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ECHANFIT CBK1901 Magnetic Indoor Cycling Bike

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ECHANFIT CBK1901

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L:47.8"
W:21.6"
H:50.8"
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The ECHANFIT CBK1901 is an indoor cycling bike that can be compared in terms of features with the pooboo D601. However, it has a heavier construction, a heavier flywheel, and is equipped with a magnetic resistance system. Although it’s not sold as a commercial-grade bike, it does offer the sturdiness of at least a light-commercial model. It’s also a fairly new cycling trainer, one of the models released in 2019.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 47.8L x 21.6W x 50.8H inches (121L x 54W x 129H cm)
  • Shipping weight: 91.5 lbs (41.5 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 30 lbs (13.6 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 297 lbs (135 kg)
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Drive: Belt
  • Resistance: Magnetic
  • Fitness meter: Time, distance, speed, calories, pulse, scan
  • Extras: Bottle holder, tablet holder
  • Warranty: 2 years limited

Frame construction

The ECHANFIT CBK1901 features a heavy-duty triangular frame made of durable steel tubing. All the bars in its construction are ovalized while the main oblique tube is considerably thicker and slightly curved for improved aesthetics and sturdiness. The only notable non-steel part in the bike’s construction is the belt cover which is made of durable ABS material.

Most of the bike is coated with a corrosion-resistant and chip-resistant paint finish. The only exceptions are the handlebar upright post and the seat horizontal slider. These have a chrome plating finish.

The fully assembled bike is slightly larger than other models, but it’s definitely not a very large fitness machine. It is approx. 47.8″ (121 cm) long, and 21.6″ (54 cm) wide. Therefore, it shouldn’t need a usage area larger than 90″L x 70″ (228 x 177 cm). Also, its maximum height, with the handlebar fully extended is approx. 50.8″ (129 cm).

The bike is also fairly heavy. It weighs more than 90 lbs (41 kg) so the transport of the boxed unit may require two people. However, once the bike is assembled, it can be easily transported by only one person as its front base features two large wheels. All this weight is also reflected in its overall stability. Plus, both its base bars are equipped with adjustable levelers.

Similar to other spin bikes, such as the pooboo C511 or the XTERRA MB550, the ECHANFIT bike features a step-up bar element (the small horizontal bar that unites the seat tube and the main tube of the frame). This element not only that can ease entry and exit, and serve as a stretching point, it also improves the overall sturdiness of the frame. Not all spin bikes have this feature, so it is quite a plus as you can perform certain spin workouts that require you to repeatedly mount and dismount in order to engage more muscle groups.

Seat and handlebars

The saddle included with the ECHANFIT CBK1901 bike is a pretty standard model. It features a PU top that is slightly larger than the average spin seat. Its surface is contoured, with a central groove to provide extra breathability.

It’s important to mention that the seat connection system to its slider is standard, collar-based. This means it can easily be replaced if needed, and compatible options for it are widely available; you can basically find one in any bike shop.

The seat is four-way adjustable (up, down, forward, backward). Its upright post offers 9 adjustment positions while its horizontal slider adds several front-to-back inches of adjustment. Therefore, the bike can accommodate users between 5’1″ and 6’8″ (155 – 203 cm). It is also sturdy enough to support users up to 297 lbs (135 kg).

The ECHANFIT CBK1901 indoor cycling bike is equipped with a handlebar similar up to a point with the one on the Cyclace bike. First of all, it has a multi-grip design featuring two side drop-down grips and two aero bars in the middle. The whole handlebar assembly is covered by a layer of rubber foam material to provide a secure grip. Also, the main side grips integrate stainless steel EKG pulse sensors, and the included fitness meter can monitor your heart rate.

Unlike the seat, the bike’s handlebar is only two-way adjustable (up, down). It has 7 adjustment positions. The adjustment increments are approx. 1″ (2.5 cm). Also, the adjustment for both the seat and the handlebar can be done with ease, in less than a minute.

Drive and resistance

The ECHANFIT CBK1901 indoor cycling bike is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. Therefore, the bike doesn’t require an external power source. But on the other hand, the included console does not offer automatic resistance adjustment and preset programs.

The bike’s resistance system consists of a magnetic brake pad connected to the tension knob on the main tube of the frame. By turning the knob clockwise, the magnetic brake moves closer to the flywheel. This increases the magnets’ pull and adds difficulty to the pedaling motion.

