BLADEZ Fitness Master GS Indoor Cycle Review

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4.5

BLADEZ Fitness Master GS Indoor Cycle

BLADEZ Fitness Master GS Indoor Cycle

Verywell Fit / Deanna McCormack

What We Like

  • Easy assembly

  • Smooth and quiet ride

  • High-quality resistance

  • Sleek and compact

What We Don't Like

  • Flimsy shoe straps

  • Restricted handlebar positioning

Bottom Line

If you want the feel, ride, and noise level of a professional studio cycle bike in your home, choose the Bladez Fitness Master GS Indoor Cycle bike. It won’t take up a lot of space and won’t break the bank.

4.5

BLADEZ Fitness Master GS Indoor Cycle

BLADEZ Fitness Master GS Indoor Cycle

Verywell Fit / Deanna McCormack

If you’re in the market for a convenient, comfortable indoor cycling bike, the BLADEZ Fitness Master GS might be it. Over the course of a month, I tested the bike, which is designed to provide a smooth and quiet ride for both pros and beginners, and considered factors like assembly (hint: it was easy), price, and features. I rode the bike as part of my regular fitness routine and in place of studio spin classes. As you read, consider how this bike—with a heavy flywheel, stable oversized steel frame, and LCD digital console—will fit into your lifestyle and into your home. 

BLADEZ Fitness Master GS Indoor Cycle
Verywell Fit / Deanna McCormack

Setup Process: Simple instructions and everything fits as it should

My BLADEZ Fitness Master GS Indoor Cycle was delivered promptly in one heavy box. Did I mention it was heavy? The box required another person (my husband) to lift and move into the garage, which is where we decided to set up, test, and store it. 

The assembly was very straightforward. Following the included instructions (which are basic diagrams of the bike and parts) we were able to assemble the bike in about 30 minutes. The instructions are easy to follow, and all the tools and hardware are included. Most of the parts are pre-assembled, and the pieces, seat, tubes, hardware, and pedals all screwed in easily and fit where they belonged without hassle or force. I also appreciate that this bike includes wheels mounted on the front stabilizer so I can easily move it around or store it away if needed.

BLADEZ Fitness Master GS Indoor Cycle
Verywell Fit / Deanna McCormack 

Design: Sturdy and compact

As soon as I unpacked the Master GS Indoor Cycle bike, I knew it was built to last. The frame is sturdy and made of heavy yet sleek black steel tubing. It really looks like a fancy studio bike or something a pro rider would own. And it is! The Bladez’s flywheel is a whopping 44 pounds, which makes the Master GS a great bike for anyone—even serious, everyday riders. 

It really looks like a fancy studio bike or something a pro rider would own.

A heavy flywheel like this one is great for a few reasons: for one, the bike doesn’t move around while you ride, even when you push against the resistance, do quick sprints, or ride out of the seat. Even when my husband rode the bike (he’s 6-foot-1 and over 200 pounds), the bike didn’t wobble, and he was able to transition smoothly from sitting to standing to sitting again. The flywheel and the added knobs on the bottom of the stabilizers mean the bike can be placed almost anywhere in your home and handle any ride or rider without jerking, moving, or tipping over.

Aside from the heavy wheel and sturdy frame, the rest of the bike is designed to be compact and ergonomic and mimic the feel and workout of a road bike. Neither the racing-style handlebars nor the vinyl-padded two-tone seat is anything fancy, but they look good, do the job, and aren’t restrictive. 

The bike is designed to be compact and ergonomic and mimic the feel and workout of a road bike.

The one part of the design that I didn’t like is the pedal straps. While the pedals themselves gripped to my shoes nicely, the straps were a little flimsy and not as good looking when compared to the rest of the bike. I didn’t feel like my foot was slipping out of the straps, but getting in and out wasn’t easy as it could be. Again, it’s worth noting that I normally ride with clips and bike shoes, so I felt that the positioning of the straps was a little awkward.

BLADEZ Fitness Master GS Indoor Cycle
Verywell Fit / Deanna McCormack 

Adjustability: Standard, but that’s a good thing

Before I did any riding, I made sure to adjust the seat height and position as well as the handlebar height and position to fit my height and preferences. I regularly attend indoor spin classes (shoutout to CycleBar!) so I’m no stranger to stationary bikes and how to adjust them, and as I said before, the BLADEZ bike isn't all that different from a studio bike. To adjust the seat and handlebars, you can easily use the accurate number markings on the tubes as a reference and twist the corresponding knobs to tighten and loosen the tubes. To adjust the seat back and forth, it’s as easy as pulling on the knob under the seat and sliding back or forward. To be sure we were testing the bike at our optimal position, we searched for a positioning guide as a reference and used these helpful positioning tips.

The bike doesn’t move around while you ride, even when you push against the resistance, do quick sprints, or ride out of the seat.

