The Real Ryder is a great bike with some very distinctive features.
It has taken traditional indoor cycling and transformed it into a more realistic biking experience.
The key selling point to the RealRyder is its pivoting or leaning simulation.
The bike sits on two pivot points which allows the rider to rock side to side.
The swaying movement along with the turning handlebars gives the rider a real bike experience by allowing the user to lean which simulates turns.
You can typically throw your weight around on other stationary bikes but you need to maintain your balance on the Ryder.
Getting on the bike was pretty simple but felt a bit wobbly, that is until I discovered the pivot lock followed by a slap in the fore head.
“A stationary bike is a pedaling machine and a bike is a riding machine…the RealRyder is a riding machine.” – Colin Irving, Co-Founder and CEO of RealRyder International LLC.
Rocking Motion: Unlike other stationary bikes, the RealRyder has a rocking motion that gives the rider a realistic biking experience. The user is able to turn the handlebars and lean giving a sensation of a low speed turn.
Core Exercise: You can typically throw your weight around on other stationary bikes but you need to maintain your balance on the Ryder which you gives you that extra workout. The side to side movement of the RealRyder bike not only benefits the legs but also engages the core and the upper body including your arms.
Durability: This is a very sturdy bike and definitely built to last. The frame on this bike is incredibly solid. I have no idea what gauge steel they used to construct this but it is definitely commercial grade, and extremely durable. With a max capacity of 350 lbs., I’d have to say this is probably the most durable bike we’ve rode thus far.
Adjustable: There are plenty of adjustments to suit various users. The saddle is adjustable forward and back along with the height. The handlebars, unfortunately, only have adjustable height. You’re unable to adjust it forward which is a big miss for a bike in this price range. The resistance is easily adjustable through a tension knob that is prominently positioned before the handlebars.
Gauge/Monitor: Whenever you’re riding, you always want to monitor your performance. The RealRyder comes with a small digital gauge that monitors the RPM, RPM average, your heart rate, percentage of max heart rate, heart rate average, Garmin ANT+ Link, training, distance, and KCal.
Rear Flywheel: The rear placement of the flywheel prevents sweat from building up on the wheel. Sweat can ruin a bike by accelerating corrosion.
Price: $2095.00. Yikes! Oh, and add $300 for shipping. Did I say, yikes!
Limited Handlebar Adjustability: Handlebars don’t slide forward. They’ve taken everything into account except for exceptionally taller people who may end up hitting their knees on the bars.
Parts (5 years):
- Headset Assembly
- Rotational Pivot Bearings
- Linkage Arms
- Resistance Mechanism
- Bottom Bracket Assembly
- Brake Pads
- Chain, Cranks
- Handlebar Stem
- Handlebar & Grips
- Pedal Body and Axle
- Seat Post
- Tension Knob Assembly
Other (6 months):
- Adjustment Knobs & Levers
- Pedal Cleats
- Pedal Straps
Frame (7 years):
- Frame, Structural Integrity