Schwinn Airdyne Pro Review: Air Exercise Bike Rated

For an effective way to stay fit in the comfort of your home, look no further than an exercise bike. The Schwinn Airdyne AD Pro air bike is one of the top-rated upright stationary air bikes, and because it comes from Schwinn, you'd expect nothing less.

What sets this particular air bike apart from others is the belt drive system for a smooth and quiet ride. In this guide, we will review the benefits of the Schwinn Airdyne AD Pro.

Commercial Grade Construction

The Schwinn Pro is built to last and give you a good workout. For a quiet, durable bike that feels sturdy and supportive, you can't go wrong with the Airdyne Pro from Schwinn. Most of the time, when equipment is made well, the performance will follow. The Schwinn Airdyne Pro is no exception.

26-Blade Performance Fan & Single Stage Belt Drive

The Schwinn Airdyne Pro has a 26-inch diameter fan and a single-stage belt drive that responds to an exerciser's power to create resistance. Because it uses only one belt, the pulley puts the fan in motion directly, providing a more challenging workout.

The resistance of the air bike progressively increases with how fast or hard you pedal. That means it can accommodate beginner exercisers as well as people who need a more intense workout.

Built-in HIIT Programs

The Schwinn Airdyne Pro comes with nine built-in programs for people of varying fitness levels. You can start your workout with just two clicks, and the HIIT programs are a great way to get the heart rate up. You can monitor your progress and the results of your workouts based on speed, time, distance, calories burned per minute, RPM, and watts.

Progressive Wind Resistance Technology

The 26-blade performance fan and the weighted inertia ring is unbeatable in delivering progressive wind resistance and smooth motion. This ensures your output maximizes your input and provides safe start-ups and slow-downs. The wind-resistance technology is the heart and soul of the Airdyne Pro bike.

Multi-Grip Handle Bars

The arm bars of the Schwinn Airdyne Pro offers multiple grips. This is great because you can put a bit of diversity into your workouts. The handgrips are coated with a sheet of high-density foam to provide optimal comfort.

Battery-Operated Console

The Schwinn Airdyne Pro comes with an advanced, intuitive, and easy to navigate console that features two main displays. The top display is actually a tachometer, and the larger bottom display displays the workout programs data.

Telemetric HR Monitoring

The console of the Schwinn Airdyne Pro has a telemetric unit. It can monitor your heart rate via an uncoded HR strap from Polar Electro or an uncoded Polar compatible model. The chest strap is not included.

Oversized Padded Seat

The Schwinn AD Pro has a large cushioned seat that offers 4-way adjustability (up, down, forward, and backward). The upholstery of the seat combines highly-durable vinyl and synthetic materials. The seat also has a longitudinal groove to promote airflow and healthy blood circulation. That makes it one of the most comfortable upright bike seats.


Schwinn Airdyne Pro Bike Reviewed

Product Specifications

Exercise Bike Type

Air Resistance

Dimensions

L:53" W:26.5" H:53"

Levels of Resistance

Unlimited

User Weight Limit

350 lbs.

Preset Programs

9

Weight of Bike

113 lbs.

When we reviewed the Schwinn Airdyne Pro, it was hailed as one of the best upright air bikes. We expected nothing less from a Schwinn product, and the AD Pro certainly delivered. This Schwinn air bike is a great exercise bike for users of all fitness levels. It's great for high-intensity interval training and recovery training.

The best thing about these air bikes is that they get their resistance from air pushing against a fan (in this case, a 26-blade fan with a single-stage belt drive), that gains or loses speed depending on how you pedal.

When we pedaled slower, the intensity wasn't as strong. But when we laid it all out and pedaled hard, we felt the resistance for days. The thing that sets the Schwinn AD Pro apart from the rest is its belt drive system. The single-stage belt drive system makes for a smooth and quiet ride.

We loved the nine built-in programs that came with the Schwinn Airdyne Pro. The programs can accommodate various fitness levels. We were kind of bummed that there weren't any extra features like Bluetooth connectivity for apps. The highly accurate console was great, though. It monitored our speed, calories burned, time, distance, RPM, and watts.

The frame of this Schwinn air bike is sturdy. It can accommodate most heights with its multi-position handlebars and padded, adjustable seat. The seat offers excellent micro-adjustability, and we really loved that it was consistently cushioned and wider than most.

We don't like to spend a lot of time on assembly, and assembling this bike wasn't bad. The core of the bike is pre-assembled. We just had to mount it on the base stabilizer bars, add the moving arms, pedals, console mast assembly, foot resting pegs, and the seat. It should take you longer than 40 minutes to get it put together.

We found the Schwinn Airdyne Pro to be great for endurance building, muscle toning, and weight loss. It's not the most affordable exercise bike we've come across. Still, it is a commercial model, so the price to value ratio is quite excellent.

