Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycles Comparison And Reviews
For those who are looking to get some exercise without needing to leave their homes, an investment into a piece of exercise gear is looking more tempting each day. Sunny Health and Fitness is one of the most well known names in the realm of fitness equipment. They make a whole host of different gear, from rowing machines to indoor cycling bikes. It is the latter that we shall be taking a look at today. The Sunny Health and Fitness indoor cycles are often known for being some of the cheaper options on the market, yet still holding a relatively higher level of quality than other budget spin bikes. Yet, they still have some higher-tier ones, as we’re about to see in our Sunny Health and Fitness spin bikes review.
We’re going to be looking at the builds of the bikes, how they handle resistance, the aspects that make them comfortable (in the forms of the indoor cycling seats, spin bike pedals and handlebars) and finally the price/warranty combination. It’s ultimately up to you to decide just what they are worth, but we’re going to try and help by giving recommendations.
Best Sunny Health & Fitness Spin Bikes – Reviews + Comparison
Sunny Health & Fitness ASUNA 7150 Minotaur Spin Bike
In first place on our Sunny Health and Fitness spin bikes review is the ASUNA 7150 Minotaur. A commercial-grade indoor cycle, this is one of the best spin bikes that Sunny Health and Fitness offers and can serve as a great option for anyone looking to get a good indoor cycling bike. Its commercial design means that it won’t fall apart anytime soon and that it takes up a fair bit of space. It weighs 133 lbs (60 kg) and can hold a maximum weight of 330 lbs (150 kg). The dimensions of the Minotaur measure out to be 51.5 inches (131 cm) long, 28 inches (71 cm) wide and 47.5 inches (120 cm) tall. Fortunately, despite this large size, it can be moved around thanks to the transportation wheels on the bottom.
The ASUNA 7150 Minotaur uses magnetic resistance with a 33 lb flywheel in order to provide the challenge. Thanks to this resistance type, you’ll find that the bike is rather quiet, even during the more intense workout sessions. The resistance can be adjusted through a knob sitting in between the seat and the handlebars. Such changes allow for users of all skill levels to hop on and immediately work at their appropriate level.
The handlebars of Minotaur might not have the technological advancement of some other modern spin bikes, but that doesn’t mean it’s useless. There are two water bottle holders available, allowing for you to remain fully hydrated on those longer exercise sessions. The pedals of the spin bike are caged and SPD compatible, allowing for both regular athletic shoes and SPD cleats to fit perfectly. You’ll find no feet slipping out here. In addition, the Q-Factor of the pedals (distance between the pedals) is a nice 186 mm. This is generally regarded as in the “sweet spot” range of Q-Factors, so they have to be praised for that one.
All of this sounds fantastic so far. However, the price of the ASUNA 7150 Minotaur might put a hold on the instant-purchase decision that many might have. It can cost as much as $1,230, though it has also been known to drop down to around the $900 mark. Still not exactly pocket change, but a $320 dollar difference is always appreciated. It comes with the standard warranty on ASUNA products offered by Sunny Health and Fitness: 5 years on the frame and 180 days on the parts and components.
Sunny Health & Fitness ASUNA 6100 Sprinter Cycle
Up next on our Sunny Health and Fitness indoor cycling bike reviews is the ASUNA 6100 Sprinter Cycle, regarded as one of the best indoor cycles on the market. This spin bike has a V-shape akin to that of the more famous Keiser M3i, while also having the flywheel in the rear. In terms of size, it is slightly smaller than the Minotaur but can still take a hefty load. The ASUNA 6100 has a max user weight of 350 lbs (159 kg) and weighs 127 lbs (57.6 kg). It is 43 inches (109 cm) long, 22 inches (55.9 cm) wide and 52 inches (132 cm) tall. Once again, it has transportation wheels to make it easier to move around.
The flywheel on the ASUNA 6100 weighs 37 lbs and offers a smooth ride. It’s quiet thanks to the magnetic resistance employed by the bike, while being adjustable in a similar manner to the Minotaur. The knob is even located in the same area. Once again, this is a different approach to some other spin bikes out on the market that only have a set number of resistance levels. Some people prefer that mode, as it gives them a specific way of tracking how they are performing at any given time. This is merely a different way of doing it. We can’t say that one way is objectively better, as it’s just a matter of which type you prefer (or think you’d prefer).
The handlebars of the ASUNA 6100 do have a bit more technological advancement to them compared to the Minotaur. There’s a small digital monitor that will track time, speed, distance, calories burned, RPM, pulse and scan. This does come at the cost of the water bottle holders, but we’d say it is a fair trade. The pedals are almost identical, being caged and SPD compatible. Once again, this offers good variety to those who wish to use either regular shoes or SPD cleats. The Q-Factor of the pedals is also quite comfortable, sitting right at 172 mm (even narrower than the ASUNA 7150).
Once again, the price might be a bit of a hesitation point for some. It normally costs as much as $960, but can drop to prices like $873. As mentioned before, the warranties that come with the ASUNA models are 5 years on the frame and 180 days on the parts and components.
