Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Schwinn A10 vs 130 vs 170 Upright Exercise Bikes, Comparison Review

Schwinn A10 Upright Exercise Bike, with 7 programs & 8 resistance levels. Features reviewed & compared with Schwinn 130 & 170
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The Schwinn A10, 130 and 170 Upright Exercise Bikes are built to high standards with user-friendly features and an ergonomic design that allows you to work out for longer in comfort.

Schwinn 170 Upright Exercise Bike, top of the range exercise bike, with 29 programs, 25 ECB resistance levels, 3-piece crank, Bluetooth connectivity. Features reviewed & compared with Schwinn 130 & A10
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The Schwinn A10 is considered to be the entry-level model of the Schwinn upright exercise bike range, while the Schwinn 170 is the high-end model and the Schwinn 130 sits in-between the two.

The Schwinn A10, 130 and 170 Upright Exercise Bikes all utilize a perimeter weighted flywheel with Eddy Current magnetic resistance, ensuring smooth and quiet operation throughout their individual range of programs and resistance levels.

Each exercise bike has a different range of programs and resistance levels on offer, with the Schwinn 170 having the greatest range of 29 programs and 25 resistance levels, while the Schwinn 130 has 22 programs and 20 resistance levels, and the Schwinn A10 having a smaller range of 7 programs and 8 resistance levels.

The consoles differ between each exercise bike, with the Schwinn A10 having a more basic console than the other two.  The Schwinn 130 and 170’s console feature a dual-track display (2 screens) while the A10 only has a single screen.  All the screens are LCD, but the higher-end Schwinn 170’s screen also has the advantage of being blue-backlit which is easier on the eyes.


Schwinn A10 Upright Exercise Bike's console with single LCD screen, image, compared with Schwinn 130 & 170
Schwinn A10 console
with single LCD screen
Schwinn 130 Upright Exercise Bike's console with dual-track LCD screens, image, compared with Schwinn A10 & 170
Schwinn 130 console
with dual-track LCD screens


The Schwinn A10, 130 and 170’s console track and display all the important workout data you need to keep you motivated as you cycle including time, speed, distance, RPM, calories burned and heart-rate.  The Schwinn 170 allows for the most user profiles (4) compared to the Schwinn 130’s 2 user profiles and just 1 on the A10.

Schwinn 170 Upright Exercise Bike's console with dual-track blue-backlit LCD screens, & elbow pads on handlebars, image, compared with Schwinn A10 & 130
Schwinn 170 console with
dual-track blue-backlit LCD screens,
& elbow pads on handlebars
Being the high-end exercise bike, the Schwinn 170’s console also has a few other features that the A10 and 130 do not have, including Bluetooth connectivity to transfer workout data to online fitness apps (the Schwinn 130 has a USB port to transfer data but the A10 has no way of doing this) and telemetry heart-rate monitoring for more accurate heart-rate monitoring (although all the bikes do have contact pulse grip heart-rate sensors).

The new Schwinn 170 Exercise Bike is now compatible with the Explore the World App (subscription required) – connect via Bluetooth to the App on your mobile phone/tablet for a wide range of global courses and move at your own pace as the App auto adjusts to your speed.  The Schwinn 130 and A10 do not offer this feature.

Both the Schwinn 170 and 130’s consoles also have a USB charging port and 3-speed cooling fan – features that the Schwinn A10 do not have.  The consoles on all 3 bikes do however feature a sound system with speakers and MP3 input so you can listen to your favorite music and all feature an integrated media shelf to place your mobile phone or tablet so you can keep entertained as you exercise.

The Schwinn A10, 130 and 170 Upright Exercise Bikes are all ergonomically designed to give you a comfortable workout.  The handlebars are angle-adjustable and the saddle is padded for comfort.  The saddles on all 3 bikes are height adjustable to suit different riders but the Schwinn 170’s saddle has the added advantage of also being adjustable fore/aft for a more custom fit.  The Schwinn 170 also has the addition of elbow rests on its handlebars, allowing you to rest your forearms – particularly welcome towards the end of a long ride!


Schwinn A10 Upright Exercise Bike's height adjustable saddle, image
Schwinn A10
height adjustable saddle
Schwinn 170 Upright Exercise Bike's 4-way adjustable saddle, image
Schwinn 170
4-way adjustable saddle


Being the higher-end model, the Schwinn 170 Exercise Bike has a better 3-piece crank system compared to the 1-piece crank of the Schwinn A10 and 130, and also features larger-sized pedals.

Additional features of all 3 bikes in the Schwinn Upright Exercise Bike range include a handy water bottle holder, integrated transport wheels for easy portability, and 2 integrated levelers for added stability on uneven floors.

All the exercise bikes are sturdily built with the Schwinn 130 and 170 allowing for a slightly higher user weight capacity of 300 lbs compared to the A10’s 275 lbs user weight limit.

