JOROTO X1S Indoor Cycling Bike

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If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative to the Schwinn AC Performance or the Inspire Fitness IC2, the JOROTO X1S is definitely an indoor cycling bike worth considering. It’s a trainer designed for spin workouts, currently priced under $400, but does offer an excellent quality and design. Plus, it includes an exercise meter.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 42.9L x 19.7W x 42.5H inches (109L x 50W x 108H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 75 lbs (34 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 35 lbs (16 kg)
  • Supported weight: 280 lbs (127 kg)
  • Handlebars: 2-way adjustable
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Pedals: With toe cages
  • Drive: Chain
  • Resistance: Friction, top-down pad
  • Fitness meter: Time, distance, speed, RPM, calories, goals
  • Accessories: Tablet holder
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

Frame construction

The JOROTO X1S indoor cycling trainer features a pretty durable steel frame, combining polygonal bars with cylindrical bars for improved sturdiness and aesthetics. Most of the bike construction is steel-made, the only exceptions being the chain cover, several other small covers, and the tablet holder.

The frame is an AV type, featuring precision-welded connection points between its tubes, the only parts that are attached via screws are the base stabilizers. Also, the main oblique tube and the upright seat post tube are connected by a small, horizontal bar which serves the purpose of a step-up bar. This part not only that helps shorter users with entry and exit, it can also serve for ankle stretching and other various spin workouts that require you to step down and up on the frame.

The bike isn’t extremely heavy, compared to other spin bikes, despite the fact that it integrates a fairly heavy flywheel. It’s assembled weight is approx. 75 lbs (34 kg), though, a weight that provides plenty of stability. Plus, both its bases feature adjustable stabilizers, offering the possibility to perfectly level the unit on any type of floor, regardless if you place it on an exercise mat.

The front base is equipped with two transport wheels. Therefore, relocating the trainer once you have completed your sessions shouldn’t be a problem. By using the integrated transport wheels, you will basically be using less than half of its total weight.

This JOROTO exercise bike isn’t extremely large, compared to ellipticals, treadmills or any other types of fitness equipment. Its assembled footprint is approx. 43″L x 20″W (110 x 50 cm), while its highest point (given by the top of the console with the handlebar set at its highest position) is 42.5 (108 cm). However, it is recommended to assign a usage space for the unit that provides at least two feet of clearance around it.

The bike’s frame is coated by a corrosion-resistant and abrasion-resistant paint finish. The main color used for the base frame is black. However, the seat and the handlebar posts feature a chrome finish.

Seat and handlebars

The JOROTO X1S exercise bike features a 4-way adjustable seat. Its vertical bar has several height adjustment positions, while its horizontal slider also offers a few inches of front to back adjustment. These being said, the bike can accommodate users with an inseam between 26″ and 35″ (66 – 89 cm), or users between 5’0″ and 6’4″ (153 – 193 cm). Also, the specified user weight capacity is 280 lbs (127 cm).

The seat integrates a pretty consistent layer of cushioning, especially in its rear part. It definitely provides more comfort than the average spin bike seat. It also has a middle cutout meant to provide a bit of an airflow under the user and promote a healthy blood circulation.

The seat also has a standard design. This means you can slightly tilt it forward or backward, apart from the front-back and up-down adjustment. Plus, in case you will ever need a replacement for it, compatible models are widely available.

The bike’s handlebar only offers 2-way adjustability (up, down), providing several inches of vertical adjustment. It has a multi-grip design with an incorporated tablet holder. It’s also urethane-dipped, in order to provide a superior grip.

Drive system

Just like the JOROTO X3 model, the X1S is equipped with a chain drive system. This type of transmission comes with several advantages. To begin with, it’s highly durable; with proper care, it can last a lifetime. Also, in case it brakes or catches rust, you can find a replacement in any bike shop or online since it basically uses a standard bike chain.

The integrated flywheel is a mid-range one. It weighs 35 lbs (16 kg), being heavy enough to provide a consistent momentum and an intense muscle burn. It’s also perimeter-weighted, which means that it delivers an aggressive inertia, great for spin workouts and intense cardio training.

