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Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike Review

Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike review

Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike Review
Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike Review


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Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike Review

The Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike is almost identical to the Schwinn 270; however, it comes with fewer features, enabling the company to offer the 230 for $50-100 less than the 270. In our review below we will do our best to list the differences.


The 270 comes with 29 built-in programs whereas the 230 comes with 22. So while the 270 features 12 profile, 9 heart rate control, 4 custom user defined, 2 fitness test, 1 recovery test and 1 quick start programs, the Schwinn 230 comes with 9 profile, 8 heart rate control, 4 “other” programs and 1 custom program.


The 270 comes with 25 levels of eddy current resistance whereas the 230 comes with 20. 5 fewer resistance levels is by no means a big deal, and it’s very unlikely that you will use all 20, let alone 25. Just like the 270 the Schwinn 230 features 10 resistance keys so you can change the level of resistance easily, and the inclusion of a high inertia perimeter weighted flywheel delivers a smooth and quiet workout.

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The Schwinn 230 features the exact same DualTrack LCD display that is found on the 270, which means that you can monitor up to 13 different display feedbacks, including time, distance, rpm, calories burned, speed, pulse, profile, resistance level, goal achievement, user indicator, intensity meter, % complete indicator, HR zone indicator, and profile. USB data transfer functionality to the SchwinnConnect website and MyFitnessPal is also present.


The only real difference in regards to comfort between the two models is that the 230 comes with 1-piece pedal cranks with standard pedals and toe straps whereas the 270 comes with 3-piece pedal cranks with oversized pedals. The “walk through” design of the frame, generous padding and easy adjustment of the seat, as well as stability of the machine when working out are all present.

Other Features

Other features include transport wheels, a 3-speed fan, acoustic chamber speakers, and an oversized mounted water bottle holder


The Schwinn 270 is backed by a 10-year frame, 2-year mechanical. 1-year electrical, and 90-day labor warranty.

Any Complaints?

Our only complaint is the same as the issue we had with the 270  – the fan isn’t powerful enough to be effective.

Anything Else You Should Know?

While the 270 allows 4 users to set up the machine exactly to their liking, and have all of their custom settings pre-saved, the 230 only allows 2. Therefore, if you’re thinking about getting an exercise bike for the whole family to use then the 270 may be the better option. The 230 also doesn’t feature a telemetry enabled heart rate monitoring device, instead your pulse can be measured via the contact heart rate grips.

Whether you decide to go for the 230 or 270 (you may also want to check out the Schwinn 240) is all down to personal preference. You can’t go wrong with either model, but opt for the 270 if you want more programs and resistance settings, a more accurate way to measure your pulse, looking to spend less, and/or only  2 or more people are planning on using the bike.

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