Sole exercise bikes feature a high quality build design that prioritizes comfort, exercise efficiency, and affordability. This is one of the reasons they remain some of the most highly rated domestic and light commercial bikes on the market.
Their product catalog is concise yet varied, with two upright bikes, two recumbent bikes, and two light commercial spinning style bikes to choose from, most of which feature large LCD display screens to provide clear feedback of your workout stats.
Each of their indoor cycles has been ergonomically designed to promote a natural cycling posture, while at the same time providing all the comfort you need for longer workouts via the high density foam seat cushioning.
But how do you know which bike is the best choice for your own home cycling workouts, and how do they compare to similarly priced designs from companies like NordicTrack, Precor, and Horizon Fitness?
To help answer these questions we decided to put together this guide to Sole exercise bikes, which showcases the best features of each design. We’ve also included a quick summary of the in-depth review we’ve written for each bike, where we take a closet look at everything from the design features and console feedback, through to the warranty and workout programs.
Sole Fitness R92 Recumbent Exercise Bike
As Sole’s most affordable recumbent bike, the R92 features a walk-through frame and seat height that make it ideal for all ages and fitness levels.
Usually available for around $500 less than their top-of-the-line LCR recumbent, you’re still getting the same 9-inch LCD screen and MP3 compatible console, but with a slightly lower weight capacity (300 lbs).
The twin sets of handlebars are another features the two bikes have in common, with touch sensors built into the set closest to the seat for heart rate monitoring during your workout.
Although the console includes quick-select resistance and workout program buttons, having this second set of handles by the console proves useful when mounting/dismounting, as well as if you need to make a change to the resistance while cycling. Unfortunately you don’t have the same resistance controls built into the handles like you do with the NordicTrack VR Pro, which do make this task a little easier.
With a frame weight of 152 lbs it’s not much lighter than the LRC model (157 lbs), but it’s far from being the heaviest bike we’ve reviewed, and the carry handle/transport wheel combination means you can still change locations if required.
To find out more about the workout programs and warranty coverage, as well as the ergonomic design and entertainment options it’s worth taking a look at our full review. Alternatively you can check the latest price by using the link below.Read the full reviewCheck price
Sole Fitness LCR Recumbent Exercise Bike
The Sole LCR is described as their ‘Light Commercial’ recumbent bike, but what does this mean in terms of features, and how has it been upgraded from the earlier R92 model?
In terms of price you’re usually looking at a $500 difference between the two, with the LCR being listed as the highest priced indoor bike in their collection.
As with any of our exercise bike reviews, we like to include comparisons between equipment from other companies, as well as features from other bikes in the same collection.
For a price difference like we’re seeing here, we would at least hope to see upgrades to the workout programs and warranty, and perhaps even introducing basic workout tracking via an online profile – a feature offered by iFit enabled recumbents from NordicTrack for a similar price.
Unfortunately this isn’t the case, with the LCR having the same number of workout programs (10) as the lower priced R92 bike. You’re also getting the same 9″ LCD display and MP3 compatible console, but with no sign of any advanced entertainment features or workout tracking.
However, we still managed to identify several important upgrades, including the warranty coverage, weight capacity, and a self generating power supply that gives you more freedom over its location.
To find out more about the workout programs, warranty, upgrades, and how the Sole LCR compares to recumbent bikes from NordicTrack and Precor, we recommend taking a look at our in-depth review.
Sole Fitness SB700 Indoor Exercise Bike
Despite being their most affordable Spinning style exercise bike, the SB700 still includes a display console to keep you updated with a variety of workout feedback. While display consoles are now a standard part of upright and recumbent bikes, it’s still surprisingly rare to find one on a bike of this style.
This is actually the same console as the one Sole use on their top-of-the-line SB900 model, with a 3″ x 4″ LCD screen showing your RPM, time, calories burned, distance and speed. It’s also compatible with wireless chest straps for telemetry based heart rate monitoring if you need to exercise within a certain range.
Weight capacity and warranty are identical, and because of the console design and style of the exercise bike, you’re not getting any advanced entertainment features or workout programs like we saw with their LCR and R92 models.
Based on their specifications, you’ll struggle to find too many differences between the SB700 and SB900, so what accounts for the $200 difference in price?
This is something we look at more closely in our full review, as well as comparing the SB700 with other similarly priced indoor cycles, such as the 510Ic from Diamondback Fitness.Read the full reviewCheck price