5 Best Air Resistance Fan Bikes in 2021

In this article, we have reviewed the best air resistance bikes. If you are in a hurry, the table below gives a quick snapshot. Or you can scroll down for detailed product reviews.

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
Prime
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
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 2020-12-13 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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.

Let’s have a look at the 5 best air resistance fan bikes in 2020.

Advantages of Air Bikes

  • 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 benefits of exercise bikes.

benefits of stationary bike

Best Air Resistance Fan Bikes

#1. Schwinn Airdyne Pro

Schwinn Airdyne Pro

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Build and feel: The bike is built by taking high-intensity training into account. The drive is by belt mechanism that’s relatively quieter when compared to the chain drive that comes with typical spin bikes.

The body is made of aluminum and metal to ensure good durability. This makes the bike to be easily usable in your home or gym setup. The steel cranks that hold the pedals are very solid and can withstand good abuse while training intensely.

The bike is made of a fusion of metal, plastic, and aluminum. The bike does not have all metal construction so it does not make loud sounds while spinning.

The bike flaunts belt drive rather than a chain drive. It makes use of heavy-duty belts used in cars, that required no maintenance and incredibly durable.

Schwinn Airdyne Pro

Comfort: The padding of the seat is great than that of spin bikes. As the fan bikes are typically used for longer durations, extra care has been given to the comfort that the seat offers.

The seat can be adjusted in all the 4 ways so as to make it the most comfortable bike for you.

The seat can also be replaced in case if you damage the seat somehow, as they are made taking universal standards into account.

The handlebars are movable for upper body workouts and also multi-positional. You can hold the handlebar either vertically or horizontally as per your wish.

The fan does a great job of offering you good resistance and a nice breeze as you work out motivating you to pedal much harder.

Compared to other fan bikes, the noise produced by this bike is less.

Schwinn Airdyne Pro

Console: The display console is of high contrast and easily visible even in bright sunlight. It displays information such as time, distance, RPM, Calories burnt, Pulse, etc.

There is a tachometer on the display, which gives you a visual understanding of the intensity of your exercise.

For the price, this bike also comes with different preset programs for target goals and aerobic training.

Overall, this is a good bike if you want a fan bike with all the features like console and programs.

Features

The bikes use a single-stage belt drive which gives a smoother and more effective workout. The 26 blade fan of the air bike helps burn more calories per RPM, giving you more bang for every pedal.

The bike also has built-in HIIT programs so that you can get on the bike and start your HIIT workouts instantaneously.

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Schwinn 111446-001 Airdyne Pro...
  • Single stage belt drive for instant activation and a smooth, more efficient and effective workout
  • Progressive wind resistance technology to meet the needs of beginning exercisers to those recovering from an injury to elite athletes
  • The custom designed 26 blade fan enables users to burn more calories on the Airdyne Pro bike compared to a leading competitor fan bike at the same RPM
  • The console features a tachometer that visually signals how hard you're exercising, which is a motivational tool that begs you to bury the needle
  • Built in HIIT programs like 20/10 or 30/90 offer challenges for better results

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#2. LifeCORE Fitness Assault Air Bike Trainer

LifeCORE Fitness Assault Air Bike Trainer

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This is the most popular fan bike I’ve encountered. It is loved by most fitness professionals.

Build and feel: This bike is meant to be used in the home. These are well suited for low impact cardiovascular workout that’s easy on the joints.

The bike flaunts a solid frame, with 20 solid ball-bearings that ensure a smooth riding experience. The bike is sturdy enough to withstand high impact cardio workouts without any wobbling.

The bike also comes with 4 levelers to ensure that the bike won’t rock more on uneven surfaces. This is a great feature that you witness in a few of the bikes.

The frame warranty is for 5 years. That’s decent. The bike is indeed very strongly built.

The bike also comes with an upper-body workout. This is great for low-impact total body workout.

The bike has a chain drive, which means you need to lubricate the chain half-yearly or so.

LifeCORE Fitness Assault Air Bike Trainer

Comfort: The seats are very comfortable. However, it’s not a fit for all. If you find the seat a bit uncomfortable for you, you can invest in a good seat pad or gel cover for a good riding experience for a longer time.

The seat is adjustable in 6 directions – forwards, back, up, down and even tilt!

One of the areas in which this LifeCORE bike excels over the previously reviewed Airdyne bike, the bike is adjustable horizontally too.

