What’s The Weight Limit Of a Stationary Exercise Bike? +Best Options


Are you afraid a stationary bike might not be able to handle your weight? It’s something to keep in mind when buying an exercise bike since they have very different load limits. What can you expect and what are your best options if you need something with a higher than average limit?

The average user weight limit of all types of exercise bike is 315 lbs. /142.8 kg. Stationary exercise bike weight limits range from 220 lbs. to 400 lbs. (99.8 to 181.4 kg). The most common weight limit for exercise bikes is 300 lbs./136 kg.

Find exact numbers of a lot of the popular models of stationary bikes below.


User weight limits of stationary exercise bikes

Different types and models of exercise bikes have different user weight limits. However, we can still get a good idea of the average numbers by looking at a large number of popular models.

Here’s a list of a lot of the popular models of exercise bikes that are currently on the market. The weight limit listed here is the weight up to which that model has been tested by the manufacturer.

BrandmodelTypeWeight limit (lbs.)Weight limit (kg)
SchwinnIC3Spin bike300136
IC4Spin bike330149.7
Airdyne AD2Upright Air bike250113.4
Airdyne AD6Upright Air bike300136.
Airdyne AD7Upright Air bike350158.7
Life FitnessIC4Spin bike330149.7
IC5Spin bike330149.7
IC6Spin bike330149.7
IC7Spin bike330149.7
C1Upright300136
C3Upright400181.4
RS1Recumbent300136.
Platinum Club SE3Upright400181.4
Club +Recumbent400181.4
Club +Upright400181.4
RS3Recumbent400181.4
PrecorRBK800Recumbent350158.7
RBK600Recumbent350158.7
UBK800Upright350158.7
UBK600Upright350158.7
LifeSpanC5IUpright400181.4
R5IRecumbent400181.4
NautilusU616Upright300136
U618Upright325147.4
R614Recumbent300136
R616Recumbent300136
R618Recumbent325147.4
PelotonBike BasicsSpin bike297134.7
Bike+ BasicsSpin bike297134.7
NordictrackS15I StudioSpin bike350158.7
S22i StudioSpin bike350158.7
VR25Recumbent350158.7
R35Recumbent350158.7
VU19Upright325147.4
VU29Upright325147.4
ProformStudio Pro 22Spin bike250113.4
Studio ProSpin bike250113.4
Carbon CXSpin bike250113.4
440EXUpright350158.7
8.0EXRecumbent300136
EchelonEX-3Upright300136
EX-5Upright300136
EX-5sUpright300136
EX-7sUpright325147.4
EX ProUpright350158.7
Sole FitnessJohnny GSpin bike350158.7
SB700Spin bike300136
R92Recumbent300136
B94Upright300136
LCRRecumbent350158.7
HorizonGR3Spin286129.7
IC7.9Spin300136
Comfort RRecumbent300136
Comfort UUpright350158.7
BowFlexVeloCoreUpright/Spin325147.4
C6Spin330149.7
Sunny HealthSF-B1879Spin275124.7
SF-B1851Spin300136
SF-B1986Spin3301497
Evo-Fit RecumbentRecumbent300136
Evo-Fit UprightUpright300136
SF-RB4905Recumbent240108.8
SF-B1918Spin22099.8
SF-B1714Spin330149.7
7130Spin285129.3
MarcyNS-1206RRecumbent300136
ME-706Recumbent
Revolution CycleSpin bike
AIR-1Air Bike
NS-40502RRecumbent300136
NS-1000Air bike250113.4
JX-7038Spin bike300136
NS-908RRecumbent
XTerraSB500Recumbent300136
SB2.5rRecumbent300136
SB250Recumbent300136
SB150Recumbent265120.2
SB120Recumbent250113.4
MB550Spin bike250113.4
MBX2500Spin bike300136
AIR650Air bike350158.7
AIR350Air bike250113.4
YosudaSpin bikeSpin bike270122.5
Assault bikeClassicAir bike300136
ProAir bike300136
EliteAir bike350158.7
Concept2BikeErgAir bike300136
RogueEchoAir bike350158.7
Average315142.9

The average user weight limit of all types of exercise bike is 315 lbs. /142.8 kg. Stationary exercise bike weight limits range from 220 lbs. to 400 lbs. (99.8 to 181.4 kg). The most common weight limit for exercise bikes is 300 lbs./136 kg.

Obviously the different models of exercise bikes have different load limits. Some bikes are just built stronger than others. This mainly has to do with the strength of the frame but other parts like the adjustment pegs of the seat for example have to be up to the task as well.

