These days, chain drive stationary bikes are slowly becoming out of the ark, as more advanced belt drives are becoming popular. Therefore, finding a modern indoor bike that offers variants of both these drives may come as a blessing.
And if you are looking for an exercise bike that comes with both a chain drive version and a belt drive one, here is a worthy suggestion for you- the Joroto X1S indoor cycling bike. Additionally, there are several factors that make this latest indoor bike from Joroto worth knowing.
In this article, we will take you through everything you need to know about the Joroto X1S bike. So, let us dive in and waste no time.
Joroto X1S Spin Bike Review
The main highlight of the Joroto X1S is obviously the updated belt drive that comes as a choice along with the conventional chain drive. This much-needed up-gradation has indeed helped this indoor bike stay on par with other modern spin bikes.
In terms of built quality and several other features, the Joroto X1S exercise bike resembles the previous indoor bikes from Joroto. The 50 mm thick AV tube steel frame ensures durability.
Along with that, the 35 Pounds chromed flywheel offers great inertia, keeping you stable while cycling.
However, with a maximum weight capacity of a basic 280 pounds, this indoor bike belongs neither among the strongest ones around. Another possible drawback with this spin bike may be an even lower maximum inseam height. With a maximum inseam height of 35.4”, it can hardly accommodate a tall person.
Therefore, we would recommend it to you only if you are not a tall person, say above 6’2” or 6’3”. But for others, this exercise machine is perfectly fitting, especially for shorter persons looking for some spinning action.
Performance wise, the Joroto X1S stationary bike can match even the mid-ranged indoor bikes around. With the updated performance monitor, you can live track your performance and navigate between lots of values, including RPM.
Another feature of the Joroto X1S bike worth mentioning is the adjustable frictional resistance. The frictional force between the 35 Pounds flywheel and the felted wool brake pad is what creates resistance against which you can pedal. Also, you can adjust the resistance easily using the knob given just under the handlebar post.
That was a brief overview of the Joroto X1S indoor cycling bike. Read further for a detailed review of all key parts and components of this indoor bike.
Features & Specs
Before proceeding to the detailed review, have a quick look at all key features and specifications of Joroto X1S indoor bike:
Features & Specs
2 (Chained drive, Belt drive)
Frame: 50mm thickened steel tubes
42.9 x 19.7 x 42.5 inches
Inseam height range
25.6 inches –35.4 inches
Chain drive and belt drive variants
10.6 x 8.3 x4.2 inches (LBH)
Yes (vertically and horizontally)
Yes (vertically and horizontally)
Power source for performance monitor
Battery cells (included)
tablet holder dimensions
10.2 inches x 7.8 inches
Yes (given at the front stabilizer)
1 year free parts replacement
Different from the previous model from the makers, the Joroto X1S has a wider, safer tablet holder in place of water bottle holders. The water bottle holder, on the other hand, is placed near the Flywheel.
Speaking of build quality, the Joroto X1S spin bike resembles previous indoor bikes from the manufacturers. That means, this particular indoor bike also offers decent build quality that you can trust in terms of both safety and durability.
Given below is a detailed analysis of the build quality of different components of the Joroto X1S indoor cycling bike.
The frame of the Joroto X1S indoor bike is made of AV-type steel tubes. Although this indoor bike has a lower weight capacity of 280 Pounds, the frame is as strong as that of previous bikes.
Due to the 50 mm thick frame tubes, the bike weighs around 85 pounds, which also contributes to stability.
Additionally, to keep the bike stable, a wide, strong stabilizer bar is given at both the front and rear ends.
We would never hide from you the fact that the maximum weight capacity of 280, is nothing but mediocre. But still, it can work well for average-sized individuals.
Flywheel and Resistance
The Joroto X1S exercise bike has a 35 Pounds flywheel to keep you stable while cycling. The chromed flywheel has a better circumference than that of most other indoor bikes, further increasing your stability while riding.
