Those looking for a quality spin bike at an affordable price may have found it in the Horizon Fitness M4 Indoor Cycle. It comes with an adjustable friction based resistance system, a fully adjustable seat and adjustable racing style handlebars which offer plenty of riding positions.
The M4 comes equipped with a 42 lb flywheel. This is on the heavy side for a flywheel, which is advantageous because it results in a smooth, quiet workout experience, in addition to adding to the bike’s stableness.
Adjustable Seat & Handlebars
For some reason, many bikes on the market do not allow you to adjust the seat and handlebars. Fortunately, the M4 does not suffer from this problem, with the seat being both vertically and horizontally adjustable to accommodate any height, and the handlebars being vertically adjustable so you can find a riding position that works for you.
Micro Adjust Brake Resistance
The Horizon Fitness M4 Indoor Cycle comes equipped with a knob brake resistance system – which is the same that can be found on more expensive, commercial units – so to deliver a true outdoor riding experience.
Adjusting the resistance is a very smooth process; however, if you want to do intervals be prepared to do a bit of frantic turning.
There are a wide range of resistance settings, so you are sure to be challenged, whatever your fitness level may be.
The console is both simple to use and easy-to-read. You are able to receive feedback on calories burned, speed, distance and time. However, it isn’t perfect – see Any Complaints.
The frame has been made from heavy-duty, quality components to deliver a true road bike feel. It is able to stay solid and stable, even under the fastest pedaling pace, which is something you would expect, otherwise Horizon wouldn’t have offered such a generous warranty on the frame.
Wheels are provided on the front of the Horizon Fitness M4 for easy transportation when the time comes to put the M4 into storage.
This bike comes with a 10-year frame and 1 year parts and labor warranty, which is one of the most generous warranties in this price range.
43 x 19 x 35 inches
With a rating of 4 out of 5, it’s clear that the M4 Indoor Cycle has been well-received. Many users have stated that they like the quietness of the bike when in operation, the sturdiness of the bike, as well as the range of resistance levels, particularly as changing the resistance is a smooth process. However, a couple of users have complained about the computer monitor.
The computer monitor is a little basic in its functionality and at times suffers from momentarily lapses. If this is a concern, you can pick up a cycle computer for $20 and attach it to the M4.
Anything Else You Should Know?
All you need to know is that the Horizon Fitness M4 Indoor Cycle is a good choice if you are in market for an affordable spin bike. It is a step up from other no-frills spin bikes in this price range, such as the ProForm 290, particularly when you consider the generous warranty.