JOROTO X1S Indoor Cycling Bike Review
A good spin bike for cycling needs to provide stability needed for an effective spin workout. The Joroto X1S is an excellent example of a sturdy and stable bike making it useful for different sizes of people.
With a triangle type frame, the Joroto X1S indoor cycling bike provides the right balance and stability for a comfortable indoor cycling workout. Featuring a 35-pound flywheel, this bike offers additional stability when switching from easy to challenging exercises.
The heavyweight of the X1S flywheel ensures the bike remains smooth and consistent as you ride for a comfortable experience. Additionally, the 50mm thick tube frame adds on to the stability of the bike.
Another feature that helps this indoor cycle to stand out from the crowd is the large tablet holder that allows the riders to safely place their tablet or phone on the bike during the ride.
Overall the Joroto X1S exercise bike offers a smooth and steady riding experience with each workout. Given the low price point, there are a few things lacking from the design but for a simple and straightforward cycling bike, this is a good start.
While the seat can be adjusted 4-ways, handlebars are only 2-way adjustable which makes it hard for some riders to adjust the spin bike for a comfortable ride. So, if you or anyone else in your family who want to use the bike don’t fall within the average height, I suggest you choose another model from the Joroto Sports and Fitness, preferably the XM30 indoor cycle.
In this section of Joroto X1S review, I regularly update to say if this bike is a good value and if you can buy a better one for the same price. First of all, you need to know that there are two Joroto X1S models. The old one features chain drive and badly designed uncomfortable handlebars but the new one includes belt-drive with correctly angled handlebars (more comfortable).
I will leave the link for both of these models down below and if available, I suggest you buy the new Joroto X1S. As far as the value is concerned, I personally, wouldn’t buy the JOROTO X1S bikes because there is a better option (JOROTO X2) at around the same price point. It has magnetic resistance, great design, and more importantly, a fully adjustable handlebar.
To make it easy for you to navigate through this ultimate JOROTO X1S indoor cycling bike review, I have created the table of content below.
- Technical Information
- Joroto X1S specs
- X1S bike monitor
- Pedals and Q-factor
- The Joroto X1S flywheel
- X1S bike resistance technology
- Drive system
- Handlebars and seat
- Joroto X1S price and warranty
- Shipping and assembly
- Joroto X1S indoor cycling bike trainer pros
- Joroto X1S indoor cycling bike trainer cons
- Final word on the Joroto X1S indoor cycling bike
Joroto X1S Specs:
- Height: 42.5″
- Width: 19.7″
- Length: 42.9″
- Transport Wheels: Yes
- Foot Levelers: Yes
- Bike Weight: 90-Pound
- Max User Weight: 280 Pounds
- Inseam Capacity: 25.6″ to 35.4″
- Shipping Weight: 100 Pounds
Featuring compact dimensions and large transport wheels, the Joroto X1S is easy to store and move from one place to another place in the house.
The 90 pounds steel frame capable of supporting up to 280 pounds user weight indicates the sturdiness of X1S Joroto bike. Unlike cheaply made bikes, this Joroto X1S indoor cycle has wide and heavy frame stabilizers to prevent rocking during workouts.
Additionally, the Joroto X1S stationary exercise bike has 4 adjustable feet levelers. They will help protect the floor and keep the bike stable on uneven gym floors.
But that is just the beginning of what this Joroto spin bike has to offer. The X1S indoor cycling bike trainer belt drive is coated to resist against corrosion. It also has a sweat resistance flywheel guard and durable belt box to minimize the maintenance.
On top of that, the X1S features a more durable construction compared to many other cheap residential use bikes. Therefore, if you are looking for a budget spin bike that can handle 1-2 hours daily use, the Joroto indoor cycling bike X1S is a good choice.
X1S Bike Monitor:
- X1S monitor displays the time, cal, speed, and distance (no RPM or watt).
- The monitor is not compatible with non-coded wireless HR straps.
- X1S monitor is non-backlit so it is hard to see the stats in low-light condition.
- Joroto X1S monitor is wired and it is not Bluetooth or ANT/+ enabled.
- The computer runs on batteries included.
The Joroto exercise bike X1S console is not compatible with wireless heart rate chest straps, but it does not have pulse sensors to allow you to stay within target heart rate training zones as you workout.
