Planning to start with indoor cycling, but confused about which bike to buy? Then here is a worthy suggestion for you – the Pooboo L-NOW D525 indoor cycling bike.
This indoor bike is one of the cheapest indoor bikes around, without compromising much on quality and features. Therefore, it can really be a trustable addition to your home gym.
And to help you in learning about the Pooboo L-NOW D525, here is an honest, detailed review of this popular exercise bike. So, read along, and decide by yourself whether it is the exercise bike you’ve been looking for or not.
What Will I Learn?
Pooboo L-NOW D525 Spin Bike Review
First things first, the most notable feature of the Pooboo L-NOW D525 exercise bike is- it’s cheap. Thus, it can be an ideal choice for someone looking to start with spinning.
The frame of this spin bike is made of Alloy steel, contributing to strength and durability. Thanks to the steel frame and ergonomic design, the Pooboo L-NOW D525 stationary bike can withstand a weight of up to a decent 300 pounds. And obviously, that’s not something we often see among entry level indoor bikes.
In addition, the 35 Pounds Flywheel creates sufficient inertia and thus, gives you better stability while biking.
Besides contributing to the stability, the flywheel combines with the frictional brake pad to offer you resistance that you can adjust according to your choice. We have no opinion that frictional resistance is ideal for a spin bike, but definitely a cool feature for an entry level bike.
Another appreciable work they’ve done with the Pooboo L-NOW D525 spin bike is the performance monitor. In addition to some basic values like speed and distance, this one also lets you know your real-time pulse rate.
Those were some notable pros with the Pooboo L-NOW D525 spin bike. Similarly, there are some other things about this indoor bike that you should keep in mind before making your buying decision.
For instance, the maximum inseam height of this bike is just 35 inches, way less than what some other indoor bikes have. Therefore, very tall individuals, say above 6’4”, may feel some discomfort using it.
From other aspects of user comfort, we would say this Pooboo bike has only a few cons to point out. And they will be discussed in detail later in this article.
So, read further for a much deeper review of the Pooboo L-NOW D525 indoor cycling bike from different aspects.
Features & Specs
Before moving to the detailed review of this Pooboo exercise bike, here is a quick table with all the key features and specifications of this exercise machine.
So, have a quick look:
Features & Specs
Alloy steel frame
40 x 22 x 46 inches
Maximum inseam height
Minimum inseam height
Type of resistance
Brake pad material
10.6 x 8.2 x 3.2 inches
Yes (vertically and horizontally)
Yes (in the front side)
Water bottle holder
Screen display type
power source for the display
External device holder
1 Year free parts replacement
Use the wheels provided at the front stabilizer to move the bike around your home gym. To do so, simply tilt it towards the front using the handlebar, and then move it wherever you want.
For an entry level indoor bike, the Pooboo L-NOW D525 comes with decent built quality for almost all major components.
Given below is where this stationary bike stands in terms of the build quality of various parts.
The frame of Pooboo L-NOW D525 is made of heavy duty alloy steel, ensuring strength and durability. In addition, the double triangular structure makes this indoor bike completely safe for you.
Due to this high-quality frame, this Pooboo indoor bike can withstand a weight of up to 300 Pounds, a pretty decent number for a budget bike.
Although the bike has a decent weight capacity, it itself is light-weighted, weighing a mere 75 pounds. Therefore, moving the Pooboo L-NOW D525 stationary bike around will be easier for you.
Flywheel and Resistance
The 35 Pounds flywheel with the Pooboo L-NOW D525 bike gives you extra stability while cycling. The chromed flywheel is made to last long and provides consistent inertia while using.
In addition to providing extra stability, the flywheel also lets you do spinning against the resistance of your choice. For that, the flywheel combines with the woolen brake pad.
Speaking of the woolen pad, however, there is nothing special to mention about it. It comes with more or less an average thickness and Quality. Also, we’ve seen some other indoor bikes with a thicker woolen brake pad.
The pedals of this Pooboo stationary bike are made of aluminum alloy, perhaps the best material to make a bike pedal. The major advantage of an aluminum pedal is that it will be light in weight but at the same time, strong enough to withstand heavier loads.
Therefore, you can assure safety while opting for the standing biking position as well.
The handlebar of this Pooboo indoor bike is more or less what we expect in a budget indoor bike. The handlebar post is safe and durable, and hence no scope to worry about that.
Additionally, to offer you comfort while placing your arms on, the handlebar comes with a foam layer at the top.
Like the handlebar, the seat of the Pooboo L-NOW D525 spin bike comes with average build quality.
Speaking of the dimensions, the seat is 10.6 inches long, 8.2 inches wide, and 3.2 inches thick. We would say those are not-so-bad numbers for a budget indoor bike. Especially the width of 8.2 inches, which is sufficient to give a comfortable ride.
The Pooboo L-NOW D525 indoor cycling bike is made with the latest technologies that can give you decent indoor cycling experiences.
Given below is how they incorporated technology for different components of this spin bike.
While using the Pooboo exercise bike, you can view all your live workout stats using the dedicated performance monitor.
