Body-Rider BCY6000 Indoor Cycling Bike
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|Frame: 1 year
Parts: 90 days
If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to the Keiser M3i, the Body-Rider BCY6000 is definitely an exercise bike to put on your list. It’s a rear-drive bike, featuring a magnetic resistance system. In terms of specs and features, it can be compared to the Efitment B015.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 35″L x 21″W x 45″H (89L x 53W x 114H cm)
- Assembled weight: 77.1 lbs (35 kg)
- Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Seat: 4-way adjustable
- Handlebars: 2-way adjustable
- Drive system: Belt
- Resistance: Manual magnetic, 8 levels
- Fitness meter: Time, distance, total distance, speed, calories, pulse, scan
- Warranty: Frame 1 year / Parts 90 days
The Body-Rider BCY6000 has a V-frame made of thick steel tubing. However, since it’s equipped with a lighter flywheel, it is lighter than other spin bikes, such as the Spinner Johnny G, for example. With all the frame and parts in place, it weighs only 77.1 lbs (35 kg). But nonetheless, since it has a low center of gravity, it delivers excellent stability. Also, once it is fully assembled, the unit is fairly easy to move. Its front base features a set of two small transportation wheels.
This Body-Rider indoor cycling bike isn’t extremely large. Compared to other fitness machines, such as treadmills or ellipticals, it has quite a small footprint. Its base is only 35″L x 21″W (89 x 53 cm), so it shouldn’t need a usage area larger than 60″ x 50″ (153 x 127 cm).
Various other indoor cycling bikes, such as the Ancheer B-3008 feature a small bar connecting the seat tube to the front tube which can serve as a stretching point or a step-up bar. The BCY6000 does not have this feature. The lower section of the frame with the drivetrain, crank, and resistance system features an ABS housing. Evidently, it’s not recommended stepping on it when you take position on the seat. The rear section of the flywheel also features an ABS cover to maximize safety.
The bike’s rear base is equipped with two adjustable stabilizers. These offer the possibility to perfectly level the unit on any type of floor.
Last but not least, the main frame of the bike is coated with a chip-resistant and rust-resistant paint finish. The color used is gray, the only exceptions being the seat post and the handlebar post which are chrome plated for improved aesthetics.
Seat and handlebars
The Body-Rider BCY6000 is equipped with a standard saddle. It is slightly larger than the spin saddles included with various other indoor cycling bikes, such as the Spinner P3, for example. It does not have internal air cushioning, though, but does integrate a layer of high-density foam padding. So, as a brief conclusion here, the bike’s seat is made for optimal comfort.
The seat offers 4-way adjustability (front, back, up, down). Its upright post features several adjustment positions with increments of approx. 2″ (5 cm). Its horizontal slider also offers several inches of front to back adjustment. This being said, the bike is designed to accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’1″ (153 – 185 cm). Taller persons should also be able to use it, but they may not benefit from a complete leg extension during seated workouts, even with the seat set to its highest position. Also, the seat can support users up to 300 lbs (136 kg).
The bike is equipped with a handlebar similar to the Efitment B015. It features a multi-grip design with its side grips completely covered by a layer of rubber foam for optimal comfort. However, as opposed to the Efitment B015 handlebar, this bike has the pulse sensors integrated into its top grips.
The handlebar assembly attaches to its post via several screws. It does not have a horizontal slider like the seat, so it does not offer the possibility of front to back adjustment. However, its upright post does offer several adjustment positions.
Resistance and drive
The Body-Rider BCY6000 indoor cycling trainer is equipped with a magnetic resistance system. Its internal magnetic brake is completely mechanical. This means you don’t have to connect the bike to an external power source. The console does not offer any control or correlation to the bike’s resistance. It also doesn’t have any preset programs.
The bike’s magnetic brake is connected to the lever on the front post of the frame. By pushing the lever down, the brake covers a larger portion of the flywheel which results in more resistance. Evidently, since it’s a magnetic brake, the resistance elements do not touch. Therefore, the wear-and-tear of the brake is minimal. Also, the brake doesn’t generate any noise as for certain friction resistance spin bikes.
