Schwinn delivers a solid indoor cycling bike with a smooth ride and lots of diverse features in the IC4 at a decent price, making it a top pick in our tests. A standout on this model is that it offers 100 resistance levels. Not only does the sturdy bike perform well, but it has a sleek design that looks great in any home gym and a smooth, relatively quiet ride.
You can ride with either regular sneakers in toe cages or SPD compatible cycling shoes (like our top-tested pick from Tiem) since the bike offers dual-sided pedals, so if you don't want to invest in a pair of cycling shoes you don't need to. If you are looking to ride with cycling shoes, some bikes require you to swap out the regular sneaker pedal for a cycling shoe pedal which can be burdensome and inconvenient, but the dual-sided nature of these pedals on the IC4 makes things simple, especially if some of the members of your household have cycling shoes and others do not.
If you've been eyeing the Peloton (more on that later) but can't get past the hefty price-point, the IC4 may be an option for you since it connects with the Peloton app and you can put your phone or tablet in the bike's device holder. Riders appreciated that the bike houses a pair of three-pound dumbbells in cradles at the front of the bike that are easy to reach for classes that combine cycling with upper body work. Most exercise bikes (including the Peloton) tend to have the dumbbells stationed under the seat, which can be hard to reach when you're clipped into the bike, so this small feature was a much appreciated standout on the IC4. You'll also find dual water bottle holders which testers found especially helpful on longer bike rides. There is a USB charging station on the bike too, and the bike also connects with the ZWIFT app if you're interested in virtually training and competing with others.
Another key feature of the IC4 is that it includes a one-year JRNY membership ($149 value) which offers a large variety of on-demand classes, rides through stunning virtual destinations and more. If you have a large family, you'll appreciate that JRNY offers unlimited tracking of milestones, achievements and more for your entire household. Another family-friendly plus is that the bike accommodates heights ranging from 4'6" to 6'6". The IC4 also comes with a Bluetooth enabled heart rate armband monitor. Between its quality build, unique features, connectivity capabilities and fair price, the IC4 is a worthwhile bike that includes a little bit of everything.