The JOROTO X2 and the Cyclace are both popular budget indoor cycles that have a lot to offer for such small price tags.
Both bikes are easy on the eyes, but more importantly both come with impressive performance specs for cycles in this price range.
Highlights of both bikes include heavy flywheels, belt drive trains, and fully adjustable seats. Both cycles are surprisingly heavy-duty for their price range too, which is always a plus.
The biggest difference between them is found in the type of resistance they use- one uses a magnetic system while the other uses a friction brake.
All things considered, I think the X2 and the Cyclace are both 2 of the best options when it comes to budget spin bikes, but the real question is which cycle is better?
Well, that’s what we’re here to find out.
In this article, I’ll compare all the specs and features of the JOROTO X2 and the Cyclace against each other to see which budget cycle rules supreme.
After reading, you’ll know which bike is better suited to meet your needs.
Off we go.
|JOROTO X2||The Cyclace|
|Resistance||35 lb flywheel|
Magnetic resistance system
|36 lb flywheel
Friction brake resistance
|Frame||94 lb assembled weight|
300 lb weight limit
|86 lb assembled weight
330 lb weight limit
|Warranty||1 year parts||1 year parts|
|Features||Small LCD monitor|
Fully adjustable seat
Fully adjustable handlebars
Toe cage pedals
|Small LCD monitor
Fully adjustable seat
Includes drop handles
Toe cage pedals
The JOROTO X2 vs The Cyclace
Let‘s be real- there are a lot of really cheap spin bikes out there from foreign brands and most of ’em kind of look the same, making it hard to tell the difference between ’em.
And actually, if you take the time to examine the specs and compare these bikes, there aren’t many differences between most of them.
Cool names aside (especially the Cyclace), both of these bikes come with impressive performance specs and very positive user reviews.
As a brand, JOROTO has several products to choose from, including a handful of spin bikes, a treadmill, a rower, and a few workout benches.
The X2 is the highest-end cycle in their lineup to date.
Cyclace on the other hand, only has the 1 exercise bike, although it looks like they update it every once and while, making small changes as needed.
Both of these bikes cost well under $500, putting them both in what I would consider a budget price range.
I think the resistance system is the most important aspect of an exercise bike, so this is a great place to start- it’s also where we see the biggest difference between these 2 cycles.
Spin bikes create resistance for you to pedal against through the use of a weighted flywheel and either a magnetic or friction brake resistance mechanism.
When it comes to the flywheels, it’s all about the weight- simply put, heavier is usually better.
This is because the heavier a flywheel is, the more momentum it’ll build as it spins. This momentum helps keep the flywheel spinning during pedal strokes, which makes for a smoother pedal motion during workouts.
Pretty much all indoor cycles are packing heavy flywheels these days, even the really affordable ones.
With this in mind, the X2’s flywheel weighs 35 lb and the Cyclace’s weighs 36 lb.
So, there’s very little difference between these bikes when it comes to the flywheel and both bikes are packing flywheels heavy enough to ensure a smooth feel.
But back to the resistance mechanisms.
Magnetic systems create the resistance through the use of magnets (duh)- these systems are nice because they tend to offer a smoother feel because there’s no actual touching of the flywheel.
Friction brakes, on the other hand, use a brake pad (usually felt) that does actually touch the flywheel to create resistance.
These systems are usually cheaper and can provide a great deal of resistance to work against, but they don’t feel quite as smooth as magnetic systems.
And you’ll eventually have to replace those felt pads- which isn’t a hard procedure, but it’s still more maintenance than what’s required with magnetic bikes.
I say all of this because the X2 uses a magnetic resistance system and the Cyclace uses a wool brake pad.
Neither bike comes with distinct resistance levels, so you can make small, incremental changes to the resistance for either bike.
But the use of magnets on the X2 is a big advantage in my book (and it’s also rare for bikes in this price range).
Both bikes use belt drives, which are preferred to chain drives because they’re quieter and more responsive, so no real difference there.
Overall, both bikes come with nice heavy flywheels, but the X2’s magnetic resistance system is superior to The Cyclace’s friction brake system.
For this reason, I’m giving this category to the X2.
Resistance systems and flywheels are important stuff, but it’s also a good idea to consider how stable or heavy-duty a bike’s gonna feel before making a decision.
One of the biggest disadvantages of a budget cycle is that they’re often very lightweight.
