As avid amateur sports people, our team are unashamed kit junkies. Trainers, road bikes, sports clothing – we love it all! As such, when we started looking at the indoor cycling bikes available on the market, we dedicated as much time and effort to this as we would when researching our own personal sports purchases.

The Keiser M3i spins quietly

So often when one attends a spin class, the sound of the bikes' spin wheels whirring around drowns out the music. Quite often, this causes the instructor to turn up the music to a deafening din or turn up their microphone so loud that the instructor’s voice becomes distorted. Either way, this affects the quality of your class experience.

The Keiser spins smoothly

One of the most annoying occurrences in a spin class is variable resistance from the flywheel. Usually this is caused by a friction-resistance mechanism on the bike and can occur for a number of reasons: worn friction pads, sweat splashing onto the flywheel or a grubby flywheel.

Keiser, by contrast, has a magnetic resistance mechanism which provides riders with a smooth, predictable ride. It doesn’t matter how much sweat drips on to the wheel, or how old the bike is, the resistance profile will be the same throughout your ride.

The Keiser has an accurate power meter

The Keiser M3i bike is the only commercial indoor stationary bike whose power meter is approved by industry standard bodies to be accurate throughout the power range. This is very important for riders who get motivated by seeing their data in class and who wish to track their performance progress over time. Being able to track your performance is only meaningful if you have good data – garbage in, garbage out as they say! Keiser gives our riders the best quality data available.

The Keiser digital resistance system means you aren’t guessing

The Instructor commands: “Turn the resistance up a full turn!”. Dutifully obeying, your legs shudder to a halt as the rider to your left continues to freewheel at 100rpm. We’ve all been there.

With the Keiser, the resistance level is numeric – the digitally set resistance is the same, from one bike to another, from one session to the next. When the Instructor says “turn the resistance up 2 levels”, you know precisely what this means, you are not guessing. This will dramatically improve your ride experience and leave you to focus on the class rather than guessing whether you’ve got the resistance level right.

The Keiser is like a German tank: indestructible!

Have you ever been to a spin class at the gym and had to try three different bikes before you found one that works? With Keiser bikes, we just don’t have those concerns. The bike is brilliantly simple and robust, making it the perfect bike for high intensity environments like a Digme Indoor Cycling class. Its moving parts are few and those that do exist are tough enough to endure.

The Keiser geometry just works

It’s always been a mystery to us why the seat post and handle bar adjustments on most commercial indoor cycling products move in parallel instead of away from one another. If you are tall and have longer legs, typically you also have a longer body and arms. Therefore, your handlebars should move away from your saddle as your saddle height gets higher. The Keiser bike does exactly this, making typical set-up simpler and shorter for most users and making the ride more comfortable for you.

The Keiser M3i is not the cheapest bike on the market, but price is what you pay and value is what you get. After a lot of research, we concluded that it gives our riders the best experience possible. At Digme, that is ultimately what we care most about.

Geoff Bamber
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Geoff is Chief Executive Office of Digme Fitness. He is a former hedge fund manager and keen amateur triathlete. He has completed 10 Ironman triathlon races, including the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.