The JOROTO X2 is rapidly becoming one of the most popular budget-friendly indoor cycles around and it’s not that hard to see why.
With a 35 lb flywheel, a magnetic resistance system, and a surprisingly heavy-duty frame, the X2 has a lot to offer for a bike costing well-under $500.
This affordable bike also comes with a fully adjustable seat, fully adjustable handlebars, and a simple LCD console for tracking basic metrics.
Like all cycles in this price range, the X2 comes with a really short warranty, but otherwise there’s not a lot to complain about here.
If you’re looking for durable bike that won’t break your budget, I think the JOROTO X2 is one of the best options out there, but before you buy you have to know what to expect.
And that’s where I can help.
In this review, I’ll go over everything this bike does and doesn’t have going for it.
After reading, you’ll know whether or not the X2 is the right bike for your home.
Alright, let’s do this.
The JOROTO X2 Magnetic Indoor Cycle
There are tons of budget bikes on the market now and most of them look and sound a lot alike – which makes it harder to find one worth investing in.
I appreciate JOROTO giving this cycle a name because that makes it a little easier to identify, especially when compared to others that simply label their bikes as “magnetic cycling bike”.
Generic names aside, some of these budget cycles are actually pretty decent.
And the X2 certainly falls into this category.
JOROTO offers several different fitness products, but their X2 bike is by far their most popular – at the time of writing this, this cycle was ranked #28 amongst Amazon’s best selling bikes.
Anyway, let’s start this review by taking a look at the X2’s resistance system.
- 35 lb flywheel
- Magnetic resistance system
- Heavy-duty frame
- 300 lb weight limit
- Fully adjustable handlebars
- Fully adjustable seat
- Toe cage pedals
- Tablet holder
- Water bottle holders
- Good customer service
- Short warranty
- Very simple console
JOROTO’s X2 comes with a 35 lb flywheel, which is large enough to be considered “heavy” by even the most discerning riders out there.
But let’s be real – most indoor cycles are coming with heavy flywheels these days, even really affordable ones.
The flywheel weight on this bike is great, but what I think’s more interesting is the fact that it uses a magnetic resistance system, which isn’t common in this price range.
Most bikes under $500 use friction brakes because they’re cheaper.
Now there’s nothing wrong with friction brake systems, they can work quite well, but magnetic systems are generally preferred because they provide smoother operation and don’t require maintenance.
Unlike friction brakes, where you have to periodically replace the felt brake pad as it breaks down.
So the X2 comes with a magnetic system, which is good, but it uses a micro-adjusting system, as opposed to set, distinct resistance levels.
This means that like a friction brake, you can make really small changes to the resistance by turning the dial.
This is a good thing in the fact that it gives you a lot of control over the intensity of your workouts, but without distinct resistance levels, it’s a little harder to replicate workout conditions.
You have to go more by feel when trying to figure out which resistance you should be using (although you’ll also learn how many turns of the dial you need to get at different intensities).
The combination of a heavy flywheel and a frictionless magnetic system allows the X2 to provide a smooth, quiet workout.
And the fact that this bike comes with a belt drive doesn’t hurt either.
Overall, the X2 scores highly in the resistance department. Users generally agree to that this bike offers a surprisingly smooth feel, given its affordable price.
One of the most disappointing things about most budget bikes are that they come with lightweight frames that tend to wiggle and wobble while using them.
Especially when standing and working against heavier resistances.
This is because most really affordable bikes are smaller and lighter than the more expensive models – which of course is one of the reasons these bikes are more affordable in the first place.
Even so, all budget bikes are not built alike.
When comparing cycles, I encourage you to look at the assembled weights – because this spec will tell you exactly how stable you can expect that bike to feel.
And having a heavier assembled weight is always a good thing in my book, because heavier bikes will be less likely to move around on ya.
With this in mind, the X2 comes with an assembled weight of 94 lb, which is pretty heavy-duty for a spin bike in this price range.
