The Inspire Fitness IC2 features a heavy-duty 53 lb balanced and polished chrome flywheel and utilizes a poly-v-belt drive system for smooth and quiet performance. It also has an impressive maximum user weight capacity of 400 lbs (181.4 kg). It’s a heavy-duty exercise bike, designed to support all kinds of spin workouts.
Simulate an authentic road-bike feel with the Inspire Fitness IC2’s friction-based resistance knob and direct pressure brake (with durable leather brake pads) which puts you in total control of your ride – sit or stand as you cycle and adjust the tension and use the brake to simulate riding on different terrains such as flats and hills.
The Inspire Fitness IC2 Spin Bike comes with an easy-to-use blue-backlit LCD fitness monitor. It displays feedback as you cycle, including speed, RPM, time, distance, plus calories as well as heart-rate with an optional Polar compatible wireless heart-rate chest strap, which is not (included).
The Inspire Fitness IC2 Indoor Cycle is fully adjustable to give different users the ideal riding position. Both the seat and handlebars are adjustable up and down as well as forwards and backward. The IC2’s pedals are dual-sided for cage or SPD so you can use the bike with or without bike shoes.
Learn more in my complete review below
Product: Inspire Fitness IC2 Indoor Cycle
Warranty: Frame 5 years / Pedals and parts three years / Wear items one year / Labor 1 year (see commercial warranty below)
My rating: 8/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 49L x 23W x 51H inches (124L x 58W x 129H cm)
- Assembled weight: 186 lbs (84 kg)
- Flywheel weight: 53 lbs (24 kg)
- Supported user weight: 400 lbs (181.4 kg)
- Handlebars: 4-way adjustable
- Seat: 4-way adjustable
- Drive mechanism: Belt
- Resistance: Friction
- Console: Time, speed, distance, RPM, calories, pulse
- Bottle holders: Included
– Commercial: Frame 5 years / Parts 3 years / Wear items 6 months / Labor 1 year
– In-Home: Frame 5 years / Pedals and parts three years / Wear items one year / Labor 1 year
IC2 Frame construction
The Inspire Fitness IC2 exercise bike features a frame made of steel tubing. It also has two longitudinal base bars rather than just one, which significantly improves the overall sturdiness of the frame.
The seat and handlebar posts are made of aluminum, though; they don’t have any coating, featuring the natural aluminum color. The rest of the bike’s frame is electro-plated with a scratch-resistant and rust-resistant finish, black.
There are only several plastic parts in the bike’s construction. These are the sleeves of the handlebar and seat posts, which are red for an artistic touch. The belt guard, as well as the flywheel bolt guards, are also made of durable plastic material.
Although the bike is rather heavy, once assembled, its relocation shouldn’t be difficult. The front base stabilizer integrates two transport wheels which facilitate its movement. The frame is not foldable, so you will have to find a storage place that fits the bike’s fully assembled dimensions.
The section above the rear base has a calf stretching pad. Even though it may seem to be an insignificant feature, it’s still a plus over many other exercise bikes.
The middle frame bar above the crank assembly is slightly oblique. It doesn’t have a conventional step-up pad attached to it but is extremely durable.
Therefore, you can perform any spin workout that requires you to dismount from the bike and step-up / step-off the frame with no problem. As I mentioned above, the paint finishes are extremely durable, and it will take a lot of time to wear due to abrasion.
Seat and handlebars
The saddle included with the Inspire Fitness IC2 indoor cycling trainer is slightly wider at the rear than other spin seats. It features a front groove to promote healthy air flow through, while its rear part integrates a thick layer of cushioning.
It features a highly durable, sweat-proof upholstery made of double-stitched faux leather. Thus, it’s not a seat made for comfort; however, it still delivers optimal comfort for all the seated workouts.
The saddle has a standard design, though. Thus, you can easily find a compatible replacement seat in case you want one with more cushioning.
The seat’s vertical bar, as well as its horizontal slider, are incredibly durable. They’re designed to support users up to 400 lbs (181.4 kg).
The bike offers superior adjustability. Both its seat and handlebars are 4-way adjustable (front, back, up, down). They provide multiple adjustment positions to accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’7″ (153 – 201 cm).
Their adjustment knobs are quite large, easy to grip, pull, and turn, so it shouldn’t take more than a minute to bring the seat and handlebars to your size.
The bike’s handlebar assembly features a multi-grip construction. It has a loop aero bar in the middle and standard lateral grips but doesn’t offer the bull-horn grip. It’s wholly dipped in polyurethane, to deliver a secure grip, and minimize abrasion. The two drop-down bottle holders are (integrated) into the handlebar.
IC2 Resistance system
The Inspire Fitness IC2 features a standard friction resistance system that consists of a leather brake pad attached to the mainframe bar via a metallic sheet and concealed by a durable PVC cover. The brake pad connects to the dial on top of the mainframe bar, so by turning the dial, the pad will apply more or less friction to the flywheel.
