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How to Choose Between the L-series Connected SPIN® Bikes

Posted on 9-12-2021 by Mad Dogg Athletics

Get ready because we’re about to take you on a guided tour of our Connected Spin® bike collection and highlight the beauties that make up our Home Spin® Bike lineup. Then the fun really begins…because we’re going to help you choose which of these magnificent machines is right for you. Read on!

First of all: Why choose a Spin® bike? If you need any rhyme, reason, or rationale, it all starts with the fact that Spinning® is the original, authentic indoor cycling experience and we’ve been designing bikes for your favorite studios for nearly 30 years! Our bikes are made to fit riders of all shapes, sizes and abilities and replicate the feel and geometry of real road bikes with elegant and durable designs. This impeccable engineering and innovation that began with bikes for gyms and studios around the world is also carried through to our consumer bike models, so you can bring the studio experience home.

Special Features to Keep Your Eyes On

The Spinner® L5 and L9 Connected SPIN® Bike both have dual-sided SPD® compatible pedals, so you can wear either sneakers or cycling shoes with SPD cleats! (SPD cleats are the ones that are recessed, making them easy to walk in.) The Spinner® L1 Connected SPIN® Bike comes with Single-Sides Pedal with Toe strap, but can easily be upgraded with dual-sided SPD® compatible pedals. You’ll also love the integrated tablet mount, which will hold your mobile phone or tablet, giving you flexibility to access a variety of content and apps, including Spinning® Digital, which you’ll get to try for free with your bike purchase. Transport wheels are standard on every bike, so even the heavier bikes are easy to move from room to room. A narrow Q-Factor is another feature common to the entire lineup . Q-factor represents the distance between pedals. What’s important to know is that if the Q-Factor is too wide, it’s not biomechanically optimal. The Q-Factor on all our bikes is narrow like on a road bike, to keep you properly aligned and riding efficiently.

The L-series Connected SPIN® Bikes also come with the following free of charge:

Spinning® Connect™ Armband Heart Rate Monitor uses optical heart rate technology to provide accurate heart rate monitoring and features a breathable armband to fit comfortably on every body. Connects with the Spinning® Connect™ App, the Spinner Chrono®, SPINPower® Studio Computer and the Spinning® Studio Computer. The rechargeable battery provides up to 10 hours of workout time on a single charge. Magnetic lock charging cable is included.

Spinning® Connect™ Cadence Sensor attaches to any Spinner® bike crank as well as most outdoor bikes to track and capture real-time cycling cadence (RPM). One-time pairing when used with the Spinning® apps - whether you use the sensor at home or in the studio. Compatible with both Bluetooth and ANT+ mobile devices.

Spinning® Connect™ App tracks cadence, heart rate, power and more! Track and set goals for your Spinning® experience and use with outdoor sports activities as well! The App is available for a FREE 30 Day trial on iOS.

Connect your ride! Pair your sensors to Spinning® Digital+ to customize your experience with metrics and content - FREE for 30 days (trial and subscription must be accessed separately via iOS).

Spinning® Digital (three months free with bike purchase) gives you 24/7 access to on-demand rides.

Options and Upgrades

Going beyond all the standard design features, there are plenty of upgrades and mechanical variations to suit every rider. But hey – we know that not everyone who loves Spinning® is also a bike expert, so let’s make this easy on you. Here’s a breakdown of the features that vary from bike to bike.

Handlebar Height: All of our bikes have adjustable handlebars (height) for the best comfort on the bike.

Flywheel Weight: A heavier flywheel means more inertia, and the more it emulates riding a road bike. A heavy flywheel also makes the bike more stable.

The Spinner® L1 Connected SPIN® Bike has the lightest flywheel, while the Spinner® L5 and L9 Connected SPIN® Bike have the heaviest.

Chain vs. Belt: You have two drivetrain options – chain or belt. Some people really enjoy their ride with a chain, which feels more like a traditional bike. A belt feels smoother and more fluid. It’s also quieter (though even our chain bikes are pretty quiet!) and that could be a factor if you’ll be riding in the same room with a sleeping roommate or spouse. Chains require some adjustments now and then, while the belt is virtually maintenance free.

For a belt-driven bike, choose the Spinner® L9 Connected SPIN® Bike.

Handlebar Fore-aft Adjustment: As mentioned above, all bikes have handlebar height adjustments, but with the top bikes you can also adjust your handlebars horizontally— forward and backward— to customize your reach and upper body extension.

For seat fore-aft microadjust chose the Spinner® L9 Connected SPIN® Bike.

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