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YOSUDA Indoor Cycling Bike Stationary Review – Great Under $300 Spin Bike

Yosuda Indoor Cycling Bike Stationary Review

I love mountain biking. The weather doesn’t always cooperate when you want to ride or get a workout in. A good indoor stationary bike can help you get your riding time in when you are short on time or the weather doesn’t cooperate. The YOSUDA YB001 is a great value fitness bike that would make a good addition to anyone’s home or garage gym. Keep reading for our YOSUDA indoor cycling bike stationary review to learn the good and bad of the YOSUDA bike.

YOSUDA indoor cycling bike stationary review

Best Under $300 Indoor Exercise Bike

YOSUDA Indoor Cycling Bike Stationary Bike

Yosuda YB001 Product Image

Key Features and Specifications

  • Smooth Stationery Bike – 35lbs flywheel and heavy-duty steel frame of the exercise bike guarantee stability while cycling. The belt driven system provides a smooth and quiet. It won’t disturb your apartment neighbors or sleeping kids.
  • Personalized Fit Exercise Bike – 2-way adjustable non-slip handlebar, 4-way adjustable padded seat and a large range of resistance give users a comfortable indoor riding experience. Workout your muscles / lose weight / improve cardio. 270 lbs weight capacity.
  • LCD Monitor and iPad Mount – The LCD monitor tracks your time, speed, distance, calories burned, and odometer. The Ipad holder allows you to enjoy exercising and music at the same time, making it easier to keep exercising.
  • Safe to Use – The adjustable cage pedals protect you from a fast ride. Press the resistance bar to stop the flywheel immediately. The water bottle holder allows you to replenish water in time.
  • Max Rider Weight – 270 lbs
  • Rider Size – 25-35inch inseam
  • Weight – 67 lbs
  • Speeds – Single speed belt drive
  • Adjustable Resistance – Friction brake
  • Warranty – 1 year free parts replacement

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We got our YOSUDA bike a couple of weeks ago and have been riding it daily since then. YOSUDA provided the bike for this review but as always we will tell you everything about the bike and how it’s working out for us. It is an upright bike like most bikes in general. It is not a sit down recumbent bike. It has a belt drive which drives a 35 flywheel to give it a smooth feeling ride. Let’s get to the details.

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Price

The YESUDA YB001 currently costs $283 on their website. You can use our discount code GHG05 to get it for $269. This makes it a great value indoor exercise bike and competitive with other low cost indoor exercise bikes like the Cyclace Exercise Bike. It is much cheaper than a Proform Studio Bike Pro or Peloton.

Assembly

It took me about 20 minutes to assemble the bike. It took me about an hour to clean up the mess left from the giant cardboard box and beaded foam that it was shipped in.

Assembly is straightforward and you don’t need any tools outside of what is provided. You bolt the 2 feet on. Then you put on the pedals. Put in the seat post and attach the seat. Put on the handlebars and display.

There are a couple of extra bolts, nuts, and washers which is nice. It’s way better having extras than missing a fastener and then trying to locate a replacement. An extra brake pad for setting the bike resistance is also included.

A note about the pedals. Bicycle pedals are not threaded the same on the left and right pedal. The left pedal is backwards threaded. I found that both pedals took a lot of effort to wrench in. There is some loctite and paint that has to be cut by the threads while they are being driven in. After bolting the pedal in you add a locknut.

I don’t see how the pedals are going to come loose without the locknut. I have read enough reviews of this bike where people claim it happened. Don’t leave the locknut off.

unassembled yosuda bike
assembled yosuda bike

Construction

The YOSUDA spin bike has a solid build. The cycle bike is made with a steel frame. It’s quite heavy at 67 lbs. The flywheel weighs 35 lbs which is a big part of it. There isn’t an obvious weak point when looking at it. The only area which I think could be improved is the handlebar post. It wobbles a bit more than I would like when it’s extended all the way.

Fixed Gear Bike

This indoor cycle is a fixie. The pedals operate a beltdrive which spins the flywheel. There is no freewheel or coasting the pedals while riding it. This is normal for spin bikes and most indoor exercise bikes including a Peloton bike. In years past I have used bike trainers with my mountain bikes to ride indoors. The fixed gear nature of this takes a little getting used to if you aren’t used to riding stationary bikes. This discussion has some information about fixed gear spin bikes vs other exercise bikes.

bike pedals flywheel

Adjustable resistance level

The YOSUDA exercise bike has a resistance knob that tightens a felt pad down into the flywheel. The tighter you turn the knob, the more resistance you get. You can quickly stop the bike if you need to by pushing down on the nob. Resistance on this bike is manual. There are no programs and the LCD display has no connection to the resistance adjustment.

