Fitleader FS1 Review
Very affordable option
Fairly quiet for the price
No emergency brakes
Handlebars cannot be adjusted
Fitleader FS1: A Cheap Entry-Level Option for Beginners
The Fit Leader FS1 is a great indoor bike for beginners who are looking to try out spinning as a means of exercise. It’s also a good option for workout fanatics as well.
The FS1 is a reliable bike that provides a balanced workout for cardio and toning. The range of resistance offered by the FS1 is an excellent addition for a very affordable price. The bike may not be suited for people looking for very intense workouts, but it offers a durable design and comes with a conventional belt drive that provides a quiet ride.
The FS1 is ideal if you are looking for an affordable bike that will allow you to workout at home.
Check out our ratings for all of the top spin bike’s on the market in our Excercise Bike Buyer’s Guide.
Fitleader is a company that specializes in the sale and manufacture of fitness equipment. With over ten different bikes in the market, Fit Leader continues to be one of the leading producers of high-quality bicycle designs.
The FS series of bikes are just one among the many different varieties of indoor spin bikes they offer. They pride themselves on delivering quality equipment that does not compromise performance over comfort. After all, who said exercise has to be torture?
Where the FS1 Stationary Exercise Bike Gets it Right
The Fit Leader FS1 will accommodate individuals between the heights of 5′ 1” and 6′ 2”. The seat level can also be adjusted for people who have longer legs to help provide a more natural cycling motion.
The height of the bike’s handlebars is adjustable, too, and so is the lower length of the pedals.
The ability to adjust the pedals means that, for someone who is above height and who has long feet, the bike can be set to their comfort level.
The only disadvantage to this bike concerning adjustability is that the machine has no horizontal adjustability. Shorter people have to stretch to reach the handlebars, which is a task in itself. It is, however, possible to manually adjust the horizontal length of the bike.
The FS1’s resistance levels are one of its greatest selling points. Most indoor bikes of its size use resistance pads.
The Fitleader FS1, however, uses magnetic energy to create resistance.
The bike has eight different levels of magnetic resistance. You can adjust from one level to the other using a lever.
The resistance offered is smooth and easy to navigate.
The transition from one resistance level to the other is seamless with no sudden jerks. The different resistance levels enable you to vary the intensity of your workouts.
Other Considerations for the Fitleader FS1
For an indoor bike of its size, the FS1 is quite a study fitness bike thanks in large part to its two sets of stabilizer bars and its robust frame. The bike also has leveling feet to ensure that it remains steady, even on uneven floors.
Built for indoor use, the Fit Leader FS1 comes with a transit wheel that is attached to the front stabilizer. This wheel allows a user to move it from storage mode to workout mode with little-to-no effort.
The bike occupies little space, but it cannot fit in most closets due to the protruding levers. It is, therefore, better suited to be stored against a wall.
Most of the bike’s parts are plastic and leather, and the frame comes with a steel finish. Cleaning, therefore, is as easy as wiping the sweat off the bars and handles to prevent rusting.
For best results, it is recommended to place a rubber mat underneath the bike.
Although it is present, the Fit Leader FS1’s console is relatively small. It still serves its purpose, though, providing a simple multifunction LCD screen that shows all the necessary details, including the time spent, the distance traveled, and the calories burned.
4A4 batteries power the console. The console is not backlit, and this may provide challenges in rooms with little lighting.
Design and Warranty
The bike drive system uses a belt rather than the more conventional chain system. Due to Fitleader’s decision to use a belt instead of a chain, the FS1 doesn’t need as much maintenance as chain-driven bikes.
The belt drive is also guarded, which helps protect the drive system and will ensure the bike lasts longer. The use of a belt drive also makes the machine operate more smoothly and much more quietly.
The only disadvantage to this otherwise perfect drive system is that there are no emergency brakes. An individual cycling very fast will probably have to slow down their speed gradually.
The seat of the Fit Leader FS1 is relatively large, but this is not a necessarily a good (or bad) feature for everyone. The cushioned seat isn’t great and it may be uncomfortable for certain users. Overall, the bike can accommodate individuals who weigh up to 293 pounds.
The handlebars are wide for a more comfortable grip but are not covered meaning spinning for extended periods could potentially give you blisters. The handlebars also have pulse sensors which allow you to keep a record of your heart rate.
The pedals are firmly fixed on a large crank, which will give you peace of mind in knowing that there is no risk of them flying off. Another great thing about the pedals is that they have straps and toe cages, which will provide you with added support.
If you do choose this bike, it’s important to note that it will need to be assembled (unless you pay extra to have an expert assemble it in your home for you).
If you do plan on assembling it yourself, most of the pieces are labeled correctly, and the instruction manual is adequate. Most users report that they have been able to put the bike together within an hour of opening the box.
Finally, the Fitleader FS1 comes with a one year warranty, which, while not great, is pretty standard for a bike in this price range.
Final Thoughts: The FS1 is a Decent Option for Beginners on a Budget
Not a bad option if you have under $300 to spend.
The Fitleader FS1 has great features, a safe design, and it provides the ability to deliver a solid workout.
With its standard warranty, you have some form of protection and, therefore, can have some peace of mind in knowing that your bike will be covered if anything should go wrong in the period after you purchase it.
Ultimately, this isn’t the best spin bike on the market. However, if you are looking for something affordable, but that will allow you to get in a solid workout, the FS1 should do the trick.