The Schwinn Airdyne Evo Comp, just like all the other Airdyne exercise bikes manufactured by Schwinn, is unique in the way that it uses air to provide resistance rather than magnetic resistors. This not only results in an infinite amount of resistance, but also greatly lessens the likelihood of damage to any of the bike’s parts occurring.
While the Evo Comp is almost as expensive as the Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Exercise Bike, it, just like the AD6, has a few noticeable benefits over earlier models of the Airdyne.
As mentioned, the Schwinn Evo Comp uses an air resistance system. Therefore, the level of resistance is determined by the speed you cycle at. Pedal faster to increase resistance, and pedal slower to decrease the resistance.
Many people are oblivious to the fact that these type of bikes exist, but more often than not love the concept after having used one, as it means that they can find the right level of resistance for their strength, energy level and endurance, because there is no dial to change the level of resistance to a setting determined by the manufacturer, it is completely determined by you instead.
Furthermore, while many exercise bike manufacturers have taken the approach of fitting their bikes with a magnetic resistance system, magnetic resistors will eventually burn out, leading to costly repairs – something that will never happen with any of Schwinn’s Airdyne models.
The air resistance flywheel is also quiet in operation, and certainly much quieter than both the Schwinn AD2 andAD4, which those who like to watch TV as they work out, or those with neighbors will appreciate.
TOTAL BODY WORKOUT
While handlebars can be found on pretty much every exercise bike, they are typically there simply to provide support and to measure your pulse, via built-in contact heart rate sensors (your pulse can be recorded with a telemetry enabled device on this bike).
However, the Schwinn Airdyne Evo Comp handlebars are movable, so you can also work out your upper body as you cycle. Therefore, the Evo Comp acts more like an elliptical trainer rather than an exercise bike, considering that both your lower and upper body can be worked out simultaneously.
Exercise bikes are known for their uncomfortable seats, and while the Evo Comp doesn’t have the most comfortable seat in the world, it’s certainly more comfortable than other exercise bikes, including the AD2 and AD4. The seat is also very wide, allowing larger users (maximum capacity of 300 lbs) to exercise, and can also be adjusted to accommodate both short and tall individuals.
Fans tend to be little more than a novelty on exercise bikes, but this isn’t the case with the Evo Comp. The fan takes full advantage of the air resistance system, as the intensity of the breeze is determined by you. The faster you cycle the stronger the air flow, and vice versa, meaning that the stream of air provided is just right for the intensity level you are cycling at.
The Schwinn Airdyne Evo Comp computer console requires 2 AA batteries to function, and provides you with feedback on RPM, heart rate, calories burned per hour, total calories burned, distance, and workload level. The console is oversized and features a large font, making it easy to read.
The Evo Comp is backed by a very generous warranty: 30 years on the frame, 3 years on parts and electronics, and 1 year on labor and wear items.
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SCHWINN AIRDYNE EVO COMP USER REVIEWS
It’s no surprise that the Evo Comp has been received very favorably by consumers, judging by the reception all of Schwinn’s other Airdyne models received.
Users seem to think that the Evo Comp is better than the AD2 and AD4 for two main reasons. Firstly, the fan is noticeably quieter due to the fact that a belt is used to drive it rather than a chain. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, the Evo has been equipped with higher quality components and newer technology, making it likely that the Evo will last even longer than its predecessor and the feedback shown is more accurate.
Besides the aforementioned points, the Evo Comp has been praised for its ease of use, construction quality and quality of the workout it is able to provide users with. However, you should also keep in mind that assembling the machine is something that a few users have complained about.
Besides the assembly instructions, there isn’t much to complain about. Perhaps the pedals could be of higher quality, but they should be good enough for most people, especially if you’re new to the world of exercise bikes.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW?
There’s no doubt that the Evo Comp is an improvement over the AD2 and AD4 (the AD6 is just as good, although doesn’t come with any workout programs). Therefore, if you’re interested in a very quiet cycling experience, high quality components being used in the manufacturing process, as well as a more accurate computer monitor and better fan, then you should opt for the Evo Comp over the AD2 or AD4. If not, then save yourself a bit of money and go for the one of Schwinn’s other Airdyne models.
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