If you’re looking for an exercise bike to help you with interval training/weight loss, increased mobility, or knee/hip rehabilitation, the Schwinn Airdyne AD6 is a solid choice.
Airdyne bikes, in general, are great because, unlike regular exercise bikes, you don’t have to manually adjust the resistance levels, all you need to do is pedal, and the harder you pedal the harder the resistance becomes, and when you pedal really hard it’s much smoother and doesn’t feel like you’re moving through sand like some exercise bikes.
But not all Airdyne bikes are made equal and they’re not exactly cheap so I put together an in-depth review of the Schwinn AD6 to (hopefully) answer any questions you have, address any concerns you may have, and make your buying decision easier.
I’ll be covering several things including the pros and cons, what to know before buying, as well as some alternative options.
Things To Consider Before Buying an Airdyne Bike
There are some important things you should know before buying this bike. Some good, some bad, some neutral. Here they are:
Arms only: If you get tired of pedaling, and want to take a bit of a break without stopping your movement completely, just rest your feet on the foot pegs (under the handles) and continue to push/pull with your arms/back.
Amazon customer service is usually better: Compared to Schwinn’s customer service, Amazon’s is usually more reliable and can often time help with more than you think. So if Schwinn/Nautilus isn’t helping, give Amazon a shout.
Nautilus owns Schwinn: Nautilus, the parent company to Schwinn, is often more helpful than calling Schwinn directly. You can reach them Monday-Friday from 6AM – 5PM or Saturday from 7AM – 4PM PST at (800) 605-3369
Short arms: You may have issues reaching the handlebars if you’re short and have short arms. Make sure to try before you buy so there are no surprises.
Long legs: If you’re 6’4″ or taller you may not fit properly on the bike so it’s highly recommended that you try before you buy. Make sure the seat adjusts to a high enough height for your legs to comfortably pedal.
Pedal backward: The Schwinn AD2 (previous model) blew lots of air on you as you pedaled. The Schwinn AD6 blows much less air but you can pedal backward to blow more air on yourself to make sure you don’t overheat.
Schwinn AD6 Pro Review
The AD6 comes with user manuals, console and batteries, 2-foot pegs, seat and seat post, water bottle holder, front and rear stabilizer bars, hardware and tools, handlebars, and of course the frame and pedals.
Who’s it for?
The Schwinn AD6 is designed for high-intensity workouts. If you’re a serious athlete and are no stranger to the gym—you’ll like this bike. Otherwise, if you’re new to the gym or exercise in general, you’re better off going with an upright bike for low to moderate intensity workouts.
- Easy to move around
- Dual-action workout
- Doesn’t blow air on you while you pedal
- Doesn’t need electricity
- Display can be hard to read
- Uncomfortable seat
- Only syncs with Polar chest straps
- Weight — 112 lbs (51 kg)
- Warranty — 15 years frame, 1-year mechanical parts, and 2 years electronic parts warranty.
- Dimensions — 49.7″ L x 25.7″ W x 50.9″ H (126 x 65 x 129 cm)
Features & Benefits
Updated modern styling on the AD6 means that it’s not an eyesore, like some exercise bikes, and can be left out in the open when you have visitors over without them judging you : )
Quiet, frictionless fan
Smooth and quiet ride that won’t disturb your family/roommates/neighbors while you ride. And the fact that it’s frictionless means you have less to worry about breaking.
RevMeter RPG gauge
Another great feature is the RevMeter which allows you to easily gauge your speed/intensity level during your workout with one quick look at the digital display. This is particularly handy for HIIT training.
Oversized LCD display
Not only is it important to have workout metrics but it’s important to be able to easily read them (especially during intense workouts). The oversized display is quite easy to read and gives you more control of your workout.
Water bottle holder
I hate putting my water bottle on the floor and having to bend/twist awkwardly every time I want a sip of water. The convenient location of the oversized water bottle (below the display console) is easy to reach and makes hydrating hassle-free.
There are 2 transport wheels conveniently located on the front base which is great if you’re like me and need things to be tidy. It’s really easy to move in/out of storage before/after workouts. Just lift the back of the bike, tip it onto its wheels, and push it/pull it wherever it needs to go.
Adjustable foot straps
Fully adjustable foot straps mean you don’t have to worry about your feet slipping and interrupting your workout.
These are great for motion control, they prevent the pedals from flipping over during your workout so you’re not left struggling to find your footing.
Telemetric heart rate indicator
This is great if you’re someone who likes monitoring your heart rate as you exercise. Use any Polar compatible (4.5kHz – 5.5kHz) chest strap transmitter and sync your heart rate directly to the digital display.
One of my favorite things about this bike is being able to work both my upper and lower body. This ultimately leads to a better workout and great for weight loss/calorie burning. Grip the handlebars and push/pull with your arms/back while you pedal.
You can have everything setup in less than an hour. One extra person is recommended especially when you’re first taking delivery of the bike (it’s really heavy and can be hard to move by yourself). Full Assembly & Owners Manual is not included but can be found online here. Also, sidenote, you really need to tighten the bolt on the seat to prevent it from slipping up and down…twist HARD!
Although the bike weighs 112 lbs (51 kg) it’s a compact design which makes for easy placement in your home. It fits nicely in the corner walls of any room which is great because it’s much less intrusive and won’t dominate the look of an entire room.
No preset resistance levels
The harder you pedal the harder the resistance becomes which is great for a couple of reasons: one because you don’t have to manually adjust the resistance like you do on most exercise bikes, two because it makes the bike virtually impossible to outgrow.
The shrouding (e.g. plastic covering around the bike) not only makes the bike look better but it also makes it safer. This is great if you have kids/animals running around the house, don’t have to worry about anybody hurting themselves!
Reading rack (sold separately)
The oversized reading rack is easy to install and gives you space to put your book/tablet/iPhone which is great for multitasking and helping to speed up your workout. It also makes exercising a little bit easier knowing that you get to read/watch TV as well. You can find it on Amazon here.
Windscreen (sold separately)
If there’s too much wind blowing on you during your workouts — get a windscreen. You probably won’t need it because the AD6 was designed to not blow much wind on the user but it’s always an option. I would recommend getting the bike first and seeing if the wind bothers you before spending any additional money.
15 years frame, 1-year mechanical parts, and 2 years electronic parts warranty.
Max weight 300 lbs
If you weigh more than the max weight capacity of 300 lbs (136 kg) then you’re riding at your own risk because you may not be covered under warranty if anything happens. Just a word of caution!
Other Good Choices
Schwinn Airdyne 7 Pro – The AD7 is one level up from the AD6. It costs a bit more but can accommodate up to 350 lbs and has a superior build quality which gives you a sturdier ride. It weighs 113 lbs (51.3 kg) and also blows more air on you as you pedal.
Assault Fitness AirBike – The Assault bike is a great commercial bike. The console is superior to the AD6 and includes built-in HIIT programs. It weighs significantly less—only 94 lbs—which makes it easier to move around but may compromise the sturdiness of your ride. Great for smaller body types for sure!
Marcy Upright Fan Bike – A more affordable option and perfect if you’re on a budget! It comes with levelers for uneven surfaces and a much lighter frame (only 82 lbs) which might be less sturdy if you’re a bigger body. But certainly easier to move around the house.
There You Have It
To summarize, the Schwinn AD6 is a solid bike that you can expect to last. It’s a great way to do HIIT training, build leg strength, lose weight, and more importantly, it allows you to skip long commutes to and from the gym.
What do you think? Is this a bike you would use yourself and/or recommend to a friend? Let me know in the comments below!