The indoor cycling industry continues to boom, with new connected bikes, content, and programming being released all the time. While Peloton undeniably has the lion’s share of the market and is the most well-known name in home spinning, many competitors are replicating their style and looking to take their piece of the puzzle.
Stryde is one of the latest contenders in the battle for the best Peloton alternatives. This brand is very similar to MYX Fitness, another connected bike, and home workout solution, but Stryde brings something new to the table, which is why I decided to write a complete review of the Stryde bike to share here with you.
In this article, I’m covering:
Who is Stryde: A look inside the brand
Stryde is a home exercise bike brand created by Pasha Chikosh, who fell in love with going to boutique cycling studios and wanted to find a way to give folks that same experience from home.
The brand was started on the notion that the best home fitness experience is a personal one, where users are given the ability to choose the workout that best suits their needs, goals, and preferences. This is a different approach to home spin bikes.
This company is very new on the home spinning scene. In fact, their first shipment of bikes wasn’t due to be rolled out until May 2020, but when COVID-19 hit the brand decided to expedite their launch, selling out before the first shipment even arrived in late April. Which is a very encouraging sign of a great product!
So what makes the Stryde bike different and why were they so popular right off the bat?
What Makes Stryde Different?
There are a couple of key factors that differentiate Stryde from the rest of the pack:
Quality and affordability of design
- They lacked quality in their design.
- They were overpriced due to large markups.
One thing I love about Stryde is that they are very transparent with their customers. They weren’t sure if they were even going to attempt building a bike because the market already felt so saturated. But upon closer inspection of dozens of popular options, they realized that many bikes had one of two problems:
This promoted the team to build their own bike from scratch, working with a renowned German manufacturer to get it right. They wanted a bike that combined a sleek, sharp look with a superb ride.
They didn’t take any shortcuts when it comes to the design and quality of their bike. But to make it affordable, they partnered with one of the world’s best fitness manufacturers and focused on making their product as efficient and affordable as possible without ever sacrificing quality and experience. There are no crazy markups – in fact, take a look at the image below to see how they price their bike when compared to their competition (Peloton).
A unique approach to programming
Most fitness brands and alternative bikes have studios and instructors which allows them to produce content to be shared on their platform. Stryde takes a different approach to streaming classes and instead partners with the most popular instructors and boutique studios from around the country to deliver you the widest selection of cycling classes streamed directly to your living room.
Essentially, instead of being limited to the content that’s unique to the brand, Stryde allows their customers to access a giant selection of classes and instructors, giving you the control to find your perfect ride and crush your personal goals.
Additionally, Stryde is one of the only bikes that have an unlocked screen, which means that you can access the internet and other apps while you ride. This is a giant benefit for those who want to sometimes choose to watch Netflix or check their emails while they ride. You can even stream other fitness and cycling apps!
The STRYDE Bike: Specs and features
The bike is quite compact, coming in at 4 ft long and 2 ft wide. It’s also relatively lightweight at just 135 pounds with the console included.
The small size is ideal for setting up anywhere in your home, including your living room, bedroom, garage, etc. Plus, it’s sleek and attractive, making it a nice addition to any room. Although the bike is compact, it’s incredibly stable and durable.
The main features of the Stryde Bike include:
This is considered the best type of resistance available as it provides the smoothest, easiest ride. There’s no jerky or clunky pedaling and it’s virtually silent when in operation.
100 resistance levels
This is very comparable to Peloton, who also offers 100 levels of magnetic resistance. With so many levels, you can easily customize your workout to suit your needs. This feature also makes it great for riders of all levels, from beginner to advanced.
Toe cages AND SPD pedals
Stryde gives you the option to use designed cycling shoes while you ride or to wear your sneakers. And you don’t have to purchase anything additional – this feature is standard with the bike.
21.5” touchscreen tablet
You can control your bike and follow along seamlessly with your streamed workouts all from this integrated HD screen.
Integrated audio system
There are built-in speakers that produce high-quality sound, or you have the option to connect your own headphones using the Bluetooth capabilities.
Heart-rate received built-in
If you have a heart-rate monitor, you can connect it to the bike and your heart rate will be displayed on the screen where you can monitor your intensity and track your progress.
Fully adjustable seat and handlebars
This bike is designed to accommodate riders of all sizes. You can customize your seat and handlebar settings to suit your personal preferences and needs.
Water bottle holders
Two water bottle holders are included on the front of the handlebars for easy, convenient hydration access.
Move your bike anywhere you need to with the built-in trolley wheels.
Curbside delivery within weeks
Your bike comes delivered to your door within 3-4 weeks of ordering and is simple to put together by yourself, or with the help of one other person. According to Stryde, it shouldn’t take any longer than 30-45 minutes to get it up and ready to ride.