Yes, this does make them easier to move around, but it also means they usually don’t feel as stable during workouts. Lighter bikes can easily wobble or move around a little during workouts.
When comparing bikes, I like to look at the assembled weight and weight capacity because these 2 specs and give ya and idea as to how “heavy-duty” a bike is without being able to sit on ’em first.
And seeing higher numbers in both categories is a good thing, because the heavier bikes will be more likely to feel stable.
The X2 comes with an assembled weight of 94 lb and the Cyclace weighs in at 86 lb, both of which are pretty impressive for a price range where bikes can easily weigh 70 lb or so.
But the X2 is obviously a little heavier duty (especially considering the Cyclace’s flywheel is 1 lb heavier).
When it comes to weight limits, the X2 comes with a max capacity of 300 lb, while the Cyclace comes with a limit of 330 lb.
Again, both are good for this budget price range, but the Cyclace’s is a bit higher, allowing it to hold larger users than what the X2 can do.
Overall, both bikes score highly in this category. The X2 is heavier-duty, but the Cyclace comes with a higher weight limit, so there’s no clear-cut winner in this department.
Moving on, let’s compare the warranties for each bike.
This won’t take long, because both bikes come with the same guarantee:
- 1 year parts
Yeah, that’s not much of a warranty for either bike, but unfortunately that’s the norm for bikes in this price range.
After all, there are legit reasons why affordable bikes are affordable in the first place- and the lack of a quality warranty is one of them.
That about does it for the performance side of things, so let’s move on and compare the other features these 2 cycles have to offer.
This won’t take that long either, because these bikes are pretty identical when it comes to the features they come with.
Both bikes come with small, very basic monitors that can really only track your time, distance, speed, and calories burned. The Cyclace also has an odometer function, but otherwise these 2 monitors are very similar.
Neither bike can track heart rate or cadence.
Both bikes come with fully adjustable seats though, meaning you can adjust both the height and horizontal position, making it easier for folks to find a comfortable riding position.
The X2 also comes with fully adjustable handlebars, but the Cyclace only allows you to adjust the height of the handlebars.
But as you might notice, the Cyclace includes the drop handles, which you don’t find on a lot of indoor cycles in this price range.
Both bikes come with water bottle holders as well as toe cage pedals, so no difference whatsoever there.
By the way, toe cage pedals are designed to be used with sneakers, so you don’t have to worry about using cleats. Although if you want to use cleats, you can easily swap the pedals out for others.
That’s really about it when it comes to the features- both of these bikes are very simple and neither offers higher-end options like bluetooth or built-in workouts.
Ok, time to talk numbers.
I’ve mentioned that these are both budget cycles, but now I’ll get more specific.
Before I state the prices for these bikes, please keep in mind that these prices can change throughout the year- I say this so you won’t hate me if they aren’t 100% accurate.
Anyway, here ya go:
JOROTO X2: $339.99
The Cyclace: $329.99
The above price were found on Amazon and I’ll say that the X2’s full retail price is $399, although you should usually be able to find it cheaper.
The Cyclace is only available through retail sites, but the X2 can be purchased through JOROTO’s website too.
As these numbers how, the X2 is just a few bucks more than the Cyclace, but they’re still both easily in the same price range.
And as spin bikes go, both are very affordable.
I like to save this little area for any other remarks I want to make about these bikes before I wrap things up.
In this case, I do want to mention that both bikes are very well-reviewed by users and that both bikes are very popular on Amazon- both are in the top 20 in terms of sales.
I also want to mention that both brands get surprisingly positive remarks regarding their customer services, which is rare for any brand regardless of price range.
I think that’s about all I have to add, so let’s finish this battle up.
The JOROTO X2 and the Cyclace are both highly-rated, budget-friendly spin bikes with a lot to offer for their price range.
But which bike is better?
When it comes down to a head-to-head battle between the X2 and the Cyclace, the winner is…
The JOROTO X2
Yeah, for me it all comes down to the resistance system. The X2’s magnetic resistance gives it a big advantage over the Cyclace’s friction brake.
I also like that the X2 is a little heavier, which will make it feel a little more stable during workouts, especially when standing and climbing steeper hills.
Otherwise, there aren’t many differences between these 2 cycles.
Overall, I’d go with the X2 over the Cyclace, but I think both bikes have a lot to offer and both are top options in this price range.