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MEVEM M9 Indoor Cycling Bike

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Mevem M9

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L:40"
W:19"
H:47"
330 lbsFriction,
wool pad
35 lbsTime,
Speed,
Distance,
Odometer,
Calories,
Pulse,
Scan

The MEVEM M9 is one of the indoor cycling bikes released in 2021. As opposed to the MEVEM M3 model that we’ve already covered here, this one has a heavier flywheel and a greater maximum user weight limit. But on the other hand, the fitness monitor included with it is simpler, without the workout goal function.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 40L x 19W x 47H inches (102L x 48W x 119H cm)
  • Net weight: 66 lbs (30 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 35 lbs (15.8 kg)
  • Supported weight: 330 lbs (150 kg)
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Handlebars: 2-way adjustable
  • Drive mechanism: Belt
  • Resistance: Friction
  • Fitness monitor: Time, speed, distance, odometer, calories, pulse, scan
  • Extras: Device holder

Frame construction

The MEVEM M9 indoor cycling trainer features a frame made of steel tubing. It’s a pretty standard triangular frame designed to support spin workouts, with a low center of gravity for superior stability. Most of the tubes in its construction are oval for improved sturdiness and a sleek aspect.

All the steel frame tubes are double-coated with a rust-resistant and chip-resistant paint finish. The colors used are red, black, and white, these being the only colors available for this model, at least for the moment. The only exceptions are the seat post, the handlebar post, and the flywheel. These are chrome-plated.

Like most other spin bikes made for home use, the MEVEM M9 is not a large fitness machine. It is approx. 40″ (102 cm) long, and 19″ (48 cm) wide. It is recommended, though, to allow at least two feet of clearance all around it for easy access and unhindered usage.

The bike is not super heavy. Its net weight is approx. 66 lbs (30 kg). This being said, it can be carried and assembled by only one person. Once it is assembled, it can easily be relocated as its front stabilizer features a set of transport wheels. Also, both its base stabilizers have adjustable levelers with rubber pads.

The bike’s frame also features a step-up bar. This is the small horizontal tube that connects the seat tube with the main slanted tube. This particular bar not only facilitates mounting and dismounting and allows the execution of various spin workouts that require it, it also improves the overall sturdiness of the frame.

Seat and handlebars

The MEVEM M9 indoor cycling trainer includes a saddle similar to the Exerpeutic LX 3000. This saddle is designed for superior comfort. It features a contoured surface with a large median cutout for improved breathability. It integrates a thick layer of cushioning to alleviate the impact on your lower back. It also has suspension springs at the rear in order to adapt better to your movement during seated pedaling sessions.

The saddle also has a standard, collar-type attachment system. This feature comes with two main advantages. One, you can slightly adjust its angle. And two, it’s easy to replace while compatible replacement saddles are available in basically any bike shop.

The bike’s seat is four-way adjustable (up, down, front, back). It offers an adjustment span of 8 inches (20 cm), with an applicable inseam range of 27″ – 35″ (68.5 – 88.9 cm). Its horizontal slider also offers approx. 2″ (5 cm) of adjustment. Thus, the bike should be able to accommodate users between 5’2″ and 6’5″ (156 – 196 cm) with no problem. It is also rated for a maximum user weight limit of 330 lbs (150 kg).

The MEVEM M9 indoor cycle features a multi-grip handlebar. It offers the possibility to adopt a climbing grip, an aero grip, an off-road grip, and a standard grip. It also has a small loop bar in the middle that allows a close parallel grip. Its side grips have PVC foam sleeves for improved contact. They also integrate pulse sensors.

As opposed to the seat, the bike’s handlebar only offers upright adjustment. It does not have a horizontal slider. Its adjustment span is 34″ – 47″ (86 – 119 cm).

Resistance system

The MEVEM M9 indoor cycling bike is equipped with a standard friction resistance system. This means that it does not require an adapter, power cord, or an external power source. The resistance adjustment is completely manual.

The bike’s resistance system consists of a wool felt pad attached to the frame above the flywheel, concealed by a plastic guard. The pad also connects to the tension knob on top of the frame. Therefore, when you turn the knob to the right, the pad will apply more friction to the flywheel which increases the pedaling difficulty.

