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Going the extra mile: the best at-home smart bikes for 2021


Are you ready for a spin? (Wattbike)

Smart bikes have exploded onto the fitness scene over the last couple of years.

With a smaller footprint than a treadmill or rowing machine, they take up less space in your home but can get your heart rate up just as easily.

And the proliferation of on-demand fitness services means you can effectively jump into a spin class at any time without leaving the house.

Naturally, there are plenty of different models to choose from. We’ve sifted through the offerings and narrowed it down to three choices.

Depending on your budget and fitness level, chances are you’ll find one of the below smart bikes to suit your needs.

If you’ve never tried one before, then this could be your chance to get back in the saddle.

Best for couch potatoes: Apex Bike

The British-made Apex Bike (Apex)

The British-made Apex Bike is a more accessible alternative to Peloton but that doesn’t mean it’s sub-par.

Apex brings motivational spin classes for all levels to the home through virtual workouts curated by London spin studio Boom Cycle.

The bike connects to an iPad, giving you unlimited access to classes for up to six people per household. Instructors are edgy and fun, while live class stats are converted to points and added to a leaderboard for the ultimate kick up the backside.

£1,200 + £30 per month class subscription, apexrides.com

Best for spin studio experience: Peloton Bike+

The Peloton Bike+ (Peloton)

It’s one of the world’s most hyped fitness brands for good reason. Peloton’s latest Bike+ is more than just a sexy exercise bike, though.

Boasting a massive 23in HD touchscreen, it offers hundreds of daily live classes.

To keep you on your toes, your end-of-class stats are listed on live member leaderboards.

Fancy a day off the saddle? Swivel around the display and sweat it out in boot camp-style floor workouts.

Peloton’s Bike+ is the best-in-class when it comes to bringing the spin studio home.

£2,249 + £40 per month class subscription, onepeloton.co.uk

Best for endurance: Wattbike

The Wattbike Atom Gen 2 (Wattbike)

Wattbike is the original smart bike. Through its presence in gyms across the world, it’s become known as the ultimate cycle training tool — and Wattbike’s latest Atom Gen 2 model is no exception.

With improved electromagnetic resistance, it delivers faster and more accurate rides for that on-the-tarmac feeling, coupled with smooth and quiet performance.

The bike comes with ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity so you can sweat it out along to set workouts on the Wattbike Hub training and analysis platform, or hook it up to a VR cycling app for the ultimate indoor endurance experience.

£1,899, wattbike.com/gb

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