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SportsArt C510 Indoor Cycling Bike

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SportsArt C510

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L:40.9"
W:25.6"
H:48.4"
330 lbs44 lbsFriction,
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The SportsArt C510 is a mid-range indoor cycling bike for home use. In terms of features and design, it can be compared with the ASUNA 4100 from Sunny Health & Fitness, but has a belt drive system, offers a greater weight capacity, and integrates a slightly heavier flywheel. It also does not include an exercise meter.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 40.9L x 25.6W x 48.4H inches (104L x 65W x 123H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 116 lbs (53 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 44 lbs (20 kg)
  • Supported weight: 330 lbs (150 kg)
  • Handlebars: 4-way adjustable
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Drive mechanism: Belt
  • Resistance: Magnetic
  • Fitness meter: Not included

Frame construction

The SportsArt C510 features a triangular frame with the main oblique bar slightly curved and a wider base for improved stability. It combines ovalized and rectangular steel tubes in its construction for extra sturdiness and improved aesthetics. All the steel tubes of the main frame are double-coated with a corrosion-resistant and chip-resistant paint finish with the exception of the seat post, handlebar post, and flywheel which have a chrome finish. The color used for the main frame is dark gray with the “SportsArt” logo painted white, this being the only color available for this exercise bike.

As we’ve mentioned above, the bike has a slightly wider base than other spin bikes. Its footprint is approx. 41″L x 25.6″W (104 x 65 cm), so it provides excellent stability. It is recommended, though, to leave at least 24″ (61 cm) of clearance all around the bike for ease of access.

The bike’s stability is also improved by its superior weight. With all the parts assembled, the SportsArt C510 indoor cycle weighs approx. 116 lbs (53 kg) which is about three times the weight of the average road bike. Plus, both base tubes of the bike are equipped with adjustable stabilizers which have large rubber pads for a better grip on the floor.

Despite its weight, the bike isn’t too difficult to move once it was assembled. Its front base integrates two large silicone wheels which ease its relocation. By using these wheels for moving the bike, you won’t have to handle more than 30% of its total weight.

Seat and handlebars

The SportsArt C510 indoor cycling bike is equipped with a race-type saddle. Although it’s not extremely wide, it integrates a thick layer of padding, especially in its rear section. Its top is made of durable vinyl material reinforced at the rear by a layer of synthetic fabric. It also has a large cutout in the middle for improved breathability.

The bike’s seat is four-way adjustable (up, down, front, back). Its upright post offers several adjustment positions while its horizontal slider adds a few more inches of front to back adjustment. This being said, the bike is designed to accommodate comfortably users between 5’0″ and 6’4″ (153 – 193 cm). It is also durable enough to support users up to 330 lbs (150 kg).

The SportsArt C510 indoor cycle is equipped with a multi-grip handlebar. It offers a climbing crip, a racing grip, and a standard grip, as well as an aero grip. The aero bar features long grips to offer comfortable support for your elbows. The whole handlebar is coated with a layer of rubber foam material for extra comfort.

The bike’s handlebar does not have integrated pulse sensors. Also, an exercise meter is not included for it. The one available for this bike does not count pulse either.

Just like the seat, the bike’s handlebar is four-way adjustable, although its post and slider offer fewer positions. It’s also important to mention that both the seat and handlebar posts have a rectangular design which prevents them to turn sideways if not tightened properly.

Drive system

First of all, the SportsArt C510 is equipped with an extra-heavy flywheel. It weighs 44 lbs (20 kg) and has a perimeter-weighted design for aggressive inertia which is great for spin workouts and a smooth pedaling motion.

As we’ve mentioned above, the flywheel features a rust-resistant chrome-coating while its side panels are ABS-made. Also, the connection points of the flywheel to the bike’s frame feature ABS guards.

The bike’s flywheel is bi-directional. In other words, it allows pedaling in reverse. But nonetheless, coasting (or free-wheeling) is not possible on this bike as it would be possible on any road bike. That’s because the pedals continue to spin for as long as the flywheel is spinning. Also, when pedaling in reverse, you will benefit from the same level of resistance as when pedaling forward.

The bike is equipped with a poly-v drive belt. As opposed to a chain drive, the belt doesn’t require any lubrication. Also, a belt drive system generates less vibration than a chain and contributes to the overall smoothness of the ride.

Since it’s an exercise bike designed for spin workouts, the SportsArt C510 is equipped with a heavy-duty, three-piece crankset. It features long, steel crank arms and metallic pedals. Therefore, it should support pedaling while standing up on the pedals with no problem.

The pedals feature adjustable toe cages, but do not integrate SPD elements for spin shoes. However, their threads are standard (9/16) so you can always replace them with clipless pedals if you want.

Resistance system

The SportsArt C510 indoor cycle is equipped with a manual friction resistance system. This means you don’t have to connect it to a power source. However, since the resistance adjustment is done manually, the bike cannot automatically adjust the resistance.

The bike’s resistance system consists of a felt-pad brake attached to the tension knob on top of the main tube of the frame. By turning this knob clockwise, the brake pad applies more friction to the flywheel which increases the pedaling difficulty.

The bike’s resistance knob doesn’t have pre-determined settings. You simply tighten it until you find the pedaling difficulty that suits you best. As a general idea, you can tighten the brake up to the point you can barely pedal.

The resistance knob also features an emergency lever. By pressing this lever down, you can immediately stop the flywheel from spinning. This is actually recommended especially if you are pedaling at a high speed, as trying to stop the flywheel from the pedals with your feet may cause injuries.

One last aspect to mention here regards the wear-and-tear of the bike’s brake pad. This is pretty much characteristic to any friction-resistance spin bike. After a while (at least one year), the brake pad may require replacement. Also, in case the brake pad squeaks when in contact with the flywheel, it may require lubrication with a few drops of silicone lubricant.

Assembly and Maintenance

The main body of the bike comes pre-assembled. The flywheel, the belt, the crankset, and the brake are already attached. You only have to connect the two base bars to the main frame, the seat post, the saddle, the handlebar post, the handlebar, and the pedals. This shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes of your time. The manual provides pretty clear assembly instructions and all the necessary tools are included.

For maintenance, the bike’s brake pad may need lubrication and replacement after it completely wears out. Other than this, you only need to keep the bike clean and periodically check for loose bolts and parts.

The Pros

  • Solid construction – can support users up to 330 lbs;
  • Elegant design;
  • Small footprint, great choice for a cardio fitness machine if space is an issue;
  • Four-way adjustable seat and handlebars;
  • Multi-grip handlebar with long aero grips;
  • Comfortable race saddle with a center cutout for extra breathability;
  • Solid crank set, can support just about any spin workout;
  • Metallic pedals with toe cages and standard threads;
  • Friction resistance, virtually limitless;
  • Smooth and quiet belt drive;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • All the assembly tools are included.

The Cons

  • A fitness computer is not included with the bike;
  • No pulse reading function.

Summary

The SportsArt C510 is an indoor cycling bike made for home use. It is equipped with a friction resistance system, an extra-heavy (44 lbs) flywheel, and a solid crankset with metallic pedals. It also offers superior micro-adjustability featuring 4-way adjustable seat and handlebars. It’s an excellent stationary cycle for high-intensity cardio training, interval training, weight loss, stamina development, and muscle toning. It’s not the most affordable bike, but definitely offers excellent quality.

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