Concept 2 BikeErg review

A great bridge across the gap between exercise, smart bikes and your wallet

The Concept2 BikeErg is shown side on, with the handle bars pointing to the left with a white background.
(Image credit: Concept2)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Concept2 BikeErg is a decent compromise for any household made up of members looking to get the most out of their training by tracking reliable and repeatable data, without spending the mega bucks required for 'smart bikes' manufactured by cycling specific brands. The ability to closely mimic your road bike position, fit standard road components and measure performance improvement means this option outperforms regular exercise bikes. However, the method of power reading means you won't hit the same numbers as you would on a dedicated power meter, and we found the effect of a one-sided fan a little disconcerting.

Reasons to buy
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    Repeatable precision for measuring metrics

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    Connects to third party Apps via Bluetooth

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    Customisable for standard bike parts

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    Very smooth pedalling

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    Lightweight and moveable

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    Large data screen

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    Minimal maintenance requirements

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    Known for durability

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    Value for money

Reasons to avoid
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    Damper adjustment on flywheel

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    Power taken at flywheel will read below crank/pedal meter

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    One sided fanning when riding

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If you've ever straddled a rowing machine in a gym, the chances are you have already become aquatinted with the brand Concept2. It's the very same company that hosts the indoor rowing championships, which the likes of James Cracknell and Sir Bradley Wiggins have competed in. In fact, any indoor rowing event, race or record will always be completed on a Concept2 rower because it's the gold standard when it comes to repeatable and comparable data on every machine. 

It's this ability to replicate data with such precision that makes the Concept2 BikeErg very appealing as one of the best exercise bikes.

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.