Diamondback’s 910ic is one of the heaviest-duty indoor cycles in its price range, but it comes with a lot of other great specs and features too.
When it comes to performance, this cycle scores very highly – with a 40 lb flywheel and 32 magnetic resistance levels, this bike has more than enough muscle under the hood to provide a smooth pedaling motion as well as challenge riders of all skill levels.
And when it comes to tech features, the 910ic also scores surprisingly well.
Highlights include a backlit, color LCD console, 12 built-in workout programs, and a self-generating power source.
The 910ic’s also compatible with Polar heart rate straps and even includes 4 heart rate guided workouts to choose from.
All things considered, I think the 910ic is easily one of the best indoor cycles on the market at the moment, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for your home.
Before you buy, it’s a good idea to learn exactly what you’re getting into and that’s where I can help.
In this review, I’ll be going over everything this indoor cycle does and doesn’t have going for it; I’ll also compare it to some of the other top cycles in its price range so you can get an idea how it stacks up against the competition.
After reading, you’ll know everything you need to in order to decide whether or not the 910ic is the right option for ya.
The Diamondback 910ic Indoor Cycle
Diamondback Fitness has been around for awhile, although their mountain and road bike department has been around for a lot longer.
Regardless, their fitness and outdoor cycle sectors are both highly regarded for their quality.
I don’t know much about road/mountain bikes, but I checked out Diamondback’s site as I was writing this just to take a quick look and I had no idea how expensive these things can get.
I mean, wow.
Luckily, Diamondback Fitness isn’t nearly as expensive – their fitness equipment is actually quite affordable as home fitness goes.
Anyway, the first indoor cycle I purchased years ago was Diamondback’s 510ic and it was an awesome bike.
I stopped using it regularly when we got a Peloton, but that 510ic was easy to use, quiet, and could provide a ton of resistance.
Well, the 910ic we’re here to discuss now is the upgraded version of that cycle I used to own, coming with a heavier flywheel, more resistance levels, and a more advanced console.
- 40 lb flywheel
- 32 levels of magnetic resistance
- Belt drive
- Heavy-duty frame
- 325 lb weight capacity
- Compact footprint
- Colorful LCD console
- 12 built-in workout programs
- Heart rate monitor compatible
- Self-generating power source
- Fully adjustable seat
- Fully adjustable handlebars
- Great price
- Good warranty
- Console isn’t bluetooth compatible
- No dual-sided pedals
But let’s start things off with a rundown on its resistance system.
Indoor cycles are a popular choice because they don’t take up a lot of floorspace and they can offer a great workout, but the latter is only true if the bike has a competent resistance system.
Indoor cycles can either use friction brakes or magnetic systems to create their resistance and I guess they each have their advantages – although if you ask me, I think magnetic systems are hands down the better choice.
And since the 910ic does use a magnetic system, I can skip all the friction brake talk for now.
More specifically, the 910ic comes with 32 levels of magnetic resistance – now, having more levels doesn’t mean you get more overall resistance, but it does mean you get more control over your resistance.
For example, a bike with 10 resistance levels and a bike with 30 resistance levels might be able to provide the same output, but you’re going to be able to make much smaller changes to said resistance on the bike with 30 levels.
Which is a good thing in itself because you can really fine tune each workout.
With 32 levels, the 910ic gives you the ability to make small adjustments to your resistance.
This is great, but I really like that the 910ic also comes with a heavy flywheel – and by “heavy”, we’re talking 40 lb here.
Having a heavy flywheel is beneficial on a bike like this because the extra weight builds more momentum as it spins and this momentum helps keep the pedals moving a little throughout your pedal stroke.
The result is a smoother feel without any awkwardness between pedal strokes.
Now there are some cycles out there (like Keiser’s M3i) that are designed to benefit from a light flywheel, but you aren’t going to find those cycles in this price range.
This rule isn’t set in stone or anything, but bikes with heavier flywheels can usually provide more overall resistance too.
So, with a heavy flywheel and a magnetic resistance system, users should expect a quiet, smooth pedaling motion from the 910ic.
As I mentioned earlier, my 510ic (which only comes with a 32 lb flywheel) provided a very smooth feel and was able to create more resistance than I needed.
Oh, the 910ic also uses a belt drive, which always adds to the quietness factor too.
Overall, I think this cycle scores very highly when it comes to its resistance system – folks who like the feel of a heavy flywheel won’t be disappointed.
The resistance system on this cycle is robust, but the bike itself is quite heavy-duty too.
If I had to compare this bike to an animal, I would say it reminds me most of a pit bull – thick, stocky, and all muscle.
The frame itself it pretty compact, only taking up a footprint of 42″ x 23″, but the 910ic comes with a really high assembled weight of 135 lb.
That’s the same weight as my Peloton, but my Peloton is 6″ longer…
This extra bulk does make the bike a little more challenging to move, even with the built-in transport wheels, but I consider this a good thing.
Because think about it – if it’s harder to move, it means the bike isn’t going to move as much when you’re riding it either.
Which creates a more stable, commercial-like feel during workouts.
A lot of people throw around the term “heavy-duty” around haphazardly, but to me, this is what it really means.
The 910ic is literally a heavy bike that’s not going to wobble or shake during workouts – it’s going to stand rock-solid regardless of whether you’re sitting or standing.
