Schwinn AD7 Airdyne Exercise Bike Review
Air resistance bikes can be a great way of providing nearly limitless challenges to those who want to get fit in the comfort of their own home. However, with so many options available these days, it can be hard to gauge which ones are actually worth the time and effort. Fortunately, that’s our job. Today we’re going to be taking a look at the Schwinn AD7 Airdyne exercise bike and see how it stacks up against both other bikes in the Schwinn Airdyne line, as well as bikes from other manufacturers.
We shall get the pricing and warranties out of the way first, as that might end or cement your search right there. The prices that you can generally expect for the AD7 are around $800-$900. This is not a bad price, especially when considering that some other air resistance exercise bikes out there (like the Assault Elite) can cost $1,300+. The warranties that come with the AD7 aren’t too bad either, although you would hope to see a little bit more. There are 10 years on the frame, 2 years on the electronic parts, 2 years on the mechanical parts, with 6 months on the labour. Especially with that last labour warranty, we would really hope to see at least a year. This warranty lineup is quite similar to the rest of the Schwinn Airdyne series, with only the Schwinn AD2 having majorly different warranties than this. According to Schwinn’s site, shipping doesn’t cost more, but it is expected to ship within 4 weeks. Delivery is also not available to U.S. territories, Canada or international destinations, which is rather disappointing. Of course, this is all from the official Schwinn site and not necessarily true across the board. Upon arrival (depending on the location), there is the option to have it assembled by a technician or to perform it yourself. If you choose to do the latter, you’ll find that the manual is pretty clear on the instructions. You might run into some issues if you aren’t particularly experienced with such a process, but at least it won’t be on account of poor instruction.
Monitors and the general console of air bikes are one of the most improved on and advanced features that you can get these days. That is why we’re going to be looking at the one that the AD7 Airdyne is coming with in order to see if it stacks up well. You power the monitor through 2 AA batteries, which means that no power cords are required. The AD7 is the only Schwinn air bike that has workout programming on the monitor, which means you aren’t stuck on manual mode the entire time. There are 9 different options with the programs, including interval training, target programs (for distance, time, calories, etc.) and a program for heart rate monitoring. The interval training in particular allows for you to get high intensity interval training (HIIT) done. In addition to these preset workouts, you have the ability to track your statistics through the monitor. These statistics include those like time, distance, calories, RPM, watts, pulse and so on. You can use a scan mode to cycle through these stats. There is also a “RevMeter” at the top of the screen, which allows you to track your interval training in a more stylistic fashion. One thing that you should note about the monitor, is that it is not backlit. You might find that it is harder to read in poorly lit environments because of this. If you are one of those people who likes to measure their heart rate through a separate chest strap, the AD7 can accommodate you thanks to its ability to connect with a Polar chest strap (although it does not come with this accessory). Finally, as a nice little addition, the AD7 monitor can switch between imperial and metric measurements for the statistics. More customization for the user is always nice, with such a feature working towards that goal. Despite all of the benefits on offer here, the monitor overall is pretty basic when compared to those of other, modern exercise bikes.
If you are paying for one of these bikes, you want them to at least provide you with some resistance to challenge you. Fortunately, air bikes are particularly good at this and the AD7 is no different. It has a dynamic air resistance system, meaning that the harder you pedal, the more resistance you will meet from the fan. This is great, as it means that you don’t have to bother messing around with preset resistance levels. The fan of the AD7 measures around 27 inches, which is rather large. This does allow for quite smooth and powerful resistance. Another factor of the smooth element is the belt drivetrain that the AD7 (and all of the Schwinn Airdyne models) use. The crank of the AD7 is 3-piece, which is the best sort. It allows for the separation of the two cranks with one in the middle. What is slightly irritating is the fact that we don’t have the information of what the Q-Factor for the AD7 is. For those who are unaware, the Q-Factor is the distance between the pedals. If it is too wide, your feet become uncomfortable. If it is too narrow, the same occurs alongside some potential injuries.
If anyone is thinking about purchasing this bike yet, you should wait until we are finished. Gotta be fully informed to know everything about the Schwinn Airdyne AD7. One of the important parts of any piece of exercise equipment is how much space it takes up. The AD7 is no different. This bike measures out to be 53 inches (134.6 cm) long, 26.5 inches (67.3 cm) wide and 53 inches (134.6 cm) tall. It weighs 113 lbs (51.3 kg) and can hold a maximum weight of 350 lbs (159 kg). It’s the largest of the Airdyne bikes, and quite noticeable. It might not take up as much space as a huge elliptical, but it will still take up a fair amount of space. Fortunately the wheels on the front of the AD7 at least mean it is portable to some degree.
Keeping with the theme of physical elements, we’re now going to look at the pieces of the AD7 that you’ll be interacting with most closely. First up, the handlebars. Unlike the AD6 Airdyne that came with basic single-grip handlebars, the AD7 comes with a multi-grip option, allowing you to choose where your hands go. This makes the entirety process a lot more comfortable, which we shall always praise. As with all of the other bikes in the Airdyne series, the AD7 handlebars are dual-action. They move as the pedals do, rather than independently. However, if you are one of those people who would prefer to get just an upper body workout in, there are foot rests on the AD7 fan. The handlebars are also not adjustable, either vertically or horizontally. However, what is adjustable both vertically and horizontally is the seat. You can change this to make sure that you fit more comfortably. How many levels of change you can use is not listed, but it should be around 5 to 7 for both directions. Funnily enough, the seat on the AD7 is actually one of the more complained about features, as it is quite small in comparison to some of the other Airdyne air bikes. The pedals of the AD7 are non-slip, but otherwise don’t do anything too special. They are the same type that is used on the AD Pro, but lack any sort of straps or cage to keep your feet in place. Finally, there are just a few nice additions onboard the Schwinn AD7 Airdyne bike that just generally improve life. There is a water bottle holder and a media storage spot both sitting right underneath the console, which means that you can both entertain yourself and rehydrate while in the middle of a session. Just small things, but are appreciated nonetheless.
Schwinn Airdyne AD7 Pros:
- Vertical and horizontal seat adjustments for better bike fitting
- Unlimited challenge settings thanks to the dynamic air resistance and large fan
- It’s the only Airdyne bike with preset workout controls
- Footrests for breaks or upper body training
- Lightweight and transportable, despite being the large Airdyne bike
- Fair 2-year parts warranties to provide peace of mind
- Bottle holder to stay hydrated and accessory holder to keep belongings close
- Wide adjustable base for extra stability and large easy to move silicon wheels
- Excellent durable meta flat non-slip MTB style pedals and 3-piece crank system
- Perfect multi-position handgrips and dual performance monitor
- Non-coded wireless heart rate monitor connectivity for accurate reading
Schwinn Airdyne AD7 Cons:
- Uncomfortable seating (not a huge deal can be replaced)
- Only 6 months for the labour warranty
- Workout monitor is fairly basic without backlit for the modern era
- There is no cycling application compatibility
The Schwinn Airdyne AD7 air bike is most certainly a good piece of equipment. It does the job asked of it, allowing for plenty of challenge and resistance as you cycle along onboard. The monitor is better than those of the other Airdyne bikes thanks to the preset workout programs it has, but it is still fairly basic in comparison to the more advanced and feature-heavy monitors out there. The build of the bike is generally very professional, with the price and warranties to match (with the notable exception of the labour warranty). You might find that the seat is uncomfortable, although just about every other element of the AD7 should provide no real issues. Overall, for a price of $800-$900, you are getting a professional piece of equipment for a reasonable deal.