Schwinn IC3 Review


Warranty: frame 10years/ electronics 2 years/ parts 2 years/ labor 1 years

Extras: bottle holder, tablet holder

Resistance: friction, felt-pad

Fitness meter: time, speed, distance, calories, pulse, scan

Drive mechanism: belt

Handle bars: 4-way adjustable

Seat: 4-way adjustable

Flywheel weight: 40 lbs(18.1 kg)

Assembled dimensions: 48.7L x 21.2W x 49.8H inches (124L x 54W x 127H cm)

Assembled weight: 101 lbs (46 kg)

Indoor cycling bikes are best fitness machines to lose calories and staying fit just at home as the life has become busy these days. These bikes are simple yet provides extremely good exercise to the body.

Schwinn IC3 Indoor Cycling Bike is an improved model of IC2. The IC3 comes with a great frame construction with heavier flywheel and excellent weight resistance. And with so many other features, this cycling bike is too good for a home gym. The assembled dimensions of the bike is 48.7 length, 21.2 width and 49.8 height, and these dimensions tell that it is compact and does not occupy a large space in your apartment but keeping in mind that two feet space should be left all around the bike to have the best exercise experience and prevent any damage. The assembled weight is 101 lbs which improves the stability and won’t move when cycling.


Schwinn IC3 bike’s most of the parts are made from steel material which support all kind of spin exercises. And rest of the few parts such as belt and covers are non-metallic. These covers are in oval shape which helps in improving the toughness of the machine. Double coating of anti-corrosive paint is used to protect the bike from scratching and chipping. There are levelers on the base bars of the bike which helps in stability on any floor. Last but not the least, there are wheels installed on the base bars which allows the bike to move relocate once the workout is done by the user.

Seat and Handlebars

The seat of IC3 is designed as in most of the bikes are. There is no cushioning available on the seat and if the user is new to the home gym bikes, this might bring some difficulty in spinning the wheel. But the seat can be replaced with the one the user wishes or there is an option to put a gel cushion to have the most comfort while working out. The seat also allows the 5’0 to 6’5 users in height with feasibility and is 4 way adjustable with 7 adjustment positions. This helps in working out at its best.

The handlebars of the bike are also 4 way adjustable providing the strong grip while working. The padded foam is used all over to give the best grip experience from all over it.

Resistance and Drive

Schwinn IC3 model uses friction resistance system and contains felt brake pad attached to the frame bar. So as the resistance dial is tighten, it increases the friction for the overall pad resistance. The flywheel of IC3 is much heavier than IC2 model as it is 40 lbs which allows to have a much smoother and momentum full pedaling motion. It goes both the ways so you can add more variety in the workout. The rubber belt used in this bike is highly durably stretched. It does not require any lube to work smoothly, has less vibration while working and the pedaling motion has is noise free. This bike also has 3 piece crankset which helps to support the users who weigh around 300 lbs as resistance power is quite good.

Exercise Meter

For the price it comes with, it offers quite the features in Schwinn IC3. It has an exercise meter which displays the time, distance, PRM, speed, calories and pulse. There is an option available to set the calories and distance goal. This lets you keep the track of your daily exercise. The meter is very easy to use as it has 4 buttons and it goes to sleep mode after the inactivity of the bike. The user can turn it on touching any button or starts to spin the flywheel.

The Pros

  • Excellent warranty
  • Tablet and bottle holder included
  • Occupies small space and gives smooth belt drive
  • Exercise meter available to keep the track of workouts
  • Little maintenance required
  • Super easy to assemble
  • Heavy-duty steel frame which can support weight up to 300 lbs
  • Friction resistance system
  • Padded foam multi-grip handlebars

The Cons

  • The exercise meter does not have any LED light
  • No chest strap included

Assembly and Maintenance

As most of the parts of the bike come assembled, the rest of the parts should not take more than an hour to put them in their positions. The tools required to assemble the bike comes within the package as well as easy follow up instructions are also available.

Maintaining the bike does not require much of the time as the belt does not need any lubrication. The only part which needs lubrication is the brake pad if it starts to make any squeaky sound and check the loose parts from time to time. The rest is easy to go.

Final Words

Schwinn IC3 is an indoor bike used for spinning workouts just by staying at home. It has features of friction brake, exercise meter which keeps the track of distance, time and few more and also has a belt drive which is super smooth and makes no noise while working. Its an excellent choice for calorie burning, stamina developing and toning to muscles. It’s super easy to use offers versatility and is actually one of the best cycling bikes one can find for the price it comes in.

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