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Yosuda L-001A Indoor Cycling Bike

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Yosuda L-001A

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L:40"
W:22"
H:45"
270 lbs35 lbsFriction,
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Time,
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Calories,
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The Yosuda L-001A indoor cycling trainer is the lighter version of the L-007 model that we’ve previously reviewed. In terms of specs and features, it can be compared to the PYHIGH S2 but does have a heavier flywheel. It’s a bike designed for home use. However, it can support just about any spin workout.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 40L x 22W x 45H inches (102L x 56W x 114H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 68 lbs (30.8 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 35 lbs (15.8 kg)
  • Supported weight: 270 lbs (122 kg)
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Handlebars: 2-way adjustable
  • Pedals: With toe cages
  • Drive: Belt
  • Resistance: Friction, felt-pad
  • Fitness meter: Time, speed, distance, total distance, calories, scan
  • Accessories: Bottle holder, device holder

Frame construction

The Yosuda L-001A has a pretty much standard triangular frame, made of steel tubing. Most of the bars in its construction are ovalized for superior aesthetics, with the exception of the longitudinal base bar which is rectangular. The ovalized shape is also a plus for the seat and handlebar posts, and it provides more stability, preventing them to turn sideways.

Of course, the bike’s construction also integrates several ABS parts. Among them, we can count the belt guard, the brake cover, and the side covers of the flywheel. These only have a protective role, though; they do not diminish the unit’s overall sturdiness.

The frame features a step-up bar which unites the seat tube with the main oblique tube. This element not only that offers the possibility to perform stretches, or step-up/step-down workouts, it also improves the structural sturdiness of the frame.

All the steel parts in the bike’s construction are coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish. The main frame is gray with the “Yosuda” logo painted black, while the seat and handlebar posts are also coated with black paint. These are the only colors available for this bike, at least for the moment.

This Yosuda exercise bike is not extremely large. It is approx. 40″ (102 cm) long, and 22″ (56 cm) wide, while the handlebar reaches approx. 45″ (114 cm) above floor level when fully extended. It is recommended, though, to assign a usage area for this bike of at least 70″ x 50″ (178 x 127 cm).

The bike’s frame does not fold. However, its front base features two transport wheels which facilitate its relocation. Also, both base bars have adjustable stabilizers, so you can perfectly level this bike on any type of floor.

Last but not least, the Yosuda L-001A isn’t extremely heavy, compared to other indoor cycling trainers. For example, the Sunny SF-B1735 weighs 129 lbs (58.5 kg). This Yosuda bike only weighs approx. 68 lbs (30.8 kg). It’s still pretty heavy compared to most road bikes, though, and provides excellent stability.

Seat and handlebars

The Yosuda L-001A exercise bike features a 4-way (up, down, forward, backward) adjustable seat. Its upright post offers an adjustment span of approx. 10″ (25.4 cm), between 25″ and 35″ (63.5 – 88.9 cm). Plus, its horizontal slider offers a few extra inches of front to back adjustment. Therefore, the bike can accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’2″ (153 – 188 cm) comfortably, promoting a complete leg extension. Also, the seat is durable enough to support users up to 270 lbs (122 kg).

The saddle included with this bike is a standard one. It’s designed for optimal comfort. It is wider than the average spin bike seat, being approx. 8.6″ (21.8 cm) wide, and 10″ (25.4 cm) long. It integrates a thin layer of padding and it is also fairly flexible. Plus, since it’s a standard seat, its connection system to the post is collar-based, so you can find a compatible replacement for it in any bike shop if needed.

The bike’s handlebar also offers a 10″ (25.4 cm) adjustment span, between 35″ (88.9 cm) and 45″ (114 cm). It does not have a horizontal slider like the seat, though. It features a multi-grip design, including a small loop bar in the middle which can serve as support for the device holder or for a close grip.

The handlebar does not integrate pulse sensors. So, if you’re looking for a similar bike with a pulse reading function, you may want to check out the Efitment IC029. The side grips of the handlebar are completely covered by a layer of rubber-foam material in order to provide a secure and comfortable grip.

