Echelon Smart Connect Bike EX3 Review
by Bob Cooke
The Echelon Smart Connect EX3 is a high quality indoor spin cycle that also provides the ability to connect to live and on-demand spin classes along with enjoying scenic trail rides via the Echelon Fit App. The chainless drive and magnetic resistance systems make for an incredibly smooth, whisper quiet ride in addition to being maintenance free. The welded steel frame provides a sturdy, heavy duty feel. The compact design (3’5″L x 1’10″W) will allow it to fit into any room in the house. The Echelon EX3 exercise bike comes with an adjustable tablet holder and a USB port to charge your device. It also includes dual sided pedals which will allow the rider to wear sneakers or riding cleats during their workouts. Since some classes will mix in upper body routines, a dumbbell rack is connected to the back of the seat.
The Echelon Fit app is excellent! It provides engaging live and on demand spin classes driven by fun and motivating instructors plus tons of scenic trail rides. In addition to that, the Echelon Fit app also offers “Extra Mile” classes for users looking to branch out and expand their fitness routine to include trainer led yoga, stretching, pilates and meditation classes. All cadence and workout feedback is also offered through the app (RPMs, watts, distance, calories burned, resistance level, heart rate and more). Through the Echelon Fit app, users can also work with other members of the app community to push themselves to achieve their fitness goals.
The Echelon Smart Connect EX3 Max is designed for users of all fitness levels. The workout classes are customizable for users ranging from beginner to expert. The app even offers to assist with figuring out which category you fall into. The adjustability to the seat and handlebar heights will fit most users 4’10” to 6’7″ however, if you teeter on the low or high end of this scale, I would recommend trying the bike out in a showroom just to ensure a comfortable fit. The standard warranty that comes with the Echelon EX3 is 1 year parts and 1 year labor. Extended warranty options are available.
What really sets the Echelon EX3 apart from the other spin bikes that provide live and on demand spin class capability? The price. The Echelon EX3 costs $1000 whereas the competition starts at $2000 for a spin bike that provides the same ability. How was Echelon able to do this? By simply eliminating the overpriced tablet that comes on the competitions’ bikes and allowing the user to connect (via Bluetooth) to their app through an iPad, iPhone, Android or Smart TV device. If considering a cardio machine with the ability to participate in live and on demand spin classes from the comfort of your own home, the Echelon Connect EX3 Max has earned your attention. A bike of this quality that also provides access to all of these features is VERY tough to beat at this price point.