It shows your some important performance-related values such as:
Compared to most other budget indoor bikes, the Pooboo L-NOW D525 has a more advanced performance monitor, as it shows more values. For instance, the pulse sensor is something you will rarely see among budget indoor bikes.
The screen has an LCD display that shows one value at a time. That means you will have to keep on pressing that one switch to navigate between values.
Speaking of the power requirement of the performance monitor, it doesn’t require a live power supply. Instead, it uses 2 AAA cells, which also come with the package.
Flywheel and Resistance
Pooboo L-NOW D525 stationary bike uses frictional resistance technology to offer you resistance while pedaling. That is, the resistance you will pedal against will be determined by how much pressure the brake pad exerts on the flywheel.
The higher the pressure exerted by the pad, the harder it will be for you to pedal.
Also, you can adjust the frictional resistance using the knob given right below the handlebar post, within your arm’s reach. Simply adjust the knob; turn it clockwise for increased resistance, and anticlockwise to decrease it.
Instead of the conventional metallic chain, the Pooboo L-NOW D525 exercise bike uses a belt drive. The presence of belt drive is indeed a cool feature, as there are a number of advantages with the same.
Firstly, a belt drive can make your indoor cycling smooth and far less noisy than the chain drive.
Secondly, a belt drive needs no strict maintenance like a chain drive. Greasing is an example.
Also, a belt drive is usually more durable than a metallic chain drive. And that is yet another feature to ensure the long life of Pooboo L-NOW D525.
Adjustability of Seat and Handlebar
We have a mixed opinion about adjustability of the seat and handlebar.
In the case of the seat, you can adjust it in 4 ways, or in both vertical and horizontal directions.
But a possible drawback is a smaller inseam height of 35 inches, maybe a bane for very tall persons.
The handlebars of the Pooboo L-NOW D525 spin bike are adjustable only vertically. That means, you can adjust only the height of the handlebar, and not in the horizontal direction.
Assembly and Maintenance
Assembling the Pooboo L-NOW D525 indoor cycling bike is as easy as using it. Usually, it takes around 30 minutes to assemble this indoor bike if you follow their instructions properly.
Additionally, they sometimes offer expert assembly service, depending upon your locality and other features. However, we suggest you do it yourself, as it is an easy job.
Speaking about the maintenance of this Pooboo bike, regular care is important for a better life.
- As frequently as possible, clean the bike, especially the frame and other metallic parts. We would suggest you do it daily. When you are into cleaning the Pooboo L-NOW D525, use a clean, soft cloth.
- Clean the friction brake pad once a week or two. To do so, simply loosen the connectors and take the brake pad out. Then, clean the surface of foreign particles and dirt. Doing so will contribute greatly to the better life of the pad.
- As a measure of precaution, ensure all major screws are intact before you start with pedaling, especially the connectors of both pedal cranks. This doesn’t mean the bike is likely to collapse, but a little care wouldn’t take much effort.
- Additionally, once a week, check all screws and fasteners across the bike. In cases of any damages, go for immediate replacement.
Aesthetics and Styling
The frame of the ‘Pooboo L-NOW D525 indoor cycling bike’ is carbon black, giving it a certain style. Besides black as the major color, some other parts like the handlebar and seat post are silver in color.
Additionally, they used yellow and white to come up with some designs for this Pooboo exercise bike. If you ask whether the design is a bit too much, it basically depends on your perspective, although we would say it a bit excessive.
Additionally, the brand and model names are written across the belt cage and the frame in a scattered manner.
Another mentionable component to speak about is the friction adjustment knob. The knob looks very cheap and of low quality.
But ultimately, beauty lies in the eyes of those looking, and we are not giving you an ultimate judgment here.
Pros & Cons
Given below are some notable pros and cons with the Pooboo L-NOW D525 indoor cycling bike. Keep them in your mind before making your buying decision.
- Strong alloy steel frame
- Pulse rate monitor
- 35 Pounds Flywheel
- 300 Pounds weight capacity
- Belt drive
- Easily movable
- 4-way adjustable seat
- Maximum inseam height only 35 inches
- Handlebar not horizontally adjustable
- Not very aesthetic
Is Pooboo L-NOW D525 Spin Bike Worth The Buy?
If you are a beginner looking to start with indoor cycling, or someone not fond of advanced features, then this Pooboo indoor bike is definitely worth the buy. The main reason why we say that is– one of the lowest possible prices for a belt drive indoor bike.
However, being cheap doesn’t make this bike of poor quality either. Looking at those not-so-bad features, there is no scope in worrying about its safety or durability.
Also, if some damages happen to the Pooboo L-NOW D525 exercise bike within the first year of purchase, they offer free parts replacement.
That was an honest review of this beginner friendly indoor cycling bike. Considering all those features, we would say the Pooboo L-NOW D525 bike can definitely be a long term fitness partner for you, your partner, and even your kids.
However, consider all those factors we’ve discussed above before you make your buying decision, especially its height adjustability. But regarding safety and comfort, you can completely trust the Pooboo L-NOW D525 spin bike.