Drive and resistance

The most common spin bike flywheel weight is 40 lbs (18 kg). The flywheel of the Yosuda bike L-001A only weighs 35 lbs (15.8 kg), but even though it is lighter, it still provides a very consistent pedaling feel. Plus, it has a perimeter-weighted construction for high inertia which is great for spin workouts.

The bike uses a belt transmission system. It integrates a heavy-duty rubber belt concealed by the side ABS guards. This being said, the pedaling motion is very quiet, almost completely silent. It also generates considerably less vibration than a chain drive. Plus, you don’t need to ever lubricate it.

The bike’s drive system permits reverse pedaling. However, since it does not have a rear derailleur system as most road bikes, when pedaling in reverse you will get the same resistance, depending on how tight the brake is.

This Yosuda bike is equipped with a standard friction resistance system. Its brake consists of a wool felt pad attached under the main bar of the frame. The brake is connected to the tension dial on top of the frame and comes in contact with the bike’s flywheel in a top-down manner. Therefore, by turning the knob you can increase or reduce the amount of friction the pad applies on the flywheel in order to adjust the pedaling difficulty.

The tension knob does not have pre-determined levels marked on it as it is the case of most bikes with a magnetic resistance system. You simply tighten it until you get the desired tension. Also, the tension knob works as an emergency brake. You can press it down to immediately stop the flywheel from spinning.

Since the bike is designed for spin workouts, it is equipped with a sturdy crankset featuring steel arms and metallic alloy pedals. This being said, as long as you don’t exceed the specified maximum user weight of 270 lbs (122 kg), you can pedal while standing up with no problem.

The pedals do not have clips for spin shoes, only adjustable cages. However, their threads are 9/16″ so replacements for them are widely available.

Exercise meter

The Yosuda bike L-001A comes with a basic fitness meter. It features an LCD display which indicates time, distance, total distance, speed, and calories burned. It does not integrate a telemetric receiver, so it cannot read your pulse from a wireless chest strap. Also, as we’ve mentioned above, the handlebars do not have pulse sensors. So, in case you want to monitor your pulse during your workouts, you will have to use a separate device.

The exercise meter unit is very easy to use. It requires 2 AAA batteries which are included. It only has one button. By pressing the button repeatedly you can select any of the workout metrics to view on the display, or you can select the Scan Mode which rotates all the metrics, showing each one for a few seconds. By pressing and holding the button, you can reset all the metrics to zero. There are no preset programs, and you cannot select targets for time or distance.

The meter unit starts up when you begin pedaling or when you push its button. It also has a sleep mode to which will enter after a few minutes of inactivity on the bike.

Assembly and Maintenance

The main part of the frame with all the drive and resistance components is already assembled. You only have to attach the two base bars, the pedals, the seat post, the saddle, the handlebar post, the handlebar, and the exercise meter. This shouldn’t take more than 30-40 minutes. A set of basic tools for the assembly is included. Also, the manual provides pretty clear assembly instructions.

Since it’s a belt drive bike, its transmission does not require lubrication. The brake pad may require some lubrication, and for this, silicone lubricant is recommended. Other than this, you only have to keep the unit clean and periodically check for loose parts.

The Pros

  • Durable frame – can support users up to 270 lbs;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • Adjustable stabilizers on both base bars;
  • Small footprint;
  • Step-up bar at the base of the seat tube;
  • 4-way adjustable seat;
  • 2-way adjustable, multi-grip handlebar;
  • Smooth and almost silent drive, which makes the bike perfect for apartment use;
  • Fairly heavy, 35 lbs flywheel, perimeter-weighted and bi-directional;
  • Friction resistance, which basically offers tension up to the point you can barely pedal;
  • Durable metallic alloy pedals with toe cages;
  • Exercise meter included which can track time, distance, total distance, speed, and calories burned;
  • Bottle holder included;
  • Device holder included;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • The meter does not have backlight;
  • No pulse reading function.

Summary

The Yosuda L-001A is an indoor cycling bike for home use. It is equipped with a friction resistance system, a 35-lb flywheel, belt drive, and a 4-way adjustable seat. It also comes with a fitness meter which tracks the most important workout metrics. It’s a bike designed for spin workouts, great for light to intense cardio training, interval training, weight loss, leg muscle strength development, and stamina improvement. It’s also an affordable trainer, an excellent alternative to a more expensive gym-grade spin bike.

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