We always keep a sharp eye out for deals on our top-rated exercise bikes and discounts on Wattbike’s range are very rare indeed, so to see the excellent Wattbike Atom reduced by £250 to £1,749 (UK only) got us very excited.
The Wattbike Atom is a smart bike, seamlessly connecting to a range of virtual training apps like Zwift and Rouvy, which you can display on a tablet mounted on the handlebars. The Atom will then adjust the resistance you pedal against in line with the incline changes on the virtual routes you ride.
Within the Wattbike Hub app there’s also a range of workouts and training plans to tackle, along with virtual recreations of famous real-world climbs that you can attempt to conquer in your own home, like Alpe d’Huez and Mont Ventoux, both of which feature in the Tour de France.
However, the Atom’s smarts go well beyond connectivity, since the live cycling technique analysis offered via the Wattbike Hub app can help you to improve your form and become a more efficient rider.
The Atom is an excellent exercise bike for serious cyclists looking to train for outdoor events and work on their technique, but it’s also just a brilliant option for anyone trying to get fitter. It’s a great piece of kit and the connection with apps like Zwift helps the time and miles fly by when you’re pedalling away. It’s also easy to adjust the saddle and handlebars of the bike to suit different people, so it’s a machine the whole family can jump on for a workout.
Even after the discount the Atom is still an investment at £1,749, which is a fair bit more expensive even than the basic Peloton Bike (but not the Peloton Bike+). However, there’s no required ongoing cost with the Wattbike, and even if you decide to subscribe to an app like Zwift, it is much cheaper than the £30-£40 it costs for most spinning app subscriptions. Because smart exercise bikes in general are expensive, the Atom is actually one of the best-value options in that category.
If you like the idea of a bike but still find the Wattbike Atom too expensive, then check out our round-ups of the best exercise bikes and best spin bikes for alternative options. Or read our glowing review of the Wattbike Atom if you’re on the fence.
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Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.