Life Fitness IC1 Exercise Bike | Built Like a Tank From Tip to Tail

The Life Fitness IC1 Exercise Bike is for the no-frills fitness enthusiast that values durability and longevity over anything. Of course, you can get more tech and more cutting-edge features from some of this bike’s competitors, but if you’re more the type that wants to “disconnect” during a workout, this bike has you covered for years to come.

The IC1 indoor cycle is a classic example of focusing on the fundamentals. Rather than trying to add in as much other tech and as many frivolous features as possible, Life Fitness spent money where it counts. This thing is built like a tank from tip to tail, down to the linking structures used for its seat adjustment.

The Life Fitness IC1 Exercise Bike’s key features are a 40-pound perimeter-weighted steel flywheel for even pedaling, a Poly-V belt drivetrain for smooth, low maintenance quiet operation, and On-Board blue backlit RPM console.

The Life Fitness IC1 exercise bike is a straightforward but powerful machine that can improve your fitness and provide all the necessary data to make it more effective. Although it is not as advanced as some other spin bikes, it will last a long time.

Learn more in my complete review below!

Life Fitness IC1 Exercise Bike

Product: Life Fitness IC1 Exercise Bike

Price: For a great deal on this bike, merely go here on Amazon

Warranty: Frame 5 Years / Mechanical components 3 Years / Other parts 1 Year / Labor: 1 Year

My rating: 8.5/10

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Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 45.3L x 21.7W x 43.3H inches (115L x 55W x 110H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 112 lbs (51 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 40 lbs (18 kg)
  • Supported weight: 287 lbs (130 kg)
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Drive system: Belt
  • Resistance: Friction
  • Fitness Monitor: Time, distance, cadence, pulse, and calories burned
  • Extras: Bottle holder
  • Warranty: Frame 5 Years / Mechanical components 3 Years / Other parts 1 Year / Labor: 1 Year

IC1 Frame construction

The Life Fitness IC1 indoor cycle features a heavy-duty frame of thick steel tubing. It combines ovalized and rectangular tubes to improve sturdiness and aesthetics. The mainframe section is double-coated with a corrosion-resistant and abrasion-resistant paint finish. The color used is black, with the “Life Fitness” logo painted white, these being the only colors available for this bike. The seat post, the handlebar post, and the flywheel have a chrome finish.

Life Fitness IC1 Exercise Bike
Life Fitness IC1 Exercise Bike

The fully assembled bike is relatively heavy. Its net weight is approximately 112 lbs (51 kg), more than most road bikes’ weight. However, all this weight adds plenty of stability. Plus, both base tubes come equipped with adjustable and rubberized levelers.

Although the bike is heavy, it is easy to move once assembled. Its front base integrates a set of wheels. So, you won’t be handling more than 35% of the bike’s total weight by using these wheels.

Like other spin bikes, the Life Fitness IC1 is not an extremely large fitness machine. It is 45.3″ (115 cm) long and 21.7″ (55 cm) wide. However, it is advisable to leave at least 24″ (61 cm) of clearance on each side for easy access.

It’s important to note that the bike’s frame features a step-up bar, another element other spin bikes don’t have. Thus, the small oblique bar connects the seat tube with the mainframe tube. Again, it’s for specific spin workouts or as support for stretching and other exercises.

Seat and handlebars

The Life Fitness IC1 comes equipped with a standard spin seat. It’s not too slim, though, and has a generous cushioning layer, especially in its rear section. In addition, its top is durable vinyl material and has a central groove for improved breathability.

The seat’s attachment system to the adjustment slider features a standard collar with a bolt and nut. Therefore, compatible options are widely available if you ever need or want to replace them.

The bike’s seat offers four-way adjustability (up, down, front, back). In addition, its vertical post has 15 adjustment positions, while the horizontal slider adds several inches of front-to-back adjustment. Thus, the bike will comfortably accommodate users between 5’1″ and 6’6″ (155 – 198 cm). In addition, it also has a maximum user weight capacity of up to 287 lbs (130 kg).