As opposed to many other exercise bikes with a manual magnetic resistance system, the CBK1901 bike does not have pre-determined tension levels on the adjustment knob. You simply turn it until you get the desired pedaling motion. As a general idea, if the knob is tightened to its maximum, the bike provides quite a high pedaling difficulty, simulating a steep climb.

The tension knob also acts as an emergency brake. It has an internal spring and can be pressed down, while the sides of the magnetic pad are rubberized. Therefore, by pressing it down you can instantly stop the flywheel.

Although the bike features a magnetic resistance system, it also has a fairly heavy flywheel. It weighs 30 lbs (13.6 kg) and has a perimeter-weighted design for enhanced inertia. Other spin bikes with manual magnetic resistance, like the Keiser M3i for example, have a considerably lighter flywheel.

The bike’s flywheel is bi-directional. In other words, it allows reverse pedaling. However, since the bike’s drive system is simple, you cannot coast on it. Also, when pedaling in reverse, you will get the same pedaling difficulty as when pedaling forward.

The bike’s drive system is belt-based. The bike uses a heavy-duty, poly-v (spec 5PK52). Therefore, you don’t have to worry about lubricating the bike’s transmission; belts don’t need lubrication. It also delivers a very smooth and quiet pedaling motion.

This ECHANFIT indoor cycling bike is designed to support any spin workout. This being said, its crankset is durable enough to support the whole weight of the user. Therefore, as long as you don’t exceed the specified 297 lbs (135 kg) weight limit, you should be able to stand up while pedaling with no problem.

The pedals are made of aluminum alloy. They’re pretty durable as well. They are equipped with toe cages and adjustable straps. They don’t have SPD elements for spin shoes. Their threads are standard 9/16, so replacements for them are widely available, in case you want to replace them with SPD pedals.

Exercise meter

The ECHANFIT CBK1901 indoor cycling bike includes a basic fitness meter. The unit features an LCD display that tracks time, distance, speed, calories burned, and pulse. As we’ve mentioned above, it doesn’t have preset programs and does not have goal settings either. Also, with regards to its pulse reading function, it can only read your pulse through the sensors integrated into the handlebars. It is not telemetric and cannot communicate with wireless HR transmitters.

The meter unit is very easy to use. It only has one button. By pressing this button repeatedly, you can scroll through the workout metrics and select the one that you want to view. Also, the unit has a Scan Mode which you can also select by repeatedly pressing the button. When the Scan function is selected, the unit automatically rotates all the metrics, showing each one for a few seconds.

Another function of the unit’s button is “reset”. By pressing and holding it for a few seconds, you can clear all the values on it to zero.

The meter unit is battery-powered and the batteries for it are included. It starts up when you press the button or when you begin pedaling. It also has a sleep mode; if it doesn’t detect any activity on the bike for a few minutes it automatically shuts off to save battery life.

Assembly and Maintenance

The main body of the bike with the flywheel, the resistance system, the crank, and belt, comes pre-assembled. You only have to attach the base bars, the seat post, the seat, the handlebar post, the handlebar, the exercise meter, and the pedals. This may take up to an hour of your time, but the task is far from being complicated. All the necessary assembly instructions are provided by the included manual. Also, all the tools needed for the bike’s assembly are included.

For maintenance, you only have to keep the bike clean and periodically check for loose parts. Since it has a belt drive system, you don’t have to lubricate it.

The Pros

  • Sturdy construction – can support users up to 297 lbs;
  • Aesthetic design;
  • Adjustable stabilizers on both bases;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • Stepping bar above the crankset;
  • 4-way adjustable seat;
  • Multi-grip handlebar with drop-down grips and aero grips;
  • Silent belt drive;
  • Bi-directional, perimeter-weighted flywheel;
  • Frictionless magnetic resistance;
  • Exercise meter included – it can track time, distance, speed, pulse, and calories burned;
  • Tablet holder included;
  • Bottle holder included;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • No backlight on the fitness meter;
  • The pulse reading function is not too accurate.

Summary

The ECHANFIT CBK1901 is an indoor cycling bike designed for home use. It’s equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system, a 30-lb flywheel, and a multi-grip handlebar with drop-down and aero grips. It has a heavy-duty construction and can support any spin workout. It also includes a fitness meter with goal settings for time, distance, and calories burned. It’s an excellent trainer for medium and high-intensity cardio workouts, muscle toning, stamina development, interval training, and weight loss.

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