ASUNA Lancer Magnetic Indoor Cycling Bike 7130
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|Frame: 5 years
Parts: 90 days
Along with the ASUNA Minotaur, the ASUNA Lancer is one of the newest indoor cycling bikes from Sunny Health & Fitness for 2017. As opposed to the Minotaur 7150 model, the Lancer bike features a magnetic resistance system with a rear drive, similar to the Keiser M3 Plus. It’s considerably more affordable than the Keiser bike but does not include a fitness meter.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 57.5L x 25.2W x 53H inches (146L x 64W x 137H cm)
- Assembled weight: 107.8 lbs (49 kg)
- Flywheel weight: 33 lbs (15 kg)
- Supported weight: 285 lbs (129 kg)
- Handlebars: 4-way adjustable
- Seat: 4-way adjustable
- Pedals: Dual-action (SPD clips + toe cages)
- Drive mechanism: Belt
- Resistance: Magnetic
- Fitness meter: Not included
- Bottle holders: Included
- Warranty: Frame 5 years / Parts 90 days
Although the ASUNA Lancer is advertised as a commercial bike, there’s one aspect that places it lower than other commercial grade spin bikes such as the Star Trac ION or Life Fitness GX. It only has a weight capacity of 285 lbs (129 kg); for most other gym grade bikes, the max. weight load capacity is 300 lbs (136 kg) and above. But nonetheless, this exercise bike still features a sturdy frame, designed to support a wide array of spin workouts.
The bike’s frame has is differently engineered than other bikes. It has a “Y” shape frame, with a low center of gravity, which allows the usage of the middle, step section for several spin workouts. The main frame features a corrosion resistant and scratch resistant powder coating, grey in color, this being the only color available for the ASUNA 7130 Lancer, at least for now. The flywheel, the seat post, the handlebar post and their sliders have a chrome polish, which also is corrosion resistant. The only major plastic parts in its construction are the belt guard and the flywheel guard. However, these don’t diminish the bike’s overall sturdiness.
As opposed to other spin bikes, such as the Spinner S7 for example, the ASUNA Lancer 7130 features a slightly wider footprint. With the frame fully assembled, it takes 57.5″L x 25.2″W (146 x 64 cm) of floor space. This larger footprint improves its stability. Plus, both its base bars are equipped with adjustable levelers, with large rubber caps, which provide a good grip on any type of flooring, preventing the bike to slide or move.
The bike also has a fairly heavy construction. It weighs 107.8 lbs (49 kg), which is more than two times the weight of the average road bike. This weighs also adds to the bike’s overall stability. But nonetheless, relocating it isn’t difficult as its rear base is equipped with a set of transport wheels.
Seat and handlebars
As we’ve mentioned above, the ASUNA Lancer 7130 features a construction similar to the Keiser M3. However, its handlebar is simpler. It features a pretty standard handlebar with a multi-grip design and loop aero bar in the middle, which hosts the bike’s bottle holder. This bike doesn’t include a fitness meter, but in case you purchase one separately, you should be able to attach it either to the loop bar or to the front part of the handlebar’s horizontal slider.
The handlebar is fully coated by a sheet of high-density foam in order to provide a secure and comfortable grip. It’s 4-way adjustable (up, down, forward, backward). Both its upright bar and horizontal slider offer several inches of adjustment.
The bike’s seat is also 4-way adjustable. And along with the 4-way adjustability of the seat, the bike can accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’5″ (153 – 196 cm). The saddle is contoured and padded to provide optimal comfort; however, considering that this is a spin seat, it doesn’t offer extreme comfort. Users who are new to spinning may find it uncomfortable, at least for the first few sessions. Its comfort can be improved, though, with a gel cover. Also, it has a standard attachment system to the bike’s slider, so compatible options are widely available.
Both seat and handlebars are easy to adjust. They are equipped with large levers, easy to grip and turn. Thus, adjusting the bike to your own size shouldn’t take more than a minute.
