Indoor stationary bikes have been around for a long time now and the technology has only gotten better and better. However, what if their was a stationary bike that made you feel like you were actually out on the road? Well, there is now! Today, I’m going to do a full review of an awesome Yosuda Exercise Bike!
I know that when I used to ride my parents’ stationary bike growing up, it always felt like I was kind of floating. It never gave the sensation, no matter what kind of resistance I put on there, that I was outside on the road. Perhaps that is why I never really made it a part of my regular fitness routine.
I do know that cycling, whether indoors or outdoors, is excellent exercise! In fact, Cycling Weekly put out an article that goes over many of the benefits of getting on a bike.
These include boosting your overall happiness (through the release of endorphins), building leg muscle (especially at higher resistance), providing low-impact exercise (great for those with sore joints), decreasing the risk of disease, promoting weight loss, increasing stamina and cardiovascular health, as well as giving a boost to your immune system!
With all of those benefits, it seems like a no-brainer to start by getting your own! However, there are certain things to consider and many options. Which is the best one to choose? Well, hopefully I can help you out with this review, so sit back, relax, and let’s see what we can find!
The Overview – What And Where To Buy
Where to Buy: Amazon.com (with FREE SHIPPING!)
Amazon Star-Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (with 1,023 reviews)
The Specs and Features
Yosuda is a fitness company that specializes in one thing and one thing only: stationary bikes. Whether it is full stationary bikes or under your desk pedal exercisers, it is all they do. Why do I mention this?
I think a lot of the time, fitness companies try to market a wide variety of products. While some can do this and retain their quality, others suffer for it. I take comfort in the fact that Yosuda isn’t trying to spread themselves too thin. All of their time and research can be spent improving their specialty instead of developing products they aren’t as experienced with.
Check out their short list of products by visiting their Amazon Seller Page.
As for this particular model, it boats some really great features. For starters, you the bike doesn’t run on magnetic resistance. Instead, it is driven by a belt and a 35lb flywheel. What this does is better simulate the feel of riding out on the actual road. The flywheel also creates a more stable riding experience.
Not only can you get a smooth ride, but additionally, the bike is completely customizable to give you the most comfortable and effective riding experience possible. The handlebars can be adjusted to move up or down depending on your height.
Additionally, the seat, which is large and well-padded, can be adjusted both up and down as well as backward and forward to accommodate most heights and leg lengths (fitting an inseam of anywhere from 25 to 35 inches).
One of the most important parts of any ride is the ability to adjust the resistance. This is simply done by turning a knob within an arm’s reach to increase or decrease the difficulty. Should you need to stop immediately (as the flywheel works on momentum and will continue to spin) the knob also serves as an emergency brake when pushed.
Speaking of the braking system, the brake pad is made from durable, pure wool felt. Not only does this provide an effective and long-lasting brake, but it also vastly reduces the amount of noise the bike makes when riding it. Should the wool ever wear out, the bike comes with an additional replacement pad.
To measure your stats, the bike features an LCD screen that displays you time, burned calories, distance, speed, and an odometer to let you know just how you are doing.
Yosuda hasn’t just thought of the comfort and effectiveness of the ride, but the safety, portability, and convenience as well. The frame of the bike is made of solid steel that can hold up to 270lbs. The pedals nearly guarantee you your feet won’t slip off because they come with an adjustable cage that completely surrounds the front portion of your foot.
For portability, the Yosuda can’t be folded up, but you will find wheels on the bottom for transportation. At only 68lbs when fully assembled and a compact design of 40 x 22 x 45 inches (L x W x H), moving the bike is made pretty easy.
For convenience, you are also given a bottle holder and a device holder for either your phone, iPad, Kindle, etc so that you can listen to music, watch a spin class, or catch up on a book while working out.
Lastly, the bike comes with 1-year of free parts replacement should anything go wrong.
Take a look at the Yosuda stationary bike in action by watching this video below:
There is definitely a good amount of like about Yosuda stationary bike and maybe you have your own highlights. Here are mine:
- Road-Ready: I really like how the flywheel and belt system are designed to make you feel like you are actually on the road. There is sometimes a disconnect while riding a stationary that Yosuda has seemingly eliminated.
- Quiet: Due to the wool brake pad, it’s nice to know that you won’t be disturbing the whole house whenever you decide to go for a ride.
