The VIGBODY HL-5230 Indoor Cycling Bike breaks the old-fashion design of conventional indoor bikes. Instead, it has a minimalist and more modern design which many users have found impressive because of its eye-catching appearance and ease of use.
The bidirectional 35 lbs (15.8 kg) flywheel is not bad for a home-use exercise bike and is more than enough for your needs. Increase or decrease the intensity of your workout for the desired challenge level with the tension resistance control knob attached to the frame. It’s perfectly customizable to all user skill levels.
The VIGBODY HL-5230 Indoor Cycling Bike has a simple fitness monitor with an LCD that displays valuable workout statistics for distance, time, speed, and burned calories. Therefore, it helps you track your performance and measure progress every step.
The HL-5230 padded seat has an ergonomic design that adjusts horizontally and vertically to accommodate most body types and sizes for maximum user comfort and safety. The height adjustment ranges are from 33.5″ to 38.5″. In addition, the seat has a hollow ventilation design that allows air permeation and circulation for enhanced comfort.
Learn more in my complete review below!
Product: VIGBODY HL-5230 Indoor Cycling Bike
Warranty: 1 year limited
My rating: 8/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 40.1L x 19W x 41.1H inches (102L x 48W x 104H cm)
- Assembled weight: 71.9 lbs (32.6 kg)
- Flywheel weight: 35 lbs (15.8 kg)
- Supported weight: 330 lbs (150 kg)
- Seat: 4-way adjustable
- Drive mechanism: Belt
- Resistance: Friction
- Fitness Monitor: Time, speed, distance, odometer, calories, scan, goals
- Warranty: 1 year limited
HL-5230 Frame Construction
The VIGBODY HL-5230 indoor cycling bike features an oval steel tubing frame. It’s a triangular frame with a slightly curved main tube for improved sturdiness and aesthetics.
The VIGBODY HL-5230S indoor cycling bike is similar to the HL-5230 model of this review except for the manual magnetic resistance system.
All the steel tubes in the bike’s construction come coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish, black, except for the seat and handlebar posts painted gray. Also, the flywheel is chrome-plated.
The bike is not too bulky. With all the parts assembled, its footprint is 40.1″L x 18″W (102 x 46 cm), while its handlebar is about 1″ (2.5 cm) wider. Therefore, it is advisable to assign a usage area for the bike with a clearance of at least two feet around it for safe usage. Also, the bike’s highest point is approx. 41.1″ (104 cm) with the handlebar fully extended.
The fully assembled bike is not as heavy as a commercial-grade model. However, it does weigh approx—71.9 lbs (32.6 kg). Once completed, one person can quickly move the bike. Its front base integrates a set of wheels for easy relocation.
Despite its relatively small footprint, the bike offers excellent stability. Not only that it has a low center of gravity, but its two base stabilizers also come equipped with levelers. Thus, you don’t have to place it on a mat.
Seat and handlebars
The VIGBODY HL-5230 indoor cycling bike has a seat considerably more significant than the average spin seat, designed for superior comfort. In addition, it integrates a thick layer of cushioning and has a durable vinyl cover.
It has a contoured median groove for improved breathability. It also has two suspension springs in its rear section, which adapts better to your movement during seated workouts.
It’s also essential to note that the seat has a standard collar-type attachment system. Therefore, you can easily remove and replace it if you want. Compatible replacements are available in just about any bike shop.
The bike’s seat offers four-way adjustability (up, down, front, back). In addition, its vertical post has several adjustment positions, while its horizontal slider adds approx—3″ (7 cm) of front-to-back adjustment.
Therefore, the bike comfortably accommodates users up to 6’0″ – 6’1″ (183 – 185 cm). Taller persons can still use the bike but may not benefit from a complete leg extension. Also, the seat supports users up to 330 lbs (150 kg).
This VIGBODY bike comes equipped with a pretty standard handlebar. It offers the possibility to adopt three main grips (climb, cruise, and race), plus, it has a small loop bar in the middle that allows a close parallel grip.
The handlebar is only 2-way adjustable. Its vertical adjustment span is approximately 5″ (12 cm), and its side grips feature high-density foam sleeves for improved comfort. However, they do not integrate HR pulse sensors.
HL-5230 Drive system
The VIGBODY bike HL-5230 comes with a 35-lb (15.8 kg) flywheel, which is not bad for a home-use bike. It is also perimeter-weighted for improved inertia and excellent for spin workouts. As I’ve mentioned, it’s chrome-plated and has two large ABS side covers.
The flywheel is bi-directional. Thus, you can pedal in reverse on this bike. However, coasting is not possible. So, when pedaling in reverse, you will get the same resistance as when pedaling forward.
