Echelon EX7S Indoor Cycling Bike Review
Echelon EX7s Overview
Echelon is a colossal name in indoor cycling and spinning, and it’s pretty easy to see why. They make an incredible product, and anyone would be proud to have a spin bike like this in their home gym. This was probably one of the first bikes you came across when you started hunting down that perfect exercise bike for you, as it’s trendy. The EX7s is the most equipped model in the Echelons range of bikes, where it sits alongside the EX1, EX3, EX5, EX5s, and the EX15. This latest model features five major improvements compared to EX5s (a better seat, protective rubber guards for stretching, a thicker/commercial crankset, a more responsive monitor with the ability to rotate the screen to either side up to 180-degree, and a set of more comfortable handlebars with flat tops). The price comes in around $2000 and sits at the higher end of the market with bikes such as the Nordictrack s22i and the Peloton. The assembly is straightforward, and all the tools are provided. When shipped, it’s packed with a lot of support, so it will take a little bit of time to remove these supports, and the total build time will be about an hour to two hours. I would rather the bike travel supported in trade for a little bit longer on build time, so for me, I was pleased to see the care and attention that had gone into this. The warranty is 90 days, and if you register the bike, you get 12 months. I think this is a good warranty and I would be satisfied with that as most exercise bikes offer a similar amount. The Echelon has got some serious competition with giants like Peloton to stand up to. It has to be something exceptional, has it got the goods?
The monitor is incredible. The quality is fantastic, and it’s enormous. The screen is a 22 Inch High-Quality touch screen. Unlike many other screens, it’s responsive and fast and doesn’t need much time at all to load into cycling classes and training profiles. The screen also is full of ports in the back, from USB to audio jacks. It’s pretty open to charging devices and headphones to plugin. As with other Echelon products, the screen is limited to the Echelon application, and they want you to be on their membership subscription program. The cost of the application subscription is $39.99 a month, which may seem like a lot, but when you have 3500+ previous classes in your hands and live classes every day, I can see the value. You also have options for freeride modes and not only cycling. You have strength and conditioning, boxing, pilates, HIIT, and tone, to name a few. It’s incredible when it comes to being interactive, and I can see why people pick this as the variety is just huge. The screen can swivel 180 degrees, so any off the bike classes will be much easier to do. It also has Bluetooth connectivity so that you can link up heart rate monitors and even headphones wirelessly. When you’re in the classes, you get all the data you need, time, distance, heart rate, calories, rpm, resistance level, and even watts. Also, you have a live leaderboard in some classes, which is very fun and adds a competitive side. For the Heart Rate, you will require a Bluetooth heart rate monitor. When it comes to sound quality, it is excellent, and this is down to the front-facing speakers, and these add to the experience. This is an absolute beast of a screen, and probably in the top three screens, I have ever seen on a spinning bike before.
The transmission is an exceptional feature which I was impressed by. It is a belt drive system, not just any belt system though it is a Kevlar Poly V Belt Drive. This will make the bike practically maintenance-free, stay nice and sharp, and be very quiet. The resistance is magnetic, meaning it is a frictionless setup. When the flywheel is spinning, you can add resistance by turning the dial in, bringing magnets closer and closer, which creates a stronger eddy current against the flow of the direction of the wheel, making the resistance. You have 32 levels, and the range is enough to suit a brand new indoor cyclist to a seasoned professional indoor cyclist. The magnets are worth mentioning as well. Unlike other bikes, these are neodymium earth magnets and are not often seen on a spinning bike.
The pedals are excellent. They are high quality and not only come with a toe strap on one side but SPD clip in on the other. This is something the Echelon has over the Peloton, and it is nice to see them making an effort with this. Many people eventually go into clip-ins as this benefits the experience of riding a bike indoors and comes to help with generating extra power and structure. The Q Factor on indoor bikes is the size of the bracket between the pedal cranks arms. It would be around 150mm on a standard road bike, and on a mountain bike, 170mm. Indoor bikes tend to be around this or slightly more prominent. The Echelon EX7 is 204mm. This for a spinner would feel normal. For an amateur cyclist might be a noticeable difference. The flywheel weighs 28.6lbs, it’s on the lighter side, but when it comes to magnetic resistance, that is fine as the system Echelon has in place requires this.
The bike itself weighs 124lbs. It’s not the lightest and not the heaviest, but it can be easily moved around on the wheels which are on the front. It’s 54” long and 20” wide, so it’s not a giant bike by far. It’s middle range compared to its competitors. It’s a robust metal water resistance design, and the flywheel sits out the way of possible sweat drops on the rear. The frame suits riders from 4ft 5” to 6ft 8” and a maximum weight of 325lbs. It can cater to a lot of users, significantly more petite users. It’s a brilliant design, and the little touches make this. The power supply port can be connected in the front or the back, making the Echelon EX7-S easy to be set up anywhere, making wires easy to hide away. Also, it has a port for directly wiring the Ethernet in. If you want a stronger connection to your internet, you can hardwire the bike. It has two bottle holders who sit conveniently out of the way in front of you. The handlebars are a unique design and more comfortable compared to other Echelon spin bikes. They have flat tops and are grooved in all the right places for maximum comfort. The saddle has also been developed of very high quality and feels great, especially after a few rides. The saddle and the handlebars can move vertically and horizontally. This is a great feature, and many of its competitors don’t have this ability.
Echelon EX7 Features:
- Q-Factor: 204mm
- Pedals: Dual-sided Toe clip Spd
- Flywheel: 28 Pounds
- Resistance: 32 Magnetic Levels
- Transmission: Kevlar Poly V Belt
- Weight capacity: 325 Pounds
- Height capacity: 4’5″ – 6’8″
- Bike weight: 126 Pounds
- Bike dimension: 20″W x 54″H
- Monitor: 22” HD Touch Screen
- Connectivity: WiFi
- Applications: Only Echelon
- RPM tracking: Yes
- Speed tracking: Yes
- Watt tracking: Yes (Estimation)
- Ports: USB and Charging ports
- Cooling fan: No
- Improvements: Handlebars and Monitor
- Alternative Option: Nordictrack S22i
- Warranty: 1-Year
Echelon EX7-S Pros
- Frictionless Magnetic resistance System
- Quiet Kevlar Poly V Belt Drive
- All states including Watt, RPM, and resistance level are display
- High-Quality Responsive TouchScreen that is 22”
- The monitor rotates up to 180-degree
- More comfortable Handlebars and movement
- Great User capacity, both height, and weight
- Bluetooth and Wifi Connectivity
- Audio and device charging USB ports
Echelon EX7-S Cons
- Limited to Echelon Application, only
- Lack of drop handlebars and padded elbow rests
- No cooling fan or programs on the screen
- Watt is estimated (no power meter)
This bike is incredible, and I would be looking closely at it if I was in the market for a high-end spinning bike. Echelon has always been Peloton’s biggest competitor, and I can see why. They make a machine that does match up, in my opinion. I love the screen, and the application is just excellent for variety. The only thing that puts me off personally is the limitation to just the Echelon Application, but as with most high-end bikes, they will want you on a subscription. When it comes to the EX7s, the price isn’t low, but the value is there, and I’d be delighted to not just try for review proposes but also own an exercise bike like this.