Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike Review

Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike


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Schwinn’s 230 Recumbent Bike is a great bike, especially for its price point. It has 20 resistance levels and 22 workout programs, which is only a little less than Schwinn’s most high-end recumbent bike model, 270. It features a Dual Track LCD display and a simple walk-through frame design. It also has a maximum user weight capacity of 300 lbs, which is the same as the 270 model.

The 230 model from Schwinn is great for people who want a bike with similar features to the 270 model but is still more affordable. The Schwinn 230 recumbent bike model retails online at around $430.

General Information and Technical Specifications

  • Product Dimensions: Height- 49.9 inches (126.8 cm), Width- 27.7 inches (70.3 cm), Length- 64 inches (162.5 cm), Total
  • Footprint/Surface Area of equipment: 10,705.5 cm2/1662.5 inches2
  • Recommended Storage Dimensions: 24 inches (0.6m) of clearance space on either side of the length and width of the exercise machines for ease of use.
  • Maximum User Weight Capacity: 300 lb (136 kg)
  • Equipment Weight: 81.6 lb (37 kg)
  • Compliant Standards: ISO 20957
  • Power Requirements: Operational Voltage- 220-240 VAC, 50 Hz. Operational Current- 0.4A
  • Frame Design: Walk-through design
  • Resistance Levels: 20
  • Workout Programs: 22- 9 Pre-set workout programs, 4 Heart Rate Control programs, 2 Fitness Test Programs (to help measure improvements in physical fitness), 2 User Profiles to store personal information, Quick Start/ Manual Mode available.
  • Console: Dual Track LCD System. Display Data includes time, interval time, RPM, Heart Rate, Distance, Watts, Speed, Calories Burned, Resistance Level
  • Drive System: High-performance drive with perimeter weighted flywheel for smoother operation and greater resistance.
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: Contact Heart Rate Sensors on handlebar grips
  • Connectivity: USB data transfer ability to Schwinn Connect
  • Accessory Features: Water Bottle Holder, 3-speed Fan to keep you cool during workouts, Media Storage tray for phones, MP3 Players. The sound system on the console is compatible with iPods and MP3 players.
  • Seat: Comfortable, ventilated seat and backrest. Adjustable seat with a simple lever caters to people with various heights.
  • Warranty Information: Frame- 10 years, Mechanical- 2 years, Electrical parts- 1 year, Labor- 90 days (Labor does not include preventative maintenance services or installation of replacement parts for the original bike assembly)
  • Assembly and Storage: Small transporter wheels at the front for easy movement or storage, adjustable levellers on rear stabilizer to account for uneven flooring, 4mm and 6mm allen keys included for assembly.
Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike

Frame, Layout, and Overall Design

The Schwinn 230, like all of Schwinn’s recumbent bikes, has a solid steel frame that is quite heavy. Though this may make it harder to move the bike for storage, the sturdy steel frame provides maximum stability during the workout, whether you’re doing low-intensity cardio or vigorous high-intensity workouts. The oversized crossbar tubing of the frame increases its stability and strength.

Things to check

  • The sturdiness and strength of the frame allows for a maximum user weight capacity of 300 lbs, just like the 270 model.
  • The frame design is a simple, walk-through design like the 270 model and there are no handlebars that get in the way like in Schwinn’s A20 model. The handlebars are located lower down, level with the seat so it doesn’t interfere with anyone getting on or off the bike.
  • The adjustable seat is mounted on a long, sturdy rail with several height adjustability settings. The bike rests on two stabilizers, one at the front and the other at the back. There are adjustable levellers on the rear stabilizer to account for uneven flooring.

Seat Design and Features

The seat design is ergonomic with features to make your workout as comfortable as possible, offering spinal support and leg support.

The seat is adjustable with two integrated levers that need to be pulled to adjust the seat backwards or forwards, during your workout. The handlebars are level with the seat and located on either side of it, so that it doesn’t get in the way when you get on or off the machine.

  • The adjustability on the seat ensures that people of various heights are able to use the machine. Customer testimonials indicated that people as short as 4’11 or tall as 6”3 have had no issues using the bike. People who are taller than this or have longer legs can still use the machine, but there may not be enough room to fully extend your legs.
  • The only issue is that there aren’t any markers or indicators on the adjustability rail to indicate which position you’re adjusting to, which can be inconvenient if you’re sharing the bike with someone of a different height.
  • The seat and backrest are sturdy with ventilation holes to keep you ventilated and dry during the workout.
Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike

Drive System

The resistance comes from a high-speed, high-intertia flywheel that weighs 13 pounds and is perimeter-weighted for more resistance and greater stability during intense pedalling. The bike’s resistance is what is referred to as Eddy Current Brake (ECB) magnetic resistance.

Magnetic resistance makes transitioning between resistance levels smoother and effortless on the user’s part. There are magnets that create resistance depending on their distance from the flywheel.

As you change the resistance levels, you bring the magnets closer or further away from the flywheel. The closer the magnets are to the flywheel, the greater the resistance.

Console Features and Design

The Schwinn 230 recumbent bike features a Dual Track with an LCD split screen display. The console contains functions to change workout parameters such as time and resistance level or change the workout program you’re on, with buttons to easily increase or decrease any parameters.

