MYX Fitness Bike Review

The competitive pool looking to dethrone Peloton keeps growing, however the MYX Fitness bike enters the fray from a slightly different angle than most.…

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MYX Fitness Bike Specs

Rating8.9
TypeIndoor
Console display21.5" HD Touchscreen
Compact storageno
Resistance0-100
Seat typeAdjustable horizontally and vertically
ProgramsMYX Fitness
Flywheel41 lbs
Weight capacity350 lbs
Dimensions54.0" L x 21.0" W x 47.0" H

MYX Fitness Bike Review

The competitive pool looking to dethrone Peloton keeps growing, however the MYX Fitness bike enters the fray from a slightly different angle than most.…

MYX Fitness Bike Specs

Rating8.9
TypeIndoor
Console display21.5" HD Touchscreen
Compact storageno
Resistance0-100
Seat typeAdjustable horizontally and vertically
ProgramsMYX Fitness
Flywheel41 lbs
Weight capacity350 lbs
Dimensions54.0" L x 21.0" W x 47.0" H

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The competitive pool looking to dethrone Peloton keeps growing, however the MYX Fitness bike enters the fray from a slightly different angle than most. The startup brand—whose bike comes from a sister company to Schwinn—has entered the ring by acknowledging that not everyone who works out is competitive, and not everyone can stomach a sticker price north of $2,000 on a bike that will continue to cost users $39 a month in perpetuity thereafter.

The MYX Fitness bike starts at $1,299, is jam packed with features, and in a few ways even surpasses the Peloton bike. It still comes with a monthly subscription cost, however the fee is $29/month—an annual savings of $120 over Peloton and others. Is it for everyone? Not really, but it’s a smart and solid contender in the interactive streaming fitness category. To put things into perspective, where the Peloton Bike is the bike for the well-to-do elite athlete, the MYX Fitness bike brings this high class tech into a product that’s approachable enough to appeal to a much wider buying segment. Whether you’re new to working out at home (or at all), or if you’re a seasoned spin class fanatic, the MYX Fitness bike will no doubt hold some appeal.

Bike Construction and Features

After a good amount of time in the market since its initial launch, the MYX Fitness Bike seems to be living up to its anticipated durability and reliability. The bike is built by Star Trac, a brand that is a part of the Core Health & Fitness group, which also owns Nautilus, Schwinn, Stairmaster, and other fitness equipment manufacturers in both the home and commercial gym categories. While Schwinn exercise bikes are not especially cutting edge or high end, so to speak, they are good reliable bikes for those on a budget, and the MYX Fitness Bike is no different in many respects.

There are a good number of items that make the MYX Fitness bike a stand-out offering even before getting into its streaming training offerings. The bike is one of few in the category with forward adjustment for its handlebars (as well as height). This was long seen as a hang-up for bikes that run screens, as further accommodations need to be made for power supply routing, but it seems the builders of the MYX Fitness bike found a workaround. Its massive 21.5-inch screen swivels to allow riders to follow along with off-bike workouts—a common complaint from Peloton riders.

Training Classes/Programming

As of April 2021, there are over 1,000 training programs currently available for the MYX Fitness bike, split between the categories of endurance, high intensity interval training, stretching, yoga, and others. They’ve been picking up the pace since launch, and have been adding hundreds of classes every month, ensuring that there’s no lack of diversity in the training calendar. This is a pretty big jump considering that they launched with roughly 500 classes recorded, and were initially adding 40 classes per week.

This figure is rapidly catching up with the likes of Peloton and NordicTrack too, who love to sell the idea that they have “countless classes to choose from”. The reality of the matter is, even if you’re doing a class a day, every single day (you won’t be), it’ll still take a few years for you to catch up to the total number of programs on the MYX Fitness Bike, and that’s under the presumption that MYX stops recording classes immediately (not gonna happen). As we noted above, the monthly subscription cost to access this streaming video training is $29/month.

The overall user interface/configuration of the software on the MYX Fitness bike has been very well received. Its home screen has a very “Neflix feel”, so to speak, as users will scroll past recommendations, as well as a breakout of the different workout categories. They have also added access to Newsy to the MYX Fitness Bike interface—a news resource for those who occasionally just want to check in on the state of the world as they ride. There are also options for scenic rides, as well as more rest/recovery/mindfulness focused content for when you want to unwind on the bike rather than breaking a sweat and burning all the calories.


The Great

  • Large HD Touchscreen: Rather than mounting your own device, the MYX Fitness bike has a 21.5-inch high definition display built in. It can be tilted or swivelled for clear viewing whether you’re on or off the bike.
  • Loads of Training Options: Stretching, yoga, endurance racing, it’s all there depending on your mood. Just give the screen a twist when off the bike and you’re good to go.
  • Smooth Stable Ride: The MYX Fitness bike has a heavy 41-pound flywheel and even though it uses friction resistance that added mass keeps things smooth even when up and out of the saddle.
  • Cage and Clip Pedals: The pedals on the MYX Fitness Bike have toe clips on one side, and conventional cages on the other, giving riders ample choice for how they want to strap into their workout.
  • Well-Padded Competition Seat: The seat on this bike is a touch broader and more well-padded than the conventional cycling seats we see on other bikes.
  • In-Bar Bottle Holders: There’s no awkward reaching down here, as water bottles rest in the inner area of the MYX Fitness bike’s handlebars.