In general, more expensive models tend to have higher load limits. This is because building something stronger simply costs more money. On the other side manufacturers use the user weight limit as a selling point for the higher end models as well. So manufacturers have an incentive to have a higher load limit for the more expensive models.

The biggest differences in load limits can actually be seen between the different types. Not all exercise bikes look the same even though the movement you perform is pretty similar.

Let’s take a look at the different types of stationary bike and their average load limits.


Spin bike weight limits

Spin bikes are the simplest type of exercise bike that most people know. They’re a frame with a flywheel, pedals and a seat. There are no plastic shrouds so everything is exposed.

The seating position is very aggressive because you’re bent over very far to the point where your back is almost horizontal. That makes this type suitable for really intense workouts.

BrandmodelTypeWeight limit (lbs.)Weight limit (kg)
SchwinnIC3Spin bike300136
IC4Spin bike330149.7
Life FitnessIC4Spin bike330149.7
IC5Spin bike330149.7
IC6Spin bike330149.7
IC7Spin bike330149.7
PelotonBike BasicsSpin bike297134.7
Bike+ BasicsSpin bike297134.7
NordictrackS15I StudioSpin bike350158.7
S22i StudioSpin bike350158.7
ProformStudio Pro 22Spin bike250113.4
Studio ProSpin bike250113.4
Carbon CXSpin bike250113.4
Sole FitnessJohnny GSpin bike350158.7
SB700Spin bike300136
HorizonGR3Spin286129.7
IC7.9Spin300136
BowflexC6Spin330149.7
Sunny HealthSF-B1879Spin275124.7
SF-B1851Spin300136
SF-B1986Spin330149.7
SF-B1918Spin22099.8
SF-B1714Spin330149.7
7130Spin285129.3
MarcyRevolution CycleSpin bike??
JX-7038Spin bike300136
XTerraMB550Spin bike250113.4
MBX2500Spin bike300136
YosudaSpin bikeSpin bike270122.5
Average300.7136.4

The average user weight limit of spin bikes is 300 lbs./136 kg. Weight limits range from 220 to 350 lbs. (100 to 159 kg) The most common weight limit is 330 lbs./150 kg.

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Upright bike user weight limits

Upright stationary bikes are usually a bit fancier than spin bikes. They have more electronics, plastic shrouds and a more upright seating position. They are a bit more comfortable than spin bikes although not that much more. The seating position is a lot more acceptable for less flexible people or those with lower back problems.

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They are still good for high intensity workouts but not as good for standing up on the pedals as spin bikes.

BrandmodelTypeWeight limit (lbs.)Weight limit (kg)
Life FitnessC1Upright300136
C3Upright400181.4
Platinum Club SE3Upright400181.4
Club +Upright400181.4
PrecorUBK800Upright350158.7
UBK600Upright350158.7
LifeSpanC5IUpright400181.4
NautilusU616Upright300136
U618Upright325147.4
NordicTrackVU19Upright325147.4
VU29Upright325147.4
Proform440EXUpright350158.7
EchelonEX-3Upright300136
EX-5Upright300136
EX-5sUpright300136
EX-7sUpright325147.4
EX ProUpright350158.7
Sole FitnessB94Upright300136
HorizonComfort UUpright350158.7
BowFlexVeloCoreUpright/Spin325147.4
Sunny HealthEvo-Fit UprightUpright300136
Average336.9152.8

The average user weight limit of an upright bike is 336 lbs. / 152.8 kg. The weight limits range from 300 to 400 lbs. (136 to 181 kg.) The most common weight limit is 300lbs./136 kg.


Recumbent bike weight limits

Recumbent bikes are generally much bigger, bulkier and more comfortable than any other type of stationary bike. Recumbent bikes have large comfortable seats with backrests. Instead of under you, the pedals are more out in front. This gives a pretty relaxed seating position. It’s probably the closest to sitting on a couch a workout is ever going to feel.

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Because of these characteristics, recumbent bikes are perfect for low and medium intensity workouts. So if you don’t like the really high intensity stuff but do like to have a medium intensity, steady state cardio workout that takes longer, a recumbent bike is perfect.

Because you have the comfy seat and backrest, you’ll still have your hands free to read a book, use your phone or any other activity you prefer.

