If you’re looking for capable and convenient stationary exercise bikes for less than $300, you’ve come to the right place.
Sacrifice the saddle, frame, and handlebars, and you’ll get a small and portable exercise bike that you can use almost anywhere.
The Yosuda line-up is perfect for cyclists of all ages and abilities, including dedicated indoor riders, senior citizens, and even rehab patients.
Today, we look at three of Yosuda’s best, from the YB001 and YB007A to YBM-1.
Affordable Stationary Cycling Bikes
Instead of creating high-end indoor smart bikes, Yosuda builds affordable at-home exercise bikes for riders of all abilities.
Whether your goal is to break a sweat or regain muscle strength, Yosuda has an affordable exercise bike for you. In this article, we’ll look at three different Yosuda models, from the higher-end YB007A cycling bike to the Under Desk YBM-1
Let’s take a closer look at these three stationary bikes from Yosuda.
Stationary Cycling Bike YB001 Key Specifications
|Number of Adjustable Resistance Levels||Friction resistance, adjustable|
|Flywheel Weight (Total Weight)||35lbs. (73lbs.)|
|Assembled Dimensions||40L x 22W x 45H in|
The Yosuda YB001 looks like a nice spin class bike. But what really sets it apart from so many other basic models of exercise bikes? For starters, it is less than half the price of comparable at-home stationary bikes.
Other units cost upwards of $500 for the most basic models and $1,000+ for stationary bikes with smart technology. The YB001 serves as an affordable entry point for cyclists looking to get an exercise bike at home.
On top of that, the YB001 has a large, padded saddle that is as comfortable as can be. It is adjustable in four different ways and coupled with the two-way adjusting handlebars. The YB001 will be a wide variety of rider shapes and sizes.
There are two rollaway wheels on the front of the YB001 that make it easy to transport and reposition the entire unit, which weighs 73lbs.
Upfront, you’ll find an LCD monitor that will track and display Time, Distance, Speed, Calories, and Odometer. These numbers will make it easier for you to track your progress with every pedal stroke.
In between, your legs will be an easy-to-reach bottle cage. Next to that are the cage pedals to give you more support while pedaling. Resistance is controlled by an adjustable knob just in front of the bottle cage.
The friction resistance unit is continuously adjustable, putting no limit on how hard or easy you can go.
The YB001 is built with a 35lb flywheel and silent belt drive, so you can spin whenever you’d like. You don’t have to worry about waking the neighbors. There is even a brake pad upfront that reduces noise and improves the durability of the entire frame.
Built with a high-grade steel frame skeleton and cast-metal components, the YB001 is built to last, no matter how many miles you log on it.
Stationary Cycling Bike YB007A Key Specifications
|Number of Adjustable Resistance Levels||Friction resistance, adjustable|
|Flywheel Weight (Total Weight)||40lbs. (86lbs.)|
|Assembled Dimensions||44.5L x 21.7W x 45.3H in|
Essentially an upgraded YB001, the YB007A is a capable and durable exercise bike meant for serious stationary cyclists.
The YB007A certainly looks better than the YB001, thanks to a carefully crafted, aesthetic design, and striking color scheme.
Its frame tube has been thickened to create a rock-solid feeling that beats comparable stationary bikes. The YB007A has a bearing capacity of 330lbs making it one of the best-built stationary bikes on the market – and for less than $400.
Like the YB001, the YB007A comes with two portability wheels on the front of the frame, so if and when you need to move the unit, you simply tip it forward and wheel it around.
Built with a 40lb flywheel and silent belt drive, the YB007A is the smoothest and quietest stationary bike from Yosuda. Like the YB001, the YB007A has a four-way adjustable saddle that is now optimized to be ergonomic, breathable, and soft.
The multifunctional monitor on the YB007A is an obvious upgrade from the YB001, as it now displays Time, Speed, RPM (cadence), Distance, Calories Burned, and Odometer. In addition, the YB007A comes with an iPad holder so that you can stay motivated and entertained while riding.
To adjust the bike’s resistance, there is a knob located just in front of and below the handlebars. With the turn of the knob, you can adjust your resistance in unlimited increments, allowing you to simulate uphills, downhills, intervals, and sprints.
A felted wool brake is quieter than before, and more durable than any other brakes on Yosuda stationary bikes.
