Chaoke Indoor Cycling Bike Review
CHAOKE Exercise Bike Overview
The CHAOKE indoor cycling bike is a consumer-grade exercise bike. It uses a belt drive system with magnetic resistance. The CHAOKE spin bike has a stable and durable frame with steel tubing construction, as well as a robust crankset suitable for frequent training and hard workouts at home. It comes with a 37-lb flywheel, manually adjusted friction resistance, and a digital LCD display monitor that displays exercise metrics including a pulse sensor integrated in the handlebar grips. The CHAOKE indoor cycling bike comes in a white color with black and red accents, which is a simple design that should be well-matched to many home interiors. The CHAOKE has a standard spin bike triangular profile. The main frame tubing is coated with a matte black paint to prevent corrosion. The flywheel is black with white and red accents. The non-metallic parts like the integrated tablet holder, drive system and brake cover are made from tough ABS plastic.
- Q-Factor: NA
- Frame: Steel
- Pedals: Toe cages with adjustable safety straps
- Flywheel: 37 lbs
- Resistance: Magnetic with adjustment knob.
- Transmission: Belt
- Weight capacity: 300 lbs
- Height capacity: 5’0″ and 6’4″
- Bike weight: 95 lbs (43 kg)
- Bike dimension: 41.3” x 20” x 44.49”
- Box dimension: 41.5’’ x 33.5’’ x 9’’
- Monitor: Single button with scan mode. No backlight.
- Connectivity: None
- Applications: None
- RPM tracking: No
- Speed tracking: Yes
- Watt tracking: No
- Transport wheels: Yes
The CHAOKE indoor bike weighs 82.4 lbs (approximately 37 kg) when fully assembled. This heavy weight makes it a stable platform specially for heavy users and during vigorous workouts, preventing excessive movement even when the user pedals forcefully out of the saddle. The CHAOKE has a maximum rider weight rating of 300 lbs (approximately 150 kg), and heavy riders can have the peace of mind of knowing that the bike will be adequately stable during intense training sessions. The bike has two small wheels affixed to the front frame base tubing, which can be used to easily transport the bike from one place inside the house to another.
Many people thinking about buying an indoor spin bike worry about the size, and having a dedicated space taken up permanently by the bike, which can be an issue inside smaller homes. The CHAOKE indoor exercise bike is relatively compact with assembled dimensions of 41.34 x 20.08 x 44.49 inches, which makes it a spin bike with a fairly small footprint. When not in use iIt can be stored in smaller out-of-the way spaces such as below a staircase or tucked away in a corner .The base tubing has four independently adjustable stabilizers which allows the user to easily setup the bike for use on a floor that is not perfectly level. A water bottle holder is included and is conveniently attached on the top tube of the frame, just beneath the tension adjustment knob, allowing users to keep a water bottle easily accessible for hydration during hard workouts.
Digital LCD Monitor:
The CHAOKE indoor spin bike comes with a digital exercise LCD monitor than tracks time, distance, speed, calories burned and pulse (via the EKG sensor contact grips integrated in the handlebar). The displayed exercise metrics are scrollable by using the single button located in the centre of the display unit. The unit will enter a power saving mode after several minutes of inactivity, and will automatically power up as it detects pedaling motion. It requires two AAA batteries.
There are a few negatives to the digital LCD monitor on the CHAOKE, but they are to be expected at this price point for basic home-user spin bikes. Firstly, there is no Bluetooth connectivity for using your own heart rate monitor (or any other Bluetooth-compatible sensors, like cadence, for that matter). Secondly, the LCD screen is not backlit which makes it hard to read in dimly lit environments. Finally, the LCD display is fairly basic and can show one line of data only, but it has a useful scan mode which, when turned on, automatically cycles between the different metrics every few seconds when turned on.
CHAOKE Bike Pedals:
The CHAOKE spin bike comes with a set of metallic pedals with rubbery toe cage that has a nylon strap that can be quickly loosened or tightened. The toe clips (cages) have are adjustable to suit a wide range of foot sizes. The pedals do not have an SPD (clip-in) option, but since the crankset on the CHAOKE uses a standard 9/16″ thread, users can easily swap out the included pedals for their favourite pair. It is not clear from the listed manufacturer specs what the Q-factor measurement on the crankset is (q-factor specs are rarely listed in exercise bikes in this category), but it seems to have adequate durability to match the maximum user weight the CHAOKE is rated for.
CHAOKE Cycle Flywheel:
The CHAOKE indoor cycle comes with a 37 lbs (16.7 kg) flywheel, which is on par with the most recent crop of indoor cycles with magnetic resistance designed for home use in this price point, Magnetic resistance systems are superior to older friction resistance systems in that they do not reply on mechanical friction between the flywheel and a wool felt brake pad, and therefore are quieter and smoother in operation.
