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Sole’s SB900 – Powerful, Affordable, & Easy to Use [A Review]

sole sb900 exercise bike review

With impressive specs and a more than fair price, Sole’s SB900 has earned a lot of respect in the indoor cycling world.

And it’s no secret why – with a heavy flywheel, heavy-duty frame, and great warranty, it was easily one of the best options in its price range.

Well, with Sole’s 2023 update, the SB900 got even better.

Most notably, this bike now comes with 100 resistance levels, making it easier to follow along with popular streaming apps, but the console got a subtle upgrade as well.

That said, the console is still lacking some of the tech features we take for granted on most cardio equipment now, like USB charging, bluetooth, and built-in workouts.

That said, I still think the SB900 is a great deal for folks looking for a durable cycle that won’t destroy your budget.

But before you decide, you need to know what you’re getting into.

And that’s where I can help.

In this thorough review, we’ll go over all the specs and features this exercise bike has to offer, but we’ll also compare it to some of the other top cycles in this price range to see how it really holds up.

After reading, you’ll know whether or not the SB900 is the right indoor cycle for your home gym.

Sole’s SB900 comes with great performance specs and a nice warranty, making it a great choice for riders looking for a durable cycle in the $1k price range. But with a simple console, it’s probably not the best choice for riders looking for more advanced tech features.

Sole’s SB900 Exercise Bike

sole sb900 bike
Image courtesy of Sole Fitness.

If you’re familiar with the Sole name, it’s probably from their treadmills.

Sole is most well-known for their quality treadmills, although they do offer bikes (obviously), ellipticals, and rowing machines as well.

Sole Fitness actually started out as a manufacturer of hotel fitness equipment.

Hotel use counts as “light commercial”, which is somewhere between residential and commercial grade (the grade of equipment you’d find in a Gold’s Gym for example).

I find it pretty interesting that they started out as a provider for hotels. To me, this means they started out with the mindset of developing equipment that is meant to last under the stress of multiple users.

From day one, they were designing equipment that was a little higher grade than purely residential equipment.

And as they shifted into producing home fitness equipment, it doesn’t seem as though much has changed.

Sole is known for creating heavier-duty machines and backing them with  great warranties, which says a lot about the trust they have in their products.

Anyway, as I’m writing this, Sole offers 3 indoor cycles to choose from: the newer SB1200, the SB900 we’re here to talk about now, and the more affordable SB700.

The updated SB900 is priced around $1100 at the time of writing this, but that might vary a little by the time you read this.


  • 35 lb flywheel
  • 100 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Belt drive
  • Fully adjustable seat
  • Fully adjustable, multi-grip handlebars
  • Bluetooth compatible
  • Heavy-duty frame
  • Max weight capacity of 300 lb
  • Dual-compatible pedals
  • Tablet holder
  • Easy to assemble
  • Dual water bottle holders
  • Dumbbell rack
  • Great warranty


  • No USB charging
  • No built-in workout programs


When reviewing an indoor cycle, I always like to start at the flywheel.

Most people consider this the heart of the bike and probably the most important feature (in case you’re new to indoor cycling, the flywheel is the part of the bike that spins as you pedal).

Flywheel weight is a much debated topic, but the majority of folks probably still believe that heavier flywheels are preferred to lighter ones (although the good folks behind the Keiser M3i would disagree).

The general idea being that the extra weight gives you a smoother pedal motion and ride as the momentum builds up.

If you buy into the “heavier is better” school of thought, you will appreciate the fact that the SB900 comes with a 35 lb flywheel.

At 35 lb, this bike easily has enough muscle under the hood to support strenuous workouts and provide a smooth feel.

Combine this heavy flywheel with a magnetic resistance system and a belt drive and you have the makings for a remarkably smooth ride.

A belt creates less noise than your typical chain drive because you don’t have to hear the little clanking noise the gear teeth create when they grip the chain.

And magnetic resistance systems are superior to friction resistance systems (which the SB700 uses) because they are quieter and require less maintenance.

This is all great, but what really stands out here is that the updated SB900 now comes with 100 resistance levels to work with.

As a Peloton user, I love the 100 level scale because it gives you a ton of freedom when it comes to controlling the intensity of your workouts.

Having so many levels at your disposal lets you make really small increases/decreases as you see fit.

The older version of the SB900 used a micro-adjustable resistance system, which was fine, but it made it harder to replicate workouts and follow apps like Peloton Digital.

Overall, the updated SB900 scores very highly with its heavy flywheel and 100 resistance level system.

sole sb900 frame
The SB900 comes with a robust frame and a fully adjustable seat allowing riders of all sizes to find a comfortable riding position. Image courtesy of Sole Fitness.


The SB900 is constructed with a robust frame that will feel stable regardless of whether you’re sitting or standing to climb hills.

I say that because this cycle comes with an assembled weight of 123 lb, which is great for a bike in this price range (where anything over 100 lb is pretty solid).

For the sake of comparison, Schwinn’s similarly-priced IC4 weighs in at around 112 lb.

