About Slim Cycle

By HighYa Research Team
Updated on: Jun 18, 2020

Advertised as a two-in-one breakthrough that gives you twice the results in half the time, the Slim Cycle combines cardio with upper body strength training.

Additional features include the ability to transform from an upright position (for an intense workout) to a recumbent position (for a relaxed workout), eight levels of ultra-quiet magnetic resistance, and a large digital display that tracks calories, distance, and speed.

You’ll also be able to see your pulse using the heart rate monitor built directly into each of the handles.

These handles, along with its large opening, also make getting on and off the Slim Cycle easy, while the 2.5-inch thick memory foam seat—which is adjustable and can accommodate heights between 4' 11" and 6' 4"—and backrest provide comfortable support for those up to 300 pounds.

The cycle folds up like an ironing board for easy storage, whether in the closet or under a bed.

The Health Benefits of Cycling

  • Aerobic Workout – Otherwise known as cardiovascular exercise, this raises the heart rate and if performed regularly, can help burn extra calories and improve cardiovascular health, to name just a couple of benefits.
  • Muscle & Bone Building – Each time you turn those pedals, you use many different lower body muscles (including many above your waist as well, such as the abdominals, arms, and shoulders), which can help them—as well as the bones they’re connected to—grow stronger and bigger.
  • Joint-Friendly – Despite these aerobic workout and muscle building capabilities, cycling is low-impact; that is, it’s easy on the joints.
  • Everyday Benefits – Harvard Health reports these benefits can carry over into different aspects of everyday life as well, such as “balance, walking, standing, endurance, and stair climbing.”

Another potential advantage is that you can accomplish these benefits whether outside on a traditional bike, or inside on stationary models like Slim Cycle (such as when the weather’s not so great, or you just need a quick early morning spin session).

If you’ve already decided that a stationary version is the best option for you, how can you go about choosing the right manufacturer and model?

How Much Does Slim Cycle Cost?

Slim Cycle is priced at $199.95 with free shipping. You can also select the option to make five payments of $39.99.

Your purchase will automatically come with an app containing a library 10 free, on-demand virtual rides, some of which include instruction. During checkout, you can upgrade to a full year of unlimited access to these videos for an additional $5.

You can also upgrade to the Deluxe Slim Cycle version, which includes a water bottle and holder, a heavy-duty floor mat, a metallic gunmetal finish, a double padded seat, upgraded handle grips, and a two-year extended warranty for a total of $270.90.

This package comes with:

  • Slim Cycle 2-in1 Exercise Bike
  • Slim Away Belt
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Comfort Padded Seat Cover
  • Protective Floor Mat
  • 2 Year Extended Warranty

All orders come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges.

After several calls to customer support, none of the representatives we spoke with could provide additional details about how long the app’s videos are available without upgrading, the bike’s weight, or warranty information.

What to Look for in a Stationary Bike

If you just started researching stationary bikes like Slim Cycle, it’s possible to spend anywhere from less than $200 to well over $2,000, spanning all types of designs and features.

Generally, though, you get what you pay for. Here are just a couple of examples of what this means in the real world:

Materials Quality – Often, the more you pay for an exercise bike, the better quality materials you’ll receive, including aluminum construction, heavier-weight flywheels; wide, adjustable bases, and high-quality electronics (including the various sensors we’ll discuss in a second).

Resistance – Magnetic resistance is the gold standard, which uses a flywheel and strong magnets to provide the widest variety. At the other end of the spectrum, fans might be more budget-friendly but can be loud and not very customizable.

Tracking Features – These include the ability to monitor heart rate and mileage on budget models, to higher-end versions that can monitor power output, cadence, and actual calories burned.

Some models even offer live, interactive classes and leaderboards like Peloton, while some ‘smart’ trainers (devices that attach to real bikes) can even connect to games like Zwift, allowing you to experience automatic resistance, custom courses, and the ability to compete with other riders around the world.

Pro tip: We encountered very few models that also featured a ‘rope system’ for the upper body, as with Slim Cycle. However, we called customer support, who advised this resistance is not adjustable (in contrast to the pedaling resistance).

They also weren’t able to provide additional details as to how wide the base is (regarding stability), what the on-demand videos involve, or what the specific difference is between the 10 free videos received with every purchase and the upgraded year-long subscription.

To choose the best stationary bike for you, start with the features most important to you, which will likely directly impact your budget.

For example, unless you plan on competing online or achieving the most realistic indoor experience possible, higher-priced options like Peloton and Zwift-enabled trainers might not provide a higher level of value.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a piece of equipment that will withstand years of regular use and can grow with you as your skill level increases, then investing in a higher-priced model with better build quality and materials might be worthwhile.

In addition to starting with the budget and those features most important to you, Consumer Reports emphasizes that one of the most important factors when buying a stationary bike is trying before you buy since they can vary widely in fit and comfort.

The Bottom Line

Cycling provides many potential health benefits, including those related to cardiovascular and strength. And Slim Cycle also comes with a competitive price and many must-have features for indoor fitness bikes, such as:

  • Adjustable magnetic resistance
  • The ability to track heart rate and miles via a large digital display
  • Two operating positions (upright and recumbent)
  • Access to free cycling videos, including instruction
  • Can accommodate a wide variety of heights
  • Includes backrest
  • Competitive price

While Slim Cycle might be able to provide you with an easily accessible cardiovascular workout, successfully losing weight is just as much about what you eat as about how much you exercise.

With only eight pedal resistance levels and no adjustable arm resistance, Slim Cycle’s ability to meaningfully grow along with your fitness level might be limited.

Customer Reviews

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  • 26 Customer Reviews
  • 35% Recommend This Product
2.5 out of 5
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  • Do not order!

