The Sunny Health & Fitness Bike (SF-B1002) might not top our best exercise bikes 2022 list, but it still offers a good indoor cycling experience at a budget-friendly price.
It looks like a typical spinning bike you’d find in the gym, and has a sturdy steel frame with a simple black, red and gray design. The heavy 49lb flywheel provides a smooth and quiet ride, while the manual resistance dial transitions easily between levels.
However, the Sunny Health & Fitness Bike doesn’t have a cadence tracker, so it’s impossible to actually know what resistance you’re at or monitor intensity or RPM (revolutions per minute, basically how fast your legs are pedaling).
This bike doesn’t have a screen, device holder or preset workouts – in fact, the only accessory or feature of any kind is a water bottle holder. You can follow online classes on the Sunny website and YouTube channel, but they are slightly lacking in energy.
The Sunny Health & Fitness Bike is definitely missing a lot of the bells and whistles of its more expensive rivals, but for the price it is a good choice for people new to indoor cycling, or those on a budget.
Set-up and usability
- Set up and usability score: 4/5
Get your muscles ready and be careful with your back, because this bike is extremely heavy – 110.8lb (shipping weight 123lb) – so it’s not easy to move. Just lifting the box into the house was a two-person job. We then had a rather comical process of wiggling and pulling the various bike parts out of the cardboard box, which took about 15 minutes.
Once out of the box, however, the assembly was actually really simple, so don’t let the overly complicated instructions put you off. When we first looked at them our heart sank, as we thought we would be there for hours. In reality, there were only a few elements to assemble and the set up itself took about 15 minutes.
You can do it on your own, but it might be handy to have a friend to help lift the main, heaviest bit of the bike. We also found putting the pedals on quite tricky – there is definitely a knack to that, so call for backup if you struggle with this, too.