The G1-Pro is an affordable streaming bike designed to give riders the experience of studio spinning workouts from the comfort of their homes.
Minus the extravagant cost, of course.
And with a 10″ touchscreen console and access to free instructor-led workouts, YESOUL is raising the bar on what affordable streaming really means.
The G1-Pro also comes with 100 levels of magnetic resistance, an included arm band heart rate monitor, and a pair of 2 lb dumbbells.
But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows with this cycle, it’s got plenty of downsides worth acknowledging too- like a light flywheel, a light-duty frame, and a really short warranty.
And even though the G1-Pro is affordable, it still finds itself in a price range where there’s some pretty stiff competition.
Considering all of this, does it make sense to invest in this cycle?
Well, that’s what I’m here to help you figure out.
In this review, I’ll go over everything this bike does and doesn’t have going for it. I’ll also try to compare it to some of the top comps in its price range.
After reading, you’ll know whether or not the G1-Pro is worth buying.
Alright, let’s do this.
The YESOUL G1-Pro Indoor Cycling Bike
YESOUL is a relatively new Chinese based fitness company who specializes in affordable streaming cycles.
I like to think of them as the Chinese Echelon because like Echelon, they started with bikes where you connect your own tablet to them to act as the consoles.
And, like Echelon again, they later progressed to providing bikes with their own touchscreen displays as well.
I always wonder as brands start doing this, because in doing so, you’re putting yourself in direct competition with brands like Peloton and NordicTrack.
I guess as long as you can still keep your price a bit lower you’re still be in good shape, but I’ve noticed recently that when these budget brands start adding large consoles, their prices aren’t always that much cheaper than Peloton’s…
Regardless, it must be working, because Echelon has had great success and it appears as if YESOUL is doing just fine too.
The G1-Pro we’re here to talk about now is one of YESOUL’s newer cycles.
It’s really the same base bike as their G1, with the only real difference being the addition of the 10″ touchscreen.
You can also buy the G1-Plus directly through YESOUL, which comes with an even larger, 22″ screen.
They’ve also got a few older models still floating around, like their popular S3, which you can still get through Amazon.
- 100 levels of magnetic resistance
- Belt drive
- 10″ touchscreen console
- Access to YESOUL’s free streaming platform
- Bluetooth heart rate monitor included
- Pair of 2 lb dumbbells included
- Fully adjustable seat
- Toe cage pedals
- Water bottle holder
- Light flywheel
- Light weight frame
- Weight limit only 265 lb
- Height limit only 6’2″
- Short warranty
A spin bike without an efficient resistance system is pretty worthless – I mean these bikes are designed to mimic the feel of riding outdoors, while providing a great workout, and if it has a weak resistance system, it won’t be able to do either.
In this price range, you’ll come across indoor cycles using friction brakes and magnetic systems (any cheaper and most will be using friction brakes).
Each has their advantages I guess, but I prefer magnetic systems because I find them a bit smoother and you don’t have to mess with replacing the felt brake pad.
The G1-Pro is a magnetic bike, so that’s a check in the pros column right off the bat.
But unlike most of the magnetic bikes in this price range, the G1-Pro comes with 100 levels of resistance.
Now having a lot of resistance levels doesn’t necessarily give you access to more overall resistance, but it does allow you to make smaller changes between resistance levels.
Allowing you to fine tune your intensity.
Using a 100 level system is also beneficial if you like the idea of using Peloton’s digital app because Peloton uses this same scale.
So, when it comes to resistance levels, the G1-Pro scores highly, but there’s also the flywheel to consider.
Having a heavy flywheel is usually a good thing because most indoor cycles are designed to benefit from the extra momentum these things create.
Basically, the momentum helps create a smoother pedaling motion by helping reduce any lag between pedal strokes.
These days even affordable spin bikes are casually packing 40 lb+ flywheels.
Well, YESOUL doesn’t directly disclose the G1-Pro’s flywheel weight, but I’d bet (and I’m not a gamblin’ man) that it uses the exact same flywheel as their S3 model, which weighs in at around 16.5 lb.
When you consider how low the overall weight of this bike is, it also makes us assume the flywheel is quite light.
At 16.5 lb, the G1-Pro comes with a very light flywheel, which is a disadvantage when compared to other similar cycles.
That said, the S3 usually gets high remarks from users regarding how smooth it feels, so maybe the resistance system is enough to get the job done on this bike.
The G1-Pro also uses a belt drive too, which will help create a quiet, smooth pedaling motion.
Overall, I like that this cycle comes with 100 levels of magnetic resistance, but it would be nice it the flywheel was a bit heavier.
I mentioned the low weight of this bike above, but I’ll be a little more specific here.
The G1-Pro comes with an assembled weight of 31 kg, or roughly 68 lb for us here in the States.
This is very light when compared to elite indoor cycles that usually weigh well over 100 lb (Peloton clocks in at around 135 lb for example).
Affordable cycles usually weigh a lot less, but the G1-Pro is pretty light when compared to these too.
Most of the top affordable cycles weigh somewhere in the 78 – 90 lb range (think Yosuda, JOROTO, Echelon).