The CHAOKE spin bike has a magnetic resistance system. The resistance uses the flywheel as a magnetic conductor between powerful magnets. As the rider pedals, the flywheel spins and interrupts the magnetic field between the magnets. This produces resistance without the components coming into direct contact. The resistance is adjustable by using a large knob conveniently located below the handlebars. Pressing down the resistance knob acts as a brake, immediately stopping the flywheel.
Some buyers reported that even with the resistance turned all the way to the lowest setting, there was still some noticeable resistance that might make it slightly challenging for beginner riders to do longer workouts. Other more experienced users noticed that the maximum resistance feels a bit too easy. This means that the resistance range for the CHAOKE can feel too narrow to suit riders on opposing ends of the fitness spectrum.
Handlebars and Seat:
The handlebar has a bullhorn-style shape offering many hand positions, and is 2-way adjustable. The 2-way adjustability range (unlike the saddle, which is 4-way adjustable) may limit the customizability for very tall or very short riders, but it has an adequate amount of vertical adjustment for most riders. Some users have reported that for those over 6 feet tall, the vertical adjustment might not be enough to set the handlebar at a comfortable height for long workouts.
The ergonomic handlebar offers several grips that allow users to use a hand position that suits their workouts. The handlebar is coated in a rubber anti-slip material that offers cushioned and comfortable grip during intense training sessions. There is an integrated tablet holder located just below the LCD exercise monitor.
The saddle is wrapped with a synthetic cover and offers ample padding for a comfortable ride. There is a central groove in the top of the saddle pad to provide breathability during long and intense training sessions. The saddle and seat post attachment system allows four-way adjustability and the adjustment range is wide enough to ensure that it will comfortably suit most riders. However, many buyers have reported that the adjustment range is not adequate for riders of very tall or very short stature. The seat post uses a standard saddle rail clamp which allows users to swap the seat out for another if needed. There have been reports of the seat clamp loosening with frequent use, so make sure you tighten it adequately and check the mechanism from time to time.
The CHAOKE spin bike comes with a belt drive system, which offers a smooth and low-noise pedaling motion. Belt drive transmissions also do not require frequent maintenance or lubrication, and do not generate as much vibration during as chain drive systems typically do.
The pedaling motion is reversible, which allows the user to pedal backwards using resistance. While useful, the reversible pedaling feature has the drawback of not being able to coast the flywheel, and it is important to remember to apply the flywheel brake if an emergency stop is necessary.
Price, Assembly and Shipping:
At the time of writing this review, the CHAOKE spin bike can be found priced around $300 (often found slightly above or below this price) and it comes with a 1-year warranty on parts.
The process of assembling the CHAOKE spin bike is rather straightforward and does not require a high level of mechanical competence. There is a handful of bolts used for fitting the front and rear base bars, the seat post, the handlebar and handlebar post, the pedals and finally the LCD display unit. There is a clear instruction manual included in the box, as well as the tools required for assembly. It would take most people between 30-45 minutes to fully assemble the bike and have it ready for use.
Once assembled, the CHAOKE does not need much periodic maintenance aside from making sure that there are no loose parts. As previously mentioned, belt drive systems do not require lubrication.
CHAOKE Indoor Cycling Bike Pros:
- Quiet magnetic resistance system.
- Easy assembly with tools included in the box.
- Strong frame supporting cyclists up to 300 lbs (136 kg) and compact dimensions that fits in smaller spaces.
- Transport wheels on front base bar for easy transport and storage.
- Adjustable stabilizers to set-up the bike on an irregular floor.
- Included water bottle cage.
- Multi-grip handlebars with included tablet holder.
- Comfortable well-padded saddle with four-way adjustability.
- LCD exercise display included with the ability to track time, distance, speed, calories, and pulse.
CHAOKE Indoor Cycling Bike Cons:
- The included pedals do not have an SPD option.
- The digital LCD display is not backlit and does not have Bluetooth compatibility for using heart rate monitors.
- Handlebar adjustment does not go high enough for some users.
- Some build quality issues, such as the saddle attachment clamp tending to come loose during use and needing frequent tightening.
The Final Verdict
For the current price of $300, the CHAOKE is a good value spin bike featuring magnetic resistance and a compact design. Nevertheless, if the price goes upwards of $300, we recommend considering the KOUZ Live exercise bike as an alternative given that the CHAOKE lacks horizontal handlebar adjustment, as well as the build quality issues with the seat post assembly that many users have reported.
At the time of writing this review, the CHAOKE exercise bike is priced at $300, with some online stores listing it for slightly below or above that price. While this price is in line with the majority of magnetic resistance belt drive spin bikes with a similar feature set, other bikes on the market are worth a look before you make the purchase decision, including the Kouz Live and Maxkare exercise bikes, which are offered in the same price bracket.