Magnetic Under Desk Cycling Bike YBM-1 Key Specifications
|Number of Adjustable Resistance Levels||8|
|Flywheel Weight||22 lbs.|
|Assembled Dimensions||21.26L x 12.29W x 10.95H in|
The smallest and most compact Yosuda model is the Under Desk Cycling bike YBM-1. One of the most portable stationary bikes in the world, the YBM-1 is perfect for at-home workouts, or simply pedaling along while doing some work.
The YBM-1 is great for seniors or those with limited mobility. It can be set up in just about any room and with any chair.
Yosuda uses a samarium cobalt magnet to provide internal resistance to the YBM-1. This creates a smooth and quiet pedal stroke that won’t interrupt your work or favorite TV show.
With eight different resistance levels, you can take the YBM-1 for an easy spin, or crush a sweat-inducing workout. The entire unit weighs just 22 lbs and can be easily transported using the carrying handle on top.
Four anti-slip rubber pads help keep the unit in place, even under the highest load.
You can use the YBM-1 to work out both your arms and legs (albeit, not at the same time), as the entire cycling bike can be picked up and transported from floor to countertop in a matter of seconds.
The Under Desk bike can be used to increase mobility and extend lifespan, all while the rider is working, reading writing, or just watching TV. Seniors will love the easy-read monitor that tracks Time, Distance, Speed, and Calories.
The YBM-1 is also great for athletes coming back from injury. Having had three knee surgeries myself, I know the importance of having a light exercise bike that can be used to increase blood circulation and promote healing.
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Yosuda Stationary Bike Considerations
You won’t get any smart technology on these Yosuda stationary bikes. That means no Bluetooth, no power meter or head unit connection, and no third-party riding app such as Zwift.
The upside is that these Yosuda models are cheap compared to indoor smart bikes, but with that, you’ll have to make a few big sacrifices.
Yosuda bikes don’t come with click-easy gears like you would find on indoor smart bikes or on your own road bikes.
Instead, you’ll have to manually adjust the resistance, usually by twisting a knob. This practice can be a bit annoying if you like to adjust resistance frequently, especially since you’ll have to take a hand off the bars each and every time.
That said, there is an upside here as well: adjustable friction resistance means that you have access to continuous infinite resistance adjustment, something that you won’t find on a bike with gears and a cassette.
Like said, these bikes are not for everybody. But they are great for starting on your fitness journey, or if you just want to move your body a bit more.
YB001 vs YB007A vs YBM-1
When it comes to the display screens, the YBM-1’s are much smaller and more limited than the other Yosuda models.
The YBM-1 is missing “Odometer” from its display which is already much smaller and less clear than the LCD monitors on the other two models.
Since the YBM-1 doesn’t come with handlebars (or frame or saddle), you won’t be put in the usual cycling position while pedaling. If done improperly, this could lead to muscular imbalances and possible injury.
But with that said, most will have an easy time setting up the YBM-1 in many different locations and seating positions.
With a little bit of trial and error, you’ll find what’s most comfortable for you.
The YB007A is an upgrade from the YB001 in many ways. First, there is the new and improved monitor which displays RPM (cadence) and the iPad holder which the YB001 does not have. The YB007A also has a new and improved belt drive that is thicker and more durable than its predecessor, and a 40lb flywheel that makes for a smooth and silent ride.
On the YB007A is a felted wool brake, made with pure wool, which is quieter and more durable than previous brake designs and materials.
All in all, the YB007A is a solid upgrade from the YB001, while both upright exercise bikes are almost in a different league from the YBM-1 that is perfect for seniors and rehab patients.
Yosuda has created a wonderful range of affordable at-home exercise bikes, meant for riders of all ages and abilities.
For less than a third of the cost of direct drive smart trainers, you can get a fully capable, stationary exercise bike from Yosuda, and one that has a larger flywheel and sturdier base than most smart trainers.
The Yosuda YBM-1 is a great option for a certain audience: seniors, casual at-home workers, or rehab patients.
For less than $150, you get a light and portable exercise bike that you can set up anywhere from the living room to the local café, and use either your arms or legs at various resistance levels to get in a workout or to simply get your blood pumping.
Both the YB001 and YB007A are great options for affordable at-home stationary bikes. To us, there is a clear winner.
The YB007A has a number of significant upgrades, including the monitor, flywheel, brake, and design. For just a $50 upgrade, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t spring for the Yosuda YB007A.