Like most other spin bikes with a standard friction resistance system, the MEVEM M9 does not have pre-determined tension settings. You simply tighten the brake pad on the flywheel until you get the desired pedaling difficulty. As a general idea, the pad can apply a pretty consistent friction to the flywheel so that the bike can simulate a steep climb.

The bike’s tension knob also has the function of an emergency brake. You can press it down to stop the flywheel immediately. Also, as is the case for most other spin bikes with friction resistance, the brake pad may require lubrication and should be replaced when it wears out.

Drive system

The MEVEM M9 exercise bike is equipped with a belt drive system. It uses a poly-v belt highly resistant to stretching and abrasion. As opposed to a chain, the belt does not require lubrication. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about removing the drivetrain guard periodically for the necessary maintenance.

The bike is equipped with a 35 lbs (15.8 kg) flywheel, similar to the HITOSPORT S703B bike. It has a perimeter-weighted design in order to provide superior inertia. It is chrome-plated with ABS side guards.

The flywheel is also bi-directional. This means that the bike permits reverse pedaling. However, coasting is not possible. That’s because the drive system is simple, and while the flywheel is still spinning, the pedals also spin. That’s why it is recommended to stop the flywheel by pushing down the tension knob if you need to abruptly stop your pedaling session.

The bike is equipped with a durable crankset featuring long arms like road bikes or mountain bikes. The included pedals are made of aluminum alloy and they’re also pretty durable, so you should be able to pedal while standing up with no problem. The pedals are caged but do not have SPD clips for spin shoes. Their threads are standard 9/16 though, so you can easily find replacements for them.

Fitness monitor

The MEVEM M9 is equipped with a basic fitness monitor. It features an LCD display that tracks time, distance, total distance, speed, calories, and pulse. It does not show RPM, though. Also, the pulse reading function is contact only. The monitor unit is not telemetric and can only read your pulse if you hold on to the sensors integrated into the handlebars. It cannot read your pulse from a wireless transmitter.

The fitness monitor is very easy to use and only has one button that covers all of its functions. By pressing the button repeatedly, you can scroll through the workout metrics and select the one that you want to view. It also has a scan mode; in scan mode, it automatically rotates all the metrics showing each one for a few seconds.

The button also covers the unit’s reset function. You can press it and hold it down for a few seconds to clear all the values to zero. The only value that won’t be deleted this way is the odometer (total distance). This can only be deleted by removing the batteries from the unit.

The monitor unit does not have workout target functions, pre-set programs, or online connectivity. It is battery-powered (requires two AAA batteries). It begins recording your workout data when you begin pedaling. It also automatically turns off after approx. 4 minutes of inactivity on the bike.

Assembly and Maintenance

The bike’s body comes already assembled. The flywheel, the crankset, the belt, and the brake are already attached. You only need to connect the two base bars, the seat, the handlebars, the pedals, and the fitness monitor. This shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes of your time. The task is pretty straightforward and the manual provides all the necessary instructions. Tools for the assembly are also included.

For maintenance, you only have to keep the bike clean. The drivetrain does not require lubrication. The felt brake pad may require replacement after a while if it wears out. It’s also recommended to periodically inspect the bike and check for loose bolts or broken parts, and to make sure that everything is still in order.

The Pros

  • Sturdy steel construction – can support users up to 330 lbs;
  • Adjustable levelers on both bases;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • 4-way adjustable seat;
  • Large cushioned saddle with a median groove for extra breathability;
  • Multi-grip handlebar;
  • Pulse sensors integrated into the handlebar;
  • Aluminum alloy pedals with toe cages and 9/16 threads;
  • Maintenance-free belt drive system;
  • Perimeter-weighted, 35 lbs flywheel for improved inertia;
  • Friction resistance with basically limitless settings;
  • Fitness monitor included – it tracks time, speed, distance, total distance, calories, and pulse;
  • Device holder included;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Easy to assemble.

The Cons

  • No RPM function;
  • No workout programs;
  • No goal settings;
  • No bottle holder.

Summary

The MEVEM M9 is an indoor cycling bike made for home use. It is equipped with a friction resistance system, a 35-lb flywheel, a 4-way adjustable high-comfort saddle, and a fitness monitor that tracks the most important workout metrics. It also has a pretty sturdy construction with a maximum user weight limit of 330 lbs. In all, it’s a fairly decent exercise bike, great for spin workouts, high-intensity cardio, interval training, and weight loss.

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