The Not so Great

  • Lacking Key Premium Features: Further to the point above, the MYX Fitness bike does not have incline/decline function, nor does it have a built-in fan—both features found on the S22i which also lives in this competitive pool. That said, it’s priced accordingly, so its more a matter of how important those features are to your riding experience.
  • Friction Resistance: One of the minor downsides of this bike is that it uses a friction brake resistance system rather than magnetic, however most riders are unlikely to notice a difference, especially on account of the heavier flywheel.
  • Short Warranty: Much like Peloton, who they’re clearly targeting with this bike, the MYX Fitness bike only has a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty. This is sub-standard for the fitness equipment industry.


Who Should Use The MYX Fitness Bike?


The MYX Fitness bike is an interesting one, as it has similar appeal to those coming into the space craving support via streaming training sessions, can reach a broader audience with its more approachable price point, and also opens the door to those who don’t have an interest in the often competitive nature of spin classes. With brands like Peloton and Echelon, it’s all about the leaderboard, about keeping up with your friends, colleagues, and other people who ride in a similar pacing bracket to you.

With the MYX Fitness bike, the focus is more personal. It’s about how fast and hard you want to ride, what your personal goals are, and not how you can beat so-and-so on your next ride. As an entry level rider this can be especially useful in cutting back the intimidation factor that comes with the spin class world. It’s also worth noting that the tracking metrics and methods are different here than they are with Peloton and others. The core data capture, and where the encouragement and updates come from during streaming training are tied to heart rate. You won’t be told to up your cadence, or to increase or decrease resistance to specific levels. Those suggestions will be more approximate, with the intent to be to focus on working a bit harder to push that heart rate up to where it needs to be.


The Bottom Line


Aside from the short warranty—a detail we still struggle with—the MYX Fitness bike is the new class leader when it comes to affordable streaming training bikes. This thing is a home run in terms of value in every respect, and unless you’re already a hardcore spin class enthusiast with a competitive edge to you, we’d be hard-pressed to find a reason to step up to a Peloton bike over this one.

MYX Fitness Bike Specs

Rating8.9
TypeIndoor
Console display21.5" HD Touchscreen
Compact storageno
Resistance0-100
Seat typeAdjustable horizontally and vertically
ProgramsMYX Fitness
Flywheel41 lbs
Weight capacity350 lbs
Dimensions54.0" L x 21.0" W x 47.0" H

9 Comments
  1. David Spence June 2, 2020 at 3:57 pm From: South Carolina
    1) Belt Drive? 2) Can I stream other training videos from my library to the screen? 3) Can I link my MyZone 3 HR monitor to the system? Thanks & blessings✝️‍♂️
    • Exercise Bike Editorial Team June 12, 2020 at 3:02 pm
      Hello David! To answer your questions: 1) The MYX bike is belt-driven. 2) At this time the bike only runs MYX programming and is locked from 3rd party apps. That said, they are working on other media integration moving forward (details to come at a later date) 3) It's not clear if your MyZone will connect, but the MYX Bike is sold with a Polar heart rate monitor included. Hope this helps!
  2. Richard G May 15, 2020 at 12:41 pm From: Miami
    Does anyone know if the touchscreen is user friendly to use other apps or video scenic rides when not taking a MYX class? Can we connect a Roku or use other apps like netflix or you tube .
    • Exercise Bike Editorial Team June 12, 2020 at 11:26 am
      As far as we know, and much like the competitors in this space at the moment, the screen/software is proprietary and does not allow for linking to Roku/Netflix/YouTube.
    • Exercise Bike Editorial Team June 12, 2020 at 3:03 pm
      Also, at this time scenic/video rides are not available through MYX. Sorry!
  3. SJ May 10, 2020 at 12:25 pm
    The website notes the bike uses friction based resistance and not magnetic.
    • Exercise Bike Editorial Team June 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm
      Thank you SJ, and we are sorry for the confusion. There was a bit of a mix up here and we have updated our content accordingly.
  4. Ci Yang April 30, 2020 at 9:18 am From: Los Angeles
    Thanks for this great review. This bike is so new researching it has been unlike any other pre-shopping experience I have had because there's not a lot of reviews, and literally NO YouTube videos showing open box assessment. I finally decided on getting it a few days ago but still always looking for more details on the bike and this review definitely helps solidify that I chose the right bike. Peloton was my wish bike but after finding MYX I am so grateful I waited, because this bike is WAY more up my alley.

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