Peloton indoor training bike review

Just shy of $1500/ £2000, the Peloton bike and its accompanying app have not made many friends within the cycling community yet. Have we been too quick to judge?

Cycling Weekly Verdict

In the end, it's a 'horses for courses' conversation we've got on our hands here. The Peloton bike doesn't provide the sort of data and feedback a lot of competitive cyclists will want. The sessions don't tell you exactly what you'll be doing so it's tricky to choose one which is tailored to your needs and resistance is controlled by hand so you won't be enjoying the interactive climbing experiences you'll get using other apps. However, Peloton brings pedalling to the mainstream market: it's entertaining, and you get a hardcore workout in a limited window of time. Just bear in mind you could also pick up a Wattbike Atom, pair it with the Peloton app, and enjoy the best of both worlds. 

Reasons to buy
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    Entertainment ideal for newcomers to cycling

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    Easy to adjust between riders

Reasons to avoid
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    Estimated power, no strain gauge

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    No additional cycling specific metrics

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A woman wearing a sports bra and a thin sheen of sweat, high on adrenaline shouts: "ok, Peloton, let's do this!" - and with that, America's home spinning sensation announced its arrival.

Whilst mainstream audiences were bowled over with the concept of a complete in-home spin class experience, the bike riding community was hesitant. For an array of reasons Peloton didn't quite make the best first impression. 

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.