Sunny Health & Fitness Belt Drive Spin Bike – 2016 Review

Sunny Health & Fitness Belt Drive Indoor Cycling Bike

Sunny Belt Drive Spin BikeThis Sunny Spin Bike may be the only spinner online priced under $400 with the super quiet, much sought after belt drive system ! On the face of it, it is a bargain.

But is it a one trick pony?

What any bike rider will appreciate and I personally love is the heavy flywheel – high inertia from heavy flywheels will give you a smooth realistic ride very close to your road bike or mountain bike.

Add to this the belt drive and excellent price… At its current sale price of $ 329.99 down from $499  Good Luck, finding a better deal.

A  smooth, quiet indoor cycling bike that makes home-based exercise convenient and effective. – What do I mean by smooth ?

This bike has a smooth and very quiet belt drive – a very cool feature, normally reserved for top of the line bikes selling at premium prices.

The heavy-duty 49 lb. flywheel, crank and steel frame make this bike very sturdy and stable. Fully adjustable seat and up and down adjustment for the handlebars. easily adjustable resistance with a top press down emergency brake this is useful safety measure if you ride the bike around small children.

  • Equipped with a metal bottle holder.
  • Transportation wheels make it easy to move.
  • Maximum user weight: 275 LBS.
  • Frame warranty is for one year

The tension knob is a continuously turning adjustment. Turn right to tighten the tension (and make it harder to pedal), turn left to ease off and make it easier.

It’s the way all cheaper priced spinning bikes work, I suppose. With this method, however, there’s no way to “Index” or “bookmark” a location so you know you returned to the same point each time you ride.

In other words, you turn the dial to make it hard to pedal one day but there’s no way to know if you have turned the dial to the same spot when you want to repeat the same workout the next day.

Like I said, that’s awfully picky but it is the one check mark I would like to put in the plus column for this spinning bike, But for the money this bike is amazing to ride compared to some of the cheaper sunny spin bikes I have test ridden.

Pros :

  • Belt Drive – very quiet
  • Heavy flywheel – 49 lbs
  • Great  price – under $500
  • Emergency brake
  • Easy to assemble
  • Fully adjustable seat -up/down and forward/aft

Not So Great :

  • No fore or aft adjustment for the handle bars
  • Seat is uncomfortable for larger people
  • Pedals are not clipless – straps only
  • Warranty 1 year for the frame. 3 Months for parts

I would choose the  Sunny Health & Fitness Belt Drive Indoor Cycling Bike over all others mostly because of it’s reputation and solid reviews from past buyers on Amazon, the belt drive is a welcome bonus and it also has one of  the heaviest flywheels in this price range (a heavy well-balanced flywheel produces a smoother pedaling experience very similar to riding my mountain bike, maintaining my fitness between mountain bike missions is the motivation for owning a spin bike.

This sunny spin bike uses a belt to drive the wheel instead of a chain… to me, this is a major improvement I have always wanted a belt driven spin bike I can’t believe I found one so cheap,  it is much quieter needs less maintenance – no more cleaning and oiling that noisy chain.

It is easy to put the bike together… I’m always happy nowadays when things actually fit and work straight out of the box… it’s great to save money on stationary bikes when buying online, but they need to be simple to bolt together and get riding – I don’t have the patients for poor design.

If you are planning to spend a lot of time on this spin bike I would replace the cheap seat and pedals that it come with the bike as standard instead install SPD clipless pedals with a Specialized saddle, with clipless pedals fitted your mountain bike shoes clip straight in and you will be in spinning heaven!

The saddle adjustment works well – enough as it went up and down and you can move the saddle fore and aft on its rails to get the right fit so this bike is easy to adjust for the average rider.

Unfortunately the handlebars only have an up and down adjustment which limits the bikes adjustment a little bit, it will only affect very short or very tall people (no adjustment fore or aft) but I’m 5-9″ and I’m very pleased with my fit on the bike it is very comfortable and I’ve had a few long sessions on it.

Summary :

Sunny Belt Drive Spin BikeSunny Health & Fitness produce and sell some very nice spin bikes along with a couple of very cheap spinning bikes in most cases you get what you pay for But with the Sunny Health & Fitness Belt Drive Indoor Cycling Bike you get much more… To get Belt Drive, Heavy Flywheel, Solid build like this would normally cost twice as much so I have no hesitation in recommending this spin bike to anyone looking for a well priced reliable spinning bike for your home gym.



About the Author Ian

Ian is the Chief editor here at OnlineBikesShop, a reformed Cycle Traveler... now a dedicated stay-at-home dad of a very active 3 yr old, a keen mountain biker with a passion for all types of bikes, the outdoors, and keeping fit...

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