All hail the Yosuda Indoor Stationary Cycling Bike. While you won’t be happily transported on the Tour de France or blown away by unrivaled technology when riding this bike, you will save money and sweat. This rugged pocket rocket of a bike is a safe and reliable ride, with a small footprint to start, and you don’t need a loan to foot the bill either.
Dimensions: 40″ / 22″ / 45″
Mass: 73 pounds
Flying: 35 pounds
Maximum user weight: 270 pounds
Display: Basic ACL
Reader type: Belt
Guarantee: 1 year parts
Other Features: Cup holder, foot rests, smartphone holder
We were delighted with the ride comfort of this bike with its ergonomic seat and straight handlebars. It’s modest and powerful, leaving us safe in the knowledge that you don’t need to spend too much to find quality. Plus, at under $300, you can pick it up for a fraction of the price of fancier models like the NordicTrack S22i or Peloton.
Finally, a balance was struck between affordability and numbing potential, and it’s there for us as one of the best exercise bikes on a budget. It’s not a high-tech bike like the Peloton or the Echelon Connect EX3, but this bike can be your reliable best friend and provides basic metric tracking via a small LCD screen. We recommend having Youtube, or an app like iFit, handy for scheduling killer workouts, and you can track your metrics using some of the best fitness trackers.
Configuration and usability
- Configuration and usage rating: 4.0/5
Even if your best build attempts are usually futile, we think you can get away with setting up this bike on your own. Your delivery arrives with the mainframe assembled and all parts slotted together and screwed together using nuts, bolts and an Allen key – so there’s no temptation to throw rogue bike bits at them. walls with rage. We took an hour to put this model together and another five minutes to tighten the bolts, making sure nothing wobbled.
The instruction manual left us confused, but there’s a handy QR code on the front page that takes you to a cohesive YouTube video. Once assembled, all you have to do is climb on it and take it for a ride.
Design and display
- Design and display rating: 3.5/5
There is no doubt that the Yosuda exercise bike is basic and compact. Despite this, the design doesn’t look cheap and features a heavy, stable steel frame and a friction-resistant 35lb flywheel that powers the movement smoothly and quietly.
To be honest, we were stunned by how quiet this model was. The flywheel uses friction from a wool felt brake pad on top of the flywheel and an adjustable knob on the bike frame to generate resistance. Although you might think this would result in a noisy pedaling experience, you might actually hear a pin drop. There’s even a spare brake pad to sweeten the deal.
The wide base adds stability, so there’s no tipping over while pedaling, and the front-loading wheels allow you to quickly store this bike – which is extremely easy considering it weighs 73 books. However, it cannot be folded, so you will have to take it apart if you run out of space. The Xterra Fitness FB150 is a great starting point for foldable designs, but given their similar price, we feel it’s much better value.
The handlebars are angled into an upright position that we found much more comfortable during testing, and that means you don’t have to keep your forearms flat. The most surprising design feature is the ergonomic seat which is a huge tick for us; it has springs underneath to add cushioning and creates a soft bounce during exercise, without feeling unstable. The seat is much more cushioned than higher-end models like the Peloton or Wattbike Atom, which feature rock-solid seats that can make beginners cringe and hobble the next day. It’s a big bonus for Yosuda, and after an hour of cycling we could have happily continued.
The handlebar can be adjusted vertically and the seat both horizontally and vertically. There’s a good amount of range available, but how comfortable this bike is will definitely depend on your crotch. Our user is 5″2 and positioned the seat at the lowest setting, so there should be plenty of room for a 6″0 user.
If you’re looking for a fancy console, you might consider going the NordicTrack or Peloton route instead. This bike has a compact LCD screen (batteries included) displaying visuals for metrics like calories, distance, time, speed – and a scan mode that toggles between them all. A handy odometer also tells you the total distance accumulated, but you’re missing one key feature – cadence (more on that below).