If you are a short person who is stretching hard to reach your hands to the handlebars, you can easily pull the seat nearer to the handlebar for comfort. The seat is completely adjustable.

Coming to the pedals they are normal bike pedals. This means they don’t have toe straps or cages. If you do an intense workout, some of the times you may lose grip over the pedals.

But the pedals are standardized and easily replaceable.  You can swap in a pair of durable Sunlite pedals for comfort that comes with toe straps and cages.

LifeCORE Fitness Assault Air Bike Trainer

Accessories: The bike comes with a console that displays all the necessary data to keep you working out.

The LifeCORE’s official website also has some of the accessories like a comfortable seat pad, air deflector, cup holder, and official floor mat to set the bike on.

Although the bike is easy and straightforward to assemble, the instruction manual is out of date and does not serve the purpose.

Features

There are twenty ball bearings in the frame & pivot which ensure that you get a smooth riding experience at all times. You get several motivational programs on the on-board computer such as Tabata, Intervals, Watts and Heart Rate, which help you achieve your fitness intensity levels.

If you want, just to challenge yourself, you can set a calorie, distance, or time target goal as well. the machine motivates you to achieve these goals through integrated messaging

The bike can hold up to a weight of 350 pounds and has a lovely 25-inch fan.

Assault AirBike Classic, Black
  • Twenty Sealed Ball Bearings throughout the frame and pivot points to provide a smooth and durable feel
  • Unlimited Resistance for upper and lower body extremities based on Air Resistance; Get a complete Cross-Fit Workout
  • Computer features motivational programs providing many programs (Tabata, Intervals, Watts, Heart Rate) to accomplish your fitness goals.Aluminum seat post
  • Maximum user weight: 350 pounds . Twenty Five inch diameter steel fan delivers maximum resistance, with six way adjustable seat fore and aft, up and down and tilt. Square-tapered design
  • Set a calorie, distance, or time target goal with the advanced computer display ; Integrated messaging to help inspire you keeps the workout fresh

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#3. Schwinn AD6 Airdyne

Schwinn AD6 Airdyne

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The AD6 has evolved greatly when compared to the previous AD2 model which is still selling greatly. The AD2 has a single-stage belt drive. But this model comes with a dual-stage belt that offers a more natural pedaling experience.

In the AirDyne 6 model, the comfort of the seat is also great with extra padding, with no need for another seat pad or gel cover. It also supports greater user weights up to 300lbs when compared to 250lbs the previous model supports.

Build and feel: The bike is very stable and can withstand power cardio workouts easily. The frame comes with 4 levelers to prevent the bike from wobbling while pedaling faster.

When compared to the popular previous model AD2, the AD6 is certainly a good upgrade in terms of build quality and comfort.

The dual-stage belt system offers great smoothness for your ride and durability for the bike. Yes, they are maintenance-free. The seat is this bike is also large and padded thickly, giving you more comfort while spinning than that of previous variants.

Schwinn AD6 Airdyne

Comfort: The seat is padded thickly and comfortable than most of the fan bikes we’ve reviewed in this post. But the problem is that the seat may be still uncomfortable if you have a larger butt – as usual with many of the exercise bikes. You just need to get used to it.

The pedal is smooth and easy to reach even for a short person. The bike has a single-stage drive, which makes it very quiet.

Unlike LifeCORE Fitness Assault bike, the pedals come with toe straps and cage to prevent slipping while working out intensely.

Accessories: Console shows you 6 workout metrics to keep you motivated. The bike also includes RevMeter RPM gauge which is kind of fun to hustle harder.

The bike also comes with a water bottle holder. This seems like an obvious feature, but some of the bikes like LifeCORE Fitness Assault sell it as a separate accessory.

Although you seldom get thirsty during the workout due to the breeze offered by the fan, at times, it’s essential for you to put the shaker bottle in place.

Schwinn AD6 Airdyne

Features

If you are looking for interval training, the RevMeter gauge helps you do that. Moreover, the bike has one of the most frictionless fans which keeps you cool as you work out.

Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Exercise...
  • Single-stage belt drive keeps it running quietly
  • Progressive wind resistance system offers infinite levels of challenge
  • RevMeter RPM gage for interval training
  • Self-balancing foot pedals with foot straps
  • Quiet, frictionless fan that keeps you cool

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#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.

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#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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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.