Schwinn Fitness AD7 Airdyne Bike Review: Best Value
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. After personally using the Schwinn Fitness AD7 Airdyne bike for a while, I will tell how all the pros and cons you can accept.
I am also going to be taking a look at the Schwinn AD7 Airdyne exercise bike alternatives to see how it stacks up against both other bikes in the Schwinn Airdyne Series line, as well as bikes from other manufacturers. Without further ado, let’s get started with this Schwinn Fitness Airdyne bike review.
Price and Warranties
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. However, I personally paid $750 when it was discounted. Either way, under $1000 it 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+. So, I really believe it’s a good value air bike.
Now, 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, 1 years on the electronic parts, 1 years on the mechanical parts, with 3 months on the labor.
Especially with that last labor 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. Based on my own experience with Schwinn Fitness, shipping doesn’t cost more, but it is expected to ship within 2 weeks.
Shipping and Assembly
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. So, if you decide to buy the Schwinn Fitness AD7 from Amazon US, you can expect to receive it anywhere in the US because it ships directly from the Amazon Warehouse.
I bought my bike on Amazon and had a great experience because it was both sold and shipped from Amazon. So, I knew that if you didn’t like the bike, I wouldn’t have to go through a million back-and-forth emails with the brand, you just print the return label and ask Amazon to come to pick it up without additional cost.
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.
I did my Schwinn Airdyne AD7’s assembly and I found it to be pretty straightforward. The only parts I needed to assemble were the front and back base, pedals, seat, console, and handlebars. There were some tools for assembly but I used my own. Just keep in mind that you probably need some help to hold the bike when installing the back and front base. As for the package, it arrived in a good shape but it’s heavy so if you live in a building, it’s worth asking the courier to bring it to your apartment door.
Monitor and Workout Programs
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 D 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 the 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. Interval training in particular allows you to get high-intensity interval training (HIIT) done.
In addition to these preset workouts, you have the ability to set your own goals and 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. So, you might find that it is harder to read in poorly lit environments because of this.
If you are one of those people who like to measure their heart rate through a separate chest strap, the AD7 can accommodate you thanks to its ability to connect with a non-coded chest strap (although it does not come with this accessory). My Schwinn Airdyne AD7 uses a 5 Khz Non-Coded sensor. There are many different brands that you can buy. I got the Polar T31 Transmitter from Amazon for $30 but you can also find it on eBay, Best Buy, and other platforms for around the same price. Polar T34 should also work but Coded chest straps like Polar H10 and Wahoo Ticker don’t connect with this bike.
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 of air bikes, in general, is pretty basic when compared to those of other, modern magnetic spin bikes or upright exercise bikes.
What I think of Resistance
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 smooth and powerful resistance. Just like any other air resistance bike I have used, the AD7 is the loudest exercise bike on the market. It’s because air bikes use air and huge blades to create resistance unlike upright, spin bike, or recumbent exercise bikes that use magnetic to create resistance.
Another huge factor of the smooth element is the belt drivetrain that the AD7 and all of the Schwinn Airdyne models use. Again, it’s not the quiets exercise bike, but it makes way less noise than the Assault Classic air bike and many other cheaply made air bikes because of the fact that it has a belt transmission instead of a chain. I also never had to do any maintenance which is great because with my old air bike I had to oil and adjust the belt from time to time.
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. It’s way more durable than some of the cheaper Sunny Health air bikes. What is slightly irritating is the fact that they don’t disclose the information of what the Q-Factor for the AD7 is.
I did a basic measurement and it’s around 300mm wide which is a bit wider than I would prefer. But unfortunately, it’s pretty common for air exercise bikes to have wide q-factors, some of the Marcy bikes I tried were even wider. 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.
User Weight and Height Support
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 doesn’t take up as much space as a huge elliptical trainer or rowing machine, but it will still take up a fair amount of space. Fortunately, the wheels on the front of the AD7 Schwinn Fitness Airdyne bike make it portable to some degree.
I just wish it was larger and preferably flexible silicon because the ones that come with the bike are a bit small and hard plastic so they leave a bit of trace on the floor. I highly recommend getting yourself an exercise bike floor mat. Not only it protects my floor from scratch and sweat, I also noticed it made the bike quieter and even more stable.
As I mentioned earlier, there are 8 horizontal adjustment points and that’s a huge range for air bikes. I am personally 5.6 and there is plenty of room for going down or up. My wife is 5.1 and she puts the seat at its lowest setting vertically while horizontally its all the way toward the handles.
I do think it would fit pretty much anyone from 5 feet 1 inch all the way to 6 feet 5 inches. That said, personal comfort may be different for different users. At the end it’s your inseam, not necessary your height that counts when fitting a bike.
