The Inspire Fitness CB1 Air Bike features a smooth, air-based resistance braking system and a pair of solid exercise arms. The advantage of this unique air resistance system is that it offers as much resistance as you want. So the harder you pedal, the higher the resistance.
The CB1 Air Bike features moving handlebars to work your upper body simultaneously with your lower body as you cycle. Alternatively, you can rest your feet on the bike’s front footpegs to put all your focus on an upper-body workout.
The Inspire Fitness CB1 Air Bike comes with an easy-to-use workout fitness monitor with an easy-to-read LCD screen that displays motivating feedback stats, including time, speed, distance, and calories burned.
The CB1 is solidly constructed with a durable steel frame for maximum stability and comes with rear transportation wheels for the smooth relocation of the air bike. In addition, the CB1 allows for a maximum user weight capacity of up to 300 lbs.
Learn more in our complete review below!
Product: Inspire Fitness CB1 Air Bike
Warranty: Frame 7 years / Parts 3 years / Labor 1 year
My rating: 8.5/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 43.9L x 24.8W x 45.7H inches (111.5L x 63W x 116H cm)
- Assembled weight: 82 lbs (37.1 kg)
- Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Drive: Belt / Chain
- Resistance: Air
- Fitness Monitor: Time, speed, distance, odometer, calories, SCAN
- Warranty: Frame 7 years / Parts 3 years / Labor 1 year
CB1 Frame Construction
The Inspire Fitness CB1 is an upright exercise bike; therefore, it doesn’t take up too much usable space. With the frame fully assembled, it’s 43.9″ (111.5 cm) long and 24.8″ (63 cm) wide. The handgrips give their maximum width; the bike’s bases are approx—1″ shorter.
The bike’s highest point is the top of the handlebars, which reach 45.7″ (116 cm) above floor level. It is also advisable to have two feet of clearance on each side and one foot of space at the front and rear to avoid hindrance during exercises.
This upright exercise bike has steel tubing. It’s not an extremely heavy fitness machine but does weigh over 80 lbs, which is quite a bit more than the average road bike. However, this weight provides excellent stability, and on top of that, the front base tube has polygonal, adjustable stabilizers.
The bike’s frame doesn’t fold; however, its transport shouldn’t be too difficult. Its rear base features two small transport wheels.
Although most elements in the bike’s frame construction are metallic, several plastic parts still exist. These are the shrouds of the drive system, the pedals, and the base caps. The flywheel also has some plastic material, but its casing is metallic. However, these plastic parts do not play an essential role in the bike’s overall sturdiness.
All the steel parts in the bike’s construction have rust-resistant and scratch-resistant paint. The colors used are black for most elements and gray for the mobile and pedal arms.
Seat and handlebars
Since the Inspire Fitness CB1 is upright, it has a large seat, consistently cushioned, and durable upholstery. This seat is designed for seated workouts and offers much more comfort than most seats for spin bikes.
The seat is only two-way adjustable. It doesn’t have a horizontal slider, so it cannot move closer to the handlebars. However, its upright bar does offer 11 adjustment positions so that the bike can accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’3″ (153 – 190 cm). The seat can also support users up to 300 lbs (136 kg), which is quite a plus for a bike of this caliber.
The bike’s handlebars have a relatively simple design; the handgrips feature a thick layer of rubber foam for maximum adherence and perspiration absorption.
An important aspect is that the bike’s mobile arms are attached directly to the pedal’s bars. The handlebars continue to move while pedaling or for as long as the flywheel is spinning. They cannot be locked in place to remain stationary and cannot move independently from the pedals.
The bar to which the mobile arms are attached has two pegs, which can serve as footrests. This feature allows you to exercise using the handlebars while keeping your feet stationary.
CB1 Drive system and elements
The first aspect is that the Inspire Fitness CB1 air bike integrates a belt and a chain in its drive system. The chain connects the crank to the primary pulley, while the belt connects the main pulley to the flywheel. Therefore, it results in slightly more pedal tension than the resistance provided by the wheel.
The bike has a durable crankset. However, even though the crank arms are made of steel and may hold you if pedaling in a standing-up position, spin workouts are not recommended. It’s, after all, an upright bike meant for seated exercises.
The pedals feature a simple design with a metal core and a durable nylon shell. Unfortunately, they do not have straps. Their threads are 9/16 standard, though, and compatible options are widely available if you want to replace them.
