Spin enthusiast Ben Hardman takes the Bodymax B2 Exercise Bike for a ride and assesses how it performs at home. But is it money well spent? Check this Bodymax B2 Exercise Bike review to see what it can (and can’t) offer…
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Choosing the right exercise bike for home can be a daunting task. Lots of options and plenty of features to think about – definitely more than one moving part when considering an exercise bike.
A home exercise bike is a fantastic choice though to help you keep fit without needing to go to the gym or outside in the elements when the weather isn’t too good. (Most of the time in the UK then!) Over the years in fitness, I’ve come to learn that it’s good to have different options available.
A good spin bike is one of them.
The Bodymax B2 exercise bike is a popular pick for home spinners and has caught my attention as an excellent spinning alternative.
But how does it all stack up? Does the Bodymax B2 have all the key features to meet your training needs? What are the downsides?
I’ll cover all of these questions in this comprehensive Bodymax B2 exercise bike review to help you decide if it’s worth the investment.
Bodymax B2 First Impressions
The Bodymax B2 is a well-constructed, well-designed and well-priced exercise bike. It looks good too with its robust stainless steel frame and flashes of yellow on the frame, flywheel and pedal crank.
The Bodymax B2 has everything you need to tailor your home spin workout to your fitness level or goals – adjustable resistance, seating position and handlebars, plus a built-in LCD display to show you time, distance, speed and calories burned during each session.
The bike has been built to a high standard. Stainless steel not only offers good stability for your ride, but it’s also a highly durable material that will last you a long time. The Bodymax B2 also comes with a fairly weighty 13kg flywheel, which makes for a smooth and efficient ride, although we have seen heavier flywheels.
The compact nature of the Bodymax B2 means it’s suitable for most home fitness spaces. It also comes with very handy transport wheels too should you want to move it or put it in storage (hopefully not).
All in all, the Bodymax B2 bike is a great entry-intermediate choice for your home workouts.
Bodymax Spin Bike Key Features
- Friction resistance with adjustable changer
- Adjustable seat, handlebars and footstraps
- Three-piece crank and balanced pedals
- Water bottle holder
- LCD monitor (battery powered)
- Monitor metrics: Speed, time, distance, heart rate, calories, RPM and temperature
- 13kg flywheel
- Total bike weight: 34kg
- Maximum user weight: 125kg
- Dimensions: 121cm (L) x 114cm (H) x 53cm (W)
The Bodymax B2 exercise bike features a friction-based resistance system. The resistance control knob is located at a good height on the main frame and just a small reach away. No problem for you increasing or decreasing the intensity of your workouts.
The B2 spin bike is chain-driven, meaning it feels more like you’re riding an outdoor bike. I like this feature as it provides a more realistic ride sensation. The balanced pedals are attached to a three-piece crank with adjustable footstraps, so you can get your feet nice and secure to transfer maximum power.
If you’ve really cranked the tension up, there’s a very handy quick-release tension reliever to drop it right down.
This spin bike is designed to cater for various user heights and preferences. It’s not the largest bike ever, but should be comfortable for riders up to 6’ 2”.
Both the seat and handlebars are adjustable, so again almost all users should be able to adjust it to their preference. This is important as it gives you maximum comfort and a proper cycling positioning for an effective workout.
The built-in LCD display on the Bodymax B2 spin bike keeps you informed of your workout progress. It’s not a full screen and you won’t get any Tour de France scenes, but the small display covers all the essential metrics you need to track such as:
- Heart rate
- Calories burned
- Even the temperature
Data like this is important when you’re spinning or working out. The main function is to help you keep track of your current session, but it will also provide you with information to track your progress over the longer term. For me, this is important for fitness motivation.
Constructed with a steel frame, the Bodymax B2 Indoor Cycle offers good stability, a strong base and long-lasting durability. The strikes of yellow on the design look stylish too.
The strong steel build means the bike can take a maximum user weight of 125kg.