The X1S fitness monitor is basic which is common for the price. It doesn’t track the RPM and has a dark LCD monitor. The non-backlit monitor makes it difficult to see your spinning workout stats in the low-light condition. It is also not wireless which means the sensor on the flywheel sends data to the monitor via a wire. Therefore, if you not careful during the ride or when adjusting the handlebars, the wire can be crimped and cause maintenance.
Another con of the X1S indoor cycling bike is the lack of watts tracking which is completely understandable because this feature is available on spin bikes that cost $1000+. It also doesn’t have internal memory, Bluetooth or ANT/+ connectivity. Therefore, you can’t save daily workouts on the monitor or on spinning Apps.
However, there is an easy solution that enables you to save workout progress on the apps and also compete with other cyclists online. This simple solution includes a Wahoo RPM sensor. It cost $30 and is very popular among indoor cyclists. Search our website for Wahoo sensor and spin bike computer to learn more about this optional spin bike accessory.
Pedals and Q-factor:
- Joroto X1S exercise bike has single side toe cage pedals (no SPD elements).
- Toe pedal straps are adjustable to secure the feet during the ride.
- The size of Q-factor for this Joroto bike is 180 MM (very good).
- This indoor cycling bike is built with standard 9/16″ pedal thread.
Joroto X1S indoor cycling bike features thick and solid crank arms and toe cage pedals. Built and designed with high standard, the Joroto X1S exercise bike can support all spinning workouts including out of the saddle rides. Rest assured, the pedals and crank arms won’t snap off during intense out of the saddle spin workouts.
Unfortunately, the pedals are not SPD compatible which means if you want to use cycling shoes, you need to replace the pedals. but thankfully, this Joroto indoor bike has standard 9/16″ pedal thread size. So, you can replace its pedals with pretty much any clipless spin bike pedals (search this website for the best spin bike spd pedals).
The Q-factor, one of the most important features when buying indoor cycling bikes is proudly disclosed. It is 180MM which is narrower than I expected and that is a really good thing.
In case you are new to indoor cycling, the q factor is the horizontal distance between the two pedals. Wide q factors tend to keep riders’ feet too far apart which can cause injuries if you have narrow hips.
Joroto X1S Flywheel:
- Joroto X1S flywheel weighs 35 pounds to provide a smooth and quiet indoor exercise making your workouts more enjoyable and effective.
- The flywheel does not have a sweat protection guard.
- It has the fixed-wheel bidirectional flywheel system.
The Joroto indoor cycling bike X1S flywheel is well built weighing 35 pounds which is capable of providing smooth indoor cycling workouts with a large range of challenges to meet the needs of most riders.
It is also painted red and black which makes it look good, easy to clean and difficult to scratch. The polished steel around the perimeter of the flywheel and black/red coating frame gives the bike a great look.
Just like any other budget indoor cycling exercise bike, the X1S Joroto indoor cycling exercise bike is fixed-wheel. Meaning the flywheel moves and stops with the pedals which come with a pro and a con. While it allows you to pedal reverse and simulate different leg muscles, it doesn’t allow you to take a short break or jump off the bike until the flywheel completely stops.
Note: Freewheel bikes are more expensive. They work similarly to road bicycles. Meaning even after you stop pedaling, the flywheel still turns. So, you can jump off the bike in case of emergency or take a few second brakes whenever you want, without having to wait for the flywheel to stop.
X1S Bike Resistance Technology:
- JOROTO X1S exercise bike has friction resistance system.
- The felt pad is made of heat resistant material.
- X1S stationary exercise bike comes with manually knob adjustment system (not electronically).
- Unfortunately, resistance system along with the flywheel doesn’t have a sweat protection cover (felt-pad wears out quicker).
- Joroto X1S resistance knob also works as an emergency brake.
This Joroto X1s indoor cycling bike has unlimited resistance system. While it is not as quiet as a magnetic resistance bike, it provides infinite resistance.
Unlike magnetic bikes, it doesn’t have certain levels of resistance. Each knob turn provides a challenging workout to suit the needs of indoor cyclists and mimics real road riding. So, no matter your fitness level, you can always make the workout more intense with an extra turn on the knob.
When buying the Joroto X1S indoor cycling bike, you don’t need to worry about the quality of the braking pads. They are made of heat-tolerant materials capable of providing a relatively quiet and smooth ride.
But what you need to be careful is the liquid that might drop on the flywheel and the resistance braking pads. This indoor bike doesn’t have a flywheel/resistance protection guard. Therefore, excessive sweating can make the resistance pads wet and cause noise and maintenance. Hopefully, in the future version, they will make a sweat protection guard for this bike as it is vital to friction spin bikes.
