I bet that you’ve heard about magnetic resistance bikes and chains bikes. But an air bike is something not so ordinary and a bit different. They’ve become quite popular in 21st century and today, we will be reviewing one such bike, the Assault AirBike Classic.
This particular bike is made by Assault Fitness, a brand that specializes in manufacturing air bikes and air treadmills. Air bikes are usually more expensive than magnetic resistance bikes, but are also made of more durable and high quality materials. So let’s jump right onto features.
Features of Assault AirBike Classic
The entire frame and most of the parts are made of machined and formed durable steel. The integration of the twenty sealed cartridge bearings throughout the frame provides a durable feel and smooth ride. The air resistance mechanism uses unlimited increase mechanism, so you will never run out of options. The bike is equipped with a 25-inch diameter steel fan that delivers maximum resistance. The seat is fully adjustable horizontally and vertically and can also be tilted.
The computer display provides you with information such as intervals, tabata, watts, calories, distance, time and heart rate.
The maximum user weight support is 350 lbs (158.7 kg). The dimensions are 49 x 22 x 51 inches (124.5 x 55.9 x 129.5 cm) and the total weight is 110 pounds (49.9 kg).
Let’s start with the assembly. The Assault AirBike Classic was very-well packed. The instruction manual is very detailed and the entire assembly can be done by one person. I’m attaching assembly video as well.
The first thing that I want to point out is the overall sturdiness and construction. The bike is heavy, made of quality commercial materials, like heavy-gauge steel. I have no doubts that it can support the max weight of 350 lbs. The pedals themselves are rather standard, I’d say aluminum alloy, but they do the job quite well.
The seat can be adjusted vertically, horizontally and it can be tilted a bit. Thanks to the 8 adjustment settings, even taller people can get their own setting. Several 6’5” reviewers mentioned it fits them quite well. While the adjustment options are great, the seat could definitely be more comfortable. Good news is that it can be replaced.
There is no coasting, so the resistance increases the faster you pedal. Since it’s an air bike, the faster you pedal, the more air will blow back to your face, but that is quite okay as you’ll start sweating soon. The fan is also not really quiet, but that is to be expected. The chain itself seems pretty standard though, I guess only a time will tell how long will it hold together.
The display offers everything you could possibly want. While it is not a huge fancy display with Full HD coaching programs, it does have several programs you can follow, or simply monitor your stats. A note worth mentioning is that the Assault Airbike classic does not come with a heart rate monitor, but it has a heart rate sensor, so it’s fully compatible with Polar chest straps.
It also comes with a spot for either phone or tablet. Unfortunately, it does not come with a water bottle holder.
Assault Fitness also offers 5-years frame warranty and 2-years parts warranty.
Pros & Cons
As with every fitness equipment gear, even Assault AirBike Classic comes with pros, but cons as well.
Our rating: 4.5 / 5
Is Assault AirBike Classic worth your money? If you do not mind the wind blowback and a bit of noise, then yes, it’s definitely worth it. Go over the features and pros and cons to see if it fits your needs and decide for yourself. 🙂