Product Review: Schwinn 120 Upright Exercise Bike

Schwinn 120 upright exercise bike 2009 modelThe name Schwinn is synonymous with quality. They introduced the home exercise bike in the mid 1960’s and have been producing innovative, high quality products ever since. Their newest home exercise models are no exception. The Schwinn 120 Upright Exercise Bike is one of their more popular models and is used in homes and fitness facilities across the country.

Why do this review?

Well, being a fitness professional, I have seen many pieces of home fitness equipment. Most of these pieces of equipment are of very low quality. Generally, you get what you pay for. Schwinn home exercise bikes stand out because of their quality. The have a reputation to uphold. It’s very rare to find a high quality piece of equipment for the home that doesn’t empty your bank account. This review will show you why the 120 exercise bike is a worthwhile investment.

Schwinn 120 features

It’s an Upright exercise bike

I personally prefer and upright bike over a recumbent bike. You can burn more calories with this type of bike. You can increase the resistance and get off the seat to use leverage to really get the heart rate up. With an upright you feel like you are on a traditional outdoor bike. Also, being on a traditional bike requires more work to stay on the bike as compared to a recumbent bike. The more work your muscles have to do, the more calories your body will burn.

BioConnect Feedback

The BioConnect Feedback feature consists of:

  • 12 workout programs
  • 6 course profiles
  • Fitness test
  • Custom workout
  • Grip heart rate system

There’s plenty of resistance to go around. There’s enough for the experienced high intensity trainee as well as low enough resistance levels for beginners. The 12 workout programs allow for more diversity in your training and the custom workout can allow you to tailor a workout to your specific needs. The handlebars have heart rate monitors built into the handles to monitor your intensity.

schwinn 120 upright exercise bike 2012 modelBioFit Comfort

The BioFit Comfort feature provides an adjustable console, handlebars, and seat with a ergonomic pedal design to make your ride as comfortable and biomechanically efficient as it can be.

BioDyne Performance

The Schwinn upright bikes have perimeter weighted flywheels to make for a smoother more consistent movement. Perimeter weighted flywheels are important because of kinetic energy (energy in motion). Kinetic energy gives users the “road feel” they are looking for… feels like you are actually on the road as opposed to having the sudden stops and starts that are associated with other flywheels. Oversized stabilizers and levelers are included for a more level, solid training platform.

Other Schwinn 120 Specifications

  • 13.2-pound flywheel
  • Eddy Current Brake (ECB) resistance system
  • Transport wheels
  • Switchable from miles to kilometers (KM)
  • Max user weight is 275 lbs.
  • Dimensions 38 x 24 x 10 inches
  • Bike’s weight is 75 pounds

Does it come with a warranty?

  • 5 years on the frame
  • 1 year on parts/electronics
  • 3 months on wear parts
  • 3 months on labor

What’s the difference between the 2009 and the 2012 bike models?

There aren’t many differences. The quality should be the same. The 2012 model is not as popular for obvious reasons.

  • The LCD is a bit larger on the 2009 model.
  • The 2012 model is a bit longer (42″ vs. 37″)
  • The 2012 model is a few pounds heavier
  • The 2012 model has a fan and speakers
  • The 2012 model has a fore/aft seat adjustment

What are Schwinn 120 users saying?

My clients have never given me any negative feedback regarding this bike. Usually their anger is targeted toward me and not the bike! I have never noticed and adjustment or resistance problems with this bike. also has plenty of reviews. The 2009 model has 4.5/5 stars and the 2012 model also has 4.5/5 stars. Although there aren’t as many reviews with the new model. Here are what some of the users at Amazon are saying:

“This bike is easy to put together. I did it myself in about 40 minutes. Nice smooth ride and comfortable.”

“I ordered this bike a month ago and I am still enjoying it. The bike is quiet, easy to use.”

“The Schwinn – 120 exercise bike was easily assembled, is sturdy and works well… that’s what a Schwinn is all about, isn’t it!”

“This bike IS as good as the overall ratings and the price is reasonable for sure.”

“This machine is excellent! My wife and I love it we actually use it daily…its quiet so I use it in the bedroom even when my wife is sleeping.”

Has there been any negative feedback?

It seems that the problem for some people was due to shipping. A few users have noted that their bike arrived damaged. A few others have had issues with the electronics.

“I liked everything about this bike and was recommending it to everyone, until last week when I couldn’t control the resistance level anymore. The LCD display is still normal and the buttons work but it doesn’t affect the resistance. Schwinn should really control the quality of their resistance motors.”

“Only thing I don’t like is the instruction book for the programming is next to nothing.”

Where’s the best place to buy the Schwinn 120 upright exercise bike?

Other than finding it locally, Amazon seems to be the best place to buy it. Click here for more user reviews or to purchase from Amazon.

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