Its chain-driven 13kg flywheel gives you a super smooth performance, while the compact design allows for easy storage and transport in your home gym space.
Performance and comfort
If you’re sitting down on the bike multiple times a week for a workout, you’ll want it to be comfortable. Does the Bodymax B2 fit the comfort bill?
Yes it does. Tried and tested, the Bodymax B2 is more than comfortable enough for a one or two-hour session.
The main areas for comfort are the seat, which is well-padded, and the handlebars, which are ergonomically designed with support pads to reduce any tension on your hands and wrists. The bars and support pads are also foam-coated for added comfort. The pedals come with adjustable straps to make sure you’ve got a snug fit.
If you’re regularly training for longer than a couple of hours, you might want to consider a bike at the next level up.
Bodymax B2 Pros and Cons
- Sturdy construction: The Bodymax B2 Exercise Bike is built with a steel frame, ensuring that it remains robust and stable during your workouts whether you’re standing up or sitting down.
- No power source needed: Thanks to the friction resistance mechanism and battery operated monitor.
- Adjustable resistance: You can easily adjust the resistance on this bike via the control knob, allowing you to gradually increase or decrease the intensity of your workouts.
- Comfortable and ergonomic design: The bike features a padded seat and adjustable handlebars, ensuring that you have a comfortable riding position during your workouts.
- Built-in LCD display: The integrated LCD display on the Bodymax B2 tracks your progress, providing you with information on your time, speed, distance and calories burned.
- Compact size: The bike’s compact dimensions make it suitable for home workout spaces, saving you the need to make room for a larger piece of equipment.
- Basic display: While the built-in LCD display is useful for tracking your progress, some might find it too simple compared to more advanced models with added features such as pre-set workout programmes. It’s certainly no Peloton.
- Limited resistance levels: Although the resistance on the Bodymax B2 is adjustable, it may not provide enough challenge for advanced users or those looking for a more intense workout.
- Assembly required: Not a major issue, but it’s not quite ready out of the box. Assembly should take between 30-60 mins and is relatively straightforward.
Comparisons to Other Exercise Bikes
When considering the Bodymax B2 exercise bike, it’s essential to compare it with other exercise bikes available in the market. This will help you make an informed decision based on features, specifications and price.
One of the main competitors in this space is the Peloton Bike. Peloton is known for its interactive classes and robust build quality, but the Peloton bikes are on the higher end of the price spectrum.
Although the Bodymax B2 is more entry level and doesn’t have an all-singing, all-dancing screen, it’s much more cost-effective. You can even use your own tablet as a screen if you have one. But it does come with a basic LCD display to give you key stats and metrics.
In terms of key features and functionality, the Bodymax B2 is a great option to go with.
The 13kg flywheel is a good weight, although quite a bit lighter than the 22kg flywheel of the JTX Cyclo 6 and 20kg flywheel of the JLL IC200 Pro. Still, the Bodymax B2 flywheel compares favourably with the 8kg flywheel of the HFC spin bike.
As for the user experience, the Bodymax B2 is designed to be robust, steady and comfortable. It ticks all these boxes at a very competitive price.
Final Bodymax B2 Verdict
The Bodymax B2 exercise bike is a solid choice for a home spin bike.
All the key components are adjustable, as you’d expect, and the compact design means it’ll take up minimal floor space.
This spin bike is built with a strong steel frame and features a smooth flywheel. The resistance goes off friction, meaning there’s no need to plug this bike into a socket. You control the resistance with a twistable knob, which also features a quick-release tension system – much needed when you’ve just reached the peak of a big push!
That said, the top resistance levels may not be quite enough for very high levels of performance. Certainly enough for me, but if you’re a seasoned spinner, you might want to test this out.
The LCD display monitors all the important information you need to keep an eye on. Yes it is a little basic, but you’ll have to pay much more for a full screen. For what you get, the Bodymax B2 has the key metrics covered.
The Bodymax B2 has a nice balance of comfort, functionality and performance. You can’t ask for too much more really to help you keep fit at home.