The resistance dial also serves as an emergency brake. By pressing it down, you can instantly stop the flywheel. In case it’s not too tight, the wheel and pedals will continue to spin after you stop pedaling, so to avoid any injuries, it is recommended to use the emergency brake to stop the flywheel.
Like most exercise bikes with a friction resistance system, the IC2 doesn’t have any “clicks” or pre-set resistance levels marked on the knob. You tighten the pad onto the flywheel until the resistance generated corresponds to your needs. You can tighten the padding on the wheel up to the point you can barely pedal.
One of the main pluses of this indoor cycling bike is the extra heavy flywheel. It weighs 53 lbs (24 kg), and is designed to deliver a substantial momentum, and provide workouts for leg muscle strength development.
The flywheel is balanced and coated with an anti-corrosion chrome polish. It generates a smooth and steady motion. It’s also bi-directional, the bike offering the possibility to pedal in reverse.
But take note that when pedaling in reverse, the bike retains the resistance as the resistance pad will continue to apply friction on it. Also, in case you’re wondering, you cannot coast on it.
The bike’s crankset is exceptionally durable. The bike has a maximum user weight capacity of 400 lbs (181.4 kg), and the crank/pedal assembly doesn’t make an exception. Even if you weigh this much, you should be able to pedal while standing up with no problem.
The pedals are a durable metallic alloy. They’re dual-sided, equipped with SPD clips on one side, and toe cages with straps on the other. The bike’s Q-Factor (spacing between the pedals) is not specified but is notably narrow. This results in a pedaling motion without any lateral stress on the joints, which can lead to longer, pain-free workouts.
Last but not least, this Inspire Fitness exercise bike uses a belt drive system powered by a poly-v-belt, which generates almost no noise during pedaling. Also, as opposed to a chain drive, it doesn’t require periodic lubrication. None of the internal parts need any maintenance.
The belt and crankset are entirely enclosed, preventing any damage or external interference. Also, the belt drive has an inner tensioning assembly, which can be extremely useful if the belt becomes loose.
The included console offers several extra features over the basic models. It has a multi-panel display that tracks time, distance, speed, RPM, calories, and pulse. The screen is a blue LED backlight which improves its reading in a dimly lit area.
RPMs are in the top area of the display, in a similar way to a car’s tachometer. The mid panels are for calories and pulse, while the bottom panel indicates time.
The bike’s handlebar doesn’t integrate pulse sensors, but the console unit is telemetric. It is compatible with Polar HR chest strap transmitters and can read your pulse wirelessly if you wear one. However, a Polar strap (is not included) with the bike.
IC2 Assembly and Maintenance
There is a minimal amount of assembly to be carried out when it comes to this exercise bike. Most of it comes pre-assembled. You only have to attach the two base stabilizers to the mainframe, the handlebar post, the handlebar, the console, and the pedals.
This shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes. The manual provides step-by-step instructions for the assembly task — also, all the tools required for the parts’ assembly (are included).
Maintenance requires keeping the bike clean, especially the sliders and posts of the seat and handlebars. These may also need a bit of lubrication. And from time to time, it is recommended to check the bike for loose parts and bolts, and re-tighten them if it’s the case.
- Extremely sturdy construction, able to support users up to 400 lbs;
- Aesthetic design;
- Bases have adjustable, rubber levelers;
- Transport wheels;
- Calf stretching pad;
- Superior micro-adjustability – 4-way adjustable seat and handlebars;
- Optimally cushioned spin seat, with a longitudinal groove for breathability and durable upholstery;
- Multi-grip handlebar, polyurethane dipped for a secure and non-abrasive grip;
- Standard friction resistance;
- Extra-heavy, 53 lbs flywheel for a consistent momentum and a smooth pedaling motion;
- Heavy-duty crank, able to support any user up to the maximum listed weight, in upright pedaling position;
- Narrow Q-Factor to eliminate lateral stress on the knees and ankles;
- Dual-sided pedals with clips for spin shoes on one side, toe cages on the other;
- Silent, maintenance-free belt drive;
- The console included – can track time, speed, RPM, distance, calories, and pulse;
- The console is compatible with Polar HR chest strap;
- Bottle holders included;
- Little assembly required;
- Little maintenance required;
- Excellent warranty.
- The polar HR chest strap (is not included).
Inspire Fitness IC2 Summary
The Inspire Fitness IC2 is a heavy-duty, commercial-grade indoor cycling bike featuring a friction resistance system, an extra-heavy 53 lbs flywheel, and a weight capacity of 400 lbs. It excels in micro-adjustability, comes with dual-sided pedals, and also includes a Polar compatible console.
It’s a bike made to support any spin workout, being perfect for medium to intense cardio workouts, interval training, stamina, and leg strength development, and weight loss.
Since it’s a commercial-grade bike, it’s not exactly a cheap one, but it does cost a few $100s less than other models. In all, it’s a solid piece of equipment, offering outstanding value for the price.
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