This bike also has a max weight capacity of 300 lbs.

This is pretty standard for indoor cycles, especially ones in this price range. That said, as heavy-duty and robust as this bike is, it’s a little surprising it can’t handle a little more weight than that.

Fully assembled this bike takes up the following floor space: 54″ x 21″.

This is pretty average for an indoor cycle, so nothing too exciting going on here.

Speaking of assembly, the SB900 should be pretty easy to build, as are most indoor cycles.

Overall, I like how heavy this cycle is because it’ll make for a more stable base during use.


The seat on the SB900 is fully adjustable, meaning it can be adjusted vertically and horizontally (fore/aft).

Having the fore/aft adjustment is crucial for finding the most comfortable fit and luckily, most cycles offer this these days.

Speaking of comfort, everyone should know that indoor cycle seats (just like road bike seats) are usually uncomfortable for beginners.

You usually get used to it with time, but if you aren’t an avid cyclist you’ll probably find the seat a little less than comfortable.

This is true for pretty much all indoor cycles- it’s just the way they’re designed (narrow to mimic the feel of riding a road bike).

If you want to upgrade to a more comfortable seat, or if you already own a road bike seat you prefer, you can easily switch out the seat on the SB900.

sb900 handlebars
The SB900 comes with full adjustable handlebars as well. Image courtesy of Sole Fitness.


The handlebars on this bike aren’t anything particularly fancy.

They’re multi-grip, so they do offer the standard, narrow, and wide grips used for different riding positions.

The most notable feature here is that the handlebars are also fully adjustable, giving you the ability to adjust them horizontally as well as vertically (something the expensive Peloton actually doesn’t even offer).

There’s also 2 water bottle holders attached to the front of the handles, which is a nice touch, and an included dumbbell in the rear for storing small dumbbells (comes in handy when following along with streaming apps).


When discussing exercise bike pedals, it’s good to know whether it has cages or a clip in system.

Cages are found on most budget and mid-ranged bikes and can be used with any type of shoe or sneaker. Clip in systems require cleats that are compatible with that brand (SPD for example).

This bike conveniently offers dual-compatible pedals that come with both options.

You can ride with sneakers and the cages if you don’t have cleats or if you do have them (or are willing to purchase them) you can take advantage of the SPD clipless pedals.

sb900 console
The SB900 comes with a simple LCD console that really only shows your workout stats. Image courtesy of Sole Fitness.


The console on the updated SB900 is pretty similar to the console the older models came with.

It consists of a fairly small, single window LCD screen that can really only display your basic workout metrics.

That said, it is compatible with bluetooth/ANT+ heart rate monitors and it’s also bluetooth compatible with the Sole+ App for metric tracking and instructor-led workouts.

The updated model also comes with an included tablet holder that’s conveniently located above the console, so you don’t have to block your view of your stats if you want to watch your tablet or follow along with fitness apps.

Speaking of which, Sole’s streaming app, Sole+, offers free streaming workouts.


Sole Fitness offers the following warranty on their SB900 Exercise Bike:

  • Lifetime frame
  • 2 year parts
  • 1 year labor

This is a pretty solid warranty for this price range.

It’s rare to see a lifetime frame warranty on any indoor cycle, so the fact that Sole offers this is great to see.

Two years on parts is also pretty good, considering most bikes in this price range are offering somewhere between 1 – 3 years.

For example, Peloton offers 1 year on parts; NordicTrack offers 2 years; and Schwinn offers 3 years.

And a year on labor matches what pretty much everyone else offers, so no big deal there.

Overall, Sole doesn’t offer the best warranty out there, but it’s certainly near the top for this price range.

Sole’s SB900 vs The Competition

Sole SB900Schwinn IC4ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22
Resistance35 lb flywheel
100 resistance levels
40 lb flywheel
100 resistance levels
~30 lb flywheel
24 resistance levels
Frame127 lb assembled weight
300 lb weight limit
112 lb assembled weight
330 lb weight limit
~110 lb assembled weight
250 lb weight limit
ConsoleSmall LCDColor LCD22″ HD touchscreen
WarrantyLifetime frame
2 year parts
1 year labor
10 year frame
3 year parts
1 year labor
10 year frame
2 year parts
1 year labor
Sole’s SB900 holds its own against any indoor cycle in the $1k price range.

Ok, that about does it for all the specs and features this cycle has to offer, so I wanna transition and talk about how this bike compares to some of the other indoor cycles in the $1k price range.

The first one that comes to mind is Schwinn’s IC4, which is usually priced right at $1k.

The IC4 is a great bike and it comes with a 40 lb flywheel, 100 resistance levels, dual-compatible pedals, and fully-adjustable everything.

It also comes with a pair of 3 lb dumbbells and a more sophisticated console, as well as an extra year on the parts warranty.

The SB900 has a heavier-duty frame, but otherwise the IC4 stands toe-to-toe with it in every category.

Another top comp I want to mention is ProForm’s Studio Bike Pro 22, which is usually priced somewhere around $1k – $1200.

