Peloton, the at-home spin class experience, is big news – even bigger this year, since the pandemic forced gyms across the country/world to shut. The idea of having your own spin bike at home and access to hundreds of live workouts led by super charismatic trainers to follow along to is extremely tempting; the price, however (£1,750 for the cheapest bike), is not so dreamy.
So when we heard about Echelon, who provide a Peloton-like experience but at half the price, we were more than intrigued. Echolon Fitness offers many of the same features as Peloton – an ergonomic static bike with a tablet holder through which you can stream live and on-demand workouts led by world-class certified trainers that are only accessed through an exclusive app – so far, so good.
There are also non-bike classes (including Zumba, kickboxing, yoga, stretching, Pilates, HIIT and strength classes), and you’ll receive personalised performance reports and data as you ride with/against (depending on how competitive you are!) others around the world. You can even take scenic rides around the globe and join the online Echelon community to receive and give support to others.
And for the cherry on the cake? Echelon’s Connect Sport Bike (the cheaper of the two bikes they offer) is just £799.99. While a fair chunk of money to part with in one go (although you can split the payments through a service such as Klarna or Splitit), it’s less than half the price of Peloton’s cheapest bike option. Meanwhile, Echelon memberships start from as little as £24.99 a month if you lock into a longer term, cheaper than Peloton’s £39 a month, making Echelon a very attractive (and definitely more affordable) option indeed.
Need another reason to go for the ‘half price Peloton’? You can currently expect to wait at least a week for any Peloton bike – and buckle in if you’ve ordered the latest Bike+ product, as that’s got a waitlist of more than three months. Meanwhile, all Echelon bikes will be with you in just 2-3 business days, meaning you won’t lose that spin motivation after having to give up your classes once more.
Well, if all fails and it does become an expensive coat rack, at least you didn’t fork out over a grand for it…