The top display screen shows information about the workout itself, such as:

  • Program Display: This shows the course profile of the current workout. The grid is uniformly split into small workout segments, and for each segment, the resistance level is shown. Higher the resistance level in the segment, higher the colored bar for that segment.
  • Intensity Display: Shows how hard you’re working at the current resistance level
  • Goal Display: This shows any goal that you have set in terms of time, distance or calories. It shows the percentage of the target goal that has been currently completed and how much more you need to go to achieve your target goal.
  • Heart Rate Zone Display: Shows which zone the current detected heart rate falls under. You can use this information to vary the type of exercise you do, such as anaerobic, aerobic, or fat burn.
  • Achievement Display: Indicates when a workout milestone has been reached.

The bottom display screen shows workout parameters such as:

  • Time: Shows time duration of the workout
  • Speed: Shows speed in miles per hour (mph) or kilometres per hour (kmh)
  • Distance: Shows the distance in miles or kilometres
  • Level: Shows current resistance level
  • RPM: Shows the revolutions per minute of the pedalling
  • Calories: This shows the number of calories burnt so far during the workout
  • Heart Rate: This shows the heart rate in beats per minute (BPM) as detected by the contact heart rate sensors on the handlebar grips.
Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike

Workout Programs

Quick Start Program/ Manual Mode

The QuickStart or Manual Mode allows users to set their own workouts and change the resistance levels to their own liking throughout the workout. The user has to set up their own profile and start exercising.

Each workout segment is 2 minutes and the resistance level can be changed easily by pressing the increase or decrease arrows on the console.

User Profiles

The 230 model can accommodate two user profiles, which makes it convenient for people who are sharing the bike. The user profile stores personal data about each user such as: name, age, gender, weight and preferred workout values.

Every user profile stores the workouts and carried out by the user and their respective workout statistics for future reference.

Pre-set Workout Programs

All of Schwinn’s recumbent bike models come with pre-set workout programs with predetermined course profiles with set resistance levels.

The user simply has to choose one of the available profile programs and start exercising. The resistance levels change automatically as the workout progresses.

In the 230 model, there are 9 profile programs that cover a variety of course profiles. Hence, it is ideal for users of varying fitness levels.

Whether you’re just starting out and want something simple with little resistance, or if you’re a fitness freak and want vigorous, challenging workouts with high resistance levels.

The 9-course profiles can be arranged into the following categories:

Fun Rides:

  • Rolling Hills
  • Ride in the Park
  • Easy Tour


  • Pike’s Peak
  • Mount Hood
  • Pyramids


  • Uphill Finish
  • Cross-Training
  • Interval

Programs in Details

The Fun Rides programs are relaxing exercises with low resistance levels and low intensity. They are designed to mimic day-to-day, light activities such as riding a bike through the park. These are great for a warm up or for anyone just starting to work out.

The Mountains are a little more challenging, with high resistance peaks. They are great for anyone looking to challenge themselves and to build up their endurance and stamina. The resistance levels increase gradually, before reaching a peak and then reducing back to the original level.

The Challenges programs offer workouts with medium resistance levels all throughout the workout. Unlike the Mountains where you reach a very high resistance level and then reducing back to a very low resistance level. The Challenges programs keep you on your toes as you will always need to work against a medium-resistance level through the whole workout. They are perfect for anyone that is looking to build up their endurance.

Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike

Fitness Test Programs

The Fitness Test programs aim to measure your improvement in fitness level. It measures the power output of the machine and compares it to your heart rate measured by the contact heart rate sensors. The higher the power output for a given heart rate, the higher your fitness level.

Heart Rate Control Programs

Heart Rate Control Programs allow you to set a target heart rate to achieve a certain fitness goal such as fat burning. It adjusts the workout and resistance levels based on your heart rate detected by the contact heart rate sensors. The programs use information such as gender and age to determine your heart rate zone values (the heart rate you need to achieve for a certain fitness goal).

To summarize the key features of the Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike Model, we will list out some pros and cons


  • High Maximum User Weight Capacity at 300 lbs.
  • Ergonomic seat and backrest design, with ventilation to keep cool.
  • Adjustable seat catering to users of a wide range of heights, from 4’11 to 6”3.
  • Transport wheels on the front make it easy to move the machine around.
  • Perfect for those looking for similar features of the more advanced Schwinn 270 model but want something more affordable. The 230 model offers great value for money.
  • Caters to a wide audience with a range of fitness levels, starting from beginners who’ve never touched an exercise bike to fitness enthusiasts.
  • Able to do a variety of exercises, ranging from low-intensity steady-state cardio to high-intensity interval training.
  • Has 20 resistance levels and 22 workout programs. Of the 22, 9 are pre-set workouts, 4 are heart rate control programs.
  • Quick Start/ Manual Mode is available where users can select their own resistance levels and design their own workout.
  • Contact Heart Rate Sensors available on handlebar grips to easily transmit heart rate information to the console.
  • The console is easy to read and easy to navigate.
  • Accessory features include things like a sound system that is iPod and MP3 compatible, electronics holding tray, water bottle holder, and a fan to keep you cool during workouts.
  • Ergonomic Handlebar grip with contact heart rate sensors
  • Simple walk-through design that makes getting on or off the bike easy.


  • The machine uses magnetic resistance to function, and this can interfere with medical devices such as pacemakers or nearby electronic equipment.
  • The heart rate sensors are very sensitive and can interfere with electronic devices, or even small electrical signals produced by the body during heavy muscle contractions.
  • The backrest is not adjustable.
  • There are no markers or indicators on the seat adjustability rail.


The Schwinn 230 is a great recumbent exercise bike offered by Schwinn and has an impressive maximum user weight of 300 lbs. It is like a scaled-down but more affordable version of the advanced 270 model.

Just like the 270 model, it has a wide range of resistance levels and numerous workout programs. The seat adjustability feature ensures that the bike caters to people with a range of heights.

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.