Sunny Health & Fitness Evolution Pro II Indoor Cycle
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In third place on our list of Sunny Health and Fitness indoor bikes is the Fitness Evolution Pro II. This is another commercial level spin bike, coming with the size and weight appropriate as such. It weighs about 145 lbs (65.7 kg) and has a max user weight of 330 lbs (150 kg). The dimensions of the Fitness Evolution Pro measure to be 49 inches (124.5 cm) long, 24 inches (61 cm) wide and 50.5 inches (128 cm) tall. Once again, there are a couple of wheels to make transportation that much easier.
Much of the weight that comes from this bike can be attributed to the massive flywheel it comes with. It weighs a solid 40 lbs, once again utilizing the magnetic process that has become so common in the modern day. It makes for a smooth and quiet workout, while also providing plenty of challenge for the user. Similar to the ASUNA bikes (and a common thread throughout all of these bikes) is the knob that you can change the resistance level with. No preset levels here.
There’s quite a bit of technology attached to this spin bike. It has both a performance monitor and a place for tablets up and around the handlebars. The bike monitor can track the following statistics: Speed, Avg Speed, Max Speed, Cadence (RPM), Avg Cadence, Max Cadence, Distance, Target Distance, Time, Calories, Race, Target Time and Pulse. There are pulse sensors on the handlebars, allowing you to see how your body is handling the workout. The pedals are the same as the previous two models. They are caged and compatible with SPD cleats. There are also a couple of bonus features in the form of dumbbell holders and a water bottle holder.
As for the price, it still is lingering in the higher reaches, while offering an inferior warranty to that of the ASUNA models. The cost of the Evolution Pro II is right around $850. However, the warranty is the one that comes with all non-ASUNA Sunny Health and Fitness exercise bikes. It has 3 years on the frame and 180 days for the parts and components.
Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1709 Exercise Bike
Reaching the midpoint of our look at the various Sunny Health and Fitness spin bikes, we have the first of them that reverts to the normal (and irritating) naming method: the SF-B1709 indoor cycle. This is another bike that has a fairly slick commercial build, but is not quite as heavy as the others listed above. The SF-B1709 weighs 89.3 lbs (40.5 kg), while having a max user weight of 300 lbs (136 kg). It’s dimensions are 53.2 inches (135 cm) long, 23.6 inches (60 cm) wide and 54.3 inches (138 cm) tall. The standard transportation wheels continue to make an appearance in order to help with the mobility of the bike.
The resistance of the SF-B1709 comes in the form of a 7 lb rear flywheel – a massive difference to the systems of previously listed bikes. There are 13 different levels of preset magnetic resistance available to the user of the SF-B1709. The resistance itself is rather quiet and smooth. The lighter flywheel is nice, though the 13 levels of resistance doesn’t quite match up to the 24 levels offered by the Keiser M3 (which takes a similar approach to the light flywheel and general design). As you might notice, this bike takes a completely different approach to handling the resistance settings as the rest of the ones here. It decides to go with the preset levels of resistance that are so common throughout the rest of the market compared to their manual knob adjustments. This gives an option for those who prefer a Sunny Health and Fitness spin bike, but would prefer a system of preset magnetic resistance.
In terms of the handlebars, they offer a nice degree of adjustment, as they can be moved 4 ways. There’s also a digital monitor on top of the handlebars, which tracks the following statistics: speed, average speed, max speed, cadence, average cadence, max cadence, distance, calories, race, and time. They’ve also got the pulse sensors that were available on the Evolution Pro II. Once again, the foot pedals have cages to keep the feet secure and the ability to use SPD cleats.
The price of the SF-B1709 is actually not a bad one. It normally costs around $700, but has been known to drop to $600, and this is why it’s considered one of the best indoor cycles under $1000. This is not a bad price at all for the number of features on offer and should certainly be considered. The warranty is the same as before in that it has 3 years on the frame and 180 days on parts and components.
Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1805 Indoor Cycle
The Sunny Health and Fitness indoor spin bikes seem to have a habit of switching their flywheels back and forth. So it continues with the SF-B1805 indoor cycle, where the flywheel returns to the front of the bike. It’s smaller than many of the other spin bikes but returns to the heavy build of the ASUNA bikes and Evolution Pro II. It weighs 125.7 lbs (57 kg) and has a max user weight of 300 lbs (136 kg). The dimensions of the SF-B1709 measure to be 48 inches (122 cm) long, 23 inches (58 cm) wide and 45 inches (114 cm) tall. The famous transportation wheels make a comeback once more to help with that sweet, sweet movement.
As mentioned, the flywheel for this bike returns to the crazy weights that the majority of Sunny Health and Fitness bikes have. It’s 44 lbs does a good job of keeping the bike steady, while the adjustable knob lets you pick out just what sort of resistance you actually want. Once again, the magnetic resistance makes sure that the exercise is quiet and low maintenance, making it one of the best magnetic spin bikes on the market.