If you’re wondering, reverse pedaling is possible on this exercise bike. Furthermore, it doubles the number of workouts available and allows you to focus on different muscle groups.
One last aspect is the bike’s Q-Factor (spacing between the pedals). Although the exact number isn’t specified, it’s relatively narrow. Thus, your feet will assume a correct position on the pedals, and the pedaling motion won’t generate any lateral stress.
Resistance system and elements
The Inspire Fitness CB1 is an air-resistance exercise bike that generates a dynamic response when you pedal. The faster you pedal, the more resistance you will get.
The main resistance element is the large flywheel fan. It has some plastic material, but it’s a heavy-duty piece, reasonably thick, and should last for many years of use. As you pedal and move the bike’s arms, the fan will spin, and the air current that goes through it will generate resistance.
The bike doesn’t have any other resistance-generating elements. For example, it does not have a magnetic brake to add resistance, such as the Sunny SF-B2640.
The casing on the fan has a small knob on it. Again, this is a child-safety element. It allows you to lock the fan while not using the bike. It does not serve as a tension knob.
Although this exercise bike features an air resistance system, it’s not extremely noisy. Of course, you will hear the fan if you pedal fast, but the noise level generated is reasonably low.
CB1 Fitness monitor
The fitness monitor included with the CB1 is a fairly basic one. It has a large display with an LED backlight and shows time, distance, total distance (odometer), speed, and calories burned. The speed and distance are in MPH and miles; there’s no metric display option. Unfortunately, the monitor cannot read the pulse. The bike does not have integrated HR pulse sensors, and the monitor does not incorporate a pulse receiver for HR chest straps.
The monitor is easy to use. It has a SCAN function that repeatedly displays time, distance, odometer, calories, and speed in 6 seconds. You can turn off the SCAN function via the MODE button and lock only the value that interests you on display.
The SET key allows you to set targets for time, distance, and calories, and the selected value will count down from the goal you’ve chosen. The RESET button covers the unit’s reset function; all the metrics reset to zero by pressing it.
The monitor requires 2 AA batteries. It has a sleep function to save battery life. Therefore, it turns off automatically after 4 minutes of bike activity. It starts when you pedal or push one of the buttons.
CB1 Assembly and Maintenance
Most of the bike comes pre-assembled. Its mainframe with the fan, pulleys, belt, chain and other internal elements are pre-assembled. You only have to attach the frame base tubes, the mast with the fitness monitor, the moving arms, the seat, and the pedals.
Therefore, it shouldn’t take more than one hour of your time. In addition, all the tools for assembly come with the bike, and the manual provides precise assembly instructions.
For maintenance, it is advisable to lubricate the chain periodically. In addition, the fan and its casing will eventually accumulate dust and require cleaning. Other than these, it would help regularly inspect the bike for loose or broken parts, re-tighten them, or replace them before the bike usage becomes hazardous.
- Sturdy and stable frame for a small bike, able to hold riders up to 300 lbs;
- Aesthetic design is an aspect that can serve as a good motivation factor;
- Adjustable levelers on the front base;
- Transport wheels on the rear base;
- Mobile handlebars for arms workouts;
- Side pegs for resting your feet if you want only to use the mobile arms;
- Large, ergonomic seat;
- Air resistance system, great for interval workouts;
- Fitness monitor included – it can track time, speed, distance, total distance, and calories;
- Target settings for time, distance, and calories;
- Little maintenance is required;
- Reasonably quiet operation;
- Easy to assemble;
- Excellent warranty.
- It doesn’t have any straps on the pedals;
- No tablet holder;
- No bottle holder.
Inspire Fitness CB1 Air Bike Summary
The Inspire Fitness CB1 is an air resistance upright bike featuring a sturdy frame to support users up to 300 lbs. It has a large, ergonomic, adjustable seat and a fitness monitor that can track time, distance, total distance, speed, and burned calories.
It’s a great fitness machine for anyone who wants to engage multiple muscle groups during cardio training. Moreover, it’s perfect for weight loss, intervals, and stamina development. And finally, it’s not one of the most affordable models but comes with a consistent warranty and is a good investment in your fitness.
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Please remember that you should consult your physician to determine if you have any medical or physical conditions that could risk your health and safety or prevent you from using the equipment properly. In addition, your physician’s advice is essential if you are taking medication that affects your heart rate, blood pressure, or cholesterol level.