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OVICX Q201X Indoor Cycling Bike

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OVICX Q201X

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L: 57"
W: 21.7"
H: 57"
300 lbs24 lbsMagnetic21.5",
1920 x 1080,
Bluetooth,
WiFi
OVICX app

The OVICX Q201X is one of the indoor cycling bikes released in 2021. In terms of features and price range, it can be compared with the Bowflex VeloCore 22 IC. However, the console included with it is simpler and does not have apps like Netflix or Disney+ installed; it only has the OVICX app.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 57L x 21.7W x 57H inches (145L x 55W x 145H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 122 lbs (55 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 24 lbs (11 kg)
  • Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Drive mechanism: Belt
  • Resistance: Magnetic
  • Console: 21″ HD display, Bluetooth & WiFi
  • Extras: Accessory tray, dumbbell holder
  • Warranty: 1 year

Frame construction

The OVICX Q201X indoor cycling bike features a heavy-duty steel frame made of oval tubing for improved sturdiness and aesthetics. The main frame is double-coated with a black paint finish. The only exceptions are the seat tube, the handlebar tube, and the flywheel which have a gray paint finish.

The bike also integrates several plastic parts. The most notable ones are the drive system cover, the brake cover, and the console casing. These are made from a durable thermoplastic material; they’re all black in color to fit the color theme of the bike.

The OVICX Q201X exercise bike is fairly large. Its footprint is 46″L x 21.7″W (117 x 55 cm), but with the console and the dumbbell holder installed, its length is close to 57″ (145 cm). It is also recommended to allow at least two feet of clearance all around it, for easy access and safe usage.

The bike is also pretty heavy. Its net weight is approx. 122 lbs (55 kg). This being said, the packaged unit should be carried by two persons. However, once the bike is assembled, it is easy to move as its front base is equipped with transport wheels. Also, both its base stabilizers feature adjustable levelers.

Seat and handlebars

The OVICX Q201X indoor cycling bike is equipped with a four-way adjustable seat (up, down, front, back). Its upright post has 9 adjustment positions and offers an adjustment span of approx. 6.3″ (16 cm), with a maximum height of 39.4″ (100 cm). Its horizontal slider adds approx. 2.5″ (6.3 cm) of front-to-back adjustment. Therefore, the bike should be able to accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’3″ (153 – 190 cm). It is also rated for a maximum user weight limit of 300 lbs (136 kg).

The included saddle is designed for optimal comfort. Its top section integrates a thick layer of cushioning and is designed with a wide median groove in order to provide superior breathability during seated workouts. Also, the saddle has a standard collar attachment system which allows a little angle adjustment, and also makes it easy to remove, while compatible options are widely available, in case you will ever need to replace it.

The bike is equipped with a multi-grip handlebar. It offers the possibility to adopt a climbing grip, an aero grip, a close grip, a cruising grip, and an off-road grip. It is fully covered by a layer of rubber foam material for a comfortable and secure grip.

The handlebar does not have a horizontal slider like the seat; it is only two-way adjustable (up, down). It offers approx. 3″ (7.6 cm) of vertical adjustment, up to a height of approx. 43″ (109 cm). It’s also important to mention here that the handlebar does not integrate pulse sensors and the bike does not have a pulse reading function.

Resistance system

The OVICX Q201X indoor cycling bike is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. This means it does not need a power source for the adjustment of the resistance. Although the console comes with an adapter and needs a power source, it does not play any role in the bike’s resistance adjustment.

The resistance system consists of a magnetic brake attached to the main frame tube and connected to the tension knob that goes through this tube. The magnets on the brake hug the top section of the flywheel. Therefore, when you turn the knob clockwise, they will cover a larger portion of the flywheel which results in greater pedaling difficulty.

As opposed to a spin bike that comes with a friction resistance system, the OVICX Q201X bike offers the advantage of zero friction. The magnets do not touch the flywheel so the pedaling motion is very smooth and quiet. Also, you won’t have to worry about brake pad replacements as their wear and tear is virtually zero.

The bike’s resistance system does not have pre-determined tension levels. You simply turn the knob until you reach a pedaling difficulty that you are comfortable with. But as a general idea, if the magnets are all the way down, covering a large section from the flywheel, the bike offers quite a challenge even for the most seasoned users.

Drive system

Like most other spin bikes with a magnetic resistance system, the OVICX Q201X is equipped with a belt drive system. It uses a poly-v belt designed for superior traction and high resistance to abrasion. As opposed to a chain drive, the belt drive does not require periodic lubrication. Also, it generates slightly less vibration than a chain, which also contributes to the overall smoothness of the ride.