BrandmodelTypeWeight limit (lbs.)Weight limit (kg)
Life FitnessRS1Recumbent300136.
Club +Recumbent400181.4
RS3Recumbent400181.4
PrecorRBK800Recumbent350158.7
RBK600Recumbent350158.7
LifeSpanR5IRecumbent400181.4
NautilusR614Recumbent300136
R616Recumbent300136
R618Recumbent325147.4
NordicTrackVR25Recumbent350158.7
R35Recumbent350158.7
Proform8.0EXRecumbent300136
Sole FitnessR92Recumbent300136
LCRRecumbent350158.7
HorizonComfort RRecumbent300136
Sunny HealthEvo-Fit RecumbentRecumbent300136
SF-RB4905Recumbent240108.8
MarcyNS-1206RRecumbent300136
ME-706Recumbent
NS-40502RRecumbent300136
NS-908RRecumbent
XTerraSB500Recumbent300136
SB2.5rRecumbent300136
SB250Recumbent300136
SB150Recumbent265120.2
SB120Recumbent250113.4
Average317.9144.2

The average user weight limit of a stationary recumbent bike is 318 lbs./ 144 kg. Weight limits range from 240 to 400 lbs. 300 lbs./136 kg is the most common load limit for stationary recumbent bikes.


Air bike weight limits

Air bikes (also known as fan or assault bikes) are a bit of an odd type within exercise bikes. Instead of creating resistance by putting a brake on a flywheel, the resistance is created by spinning a fan blade. The faster the fan blade spins, the higher the resistance becomes.

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This creates a super tough workout that is unmatched by magnetic resistance or a brake pad. Most air bikes have lever arms like an elliptical trainer in addition to the foot pedals. That means you get a full body workout. Since there still is a seat and pedals, I still classify it as a stationary exercise bike.

BrandmodelTypeWeight limit (lbs.)Weight limit (kg)
SchwinnAirdyne AD2Upright Air bike250113.4
Airdyne AD6Upright Air bike300136
Airdyne AD7Upright Air bike350158.7
MarcyAIR-1Air Bike??
NS-1000Air bike250113.4
XTerraAIR650Air bike350158.7
AIR350Air bike250113.4
Assault bikeClassicAir bike300136
ProAir bike300136
EliteAir bike350158.7
Concept2BikeErgAir bike300136
RogueEchoAir bike350158.7
Average304.5138.1

The average user weight limit of a fan/air bike is 305 lbs./138 kg. Weight limits range from 250 to 350 lbs. The most common user weight limit for fan bikes is 300 lbs./136kg.

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How to find out the load limit of your exercise bike

Already have an exercise bike and aren’t sure how much weight it can handle? There are two things you can do;

  • If you’ve been using it without problems for a long time, you’re likely to be fine. Can I fully recommend you use a bike that isn’t rated for your weight? No, but if it feels sturdy and has been working fine, you can make your own decision.
  • Try to find the user manual. It should tell you all the information about your bike. If you don’t have the paper one anymore, it’s likely you can still find it online if it’s from a bigger brand. From a small unknown brand, this might be difficult.

Of course you don’t want to find the limit of your bike by breaking it. So if you have the option to find out by quickly looking up a simple number, it’ll save you from a potentially dangerous situation.


Best exercise bike options for bigger people (350 lbs.+)

Did you already look up the specs for your exercise bike and found out it’s not a good idea for you to use it? Here are the best stationary exercise bikes for you. Up to about 300 lbs. you shouldn’t have many issues. Yes, there are bikes with a lower load limit than that in almost every type but there are a lot of options.

For people between 325 and 350 lbs. that want a stationary exercise bike, you’re going to find the most options in the ‘upright’ and ‘recumbent’ category although there is at least one bike of every type that can handle 350 lbs.

For people over 350 lbs. (meaning you’re looking at a bike that can handle 400 lbs.), there are far fewer options. You’ll only find those bikes in the upright and recumbent categories. Even more, there are only a few brands that offer bikes with this load limit; Life Fitness and Lifespan Fitness. (They are two separate companies though the names sound similar).

Life Fitness makes great bikes with a choice of big or bigger consoles. The customer service is great and these are the same machines you’ll find at a commercial gym or health center. This comes with a very hefty price tag though.

Suggested: How much does a good exercise bike cost?

The most affordable Life Fitness stationary bikes with a 400 lbs. weight limit are the C3 and RS3. Both are very good home stationary bikes.

Lifespan fitness creates much more affordable bikes. That doesn’t come at the expense of quality or features though. Both the C5I (upright) and R5I (recumbent) bikes have a user weight limit of 400 lbs. They are reasonably priced for what they have to offer.

Option #1 Life Fitness C3

Option #2 Life Fitness RS3

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Matt

Hey, I'm Matt. Welcome to HomeGymResource.com. I've been going to the gym for about 15 years and am now looking to build my own. In the process I've learned many things I'd like to share with you.

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