Spinning Spinner S1 Indoor Cycling Bike
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|No||Frame: 1 year
Parts: 1 year
If an indoor cycling bike has the word “Spinning” written all over it, you can be sure that it’s a top-quality product. Of course, genuine spinning bikes are a bit more expensive than other models, however, in all spin bike models quality typically stands up to the price.
The Spinning Spinner S1 model is one of the newest available. It’s quite similar to the Spinner Sprint model, however, it has a lower user capacity, being actually designed for home use. But nonetheless, this particular bike model is pretty close to the quality of a gym exercise bike.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Product dimensions: 43L x 18W x 37H inches (109L x 46W x 94H cm)
- Product weight: 96 lbs (43.5 kg)
- Flywheel weight: 31 lbs (14 kg)
- Supported weight: 250 lbs (113.3 kg)
- Handlebars: Adjustable vertically
- Seat: Adjustable horizontally and vertically
- Pedals: With straps
- Drive mechanism: Chain
- Brakes: Direct-contact, leather pad
- Resistance: Adjustable
- Bottle holder: Yes
- Performance monitor: No
- Warranty: Frame 1 year, Parts 1 year
This Spinner exercise bike is made of square steel tubing, offering a lot of stability for the seat and handlebar posts. The frame is double coated with anti-corrosive enamel, while the handlebar and seat post feature a chrome finish. Although it’s an all-steel frame, it’s not extremely heavy, but still, it has enough weight to offer a really stable ride. On top of that, the bases feature rubberized, adjustable stabilizers, which enhance its stability.
The fully assembled bike weighs 96 lbs (43.5 kg), approximately twice the weight of an average mountain bike. However, the front base integrates silicone wheels, which facilitate its relocation, so you don’t have to completely lift it.
This bike is not an extremely large fitness machine. It takes only 43″L x 18″W (109 x 46 cm) of floor space, thus it’s quite suitable for a small room or apartment. The frame doesn’t have a folding design though, so it can only be stored as it is.
Seat and handlebar
Most indoor cycling bikes feature a slim seat, similar to the ones used by speed bikes. The Spinner S1 model has a slightly different one, not extremely slim, but still, not flat or cushioned like the ones in upright bikes. The seat features a contoured design, with a bit of padding, but as a general idea, it’s a pretty hard seat. Thus, users who aren’t used to cycling may experience some discomfort at the beginning, until they get used to it.
The bike’s seat is 4-way adjustable (back, forth, up, down), while the angle of the saddle itself can also be adjusted. You can tilt it slightly downward or upward, depending on how you feel it’s more comfortable to you.
The handlebar features commercial-sized diameter and rubber foam padding, for a comfortable, anti-slip grip. It has an oval section in the middle to diversify the number of grips and workouts. As opposed to the seat, it’s only 2-way adjustable (up, down).
Both seat and handlebar are easy to adjust, featuring large knobs, easy to grip and turn, which secure the posts tight in your desired position.
One last aspect to be mentioned here regards the user’s size range that this bike can accommodate. The Spinning Spinner S1 is designed for users between 5′ 00″ (152.4 cm) to 6′ 7″ (200.6 cm) and can support any type of spinning workout, for users up to 250 lbs (113 kg).
This spin bike features a chain drive system, very smooth and stable, designed to last a lifetime. The chain comes pre-lubricated with industrial grade lubricant, thus it shouldn’t require any lubrication initially.
The flywheel equipped on the S1 spinner model weighs 31 lbs (14 kg). It’s a perimeter-weighted flywheel, generating quite a consistent momentum, and a smooth, balanced pedaling motion, despite the fact that it’s not the heaviest that you can find in a spin bike.
The cranks are solid steel parts dyed in black enamel, durable enough to support just about any spin workout, as long as the user doesn’t exceed the maximum weight limit. The pedals are also metallic, featuring toe cages for improved foot stability during pedaling. The pedals, however, don’t include cleats for SPD shoes. But they’re standard pedals, with 9/16″ thread size, and you can easily find replacements for them in case you want a different type.
This exercise bike features quite a narrow Q-Factor compared with other models. This results in a more comfortable pedaling motion, and less lateral impact on the knees.
Last but not least, pedaling in reverse is possible on this spin bike. However, you cannot coast as with a road bike. The pedals will spin for as long the flywheel spins. That’s why in case you want to pedal in reverse, it’s recommended to use the emergency brake first to stop the flywheel, and only then begin to pedal. Evidently, pedaling in reverse is done with the same resistance as for pedaling normally.
The Spinner S1 is equipped with a standard top-to-down leather brake pad system. Thus, you don’t have to connect it to a power source. The brake pad is connected to the resistance knob on top of the main tube of the bike. There are no tension levels specified on the knob though. To adjust resistance, you simply turn the knob as you pedal, until you find the most suitable resistance.
The resistance adjustment knob doubles as an emergency brake knob. In case you need to stop the flywheel (and the pedals) from spinning, you simply need to push the knob down.
In case you’re wondering about the tension that the brake can generate, you can basically tighten it to the point where you can barely pedal. Differently put, you can simulate a really steep climb, for a maximum burn. Conversely, the lowest resistance setting is not the lightest pedaling, as the flywheel does weigh 31 lbs.
Unfortunately, this bike doesn’t include a fitness meter. The only accessories that come with it are the bottle holder and a set of DVDs with spin workouts.
The bottle holder attaches to the main tube of the bike, right under the resistance knob, similar to the placement for a bottle holder on most mountain bikes.
The DVDs include various spin workouts. They’re quite great to train with. They actually generate the atmosphere of a real spin class, and will considerably help with your results. The DVDs include Ultimate Energy, Train and Tone, Turn and Burn and Maximum Results workouts.
Assembly and Maintenance
The main moving parts of the bike (i.e chain, flywheel, crank set), as well as the brake system, come already attached to the main frame. All you need to do is attach the bases, saddle, handlebar, pedals and then level up the bike if it’s necessary. The manual provides all the instructions required for the assembly. Tools are supplied as well. Thus, the whole unboxing/assembly process shouldn’t take more than 20 min.
Just as for any bike that involves a chain, the chain requires lubrication from time to time. However, as we’ve mentioned above, the bike’s chain is pre-lubricated and shouldn’t require any lubrication for at least a couple of months. The brake pad may also require lubrication, in case it emits a squeaky noise when in contact with the spinning flywheel. For this, a silicone-based lubricant is recommended.
- Sturdy construction, highly durable frame, made for all spin workouts;
- Solid crank assembly;
- Accommodates users between 5’0″ – 6’7″;
- Comfortable, narrow Q-Factor, reducing stress on knees;
- 4-way adjustable seat;
- 2-way adjustable handlebars;
- Quiet, smooth and durable chain drive;
- High-inertia, heavy flywheel;
- Basically limitless resistance settings;
- Durable alloy pedals, with toe cages;
- Bottle holder included;
- 4 free DVDs with different spin workouts included;
- Little maintenance required;
- Really easy to assemble.
- Fitness meter not included.
The Spinner S1 is as its name suggests, a spin bike, designed to withstand all the spin workouts for users up to 250 lbs. Evidently, since it doesn’t have the bulky frame and weight capacity of a gym spin bike, this is a model designed for home use. But nonetheless, it’s a great fitness machine to tone muscles, keep a healthy cardiovascular shape, bolster strength and stamina, and of course, to lose weight. It’s not exactly one of the cheapest models, however, the frame construction and parts do offer the quality that matches the price.