Schwinn IC4 Review: Indoor Cycling Bike Rated & Compared

Looking to work on your cardio but can't decide between an elliptical or exercise bike? Let us help you tackle your indecisiveness so you can get to the most important part - working out.

Here at Garage Gym Pro, we are no strangers to cardio equipment. We love exercise bikes as they can deliver an effective low impact workout from the comfort of your own home - and nothing offers both better than the Schwinn brand.

In the next article in our Schwinn review series, we're taking a look at the popular IC4 bike. Let's dive in.

Generous LCD Console

Thanks to the large LCD display, you won't lose track of your fitness goals. The Schwinn IC4's extensive LCD displays an accurate readout of your heart rate, RPMs, calories burned, and other key metrics to keep your workout focused.

Maximum Adjustability

Like the rest of the IC models, the IC4 comes with excellent adjustability levels in both its seat and handlebars. This allows pretty much anyone, big or small, to use the IC4 in complete comfort.

Multiple Grip Positions & Padded Handlebars

Schwinn favors the U-shaped handlebar design on their exercise bikes because it allows for unlimited grip positions, giving you the best comfort imaginable.

Ventilated Race-Style Seat

With the IC4's race-style and well-ventilated seat, you'll no longer have to worry about saddle soreness. Fewer excuses, more riding.

5 kHz Wireless Heart Rate Tracking

Say goodbye to awkward wires getting in the way of your cycle. The IC4 supports wireless heartrate tracking by connecting your chest band (sold separately) to the bike via Bluetooth. Your heart rate is displayed conveniently on the LCD display, helping you stay within the fat-burning zone.

Dual SPD Pedals

Schwinn is one of the most customizable bikes on the market, and the IC4 is no different. The IC4 boasts dual SPD pedals that you can swap out for either toe-cages or SPD clips to suit your preference.

40 lbs. Flywheel

The Schwinn IC4 comes fitted with a lightweight flywheel that glides silently, ensuring you won't disturb anyone around you as you exercise.

Infinitely Variable Resistance

The Schwinn IC4 comes with100 varying micro-adjustable magnetic resistance levels, allowing you to take it easy or give it your all.

Easy Access Cradles

Combine your riding session with an upper-body workout, thanks to the built-in easy access cradles. The cradles hold two 3-pound dumbbells within close reach, helping you mix-up your routine and keep it interesting.


Schwinn IC4 Indoor Cycling Bike Reviewed

Bike Specifications

Exercise Bike Type

Spin

Dimensions
(While in Use)

48.7” L x 21.2” W x 51.8” H

Levels of Resistance

100 Resistance Levels

User Weight Limit

330 lbs.

Flywheel

40 lbs.

Bike Weight

106 lbs.

If you're looking for a bike that does it all (at a fraction of the cost of a Peloton bike), the IC4 is a must-buy.

Now before we move on, who is this bike for? Fitness fans who love to mix in tech with their gym equipment will love the IC4, thanks to its long list of cutting edge features. Those who are looking for a basic piece of exercise equipment can probably give this a miss.

Instead, why not take a look at our reviews of less advanced Schwinn models such as the IC2 or IC3, which are better suited to beginners.

Those familiar with the Schwinn brand will probably be aware that the Schwinn IC4 is a 'new and improved' version of the earlier Schwinn IC3. Both models share the same basic features (adjustable frame, dual SPD foot pedals, and LCD screen).

However, the IC4 makes use of superior magnetic resistance to give a smooth and silent riding experience. With 100 micro-adjustable resistance levels paired with your choice of coaching app to encourage workout, you'll definitely find yourself working up a sweat on the Schwinn IC4.

One unique feature of the IC4 that we have yet to see on other models is the addition of two cradles. Each of these cradles holds a 3-pound dumbbell to spice up your workout with the addition of some upper-body exercises. When not used for your dumbbells, the cradles can double as dual water bottle holders, helping you stay hydrated on long rides.

However, these quirky features only attribute a small part of why the IC4 is such a remarkable model.

Our favorite feature of the IC4, and what most fans praise the bike for, is its connectivity. The IC4 is compatible with both Peloton and Zwift and a host of the most popular fitness apps. When you compare the cost of the IC4 to a Peloton bike, it certainly gives it a run for its money.

When used with the integrated tablet holder, an unlimited range of interactive and immersive exercises are now unlocked.

The IC4 is one of our favorite tech-enabled bikes on the market today. At a surprisingly affordable price-point, it's almost a no-brainer for those looking for the extensive list of features the IC4 offers.

Pros

  • 10-year frame warranty and 3-year mechanical & electrical warranty
  • 330 lbs. maximum weight capacity
  • Dual SPD pedals
  • Connects to all popular training apps
  • Virtually silent operation

Cons

  • Cradles are a little awkwardly placed. Knees can collide with bottles and dumbells.
  • Feature-rich – not for the basic user.

All About The Schwinn Exercise Bike Brand

Founded by Ignaz Schwinn in Chicago, the Schwinn brand earned a stellar reputation throughout the 20th century by becoming one of the dominant manufacturers of American bicycles.

Today, Schwinn is a well-known brand across the world, providing affordable exercise equipment for home-gyms. They manufacture a wide range of products, including treadmills, bikes, and elliptical machines.


Comparing The Schwinn Range Of Indoor Cycling Bikes

Schwinn IC4 vs. IC3

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Schwinn IC3 Indoor Cycling Bike
  • 40 pounds flywheel powered by a smooth and...
  • Dual SPD pedals come standard with toe cages...
  • Fully adjustable ventilated race-style seat
  • Urethane-dipped handlebars with fore/aft...