The bike makes available 8 levels of resistance (or 8 “clicks). The first level is great for anyone who requires recovery training or, in general, for light workouts. Conversely, the 8th level of resistance simulates a hill climb, promoting a more intense cardio workout.
Since it’s a magnetic resistance bike, its flywheel is not perimeter-weighed. It’s also lighter than for other spin bikes. Its exact weight is not specified, but it should be between 10-20 lbs (4.5 – 9.0 kg). This being said, the bike does not provide the aggressive inertia of a bike with a heavy, perimeter-weighted flywheel such as the L-NOW Pro C580. But nonetheless, due to the magnetic brake, it still provides a very consistent workout.
The bike’s transmission uses a poly-v, heavy-duty belt. This means you don’t have to ever lubricate it. It also promotes a whisper-quiet pedaling motion and a smooth, vibration-free ride.
The crankset is extremely durable as well. It is equipped with curved, solid steel crank arms which can take any type of spin workouts. The pedals are also metallic, equipped with adjustable toe cages. This being said, you can pedal while standing up with no problem as long as you don’t exceed the 300 lbs (136 kg) weight limit.
In case you’re wondering, the pedals do not have SPD clips for spin shoes. However, their threads are standard (9/16″). Thus, compatible replacements for them are widely available.
This Body-Rider exercise bike includes a fitness meter, an accessory that not all indoor bikes come with. It is battery-powered and features an LCD display (with no backlight) which tracks the most important workout metrics. These are time, distance, speed, calories, and pulse. It also has an odometer function which tracks the total distance traveled since the first use of the bike.
The meter unit is not telemetric. This means it cannot read your pulse from any wireless HR chest strap transmitter. Therefore, in order to benefit from a pulse reading, you have to hold on to the sensors integrated into the handlebars.
The fitness meter unit is very easy to use. It only has one button. By pressing the button repeatedly, you can select and lock any of the workout metrics to appear on the display. Or, you can select the Scan Mode, which rotates all the metrics showing each one for several seconds. The button also has a Reset function; by pressing without interruption for several seconds it clears all the values to zero, except the odometer. In order to reset the odometer, you will have to remove the batteries.
The unit powers off automatically after a few minutes of inactivity on the bike, to save battery life. In order to power it on you can either press the button or begin pedaling.
Assembly and Maintenance
The main body of the bike comes pre-assembled. This being said, you only have to attach the base bars to the main frame, the seat post, the saddle, the handlebar post, the handlebar, the exercise meter, and the console. This shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes. The manual provides very clear assembly instructions and schematics, and all the necessary tools are included.
Since the bike’s drive system uses a belt, it doesn’t need any lubrication. Thus, for maintenance, you only need to keep the bike clean and periodically check for loose bolts and parts.
- Solid V-frame – can hold users up to 300 lbs;
- Aesthetic design;
- Transport wheels on the front base;
- Adjustable stabilizers on the rear base;
- 4-way adjustable seat;
- Multi-grip handlebar with integrated pulse sensors;
- Balanced flywheel for a smooth pedaling motion and solid momentum;
- Heavy-duty crank with curved arms made to support standing up spin workouts;
- Durable, metallic alloy pedals with toe cages and straps;
- Frictionless magnetic resistance with 8 level settings;
- Silent belt drive;
- Fitness meter that tracks time, speed, distance, calories, and pulse;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required.
- No SPD clips on the pedals;
- No backlight on the exercise meter;
- No bottle holder.
The Body-Rider BCY6000 is an indoor cycling bike featuring an 8-level magnetic resistance system, a super-quiet belt drive system, a durable Curved-Tech crankset, and a basic exercise meter. Its seat offers 4-way adjustability, and its frame can support users up to 300 lbs. It’s a sturdy and good-looking exercise bike, perfect for a wide range of cardio workouts, muscle toning, stamina and strength development, interval training, and weight loss.