The Assault Air 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 the Assault Air 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.
The Assault Air Bike Features
The Schwinn AD6 Airdyne exercise bike makes use of wind resistance technology to provide an intense full body workout to rival that offered by the Assault Air bike.
It’s point of difference is that, rather than using a chain drive, it provides you with a dual stage torque belt drive. This eliminates the need for chain maintenance is quieter than the chain drive used on the Assault bike. However, the chain drive more closely simulates the feel of riding outdoors. In addition, both bikes will generate decent amount of noise when the fan wheel is operating, so the lessened noise is not really an issue.
This bike provides you with foot pedal straps, which the Assault bike does not. The LCD display on the Airdyne gives you a readout of your training data which is similar to the Assault but it also adds a RevMeter RPM gauge that is ideal for interval training.
The console on the Airdyne bike is also powered to pair with a telemetry strap so you can more accurately measure your training pulse rate. The Assault bike does not have those features.
This bike does add some small features that are absent in the Assault bike. In the long run, however, the greater stability, sturdiness and more natural feel of the Assault puts it ahead in our book.
The BodyRider Upright Fan Bike is a low-cost alternative to the Assault bike. It features a similar full arm action design to work both your upper and lower body, along with an ergonomic design and elliptical ability to work your cardiovascular system.
While nowhere near as solid as the Assault bike, the BodyRider is still rugged enough for most home use applications. It features an adjustment knob so you can have some control over the resistance apart from your pedaling action. However, this produces a rather stilted, unnatural pedaling action.
The BodyRider uses a belt rather than a chain drive. This does not produce as realistic a pedaling action as what you get on the chain driven Assault Air Bike. This bike weighs about half as much as the Assault bike, which gives you a good idea of the comparative strength and solidness of the two models.
The BodyRider Fan Bike is a great budget model that will be suitable for many users. However, if you are after a truly serious air-based workout, you’ll want to step up to the Assault Air Bike.
My name is Jim Roose. I'm a former competitive power lifter and gym owner. I've bought millions of dollars of fitness equipment over the last 20 years. This site is my way of giving back to the fitness community that's done so much for me. Every article on here is carefully researched and written by me. Leave a comment if you have any questions.
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