    • By Tonya W.,
    • California,
    • Jun 27, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    No exaggeration, I’m getting a refund through my credit card. Ordered on Apr 21st and still have not received. Can’t get anyone on the phone. No response to emails I’ve sent. However, you can get someone on the phone if you want to purchase. A joke and a bad business! Do your research! Do not order from BulbHead!

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • It’s been two months, no product
    • No one to talk to
    • No tracking number but took my full payment

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Never received my order!

    • By Wendy R.,
    • Hadley, NY,
    • Jun 20, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I ordered my bike at the end of April. My credit card shows that they took the money from my credit card on 5/1/2020. I have tried to reach them on the phone listed. I get put on hold stating it will be an 8-minute wait. After 5 minutes, the phone hangs up. I have tried to reach them via email and no response. I guess I will have to complain to my credit card company. Bad service and company.

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • Shipment
    • Customer Service
    • Phone systems

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • BulbHead order on TV

    • By Annabelle G.,
    • Victoria, TX,
    • Jun 9, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I ordered my Slim Cycle on 5/2/20. Paid the first payment. Once payment went through I received the success your payment went through notice. To this date, I have not received any confirmation from BulbHead or SlimCycle.com. I have called the number twice for BulbHead and both times the person that answered barely gave me any information. I was told the first time it would take 3-6 weeks. Second time I called that it had been back-ordered. Only because I called! Why does BulbHead or Slim Cycle not contact customers like other companies to advise item's tracking? I understand since we are going through a pandemic there are delays but shouldn't the company acknowledge the order received and approximate delivery date, and also if any delays?

    I will never order from BulbHead again. They advertise on national TV and should not. Rating would be zero! But I had to give at least one star!

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • Bad customer service
    • No communication to customers on orders
    • Customer service reps that answer are non-communicative

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • False advertising!

    • By Venus R.,
    • Texas,
    • Jun 3, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    They claim this bike is for people up to 6'4" in height but this isn't true. I'm 6'1" and I could barely get on this bike. I had no space to pedal and my knees were practically in my chest. Plus, this bike is NOT easy to transform from foldable to upright or recumbent and the seat is terribly uncomfortable. The backrest was digging into my back, very painful. Everything is a lie. I got this bike three days ago and am returning it tomorrow. I didn't like anything about this bike and am so excited to return this junk. Buyer beware. If you are over 5'5" and expect an easy bike to use, don't bother with this mess.

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • Lying about product

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • I bought the Slim Cycle at Walmart very cheap

    • By Steven J.,
    • South Carolina,
    • May 23, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    But the only problem I have with it is the pedal is one speed, it won't tighten or loosen to adjust a different speed. I couldn't believe the price but I don't know if it was a bad review or because it was the last one.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Customer service never responds

    • By Donna G.,
    • Marblehead, MA,
    • May 14, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I purchased this product and used it for two months.

    The pedal fell off because screw on it was stripped.

    I can't get any response from them by phone or email.

    I would not recommend because this company does not seem to care or back up their product.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Will not honor their warranty

    • By Steven K.,
    • Pennsylvania,
    • Apr 29, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I bought a Slim Cycle for my wife for the new year. It developed a noise in the gears less than 2 weeks later. After getting with customer service they replied on Jan 19th that they would send me a replacement part in around 4 to 6 weeks. They also gave me an order to track it. I contacted them after 6 weeks. I was told it was on backorder, I contacted them again on April 2nd and was told it is still on backorder. Now it is April 27th and still no movement on my order. This is beyond any reasonable period to make things right.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Ok for the money

    • By Susan T.,
    • New Hampshire,
    • Apr 27, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    Put together pretty fast. It’s an ok bike, the backrest is not very comfortable and wish the screen and pulse handled bars came up higher because you have to come way forward to get your hands on it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Updated review


    • By Debra R.,
    • Michigan,
    • Feb 17, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    After I had called FedEx they turned it around, and the day they got it back, I got my money back. Just be careful, there is nowhere on that site to do payments.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Previous review
    • Feb 14, 2020

    Don't order

    Please do not get this terrible service, they don't listen to us at all, just ship, take your money. It's a scam. I just hope when FedEx sends back I get refunded. I will never order from them, ever. Liars, scammers, no joke. Please listen, don't ever order. Bad service, TV ad is a joke, not true. Thank you.

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    • Previous review
    • Feb 12, 2020

    My order

    I went online to order it at 4 am, can't get anyone on the phone to cancel until 8 am. I wanted the $39.99 payment per month but nowhere does it say to do that so I clicked submit and it charged me $211.00, the whole price. Not good, false ad, if you can't order online for payments so I'm canceling it all as soon as I get a person on the phone. Be careful online, thank you.

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  • Great price for this product

    • By Essie D.,
    • Rhode Island,
    • Feb 16, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I ordered my Slim Cycle on an off-brand website for $120, shipping included! Can’t believe how much more some people have paid for it! My brother put it together for me - I’m a 75-year-old female living with a dog - and I keep it in the recumbent position because of a spinal fracture. Although I like using it, I would like to be able to get it out of the living room when not in use. Read through the instructions but couldn’t find how to fold it up. Can anyone help? Thank you.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Website deception

    • By Jea P.,
    • Texas,
    • Jan 17, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    In going to the website, it does not offer the payments as advertised. And, I tried several times. The infomercial offers 5 payments and nowhere on the order site does it state that. You're ready to order and it shows the full price and process. I may not about to provide credit info before options for payments. This is false advertisement and if not offered anymore, then the infomercial needs to not be wired. It may be a good product, but, for this alone, I do not recommend.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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