Sole B94 Upright Bike – A Consistent Cardio Workout!

The 2019 Sole B94 Upright Bike is the lowest-priced upright exercise bike from Sole Fitness. While it has some high-end features, this compact unit is for home gyms and not commercial settings. The B94’s vertical frame weighs about 100 pounds and has a 300-pound weight limit.

An eddy current resistance system on the B94 helps ensure a smooth transition between 20 challenging levels. The B94 Stationary Upright Bike has a 20-pound flywheel. It provides a relatively smooth ride and a good range of resistance for many home cyclists.

This model allows for ten preset programs to bring organization to your workouts and make it easy to get working. There are two heart rate controlled workouts and six standard applications, such as Hill and Interval. Two user-designed programs are saveable. The 9″ LCD shows speed, time, distance, resistance, pulse, watts, and RPM.

A complete wireless telemetry system on the B94 bike (chest strap included) helps trainees make the most of workouts and assess fitness progress. Additionally, for a non-wireless option, grip heart rate sensors are included on the handlebars.

Learn more in my complete review below

Sole B94 Upright Bike
Sole B94 Upright Bike

Product: 2019 Sole B94 Upright Bike

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Warranty: Frame lifetime / Parts & Electronics 3 years / Labor 1 year

My rating: 7/10

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Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 46L x 18W x 55H inches (117L x 46W x 140H cm)
  • Product weight: 123 lbs (55.7 kg)
  • Flywheel weight 20 lb. (9.07 kg)
  • Supported weight: 300 lbs (136.08 kg)
  • Handlebars: Non-adjustable, with EKG grip pulse sensors
  • Seat: Adjustable horizontally and vertically
  • Pedals: With straps
  • Drive mechanism: Belt
  • Brakes: Eddy current
  • Resistance: Adjustable, 20 levels
  • Performance monitor: Yes, ten workout apps
  • USB Device Charging: Yes
  • Bluetooth Compatible: Yes
  • Amenities: Cooling fan, bottle holder, tablet holder, sound system
  • Warranty: Frame lifetime / Parts & Electronics 3 years / Labor 1 year

B94 Frame

The frame on this upright Sole bike is solid steel tubing. The shrouds that cover the drive and brake system are hard plastic. They are chemically resistant for maximum protection and for adding less dead weight to the machine, rendering it more comfortable to transport and handle when fully assembled.

The bases of the frame also have decorative plastic shrouds, but the bases are also steel-made, using similar tubing as the mainframe. Both bases have leveling feed, with rubber caps, enhancing the stability of the bike, even if you don’t use a mat underneath it, or if the flooring is uneven.

The front base features small wheels to ease the bike’s relocation when it’s the case. Also, the rear base is furnished with a metallic handle, rendering the bike easier to tilt, to be wheeled for storage.

The overall footprint of this bike doesn’t take too much space. At 18″W x 46″L (46 x 117 cm) I can safely say that it’s low profile, great fit for anyone, but don’t have the luxury of too much space. In terms of height, the top of the console reaches a maximum of 55″H (140 cm).

Seat and handlebars

Sole B94 Upright Bike

The Sole B94 comes with a gel seat with a contoured, ergonomic design. For users that are new to exercise bikes, the seat may seem a little bit hard during their first sessions. The seat is adjustable both vertically and fore to aft.

Height-wise, the seat post offers 12 adjustment settings, one inch each. At its highest setting, the seat reaches about 44″ (112 cm) from the floor. In other words, this bike offers enough seat-height for users up to 6’6″ – 6’7″ (198 – 201 cm).

The handlebars are non-adjustable, and feature a simple but ergonomic design, supplying several grips, for different workout postures. They’re covered with rubber foam padding to ensure a comfortable grip, also preventing hands from blistering. The lower part of the handlebars incorporates EKG grip sensors for a reading pulse.

B94 Drive and brake system

It’s a common misconception that upright bikes have no flywheel. Most of them do have a belt-drive system involving a belt, pulley, and a wheel, which is much smaller than in spin bikes. The Sole B94 is also belt-driven, equipped with a solid, no-stretch belt, made to last many years of use.

Its flywheel is rather small in diameter, but pretty hefty for an upright bike, weighing 20 lbs (9.07 kg). The steel pulley of the bike is slightly bigger in diameter than the flywheel. It comes with two crank arms, also made of steel.

The pedals are hard plastic, and feature straps for securing feet in place. The treads on the pedals are standard, therefore in case one breaks or simply if you may want a different type of pedals, you should easily find replacements.

The brake system of the bike is eddy current brake-based. The resistance is (generated) via an electric current, which adjusts the pull of a magnet onto the flywheel. Since the brake involves magnets, it means there’s no contact between the brake mechanism and the wheel, resulting in 0 wear and tear.

Now, since the bike has an eddy current brake and features a belt-drive system, the conclusion is that it’s quiet, rendering a smooth, pedaling motion. It also requires to be connected to a 115VAC power circuit, featuring a power cord with a standard, American-type plug. The cable connects to the machine on the left side, near the front base. There’s also an ON / OFF switch near the connection point of the cable to the bike.

Sole B94 Upright Bike
Sole B94 Upright Bike

The resistance adjustment is made exclusively via the console unit equipped on the bike. It offers 20 levels of resistance, with the highest levels supplying quite a challenge.

Console

The Sole B94 Upright features a full console, with a 9-inch display, backlit with blue LED light, for maximum readability. This console can display quite an array of values, such as time, speed, distance, resistance level, RPM, pulse, pace, and calories burned.

