This is my first review of a recumbent bike on Yescycling.com. As you already should know normally I review standard road bikes like the awesome Vilano Forza 4.0 or the mountain bike Diamondback Overdrive 29er. Occasionally I try some kick bikes as well like the Schwinn Adult Shuffle Scooter.
Schwinn is a brand which we love and we respect at Yescycling.com. The reason is that they make some really good bikes which are very good, reliable and not expensive at all. The case with this recumbent bike is absolutely the same. That’s why I decided to write this Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike Review.
When you make road bikes for decades you should know one or two things about them. Schwinn decided to enter the recumbent exercise bike market and use the same experience they have here. Well with this model they really used their best practices and high-quality components and made an astonishing bike.
- Height: 49.9 inches
- Width: 27.7 inches
- Length: 64 inches
- Weight: 86.6 lbs
- Max Weight Rider: 300lbs
- Resistance Levels: 25
- Programs: 29
Schwinn 270 is a model which fits in the middle of the model range which means that it’s not a flagman model neither an entry-level one. It features 29 programs with heart rate monitor, tests, many controls, and user profiles. Hold on because the resistance levels are also very impressive. It includes 25 resistance levels which make this exercise bike very good for beginners and for professionals.
With a touch of a simple button, you can control the levels from a light workout to heavier ones which require a lot of training. And the good news is that everything is digital and easy to use.
Another great feature that we love is the heart rate monitor which is on the handlebars. There is also an option to listen to your music with in-console speakers. You connect your iPod or other MP3 players with the included input port.
You can easily transfer the data from your training sessions via Bluetooth and USB and you can connect to Schwinn Connect or MyFitnessPal. And the list of the features included in the Schwinn 270 recumbent bike doesn’t end here.
There is also an included fan with 3 speeds for cooling you. The water bottle holder is also very important and here it is included in the model.
The computer of this recumbent bike is one of the best I have ever seen in my career. Just like the Schwinn 270, this one features the standard monitor which can show you 13 statistical parameters split into two very nice columns. One is the result of the current workout and one is with the progress for the workout goal.
When we talk about recumbent exercise bikes the comfort is one of the most important factors to consider. Many riders choices the recumbent bike because of back pain or other health issues. With this model, I have to say that Schwinn took the comfort really seriously and made an outstanding seat.
Schwinn 270’s seat features great enhanced lower back support and a nice padded seat which is extremely comfortable. I can say hands down that this seat is one of the most comfortable ones I have tried on a recumbent bike.
There are many options to control the seat too. It can be adjusted for many postures and positions. The back is vented which means that you will get cool air from behind thus feeling nice and comfy. As we already mentioned there is a three-speed fan to keep you cool as well but I have to admit that it’s not very strong and useful in general.
As I have noted many times Schwinn is a very nice brand which makes high-quality products. The 270 model is really well made and will last very long without the need of repairs. The components used here are really durable and rigid. And when we talk about the quality of the product we need to mention the warranty as well.
Schwinn provides an extensive 10-year warranty for this recumbent bike which means you won’t have any issues with it. From my experience, I can say that Schwinn is really a big company which honors their warranties and I don’t know any cases with issues about warranties.
Schwinn 270 vs Schwinn 230
I know that there is another model in the Schwinn model line which is very similar. Maybe you are now thinking of spending less money and buy the 230. But there are some very significant differences between the two products which you may not see at first.
For example, the seat in the Schwinn 270 is much more comfortable than the one used in the Schwinn 230. Other major difference is in the resistance levels. The more expensive model features 29 levels vs. 22 levels in the Schwinn 230. There are also some tests for recovery and training which are included only the Schwinn 270.
In general, you should think of this product as an investment because you are going to use it for many years. In such cases, you should always opt in for the more expensive and features rich model in my opinion. Because if you buy the cheaper option with the fewer features you will regret it in long term.
Shipping and Assembly
If you order the product from Amazon you will not have any issues with the shipping and the cost will vary depending on your location. About the assembly, you will have to choose between two options. The first one is to order the bike only without assembly from a professional expert. The second option is to order the expert assembly which costs around $80-90 but ensures that the bike will be assembled really well.
In my opinion, you can do the assembly on your own and it would take you around 2 hours of work. If you are not feeling that this is for you maybe you should opt in for the expert assembly which is done by Schwinn expert and you will not have any issues at all. You should know that moving the bike to another location is not included in the prices of the expert assembly. Removal of packaging materials will be done to the customer’s bin.
In my humble opinion, the Schwinn 270 is the best recumbent exercise bike you can buy right now. I really recommend it to anybody who wants to train cycling at home but doesn’t want to spend too much. If you have back pain but you love cycling and you don’t want to give up yet, the Schwinn 270 should be your recumbent bike of choice.
The seat is great, the monitor is best in class and the features which are included are really awesome and useful. The only thing that I don’t like that the chest strap for the heart rate monitor is not included in the package so you have to buy it separately and invest $40-50. Of course, you can use the included handlebars heart rate monitor but as we know this is not the most accurate method for measuring it.
But in general, I have to say that the Schwinn 270 is a really good exercise bike for your home fitness which can be used by the entire family. You can check the ratings on Amazon and you will see that this is one of the highest rated recumbent bikes right now. In this Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike Review I give my verdict with a review score 9/10 ( only because of the not included chest strap ).
I want to help 10 000 000 people around the world learn how to ride a bicycle and find the joy of cycling to work. Thank you for being a part of the Yes Cycling community.