Combining with the 35 Pounds flywheel is a frictional resistance pad. Both the flywheel and the brake pad combine together to create for you resistance while cycling.
Both the flywheel and the brake pad are made to last long and to perform well. Therefore, you will find it smooth to adjust the resistance while using the bike.
The brake pad is made of felted wool, putting it in the league of most other indoor bikes. Here is a thing you should keep in mind- over time, the woolen pad may wear out, and then, you will have to replace it with another one.
Pedals of Joroto X1S come with a standard dimension of 9/16”. It is strong and durable and thus, you can comfortably ride in the standing position.
Additionally, to protect you from fast rides and other possible mishaps, the pedals are placed inside safe pedal cages.
Joroto X1S spin bike comes with a standard handlebar. In addition to the strong, durable handlebar material, they’ve provided a rubber layer at the top, giving you proper friction while placing your arms.
However, there is a drawback with the handlebar of this indoor bike. That is, it can be adjusted only in two ways. Specifically, you can adjust it only vertically, and not horizontally. This may come as an issue, especially if you are very tall.
Joroto X1S stationary bike comes with the same seat as its preceding models. The seat is wide and thick, offering great comfort not only to bigger individuals but also to beginners starting with indoor cycling.
Given below is what technology this indoor bike uses in various components.
The major function of the flywheel is to add stability to your ride by increasing the inertia. The 35 Pounds flywheel is what we can call ‘average’, or simply, what we expect from a budget indoor bike.
Frictional resistance technology
Joroto X1S indoor bike uses frictional resistance technology to offer you the resistance to pedal against.
So as to keep it simple for you to understand, here is how it works- the Flywheel and the woolen brake pad combine together to create resistance. Or simply, the brake pad exerts pressure on the flywheel, which in turn becomes a resistance against your pedaling.
You can adjust the resistance using the knob. Also, to stop the bike all of a sudden, simply press the knob downwards.
The knob is placed just within your reach, and you can turn it in either direction to adjust the resistance. To increase the resistance, turn it clockwise. On the other hand, if you want a smaller resistance, simply turn it anticlockwise.
With the Joroto X1S indoor cycling bike, you can see your real-time exercise stats.
Particularly, you can track your:
- Distance pedaled virtually
- Calories burned
One advantage of the performance monitor of Joroto X1S is a much inclusive display. That is, different from the performance monitors of other budget bikes, or even the previous models from Joroto, this one displays all key data simultaneously on the screen.
Therefore, you won’t have to keep on pushing the switch to reach the value you wish to see.
Additionally, the RPM facility with this latest indoor bike is not what we see in most other budget indoor bikes.
Belt drive and chain drive
As mentioned earlier, the Joroto X1S bike comes with 2 variants- one has a conventional chain drive while the other one uses a belt drive.
Speaking of which one to choose, it all depends on your preferences.
Basically, the chain drive is used by most outdoor bikes while the belt drive suits indoor cycling. So, if you want to imitate an outdoor cycling experience in your home gym, maybe you should go for the chain drive variant.
Additionally, the chain drive version of the Joroto X1S indoor bike costs much less than the belt drive variant.
On the other hand, the major benefit of using a belt drive indoor bike is that it makes considerably less noise than the chained counterpart. Therefore, if you can’t afford to have too much noise while cycling, you should go for the chain drive variant.
Also, riding a stationary bike with a belt drive is much smoother than one with a chain drive.
Additionally, there are considerable differences between both types of drives in terms of maintenance and durability. For the chain drive to work efficiently, you need to lubricate it frequently, which you don’t have to do with a belt drive.
A belt drive is also more durable than a chain drive.
Overall, we would recommend you buy the belt drive version as it is more comfortable. But at the same time, keep in mind the price difference, as the belt drive version of Joroto X1S costs little more than the chain drive version.
When it comes to stationary bikes, the adjustability of seats, handlebars, and other components matters a lot. Speaking of our Joroto X1S, we have a mixed opinion about its adjustability.
