Marcy Air 1 vs Schwinn Airdyne

Air bikes are quite a unique kind of exercise equipment for gyms and home workouts. Professional CrossFit trainers and athletes were allegedly involved in the making of the air bike concept. So you know these machines must incorporate all the qualities important for functional training.

To think of it, the goals air bikes creators set for themselves couldn’t be easy to achieve. What they wanted is to create a workout machine that would cater to the specific needs of each individual athlete. And eventually, they succeeded in making an exercise bike that is capable of increasing the level of resistance as your training intensifies and doing that without any manipulations on your part.

Air Bikes: Specifics

The most prominent and important part of any air bike is its large fan flywheel. As users spin the pedals, they make the fan spin as well. The faster the flywheel spins the higher is the level of resistance and, accordingly, the physical effort. Because air bikes offer no way to toggle the resistance level as all regular exercise bikes do, these machines are considered as more fitting for the experienced fitness and CrossFit fans.

However, this doesn’t mean that air bikes are more at home at commercial gyms than in your house. In fact, many brands sell machines specifically intended for private use. They look like professional machines, they offer the same level of quality and performance and are quite compact and lightweight. Marcy Air 1 and Schwinn Airdyne are good examples of this type of fitness equipment.

Marcy Air 1 vs Schwinn Airdyne: Comparison Chart

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Marcy Exercise Upright Fan Bike for Cardio Training and Workout AIR-1
Schwinn Airdyne Pro Exercise Bike, Silver
Name
Marcy Exercise Upright Fan Bike for Cardio Training and Workout AIR-1
Schwinn Airdyne Pro Exercise Bike, Silver
Rating
Weight
79 lbs
113 lbs
Weight Limit
300 lbs
350 lbs
Display
Widescreen LCD with speed, distance, time and calories metrics
Multi-display, hi-res LCD with time, distance, calories, heart rate, and speed metrics
Extra Features
adjustable seat
Telemetric heart rate monitoring system, adjustable seat, bottle holder
Price
$349.00
$999.00
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Marcy Exercise Upright Fan Bike for Cardio Training and Workout AIR-1
Name
Marcy Exercise Upright Fan Bike for Cardio Training and Workout AIR-1
Rating
Weight
79 lbs
Weight Limit
300 lbs
Display
Widescreen LCD with speed, distance, time and calories metrics
Extra Features
adjustable seat
Price
$349.00
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Schwinn Airdyne Pro Exercise Bike, Silver
Name
Schwinn Airdyne Pro Exercise Bike, Silver
Rating
Weight
113 lbs
Weight Limit
350 lbs
Display
Multi-display, hi-res LCD with time, distance, calories, heart rate, and speed metrics
Extra Features
Telemetric heart rate monitoring system, adjustable seat, bottle holder
Price
$999.00

Schwinn Airdyne Air Bike Review

Schwinn Airdyne Pro Exercise Bike, Silver
372 Reviews
Schwinn Airdyne Pro Exercise Bike, Silver
  • Single stage belt drive for instant activation and a smooth, more efficient and effective workout
  • Progressive wind resistance technology to meet the needs of beginning exercisers to those recovering from an injury to elite athletes
There are three main qualities that make all Schwinn fitness machines stand out: style, quality, and solid performance. This upright fan bike is no exception. Even before you can try it in action, it can impress you with the way it looks. Sleek, elegant and modern-looking, this bike is quite well-designed. It’s worth noting that, unlike its counterpart, this bike has a lot of plastic components but as long as the style is important, it shouldn’t bother you.

Speaking of design, it’s quite compact so it’s possible to place it in any room without cluttering it. It’s especially valuable to those who want a powerful exercise machine but don’t have much space to fit one into.

There are a few variations of Schwinn Airdyne bikes but all of them are very similar with very slight differences between them. Some are intended for commercial gyms while others are specifically designed for residential use.

There are a few notable features this bike has. First, it’s a large multi-screen console that allows you seeing all the important metrics easily without stopping your workout. Second, it’s a sturdy frame capable of withstanding even the most rigorous training sessions. Third, it’s a large fan flywheel with 26 blades. It does more than creates resistance as you go more intense. It also serves as a powerful fan, which is always great during a workout.

Other things worth noting are movable arms with multi-grip handles, an adjustable seat and total absence of any power cords. This machine is battery powered (the package includes two batteries).

