Recently I’ve been reviewing a lot of non-commercial equipment. That is of course normal, since my website is about home-gym equipment and that is mainly non-commercial. However, from time to time I like to scour the market for commercial or light-commercial equipment, since my regular readers often turn their eyes toward this kind of quality. One such piece of equipment that we are going to review now is pooboo C505 commercial spin bike.
Long gone are the days where commercial equipment cost 4-5 times more than standard home-gym equipment. I can’t of course speak for every manufacturer, but since we are reviewing another bike by pooboo, the C505 can be purchased for twice the price of a standard non-commercial spin bike.
Pretty good, huh?
Well let’s see the key differences this bike provides and if it’s worth the extra money.
Heavy Duty Frame of pooboo C505 Commercial Spin Bike
Let’s start with the frame. The frame is actually the first key difference between this and standard non-commercial spin bikes. C505 features heavy duty steel frame with 2.0T tube, high-density 25mm crank axle and enormous 44 lbs flywheel. The supported weight is set to 330 lbs (149.7 kg).
The pedals are made of aluminum and are of the same quality like one would use on a mountain bike. They have standard covers and also feature non-slip design.
The bike uses belt-driven system with cowhide brake pad, which is better in quality and provides quieter and smoother ride. The infinite resistance adjustment system provides a good workout for all kinds of fitness skill levels. Tension can be adjusted via a conveniently located tension knob. There is also instant stop button in case of… emergency?
Full Adjustability Goes a Long Way
If you look at the frame, you’ll see that guys at pooboo weren’t greedy in regard to quality of the parts and this is enforced by the provided seat. It’s fully adjustable (vertically and horizontally) and is designed by VELO brand for professional mountain bikes. It has advanced air permeability and shock absorption.
The multi-grip handlebars are fully adjustable as well, which, in combination with the adjustability of the seat provides great number of position options. These handles have a tablet / cell-phone holder and also two water bottle holders.
LCD monitor, which is attached to the handlebars, is larger than standard monitor and provides accurate information about time, distance, speed, calories burned and RPM. I’m also glad to report that you can track all these stats at the same time. Most non-commercial bikes provide cheap, small LCDs that provide information only about one stat at a time. Personally, I really don’t care for these cheap displays, since it’s a bit annoying to keep switching from one stat to another during workout. I’m glad that this is not the case with C505.
Lastly, the bike comes with transportation wheels, which are located at the front base of the bike. This is really convenient since it is a heavy-duty piece of machinery, which weighs 148 lbs (67.1 kg). I’m already getting headache thinking about moving this on your own without the transportation wheels.
Armed with the information from above, we can point out the main differences between pooboo C505 commercial spin bike and most non-commercial bikes:
- Heavy duty 2.0T tube steel frame
- 25mm commercial crank axle
- 44 lbs flywheel
- Cowhide brake pad
- Multi-grip, multi-purpose handles (two bottle holders, tablet holder)
- LCD monitor with multi-stat display
- Aluminum anti-slip mountain bike pedals
- VELO brand mountain bike seat
One thing that might be noticeable is the 330 lbs weight support. This is actually a standard even for most non-commercial bikes. However, the commercial difference doesn’t lie in weight limit, but rather in the long-term use and functionality.
Also, considering the full adjustability of the bike, this is a good choice no matter your height. However, with that being said, if you are too short or too tall, I’d suggest contacting the manufacturer before your order, just in case.
Pros and Cons
Conclusion – Should You Go For Pooboo C505?
Our rating: 4.8 / 5
Pooboo C505 spin bike is designed for everyday intense workout. That is the main reason why it is a good choice for public gyms. However, you can’t go wrong if you get the bike for your own home as well. Maybe you like to work-out like crazy, or you have a family that you are going to share the bike with. But what do I care, right? If you like the bike, just get it. I don’t think you can go wrong with this particular spin bike.
Also don’t forget to check out our guide on the best recumbent bikes, in case you are on a hunt for such indoor bike type.