Resistance knob
resistance brake

4 way adjustable seat

The seat can adjust fore/aft and height. The included seat has thick padding and a center channel groove. The groove is to prevent numbness while riding the bike.

seat adjustments

Adjustable handlebar

The handlebar shape is road/triatholon shaped bar. You can adjust the height of the handlebar to get the riding position you want.

Adjustable cage pedals

The bike comes with metal cage pedals with toe straps. This is a fixed gear bike. Do not remove the toe straps. This is so that you don’t slip your foot off the pedal with a lot of momentum in the flywheel. That will send the pedals flying into your shins and it will hurt. Do not be tempted to remove the straps and ride it with flat pedals.

LCD Display

There is a simple and easy to use LCD monitor. It has basic information such as time, speed, distance, and calories. It has one button to change the display. You reset it by holding the button for 3 seconds.

This bike does not have any exercise routines or programs on it. The resistance adjustment is purely manual.

Yosuda Display

Tablet holder

There is a plastic shelf attached to the handlebars that can hold your phone or tablet. It snaps into place during assembly. It has a few different grips and channels in it for holding different objects. It works pretty well.

Tablet holder

Easy to move

The bike has wheels on it’s front support. To move it you grab the handlebars and tip the bike forward. You can then guide it around with the handlebars. Set it back down when you get it in position. I an easily roll it from where we store it out to where we use it. It’s easy enough I haven’t considered permanently leaving it out.

front support wheels
moving bike

Riding the bike

I have been riding the bike for at least a 20 minute session each day. I am an over 200 lb rider. I’m not at the 265 lb weight capacity but I’m not a ton below it. So far the bike is performing good. I will add more to this section if any issues come up with the bike after continued use. So far it’s working well for us.

The seat and handlebar have similar wobble amounts to them. I don’t notice the seat post wobble while riding. I do notice the handlebar wobble back and forth a little bit.

The pedals work well. They haven’t loosened at all after several hours of riding. I don’t expect them to with a locknut on the end on top of how tight they were to screw in. The pedal straps are generic bike straps that can be adjusted to fit your shoes. They work at keeping the pedal attached to your feet. I haven’t had any pedal to shin incidents.

The pedals work fine with regular runnings shoes or exercise shoes. There is no need to get cycling shoes to ride this bike. I have a pair for mountain biking but don’t put them on for riding this.

Riding Bike

Comfort

This spin bike has a more athletic leaned forward riding position to it. There is enough adjustment in the bike that I can get a natural feeling position. The handlebars have a triathlon shape to them which I am getting used to. I mountain bike with a straight handlebar. I never ride road bikes. After spending time on the bike I am getting used to the different hand positions.

The padded seat has enough cushion without going too overboard. It’s good for a 20-30 minute indoor session. It’s got way more padding than I would want for a 3 hour trail ride. The seat has standard mounting rails on it. You could swap it out for your favorite preferred bike seat.

Noise level

The belt drive and flywheel are quiet. I can easily watch TV or listen to the radio over top of the bike. It’s much more quiet than my trainer/mountain bike combinatioin.

My YB001 has developed a clicking noise on every pedal stroke under higher resistance after the first hour of use. I think it’s from the plastic belt cover knocking against the bike frame.

Resistance

There is plenty of range for pedal resistance. I can feel the difference with about a 1/4 turn of the knob. I can screw it in far enough that I’m not able to pedal the bike. The flywheel is heavy enough to give the bike a good feel with the resistance all the way loose. It doesn’t feel like your spinning a freewheeling crank on a bike with a broken chain. It feels like similar resistance to a smooth flat road.

YOSUDA indoor cycling bike stationary summary

YOSUDA Indoor Cycling Bike Stationary Bike

Yosuda YB001 Product Image

Use the Coupon Code GHG05 for 5% off at yosudabikes.com

What we liked
  • Low cost
  • Easy and quick to assemble
  • Easy to adjust seat, handlebar
  • Very effective resistance adjustment
  • Good for exercising at home
  • Smooth pedal feel
  • Easy to move around the house
What we didn’t like
  • Sometimes makes a clicking noise while pedaling
  • Handlebars have more wobble than I would like

YOSUDA discount code

Use the Coupon Code GHG05 for 5% off at yosudabikes.com

Wrap Up

The YOSUDA YB001 stationary bike is a good addition to my home exercise equipment. It’s great for the winter and days when the weather doesn’t cooperate for riding outdoors. I can get a quick ride most mornings before meetings at work. If you want a good value basic spin bike, you should check out the YOSUDA indoor cycling bike.

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About the author

My name is Doug Ryan. I am a homeowner and love having get togethers and finding the best things to make spending time at home easier and more fun. We spend a lot of time at home so why shouldn’t we have a great time there?  I decided to start Great Home Gear as a way to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for all things home living with everyone.