This Echelon HTML8s Connect Bikereview will provide all the information you need before you buy. It is Echelon’s best bike to date, with tons of innovative features that have left me impressed. Watch the video below for more details.
Video review of Echelon EX-8s Bicycle
Here’s a quick overview of Echelon EX-8s
Echelon’s latest and most feature-rich connected bike, the EX-8s Bike, is now available. The EX-8s features a completely new dual-ring design that offers significant improvements in many areas.
The main upgrades include a 24″ HD curved touch screen with 180 degree flip, an integrated and customizable LED flywheel light, Bluetooth resistance controller and the E-Shock System which reduces the impact of riding out of the saddle.
Specifications for Echelon EX-8s Bicycle
|Maximum user weight||300 lbs|
|Dimensions||23″ W x 55″ L x 65.5″ H|
|Types of Resistance||Digital Resistance|
|Pedals||Dual-Sided SPD + toe cages|
|Touchscreen||Curved 24″ HD Touchscreen|
|Speakers||(2) 5-Watt Speakers|
Use the Echelon EX-8s
Design with dual-rings and customizable LED lights
The Echelon EX-8s have a new dual-ring design with LED lights inside the flywheel. This is the most noticeable change. This bike looks like something out of Tron. It also serves a purpose.
One of the things I was most surprised by while riding the bike was its stability. The bike is more supportive thanks to the extra ring at the front (the flywheel is in its back). The EX-8s weighs in at 124 lbs and feels equally stable while riding.
Although the LED lights are not functional, they make it more enjoyable to ride. These lights also have many customizable options. You can adjust the color, brightness, pulse, or heart rate to change the colors.
Speakers and Curved HD touchscreen
The Echelon EX-8s also has a curved 24″ HD touchscreen. It is the best screen I have ever seen on any connected fitness device. It’s bright and clear. The curve looks amazing.
You can also flip the screen 180 degrees to face the rear for strength, yoga, and other classes. This feature is not as useful as the 360-degree rotating screens but it’s still nice to have.
The two five-watt speakers located below the screen are my least favorite part about the Echelon EX-8s. Although they are loud, their sound quality is poor with little or no bass. This is a shame, considering the quality of everything else on this bike.
A constant buzzing sound is also a problem that I have experienced from my speakers, even when there are no classes being played. It could be an issue with my speakers but it was something I wanted to mention.
Bluetooth Resistance Controller
An additional Bluetooth resistance controller is included with the Echelon EX-8s. This optional unit can be attached to your handlebars and allows you to adjust the resistance without having to turn the knob.
It works great and allows you to adjust the resistance levels quickly. It’s also completely optional and you can remove it from the handlebars for those who like the knob. More options are better!
Support with low impact E-shock
I didn’t really know what the Echelon E-shock system was until I got out of my saddle. This is where you can really see the Echelon EX-8s in action. The Echelon EX-8s is supported by a frame that absorbs some shock when you move up or down. It absorbs some of the strain and impact you might normally feel when you get out of your seat.
Although I don’t feel the need for less impact while riding, it is something that I enjoy.
While the Echelon EX-8s are not as innovative or new, they are still well-made. This four-way adjustment system allows for easy adjustments to the handlebars and seat. Two large bottles holders are located in the front, beneath the handlebars. You can use the included pedals with or without your cycling shoes.
This flywheel is also enclosed by the bike’s frame. This is a great feature for a dad of young children. When I ride other bikes, I always have a child gate. But when the wheel is enclosed there’s a lot less to worry.
Workouts with Echelon
The classes you take are just as important as your equipment when it comes to connected fitness bikes. Echelon’s $34.99 monthly membership offers an incredible variety of content. Echelon has the highest volume of daily content among all fitness platforms.
These classes are available on-demand but can also be taken live. Echelon’s live classes are available all day to match any schedule.
Echelon is clearly more concerned with quantity than quality. This approach has the advantage that you can find any type of class you desire. You can find heart rate training, intervals and bootcamps, strength exercises, and even classes such as boxing or breakdancing all right here.
Although the production seems less well-produced than other platforms, some content and coaches are actually quite good. Echelon is heavily focused on music, with each class having its own playlist.
There are many classes being created every day, and it can be difficult to find the gems. It becomes much easier to find the right class and coach for you once you start digging in. For new members, you might need to dig around a bit before you find the right thing.
Echelon EX-8s vs Echelon GT+
The Echelon EX-8s are currently priced at $2,299 but may not be right for everyone. The Echelon GT+ is a better option if you don’t need all the bells and whistles such as the custom lights or curved touch screen at 24 inches. The Echelon GT+ is $899, and it doesn’t have a screen. You can still use your phone or tablet to view the Echelon GT+. This bike is one of the most affordable. Read my review.
The EX-8s is Echelon’s most innovative bike, with its new dual-ring design and 24″ curved HD touchscreen. The bike looks great and is fun to ride. It also has a high quality build that is comparable with premium bikes such as the NordicTrack S27i and Pelton Bike+.