For the sake of comparison, Bowflex’s C6, which is a great bike in its own right, weighs in at around 112 lb.
Off the top of my head, the only similarly priced cycle that I can think of that’s heavier than the 910ic is Sole’s SB700, which weighs in at around 140 lb.
Otherwise, the 910ic is as heavy a bike as you’re going to see in this price range (or any price range really).
This cycle also comes with an impressive weight capacity of 325 lb, allowing larger folks to safely use it too.
And according to Diamondback, most people who are between 5’2″ – 6’6″ tall should be able to comfortably fit on it as well.
Overall, the 910ic scores very highly in my book when it comes to the frame. I love how heavy this bike is and it’s awesome that it can accommodate riders of all sizes.
Diamondback Fitness backs their 910ic Indoor Cycle with the following home warranty:
- 5 year frame
- 3 year parts
- 1 year labor
- 90 day wear items
You know, the warranty on this bike is actually really good, especially considering the price, but I have to find something to complain about here.
5 years on the frame is good compared to what a lot of indoor cycles are offering, but I’d still like to see a little longer.
NordicTrack offers 10 years on their cycles’ frames and Sole still offers lifetime frame guarantees, so there’s room for improvement.
But to be fair, the Peloton still costs over 2x as much and they only offer 5 years on their frames, so there’s that.
That said, 3 years on parts is really good, considering most brands only offer 1-2 years.
Sole also offers 3 years on parts, but few brands do.
A year on labor is industry standard and 90 days on wear items is whatever.
Overall, the frame warranty could be a little longer, but otherwise I think Diamondback offers a good warranty here.
The Diamondback 910ic Indoor Cycle comes with the following features:
LCD console- there aren’t any touchscreen HD displays on this cycle, but the LCD console is brightly lit and large enough to see all your stats at the same time. There’s even a color display of your workout profile, which is easy on the eyes.
12 workout programs- speaking of workouts, this bike comes with 12 built-in options to choose from, something a lot of cycles are coming with these days. These are the classic profiles you’re probably familiar with, where the resistance changes automatically based on the profile you choose.
Self-generating power- this is a feature you don’t see on many cycles in this price range and it’s an awesome one because you don’t have to plug this bike in – the only thing pouring it is you. Well, that’s a little misleading, because you do have to plug it in and charge it overnight after you assemble it; you also have to plug it in every 4 weeks or so to ensure a proper charge. Otherwise, you can ride without it being plugged in (actually, you have to ride it unplugged or you can mess up the console).
Heart rate monitoring- the console is compatible with Polar (non-coded) heart rate monitors, allowing you to track your heart rate during workouts, although one isn’t included with purchase. With a monitor, you can take advantage of the 4 heart rate guided workouts included on this cycle.
Fully adjustable seat- you can adjust the height and horizontal position of the seat, making it easier to find the most comfortable riding position.
Fully adjustable handlebars- you can also adjust the height and horizontal position of the handlebars, for even more fitting options.
Toe cage pedals- the pedals are designed to be used with sneakers, so you don’t need cleats to ride (although you could easily swap them out for other pedals if you prefer).
Water bottle holder- finally, there’s a place to put your water bottle (hydration is important).
Before I wrap things up here, I want to talk a bit about how much the 910ic costs and how it stacks up against the other cycles in its price range.
At the time of writing this, the 910ic is going for $599, which is an amazing price for this cycle, but I don’t know how long this price is gonna last.
Based on its specs and features, the 910ic could easily be a $1k bike and I wanna say that’s how much it used to cost.
In terms of comps, there’s Bowflex’s C6 which I mentioned earlier.
The C6 comes with a 40 lb flywheel, 100 magnetic resistance levels, dual-sided pedals, a longer warranty, and a bluetooth compatible console.
In other words, the C6 is a badass bike… but it costs around $1k.
There’s also the Sole SB700, which costs around $700 at the time of writing this.
This bike comes with a 48 lb flywheel, a ridiculously heavy-duty frame, a simple console, and a great warranty – but it uses a friction brake resistance system, which I’m not a huge fan of.
Finally, I want to mention Sole’s SB900, which is very similar to the SB700, but it’s a bit heavier-duty and does come with a magnetic resistance system.
It goes for around $900.
I’m comparing the 910ic to bikes that are a little more expensive here, but that’s because it wouldn’t even be close to compare it to other $400 – $500 cycles.
Sure, there are other cycles in this price range with heavy flywheels, but none of them are as heavy-duty or backed by as generous a warranty as the 910ic.
Based on the comps mentioned above, I think it’s fair to say the 910ic can hold its own with any bike in its price range.
I think there are certainly better cycles when you start looking at the $1k bikes (Bowflex C6, Schwinn IC4, Sole SB900), but the 910ic isn’t a $1k bike… it’s a $600 bike.
Well, at the time of writing this anyway.
I don’t know of any other $600 bikes that are packing these kind of stats and that are backed by a warranty this good.
Now if you’re looking for an indoor cycle that can easily pair with streaming apps, the 910ic isn’t the right bike for ya.
But if you’re looking for an affordable cycle that’s easy to use and built to last, I think Diamondback’s 910ic makes a whole lot of sense.
P.S. – you can use the promo code HOMEGYM10 for 10% off.