Pooboo exercise bike reviews
I’ve got to admit – when I first saw the Pooboo Magnetic Resistance Indoor Cycling Bike advertised on Amazon, I was a bit wary. Who would willingly brand their bike “the Pooboo”? And the marketing material written in broken English did not exactly inspire confidence in the bike either. But most of the Pooboo exercise bike reviews I read seemed pretty positive.
And at around $300, the Pooboo bike is much cheaper than Peloton and most of the other exercise bikes on the market so I decided to give it a go. You can check the exact price on Amazon here (pro tip: it is worth waiting for a sale on the bike, I’ve seen it advertised on Amazon for $70 less than I paid for it).
After it, it had over 5,500 5 star reviews on Amazon – it couldn’t be that bad could it? Well, actually I’m finding it to be pretty good! It feels very sturdy and durable. I’m impressed by the fact that the Pooboo bike has magnetic resistance which is quite rare in a bike at this price point (this means that the bike is quieter and adjusting between levels is smoother. There is also less maintenance involved). The bike is also a pretty compact design, meaning it fits neatly into a corner of my bedroom. I also found it quick and easy to install.
And while the lack of a touchscreen might annoy some riders who want all their metrics integrated in the bike, I didn’t expect a touchscreen at this price point. I’m quite happy to just use the Peloton digital app which I stream from my ipad.
Full disclosure though – I’m not an experienced rider. Experienced riders may find the lack of levels on the resistance knob annoying. This makes it hard to work out what your resistance level actually is. The flywheel is also a bit lighter than the more expensive bikes – the Peloton’s flywheel is 38 lbs while the Pooboo’s is 35lbs for example. A heavier flywheel more closely mimics how an outdoor bike works and allows for a smoother and more comfortable ride.
Who is the Pooboo bike most suited to?
- beginner riders
- riders on a budget
- riders needing a quiet bike
- riders who don’t need all their metrics integrated in the bike
- riders who are short on space
- riders sharing the bike with other people in their house who are of varying heights.
Pooboo product specifications at a glance
|Cost||Just under $300 USD|
|Comes with a touchscreen?||No – it has a very basic digital monitor that tracks speed, distance, time odometer, calories and pulse and an ipad/ phone mount to hold your own device|
|Location of the flywheel||Front|
|Flywheel weight||35 lbs|
|Maximum weight of rider||300lbs|
|Minimum height of rider||25 inches|
|Maximum height of rider||35 inches|
|Bike weight||35 lbs|
|Type of resistance||Magnetic|
|Bike material||Alloy steel|
|Pedals||Very basic pedals. Only normal workout shoes can be worn|
|Adjustable handlebars and seat?||Yes|
|Pulse sensors on handlebars?||Yes|
|Ongoing monthly subscription required to use the bike?||No|
|Power||Digital monitor is battery powered. There is no need to plug the bike in to a power outlet.|
|Comes with speakers?||No|
|Comes with a camera (so you can interact with other riders)||No|
|Warranty||12- months parts replacement|
|Where are Pooboo bikes made?||China|
Pooboo bike review – my final conclusion on the bike is:
funny name but a good entry level bike…
The Pooboo bike is actually a really strong, sturdy bike for the price point. In fact, it was a lot sturdier than I expected for $300 and definitely did not feel cheap. Overall I am happy with the Pooboo bike. It is exactly what I wanted in this price range. It’s sturdy and quiet and gives me a decent workout.
I’ve only had it a few months so it remains to be seen whether it will go the distance but even if parts do break, from the reviews on Amazon I can see that they have a pretty responsive customer service team.
My Pooboo bike rating 4/5 stars
Want more on the Pooboo bike? This youtube video does a good job of reviewing the bike: