If you’ve walked the High Line at Hudson Yards and peeked in the high-rise windows of the rich and famous (or just peered into the garage of your neighbor with a tech job), chances are you’ve seen these expensive, powerful, pretty peloton bikes. There is no doubt that the status exercise bikes have become a home fitness phenomenon in recent years. Despite that truly chilling publicity, the bikes have become a must-have for the fitness conscious who have the cash (and space) to bring one home. A new Peloton bike starts at a whopping $1,445, and you can go as high as $2,875 for the most luxurious packages. But in the world of stationary bikes, a new status bike has arrived — and it’s even more expensive. We’re talking about them Carol bike 2.0.
$2595 at Carol bike
The price for one of these suckers begins at $2,595 – almost double the price of a Peloton. But there is powerful technology built into these machines that is designed to justify the price. The Carol Bike is a smart exercise machine that uses ~*artificial intelligence~* to customize your experience with optimal resistance training (aka an auto-adjust feature to keep your ride challenging but within your capabilities for optimal fitness results) and a range of to personalize short workouts. It features Reduced Exertion HIIT (REHIT), a signature workout that Carol claims offers twice the health benefits of traditional home cycling equipment; According to the brand, the signature REHIT workout, which can be completed in just five minutes, offers similar health benefits to a 45-minute run. That’s right – the bike’s developers say it’s worth every penny because you’ll get maximum results from the shortest workout possible. A Western Colorado University study of 32 participants found that users can burn more calories during a 15-minute ride on the machine than during a 30-minute run. So how is it indeed Perfomance? Users have given the bike a 4.7 star rating out of five for getting them in shape. “It’s easy to fit in a quick five-minute workout, especially when you don’t need to shower after your workout!” said a hygiene-averse reviewer on the company’s website.
Other specs: The bike features handlebars with five grip positions, a wearable heart-rate monitor for performance tracking, an 11-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, and the ability to pair it with your Apple Watch and apps like Netflix and YouTube — even with it Peloton, his bow nemesis. Commitment phobics can rejoice, because membership is free for the first three months to see if it fits. If you decide to go all out, keep the bike, and continue your membership, you get this fancy AI optimization that calculates your optimal resistance, 18 workouts and fitness tests, and a personalized dashboard with performance metrics for easy tracking—all for 15 US dollars per month. But of course that comes on top of the initial investment in the bike.
It’s also a visually stunning device – compact but sleek, and look at the spinner on the back. I would have stored my Hokas runners and invited Carol instead, but that’s a no go on my budget. I can buy hundreds of bottles of gourd lube for this type of moola. But it sounds like something special – who wouldn’t want to exercise for just five minutes a day and see a difference?
Well, rub your elbows with old money and work on those quads, you suit the king.
The Carol Bike is available at carolbike.com.
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