The Life Fitness IC1 has a slightly different handlebar design than your average spin bike. To begin with, it offers multiple grips, including standard, climbing, aero, and parallel. It also has a curved bar in the center to which the fitness monitor is attached. This bar offers an extra grip.

A layer of urethane material covers the bike’s handlebar assembly. In addition, its lowest bar integrates a set of metallic hand-held pulse sensors. So, by holding on to them, they can monitor your pulse rate.

Life Fitness IC1 Exercise Bike
Life Fitness IC1 Exercise Bike

IC1 Resistance system

The Life Fitness IC1 indoor cycling bike has a standard friction resistance system. Therefore, you don’t have to connect it to a power source. Unfortunately, it also means that it doesn’t automatically adjust the resistance and does not have pre-set workout programs.

The bike’s resistance system consists of a felt brake pad attached to the tension knob on top of the frame’s top tube. In addition, by turning the knob clockwise, the brake pad applies more friction to the flywheel, increasing the pedaling difficulty.

The bike’s resistance system doesn’t have pre-determined tension levels or clicks. Instead, you tighten it until you get the desired pedaling difficulty. For example, the brake pad can compress on the flywheel to the point you can barely pedal, simulating a very steep climb.

The bike integrates a perimeter-weighted, 40 lb flywheel. This perimeter-weighted design improves inertia, adding consistency to the ride, which is essential for spin workouts.

Drive system

The flywheel allows reverse pedaling as well. However, since the bike’s drivetrain has a simple transmission, coasting or free-wheeling is impossible. Instead, the pedals spin for as long as the flywheel is turning. Furthermore, when pedaling in reverse, you will get the same resistance as when pedaling forward.

Life Fitness IC1 Exercise Bike
Life Fitness IC1 Exercise Bike

The bike’s tension knob also has an emergency brake function. You can press it down to stop the flywheel from spinning if needed. Thus, it may be necessary, especially if pedaling at high speed.

The bike’s drivetrain uses a poly-v belt resistant to stretching. Thus, it doesn’t require any lubrication. In addition, a belt generates less vibration than a chain and contributes to the ride’s overall smoothness.

The Life Fitness IC1 has a 3-piece crankset featuring solid steel arms. Therefore, it will support any spin workout if it doesn’t exceed the specified 287 lbs (130 kg) weight limit.

Unfortunately, the included pedals don’t have SPD elements for spin shoes, but they have adjustable toe cages. They also have standard 9/16 threads, so compatible options are widely available if you need to replace them.

Lastly, the bike has a pretty narrow Q-Factor (spacing between the pedals). It is 6.81″ (173 mm) so that your feet have a natural positioning on the pedals without being too far apart. Therefore, it eliminates the lateral stress on the knees and ankles.

IC1 Fitness monitor

Although the included fitness monitor isn’t too fancy, it doesn’t have Bluetooth or online connectivity; it still is better than the average monitor. Its LCD divides into three sub-sections so that you can see up to three workout metrics. It tracks time, distance, speed, RPM, calories burned, and pulse.

The speed and distance are either metric units (km/h, kilometers) or Imperial units (MPH, miles). Unfortunately, the fitness monitor is not telemetric. Therefore, it can only read your pulse if you hold on to the sensors integrated into the handlebars. It cannot communicate with a wireless heart rate chest strap.

The fitness monitor is easy to use. It only has two buttons – Flow and Reset. The Flow button allows you to scroll through the workout metrics to select the ones you want to view or select the Scan Mode to rotate time, distance, and calories on the bottom display section. The Reset button clears all the values to zero.

Life Fitness IC1 Exercise Bike

The battery-powered monitor requires two AA batteries that come with the bike. It starts up when it detects flywheel movement or presses the Flow button. It also automatically turns off to save battery life.

IC1 Assembly and Maintenance

Most of the bike comes pre-assembled. You only have to attach the two base bars, the seat post, the handlebar post, the handlebars, the fitness monitor, and the pedals.

Consequently, it shouldn’t take more than 30-40 minutes of your time. The manual provides clear assembly instructions, and an essential toolkit also comes with the bike.

