As a veteran SoulCycler, it takes a lot to disrupt my ride. I’ve had my
Featuring ergonomically correct handlebars with better grips, indents and bumps in key hand positions, this is just where the improvements begin. The handlebars also angle forward, which will also help with key choreography like pushups. Riders will be able to adjust the handlebar depth now, in addition to the seat height, seat depth and handlebar height.
The bike also has a new belt drive with a magnetic resistance and a carbon belt drivetrain which will make for a more consistent ride across studios. I’ve encountered a bad bike that made it feel like I was climbing Mount Everest after only three and a half turns; a bad bike could also provide little to no resistance after seven turns. This new bike will eliminate that inconsistency across studios, while also providing a quieter ride (i.e. no more annoying lone squeaky wheels distracting you in class.) In SoulCycle, the squeaky wheel not only gets the grease, but also death stares from everyone in the room.
I was lucky enough to try one of the bikes before they officially get rolled out and not to sound like Wooderson in Dazed & Confused, but it was a very sweet ride. I was tapping it back and doing push-ups with complete ease and absolutely no wobbles. The bikes, which haven’t had a redesign since 2012, also just look a whole lot sleeker with an all-black and titanium aesthetic. The new look also serves a purpose, as the aluminum frame is completely rust resistant and can absorb all your sweat even better than before. The bike is also much lighter and easy to move around, yet it’s still very stable.
“Our riders are getting stronger, physically and mentally,” SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan said in a statement. “We want to continue to evolve the equipment and the workout for them.” Spin studios are clearly feeling pressure to update their already advanced bikes; according to Well & Good, Flywheel recently launched a new bike and Cyc will be debuting a customized one this summer.