The handlebars do not contain any fancy technology this time. The most that can be done with it in terms of technology is the tablet holder on top of them. They can be adjusted both vertically and horizontally, which is always nice. The standard caged pedals come with the SF-B1805, however, they are not double-sided like many of the others on this list. SPD cleats can still be used if you clip on your own 9/16 thread pedals. There’s a bottle holder on the frame of the flywheel, allowing for some nice hydration during the workouts.
In terms of price, the SF-B1805 offers a decently cheap price. It’s regularly priced at around $600, so a great option if you are looking into buying a budget spin bike. It comes with a 3-year warranty on the frame and 180 days on the parts and components. This is fine, but it’s hard to compare the SF-B1805 when you could acquire the B1709 for the same price. That bike also has a lot more features to offer compared to this one.
Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1714 Evolution Pro Spin Bike
Nearing the end of our list, we now have the Sunny Health and Fitness SF-B1714 Evolution Pro. It sticks with vision of many of these bikes, with the commercial build being heavy and sturdy. The heaviness is rather emphasized, as the SF-B1714 weighs a chunky 136 lbs (61.7 kg). This does mean that it can hold a nice weight limit of 330 lbs (150 kg). The dimensions of the bike are larger than some of the smaller bikes. It is 48.5 inches (123 cm) long, 24 inches (61 cm) wide and 53.5 inches (136 cm) tall. Do we even need to say what makes a return? Perhaps something that is small, round and helps with transportation?
The resistance follows a similar large and heavy method that we’ve seen throughout the list. Once again, there is a magnetic resistance system in place, controlled with a little knob sitting right in front of the seat. This acts as a fine system, but it doesn’t make it as easy to control as preset levels would. It’s quiet and smooth enough, with little maintenance.
Unfortunately, as we get lower on this list, the less fancy and valuable this section gets. There’s no sort of tablet or monitor available with the SF-B1714 Evolution Pro. Admittedly, both the handlebars and seat are 4-way adjustable. This is nice, but it’s about as minimal as you can get in terms of features. There’s a bottle holder as a bonus feature, but that is about all that can be said about this part of the bike. Not great really. But also not terrible.
Bearing the previous comments in mind, the SF-B1714 Evolution Pro’s price is extremely questionable. It normally costs around $680 with the standard 3 year warranty on the frame and 180 days on the parts. For what is on offer here, this is a rather poor deal. Considering you could get the SF-B1805 or the SF-B1709 for a cheaper amount with more features, it just doesn’t seem worth it to invest deeply in this bike.
Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1002/C Indoor Cycling Bike
Rounding out this list of the Sunny Health and Fitness indoor cycling bikes is the model of SF-B1002/C. The “/C” part of the model refers to the fact that this bike can be ordered with either a belt drive or a chain drive. The weight limit of the SF-B1002/C is actually lower than the rest of the bikes here, only having a limit of 275 lbs (124 kg). It’s got fairly standard dimensions, being 49.5 inches (126 cm) long, 18 inches (46 cm) wide and 44 inches (112 cm) tall. For the last time (at least on this list) the transportation wheels make their final appearance. But don’t worry. They are perhaps the one thing left in this world that can be relied on to show up again and again.
The resistance of this bike is magnetic, with a massive 49 lb flywheel. As mentioned, you can order two different variations of this bike: one with a belt drive and one with a chain drive. Interestingly enough, the chain drive system is actually more expensive, despite chain drives having mostly gone out of style for modern bikes. Generally we recommend belt drives thanks to their lower cost of maintenance and fact that they are quiet. There are no preset resistance levels, but rather the adjustable knob continues to be the system of change here. Nothing too fancy, but it also doesn’t promise such things.
The handlebars of the SF-B1002/C are only adjustable 2 ways (vertically), which is unfortunate compared to all of the rest of the bikes here. It’s always nice to have handlebars that can be fitted specifically to where a user needs it, and can feel missed when it’s absent. The seat, on the other hand, is adjustable both vertically and horizontally, which is nice. This makes up for it a little, as you can move back and forth to get the handlebars closer or further away. Once again, there’s a little bonus water bottle holder sitting on the side of the flywheel.
In terms of cost, the SF-B1002/C is a little questionable. Yes, it is the cheapest one on this list at a normal price of $400 (though it can drop to $370). It also comes with the standard warranty of 3 years on the frame and 180 days on the parts. However, based on what is offered here, it’s hard to recommend this bike compared to the others.
That concludes our list of the Sunny Health and Fitness reviews and comparisons. Clearly we recommend the ASUNA models of these bikes the most, with the 7150 Minotaur coming out on top between the two. However, there are a fair amount of other options that are available if you’d prefer a different type of bike. Particularly the SF-B1709, which takes a lot of inspiration from the Keiser M3- another of the highest quality spin bikes on the market. As you get further down the list, however, it becomes harder to recommend them. The price for what you are getting just isn’t quite balanced like it is at the top end.