The bike is equipped with aluminum alloy caged pedals with straps to adjust and tighten to the shape of your foot. We wore Adidas U_Path X trainers in testing, which are wide and thick, and found the toe box to fit snugly and felt secure, with no slippage throughout the pull-and-push motion of the cycling.
There’s no Bluetooth capability, so you’ll have to be prepared to get creative with your own workouts. This is quite easy to do via the the iFit app, which offers live and pre-set workouts, or you can use free videos via YouTube.
The bike has a phone holder between the handlebars that can hold a smartphone or small tablet and is perfect if you’ve chosen to stream a workout; it just about sustained our iPhone X through the most vigorous sprints, although there was some wobble. There is a secure cup holder mounted on the central unit, but it would have been more practical near the handlebars.
Besides the basic metrics, it’s up to you to find a fitness tracker that suits your needs. Frustratingly, this bike doesn’t keep pace, making it harder to keep up with your instructor during workouts and gauge your rate of perceived exertion (RPE). It’s fine if you’re a beginner or just focusing on the basics, but it’s not good news for avid cyclists. Cadence tracks pedal revolutions and can help you figure out your pace, which could be a big loss for those who like to follow that way.
- Performance rating: 4.0/5
How you use this bike is really up to you; if you want to flick through Netflix and cover some effortless distance, this bike is perfect. Likewise, if you’d rather speed it up, the Yosuda doesn’t crumble under pressure – although we can only speak for the testing period we’ve had.
You can still achieve a rotating experience, regardless of the lack of features. We tested using a 60-minute endurance cycle class, a 30-minute fat-burning HIIT workout, and a recovery cycle — all via YouTube — and the bike held up. We came away with the familiar feeling of shaking legs and sweating like crazy, a testament to the effective resistance capabilities available should you choose to ride it. You can still pull off a decent workout if you’re happy to take the reins and get creative.
The ride is smooth and solid, with no rattling found in other models using a chain. The flywheel barely sighs, with a slight click, the only thing to hear among our heavy gasps. While you can’t track your cadence, you can still use your personal RPE to create training levels throughout the workout or measure via other metrics.
However, avid cyclists or anyone looking for excitement should know that this is a no frills experience. You are not transported to the Alps, immersed in a live boot camp or pushed to your limits by an instructor. It’s a basic bike for basic cycling needs – and that’s why you save money.
Value for money
- Value for money rating: 4.5/5
This is an excellent value for money find. It’s exhausting to get an indoor bike that doesn’t feel like it could collapse at any moment during precarious sprints and climbs. Yosuda designed this stationary bike with durability in mind, and we’re here for it. The only reason we didn’t give this bike a five is because of the obvious lack of features and missing cadence tracking, which might put off avid riders.
Beginners, or those who don’t care about features, will find this a great starting point. We were impressed with the quality build, ease of assembly, and smooth ride offered by Yosuda. We’re also still impressed with the comfort of this seat.
If you’re looking for an immersive cycling experience, the Echelon Connect EX3 is a cheaper alternative to Peloton and offers live and on-demand classes through its app without the clutter or annoying price tag.
Avid cyclists listen – the Wattbike Atom is designed with cyclists at the forefront. Anyone looking to improve their cycling technique while achieving an intense workout will benefit from everything this bike has to offer.
How we tested
We put this bike through a rigorous review process at our purpose-built test center, working through the gears to ensure it was capable of delivering a lung-busting workout.
Our test team completed a series of workouts, including an active recovery session, intense interval training, and a longer endurance piece, before scoring each exercise bike on five factors:
- Configuration and usability
- Design and display
- Value for money
The results were used to calculate a final score out of five and inform a detailed verdict designed to summarize the strengths and weaknesses of each exercise bike, helping you choose the best product for you.
This bike is our budget option. Its MSRP is $299 / £240, but you can find cheaper deals on Amazon. Although this is a basic bike, the build quality is worth it.