5 Best Air Resistance Fan Bikes

Welcome to our best air resistance fan bikes review for 2021.

After researching and testing 20 of the top models, we’ve narrowed our list to the top 5 based on factors including:

  • Value for money
  • Performance
  • Workout quality
  • Comfort
  • Durability
  • Warranty
  • Noise

We have to warn you: Many of the top-rated bikes around the web did not measure up to their price tags. A few were even so unstable they were almost dangerous.

In this review, we’ll show you the best option for every budget, level, style, and goal, along with a convenient scorecard and our experiences with each bike.

Let’s get to it.

Editor's Choice
Schwinn 111446-001 Airdyne Pro...
Assault AirBike Classic, Black
Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Exercise...
Marcy Exercise Upright Fan Bike for...
Value for Money
Body Rider BRF700 Exercise Upright...
Backrest
Assembled Dimensions
55 x 26 x 53 inches
59.95 x 23.34 x 50 inches
49.7 x 25.7 x 50.9 inches.
45 x 25 x 47.5 inches
41.75 x 22 x 46.5 inches
Product Weight
113 pounds
around 100lbs
112 lbs
79 lbs
47.3 lbs
Weight Capacity
300 pounds
350 lbs
300 lbs
300 lbs
250 lbs
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Editor's Choice
Schwinn 111446-001 Airdyne Pro...
Backrest
Assembled Dimensions
55 x 26 x 53 inches
Product Weight
113 pounds
Weight Capacity
300 pounds
Prime
Assault AirBike Classic, Black
Backrest
Assembled Dimensions
59.95 x 23.34 x 50 inches
Product Weight
around 100lbs
Weight Capacity
350 lbs
Prime
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Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Exercise...
Backrest
Assembled Dimensions
49.7 x 25.7 x 50.9 inches.
Product Weight
112 lbs
Weight Capacity
300 lbs
Prime
Marcy Exercise Upright Fan Bike for...
Backrest
Assembled Dimensions
45 x 25 x 47.5 inches
Product Weight
79 lbs
Weight Capacity
300 lbs
Prime
Value for Money
Body Rider BRF700 Exercise Upright...
Backrest
Assembled Dimensions
41.75 x 22 x 46.5 inches
Product Weight
47.3 lbs
Weight Capacity
250 lbs
Prime

Last update on 2021-02-05 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Best Air Resistance Fan Bikes

#1. Schwinn Airdyne Pro

Schwinn Airdyne Pro

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Overview

The best air resistance fan bike yet from the world’s leading manufacturer. Think of it as the Harley-Davidson of air bikes. It actually feels like a real bike instead of just a piece of exercise equipment.

The Schwinn Airdyne Pro’s innovative wheel, belt drive, and extra-wide frame delivered the smoothest, most stable workout of the entire batch. Rather than the typical thin frame and chain drive seen on most bikes, the AD Pro is a wide-bodied bike with a belt drive normally seen only in cars. The result? A quieter, smoother ride and virtually 0 adjustments.

We recommend it for anyone with serious CrossFit, HIIT, or weight loss goals.

Why we love it?

  • 26-blade fan + single belt drive: Burn more calories at the same speed/effort.
  • Whisper quiet: We couldn’t believe how quiet it was. The belt drive makes almost no noise compared to a chain.
  • Extra wide pegs: Virtually no wobble at intense speeds. The extra stability really makes a noticeable difference.
  • Built-in HIIT programs: The challenges were so motivating. You’ll love trying to beat your previous best or challenging friends.

The difference between the AD Pro and most other bikes hits you in the face as soon as you start riding.

Seriously…

The automotive quality belt drive makes starting buttery smooth, and the 26-blade fan throws air back in your face as you pedal, which is a godsend during HIIT training.

After an hour, what stood out the most were the accurate heart monitor, increased efficiency (we’ll explain that below), and smoothness of the ride. Everything felt like a breeze even though the workout was borderline brutal.

The AD Pro’s advantages come down to two things:

  • Built-in advantages: The extra fan blades and belt drive system ensure not a single ounce of energy is wasted in transfer. Most other bikes use two power transfer systems, so your energy has to transfer from one chain to the next, reducing efficiency and making you work harder to burn every calorie. Not this one. A few of us set our personal record on it.
  • Say goodbye to wobble: The extra wide pegs, sturdy metal frame, and heavy-duty commercial-grade design mean this thing can take a beating and not even flinch. We hate to sound dramatic but we were blown away at how stable it was even at our max.

It performed better than any bike in our testing. And when you throw in the sharp screen, built-in programs, heart monitor, and heavy capacity, it’s a no brainer.