If you or your partner don’t reach the pedals on Schwinn AD7 air bike, you can alway use pedal blocks to add height. They allow shorter legs to reach the pedals and are as cheap as $15.
If you are not sure, I suggest you find a gym that uses them and try it out. Remember do not destroy the box and u can return it to amazon (for free) if it does not work for you.
Handlebars, Foot-Rests, and Saddle
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 entire process a lot more comfortable, which we shall always praise. As with all of the other bikes in the Schwinn Fitness 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 footrests 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 which was extremely important for me because I am shorter. If I couldn’t adjust the seat a little forward, I would stretch too much and even hurt myself in the long run.
Thankfully, you can adjust the saddle easily to make sure that you fit more comfortably. There are 8 levels of change that you can do for vertical direction (and 6 level for horizontal direction) to find one that is right for your arm and leg length.
The saddle on the AD7 is wider and more comfortable than Schwinn AD6 and AD2. But some people might find too wide or uncomfortable. So, for those people, there are still more comfortable air exercise bike seats that they can opt for.
In my opinion the best replacement seats for the Schwinn AD7 are the “Velmia” which is similar to road bike seats and the Bikeroo Oversized Bike Seat which is great for taller riders who can set in straight upright position.
You can also purchase a seat clamp for a rail saddle and an MTB saddle and install it easily. So, you do have the option to choose a different saddle for your Schwinn AD7 if you feel sore, numb, or uncomfortable.
Pedals and Pedalling
The pedaling motion is pretty smooth and I can pedal both backward and forward. It doesn’t cost but you can pedal backward with resistance. That said, the support told me there are some mechanical parts that might get damaged for pedaling reverse. So, you need to keep that in mind. To be honest I don’t really pedal backward as it feels weird and unnutrual.
The pedals of the AD7 are have 9/16 axcel size so it shouldn’t be difficult to fine air bike replacement pedals in case they break. Plus, you can always use adapter sockets to install different size pedals. So, it’s not a huge issue.
They are non-slip and grippy, very similar to MTB pedals but otherwise don’t do anything too special. They are the same type that is used on the Octane Fitness Airdyne ADX, but lacks any sort of straps or cage to keep your feet in place. I never found the need to use SPD clip-in pedals. I think it would make my interval workouts more complicated because I like to be able to quickly put my feet on the footrests and use only my arms when I am recovering.
Schwinn AD7 Airdyne bike pedals are easy to install and remove. Just keep in mind that the right drive side pedal has a right-hand thread (removes counterclockwise, installs clockwise). The left, non-drive side pedal, has a left-hand thread (removes clockwise, installs counterclockwise). Many pedals are labelled “L” and “R” for left and right. Once you know which is which, it’s a simple matter of loosening or tightening the pedals with an wrench. Schwinn AD7 Airdyne bike pedals are high quality and will provide you with years of trouble-free performance. Make sure to tighten them properly to avoid injuries or breaking the pedal thread.
Additional Features of Airdyne AD7 Bike
Finally, there are just a few nice additions onboard the Schwinn Fitness AD7 Airdyne bike that just generally improves life. There is a water bottle holder and a media storage spot both sitting right underneath the console, which means that you can keep your keys or phone and rehydrate while in the middle of a session.
Ther is no tablet holder which I wish it did because I like to watch and follow workout videos on Youtube while using my AD7, especially when I need a little more motivation. For tablet, I found two solutions that work though. One is to just put your phone or a piece of wood in the phone holder and then put your tablet on top of it. It block part of the bike console but it works.
The other solution is to buy a MAGIPEA Tablet Stand Holder (search for this B07PT3T8TV on Amazon) and install it at the back part of the console. I attached it to the front of the bike to the back part of phone holder. It’s around 30-inch long and doesn’t block my console or handlebars.
As for wireless connectivity, unofrtuently, there is nothing except for telemetry 5kz that works with non-coded heart rate monitors. There is no Bluetooht, ANT/+ or WiFi connectivity, so you can’t save your daily workouts, profile, share, or complete online. Since the bike doesn’t connect to any type of power outlet source, there is no cooling fan (not that you would need it), speakers, or USB charging ports. For now the air stationary bike market is still considered new and still improving so hopefully these small things will be available in the near future.
Schwinn Airdyne AD7 Pros:
- Vertical and horizontal seat adjustments for better bike fitting.
