Friday, July 10, 2015

Bladez Fitness Master GS Indoor Cycle

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I have loved spinning since I discovered it in high school and it was always one of my favorite classes to take at the gym.  Being a stay-at-home mom I have to fit in my exercise around my daughter's nap schedule or when my husband is home so I decided to invest I a good indoor cycle.  I love the flexibility of being able to jump on my bike when she's sleeping.  I have a mountain bike for outdoors (Haro Flightline S in Smashing Pumpkin) but I haven't been brave enough to use my clip-in bike shoes with it yet, and it's also nice not having to worry about it being too hot, rainy, cold, or snowy during the day.

Here is the bike I chose:
Bladez Fitness Master GS Indoor Cycle
Specs from Bladez website:
- 45lb Flywheel gives a natural feel and consistent momentum.
- Smooth, Quiet Belt Drive ensures a silent workout.
- Oversized Steel Frame for Strength and Stability.
- Adjustable Top Down Resistance with Emergency Brake.
- Fore/Aft and Up/Down Adjustable Seat and Handlebars for a comfortable fit and proper posture.
- Large Diameter Racing Style Handlebars.
- Aluminum Pedals with Toe Baskets
- Anatomically Designed Saddle

- Easy to read LCD Console with Motivational Feedback.
- Transportation wheels allows for easy storage between workouts.

I ordered the Master GS from Wayfair and it came pretty quickly via FedEx.  It wasn't in too many parts (the frame is all one piece) so it was pretty much putting the seat, pedals, handlebars, and flywheel on.  The box and frame pieces are very, very heavy, so it's definitely durable.  The chain cover came cracked upon arrival but we contacted Wayfair and they got a new part sent immediately from Bladez.

The only con: I am 5' tall exactly and the seat was just slightly too high even at the lowest setting.  My husband ended up having to sand off the little bump that stopped the seat at the end so I could get another inch or two closer to the pedals so my legs weren't fully extended.  So if you are around my height, just be aware that you may have to do a little work to get this bike to work for you, but it was worth it for me.

The specs online mentioned Dual Sided SPD compatible pedals with toe cage, but it arrived with just caged pedals.  I specifically picked this model because of the upgraded computer monitor display and the SPD pedals so I could keep using my Shimano clip-in shoes I used for indoor classes at the gym.  I contacted customer service and they sent me the SPD pedals at no cost. The customer service at Bladez was amazing about the situation and I have a lot of respect for them honoring their website.

The Master GS has every function you could want between all the movable seat and handlebars to the display which shows Speed (mph), RPM, Calories, Watts, Distance, time, and is compatible with my Polar Heart Monitor (it doesn't always show the same number as my watch read-out for some reason - it doesn't bother me).

Despite the two little hiccups with the seat height and the pedals, I have been so pleased with this indoor cycle.  It reminds me of being in the spinning room at my old gym, which had a painted mural of cyclists like something out of the Tour de France.  I can make the ride as easy or as hard as I like, spend as much time as I can that day, and jump back on later if I please!  The frame is super sturdy, doesn't rock at all, and will last such a long time.  It was truly a great investment for me, and if you love cycling or are looking to train indoors if you are an outdoor cyclist, the Bladez Fitness bikes are definitely worth the investment.

Update 2/4/2016:  The Bladez Master GS Indoor Cycle is now available on Amazon.  When I ordered it before I don't believe it was, and there weren't any reviews.  Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions!

** Please consult with your physician before starting any fitness regimen or diet plan.  My advice and reviews are not the same as medical advice and are for research and entertainment purposes only.  Exercise with caution.  **