Pros

  • Very Stable
  • Extra smooth
  • The most efficient workout
  • Heavy-duty material
  • 10-year warranty

Cons

  • Price
  • We saw some complaints about the seat online but we didn’t experience any issues

Scorecard

Durability: 8/10

Comfort: 7/10

Workout: 9.5/10

Noise: 9/10

Usability: 8.5/10

 

#2. LifeCORE Fitness Assault Air Bike Trainer

LifeCORE Fitness Assault Air Bike Trainer

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Overview

The most popular air bike on the market. The LifeCORE Assault Bike delivers a challenging full-body workout, customizability to fit any size and shape, and high-level comfort for hundreds less than our top choice. If you’re looking for an affordable, challenging, low or mid-intensity workout that’s perfect for beginner to intermediate riders, we highly recommend this one.

Why we love it?

  • Horizontally adjustable: Vertically challenged? LifeCORE has your back. The seat adjusts forwards instead of just up or down so your limbs can reach wherever they need to go.
  • A complete workout for less: The AD Pro is for killer workouts in style. The Assault Bike is a back-to-basics full-body challenge for hundreds of dollars less.
  • Great workout programs: The whole team loved the intense workouts like Tabata. On lazy Sundays, you can create your own low-intensity plan and go easy. It’s still a killer workout anyway. That should wipe away Saturday cheat night…maybe.

We had a love-hate relationship with the Assault Bike. On the one hand, it was a great workout in comfort, and the seat made life a lot easier on those of us with shorter limbs.

On the other, we were sore all over – arms, legs, lungs, etc – from pushing ourselves. Overall, the ride was very smooth even during high-intensity cardio. It’s not a statue like the AD Pro, but it’s pretty dang close. Go ahead and beat it to death day in and day out.

Getting started was pretty easy. Assembly was quick, and finding the ideal seat position only took a bit of tinkering. Being able to push the seat forward made it way easier to comfortably grip the handles and keep a smooth pedaling motion.

The downside is the chain system. You’ll have to lubricate it every 6 months or so, which really isn’t hard at all – just a bit of a pain.

The only thing that is a pain is the chain clink-clink-clink sound. You hardly notice the sound when you’re going hard though.

That and your workout will be less efficient than a belt drive system, due to the chain transfer we talked about before. You definitely do feel fatigued faster than the Airdyne Pro.

Who’s it for?

This is definitely the best air resistance bike out there for anyone looking for a low-to-moderate intensity workout or anyone looking to save a few hundred bucks compared to the Airdyne Pro. The workout is nearly as good and you probably won’t even notice the difference.

Pros

  • The best deal at this price point
  • Adjustable seat for ideal seating position
  • Built-in tabata
  • Built for recreational riders and pros

Cons

  • Less efficient
  • Noisy chain
  • Needs Maintenance (but only every 6 months, so not a big deal)

Scorecard

Durability: 7.5/10

Comfort: 8/10

Workout: 8/10

Noise: 5/10

Usability: 8.5/10

 

#3. Schwinn AD6 Airdyne

Schwinn AD6 Airdyne

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Overview

The affordable younger cousin to the Airdyne Pro. If the Pro is the Harley of air bikes, this is the Honda – a cheap, dependable workhorse. This is an entry-level bike we think is perfect for beginners, weekend warriors, stay-at-home moms, and anyone else who wants a great workout without all the expensive frills.

It’s basically the same as the AD Pro besides the built-in workout programs and a slightly smaller frame.

Why we love it?

  • Unbeatable Price: A gym-quality workout for half the price of most competitors. There’s a reason the AD6 has been around for so long.
  • A Workhorse: Schwinn is famous for its solid frame that can take a beating. It’s not as stable as the AD Pro, but it’s more than enough for moderate-intensity or even higher intensity workouts. Just don’t compete at the CrossFit games and you’ll be fine.
  • A Great Full-Body Workout: The console, frame, smooth belt drive, and pedals provided plenty of comfort, grip, and smoothness for the entire 60 minutes. The only gripe was the handlebars (explained below).
  • Same Belt Drive: The single belt drive improves your efficiency and keeps it whisper quiet, just like the Pro.

Introducing: The world’s most affordable, dependable air resistance bike.

You won’t find a decent quality air bike any cheaper than this. There’s a reason that it’s Schwinn’s best selling and longest running model.

During our workout, we definitely noticed a bit of a difference from the souped-up Pro version, but not that many.

It’s not quite as stable, and we definitely missed the HIIT workout programs, but for an hour-long “I need to lose these love handles” workout, it’s perfectly fine. You don’t need all the fancy stuff for that anyway.

