Retailing at £699 it was hard to know what to expect from the Impulse PS300 Indoor Cycle, however the price alone makes it a very interesting commercial indoor cycle. It is significantly cheaper than any other indoor cycle made for a commercial environment that we've seen before and it sits within the same price bracket as our top of the range home spin bikes.
To help anyone thinking about buying this bike, we've had a play on it and written this product test to let you know how we got on.
The fear we have when testing any budget indoor cycle, is that compared to the Star Trac Spinner Blade, Scwhinn AC Performance or any other bike you would find at your local gym, is it's not going to feel as solid or substantial. Generally this is a valid concern, as the structure and build quality of the very cheapest home spin bikes are noticeably average when compared to any commercial spin bike. However, when riding the PS300, it felt solid and performed as well as the more expensive commercial spin bikes from Star Trac and Schwinn. Even when out of the saddle, pushing a high level of resistance the frame and handlebars remained rigid.
Quiet Chain and 20kg Flywheel
The PS300 is chain driven, so it feels very realistic and provides a very smooth pedaling motion that you would expect from any premium indoor cycle manufacturer. The noise from the drive-chain system while pedaling was minimal. This bike would suit a home environment where neighbours and other family members to do not want to be disturbed.
On any indoor cycle, the rolling momentum that the flywheel gives is what makes them unique from Exercise bikes. The PS300 has a 20kg perimeter weighted flywheel which is ideal as we normally recommend that customers look for products with a flywheel in excess of 17kg to give that road bike feeling while cycling.
Pedals and Brakes
For serious riders, being able to clip in to their indoor cycle is crucial to helping them replicate the feel of a road or track bike. The PS300 features Dual-Sided SPD Pedals which let the advanced cyclists wear their cleats, but we found that, if fastened well enough, the straps and toe clips were good enough to let us exert plenty upward force on the pedals.
One feature of the PS300 which we really liked was the One-Motion Emergency Stop. On many bikes, you press down on the resistance knob to apply force to the flywheel (making it stop) but Impulse have included a paddle like brake level, which makes it very easy to press because there is no rotational movement when you press down like you might otherwise get.
Maximum User Weight and Transportation
We've not tested the bike right up to the upper user weight limit, however the build quality and full commercial warranty it comes with suggest to us that the PS300 will most likely cope with users weighing up to the recommended 150kg.
At the end of our ride on the PS300 it was really easy to move the bike around. Even though it weighs 61kg, it has convenient transportation wheels at the front, so all you need to do is push the handlebars towards the ground and roll the bike to wherever it is being stored. Simple and easy to store away when not in use.
The PS300 isn't as technologically advanced as some of the other premium bikes we've tested, but what it does give you, is outstanding value for money at £699. Whether you are a really enthusiastic cyclist who wants a bit more from their home bike or a gym owner looking for a top quality product without breaking the bank, this is the indoor cycle for you.
Over the past 2 years Origin Fitness has installed over 500 x PS300 bikes in commercial facilities and we have found this bike to be incredibly reliable with only 2-3 warranty claims. In our opinion, the PS300 is the best value-for-money commercial indoor cycle on the market in the UK.