The seat is adjustable in 4 ways- ie, both vertically and horizontally. However, one drawback is with the inseam height range.
Joroto X1S stationary bike has an inseam height range of 25.6” – 35.4”, which will not suit tall individuals. Specifically, this indoor bike is more like, designed for not-so-tall individuals.
Another drawback of this bike is related to the adjustability of the handlebar. You can adjust it only in the vertical direction, and not horizontally.
However, the thing is, horizontal adjustability is not something that comes with all indoor bikes. So, 2-way adjustability is not very inadequate for a budget spin bike.
Assembly and Maintenance
Just like other indoor bikes from Jorroto, this one is also easy to assemble.
The package containing the Joroto X1S indoor cycling bike, when it reaches you, will weigh just under 100 Pounds.
Once you’ve unboxed the package, grab the instructions manual and the toolbox that comes with it, and start with assembling. Assembling the Joroto X1S indoor bike is quite easy and usually, will take you somewhere less than 30 minutes.
We are not digging deep into the assembly part here, as their instruction manual itself has it all in detail.
Coming to the maintenance part, the Joroto X1S bike needs more or less the same care as what any indoor bike would need. Additionally, it also depends on which version you buy, whether the belt drive variant or the new chain drive variant.
As mentioned earlier, if you were to buy the chain drive variant, you will have to lubricate the metallic chain, once every month to ensure smoother operation. The belt-driven variant, on the other hand, needs no such regular care.
For other parts, here is what you need to do:
- Clean the frame and other metallic parts of the bike, using a clean cloth or a similar material. But never use rough materials or strong chemicals. Do it as frequently as you can.
- Ensure all the screws, fasteners and other key components are perfect. Doing so is crucial for safety as well.
- Once a week, take out the brake pad, clean it thoroughly and make it free from foreign particles. You can also use a mildly wet cloth occasionally, especially to keep the surface smoother.
Aesthetics and Styling
We would say the Joroto X1S stationary bike has somewhat of an average aesthetics, although the ultimate judgment may vary from person to person.
But as compared to some previous spin bikes from the manufacturers, this one is obviously an improvement. The most notable thing they’ve done with this indoor bike is that they got rid of excess designs that they used so far.
With black as the major color, some other parts of this stationary bike have a silver/metallic color, especially for the posts and flywheel. Additionally, they have used red to add style to the flywheel, and on the sides of stabilizers.
Pros & Cons
Given below are some major pros and cons with the Joroto X1S indoor cycling bike:
- Available as belt drive and chain drive versions
- Wider, thicker seat
- Adjustable friction resistance
- Strong frame and other body parts
- RPM with the performance monitor
- Easily movable
- Caged pedals
- Maximum inseam height only 35.4”
- Weight capacity only 280 Pounds
- Handlebar not horizontally adjustable
Is the Joroto X1S Spin Bike Worth The Buy?
Reading so far, you would have understood one thing- the Joroto X1S indoor bike suits persons who are not very tall or heavy. Barring this size limitation, there are no serious cons with this indoor bike.
Therefore, unless you are very tall (say 6’2″ or 6’3”) or heavy (maximum weight capacity of 280 pounds), this indoor bike can be an ideal choice for you.
The Joroto X1S is made of strong, durable materials, and hence, you will not have to worry about safety or durability. Also, for the first one year from purchase, they offer free parts replacement in cases of damages.
Finally, selecting between the chain drive variant and the belt drive variant depends on your needs, preferences, and workout conditions. And we are leaving that completely up to you.
That was an honest, detailed review of the Joroto X1S exercise bike. Throughout the article, as you can see, we’ve stayed neutral and focused on both the positives and the negatives.
Overall, we don’t see many drawbacks with this spin bike, except of course, for the maximum size part. If that is not an issue for you or your family, then the Joroto X1S indoor cycling bike can really be an asset to your home gym.