Pros

  • Very sturdy frame
  • Easy assembly
  • 4-way adjustable seat
  • Low maintenance

Cons

  • No straps on the pedals
  • No Bluetooth or online connectivity

All About The Schwinn Exercise Bike Brand

The Schwinn name has been synonymous in cycling for more than 100 years. The name comes from Ignaz Schwinn, a German-born bike engineer that immigrated to Chicago and co-founded a bike factory in the 1890s.

The Schwinn indoor bike brand covers the full spectrum of exercise bike styles. Everything from upright stationary bikes, recumbent exercise bikes to indoor cycle trainers. Schwinn keeps their prices low by manufacturing its machines overseas.

Schwinn became part of the Nautilus family of home exercise equipment. They are headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, instead of Chicago.


Comparing Different Schwinn Exercise Bikes

Airdyne Pro vs. AD7

The Schwinn Airdyne Pro and Schwinn Airdyne AD7 have the same high level of quality we have come to expect from Schwinn. Both of these bikes are solid high-end exercising machines and are compact and relatively lightweight. We go over their similarities and differences in depth in our review.

Airdyne Pro vs. AD6

The Schwinn Airdyne Pro and the AD6 bikes efficiently utilize wind resistance to offer unlimited resistance levels. They operate under the premise that the faster or harder you pedal the bike, the more intense the resistance will be. The Schwinn AD Pro is Schwinn's top-model and offers several upgrades over the AD6, including 9 workout programs that the AD6 doesn't have.

Airdyne Pro vs. AD2

The Airdyne Pro is designed for high-intensity training suitable for the more serious athlete or commercial-gym settings. The Schwinn AD2 is a well-built air fan exercise bike that is better suited for people looking to take their time and get fit from the comfort of their own homes. The AD2 is suitable for lighter exercise for beginners.

Schwinn Airdyne Pro vs. Schwinn Evolution Comp

The Schwinn Airdyne Evolution Comp only has two workout programs, while the AD Pro offers 9. The AD Pro is excellent for experienced athletes. At the same time, the Schwinn Airdyne Evolution Comp is ideal for rehabilitative use because of its wind-based resistance with zero friction.

The Schwinn Airdyne Evolution Comp offers little else, including no mp3 compatibility or water bottle holder.


Schwinn Comparisons with Other Air Exercise Bike Brands

Airdyne Pro vs. Rogue Echo Bike

ROGUE ECHO BIKE

Rogue Echo Bike

  • Patent pending design
  • Quality steel construction
  • LCD Console dispay
  • Belt driven steel fan
  • Black powder coated

These are two excellent bikes, and we break them down more in our review. But, the Rogue Echo bike is very smooth and a bit cheaper than the Schwinn.

Airdyne Pro vs. Assault Airbike

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We have an independent review of these two bikes as well, and it's hard to say that one product is much better than the other. They both have about an equal number of pros and cons.

Airdyne Pro vs. Octane AirdyneX

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These two air bikes are very similar. Their weight capacities, machine weights, and dimensions are all identical. The consoles and handlebars (multi-grip) are the same, and the seats are practically the same besides the seat adjustment knob.

The AirdyneX might have a sturdier crank system that can come in handy for commercial use.


People Also Ask (FAQs)

What are essential accessories suitable for an Airdyne Pro bike?

We absolutely love the Bike Reading Rack that keeps your book so you can focus on your ride. We also enjoyed the windscreen that deflected wind from our bodies.

What kind of battery does a Schwinn air bike display use?

The Schwinn Airdyne Pro display uses D size batteries.

How much do Schwinn Airdyne Pro bikes typically cost?

The Schwinn AD Pro will typically retail around $1,000.

Where can I access the Schwinn Airdyne Pro manual?

For troubleshooting and concerns, Schwinn user manuals can be found here

Is it OK to buy a used Schwinn Airdyne Pro, or should I always go with a new one?

New air bikes are always a great idea. You know there is no wear and tear, and you'll get your full warranty. However, on a budget, a used bike in good condition can be a steal.

How does the Schwinn Airdyne Pro air bikes compare to other cardio equipment?

Exercise bikes are an excellent alternative for people unable to do other cardio forms, like running on a treadmill or using an elliptical. Air bikes are also great tools for HIIT workouts. An air bike has handles that move with your pedaling action to get a full upper body workout as you work your legs.

Where can I buy Schwinn bikes at the best prices?

Like many other exercise machines we've reviewed, Amazon is a great place to find competitive prices. You can also find the Schwinn AD Pro on Schwinns website, as well as sites like Rogue Fitness. Unless you need to start working out right away, you can wait for a big sale on days like Black Friday or Cyber Monday.


Conclusion

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The Schwinn Ad Pro air bike is outstanding. In our opinion, it might just be the best available today. Its unique belt drive system and the overall build quality make the Schwinn AD Pro stand out above the rest.