Schwinn Airdyne Evolution -- The Improved Airdyne?

Published: 04th March 2011
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The older Scwhinn Airdyne has a few weaknesses, the evolutionary Schwinn Airdyne Evolution Comp bike is built to address those few areas. Of course, whatever weaknesses happen in a nearly thirty year old design will be found out and disclosed by the many users, of which there are many for the AirDynes, new and old. Certainly most any device can stand improvement and the older model of the Airdyne has some room for better ideas. The Evo, as it's called, does not stand in lieu of the classic Airdyne design. Instead, the new version was introduced as another model instead. That's probably a good move on their part since the original machine has such a positive reputation. Here's the Evolution difference.

The contrast between the two models is mostly about wind and noise, both quite noticeable. Here's the thing, the Airdyne models use fan resistance created when you pedal to generate the load you work against. Load increases with faster pedaling and it's as simple as that. The fan resistance is the core difference between these bikes and other types. You just simply get lots of wind and noise from the turning of the fan. In the case of the original Airdyne version, the fan is big and creates a real gale type wind with all the resulting commotion and noise as well. It dominates the area with all the noise. That's both bad and good depending on several factors.

What the Evo has is a different fan and a contrasting drive system. That fan is smaller and the drive is a belt not a chain. That makes for less wind with less noise and less breeze at the rider too. Plus, the reduced mechanical racker from driving with a belt rather than a chain makes for less mechanical distraction as well. Plus, the two changes in combination makes for a physically smaller machine, easier to move and store.

What you get is a quieter bike with less wind noise and less drive noise too. That's mostly a positive set of changes. Plus you get less breeze on you too. Now a breeze is not all bad, but the old Airdyne can generate gale force winds. That's not good.

So, with the newer Schwinn Airdyne Evolution Comp exercise bike, you get the same type rugged design as the older model. But, you get that same performance with less noise and less wind blowing at you too. This is worth a look if you're in the market for a rugged exercise bike that will probably work for as long as you want to pedal an exercise bike. The Airdyne in either version is noted for rugged design and construction and long life under hard use. The bikes have many times been found in gyms and clubs since they will stand up to the hardest of use and cause little if any maintenance trouble for a long life. Not the cheapest sort of stationary bike, they offer good value because of the tough construction and the ability to let riders get a comfortable workout that results in balanced workouts and improved fitness.

Look For our article about the Schwinn Airdyne, a classic machine that is worth a look.


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