Needless to say, the flywheel is bi-directional. This means you can pedal in reverse if you want. Therefore, you can put some diversity into your workouts. However, since the drive system is simple, without any derailleur, you cannot coast on the bike; the pedals continue to spin for as long as the flywheel is spinning.

Since it’s an exercise bike designed for spin workouts, the JOROTO X1S is equipped with a heavy-duty crankset which can support users up to 280 lbs (127 kg) in complete standing up pedaling routines. The pedals are made of heavy-duty nylon material and equipped with adjustable toe cages. They do not have SPD elements for spin shoes, but since they have standard (9/16) threads, compatible replacements for them are widely available.

Resistance system

This JOROTO exercise bike features a standard friction resistance system. It uses a top-down felt pad which is connected to the tension dial on top of the oblique frame tube. As you turn the dial clockwise, the pad applies more friction to the flywheel which results in an increased resistance on the pedals.

The tension dial doesn’t have “clicks” or resistance levels specified on it. Just as for any other spin bike with a friction resistance, you simply tighten it until you get the tension that feels adequate to your training. As a general idea, you can tighten the pad on the flywheel up to the point where you can barely pedal.

The bike’s tension dial has a double function; it also acts as an emergency brake. You can press it down to quickly stop the flywheel from spinning. As we’ve mentioned above, the pedals continue to spin for as long as the flywheel is spinning. Therefore, in order to prevent any injuries, it’s recommended to use the emergency brake when you need to stop pedaling or when you want to begin pedaling in reverse.

The resistance pad will wear over time and will require replacement. Also, if it produces a squeaking noise when in contact with the flywheel, it is recommended to lubricate it with a bit of silicone lubricant.

Exercise meter

The fitness meter included with the JOROTO X1S is quite a bit better than the average, basic bike computer. To begin with, it features a 5-window display which shows time, distance, speed, RPM, and calories burned. It has a SCAN function and all these workout metrics can be shown on the top, larger display in a sequence, for a few seconds each.

Goal settings are available for time, distance, and calories. In other words, you can select countdown values for these metrics, and the smaller windows show will show the remaining value up to the goal selected.

The console is battery-powered. It starts up when you press the MODE button, or when you begin pedaling. It also has a sleep mode to which will enter after several minutes of inactivity on the bike.

Assembly and Maintenance

The main elements of the bike’s drive and resistance systems come already assembled. To be more specific, the flywheel, the crankset, the chain, and the brake pad are already attached. Therefore, all you have to do is attach the base stabilizers, the pedals, the seat, the handlebars, and the console. This shouldn’t take more than 30-40 minutes. The manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions, and all the required tools are included.

For maintenance, it’s recommended to lubricate the bike’s chain every few months. Standard bike chain oil is the best choice for it. Other than this, it’s recommended to wipe off the perspiration from the frame at the end of your training sessions, and periodically check the unit for loose bolts and parts.

The Pros

  • Sturdy construction – it can support users up to 280 lbs;
  • Aesthetic design;
  • Both base bars have adjustable stabilizers;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • Step-up bar above the crank;
  • Superior micro-adjustability – 4-way adjustable seat, 2-way adjustable handlebar;
  • Cushioned, standard seat, with a longitudinal groove for breathability and durable upholstery;
  • Multi-grip handlebar covered by rubber foam for optimal comfort;
  • Standard friction resistance;
  • Inertia-enhanced 35-lb flywheel for a consistent inertia;
  • Heavy-duty crank, able to support any user up to the maximum listed weight, in upright pedaling position;
  • Heavy-duty, standard pedals with toe cages;
  • Durable, standard chain drive which can last a lifetime with proper care;
  • Fitness meter included – it can track time, speed, RPM, distance, and calories;
  • Countdown settings for time, distance, and calories;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • No bottle holder;
  • The display of the fitness meter does not have backlight.


The JOROTO X1S is an indoor cycling bike featuring a standard friction resistance system, an inertia-enhanced 35 lbs flywheel, and a weight capacity of 280 lbs. It excels in micro-adjustability and also includes a fitness meter with countdown settings for time, calories, and distance. It’s perfect for medium to intense cardio workouts, interval training, stamina and leg strength development, and for weight loss. And finally, it’s an affordable bike compared to many other spin bikes, offering top value for the price.

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