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Spin Bike for Home

Alternatives to the Peloton Bike

You’ve seen the ads for the Peloton bike. The exercise bike with indoor cycling classes streamed live on screen. What many people don’t realize is that there are better ways to get a Peloton type experience at a much lower price. What Peloton doesn’t make clear in their ads is that their bikes sell for over $2,200. To get access to the live streaming costs an addition $468 per year. 5 Years total cost of ownership comes out to over $4,500. There are better ways to reach your fitness goals.

About the Bike

Spin Bike Format

Martins Bike Shop carries a selection of quality commercial rated indoor cycling bikes. These are in the $1,000 to $1900 range and you don’t need a subscription to ride them. Matrix and True bikes are rated for 'commercial use' so the quality and durability surpasses what you get with a Peloton bike.

Upright Bike Format

Another option is to go with the Matrix U30 or U50 series upright bikes. These bikes are more comfortable to ride. They come with a wider seat but you can choose any width seat you prefer. These bikes are in the $1500-$2800 range and again you don’t need a subscription to ride.

About the Consoles

Integrated Smart Console

On the Matrix U30 or U50 series upright bikes you can choose your console package. The XIR console offers a 16” touch screen experience with no subscription fees. On the entertainment side there are apps like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. These apps are built right into the XIR console. There are also several great workout options. You have Sprint 8, with video instructor; and virtual destinations from Virtual Active. YouTube has scores of quality indoor cycle class videos; you can watch these right on the Matrix smart console with the YouTube app. Workout and fitness tracking is available through My Fitness Pal and Via Fit. Of course you would pay a subscription to use an app like Netflix; but there is no extra subscription fees paid to Matrix Fitness. See our other article on Smart Console Technology for more detail.

Use Your Own Screen

Suppose you had a big screen already in the room where you will be putting your new bike. Or maybe you have an iPad or Laptop you could use while working out. There are several ways to make use of your existing screen. Recorded and on demand cycling classes are available from:

  • Studio SWEAT onDemand $188/year
  • FORTË starting at $99/year
  • Peloton Digital $233/year

That’s right! You can get the Peloton experience with any bike and your own screen. We sell tablet holders and laptop stands that work great with any indoor cycle.


You can get a high quality workout at home for less than half the price you would pay for a Peloton bike and subscription. Martins Bike Shop is your local exercise equipment store. Visit our showroom to test out some of these options for yourself.

Featured Uprights

These and many other models are in stock at Martins Bike Shop. Stop in today and try them out.