The SNODE Pole Star Indoor Cycling Bike features an upgraded steel frame and bottom support bar to give this indoor cycling bike a rock-solid build. It supports a maximum user weight capacity of up to 280 pounds. With the help of transport wheels, you can relocate it quickly without heavy lifting or muscle strain.
The SNODE Pole Star comes equipped with magnetic resistance and a belt drive system to create an unbelievably smooth and quiet riding without worrying about noise caused by friction. The tension knob allows you to adjust the different levels of workout challenge as per your requirement. You can push the knob down to make an emergency stop to ensure safety.
The SNODE Pole Star indoor cycling bike features an LCD fitness console that tracks your time, speed, distance, calories burned, and pulse. Measuring your pulse rate is an essential tool for exercising correctly and efficiently. The more steady and prolonged the elevated heart rate is during the workout, the more fat gets burned.
Equipped with a 4-way adjustable seat and a 2-way adjustable handlebar, it is suitable for different users (Inseam height: 29″-39″). The updated seat cushion features high-density padding for more soft and shock resistance. The cage pedals’ straps are also adjustable, which can be adjusted according to your foot’s size to prevent it from slipping.
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Product: SNODE Pole Star Indoor Cycling Bike
Warranty: 1 year limited
My rating: 9/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 39L x 18W x 45H inches (99L x 46W x 114H cm)
- Assembled weight: 77 lbs (35 lbs)
- Supported weight: 280 lbs (127 kg)
- Seat: 4-way adjustable
- Drive: Belt
- Resistance: Magnetic
- Fitness console: Time, distance, speed, calories, pulse, SCAN
- Extras: Bottle holder, tablet holder
- Warranty: 1 year limited
Pole Star Frame construction
The SNODE Pole Star indoor cycling bike features a steel frame combining oval and rectangular tubing in its construction. Its median base bar has a more substantial curvature than other similar exercise bikes.
All the steel parts in its construction come coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish. The color used for the mainframe is white, while the color used for the seat post and handlebar post is gray. The flywheel is chrome-plated with ABS side panel covers.
Compared to other indoor cycling bikes, the SNODE Pole Star is a bit smaller. It is only 39″ (99 cm) long and 18″ (46 cm) wide, while its maximum height reaches approximately 45″ (114 cm) when the handlebar extends fully. It is still advisable to allow about two feet of clearance to ease access and correct usage.
The fully assembled bike is also relatively light compared to other spin bikes. It only weighs 77 lbs (35 kg). However, this is still about twice the average road bike’s weight, so it provides plenty of stability. Plus, both its base stabilizing bars feature adjustable levelers, while the front base bar comes equipped with a set of transport wheels.
One last aspect to note here regards the small rectangular bar above the crank that unites the seat post to the mainframe post. This can be used as a step-up element if needed, as well as support for stretching or for specific spin workouts that require you to mount and dismount repeatedly. Not all spin bikes have this feature, so it is a plus.
Seat and handlebars
The SNODE Pole Star indoor cycling bike includes a pretty standard saddle. It is approximately 10.6″ (27 cm) long and 7.4″ (18.7 cm) wide. Its base shell is heavy-duty nylon material covered with a thick layer of foam and with another layer of vinyl material on the outside. It also comes contoured for improved airflow.
The bike’s seat assembly is four-way adjustable (up, down, front, back). The upright post has more than ten adjustment holes, while the horizontal slider adds a few inches of front to back adjustment. Thus, the bike should accommodate users with an inseam between 29″ and 39″ (73 – 99 cm).
Differently put, the bike should accommodate users between 5’2″ and 6’4″ (157 – 193 cm). It also has a maximum user weight capacity of up to 280 lbs (127 kg).
The seat has a collar type attachment system. This means that you can also slightly adjust its angle. It also means that it is easily replaceable, if necessary, and compatible options are widely available.
The bike has a multi-grip handlebar. It offers the possibility to adopt a climbing grip, a standard grip, and a racing grip. It also has a small loop bar in the middle, which allows a close grip. The device holder attaches to this particular bar. This accessory is made of durable thermoplastic material and can support most tablets and most hydration bottles.
Unlike the seat, the handlebar only offers two-way adjustability (up, down). Its adjustment span is 5″ (12.7 cm), between 40″ and 45″ (101 – 114 cm) above floor level. Its side grips feature high-density foam sleeves for extra comfort. They also integrate metallic pulse sensors.
