We did not think there would be a discount on an exercise bike, or any home cardio machine, this Black Friday (one deal trailed to us has been pulled for “technical issues”), let alone a good one. That’s because huge demand for home fitness equipment has meant it’s not easy to find an exercise bike which isn’t on pre-order, with many not due for delivery until 2021.
Well here’s a great Black Friday deal on what was already a good-value option – £100 off the Echelon Connect Sport Bike, dropping the price to £700. The bike will also be delivered within five days so you can get in the saddle in next to no time.
The Connect Sport is the second bike from Echelon – the first, the EX3, was pitched as a more affordable alternative to connected home spin bike phenomenon, Peloton. Having reviewed the first Echelon, we found it was successful in that regard. It asked users to provide their own screen in the form of a tablet or smartphone, allowing the company to undercut Peloton to the tune of £800. It also provided a satisfying experience with lots of live classes to stream and an impressive library of on-demand workouts to take.
The Connect Sport undercuts the original Echelon bike, priced at £799.99 compared with £1,199. The Connect Sport has a lighter flywheel and doesn’t include clip-in pedals, but in our opinion that makes it a better choice for people who would like to try spinning classes in the comfort of their own home, rather than studio devotees. The extra £100 off makes it an even more attractive option.
There are two things to be aware of, however. The first is the ongoing cost of £40 a month to subscribe to the app. Without the app the bike is pretty useless, but you can drop the cost of the app to the equivalent of £25 a month if you pay for two years up front (£599.85).
The final thing to consider is that the offer is available “while stocks last.” If this sounds up your street, it’s worth committing. Klarna and Splitit plans are available.
Buy from Echelon | £699.99 (RRP £799.99)
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Jonathan Shannon has been the editor of the Coach website since 2016, developing a wide-ranging experience of health and fitness. Jonathan took up running while editing Coach and has run a sub-40min 10K and 1hr 28min half marathon. His next ambition is to complete a marathon. He’s an advocate of cycling to work and is Coach’s e-bike reviewer, and not just because he lives up a bit of a hill. He also reviews fitness trackers and other workout gear.