- Unlimited challenge settings thanks to the dynamic air resistance and a large fan
- It’s the only Airdyne bike with a good range of preset workout controls
- Excellent quality footrests for breaks or upper body training
- Lightweight and transportable, despite being the large Airdyne bike
- Fair 1-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 3 months for the labor warranty
- The workout monitor is fairly basic without backlit for the modern era
- There is no cycling application compatibility
- It doesn’t have a proper tablet holder
- Handlebars don’t adjust horizontally or vertically
Schwinn Fitness Airdyne Series Comparison
Schwinn is a company that has been around for over 100 years. Schwinn Fitness is a trusted name in the fitness industry, and they offer a wide variety of products to meet the needs of any customer. The Schwinn Airdyne series is a line of stationary bikes that offers a wide range of features to suit any rider.
The Airdyne series includes the Airdyne AD7, the Airdyne AD6, and the Airdyne AD2. Each air bike in the series offers a different set of features, so it is important to compare them side-by-side to find the best fit for your needs.
|Name||Schwinn Fitness AD7 Airdyne Bike||Schwinn Fitness AD6 Airdyne Bike||Schwinn Fitness AD2 Airdyne Bike|
|Flywheel||Large fan||Small fan||Small fan|
|Workouts||9 Preset workouts||None||None|
|Capacity||350 lbs (fit 5.1 to 6.5)||300 lbs (fit 5.3 to 6.1)||250 lbs (fit 5.3 to 6.1)|
|Dimensions||26" W x 53 L x 53 H|
113 lbs (51.3 kg)
|25 "W x 49 L x 50 H|
112 lbs (51 kg)
|25" W x 46 L x 50 H
96 lbs (44 kg)
|Crank||3-Piece Thick-Heavy Duty||3-Piece Light||3-Piece Light|
|Seat adjustment||Vertically & Horizontally Adjustment||Only Vertically Adjustment||Only Vertically Adjustment|
|Seat quality||Extra Padded Comfy Seat||Basic Seat||Basic Seat|
|Console||Large Dual-Display||Small Single-Display||Small Single-Display|
|Shelves||Phone and bottle holder||Only bottle holder||None|
|Extras||Heavy-Duty, wide-base||Light-Use, narrow-base||Light-Use, narrow-base|
|Footrest||No-slip triangle w/ stainless steel||Basic Round Steel||Basic Round Plastic|
|HRM||Non-coded 4.5kHz - 5.5kHz range||Non-coded 4.5kHz - 5.5kHz range||None|
|Knobs||Durable Adjustment Knobs||Light Adjustment Basic Knob||Light Adjustment Basic Knob|
|Posts||Durable Stainless Steel Seat Posts||Basic Seat Posts||Basic Seat Posts|
Schwinn Fitness Airdyne AD7
The Schwinn Airdyne AD7 is the top-of-the-line model in the series. It offers a heavy-duty frame, adjustable resistance, and a digital display that tracks your heart rate, calories burned, and distance traveled. It’s the best value Schwinn Fitness Airdyne bike.
Schwinn Fitness Airdyne AD6
The Schwinn Airdyne AD6 is the next model down in the series. It offers a lighter-weight frame and resistance levels that can be adjusted on-the-fly based on how much effort your put on the bike. To be completely honest, it’s pretty outdated and has way less features than Schwinn AD7. It doesn’t have a horizontally adjustable seat which makes it difficult for shorter people to fit the bike comfortably. The handlebars are single grip, there is no preset workouts, tablet or phone holder. It’s priced at $699 which I think is exaggeration considering that Assault Fitness Classic is available for this price tag.
Schwinn Fitness Airdyne AD2
Then there is the Schwinn Airdyne AD2 which is the entry-level model in the series. It has a simple design with fewer features than the other models. It has an uncomfortable seat that doesn’t adjust horizontally so my partner couldn’t even fit the bike properly. Its handlebars are basic with single grip. The console is very small and hard to see with only a few readings. There is no present programs and its overall quality is not great. Despite all these things, it’s priced at $600 which I think is a rip-off. For half that price you could get the Marcy A2 with more features and better quality.
When deciding which bike in the Schwinn Airdyne series is right for you, it is important to consider your needs and budget. I and my colleagues have written a detailed Schwinn Airdyne Bikes comparison to help our readers understand the difference between each model. In this review I already talked about the Schwinn AD7 and I explained why I love this air resistance bike.
Schwinn Fitness Airdyne AD7 Alternative Bikes
Schwinn’s Airdyne AD7 is a high-quality exercise bike that has a variety of features to help you get a great workout. However, it can be quite expensive for some people.
If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, the Assault Fitness Classic is a great option. Its console is not as good but it has many of the same features as the AD7 and it’s $200 less expensive.
Another alternative is the Marcy Air-1. It’s also less expensive than the AD7, but it has a great quality. Whichever Schwinn Fitness Airdyne AD7 Alternative bike you choose, you’re sure to get a great workout.
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 labor 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, I got a professional piece of equipment for a reasonable deal. I am happy with it and I recommend it!