It can be easy to look at the 120Xi and think its an S7 in a different model or color. Indeed, they look pretty similar, but the major difference comes once you start cycling. Rest assured that you’ll be surprised when 120Xi gets up to speed and you settle into your most comfortable position.
The 120Xi’s flywheel weighs 35 pounds, about the same as the S7. You may be thinking what the difference is between a heavier or lighter flywheel, and how the cycles compensate for the drawbacks provided by different flywheels.
A lighter flywheel will be easier to pedal and get up to speed, but your strength and power may cause the entire cycle to rock back and forth (this is why the S7 has levelers). A heavier flywheel will weigh down the entire cycle and can take a more rigorous pedaling motion and speed. Even more, on the 120Xi, the overall heavier weight enables the rider to stand up and simulate uphill battles. For an even more challenging experience, up the resistance!
Most cycles are plagued with the problem of their handlebars only able to move vertically to adjust to the rider’s position. While the 120Xi’s handlebars still cannot move on the horizontal, the handlebars have three different vertical positions that give you a better range of options that almost any bike on the list.
Like the S7, the 120Xi comes equipped with stabilizers for high intensity on uneven surfaces. No one wants to feel like they’re on the verge of falling over while they’re technically not moving forward. The 120Xi is also a fixed gear bike, meaning that coast while not pedaling simply isn’t possible. To exit the bike, you’ll have to slow down the pedals gradually to avoid injury.
There’s no doubt that the 120Xi is a good bike if you’re considering a low-cost indoor cycle. However, you may want to take into account some features of the bike that might tweak your opinion.
First, the seat is widely regarded as uncomfortable across current riders, leading most to replace it with their own or buy one that fits them better. A seat is something to consider soon after you begin riding the 120Xi because comfort translates into your ability to take greater strides in your exercise.
Cleaning the parts of the cycle that typically encounter your sweat is integral to the added lifetime of the bike. Wear, tear, and corrosion are not uncommon among metal cycles, and the handlebars of the 120Xi do not absorb or repel like the S7. Make sure to keep a towel handy for those intense sessions!
You may be thinking what the overarching difference between the S7 and the 120Xi is. It seems like the 120Xi has a couple of small areas where the rider may experience discomfort that impedes their overall exercise. However, for one of the lowest prices on the list, the 120Xi is well worth the slight maintenance and maybe a replacement seat. There is no major drawback that current riders have experienced that detract from their view of the machine.