Pole Star Drive and resistance
The SNODE Pole Star indoor cycling bike comes equipped with a perimeter-weighted flywheel. This design improves inertia and renders the pedaling motion more consistent. Its exact weight is not specified; however, considering that the whole bike’s weight does not exceed 80 lbs, the flywheel is approximately 20 – 35 lbs (9 – 15.8 kg).
The flywheel is bi-directional. This means you can pedal in reverse. However, you cannot coast on the bike. When pedaling in reverse, you will get the same resistance as when pedaling forward. Also, the pedals continue to spin for as long as the flywheel is spinning.
The bike comes equipped with a magnetic resistance system. Its adjustment is manual, so the bike does not require an external power source and cannot automatically adjust the resistance. Also, the fitness console does not have pre-set workout programs.
The bike’s resistance system consists of a magnetic brake pad placed above the flywheel, connected to the bike’s frame, and the tension knob on top of the frame’s top tube. By turning this knob clockwise, the magnets move closer to the flywheel, which increases the strength of the magnetic field, leading to more incredible pedaling difficulty.
The front of the brake assembly also has a small rubber pad. Thus, you can press the knob down, and the rubber pad comes in contact with the brake to stop the flywheel from spinning.
Unlike other exercise bikes with a magnetic resistance system, this SNODE bike does not have pre-determined tension levels. You turn the knob until you get the desired pedaling difficulty. As a general idea, when turned all the way clockwise, it provides a reasonably decent pedaling difficulty simulating a steep climb.
The bike’s drivetrain uses a poly-v belt covered by a durable thermoplastic guard. Needless to say, since it’s a belt, not a chain, you don’t have to lubricate it. Plus, it delivers a smooth pedaling motion as it generates less vibration than a chain.
Last but not least, the bike comes with a 3-piece crankset featuring crank arms similar to road bikes. The pedals are metallic with adjustable toe cages. They do not integrate SPD clips for spin shoes, but their threads are standard (9/16″), so compatible replacements are widely available.
The SNODE Pole Star indoor cycling bike comes equipped with a reasonably standard fitness console. It features an LCD that tracks time, distance, speed, calories burned, and pulse. As I’ve mentioned earlier, it does not have pre-set programs. Furthermore, it does not have online connectivity or target settings.
Also, the pulse reading function only works if you hold on to the integrated pulse sensors. The unit cannot read your pulse from a wireless HR chest strap.
The fitness console is easy to use. It only has one button that covers all its functions. You can scroll through the workout metrics and select what you want to view by pressing it repeatedly. This way, you can also set the Scan Mode, which rotates all the metrics showing each one for a few seconds.
The button also has a reset function. If you press it and hold it for a few seconds, you can clear all the monitor values to zero.
The console is battery-powered. It starts up when you begin pedaling. It also automatically turns off if it does not detect any bike activity for a few minutes.
Pole Star Assembly and Maintenance
The main body of the bike comes pre-assembled. The flywheel, the drivetrain, the crankset, and the brake are already attached to it. You only need to add the two base stabilizing bars, the seat post, the saddle, the handlebar post, the handlebar, the pedals, the fitness console, and the device holder.
This shouldn’t take more than 30-40 minutes of your time. The task is straightforward, the manual provides pretty decent assembly instructions, and all the necessary tools come included with the bike.
The bike has a belt drive system, so its drivetrain does not require lubrication. The brake is magnetic, so the brake pad doesn’t wear out. Thus, in terms of maintenance, you only have to keep the bike clean, and periodically check if all the moving parts function correctly, and check for loose nuts and bolts and retighten if necessary.
- Sturdy steel frame – can support users up to 280 lbs;
- Adjustable stabilizers on both bases;
- Transport wheels on the front base bar;
- 4-way adjustable seat;
- Cushioned saddle with the collar-based attachment system, easy to replace if necessary;
- Multi-grip handlebar;
- Smooth and silent belt drive;
- Bi-directional, perimeter-weighted flywheel for a consistent momentum;
- Durable metallic pedals with adjustable toe cages and standard 9/16″ threads;
- Zero friction magnetic resistance;
- Fitness console included – it can track time, distance, speed, pulse, and calories burned;
- Device holder/bottle holder included;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance is required.
- No backlight on the LCD;
- The pulse reading is not too accurate.
SNODE Pole Star Indoor Cycling Bike Summary
The SNODE Pole Star is an indoor cycling bike made for home use. It offers a weight capacity of up to 280 lbs and can support most spin workouts. It comes equipped with a perimeter-weighted flywheel, a manual magnetic resistance system, a belt drive system, a four-way adjustable seat, and a standard fitness console. It’s a relatively decent stationary bike for medium to high-intensity workouts, muscle toning, stamina development, and weight loss.
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