Pros:

  • Infinite levels of resistance. The faster you go, the more challenging your workout gets
  • The fan flywheel serves a double purpose and keeps you cool during training
  • Fully adjustable and fits different body types
  • Wireless heart rate tracking
  • Designed to endure up to 350 lbs of weight
  • Compact

FAQ:

1. What is the cap speed limit on this bike?

As some users claim, it can go as fast as 60 miles per hour.

2. Will I have to replace the batteries often?

The batteries are quite long-lasting even if you use this bike on a regular basis.

3. Is it possible to use the arms only without making the pedals move?

Yes, this bike offers convenient footrests where you can put your feet and work the arms as much as you like.

4. Is there a media rack where I can put a tablet or a book on?

No, this air bike comes without any media shelves, so unless you want to make your own, you’ll have to do without one.

Marcy Air 1 Air Bike Review

Marcy Exercise Upright Fan Bike for Cardio Training and Workout AIR-1
342 Reviews
Marcy Exercise Upright Fan Bike for Cardio Training and Workout AIR-1
  • PREMIUM STEEL FRAMEWORK-This multifunctional equipment features a premium steel frame that combines design and performance. Constructed from 14-gauge steel tubing with scratch-resistant and powder coated finished, this bike boasts durability in its uses
  • DUAL-ACTION EXERCISE ARMS -Designed to give you an efficient and effective workout, this exercise fan bike features a pair of dual-action exercise designed to simultaneously work your upper body while targeting multiple muscle groups.
At the first glance, this machine doesn’t look much different from the Schwinn Airdyne one but a closer look can reveal certain differences. First of all, Marcy Air 1 is a bit smaller and more lightweight than its counterpart. In terms of design, the manufacturer clearly went for a more simple, basic look with a polished steel finish and not much styling.

The widescreen console is much smaller than Airdyne’s but allows seeing all metrics clearly even when you don’t look at it closely. The fan flywheel is much smaller as well, so it might not create the same nice breezy sensation during training.

The handlebars on the moving arms look pretty simplistic compared to the Airdyne’s extremely convenient multi-grip option.

The seat is fairly comfortable thanks to soft padding but can be easily replaced if you feel like it’s uncomfortable for you. However, it’s only possible to move it up and down, unlike the Airdyne seat that can also be moved forward and backward.

All in all, if you think that you need a sturdy machine for challenging workouts, but don’t want to end up paying for an overpriced bike, this might be the right pick for you. Marcy Air 1 doesn’t look as flashy as the Schwinn model and lacks certain features its more expensive counterpart offers but it’s still a quality air bike for its money.

Pros:

  • Durable enough to withstand up to 300 lbs of weight
  • Large contoured seat with generous padding
  • Easily visible user-freindly metrics display
  • Affordable

FAQ:

1. Is this bike sturdy enough to endure HIIT?

Yes, it is. While it doesn’t have some features high-end air bikes do, it’s still very sturdy and reliable when it comes to performance.

2. Are there any resistance settings?

No. Like most air bikes, this machine has no option of resistance adjustment. The level of resistance adjusts automatically: as you go faster, the level of resistance increases.

3. Can you block the arms so they don’t move while you are pedaling?

No, there is no such option. Even when you don’t touch the arms they will still be moving when you use the pedals.

4. It seems like this bike lacks many of the features other air bikes do. Is it high-quality?

While Marcy Air 1 doesn’t have some options other fan bikes provide, it’s still quite a high-quality fitness machine.

Conclusion

At first, it might seem like the choice is quite obvious. The Schwinn Airdyne upright stationary bike is a better-looking, multi-featured, high-end fitness machine. The Marcy Air 1 air bike is a more simple solution in more than one respect. It doesn’t have that high-tech contemporary look, it lacks certain comfort features and a number of extras (like a bottle holder or a heart rate monitor system). But I feel like it was an informed choice on the manufacturer’s part. Absence of certain additions and some amount of polish allows this air bike being a more affordable option.

It’s worth noting that both air bikes presented here are sturdy, high-quality machines. If style and multitude of features is something that’s important to you, Schwinn Airdyne might be the perfect match for you. If you just need a reliable fitness machine at a more appealing price, Marcy Air 1 won’t disappoint.

About the author

Jessica Nickson

Jessica Nickson

Jessica Nickson is a keen home and garden innovator with over 25 years of hands-on experience in, home improvement, landscape gardening and all things appliance related to making life easier and more interesting. You can contact her via e-mail - jessica@thehomedweller.com.

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