Schwinn 170 Upright Bike Review

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The Schwinn 170 Upright Bike we shall review here is an updated version of the old Schwinn 170.

Though the former model had a nice run to it, it had several downsides to it, but the new 170 addresses them all making it to the list of the best upright exercise bikes.

This model still qualifies a low-budget trainer, and it’s perfect for those who are looking to save money on their purchase but still want something with more than the basic features.

The perks on this model include 29 workout programs, wireless telemetry, sound system, and more.

  • Resistance

                                                                                                                        Coming in with 25 levels of resistance, the Schwinn 170 exercise bike will give you plenty of control over your workout. However, I like to remind people that having more diverse levels of resistance doesn’t necessarily translate to overall resistance, but it simply means you can fine-tune your effort more.                                                                                                   

    That said, most of the Schwinn 170 users have no complaints about this bike.Even better, I love the seamless transition from one level to the other, and the huge jumps are equally smooth.


  • Workout Programs                                                                                            

    The 170 is loaded with 29 programs, tying up with the high-end Schwinn 270. The diverse workout programs will spice your workouts, and the tons of workouts means that there’s bound to be a workout for every member of your home to enjoy.                                                                         

    The 29 programs include:

    • 9 heart rate programs

    • 4 custom workouts

    • 12 profile workouts

    • 2 fitness test

    • A recover test and a quick start

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    Acoustic Chamber Speakers                                                                           

    Who doesn’t like listening to their favorite track during exercise?

    Well, the folks at Schwinn obviously thought about it as well, and by adding a pair of acoustic chamber speakers, the 170 will make your exercise regime pleasant and more productive.                                                          

Specifications

  • Weight capacity: 300 pounds
  • Flywheel: High Inertia Flywheel 
  • Dimensions: 41" L x 21" W x n/a H 
  • Programs: 29
  • Resistance: 25

Unique Features that Make Schwinn 170 so Interesting

Frame

The solid steel frame offers a generous weight capacity  of 300 pounds, making it easy for this upright bike to support even the heavier adults.

 The frame on this model is further coated with an anti-corrosive paint for a long-lasting finish, and though we don’t recommend using the bike on the outdoors, it’ll easily stand up to the elements.

Moving on, though it’s not a good idea to purchase a bike based on aesthetics alone, I’ve to admit I was tempted to with the 170.

This model is quite symmetrical, and the professional design is simply eye candy, and in my opinion, it serves as a great motivation factor.

Seat

Similar to the Schwinn 270, the seat on this model is quite ergonomic, and it has been consistently cushioned for optimal comfort.


Even so, it's not the oversized type, but surprisingly, it feels comfy and is designed to support even the heavier users without causing any form of discomfort.


Another big plus of the seat on this model is the horizontal adjustability, which I find quite handy, especially for users with long legs who always tend to hit the handlebars with their legs.

Needless to say, the seat is equally vertically adjustable, and can easily accommodate users of various heights, including those between 4’8” and 6’5”.

Of course, while tall users can use this bike, it’s unfortunate that they can’t benefit from a full leg stretch.

Handlebar

The handlebar on this bike is ergonomically designed, and the angle-adjustable feature makes it easy to tilt the handlebar forward, backward, or downward. 

The handlebar has also been generously cushioned for a firm grip and will let you perform a variety of tricks without the risk of slipping.

More importantly, since this model is a professional bike, the handlebars have been equipped with a heart rate/ pulse sensors. These sensors are telemetry-enabled, meaning they’re compatible with the various chest straps and transmitters.

Drive Type

The drive system on the Schwinn 170 consists of a 10-pound flywheel.

And yes, the 10 pounds is on the lower side and you would expect nothing much from this bike.

On the contrary, the flywheel on this model is a unique perimeter weighted flywheel, which uniquely distributes the weight on the edge of the flywheel.

Despite being lightweight, this flywheel is capable of creating just enough inertia to promote a smooth and uninterrupted pedaling experience.

Pedals

The pedals on the 170 are oversized, and they come with straps to provide a secure platform to push and pull as you pedal.

While the bike isn't designed for standing on the pedals for an extended period, some users do, and they've found it sturdy and comfortable, too.

The pedals are designed with safety in mind, and you’re less likely to slip on when doing your exercises.

Console

The large and easy-to-use console hosts a variety of components, and most notably, is the two display screens that allow you to view all your performance metrics.

The displays are backlight-enabled, and so, I can easily monitor my stats even in my dimly-lit garage.

Generally, like the majority of the premium consoles, the Schwinn 170 digital display will allow you to see distances traveled, time, speed, pulse, heart rate zone, and more.

What We Liked About Schwinn 170

  • Bluetooth-Enabled: Unlike the Schwinn 230, this upright bike supports Bluetooth, and so, it easy for users to wirelessly sync with other devices. Even better, it can connect to some of the popular and advanced-tracking apps such as My Fitness Pal and Schwinn apps.
  • Heart Rate Receiver: Though the chest straps on this model are sold separately, they’ve included a heart rate receiver.
  • Workout fane: The three speeds workout fan promotes optimal airflow and help to keep you cool during your workouts. 
  • Noiseless Operation: Leveraging on the magnetic resistance system, the Schwinn 170 operates quietly, and the transition between the resistance levels is barely audible.
  • Portable: The inclusion of wheels on this model helps to enhance the overall portability.

What We Didn’t Like

  • Electric-powered: The Schwinn 170 uses Eddy brakes, and this means in the event of a power outage, you won't benefit from any resistance levels.

Bottomline & Verdict

The Schwinn 170 is a low-priced stationary bike option with ample of fitness components.

It’s an ideal option for both the beginners as well as advanced athletes. 

While some users complained about the poor quality control, most of the buyers are pleased with the model, and the bike's average track record and low price make it a popular option for a majority of the home gyms.

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