The big news last week was Concept2’s announcement of their new BikeErg. But does the market really need another air bike? And how does this one differ from the competition — things like the Assault Bike or the AirDyne?
Well, for starters, one could argue that the BikeErg is in another category entirely. And that’s at least partly true. The BikeErg looks more like a traditional, fixed-arm exercise bike but with a key difference: the resistance is generated by the fan/flywheel, so it gets harder the faster you go.
So… The BikeErg is sort of a hybrid between a traditional exercise bike (i.e., a spinning bike or a Peloton) and a standard air bike, like the Assault Bike or an AirDyne. In that sense, the BikeErg is most similar to the more costly (the BikeErg is $990 + S&H), and not particularly durable WattBike.
When I first heard about the BikeErg, I was underwhelmed. It’s essentially a legs-only air bike. Who cares? What would make me choose this over something like the Assault Bike that I already own? Nothing. Or so I thought.
But then I thought about it some more…
Changing my mind (maybe)
There are some things to love about the BikeErg. For one, it uses the familiar PM5 to track your workouts so you can store your workouts in your Concept2 online logbook, easily compare your performance against others, etc.
Also, unlike the Assault Bike, the BikeErg has a clutch so you can stop pedaling and the flywheel will continue to spin. With an Assault Bike or AirDyne, the pedals have to turn in lockstep with the fan. The ability to “coast” a bit seems like a nice option to have.
And, finally, the BikeErg has fully adjustable handle bars. They can be raised and lowered and moved forward/backward. This is a pretty major advantage, especially for tall people for whom the fixed-length handlebars of an Assault Bike or AirDyne might present a problem.
So, dear readers, what do you think? Is the BikeErg a useful addition to the air bike market? Or is it a solution in search of a problem?
Or, if you already own a “standard” air bike, would you consider adding the BikeErg to your collection? I’m on the fence, but I have to admit that Concept2’s latest release is growing on me…