At first glance, the Keiser M3i looks like an ordinary spin bike. However, looks are deceiving: the M3i is backed by a notable exercise company (Keiser) that supplies exercise equipment to everyone from individuals to professional sports teams. The Keiser’s strength comes from its simple design. Compared to the more technologically advanced bikes, it still retains the core features of a good bike.
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What’s so different?
Like the Schwinn, the Keiser features a magnetic resistance system as opposed to a friction based one. This prevents the cycle from developing wear or other friction based problems early on. This innovative system allows the rider to change resistance in a fraction of a second. The rider will quickly become more in tune with changes in elevation or terrain that commonly appear outdoors.
Another notable feature about the Keiser is its ability to move the handlebars horizontally according to the rider’s needs. Unlike the Peloton, the Keiser is more accommodating to individuals with certain back pains or problems. This seat is equally as adjustable on the vertical and horizontal plane.
To slow the flywheel, the rider uses the emergency brake. This will take some adjusting if you’re used to a gym cycle that you can just climb right off when you’re finished. This means you’ll have to wait for the flywheel to come to a stop before you can safely exit the bike. As always, you should try out the Keiser at a showroom or gym before making the final purchase.
The Keiser is constructed of stainless steel and aluminum, which like many others on the Best Spin Bike’s List, makes it immune to rust over time. The magnetic resistance system that appears on many of the bikes also appears on the Keiser.
Slight maintenance will need to be done with this bike as opposed to others. Apart from changing batteries on the electronics, the rider needs to make sure the nuts and bolts (the parts that have an easier time rubbing against metal) are lubricated and sealed into the bike. The last thing you want is something popping loose from excess stress during a workout.
Tracking and Sound Systems
It is important to note that the Keiser does not have the most advanced tracking software. It cannot save the data of your most recent workout for more than sixty seconds before it is deleted. So make sure you have some note taking device handy, so you can track your progress better and use the Keiser to its utmost potential.
The Keiser, unfortunately, lacks a Bluetooth system. Many riders have resorted to using plug-ins such as headphones and earphones for their music and sound quality.
In addition to your purchase, at least from the Keiser website, the bike comes with a Keiser Towel, Heart-Rate Strap, Media Tray, Stretch Pads, Sweat Mat and 3-month trial of the BKOOL Premium Cycling Simulator. Keiser as a company is a very reliable provider of sporting and exercise equipment, and it would make sense that the M3i would be designed with the user’s health and progress at the forefront.
If you want the competitive nature provided by the Peloton and the speed and versatility of the Schwinn, the Keiser M3i offers an excellent blend in between the previous two bikes. As always, you can construct and maintain your cycling structure all from the convenience of your home.