Schwinn® Airdyne® AD6 Review

The Schwinn® Airdyne® AD6 delivers a low-impact, full-body workout utilizing a wind resistance system capable of virtually limitless resistance levels. While it doesn't feature all of the technological capabilities of traditional exercise bikes, it remains a popular option for in-home exercise.

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The Good

Delivers a full-body workout

In addition to a lower-body cycling workout, the Schwinn® Airdyne® AD6 provides riders with a challenging upper-body workout by way of the oscillating handlebars. The handlebars give resistance in both directions, toward and away from the body, enabling you to focus your efforts on the push or pull cycle to isolate your triceps and chest or your back muscles, respectively. Apply your strength in both directions to really ramp up the intensity of your workout. The pedals also provide resistance in both directions, which enables you to target different leg muscles depending on the direction you choose to pedal. The pedals and handlebars can be used independently or simultaneously. Place your feet on the fixed foot pegs to focus on your upper body or release the handlebars to focus on your lower body.

Essentially infinite wind resistance

The Schwinn® Airdyne® AD6 resistance system is fundamentally different from most other types of exercise bikes. Most exercise bikes utilize direct-contact or magnetic braking systems to deliver pedal resistance. In contrast, the Schwinn® Airdyne® AD6 utilizes a large fan to generate wind resistance. In this kind of system, there are no mechanical resistance settings. Rather, the level of resistance changes according to how hard you pedal. The harder you pedal, the more resistance you create. Pedal less vigorously and the resistance recedes. Although it takes a little practice to master this system, once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to change resistance levels with speed and accuracy.

Terrific warranty terms

This Schwinn® Airdyne® model delivers very solid build quality, which is backed up by an excellent warranty. A new Schwinn® Airdyne® AD6 comes with a 15-year frame warranty, a three-year mechanical parts warranty, a two-year electrical parts warranty, and a six-month labor warranty. In comparison, the cheaper and less well-outfitted Schwinn® Airdyne® AD2 comes with a five-year frame warranty and a one-year mechanical and electrical parts warranty. While the warranty on the AD2 is by no means terrible, if you’re willing to spend a bit more on the AD6, you really step up your protection.

Compatible with wireless heart-rate monitors

Unlike the Schwinn® Airdyne® AD2, the AD6 model includes heart-rate monitoring capabilities. Standard upright and recumbent exercise bikes generally deliver heart-rate monitoring capabilities through contact sensors in the handlebars. To get a heart-rate reading on these machines, you must maintain a continuous grip on the sensors. This is not a reliable setup when it comes to Schwinn® Airdyne® bikes, primarily due to the oscillating handlebars. The Schwinn® Airdyne® AD6 gets around this problem with an integrated wireless receiver designed to work with Polar Electro wireless heart-rate transmitters. These transmitters are built to be strapped around the chest, providing a very accurate heart-rate reading, which is displayed on the LCD screen alongside the rest of your workout statistics.

The Bad

No programmed workout capabilities

The Schwinn® Airdyne® AD6 is an exceptional bike in most respects. However, it does lack automated workout routines, which are a popular feature of exercise bikes at all but the lowest price points. Programmed workouts mimic different cycling courses and workout strategies by adjusting your pedal resistance automatically. This is not possible with the Schwinn® Airdyne® AD6 since it relies on wind resistance rather than a braking system that can be controlled by computer. If the idea of programmable workouts appeals to you, the Diamondback Fitness 510Sr Recumbent Bike is a very good option worth considering. This bike delivers 20 different automated cycling routines to keep your workout sessions fresh and exciting.

The Details

Price

  • Price: $699

Warranty

  • Brakes: 3 years
  • Electronics: 2 years
  • Frame: 15 years
  • Labor: 6 months
  • Parts: 3 years

Specs

  • Assembled Dimensions: 49.7"L x 25.7"W x 50.9"H
  • Assembled Weight: 112 lbs
  • Type: Upright
  • User Weight Capacity: 300 lbs

Performance

  • Drive System: Belt
  • Levels of Resistance: Infinite
  • Number of Workout Programs: None
  • Resistance System: Air

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