The bike comes with a standard 3-piece crankset featuring a set of crank arms similar to road bikes. The pedals are aluminum alloy. They have adjustable toe cages but do not have SPD clips for spin shoes.
However, their threads are standard (9/16), and you can easily find replacements for them. Also, the pedals support any spin workout as long as you don’t exceed the specified 330 lbs (150 kg) weight limit.
The bike comes equipped with a belt drive system. It integrates a poly-v belt which has a tough thermoplastic guard. Since its drivetrain uses a belt, not a chain, periodic lubrication is unnecessary. Also, the belt delivers less vibration than a chain.
The VIGBODY HL-5230 comes equipped with a standard manual friction resistance system. Thus, you don’t have to connect it to a power source and don’t need an adapter. Furthermore, the bike cannot adjust the resistance automatically.
The resistance system consists of a thick wool felt pad attached under the main tube of the bike and connected to the tension knob. Therefore, when you turn the knob clockwise, the pad applies more drag to the flywheel, which increases the pedaling difficulty.
As opposed to a magnetic resistance system, the bike’s brake pad comes in contact with the flywheel. Therefore, the resistance generated is not as smooth.
However, you can tighten the pad to the flywheel up to the point you can barely pedal. Also, to benefit from a smoother pedaling motion, it is necessary to apply a few drops of silicone lubricant on the flywheel or keep the brake pad lubricated.
The bike’s resistance system also has an emergency brake function. You can also press the knob down to stop the flywheel from spinning. Thus, it is advisable to pedal at a very high speed.
HL-5230 Fitness monitor
The VIGBODY HL-5230 indoor cycling bike includes a reasonably simple fitness monitor. It features an LCD that tracks time, distance, total distance, speed, and calories burned. However, it does not show RPM and does not have a pulse reading function.
Unfortunately, the fitness monitor has no pre-set programs or online connectivity. However, it has a goal-setting function. You can select a workout goal for time, distance, or calories burned, and it will countdown from the specified value until it reaches zero.
The fitness monitor features three buttons – Set, Mode, and Reset. The Set button accesses the goal-setting function. The Mode button allows you to select the workout metric you want to view on display or the Scan Mode so that the monitor will roll the metrics on display, showing each one for a few seconds. Finally, the Reset button allows you to clear all the values on the monitor to zero except for the total distance.
The monitor is battery-powered, and it requires two AAA batteries which come with the bike. It starts tracking when you press one of the buttons or when you begin pedaling. In addition, it also has a self-shutdown function; it should automatically turn off after a few minutes of inactivity on the bike.
HL-5230 Assembly and Maintenance
The bike’s main body comes pre-assembled, with the flywheel, the crankset, the belt, and the brake already attached. Therefore, you only have to add the two base bars, the seat, the handlebars, the fitness monitor, and the pedals.
Therefore, it shouldn’t take more than 30-40 minutes of your time. The manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions, and all the necessary tools come with the bike.
For maintenance, the brake pad may require lubrication. However, a few drops of silicone lubricant applied on the flywheel’s edge should cover it. Besides this, you only have to keep the bike clean, periodically check for loose parts, and retighten as needed.
- Sturdy construction – can support users up to 330 lbs;
- Adjustable levelers on both base stabilizers;
- Transport wheels on the front stabilizer;
- Four-way adjustable seat;
- High-comfort saddle with thick foam padding and a median groove for extra breathability;
- Multi-grip handlebar;
- Solid crankset, can support just about any spin workout;
- Metallic pedals with toe cages and standard threads;
- Standard friction resistance;
- 35 lbs flywheel with a perimeter-weighted design for improved inertia;
- Smooth and quiet belt drive;
- Fitness monitor included – it tracks time, distance, total distance, speed, and calories burned;
- Goal feature on the fitness monitor for time, distance, and calories;
- Batteries for the monitor included;
- Bottle holder included;
- Phone holder included;
- Little maintenance is required;
- Easy to assemble;
- All the assembly tools come with the bike;
- Little care is needed.
- The fitness monitor LCD does not have a backlight;
- The fitness monitor does not have a pulse reading function.
VIGBODY HL-5230 Indoor Cycling Bike Summary
The VIGBODY HL-5230 is a home-use indoor cycling bike. It features a sturdy steel frame, a 35-lb flywheel, a friction resistance system, and a belt drive system. It also includes a fitness monitor that tracks the essential workout metrics.
Moreover, it’s a reasonably decent bike for home use, great for spin workouts, high-intensity cardio, intervals, muscle toning, and weight loss.
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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.