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Horizon’s 5.0U Upright Bike – Affordable & Built To Perform [A Review]

horizon 5.0u upright bike review

The Horizon 5.0U is a budget-friendly upright bike designed to be comfortable and easy to use.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice this upright bike looks a little different than most – yup, that’s a step-thru frame, something most uprights don’t have.

The low step-over height of this cycle makes it easy to access, but it also comes with plenty of great performance enhancing features as well.

Like a 15.4 lb flywheel, 100 levels of magnetic resistance, a fully adjustable seat, and a sturdy frame that can handle riders weighing up to 300 lb.

The console also comes with a few nice features we don’t often see on bikes this affordable as well, including bluetooth, USB charging, and a built-in cooling fan.

The biggest downside I see is that the 5.0U doesn’t come with many workout programs, so if this is your thing, this might not be the right bike for ya.

Otherwise though, if you’re looking for a quality upright bike that takes it easy on the budget, I think Horizon’s got a great option here.

But before you decide, you’ve gotta know what to expect – and that’s where I can help.

In this review, I’ll go over everything this bike does and doesn’t have going for it, as well as compare it to some of the other top options in this price range.

After reading, you’ll know whether or not the 5.0U is the right upright bike for your home gym.

Horizon’s 5.0U comes with a surprisingly heavy flywheel and 100 resistance levels, making it one of the top performing uprights in the ~$500 price range. But folks looking for a lot of workout programs might be disappointed that it doesn’t come with more built-in workouts.

Horizon’s 5.0U Upright Bike

Image courtesy of Horizon Fitness

I’m a fan of Horizon as a brand and have been for some time, so I’m excited to see them coming out with some newer cardio machines.

I’d say Horizon is one of the top brands when it comes to moderately-priced equipment, but their lineup is pretty small.

As I’m writing this, they only offer a few exercise bikes to choose from and that’s including the newer 5.0U and 5.0R models.

I’ve actually had Horizon’s 7.8 AT Treadmill in my home gym for some time now and I couldn’t be happier with it – easy to use, smooth running, and heavy-duty.

Anyway, we’re here to talk about the 5.0U, so back on point.

At the time of writing this, Horizon has the 5.0U listed for around $549, making it quite affordable for an upright model.

Let’s start things off with a look at the most important performance specs.


  • 15.4 lb flywheel
  • 100 magnetic resistance levels
  • Step-thru frame
  • Solid frame
  • 300 lb weight limit
  • Bluetooth
  • USB charging
  • Cooling fan
  • Fully adjustable seat
  • Easy assembly
  • Good warranty
  • Well-priced


  • Only 5 workout programs
  • No bluetooth speakers


We don’t see a lot of new upright bikes coming out these days, but they can still make a great addition to your home gym because they offer a comfortable way to get a great workout in.

I tend to think of upright bikes as kind of a middle ground between recumbent bikes and indoor cycles – they’re not as comfortable as a recumbent, but they’re usually a little more comfortable than an indoor cycle.

Anyway, when comparing upright bikes, it’s still a good idea to look for the flywheel weight and number of resistance levels because these stats can tell you a lot about what to expect performance wise.

Like most any other type of exercise bike, having a heavier flywheel is usually a benefit because the extra weight tends to provide a smoother overall feel.

And that’s because the extra weight builds more momentum, helping eliminate any lag between pedal strokes.

That said, upright bikes aren’t really known for having really heavy flywheels – not like indoor cycles anyway.

Most home uprights come with flywheels in the 10 – 30 lb range, but uprights in this price range usually come with flywheels weighing somewhere between 10 – 15 lb.

With that in mind, Horizon’s 5.0U comes with a 15.4 lb flywheel.

This is at the top of the expected range for this class and it’s a bit heavier than what the other top comps come with.

For example, Schwinn’s 190 only comes with an 8 lb flywheel and Nautilus’ U618 comes with a 13 lb flywheel.

So, by comparison, the 5.0U is packing a pretty heavy flywheel, which is going to help it provide a smooth pedaling feel during workouts.

That flywheel is paired with a magnetic resistance system that offers 100 different levels to work with.

This is a lot of resistance levels for an upright bike and personally, I like the idea of having more levels because it gives you more play to make smaller adjustments to the intensity.

It doesn’t mean you get more total resistance, but it does mean you can make smaller adjustments between levels.

Which is something I like.

Overall, I think the 5.0U scores highly in the resistance department. I like that it comes with so many resistance levels and at 15.4 lb, the flywheel is as heavy as we can expect to see in this price range.

horizon 5.0u frame
Horizon’s 5.0U comes with a lightweight, step-thru frame for easy access and can hold riders weight up to 300 lb. Image courtesy of Horizon.


The 5.0U has a heavy flywheel, but what about the rest of it?

One of the biggest bummers about affordable exercise bikes is that they, well, feel affordable.

By this, I mean they feel lightweight and kinda wobbly when getting on ’em and there’s always more movement from the frame during workouts.

Unfortunately, this is true because affordable bikes are made from lighter-weight components – hence the smaller price tag.

But even so, not all budget bikes are created equal.

When comparing bikes, I like to look at the assembled weight and weight limit to help give me an idea as to how stable and secure I can expect the bike to feel during workouts.

And for me, seeing bigger numbers in both categories is always a good sign that the bike will feel more secure during use.

The 5.0U comes with an assembled weight of 87 lb, which is pretty light in the grand scheme of upright bikes (Sole’s LCB weighs in at 112 lb)

But it’s still good for this price range, especially considering the similarly-priced Schwinn 190 weighs in at 81 lb.

This heavier frame will help the 5.0U feel solid as you use it and with a 300 lb weight limit, folks of all sizes can safely enjoy this bike.