The bike is equipped with a 25 lbs (11 kg) flywheel. Although it’s considerably lighter than the flywheel on the SOLE SB900 bike, it still provides a fairly decent momentum. Plus, the magnetic resistance doubles up on the pedaling difficulty.

The flywheel is bi-directional. In other words, you can pedal in reverse if you want. This offers you the possibility to alternate workouts and focus different muscle groups. But it’s important to mention that when you pedal in reverse, the resistance remains constant. Also, coasting is not possible on this bike.

The exact Q-Factor (spacing between the pedals) is not specified, but it’s pretty narrow (under 180 mm). Therefore, your feet have a natural positioning on the pedals and there is no lateral stress on your knees and ankles. The crankset is pretty sturdy and should support stand-up pedaling with no problem. The pedals are dual-sided. They have SPD clips for spin shoes on one side and toe cages on the other.

Console and other accessories

The OVICX Q201X indoor cycling bike is equipped with a large smart console. It is 21.5″-inches in diagonal with a pixel resolution of 1920H x 1080V (HD). Its mount is pretty sturdy and allows a 360° rotation of the display in case you want to perform available pilates or yoga workouts while off the bike. It has both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, so you can either sync it with your phone or connect it to an existing WiFi hotspot.

As we’ve mentioned above, the bike comes with a 12V / 4A adapter for the console. The connector for it is on the rear base of the frame. Again, the bike is not motorized, so the adapter only powers up the console. Also, the console cannot control the bike’s resistance.

The console does not have pre-installed apps like Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+ and for now, you cannot install apps of this sort on it. Future firmware updates may allow it. It only has the OVICX app pre-installed which makes available a wide array of interactive videos, virtual rides based on various world routes, as well as workout goals, and a variety of workout programs.

The app tracks several workout metrics including time, distance, cadence, watts output, resistance, and calories burned. It does not indicate pulse and the bike does not have pulse sensors. It also has a workout summary and offers the possibility to keep track of your progress.

In terms of other accessories, the bike comes with a bottle tray that attaches to the handlebar. A dumbbell holder is also included; this accessory attaches to the seat. It should be able to hold dumbbells up to 5 lbs each. A set of dumbbells is not included with the bike, though.

Assembly and Maintenance

The main body of the bike comes pre-assembled. The crankset, the belt, the flywheel, and the magnetic brake are pre-installed. However, the rest of the parts do require user assembly. You will have to attach the two base bars, the seat post, the saddle, the handlebar post, the handlebar, the console mount, the console, the pedals, and the rest of the accessories. This may take more than an hour of your time but the manual provides clear assembly instructions. A basic toolkit for the task is also included.

For maintenance, you only have to keep the bike clean. The drivetrain and the brake do not require lubrication. Other than this, it is also recommended to periodically inspect the bike, to make sure that all the fixed parts still hold in place and the moving parts still function properly.

The Pros

  • Sturdy steel construction – can support users up to 300 lbs;
  • Aesthetic design;
  • Adjustable levelers on both bases;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • 4-way adjustable seat;
  • Multi-grip handlebar;
  • Large cushioned saddle with a groove in the middle for extra breathability;
  • Metallic pedals with SPD clips for spin shoes;
  • Narrow Q-factor for reduced lateral stress on the knees;
  • Maintenance-free belt drive system;
  • Balanced flywheel for a smooth pedaling motion;
  • Frictionless magnetic resistance;
  • 21.5″ HD TFT console;
  • Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity;
  • Pre-installed OVICX app that offers access to numerous workout videos, scenic rides, and more;
  • Multiple workout readings including time, distance, cadence, watts, calories burned, and resistance;
  • Various pre-set workout programs and workout target functions;
  • Target heart rate function;
  • Device holder included;
  • Dumbbell holder included;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • All the tools necessary for the assembly are included;
  • Fairly easy to assemble.

The Cons

  • No pulse reading function;
  • No pre-installed apps such as Netflix, Hulu, etc.
  • The handlebar is only two-way adjustable.

Summary

The OVICX Q201X is an indoor cycling bike made for spin workouts. It is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system, a 25-lb flywheel, and a 4-way adjustable seat. It includes a 21.5″ HD console with a pre-installed app that offers a wide array of interactive videos, workout programs, scenic rides, and more. In all, it’s a bike for users of all levels, for high-intensity cardio, stamina development, and weight loss. It’s not the most affordable exercise bike but definitely offers excellent value for the price.

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