet.
One thing to remember is to stop using your hands to propel the bike. Do not push the handles, and do not rely on your hands too much! As you pedal, the handlebars will move by themselves and force your hands to move whether you like it or not, and there's no need to make that even harder. If you need a less strenuous session, you can take your hands off the handles. Focus on your legs, and keep your upper body still and firm. Prevent your knees from flaring out! When they do flare out, this prevents you from using full force when you pedal down. Also, it might seem logical to place your whole foot on the pedal, but you can try placing just the balls of your feet on them. This prevents you from bending your knees too much. And lastly, keep your head in a neutral position. Do not look downwards constantly, because you won't be able to breathe properly. Just keep looking ahead and observe the monitor with your eyes only, not by moving your whole head!
The Final Word
The Assault air bike is relatively pricey, but it's worth the investment! The console is not backlit, so it might be a bit difficult to read for some people. And the pedals have no straps, which may be a safety hazard for some people. Also, the bike has almost no directions that tell you what you need to be doing, so a beginner may be feeling a little lost at first. With that being said, it's still one of the best bikes out there and we fully recommend it!