Even though Garage Gym Pro is primarily focused on non-commercial equipment that's ideal for home gyms, some commercial-grade equipment is worth reviewing, especially when it comes to spin bikes.
That's why I like to scour the market for commercial or light-commercial equipment from time to time and provide my opinions for readers who are interested in spending a bit extra for commercial-grade quality.
The pooboo C505 is exactly that - a commercial bike that's worth considering, even if this bike is going in your home gym.
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Review of the Pooboo C505 Commercial Spin Bike
Up/Down & Front/Back
4.92 - 6.72 ft
50.78 x 19.88 x 44.48 inches
To fully grasp whether or not the C505 spin bike is worth the money, the best thing to do is compare this commercial bike with standard non-commercial spin bikes, such as the pooboo D525.
The good news is that you won't have to spend 4-5 times more if you opt for the C505 over the brand's D525, which was generally the norm for stationary bike manufacturers in the past. The C505 can be purchased for less than twice the price of a standard non-commercial spin bike, so this review will focus on whether or not it's worth spending that extra cash.
Heavy Duty Frame, Flywheel & Drive System
Let’s start with the frame. The bike's frame is actually the first key difference between the C505 and standard non-commercial spin bikes. It is designed with a heavy duty steel frame with 2.0T tube, high-density 25mm crank axle and a heavy 44 pound flywheel.
Those numbers may not mean much to you, but all you need to know is that the frame lives up to commercial standards and can hold up to 330 lbs (149.7 kg). This weight capacity is actually fairly standard compared to non-commercial bikes, but from personal experience, the C505 does feel sturdier and more stable than the brand's non-commercial model.
The pedals are just as heavy-duty as the rest of the bike, made of aluminum that's similar to what you'd find with a mountain bike.
The bike features a belt-driven system with cowhide brake pad. While riding, I found the C505 to be extremely smooth and super quiet, even when pushing my limits with high-intensity intervals. I really love the infinite levels of resistance; it gives you complete control over your workout, whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced spin instructor.
Full Adjustability & Complete Comfort
Even with one quick glance at the C505, you'll notice that the guys at pooboo spared no expense in regards to comfort. This is made obvious by the seat adjustability.
It’s fully adjustable and can be moved both vertically and horizontally. I did a bit more digging and found that the seat is designed by the VELO brand, which is focused on professional mountain bikes. To top it off, it has advanced air permeability and shock absorption.
The multi-grip handlebars are fully adjustable as well, so pairing that with the seat, this bike is as adjustable as they come. You've got tons of different position options, which is really handy if you're sharing the C505 with another rider.
Considering the full adjustability, this is a good choice no matter your height. However, if you're concerned about your height compatibility with the C505, I’d suggest contacting the manufacturer before your order, just in case.
Other C505 Features
In between the handles there's a media tray for holding a tablet or cell phone. There's also 2 water bottle holders - I'm not sure why 2 is necessary; perhaps pooboo is trying to promote staying extra hydrated? Whatever the reason, the second water bottle holder is actually a nice added touch.
The bike's LCD monitor, which is attached to the handlebars, is larger than the standard monitor and provides a user with information on time, distance, speed, calories burned and RPM. I really like that it's possible to track all these stats at the same time (rather than just scrolling through them one-at-a-time).
Lastly, the bike comes with transportation wheels, which are located at the front base of the frame. This is really convenient since it is a heavy-duty piece of equipment, weighing 148 lbs (67.1 kg). To test the wheels, I moved the bike from one side of my home gym to the other, and it was just as easy as moving a lighter non-commercial spin bike.
Key Features & Differences
Let's quickly go over the main differences between the C505 and your standard non-commercial spin bike:
Pros and Cons
Conclusion – Should You Go For Pooboo C505?
Pooboo C505 spin bike is designed for everyday intense workout. This is the main reason why it is a good choice for public gyms, but you can’t go wrong if you get the bike for your own home gym either.
There are a lot of perks to going with a commercial bike, and even though you will have to spend slightly more, it's all worth it in the end considering the C505's heavy-duty frame and full adjustability. The only thing I'm slightly disappointed with is weight limit, but as long as you're less than 330 pounds, it'll still work.
If you're interested in a different stationary riding style, don’t forget to check out our guide on the best recumbent bikes.