If you just need an affordable, dependable bike for daily exercise, it’s totally fine. You get everything you need from the Pro – quality build, warranty, comfortable seat and pedal, belt drive – and nothing you don’t. And if you ever want to upgrade, just sell it secondhand and upgrade. Craigslist is full of Schwinns.

The biggest drawback for us was the handlebars. The Pro’s multi-grip handlebars are a lifesaver during HIIT workouts. It’s so much easier to find a comfortable grip. But if you’re just doing moderate workouts in your basement, you won’t really notice.

Pros

  • High-quality materials
  • Unbeatable price
  • Whisper quiet
  • Great entry-level workout

Cons

  • Smaller screen with no HIIT workouts
  • Smaller frame so less stable at high speeds
  • Single-grip handles

Scorecard

Durability: 7.5/10

Comfort: 7/10

Workout: 8/10

Noise: 8/10

Usability: 7/10

 

 

#4. Marcy Air 1 Fan Exercise Bike

Marcy Air 1 Fan Exercise Bike

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This is a good affordable fan bike, for those who don’t want to shell out some huge money in buying premium fan bikes I reviewed above.

Build and feel: The bike is very sturdy and you can easily lean in any direction without the verge of falling. The bike grounds firmly without any rocking.

The bike also includes transport wheels, so that you can move it to and fro without any hassles.

You’ll surely love the smoothness of the ride you experience.

Honestly, this bike is not good for high-intensity workouts.

Marcy Air 1 Fan Exercise Bike

Comfort: The seat that comes with this bike is quite larger than other fan bikes in this range and padded greatly. If you are an extra comfy lover use a gel cover.

The seat height can be adjusted with a knob. The tall people above 6.2 ft may find it very easy to reach the pedal. This may be a downside for them as they may not get their desired leg-stretch workout for flexibility. This issue won’t be solved even if the seat is set at its highest position.

The pedals are strong and shafts holding the pedals are built greatly. The pedals include the strap to slip in your sneakers.

Marcy Air 1 Fan Exercise Bike

Accessories: The bike comes with an LCD console that is powered by 2 AA batteries. The console tracks some basic metrics like time, distance, calories burnt and others. However, the bike lacks the heart rate monitoring mechanism.

If you are looking to get a bike with pulse monitoring to push yourself to be in the fat-burning zone, this bike may not be for you.

Features

The bike has a 14-gauge steel tubing frame which is scratch-resistant and has a powder coated finishing, making it extremely durable. The seat can be adjusted to accommodate almost any body size and type, and the large LCD screen displays time, speed, distance, and calories.

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Marcy Exercise Upright Fan Bike for...
  • PREMIUM STEEL FRAMEWORK–This multifunctional equipment features a premium steel frame that combines design and performance. Constructed from 14-gauge steel tubing with scratch-resistant and powder coated finished, this bike boasts durability in its uses
  • DUAL-ACTION EXERCISE ARMS –Designed to give you an efficient and effective workout, this exercise fan bike features a pair of dual-action exercise designed to simultaneously work your upper body while targeting multiple muscle groups.
  • UNIQUE RESISTANCE SYSTEM– This bike comes with an innovative resistance system that utilizes a fan instead of a weighted flywheel that increases resistance as you pedal faster and produces cool air to increase comfort and endurance while you work out.
  • HIGH-TECH LCD MONITOR – The Marcy AIR-1 exercise fan bike has a LCD computer screen that acts as an odometer. The state-of-the-art sharp panel LCD screen displays time, speed, distance, and calories large enough for easy visibility.
  • ADJUSTABLE SEAT POSITIONING – This stationary bike features an adjustable seat that can accommodate users of different body types. The adjustable seat facilitates proper body form during exercises and allows the body to precisely conform to the equipment.

Last update on 2021-02-05 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

#5. Body Rider Exercise Upright Fan Bike

Body Rider Exercise Upright Fan Bike

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This is the best and most popular entry-level bike under 100 bucks.

This is not completely a fan bike. This is actually an upright bike that blows gentle cool air with the help of a fabric strap that’s wrapped around the flywheel.

If you are willing to get unlimited fan resistance, look for any other fan bikes I mentioned above.

Build and feel: The best part about this bike is the dual-action handlebars that enable you to work out your upper body also, similar to that of bikes like LifeCORE Fitness Assault and others I’ve reviewed above. In this bike, when you pedal, the arms of the bike also move (like that of some ellipticals).