Overall, the noise level of this Joroto bike is not too loud, but it is not as quiet as the magnetic resistance system, which is why I suggest you consider a magnetic spin bike if you want to ride with less noise. (Search for the best magnetic spin bikes in this website).
- The new model of Joroto X1S cycle has a belt-drive mechanism. The old model has a chain-drive mechanism.
- The belt is quiet and requires little maintenance while the chain is noisy and requires lubrication and extra maintenance/adjustment.
- The gear ratio is not disclosed but estimated 2:1.
If you have been reading this JOROTO X1S review, you already know this spin bike is belt-driven. But let’s see why it is better than chain drive bikes.
Belt system doesn’t have hundreds of tiny rings and pieces like a chine do. Therefore, it has less maintenance and lasts longer. But that is not the only benefit of belt drive spin bikes.
Featuring belt makes the bike quieter and eliminates the need for oiling. And if the belt is high quality like the one on this Joroto cycling bike, it doesn’t stretch. So, you don’t need to deal with adjustment tools often.
Looking at the size of the belt-ring and 35-pound flywheel, I believe this Joroto indoor cycling exercise bike has a very little gear ratio which means the flywheel turns slowly and with more intensity, especially the very first seconds of exercise.
If you prefer a higher gear ratio and faster flywheel which is more similar to road bikes, I suggest the Keiser and Life Fitness IC4, 5, 6, 7, 8 bikes. They are several times more expensive than Joroto X1S but provide up to 12:1 gear ratio. Meaning for each complete pedal stride, the flywheel turns 12 times.
Handlebars and Seat:
- The model of X1S bike has horizontally flat handlebar which is uncomfortable. But the new model of X1S is equipped with 30-degree angled handlebars (more comfortable).
- Fully adjustable seat making it possible for people of many body sizes to comfortably exercise.
- Stainless steel handlebar and seat posts.
- Handlebars are only 2-way (up/down) adjustable.
- The Joroto X1S bike includes a built-in tablet holder on the handlebars.
The JOROTO X1S indoor cycling bike trainer features an adjustable seat that moves fore and aft as well as up and down so that many trainees can acquire a safe custom fit.
However, unlike other JOROTO spin bikes, the X1S handlebars are only vertically adjustable which is the biggest design con I can find for this stationary bike. The lack of adjustment might prevent some users from acquiring a safe and comfortable spinning position.
As for the seat, the company gives you two options to chose from (wide seat or narrow seat). They are both padded and comfortable to support the long rides. I suggest you chose the wide seat if your hips are wide and you are heavier side. But if you are lightweight and average narrow hips, the narrow seat is better because it causes less friction.
When buying the Joroto X1S indoor cycling bike, you don’t necessarily need a seat cover or seat replacement. However, if you want to change the seat, the replacements are widely available on the market because this bike uses the standard seat clamp size.
To make up for the lack of adjustment, there is an easy to reach and large tablet holders built-into the handlebars to allow you to stay entertained during the exercise.
Joroto X1S Price and Warranty:
- Joroto X1-S indoor cycling bike price is around $350.
- The X1S indoor cycle includes residential warranty:
- 1-Year on the frame and all the parts.
- This bike doesn’t come with a labor warranty.
- You can forward any support and/or warranty inquiries to JOROTO Fitness at email@example.com.
Depending on where you buy this Jorot X1 spin bike the price might be different. On Amazon U.S, you can purchase the X1S indoor cycle for under $350.
On Amazon U.S. you may also find the Joroto belt drive X1 spinning bike discounted sometimes, but that doesn’t happen often since there is a high demand for Jorot spin bikes in general.
X1 comes with one year warranty for the entire bike which is better than what some other brands offer (90-days) but not as good as what Schwinn Fitness, Sole Fitness or BodyCraft offer (you can search for Schwinn, BodyCraft and Sole spin bikes on this website).
Shipping and Assembly:
- The Joroto X1s manual and assembly tools are included.
- Joroto X1S assembly is fairly easy with only a few parts to install.
- This bike includes free shipping in the U.S.
- X1S ships in one box that weighs around 100 pounds.
- Expert assembly is not included.
The X1S comes with free shipping and in one big heavy box. Therefore, we suggest you ask the carrier to help you bring the bike inside or unbox the bike outside and bring inside in tow pieces.
Aside from the bike, the Joroto X1S assembly tools and manuals are also included in the box. So, you wouldn’t need to buy, borrow or use other tools for assembly of X1S bike.