In retrospect, it would be nice to have some kind of positioning information included in the Bladez bike manual. We made a mental note to remember our positions according to the number of markings on the poles to make our riding setup quicker in the future. The one downfall about the adjustment features is that because of the construction of the bike, you can’t adjust the handlebars towards the seat as much as it looks like you can. Also, you can only go so low with the seat and bars, which means this bike may not be the best fit for short riders. On the plus side, however, the seat is micro-adjustable, while most aren’t. To sum it up, the adjustability of the Bladez bike is fairly good and can be done quickly. It’s flexible and basic (in a good way) and makes it so the bike is versatile and can be comfortable for a variety of riders. 

BLADEZ Fitness Master GS Indoor Cycle
Verywell Fit / Deanna McCormack

Performance: A quiet and comfortable ride

Riding on the Bladez Master GS is a real dream come true. While you ride, the top-down magnetic resistance can be increased and adjusted by hand without affecting your pedaling rhythm or momentum. You can completely customize the level of resistance, and it’s strong enough for even the most experienced, strongest riders. We didn’t feel any slipping as we rode and were happy with the easy-to-reach emergency brake. The Master GS bike is powered by a belt-drive mechanism and, unlike a chain bike, it’s basically silent. Aside from a slight woosh from the resistance, you could ride this bike with a baby sleeping in the same room, and it wouldn’t be disturbed. Trust us, we tried it. 

The Master GS bike is powered by belt-drive mechanism and, unlike a chain bike, it’s basically silent.

Another one of the reasons we love this bike, and riding in general, is because it’s a low-impact activity that gives you a superior cardio and leg-muscle workout. The Bladez bike is smooth and the resistance is consistent and highly adjustable. When we rode the bike, we were totally comfortable and weren’t putting any pressure or outstanding strain on our joints. My husband used the bike as a way to recover from a soft tissue injury and still get an excellent cardio workout. In reality, indoor cycling is a great way to get a workout no matter how old you are, and you don’t need any special equipment or prior training in order to hop on the bike and get moving (although we do recommend stretching, water, and comfortable clothing).

Features: Console included

We love that this bike includes a console that tracks your workout stats at no extra cost. Sure, the system is pretty basic and small (it doesn’t store past workouts or monitor heart rate) but it operates well and is easy to read. It has an LCD screen that displays speed, RPM, calories, distance, time, and pulse and starts as soon as you start pedaling and then powers off when you stop. This bike is compatible with Polar heart rate monitors, but they’re sold separately. Need an extra boost of confidence? The bike comes with a one-year warranty on parts and labor but a lifetime warranty on the frame. 

It’s built to last a lifetime, and it will.

Price: Worth it if you ride often

For a bike that looks and rides like an indoor cycling studio bike and can stand up to the strength and speed of pro riders, the Bladez Fitness Master GS is worth its price. There are higher-priced bikes on the market with more high-tech computer systems and other features, but you just won’t find a bike like this for much cheaper. It’s built to last a lifetime, and it will.

Competition: None with this price and power

The indoor cycling bike everyone talks about these days is the Peloton bike, which comes with a pro assembly, a built-in TV, and live and on-demand classes. It’s basically like a cycling studio in your home, but you have to pay for it. The bike itself is more than three times the price of the Bladez bike, and it requires a monthly membership fee. The Peloton is the better choice if you ride often and can get the value out of it, but it’s definitely not for a casual or seasonal rider and is a lot larger to store than the Bladez bike.

On the other end of the spectrum, you could save a little money and opt for a bike like the Marcy Revolution Cycle XJ-3220. It has similar features to the Bladez bike, like a sturdy steel frame, a road bike seat, and a sleek finish and wheels, but the flywheel is lighter and it’s chain-driven, which means it’ll need regular maintenance. Plus, chain-driven bikes are known for noisier, not-as-smooth rides. 

Final Verdict

It’s almost perfect.

Whether you’re an experienced rider or are just looking for a pro-level bike to keep in your home for occasional use, The Bladez Fitness Master GS Indoor Cycle bike has everything you could want at a fair price. The sturdy steel frame (with a lifetime warranty!) and heavy flywheel make for a smooth ride for any level athlete, while the customizable resistance and belt-driven power give you a quiet and intense workout.

Specs

  • Product Name Master GS Indoor Cycle
  • Product Brand BLADEZ Fitness
  • Price $599.99
  • Product Dimensions 48.4 x 19.9 x 46.9 in.
  • Flywheel 44 lb. flywheel
  • Resistance System Top-down resistance friction
  • Resistance Levels Infinite
  • Pedals Sports pedals with toe cage
  • Transport Features Front-mounted transport wheels
  • Heart Rate Technology Yes
  • Frame Oversized steel
  • Accessories Water bottle holder
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