The assembling of this bike is very simple. You just need to assemble the handlebars, seat and pedals. Everything comes pre-mounted. So, assembling the bike will be a no-brainer job.

The build quality is the quality is decent and can serve you well for years.

Body Rider Exercise Upright Fan Bike

The bikes will be smooth for the first year or so. On prolonged use, the wheel tends to generate some noise, along with the usual sound of the rotating fan.

You also need to remember that the weight capacity of this bike is only 250lbs.

Comfort: Seat is pretty uncomfortable for most of the people I guess, especially while riding it for hours. However, this can be sorted out by buying a good gel seat cover like this that offers great comfort.

The resistance of the bike can be adjusted with the tension knob. While pedaling harder, it can be quite uncomfortable to reach the tension knob due to the handlebars that are moving to and fro as you pedal.

Body Rider Exercise Upright Fan Bike

Accessories: The LCD displays basic metrics like time, distance, calories burnt, and others. There’s no mechanism adopted by this bike to track the heart rate and others. All the fancy features are stripped off from this bike that you usually find in the case of premium bikes.

Features

The bike has extended handlebars which give you a great upper and lower body engagement. Plus you can manage the resistance level on the bike with the turn of a simple knob. The overall frame design is also very sturdy.

Body Rider BRF700 Exercise Upright...
  • QUIET & LOW-IMPACT CARDIO: This bike will enhance home workout sessions with ease. Cycle your way to fitness and rehabilitation with this practical, functional indoor bike featuring a built-in belt drive system (versus other bikes with loud chain drive)
  • ADJUSTABLE & EASY TO USE: The bike’s ergonomic design with belt drive system engages your arms and upper body for a true full-body workout. Increase or decrease your workout intensity with the built-in resistance adjustment knob
  • MADE FOR YOUR HOME FITNESS GOALS: This exercise machine also features an updated bidirectional adjustable seat for maximum comfort and an encased fan flywheel for smooth workout sessions
  • ESSENTIAL BASICS: Invest in your health by adding this workout equipment to your home! This low-cost exercise bike still has the resistance system and ergonomic design in place to provide an effective cardio workout
  • DESIGNED FOR ALL FITNESS LEVELS: Jumpstart and make progress to reach your HIIT, home, and rehabilitation fitness goals. This durable indoor bike will help you advance in your fitness journey and complements other workout equipment

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Advantages of Air Resistance Fan Bikes

Air resistance bikes (or fan bikes) are excellent for cardio and low-intensity overall workout.

There are several advantages that air bikes have over other exercise machines like recumbent, spin, or upright bikes, which is what makes them very popular.

  • Infinite resistance: The resistance in an air bike is generated by a large fan (instead of a flywheel). When you push the pedals of the bike, the fan rotates thereby displacing air. The more you pedal, the more air the fan displaces, thereby increasing resistance. Simply put – the harder you pedal, the harder it gets.
  • Comfort: The fan of the air bike displaces such a large amount of air, that you always feel as though you are sitting in a nice breeze, thus cooling off your sweat and keeping you comfortable for a longer duration
  • Total workout: Unlike most other bikes, air bikes also have hand pedals – therefore you get a complete body workout instead of only the legs and lower body. The workout is smoother and does not impact your joints, thereby making it perfect for elderly people.
  • Control: Most air bikes are simplistic devices – no fancy controls, no buttons, no resistance knobs, or levers. It’s just a bike with a fan attached to it. If you are not a fan of all the knobs and buttons, then air bikes will do the job for you without giving you an aneurysm from the options.

The video below shows the benefits of exercise bikes.

benefits of stationary bike

Wrap up

These are some of the best exercise fan bikes you can buy right now. The main advantages of these bikes are that they offer cool breeze and offer unlimited resistance to your workout, as the rotation of the fan itself causes resistance.

The build quality of the bike especially in the case of fan bikes is very important. Also, you need to make sure that the uncomfortable parts (if any) of the bike like the seat and pedals are replaceable.

In our opinion, the Schwinn 111446-001 Airdyne Pro...  is the best of the lot, because of its specially designed 26 blade fan which gives more calorie reduction per pedal.

If you are looking for a value for money option then Body Rider BRF700 Exercise Upright...  is of great value and features, at a limited price.

Hope you found this post on best fan bikes helpful.

About Gaurav Dhir

Gaurav Dhir, B. Tech, PGDCM is an engineer and MBA by training. A fitness aficionado, Gaurav follows a strict diet and exercise regimen to keep himself vigorously active. He loves playing sports and being outdoors. Gaurav is responsible for the health and wellness of 4 generations including his son, elderly parents and very elderly grandparents.