And with the step-thru frame, it’s easier to get on than most.

In terms of size, the 5.0U takes up a footprint of roughly 46″ x 22″, which is pretty average for an upright bike.

Overall, I like how heavy this upright bike is and it’s always a good sign to see a high weight capacity, but the step-thru frame is what really stands out here.

horizon 5.0u console
The console on this bike is simple, but it’s brightly-lit and easy to see during workouts. Image courtesy of Horizon.


Horizon’s 5.0U Upright Bike comes with the following included features:

LCD console- the console on this upright is pretty simple, so it doesn’t have any of the higher-tech touchscreens or anything like that going on. But it’s brightly-lit and large enough to easily see during workouts.

5 workout programs- that console comes with only 5 workout options (calorie, distance, weight loss, intervals, and manual mode), so it’s a little limited to compared to what some bikes offer, but it does have most of the classic profiles to choose from.

Fully adjustable seat- the 5.0U comes with a padded saddle that’s fully adjustable, meaning you can adjust the height and horizontal position, making it easier to find a comfortable riding position.

USB charging- there’s a place to plug in a charger, allowing you to keep your phone or tablet charged up during rides.

Bluetooth- the console is bluetooth compatible with fitness apps and wireless heart rate monitors, allowing you to keep a closer eye on your pulse during use.

Tablet holder- there’s a built-in tablet shelf in the console, giving you a place to put your tablet/phone/book, although it will cover the majority of the console.

Cooling fan- the built-in fan can help keep ya more comfortable during longer, harder workouts.

Water bottle holder- and yup, there’s even a place to conveniently store your beverage of choice.


If you decide to purchase the 5.0U, the last thing you should be worrying about is putting this bike together – the assembly process is pretty simple.

The majority of the frame comes pre-assembled, so you won’t have to mess with anything too technical.

Assembly basically involves attaching the stabilizers at the bottom, putting the seat on, connecting the console mast to the frame, hooking up the console, putting on the pedals, and attaching a few covers.

That’s it.

And Horizon’s assembly manual is actually pretty well-done – the images are large, making it easy to see everything and the written directions are easy to follow.

Overall, assembly on this bike should be a piece of cake.


Horizon backs their 5.0U Upright Bike with the following home warranty:

  • Lifetime frame
  • 1 year parts
  • 1 year labor

Alrighty, all things considered, this is a pretty awesome warranty.

Lifetime on the frame is amazing for this price range, beating out the 10 year guarantee Schwinn offers on their 190 and the 15 years Nautilus offers on their U618.

And a year on parts isn’t bad, given the price range, but Schwinn and Nautilus do both offer longer parts guarantees (2 and 3 years respectively).

A year on labor is standard across the board, so nothing exciting there.

Overall, I think Horizon’s warranty here is quite good.

Horizon’s 5.0U vs The Competition

Horizon 5.0USchwinn 190Nautilus U616
Flywheel15 lb8 lb13 lb
Resistance levels1002525
Assembled weight87 lb81 lb63 lb
Weight limit300 lb330 lb300 lb
WarrantyLifetime frame
1 year parts
1 year labor
10 year frame
2 year parts
90 day labor
10 year frame
3 year parts
1 year labor
Horizon’s 5.0U can hold its own with any upright bike in this price range.

Looking at it by itself, it’s easy to say the 5.0U looks good for a bike in its price range, but if we want to get a more accurate depiction, we have to compare it to the other top options to see how it really stacks up.

So let’s go ahead and do that now.

As mentioned, the 5.0U usually sells for around $550, so we’ll use this as our benchmark for selecting comps.

And the first comp that comes to mind is Schwinn’s 190.

The 190 is a little more expensive and normally sells for around $700.

It comes with an 8 lb flywheel, 25 resistance levels, and a similarly heavy frame.

schwinn 190 upright bike

It doesn’t come with a cooling fan, but it does come with 13 built-in workouts, bluetooth speakers, and is bluetooth compatible with the JRNY fitness app.

All in all, a solid upright for the price.

nautilus u616

The other big competitor in this price range is Nautilus’ U616, which is a bit cheaper at around $500.

The U616 comes with a 13 lb flywheel, 25 resistance levels, and an LCD console that comes loaded with 29 workouts and is bluetooth compatible.

The U616 isn’t quite as heavy-duty (only weighs around 63 lb), but it comes with a 300 lb weight limit and is backed with a 3 year parts warranty.

Again, this is a strong contender for best in class upright, but the 5.0U is heavier-duty and comes with a lot more resistance levels.

Final Thoughts

Ok, I think that’ll do it for the 5.0U Upright Bike.

Overall, I think this is a really nice bike for the price.

I like that it comes with a heavy flywheel, 100 resistance levels, and a pretty robust frame for such an affordable upright.

The console isn’t really anything spectacular, but the warranty is really good and I like the step-through frame, which I could see being a big perk for folks dealing with mobility issues.

And I think the above comparison shows that the 5.0U can hold its own well with the other top uprights in this price range.

They both come with a lot more workout programs, but the 5.0U has a heavier flywheel and a lot more resistance levels to play with.

So, it really boils down to what’s most important to ya – if you like having a lot of workout programs to choose from, I’d go with Schwinn or Nautilus.

But if you like having more control over your workouts, I’d go with Horizon’s 5.0U.

Either way, Horizon’s got a nice bike here.


Will's a licensed physical therapist (DPT) with over 15 years of experience treating patients from all backgrounds. He's been lifting weights and exercising in one form or another since middle school and has been working out in his own home gym for over a decade. When it comes to fitness equipment, there isn't much he hasn't tried. In his spare time, if he isn't writing or working out, he's likely playing basketball, watching movies, or hanging with his family.

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