JTX Cyclo 6 Review
The JTX Cyclo 6 is pitched as a high quality indoor studio cycle but is priced at a level that is affordable for most home users. With a focus on commercial gym quality components aimed at providing a gym quality experience, the Cyclo 6 exercise bike promises a lot. We managed to get hold of one for a 3 week testing period and now bring you our full JTX Cyclo 6 review.
Find out whether the Cyclo 6 is worth the investment and who it will best be suited to right here.
JTX Cyclo 6 Specs
JTX are a UK based company and have gone from strength to strength since their inception in 2009. They have an overall TrustPilot rating of 9.3/10 (at the time of writing) and we have always found them to be a manufacturer and supplier of high quality equipment that performs well. As such, we had high expectations of the Cyclo 6 spin bike and upon first inspection after unboxing we were impressed.
This is a bike that has been built using high quality components. From the heavy gauge steel frame to the weighty 22kg flywheel, it seems that JTX have spared no expense in making sure this studio style cycle works flawlessly and is built to last.
JTX pitch this product as a bike that is made to a commercial standard but priced for home use – and this is a pretty apt description. Everything about the Cyclo 6 has a quality feel to it and perhaps the only part of it that does look a little basic is the small LCD monitor – but this is a clever move by the West Sussex based company – as this is an area where unnecessary costs build up and that make little difference to the overall usage of the bike. Despite the monitor looking pretty basic it actually has some really high level functionality including a heart rate monitor that is connected to the built in pulse rate sensors and also has Polar connectivity for wireless heart rate straps.
The Cyclo 6 measures up at 124cm (l) x 27cm (w) x 87cm (h) and as you would expect the seat height and position are both adjustable, as is the handlebar height. It weighs in at 63kg and has a maximum user weight of 160kg – these two stats alone point to the overall build quality being extremely good.
The seat distance to the pedals varies based on how you have the seat adjusted but there is plenty of range which makes this bike suitable for users of all sizes and the overall range is 75.6cm to 108cm. The height of the seat from the floor sits at 85cm at its lowest and 108cm at its highest.
The JTX Cyclo 6 is compatible with standard and SPD pedals and it comes with the latter as standard. There is also an optional upgrade to 2-in-1 pedals that feature SPD clips on one side and standard pedals on the other. We prefer using SPD pedals as you can get better traction and it allows you to push through the revolution at every stage for a more powerful and controlled ride.
There are changeable resistance levels to choose from to make your ride more challenging but it also worth pointing out that the level of resistance is also pretty much infinite as the difficulty level rises the faster your pedal – much like an air resistance rowing machine.
You get a two year warranty with the Cyclo 6 and there is a lifetime warranty on the frame – another pointer as to the overall quality!
Cyclo 6 In Action
Even when full price, we would consider the JTX Cyclo 6 to be up there with the best in terms of its raw specs, but when available for the discounted price that we have secured (using our link below) it is hard to see another spin cycle rivalling it. That being said, it’s not all about the specs and it is how it performs in the real world that matters so we took it to task over a three week period in which we pushed it as hard as we could with 8 workouts by three of our in-house team.
Our findings were pretty unanimous!
Each one of our team members that tested the Cyclo 6 commented on the excellent feel of the bike, how sturdy it was (even at high intensity levels) and how smooth the ride feel was. It’s hardly surprising that this indoor studio cycle feels so good to use as most of the work is being undertaken by that 22kg flywheel that provides a well balanced experience.
The adjustable options on the bike are pretty standard although JTX have gone one step further by making the handlebar adjustable two ways (vertically and horizontally) which means you have four adjustable options compared to the standard three that you see on most bikes. This makes it one of the most versatile and again means it is ideal for a wide range of users. We had a 5’3″ female and 6’2″ male using this bike and both had no issues and there was further leeway for both.
All of the touch points on the Cyclo 6 are well made and comfortable to the touch. The pedals are excellent and we really enjoyed the addition of the SPD cleats to allow us to really push to the max during each workout. The handlebars are oversized and have a range of grip positions and the material offers a good level of comfort and a non-slip experience. The seat is well padded and is actually pretty comfortable as standard although you may wish to upgrade to a gel saddle cover if you really want the extra level of comfort – honestly, with this bike it is not required.
The hand based heart rate sensors work well but using a Polar heart rate monitor is even better and this works seamlessly with the Cyclo 6. Talking of connectivity, if you want a Peloton type experience then you can have it. You can either choose to use the Peloton digital app for the real deal or you can choose from a range of other apps such as Aaptiv or Bitgym. These allow you to access a whole range of other features such as riding through exotic locations with lovely scenery and challenging others and yourself to keep you motivated – they all work well when used with a phone or tablet and the Cyclo 6.
This bike is suitable for all experience levels and whether you are used to sweating it out with 25 other people in a dark room at your local gym on a weekly basis or whether you are completely new to the game – the JTX Cyclo 6 will be ideal for all thanks to a gentle level of resistance at the lowest end and a limitless level at the other.
The only real negative we can find for this bike is the location of the water bottle holder. It’s not terrible, it’s just not ideal as you have to stretch a little to reach it. But overall, we love it.
Not only is the JTX Cyclo 6 an affordable home based spin bike but it is a darn good one at that. In fact, at its price point it is hard to find a better option and when you consider the discount we have linked you to below it is pretty much a must buy if you are in the market for an indoor studio cycle for home use. It provides an excellent workout that is easy on the joints and offers one of the most efficient calorie burns of all the home cardio equipment options.
Unless you want a fancy full colour display built in to your bike (which you will pay handsomely for of course) then this is about as good as it gets for a home based model at this level. We would expect the JTX Cyclo 6 to last for years and years to come and with a 2 year warranty on all parts and repairs and a lifetime warranty on the frame – it should be an investment that will keep repaying you for years to come.