The X1S indoor bike comes about 80% assembled, which helps you save $90 on assembly cost. Remaining assembly is relatively straight-forward but still might take you about an hour.
Assembly manual is very easy to follow as long as you pay attention to detail and have little mechanical common sense. It is recommended to do the assembly with 2 people.
The parts that you need to assembly are leg stabilizers, pedals, seat, handlebars and computer. The flywheel, drive mechanism and crank arms come pre-assembled.
Joroto X1S Indoor Cycling Bike Trainer Pros:
This Joroto X1S indoor bike guarantees a smooth, natural feel and workout experience easy on the joints, like all other Joroto indoor cycling bikes. While this spin bike lacks the bells and whistles and customizable options of other spin bikes at the same or lower price point, it does come with a solid great looking construction and heavy flywheel.
Although lacking in adjustable or customizable features, this Joroto X1S indoor cycle is built with the user in mind with a comfortable seat, and a large tablet holder angled correctly within an arm’s reach.
- With 35 pounds heavy flywheel the Joroto X1s provides a smooth ride and effectively mimics the feel of a road bike.
- Featuring a high-quality belt-driven system that helps create a quiet and low-maintenance workout (new model).
- Simple pro design and glossy finish that makes any room look nice and elegant.
- Durable transport wheels for easy indoor portability.
- 4 Adjustable base levelers for a steady and stable ride on all types of floors.
- Joroto spin bike X1S features an easy assembly process.
- 4-Way adjustable seat combined with multi-grip handlebars provides a comfortable ride for most riders.
- Equipped with a heavy-duty steel frame system with a 280 pounds weight capacity.
- The bike also comes with a multimedia stand where you can put your iPad or tablet.
Joroto X1S Indoor Cycling Bike Trainer Cons:
The major design con of X1S indoor cycling bike by Joroto is its lack of adjustable handlebars. While the handlebars can be adjusted horizontally, they are not vertically adjustable. Therefore, some riders may not find the perfect bike fit on this X1S Joroto spin bike. A few spin bikes such as X2 indoor bike at similar price tag come with superior micro-adjustability.
Joroto X1S indoor bike creates a bit of noise and requires more maintenance than magnetic resistance spin bikes. Because the brake pad comes in direct contact with the flywheel and wears out after a while. So, if you live in a small apartment or want to ride as noiseless as possible, I suggest a magnetic spin bike (search our website for the best magnetic spin bikes). Note: Sometimes serious outdoors biker and those who take their indoor exercise routine seriously prefer friction resistance because it offers unlimited resistance which is perfect for high-intensity workouts.
- No Bluetooth or ANT/+ connectivity.
- Not a water bottle holder.
- JOROTO X1S does not read the RPM and heart rate.
- No SPD elements for clipless cycling shoes.
Final Word on the Joroto X1S Indoor Cycling Bike
The new Joroto X1S is a good stationary bike for indoor use with a modern professional design and a rock-solid build for your cardiovascular workout in the comfort of your home. Currently, the X1S by Joroto scores 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com which is an indication of good quality.
In one box, you’ll find the Joroto X1S Bike plus the assembly tools and instructions. Thanks to its unique device holder, you can watch movies, read an e-book or listen to music during your spinning workout.
If you are buying the Joroto X1S, I strongly suggest you go for the new model because it has a more comfortable handlebar and belt-drive system which runs rather quietly as you’ll only hear very little noise from the drive-system.
This bike is designed for people with inseam (between the bottom of the ankle to the top of the inner thigh) between 26 and 35 inches. It has thick and solid crank-arms so you can use it sitting down and standing just like you can on any high-end spin bike.
At the time of writing the JOROTO X1S review, the company offers a one year warranty for the entire bike. It includes parts replacement during these first twelve months. If you want to know whether I would buy the Joroto X1S or not, scroll up and read the “important note” section of this X1S bike review.
Would I recommend the Joroto X1S indoor bike? Probably not, because I prefer the magnetic resistance system and fully adjustable handlebars and there are spin bikes such as the “Maxkare Black” or “Joroto X2) on the market for this price. But if you still want to buy the Joroto X1S indoor cycle because it has a large tablet holder and a sturdy frame, make sure to check the dimensions, if it fits in your place. Besides the fact that the display looks a bit cheap and the lack of magnetic resistance technology and fully handlebar adjustment, I could not find any other cons. Joroto Fitness X1S indoor exercise bike can provide years of spinning workout.