Most bikes in this price range weigh somewhere in the 70-80 lb range.
The extra bulk on the X2 is a good thing because it’ll make for a more stable base during workouts.
The assembled weight is high on this cycle, but it also comes with a respectable weight limit of 300 lb, making it accessible to most riders.
A 300 lb weight limit is pretty average for higher-end bikes, but it’s not a give in this price range.
The X2 is also quite compact, taking up a footprint of only 40″ x 20″ (L X W).
Overall, I like that the X2 is so heavy compared to other bikes in its price range; the extra weight will make for a more stable feel during use.
JOROTO covers their X2 Indoor Cycle with the following residential warranty:
- 1 year parts
Even though flywheel weights, weight limits, and other features may vary, all of these affordable cycles seem to come with the same 12 month warranty.
It’s true – a 1 year warranty is pretty weak, but we have to keep in mind that these bikes are cheaper for good reason.
And a short warranty is one of those reasons.
But again, all of the top options in this price range come with the same 1 year guarantee, so we can’t hold this against JOROTO.
On the plus side, customers have been pleasantly surprised with how good JOROTO’s customer service is – which is refreshing considering how often we hear about how awful brands’ customer services are.
The JOROTO X2 Indoor Cycling Bike comes with the following features:
Digital monitor- this bike comes with a very small, basic LCD monitor that really only tracks time, distance, speed, and calories burned. There aren’t any built-in workouts or more advanced features like bluetooth or anything like that. The monitor also doesn’t display cadence, so you’d have to purchase a separate cadence sensor if you’re interested in tracking this stat.
Fully adjustable handlebars- the X2 comes with multi-grip handles that are fully adjustable, meaning you can adjust both the height and horizontal (fore/aft) position of them.
Fully adjustable seat- the seat is also fully adjustable, making it easy to find a comfortable riding position.
Toe cage pedals- the pedals come with cages, meaning they’re designed to be used with sneakers instead of cleats. If you’re interested in using riding cleats, you could easily swap these pedals out for ones that are compatible with the cleats or your choosing.
Tablet holder- there’s a place to put your tablet in case you want to watch Netflix or follow along with streaming workouts.
Water bottle holders- the X2 comes with 2 water bottle holders, so there’s no excuse for not staying hydrated during workouts.
Ok, so the JOROTO is a pretty simple cycle, so there’s not a whole lot left to go over, but before I wrap this review up I want to touch on its price and go over some of the top comps in this price range.
At the time of writing this, the JOROTO X2 is going for about $399 on Amazon, but that price can of course change at any time.
At roughly $400, I think it’s fair to consider this a very budget-friendly cycle, especially considering so many of the higher-end models go for around $2k.
One of the X2’s biggest competitors is the Cyclace, which at the time of writing this is going for about $350.
The Cyclace is very similar to the X2 in that it comes with a 36 lb flywheel and a pretty heavy-duty frame, but unlike the X2, the Cyclace uses a friction brake resistance system.
There’s also the Yosuda Indoor Cycle, which is a bit cheaper at roughly $300.
It also comes with a 35 lb flywheel, but it also uses a friction brake and the frame is quite a bit lighter.
Finally, there’s also YESOUL’s S3, which is a little more expensive at roughly $500, but it comes with 100 magnetic resistance levels and bluetooth compatibility with their free streaming service.
The flywheel and frame are quite a bit lighter though.
Alright, that’s about all I’ve got regarding the X2.
When compared to other cycles in its price range, what really stands out is the fact that this bike uses a magnetic resistance system and it comes with a heavier frame.
It also comes with a heavy flywheel and a belt drive, but most bikes come with these features these days.
It’s also kinda surprising that JOROTO’s customer service gets such favorable remarks because most don’t.
The warranty on this cycle is very short, but again, all bikes in this price range offer the same guarantee – that’s just how it goes.
All things considered, I think the X2 is easily one of the best indoor cycles $500 will get ya.