Since the bike’s drivetrain uses a belt, not a chain, it doesn’t require periodic lubrication. However, the bike’s brake pad may need a silicone lubricant, especially if it squeaks when it makes contact with the flywheel. Other than this, you only have to inspect the bike periodically and re-tighten any potential loose bolts or parts.

Pros

  • Sturdy construction, similar to light-commercial bikes;
  • Can support users up to 287 lbs;
  • Adjustable stabilizers on both base bars;
  • Transport wheels on the front base bar;
  • 4-way adjustable seat;
  • High-comfort saddle with a central groove and a collar-based attachment system;
  • Multi-grip handlebar;
  • Pulse sensors integrated into the handlebar;
  • Smooth, almost silent belt drive;

    Life Fitness IC1 Exercise Bike

  • Inertia-enhanced, 40 lbs flywheel;
  • Friction resistance for a wide array of pedaling difficulty levels;
  • Heavy-duty pedals with toe cages;
  • Narrow Q-Factor (173 mm) for reduced lateral impact on the joints;
  • Fitness monitor included – it can track time, distance, speed, RPM, calories, and pulse;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Tools for assembly come with the bike;
  • The bottle holder comes included;
  • Little maintenance is required.

Cons

  • There are no SPD elements on the pedals (only toe cages);
  • The fitness monitor doesn’t have online connectivity;
  • The fitness monitor pulse reading function is not too accurate.

Life Fitness IC1 Exercise Bike Summary

The Life Fitness IC1 is a heavy-duty indoor cycling bike that supports any spin workout. It has a friction resistance system, a comfortable seat, and a fitness monitor that can track all the essential workout metrics. In addition, it offers excellent micro-adjustability and comfort factors.

It’s a great exercise bike for intense cardio workouts, intervals, leg muscle strength development, stamina development, and weight loss. It’s not exactly an affordable bike but offers excellent value for the price.

I hope you found this article helpful and informative. Would you please speak up if you have anything you’d like to share on the topic or any opinions about my website? I look forward to your comments, questions, and the sharing of ideas.

Please note you should consult your physician to determine if you have any medical or physical conditions that could put your health and safety at risk 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.

6 thoughts on “Life Fitness IC1 Exercise Bike | Built Like a Tank From Tip to Tail”

  1. Hi Robert,

    There are a few straightforward features that have made me decide for Life Fitness IC1. I like that it has a multi-grip handlebar. My previous exercise bike didn’t. And I also like the fact that the belt drive is quiet and won’t disturb others. That noise is particularly uncomfortable for me.

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  2. Hello, and thank you for the very detailed post about the Life Fitness IC1 exercise bike.  I have never owned an exercise bike, but this one seems to be both sturdy and equipped with the necessary hardware to get the job done.  I have seen some of the competitors advertised, and their extra add-ons might enhance the experience, but I would prefer a stable work platform over fancy add-ons.  I could see this stationary bike being an essential part of my home gym
    Cheers,
    David

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  3. This exercise bike is one of the sturdiest I have seen. It looks as if it can last a hundred years. But, unfortunately, I have been gaining weight. And hopefully, with the bike, I will put it off again. But I was concerned that it might not be able to carry me. But if it can support up to 287 lbs, then I have no problem yet.

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    • Hi Abel, thanks for stopping by. Would you please let me know if I can ever be of assistance? I’m glad to be of help.

      Kind regards, Robert

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  4. I’m a bit of a fitness fanatic but suffer from withdrawal symptoms because it’s been mostly raining for the past two weeks, and I haven’t been out on my bike.

    I won’t ride in the rain or even on wet roads as the reflections make it difficult for motorists to see you.

    So I’ve been considering an indoor exercise bike and your review appeared at just the right time.

    I really liked “built like a tank” and “focusing on the fundamentals.” It sounds just like what I’m looking for.

    A good-looking indoor bike with a great warranty.

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    • Hi Phil, thanks for stopping by. Would you please let me know if I can ever assist you with exercise equipment? I’m always happy to help. 

      Kind regards, Robert

      Reply

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