At this point, you might be wondering why assembled weight is that big of a deal to begin with. You might also be thinking that having a lighter bike is a good thing because it’ll be easier to move?
Well, that’s true, lighter bikes are easier to move, but that also means they’ll be more likely to move when you don’t want them to.
Heavier bikes are more likely to feel stable and secure during workouts, in other words, heavy-duty.
Comparing assembled weights is a great way to compare bikes regarding how heavy-duty they are, and if you ask me, heavier is better.
Ok, so based on assembled weight, the G1-Pro isn’t very heavy-duty, but according to YESOUL, it isn’t designed to work very well with tall users either.
According to them, this cycle can only fit riders who are between 4’9″ and 6’2″.
And with a weight limit of only 265 lb, larger riders are also out of luck.
All of this info just goes to further prove that the G1-Pro is a light-duty cycle, designed for smaller riders.
YESOUL backs their G1-Pro Indoor Cycling Bike with the following residential warranty:
- 1 year parts
Most bikes costing $500 or less come with this same short warranty and there’s really no getting around the fact that it sucks.
For affordable bikes though, it’s expected – I mean, there are real reasons why affordable bikes cost less and a short warranty is one of ’em.
The G1-Pro however, costs more than $500.
This bike finds itself in an interesting price range, where it’s a little more affordable than the $500 bikes that can get away with short warranties, but still well under $1000.
Considering the G1-Pro’s price range, I think its warranty could be better.
For example, Schwinn’s IC3 is a little cheaper and it comes with a 5 year frame, 2 year parts, and 1 year labor guarantee.
There’s also XTERRA’s MBX2500, also a few dollars cheaper, and that comes with a lifetime frame warranty (1 year parts and labor).
Based on these comps, it’s evident that we could expect a little more from YESOUL in the warranty department, but realistically it’s kinda unlikely for the bike’s frame to fall apart.
The YESOUL G1-Pro Indoor Cycle comes with the following features:
10″ touchscreen console- this cycle comes with a 10″ screen that allows you to track all metrics and access YESOUL’s free streaming platform. 10″ is the largest touchscreen console I’ve come across with a bike this affordable, beating out the 7″ screen found on Bowflex’s C7. Through YESOUL’s platform, you get access to hundreds of on-demand and live, instructor-led workouts. I’dl like to mention one more time that YESOUL’s workouts are free, which I think is kind of a big deal these days.
Bluetooth- the console is bluetooth compatible, allowing you to connect headphones or heart rate monitors to it wirelessly.
Heart rate monitoring- speaking of heart rate monitoring, YESOUL includes a free arm band heart rate monitor with purchase, allowing you to monitor your pulse during workouts.
Dumbbells- a pair of 2 lb dumbbells is also included, allowing you to participate with the workouts that include some upper body strengthening too.
Fully adjustable seat- you can adjust the height and horizontal (fore/aft) position of the seat, making it easier to find an optimal riding position.
Height adjustable handlebars- you can’t adjust the fore/aft position of the handlebars, but you can adjust their height.
Toe cage pedals- the pedals come with toe cages that are designed to be used with sneakers. This is great if you don’t want to mess with cleats, but you could always swam them out if you prefer cleats.
Water bottle holder- yup, don’t fret, there’s a place to store your water bottle.
At the time of writing this, the G1-Pro is on sale for $689, with a full price asking price of $799.
Now, prices change all the time, but I hope YESOUL keeps this bike under $700 because I think that makes it very competitive.
I mentioned a few of the top comps in this price range briefly already, but let’s go into a bit more detail.
The first one that really comes to mind is Bowflex’s C7, which at the time of writing this is on sale for $699.
The C7 comes with a smaller, 7″ touchscreen console, but in terms of performance it’s far superior- 40 lb flywheel, 100 resistance levels, much heavier-duty frame, and a better warranty.
Of course it’s designed for Bowflex’s streaming platform, JRNY, which costs $19/month I think.
There’s also Schwinn’s IC3, which costs about $650 at the time of writing this. It comes with a 40 lb flywheel, a much heavier-duty frame, and a much longer warranty, but it uses a friction brake resistance (and no touchscreen console).
There are also plenty of cheaper cycles in the $500 or less range that come with heavier flywheels and heavier frames, but none of them have 100 levels of magnetic resistance and a touchscreen.
So, I feel like we’ve gone over a lot of material here, but we haven’t really answered the big question – is the G1-Pro worth investing in?
Honestly, it’s a tough call.
This bike has a lot of things going for it, like the 100 resistance levels, the included heart rate monitor, and the included dumbbells.
And a 10″ touchscreen on a bike in this price range is unheard of (or at least I haven’t heard of it yet).
I also think it’s amazing that YESOUL’s streaming platform is free to access – I really hope that doesn’t change in the future.
The flywheel on this bike is light, but the biggest complaints I have are more related to how lightweight this bike is in general – it’s only suited for smaller riders.
In terms of comps, I think Bowflex’s C7 is a much nicer bike, but you’d have to pay for JRNY (and Bowflex’s software has had its fair share of complaints).
Long-story-short, if you’re of smaller stature and looking for a budget-friendly streaming bike, I think the G1-Pro is a pretty good buy.