The Studio Bike Pro has a flywheel somewhere around 30 lb, comes with 24 resistance levels, and a lighter-weight frame that can only handle riders up to 250 lb.

Its performance specs and warranty aren’t as good as the SB900’s, but it does come with a 22″ HD touchscreen console that’s iFit compatible.

So, it certainly has the SB900 beat in the console department.

Sole’s SB900 vs Sole’s SB1200 vs Sole’s SB700

Before we wrap things up, I wanna offer a really quick comparison to Sole’s other indoor cycle, the SB1200 and SB700.

FYI, Sole doesn’t offer a newer version of the SB700, but you may still be able to get the 2020 model through Sole or another retailer.

Anyway, the SB1200 and SB900 are identical, except for the console.

Resistance35 lb flywheel
100 magnetic levels
35 lb flywheel
100 magnetic levels
48 lb flywheel
Friction brake
HandlebarsFully adjustableFully adjustableFully adjustable
SeatFully adjustableFully adjustableFully adjustable
ConsoleSmall LCD10.1″ touchscreenSmall LCD
Sole’s SB900 and SB1200 are identical except for the console; the SB700 comes with a friction brake resistance system and doesn’t have dual-compatible pedals.

With the SB1200, Sole took their SB900 and gave it a 10″ touchscreen console that’s loaded with entertainment apps and Sole+.

The result is a high-performing cycle with great console features.

Sole’s SB700 on the other hand, is quite different.

The SB700 comes with a heavy, 48 lb flywheel, but it uses a friction brake resistance system instead of a magnetic system.

This means you don’t have any distinct levels, but instead can micro-adjust based on feel and preference.

The SB700 does come with fully adjustable handlebars and seat, but it only comes with toe-cage pedals, as opposed to the dual-compatible pedals found on the SB900 and SB1200.

Final Thoughts

Ok, I think that about does it for the SB900.

Looking at the specs and features this bike comes with, there’s really not much to complain about.

It would be nice if the console offered some workout programs, but otherwise, I really like this cycle for the price range.

The heavy flywheel, robust frame, and generous warranty are great, but it’s the upgraded resistance system that really stands out for me on the updated SB900.

I think it was smart of Sole to give this bike 100 resistance levels because this makes it easier than ever for folks to follow along with Peloton Digital.

Sole basically took a great bike and made it just a little better.

Overall, I think the SB900 is easily one of the best exercise bikes in its price range and likely even one of the best indoor cycles this year has to offer.

So, if you’re looking for an elite indoor cycle that’s more budget friendly than most, this is a very smart buy.


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.

6 thoughts on “Sole’s SB900 – Powerful, Affordable, & Easy to Use [A Review]”

  1. I have owned my Sole SB900 bike for almost two years. It still is a very durable and long-lasting piece of exercise equipment. When I purchased the bike, I was looking for bike that could take a lot of use (not abuse) and keep going. This is a heavy bike (I think about 164 lbs.). It is built sturdy. The magnetic fly wheel is very quiet. The saddle that came with the bike was a bit hard for me, so I purchased a softer seat cover on the it. The only issue I have had with the bike is the nut that holds on the left peddle comes loose. I pulled the little cover off where the nut attaches to the bolt and tighten it up. It seems to take a year before nut came loose again. This time I’m adding some blue Loctite to the nut for added security that it won’t come loose. I ride this bike three times a week. It may not have all the bells and whistles as the top bikes in this category have, but I don’t need them, I use an app to watch when I ride. I don’t need the electronics, when they fail, you have to get a technician out to fix, if my electronics go out, I simply replace my phone or TV. It’s a good spin bike and I highly recommend.

    1. Thanks for your comments Sam, definitely appreciated. Glad to hear you’re enjoying the bike. I agree with ya on the electronics- fancy tech just means there’s more stuff that will eventually need to be repaired.

  2. Sole’s tech support is non-existent. I bought one of these and it was faulty straight out of the box (the tension mechanism didn’t work, so no matter how much you tried to decrease or increase the tension, it remained as high as it would go). NO ONE WOULD RESPOND from the tech dept. when I sent emails, left message, sent messages via their web site. Sole’s own customer service people couldn’t get their own tech department to respond. I have no idea whether this might be a good bike or not, but the company’s support is abysmal. I am now in the process of returning it because Sole is incapable of getting their tech people to come and look at it. THE WORST.

    1. That sounds awful, sorry to hear you had such a bad experience with ’em. I wonder if they’re overwhelmed with the increased demand as of lately or if this is the norm- either way it’s no good. Thanks for sharing and good luck.

    1. Tough call, both are great bikes, but I would go with Sole’s SB900. Personally, I would like the Sole because it’s more of a traditional spin bike, meaning you can set your resistance and keep that resistance regardless of how fast you’re pedaling. With the Concept2, your resistance is dependent on your cadence because it’s an air resistance bike. The faster you pedal, the more resistance you get. It’s more of a personal preference thing than anything else. Also, I like that Sole’s warranty is better.

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