The IC3 and the IC4 share some basic features. However, the IC4 improves upon some of those features and adds new elements that enhance your experience.

One of the improvements in the IC4 is its wide range of connectivity, allowing you to pair the IC4 with the most popular fitness apps on the market. The IC4 also uses superior magnetic resistance, which is both quieter and requires less maintenance.

But, if you're on a tight budget, then the IC3 may be just for you.

Check out our full Schwinn IC3 review to decide whether it's best for you.

Schwinn IC4 vs. IC2

SCHWINN IC2 Indoor Cycling Bike
  • Infinite resistance levels with a 31 pounds...
  • BioFit comfort multi-position handlebars
  • Easy to use LCD screen displays speed, RPM,...
  • Oversized, corrosion-resistant steel tubing...

With the absence of a media rack for your tablet and no pulse monitor, the Schwinn IC2 is a stripped back indoor bicycle.

One benefit is that the IC2 still offers the same great adjustability as its newer models, for a much smaller price. If you're looking for a no-frills model from a reputable brand, the IC2 takes some beating. However, the cost to upgrade to the IC3 is relatively small, so it is worth considering.


Comparisons With Other Spin Exercise Bike Brands

Schwinn IC4 vs. Bowflex C6

Boasting the same impressive 330 lbs. weight capacity, the Bowflex C6 is a worthy competitor against the Schwinn IC4.

The Bowflex C6 comes with features that make the IC4 famous, including Bluetooth connectivity, two 3-pound dumbbells for your upper-body exercise, and a quiet magnetic flywheel drive.

Whether you chose Bowflex or Schwinn, both brands have a stellar reputation that should give you some reassurance.

Schwinn IC4 vs. Echelon EX5S

The Echelon EX5S has sturdy steel construction and a modern design that offers a large 21.5-inch HD touchscreen to watch the 30+ different coaching instructor videos, included with the bile.

With a similarly quiet magnetic flywheel and an adjustable frame, the Echelon EX5S is an excellent choice for an exercise bike.

The only few drawbacks are its price and its resistance levels. The price is somewhat explained by the fact it comes with a large touchscreen. However, the 32-different magnetic resistance levels won't offer the same wide range as the Schwinn IC4.

Schwinn IC4 vs. Peloton

Peloton is a brand that focuses on modern home-gym equipment. Naturally, this comes at a price.

That's not to say that the Peloton bike and its app are bad. In fact, we are huge fans of the brand and the exhaustive on-demand catalog of exercises made available through the app.

The Peloton bike also comes prebuilt on delivery, meaning you won't have to go through the hassle of building the exercise bike yourself.

However, those looking for an inexpensive solution should steer clear.

Schwinn IC4 vs. Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1805

The Sunny Health & Fitness bike offers everything you need to provide a challenging workout and keep your body in top shape. It does so with a silent but hefty 44 lbs. flywheel that runs on a magnetic drive, similar to the Schwinn IC4.

Fans of this bike claim it is a close match for the more expensive Peloton model, so if you're looking for an inexpensive alternative, the Sunny could be for you.

Schwinn IC4 vs. Horizon IC7.9

On paper, the Horizon IC7.9 should be a solid contender against the Schwinn IC4 since it comes equipped with many similar features.

However, customers who purchased the Horizon claim the aluminum doesn't offer much resistance, leaving this bike more on the entry-level side.


Schwinn IC4 Assembly & Setup Guide

Provided you can follow a few basic instructions, you'll have no issue putting this bike together. With a  helping hand, you can have the IC4 assembled and ready to go in under an hour.

Follow along with this YouTube video for a complete step-by-step guide to assembling the IC4.


Where To Buy Schwinn Indoor Bikes?

It should come as no surprise that Amazon tops our list when it comes to the best place to buy Schwinn exercise bikes. If you prefer to shop in person, there are other convenient options such as Best Buy and Walmart.

If you're looking for a great deal on Schwinn bikes, waiting for the day after Thanksgiving (Cyber Monday) is a great way to save a few bucks.


People Also Ask (FAQs)

What fitness apps work best with the IC4 indoor bike?

We recommend the Zwift App since it offers the best experience for indoor training. The Peloton app is top-rated, and it can be paired with the IC4.

Are Schwinn indoor cycles hard to maintain?

It depends on the model and construction. The IC3, for example, requires some maintenance while the IC4 requires even fewer thanks to its magnetic drive.

Can I lose weight using the IC4?

With the proper indoor training app on your tablet to encourage a good exercise routine, the IC4 will help you lose weight while also building your cardio fitness.

How do Schwinn IC indoor bikes compare to other equipment?

Indoor bikes provide a great low impact workout, making them the equipment of choice for those suffering from joint problems or back pain.

Unlike treadmills, cycles place less stress on the knees and hips. They are, therefore, excellent to help with rehabilitation after surgery.


Conclusion

SCHWINN IC4 Indoor Cycling Bike Black, Large
  • Connect with the Peloton and Zwift apps,...
  • Access the Explore the World app and...
  • Magnetic resistance with 100 micro-adjustable...
  • Dual link SPD foot pedals come standard with...

The Schwinn is a brand rich in experience, which shows in their long list of quality exercise bikes and other cardio equipment. They are certainly one of our top picks if you're a gym-goer that wants to increase their cardio fitness, shed some pounds, or simply tone up from the comfort of your own home.