Schwinn MY16 230 Recumbent Bike Review
Schwinn brought the new, 2016 version of their Schwinn 230 model, named the Schwinn MY16 230. But it is only slightly upgraded than the older version in that its overall design and console are a bit different.
Schwinn MY16 230 is a heavy-duty recumbent bike having a construction that is quite similar to the commercial-grade models.
Updated: July 19, 2020.
Schwinn MY16 230 Specifications
- Dimensions when assembled: 64 x 27.7 x 50 inches (162 x 70 x 127 cm) (L x W x H)
- Weight when assembled: 81.6 lbs. (37 kg)
- Maximum user weight capacity: 300 lbs. (136 kg)
- Resistance: 20 levels, Eddy current magnetic brake system
- Warranty: 10 years on frame, 2 years on parts, 1 year on electronics and 90 days on labor
Features of Schwinn MY16 230
The Schwinn MY16 230 comes partially assembled. The resistance elements and drive are already attached to the frame and enclosed in protective coverings. The parts that need to be assembled are the frame’s base tubes, seat with its handlebars and backrest, the front handlebars, the console, the console mast, and pedals. Assembly may take a couple of hours although it’s pretty straightforward.
The manual also provides detailed step-by-step instructions and required tools are included too.
The Schwinn MY16 230 is quite large which makes it a not-so-good choice for those who have a small space. Plus, it’s not even foldable. So, once it’s assembled, it’ll occupy the same space.
Ease of Access
The Schwinn MY16 230 is easy to access because there is no bar coming in users’ way towards the chair - excellent example of 'step through' design, allowing even elderly people to easily sit on the unit and exercise. Also, the bike is lower to the ground than upright bikes are.
Strong Frame and Stability
Frame of the Schwinn MY16 230 is made of steel tubing with a one-piece chassis, which is very important for overall strength. Although the body of the bike integrates many PVC parts, in the form of seat base cover, covers of the drive system, and caps of the base tubes, they are there just for protective and cosmetic purposes, and never impact the overall durability and stability of the bike.
Above all, the weight of a fully assembled Schwinn MY16 230 bike is 81.6 lbs. which double that of an average road recumbent bike, another factor contributing to its stability.
The console of Schwinn MY16 230 is pretty the same in terms of construction and features as that supplied with the older Schwinn 230 model. However, its layout is slightly different. There are two monitors on which the workout data is displayed. The top monitor measures 3 x 5 inches and displays user profile, workout profile, and goals, whereas the other monitor measures 1 x 5 inches and displays other metrics like distance, time, speed, etc.
The console can track distance, time, speed, pulse, calories burned, and RPM. It even features a heart rate zone indicator and a goal percentage indicator. Also, of course, it indicates the current resistance setting. Users can set goals for time, distance, and calories burned.
The console can only track pulse via the sensors integrated in the handlebars. It does so also via an HR chest strap (POLAR) transmitter, however, it’s not included.
But the important part is that the console can transfer users’ workout data to other online apps too, rather than only MyFitnessPal and SchwinnConnect. Thus it makes it possible for users to track their exercise data on apps like Apple Health, GoogleFit, UA, Endomondo, or MapMyRun/Ride.
However, the console is not Bluetooth-enabled. So, users have to transfer their workout data via USB. The USB port of the machine also works as a charging port for users’ devices.
The console is easy to use. It features keys for slow adjustments for resistance (in the increment of 1) and quick keys for the 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20 resistance settings. There is also a Pause function which is great if users wish to alternate bicycle sessions with other types of exercises.
There are 22 workout programs on the unit – 9 profile programs, 8 heart rate programs, 2 fitness tests, 1 quick start, and 2 custom programs. The 9 profile programs are: Ride in the Park, Rolling Hills, Mount Hood, Pike’s Peak, Easy Tour, Cross-training, Interval, Pyramids and Uphill Finish, just like that on the Schwinn MY16 130.
Users can exercise freely thanks to the Quick Start program due to which they can change the resistance as they like during pedaling. The two Custom programs provide users the chance to create their own profile programs, save them, and use them as often as they want.
Two User Profiles
The Schwinn MY16 230 offers two user profiles so the bike can be shared easily. Each user can save exercise information, personal data and custom programs without having to interfere with other user’s data.
Front Transport Wheels and Rear Lifting Handle
The front base of Schwinn MY16 230 integrates small transport wheels which facilitate portability, whereas the rear base features a lifting handle which when lifted, enables users to handle only half the bike’s weight.
In order to protect the floors, it is recommended to place the unit on the durable home gym floor mat, regardless if the unit is positioned on the permanent location or not.
There are three rubberized stabilizers on the frame, of which two are adjustable and are located on the rear base tube and one in the middle of the main frame tube. Two heat-injected PVC caps support the front base.