The entry-level Schwinn A10 has a smaller footprint than the other two exercise bikes (see full specifications compared in the tables below) and its console is battery operated (although you can buy an optional power adaptor) whereas the Schwinn 130 and 170 are both electrically powered and come with a power adaptor included.

As you would expect with the higher-end models, the Schwinn 170 and 130 also come with a better manufacturer’s warranty over the entry-level Schwinn A10 (see full details listed in the comparison tables below).






Let’s take a glance at the main differences and similarities in features between the Schwinn A10 versus Schwinn 130 versus Schwinn 170 to help you decide on which is the best upright exercise bike for you:


Main DIFFERENCES in Features between the Schwinn A10 versus Schwinn 130 versus Schwinn 170 Upright Exercise Bikes:


SCHWINN A10

SCHWINN 130
SCHWINN 170
Differences
Price Range
Low
Middle
Higher
Model no.
A10
130
170
Resistance Levels
8 levels
20 levels
25 levels
Programs
7 programs including:
1 quick start
22 programs including:
9 profile
8 heart
2 custom
2 fitness tests
1 quick start
29 programs including:
12 profile
9 heart
4 custom
2 fitness tests
1 recovery test
1 quick start
User Profile
1
2
4
Console / Screen
Single LCD screen:
5” x 3”
Dual track LCD screens:
 5” x 3” & 5” x 1”
Dual track LCD screens:
5” x 3” & 5” x 1”
With blue backlit display
Heart Rate Monitor
Contact pulse grip
Contact pulse grip
Contact pulse grip & telemetry
Workout Data Transfer
NO
USB port –
To transfer data to Schwinn Connect, My Fitness Pal & other online apps
Bluetooth –
To transfer data to Schwinn Connect, My Fitness Pal & other online apps
Explore the World App
NO
NO
YES (subscription required)
Connect via Bluetooth for global courses – move at your own pace as App auto adjusts to your speed
USB Charging Port
NO
YES
YES
Cooling Fan
NO
3-speed fan
3-speed fan
Saddle
Height adjustable
Height adjustable
4-way adjustable (up, down, fore, aft)
Elbow Rests
NO
NO
YES
Pedals
Standard size
Standard size
Over-sized
Crank
1-piece
1-piece
3-piece
User Weight Limit
275 lbs
300 lbs
300 lbs
Dimensions
Approx.
27.5” long x
19” wide x
50” high
Approx.
41.3” long x
21.4” wide x
55.6” high
Approx.
41” long x
22” wide x
58” high
Power
Battery for console or AC adaptor sold separately
Electric, AC adaptor included
Electric, AC adaptor included
Warranty
Frame – 2 years
Parts – 6 months
Wear parts – 30 days
Electrical – 6 months
Frame – 10 years
Mechanical – 2 years
Electrical – 1 year
Labor – 90 days
Frame – 10 years
Mechanical – 2 years
Electrical – 1 year
Labor – 90 days



SIMILARITIES in Features between the Schwinn A10, 130 & 170 Upright Exercise Bikes:


SCHWINN A10

SCHWINN 130
SCHWINN 170
Similarities
Flywheel
Perimeter weighted flywheel
Resistance
Eddy Current Brake magnetic resistance
Stats Displayed
Workout stats displayed include:
·         Time
·         Speed
·         Distance
·         RPM
·         Calories burned
·         Pulse heart-rate
Handlebars
Angle-adjustable handlebars
Saddle
Padded saddle for comfort
Media Shelf
Integrated media shelf
Sound System
Speakers with MP3 input
Bottle Holder
Water bottle holder included
Stability
2 integrated levelers for added stability
Portability
Transport wheels included



Summary:

The Schwinn A10, 130 and 170 Upright Exercise Bikes are all great quality sturdy bikes with lots of features that punch well above their individual price range, rivalling many of the bikes in the more expensive categories.

If you’re new to exercise, not bothered about too much program variety and just want a straight-forward bike you can get on and go, then the Schwinn A10 would be ideal for you.  It’s a very well-built entry-level bike and, with its smaller footprint, won’t take up as much space in your home as the other exercise bikes in the Schwinn range.  Being the lowest-priced Schwinn upright bike, the A10 offers great value for money!

If you’re looking for a moderate workout then the Schwinn 130 would be ideal for you or if you’re looking for more of an intensive workout then the Schwinn 170 with its better crank-system would be the better option.  Also bear in mind that if there are more than 2 people in your household who are likely to use the exercise bike on a regular basis, then the Schwinn 170 would be the choice for you as it allows for up to 4 user profiles.  Both the Schwinn 130 and 170 have a much wider range of programs and resistance levels than the A10 to keep you motivated and challenged for longer!


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N.B.  It’s always advisable to consult your doctor or health care professional before undertaking any new exercise regime.

*Prices/discounts/shipping indicated correct at time of writing/publishing and may be subject to change anytime.  E&OE.


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