- Adjustable Resistance: I love it when bikes don’t have a limit to the amount of resistance. That way, you can really simulate different types of terrain. Being able to do so on the fly means you can incorporate interval training with your workout (great for burning fat and calories quickly, according to Healthline).
- Adjustable Height: Being able to move the handlebars up and down and the seat up, down, back and forth means you are more than likely going to find a comfortable riding position.
- Safety: Speaking of the resistance, I love how they have incorporated an emergency brake on the knob. That’s great should you need to stop quickly for any reason. Additionally, the pedal cages are a great addition and the sturdy frame give me peace of mind that it won’t fall apart.
- Device-Ready: While I am normally a huge proponent of turning off technology when working out, I do appreciate listening to music or following along with an online training. The provided holder makes it easy to take and follow a spin class (like the one below), simulating a much more expensive Peloton experience.
- Compact and Portable: I really like that the bike doesn’t have a large footprint, isn’t all that heavy, and comes with wheels so you can transport it out of the way when finished.
- The Stats You Need: Being able to track your calories burned, distance, speed, etc. is a nice, if not standard, feature.
- 1-Year Parts Warranty: Knowing that if any part is defective or breaks, you have a whole year to get it replaced brings peace of mind.
- The Price: With all these features, you are still paying less than three hundred dollars and getting free shipping!
- Easy Assembly: You should be able to have your bike up and running in less than 30 minutes! If you need some help, here is a video to demonstrate each step!
While there are a lot of positives to purchasing a Yosuda bike, I did notice some negatives (one in particular that may have you looking elsewhere).
- Availability: As I was writing this review, I noticed that the bike went from being available on Amazon to unavailable! While this seems to be a result of the current pandemic situation, it is unclear of when Amazon will be getting them back in stock! If you are in the market for a bike now, stay tuned as I will provide a couple of other options later.
- Weight Capacity: The weight limit is a maximum of 270lbs. While this is great for most, cycling is a great option for those who are overweight or obese, as it is low impact. This particular bike might not be able to accommodate those individuals.
- Basic Features: While it’s great that the bike can track your stats, it does not feature any pre-programmed rides. That means you have to determine the change in terrain manually. Additionally, the Yosuda does not feature any kind of pulse monitoring, so you will need to wear some time of heart rate monitor if you want to track that.
- Non-Foldable: While it is compact, it is by no means a folding bike. Therefore, storing it away in a closet isn’t likely an option you will have.
A Review Of The Reviews
If you aren’t sure about the Yosuda exercise bike from what has been said already in this review, feel free to check out the consensus in our Amazon Star Rating Breakdown.
Out of 1,023 Total Reviews:
- 491 5-Star Reviews (62%)
- 150 4-Star Reviews (22%)
- 39 3-Star Reviews (6%)
- 31 2-Star Reviews (4%)
- 39 1-Star Reviews (6%)
I usually like to review products that have as many reviews as possible because I think it gives a better cross-section overall of the consensus. For the Yosuda, the user experience is very positive with 84% of the reviews being 4 or 5 stars!
Feel free to continue browsing the reviews yourself to get an even better sense!
The Verdict – Pretty Great… If Available!
The Yosuda Exercise Bike Model L-001A is a great option if you are looking to have a more authentic road experience. The resistance system and features make it a really good option for a home stationary bike!
*As an update to this original post, I just checked and the Yosuda is back on the market! If you were looking to pick one up, now is the time before it goes out of stock again!
In case you were interested in something more portable or something that could be folded and placed in storage, here are reviews for a couple of other options that might better suit your needs.
- MagneTrainer ER Mini Exercise Bike (Great if you don’t have much space!)
- Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Exercise Bike (Great, full-sized bike that can be easily folded and holds a maximum of 300lbs!)
Either of these are really great options and I highly recommend taking a look at both of them!
Now, it’s your turn! What do you think of the Yosuda bike? Do you have any experience (positive or negative) with this company or this type of bike? What do you like best about it? What concerns you? Would you be willing to wait until it comes back on the market or would you look elsewhere (like the suggestions I made?).
Let me know all your thoughts and any questions you might have in the comments below! If you know of a really great stationary bike that you think I should take a look at, let me know that as well!
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That’s all for now! As always, God bless and Happy Riding!