The seat featuring on the Schwinn MY16 230 has a vented structure and an ergonomic, contoured design. It’s around 11″ (28 cm) long and 17″ (43 cm) wide. Its backrest also has a vented structure, with a bit of bend in its lower part due to which optimal lumbar support is offered. The seat, as well as the backrest, is made of strong PVC material.
Excessive perspiration is prevented due to the vented structure. However, having no cushioning, the seat sometimes may become uncomfortable.
The seat is adjustable too. It’s connected to an oblique rail system and slides to and fro enabling users to secure it farther or closer to the pedals. The adjustment range of the seat is quite long; thus it can easily accommodate users between 4’6″ (137 cm) and 6’4″ (193 cm) of height. As such, taller users too can use the bike, but they may not enjoy the benefit from a total leg extension. However, the seat sometimes becomes wobbly and has to be repeatedly adjusted.
There are two sets of handlebars on the Schwinn MY16 230 bike, of which one is attached to the seat assembly and the other on the console mast. The recumbent handlebars i.e. the ones on the seat integrate stainless steel pulse sensors. The handlebars on the console mast come quite close to the user because of the inward curvature of the mast, and thus provide good exercise possibilities, without forcing the user to take any weird posture. Both sets of handlebars have foam grips for optimum comfort.
The Schwinn MY16 230 features a motorized, magnetic Eddy Current Brake (ECB) resistance system. Users can control the bike’s resistance only from the console and the bike should be connected to a power circuit. A 120V 60Hz AC Input, 9VDC, 1.5A output AC power adapter which requires a standard 110-120V U.S. electrical outlet is supplied with the bike. Users can plug the adapter jack into the bike above its front base.
The resistance system comprises of a magnetic brake pad along with a small servo motor. As a resistance level is selected from the console, the command is sent to the servo with the position of the magnetic pad adjusted in relation to the metallic flywheel, increasing or decreasing drag.
There are 20 levels of resistance on the bike so, users of all levels can use this bike. The first level of resistance offer light workouts, which is excellent for senior users or those who need to undergo a recovery training regimen. On the other hand, the top 18 to 20 levels of resistance will certainly help users break a sweat.
The drive of the bike is extremely quiet, almost noiseless. It’s powered by a strong V-belt which is designed for several years of use. The flywheel weighs 13 pounds which is not the heaviest, but it has a balanced structure, offering a consistent momentum and a stable feel. The crank arms are made of steel and finished with weighted nylon pedals that feature adjustable foot straps with 5 adjustment positions.
The bike features a comfortable Q-factor which offers a natural position of the feet on the pedals and thus removing lateral stress on the knees. Reverse pedaling is also possible, however, then there is no resistance on the pedals.
Add-ons on the Schwinn MY16 230 include a sound system, media holder (or a reading rack) and cooling fan. There are two acoustic chambered speakers in the sound system which offer a pretty decent sound. The sound system is compatible with most smartphones, MP3 devices, tablets, etc.
The cooling fan comes with 3 speeds. Although it’s not exactly a powerful fan, it provides some cooling during more intense workouts. The media holder is positioned between the two displays, so, a phone or tablet placed on it can cover the top display. However, the other display which shows most of the workout data will be visible.
The Schwinn MY16 230 doesn’t require much maintenance. All internal elements come pre-lubricated and won’t require further lubrication for several years. Thus, users just have to check if any nuts and bolts are loose and tighten them if they are. Also, it should be remembered that the console is not waterproof; hence users should make sure they don’t spill anything on it and also clean any perspiration on it.
Pros of Schwinn MY16 230
- Strong construction, comparable to commercial-grade bikes
- Contoured vented seat
- Hard, vented, contoured backrest, offering excellent lumbar support
- Grip pulse sensors
- Weighted pedals with adjustable foot straps
- 20 levels of resistance
- 22 workout programs
- USB port for charging devices and transferring workout data to other apps
- Goal tracking
- Various add-ons including sound system, cooling fan with 3 speeds and media holder
- Smooth and quiet
- Almost no maintenance
- Easy assembly
- Excellent warranty
- Great price to value ratio
Cons of Schwinn MY16 230
- Top display is covered when a tablet is placed on the media holder; however, the other display remains visible
- Seat can become uncomfortable and wobbly
- POLAR chest strap for heart rate monitoring is not included
- Not foldable
- Fan is not very powerful
- Only 2 user profiles allowed so, cannot be shared in a household where more than 2 people want to use the bike and track their fitness data
The Schwinn MY16 230 is a mid-range recumbent bike equivalent in strength, features and durability to commercial-grade bikes and is great for users of all levels, given its eddy current resistance system with 20 levels, console with 22 workouts and a USB port that can transfer workout data to various online apps.
It’s also great for recovery training and also for building stamina, losing weight and for interval training. Its price to value ratio is excellent and thus it offers the best bang for the buck.
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