Sole has branched out their exercise bike options and has introduced a lone spinning style bike into their line-up — the Sole SB700 Spin BIke, here’s my review.
When Sole enters a market, like they did with online sales of treadmills and ellipticals, they don’t flood it with 20 different models to try and muddy the waters like Proform does, they develop function and ergonomic machines that match their reputation for quality.
The Sole SB700 is no exception to that rule and is a strong competitor in the under $1000 spin bike market with its’ primary competition coming from the Livestrong LS9.9ic and the stable of mid range bikes from Schwinn and Spinning (most of which are made by Star Trac).
Sole SB700 Specs
- Frame: 2.0 mm oval steel tubing
- Seat/Handlebar Adjustable: Yes Up/Down; Fore/Aft
- Flywheel: 48 lb chrome plate wheel
- Pedals: Toe Straps
- Display: 3″ x 4″ backlit blue LCD
- Brake Pads: Yes
- Resistance: Turn knob
- Transport Wheels: Yes
- Dimensions: 42″ x 21″ x 40″
- Product Weight: 140 lbs
- User Weight: 300 lbs
- Console: Integrated w/ RPM, time, KCal, speed, distance
- Water Bottle Holders: Yes
What I Like About the Sole Spin BIke SB700
The Sole SB700 has a lot of high end features that, in my opinion, are must haves in this price range.
For starters there’s the (4) way handlebar and seat adjustments that allow up/down & fore/aft positioning so you can find a comfortable riding position.
Then there’s the 48 pound chrome flywheel for super smooth pedaling action and the feeling of riding a real road bike — in case you didn’t know, the flywheel material and weight is the best indicator of the quality of a spin bike.
The last component on the Sole Spin Bike that’s worth noting is the training computer. It’s a nice backlit blue LCD screen that allows you to track RPM’s, Calories, Speed and Distance.
What I Don’t Like About the Sole SB700 Spin Bike
There are a couple of area for improvement on the Sole SB700, but I believe that the “improvements” I’d like to see on the bike are a function of how this bike is priced, and not a reflection on the quality of the core components like the flywheel, crank set and drive system.
For starters, I would really like to see the training computer track rep cadence. While rep cadence measurement is not the end all be all for more casual users, serious road bikers that opt for the Sole may dismiss this bike for that simple ommission which I think is a mistake.
It would also be nice if there were pedals with the clip attachments. You generate a lot more power on a bike using shoes that clip onto the pedals as opposed to the toe cages that come standard on this bike.
On the other hand, I would expect that those wanting clip pedals already have them on their road bike and could swap them out with the stock pedals.
Bottom Line on the Sole SB700 Spin Bike
The Sole SB700 is a strong competitor in the under $1000 spin bike market. It’s built on a solid frame with a heavy, smooth pedaling flywheel and comes with a training computer to track your workouts — you may need to buy clip pedals or swap them out from your road bike if you already own one.
If you’re shopping for a spin bike in this price range, I think it’s a toss up between the Sole and the Live Strong 9.9 — either way you go you’re getting a great bike for the money.