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Schwinn (IC3 Vs. IC4) Indoor Cycling Bikes | Comparison & Differences | Reviews 2020

February 8, 2020 by  
Filed under Exercise Bikes

Schwinn IC4 Cycling Bike

Schwinn IC4 Upright Cycling Bike
Magnetic Resistance

Schwinn IC3 Bike

Schwinn IC3
Upright Cycling Bike
Friction Resistance

Schwinn IC3 Vs. Schwinn IC4 Indoor Cycling Bike Comparison: These two cycling bikes are well built exercise machines. The IC4 unit is a cut above and with additional features. Both bikes have quality built frames to stand up to the rigors of hours of use, but only the Schwinn IC4 has silent, maintenance free magnetic resistance. The IC3 uses traditional friction pads. Heart Telemetry is provided on both bikes. Both models can adjust the seat Fore and Aft for a comfortable fit.

The Schwinn IC4 bike is a connected bike that is designed to use the Pelaton APP, Explore the World APP and other connected apps, by using your own tablet (iPad for Android).


Schwinn Interactive Workouts

One of the APPs that you can run on the Schwinn IC4 Bike.

The main differences between the Schwinn IC3 and Schwinn IC4 are: The main difference is that the Schwinn IC4 uses superior silent magnetic resistance, that needs no maintenance. The cheaper IC3 uses friction pads, that need to be replaced and are not as quiet.

In Schwinn’s IC4 advantage, it is solidly built and has connectivity to APPs such as the Pelaton and the Around the World APPs. The Schwinn IC4 sells for a fraction of the Pelaton bike, yet you have most of the functionality when using their APP (with subscription). The Schwinn IC4 also has two 3 lb. dumbbells for cross training. Below is a comparison chart of the differences between the two exercise bike models.



The Schwinn IC3 Vs. the Schwinn IC4
* Upright Cycling Bike
* 4.5 Stars Rating
* Friction Resistance
* Belt Drive
* Variable Resistance
* Front Mounted Flywheel
* – – –
* – – –
* – – –
* Basic LCD Console
* Heart Telemetry
* – – –
* – – –
* Fore/Aft Seat Adjust
* Max Weight: 300 lbs.
* Water Bottle Holder
* – – –

Schwinn IC3

* Upright Cycling Bike
* 4.6 Stars Rating
* Magnetic Resistance
* Belt Drive
* 100 Micro Resistance
* Front Mounted Flywheel
* Pelaton APP capable
* USB Charging Port
* Media/Tablet Holder
* Schwinn IC4 Console
* Heart Telemetry
* Heart rate armband
* Bluetooth®
* Fore/Aft Seat Adjust
* Max Weight: 330 lbs.
* Water Bottle Holder
* 3 lb. Dumbells

Schwinn IC4


Schwinn IC3 Console

The Schwinn IC3 has a Basic LCD Console.

Schwinn IC4 Console

Schwinn IC4 Backlit Console with Bluetooth Connectivity

Schwinn IC3 Vs. IC4 Console Comparison: The Consoles are very different, with the IC3 Console having a simple to use LCD console with Heart telemetry built-in.

The Schwinn IC4 Console is backlit with a USB charging port, and can connect your tablet to interact and run APPs from Pelaton, Explore the World, Zwift, Strava, FullGaz, GoogleFit, AppleHealth, TrainerRoad, and more.


Bottom Line Schwinn IC3 Vs. Schwinn IC4: The main difference between the models is the Schwinn IC4 has more features, including connectivity to your tablet to view workout APPs such as Pelaton. The IC4 uses silent, maintenance free magnetic resistance. The IC3 uses friction pads, which must be replaced as they wear out.

The Schwinn IC4 is a well built home model, and can connect via Bluetooth to the Pelaton APP, Zwift, Explore the World, and more. The Schwinn sells for a fraction of the Keiser or Pelaton bikes. We feel the Schwinn IC4 is a great value with magnetic resistance and with connectivity to popular workout APPs. The Schwinn IC3 is a traditional cycling bike, lower in cost than the IC4. One other thing to note is that the IC4 has a much longer warranty than the IC3 model. Both bikes are great for cycling, but the IC4 has received higher ratings, and more options, along with magnetic resistance.

Schwinn IC4 Residential Warranty: 10 year Frame; 3 year mechanical & electrical; 1 year labor

Schwinn IC3 Residential Warranty: 5 year Frame; 2 year mechanical & electrical; 1 year labor


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