The bike also offers ten workout programs, including one manual, one hill, one strength, one interval, one cardio, one weight loss, two custom user programs, and two heart rate programs. Some of these programs require you yo insert your weight and age, for better processing of your workout.

The console features quick keys for resistance adjustment but also has arrow keys for gradual resistance adjustment. Each program has its digit, and there are also Pause and Reset/Start buttons.

Along with these fitness-oriented functions, the console incorporates several other amenities. The upper part features an integrated fan and a 2-speaker sound system and a tablet/phone tray. The sound rendered through the console’s speakers is pretty clear and sharp. There are inputs for headphones and your MP3 player, smartphone, or tablet.

The console is also telemetry enabled, which means it can track pulse via an HR chest strap. The box includes this accessory, as well.

B94 Assembly and Maintenance

The assembly of this bike isn’t complicated, and shouldn’t take you more than 45 minutes. There aren’t many parts to put together, as the machine is pre-assembled and covered by the lateral, plastic shrouds. All you have to add are the front and rear base, handlebar post, seat, handlebars, and console.

Of course, you will have to pull the wires of the console through the handlebar’s main post and connect them to the console. All tools necessary for the assembly come with the box, as well as the user’s manual, which gives you step-by-step directions for the construction.

Maintenance doesn’t require much at all. You should periodically check to see if all the bolts are tight and re-tighten them if necessary. Also, keep the machine clean and wipe the sweat from the frame and console. That’s pretty much it.

Pros

  • Sturdy, stable, steel-made frame.

    Sole B94 Upright Bike
    Sole B94 Upright Bike
  • Compact, sleek design.
  • The eddy current brake comes with 20 levels of resistance.
  • Small footprint.
  • Seat 4-way adjustable.
  • EKG pulse sensors integrated into handlebars.
  • Advanced console, ten workout programs.
  • Quick and gradual resistance adjustment.
  • Integrated speakers.
  • MP3 player, smartphone, or tablet input.
  • Headphones input.
  • Tablet holder.
  • Bottle/accessory holder.
  • Built-in cooling fan.
  • Quiet bike.
  • Maintenance-Free.
  • Excellent warranty pack.

Cons

  • The seat does not offer super comfort.

Sole B94 Upright Bike Summary

The Sole B94 Upright Bike is an excellent quality/price ratio, offering a decent array of amenities and workout programs. It provides the optimal workout setting for a consistent cardio workout for muscle toning, stamina building, and weight loss.

Even though it’s not a spin bike, you can still burn at least 500 calories per session. Therefore, if you’re looking for a durable, gym-quality upright bike that won’t break the bank, this SOLE model is pretty much it.

I hope you found this article helpful and informative. If you have anything that you’d like to share or opinions about my website, please do speak up. I look forward to your comments, questions, and the sharing of ideas.

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12 thoughts on “Sole B94 Upright Bike – A Consistent Cardio Workout!”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing with us your review of the Sole B94 Upright Bike. As a result, I have learned a lot about this bike. I have used this bike in the gym before, and after reading your article, I am more interested in buying this bike because of its features. I hope that exercising with this bike will reduce my ankle and knee pain a lot.

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    • When you used the Sole B94 before, did it help reduce your pain? It’s been my experience during recovery from injuries that physical therapist uses upright bikes and recumbent bikes because of the low-impact on the joints.

      All the best!

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  2. I was glad to see your article. In our busy lives, it’s hard to devote time to ourselves. That’s why we have no time to go to the gym. So I think with the Sole B94 Upright Bike, we can keep our body fit at home. I believe its high-end features are appealing. Thanks so much for giving us a review about Sole B94 Upright Bike, and I think this article will benefit everyone.

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  3. I believe this bike has too many features to ignore, and I think it would make an excellent addition to the home with its compact and cool design. It’s perfect for people who want to exercise on a whim. Do you think that the Sole B94 is one exercise machine that could replace many other machines?

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    • Hi Jon, it would depend on what your requirements are and the amount of space available. It would provide the optimal workout setting for a consistent cardio workout for muscle toning, stamina building, and weight loss. So, if you are limited on space, the Sole B94 is an excellent choice.

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  4. Hello there, thanks for this excellent article. I must say one of the best fitness machines to have at home is the upright bike, and the Sole B94 has a lot of attractive quality features. It would make an excellent at anyone’s home gym. In my own opinion, I think it’s one of the best of all.

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  5. Hello, thanks for putting together this comprehensive review. I was impressed by the dashboard/control panel. Exercise bikes sure have come a long way in terms of design. I checked the price and I think the price is reasonable. I’m just wondering which is better, an exercise bike or a treadmill?

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    • Hi Sonny, thanks for your comments. There’s not much difference in terms of benefits between a bike and a treadmill. They both get your heart rate up and workout out the lower body. I believe it comes down to personal preference and space available.

      All the best!

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  6. This sounds interesting. My most concerning issue with home fitness equipment is the difficulty it takes to move them. But clearly, it is different with the Sole B94 machine since it is equipped with a back end handle bar. I believe that makes it a whole lot easier to move, something I’d be doing very often given the limited space I have. I find very appealing, the incremental resistance. I think my fitness goals can met on this bike.

    Thanks for sharing 

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  7. Hello Robert:)

    I enjoyed reading your review of the Sole B94 Upright Bike.

    I love that it fits nicely in a house without taking up much space, and in terms of maintenance, it looks easy enough to maintain from your directions.

    I usually enjoy cycling outside, but this is an indoor bike I have intentions of purchasing for myself. Thanks for the helpful review. 

    Reply

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