Each bike is backed by an impressive 12-month warranty on the parts and labor. Additionally, there’s a 30-day return policy, so if for some reason you’re unhappy with the bike, you can send it back to receive a full refund.
Now that I’ve outlined the main features of the bike itself, let’s move onto the programming and what you can expect from the Stryde app.
Programming: What to expect from the content
While it’s comforting to know that the bike is well-constructed and features all the latest bells and whistles, let’s be honest, what we really want to know is what the content is like. After all, it’s all about the experience!
First, I’ll preface this section by saying that, as with almost every other connected bike on the market, you must subscribe to their app and a monthly membership to gain access to the content. Styrde’s monthly membership cost is $29.99.
Stryde’s content model is really where they delineate themselves from the rest of the pack. Instead of filming their workouts from their own, centralized studio, they rely on partner studios to supply the workouts. It’s pretty genius if you think about it!
Stryde can keep their costs lower by outsourcing the programming to other instructors and studios that are already creating great content. As a customer, you get to try tons of different classes, led by different instructors, all on your own schedule. And if you’re craving some competition, you can check in with the leaderboard and see how your performance stacks up against other Stryde riders.
A slight downside to the programming
The only potential downside of this programming approach is that video production tends to vary from studio to studio, so the quality of the videos can differ from class to class. Brands like Peloton and MYX have their own studios where they produce sleek, optimized videos for their platforms, spending the big bucks to produce top-notch content.
However, this is only an issue if you care about things like whether or not the instructor looks perfectly put together during the ride. Personally, I don’t care about production quality or any extra flash or pizazz. What I want to get out of the experience is a killer workout and the feeling that I’m physically inside the studio – which Stryde most definitely achieves.
The instructors are all highly experienced, motivating, and there to push you to your limits, which I love! They also tend to mix up the workouts a lot, so depending on the type of ride you take and the instructor, you’ll likely find that the content focuses on working your entire body, not just spinning.
Stryde doesn’t currently offer any off-bike classes, which to be honest is a bit of a bummer. But they do have tons of classes that incorporate upper bodywork with dumbbells and other modalities that allow you to recruit additional muscles.
Lastly, if you don’t feel like riding along in a class, you can also choose to use their free ride option on the Stryde app that lets you create your own workout while you veg out on Youtube or surf the net.
How Much Does the Stryde Bike Cost?
The bike retails for $1750, however, they currently are running a promotion for $200 off, leaving the price at $1550. This price was considered significantly lower than that of their main competitor, Peloton, however, Peloton recently reduced the price of the original bike to start at $1895, making it less of a price difference.
In addition to the cost of the bike, the subscription to the app costs $29.99 per month. The good news is that if you don’t want to pay for the subscription, you can still operate the bike and even use another app of your choosing. That said, the programming on the Stryde app is one of the best features of the bike, so I wouldn’t recommend canceling your subscription.
- High-quality construction and design
- Magnetic resistance for a smooth, silent ride
- 21.5” HD touchscreen
- Ability to access web browser and third-party apps
- Simple assembly
- Sleek, beautiful design
- Access to some of the best instructors and studios across the country
- Tons of workouts to choose from across varying levels of difficulty
- The instructors are highly motivating and will push you to reach your goals
- Leaderboard to fuel your competitive side
- Watch Netflix, Youtube, and other apps while you ride
- Integrated speakers and Bluetooth connectivity
- Can use with cycling shoes or regular shoes
- Fully adjustable seat and handlebars
- Weight capacity of 350 lbs. (which speaks to the overall durability of the bike)
- Water bottle holders on the handlebars and dumbbell holders in the back
- 12-month warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee
- The quality of the class production can sometimes suffer as they are not produced in-house
- It’s a brand new company, so there’s always the question of staying power
- There are no off-bike workouts available yet
- The app subscription is $29.99 per month in addition to the cost of the bike (however, this is actually cheaper than many of its competitors)
Conclusion: Is This Connected Bike Unique Enough for You?
If you’re in the market for a connected home bike, then you already know that you have a lot of choices. So is the Stryde bike a good choice for you? Well, if you’re looking for a quality bike that’s built to last and that gives you access to a wide variety of classes taught by a range of incredible instructors, then this is 100% worth looking into.
One of the best features of this bike, in my opinion, is the fact that you can do so much more from your screen than just stream the Stryde app. Other fitness brands should take a cue from Stryde and unlock their screens to allow their users to multitask!
I often watch a Netflix show or respond to emails while I’m cycling or on the treadmill. This kind of flexibility allows me to check things off my to-do list while still getting in a sweat session – no excuses!
I also think that their programming style is very appealing to many as it provides users with an experience unlike any other and allows them to do it on their own schedule – no being tied down to class schedules!
If you’re looking for a spin bike for your home that allows you to work up a sweat and provides you with the flexibility to do it on your schedule, then the Stryde bike is an excellent choice. I’m excited to see what this brand comes out with next!