Schwinn is easily one of the most recognizable brands in the fitness business. They make just about anything you could think of, including bikes. Because of that, it is no surprise that Schwinn 230 comes in as one of the best recumbent bikes you can get at the moment. Especially if you are looking for the best price to performance ratio. Today we are going to take a closer look and see what this thing has to offer.
Function over form has always been a good policy to follow. Schwinn 230 is all about that. If we had to describe the design of this bike with a single word, that word would probably be ‘streamlined’. It is no secret that most recumbent bikes are more or less similar. After all, there are only so many things you can change about this type of bike. Schwinn didn’t aim to do something revolutionary, but rather improve the existing design and push it to perfection as close as possible. The main frame is pretty basic H patter made of thick tubing. When you look at it from a distance, it doesn’t look that way. However, that is mainly due to the massive plastic panels around the pedal area. The seat is minimalist but ultimately comfortable. Schwinn went for full ergonomics which explains why the seat is not padded at all. Seating position is very comfortable and easily adjustable. All you really have to do is slide the seat along the existing rail and find what fits you best.
When it comes to features and performance, Schwinn 230 becomes even more interesting. For starters you have a massive control module which not only helps you track your progress, but also controls the bike itself. That’s right, Schwinn 230 features 20levels of computer controlled resistance. That variable resistance is morphed into 22 different exercise presets which are guaranteed to keep your workout challenging no matter what. Looking at the controls on the control module, we see quite a few buttons under Schwinn 230’s two separate displays. Although they may seem a bit confusing at first, figuring out these controls is fairly easy since all of them are clearly labeled. In terms of other features, you have heart rate monitoring, built in speakers a built in fan, a media shelf for your tablet and more. One thing to consider about this bike is that it requires an electrical outlet. Overall, Schwinn 230 is one impressive peace of gear.
Whether or not Schwinn 230 is the absolute best out there is up for discussion, however it’s one of the best bang for the buck machines you can find. Just keep in mind that this is easily a mid range bike so that says quite a lot. In our book, this bike has everything you could possibly need for a long and fulfilling experience. The computer controlled resistance may be unusual to some, but it’s ultimately a great feature. Needless to say, chances are you’ll never get bored riding this bike. If you need a solid performer, this is it.