Drive and resistance
The Sunny ASUNA Lancer is an exercise bike with a rear drive. As you can see in the attached photos, its flywheel placed at the rear. It’s a mid-range, steel alloy flywheel with a weight of 33 lbs (15 kg). Other bikes, such as the AFG 7.3AIC for example, feature a 44 lbs (20 kg) flywheel. But nonetheless, the 33 lbs (15 kg) one does offer quite a consistent momentum and a steady pedaling feel as most of its weight is in the perimeter.
Most magnetic exercise bikes are equipped with a belt drive system, and the ASUNA Lancer does not make an exception. It integrates a heavy-duty poly V belt, which renders the bike’s usage almost completely silent. Also, as opposed to a chain drive, it doesn’t require any lubrication or maintenance.
Another important drive component is the crankset. This Sunny Health & Fitness exercise bike features an extremely solid, 3-piece crank, with steel crank arms which can support standing up workouts. As long as the user doesn’t exceed the specified 285 lbs (129 kg) weight capacity, there shouldn’t be any problem for them pedaling while standing up, or engaging in any other spin workout.
The crank arms are equipped with metallic, dual-sided pedals. They have toe cages for extra thrust and maximum foot stability on one side, and SPD clips for spin shoes on the other side. They also have standard threads so you should easily find replacements for them in case they completely wear out.
One last aspect to mention here, regards the bike’s Q-Factor. The Sunny ASUNA 7130 offers a narrow, 127 mm Q-Factor (spacing between the pedals), which eliminates the lateral stress on the joints when pedaling. This is quite a plus, as you’ll have to deal with less or no post-workout joint pain.
As we’ve mentioned above, this Sunny exercise bike features a magnetic resistance system. It’s not motorized, though, so it doesn’t require to be connected to a power circuit. The resistance system consists of a magnetic brake placed close to the flywheel and attached to the tension dial on the main tube of the frame. By moving the dial up, the magnets will apply more drag onto the flywheel and generate more resistance; conversely, by moving the dial down, the resistance will decrease.
There are several resistance settings on the dial. The lower settings generate a light level of resistance, perfect for warm-ups and recovery training. On the other hand, the top resistance levels deliver quite an intense pedal tension, simulating a steep climb.
Assembly and Maintenance
The main frame of the bike, along with the flywheel, belt, brake and crank, comes pre-assembled. All you have to do for assembly is to add the base bars, the seat post, the handlebar post, the seat, the handlebar and the pedals. This shouldn’t take more than 20-30 min. All the tools required for the assembly are included. Also, the manual provides pretty clear assembly instructions.
The bike doesn’t have a chain drive, thus its transmission doesn’t require any maintenance. For maintenance, basically, you only have to check for loose bolts and parts from time to time.
- Sturdy steel frame, able to support users up to 285 lbs;
- Bases with adjustable, rubberized levelers;
- Transport wheels on the rear base;
- 4-way adjustable handlebar, with a multi-grip design;
- 4-way adjustable seat;
- Frictionless, wear-free, magnetic resistance with multiple resistance settings;
- Balanced flywheel for a smooth pedaling motion and solid momentum;
- Heavy-duty crank made for spin workouts;
- Dual-sided pedals, with toe cages and SPD clips;
- Narrow (127 mm) Q-Factor, minimizing the lateral stress on the joints;
- Smooth and quiet belt drive, great for apartment use;
- Bottle holder included;
- Really easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required;
- Excellent warranty.
- No fitness meter.
The ASUNA Lancer 7130 is a commercial grade indoor cycling trainer featuring a manual magnetic resistance system, rear belt drive with a 33 lbs flywheel, and a sturdy, balanced construction. It offers excellent micro-adjustability, as both its seat and handlebars are 4-way adjustable. It’s a bike designed to support most spin workouts, being perfect for light to intense cardio training, weight loss, intervals, stamina and leg muscle strength development. It’s not exactly an inexpensive bike but does offer excellent value for the price.