- Peloton just revealed its Bike Plus, a new premium stationary-bike model with enhanced features that hits the market on September 9.
- For $2,500, Bike Plus is designed to make it “easier to complement an indoor cycling class with Peloton’s strength, yoga, stretching, and meditation classes,” according to the company.
- We took a look at some of the coolest features, including a rotating high-definition screen and instant Apple Watch synching, to determine how the bike compares with the original model.
Peloton may have dropped the price of its original stationary bicycle on Tuesday, but it’s maintaining its elite edge with a brand-new premium model: Bike Plus.
According to Peloton, the premium model — officially hitting the market on Wednesday at a price of $2,500 — is designed to make it “easier to complement an indoor cycling class with Peloton’s strength, yoga, stretching, and meditation classes.”
“The Peloton Bike+ builds on the innovation of the original Peloton Bike and includes some of the most member-requested hardware and software features and class content,” the company said in a press release.
Many of the new features — which include a larger screen that rotates 180 degrees and automatic resistance control — were informed by customer feedback in the past six years since the original Peloton Bike debuted and changed the face of at-home fitness.
The features are “something our members have been asking for, and now we’re providing to them. Member feedback inspires us and is really what drives and motivates our team,” Jayvee Nava, Peloton’s vice president of community, said in a video introducing Bike Plus on Tuesday.
We took a closer look at some of the coolest features of Peloton Bike Plus that you won’t find on the old model.
Rotating high-definition touch screen
The Bike Plus screen is larger than the original at 23.8 inches wide and it rotates — allowing users to “seamlessly transition between cycling and floor-based workouts,” the company said in a press statement.
The high-definition touch screen rotates 180 degrees left and right, giving Peloton users the ability to do a variety of cross-training activities next to the bike, in addition to cycling.
You finish “your last interval on the bike, you unclip, and then you literally take the screen, and you rotate it so that you can see us and we are in the room with you,” Peloton instructor Jess Sims said in the Bike Plus video.
Enhanced speaker system
Unlike the original Peloton, the Bike Plus includes a high-fidelity four-speaker sound system designed for “clearer sound and quality for a more intense instructor connection,” according to the company.
“We integrated a sound bar and subwoofer system right into the screen,” Tom Cortese, Peloton’s chief operating officer and head of product development, said in the Bike Plus launch video.
One-tap Apple Watch syncing
Bike Plus riders will be able to simply tap their Apple Watch on the screen to instantly keep track of real-time performance, health metrics, and data.
“You can sync your watch up to the screen, and then your heart rate, your calories — it’s linked,” Marissa Braverman Tyack, Peloton’s senior engineering program manager, said in the video. “It’s really important to our members. The community spoke, we listened.”
Automatic touch-free resistance adjustments
For riders who don’t want to be bothered with manually switching the resistance during their ride, the Bike Plus includes the option to automatically scale resistance changes based on target metrics.
By selecting the “Auto-Follow” feature, riders “don’t even have to touch that resistance knob,” Braverman Tyack said in the video.
“Throughout the class, the digitally-controlled resistance remembers where you fall within the target metrics and automatically adjusts based on instructor guidance, allowing you to fully lose yourself in the class,” Peloton said in a press release.
While Bike Bootcamp — a new total-body fitness class that includes mat exercises and strength training — will be open to all Peloton members starting September 15, it is especially suited for the Bike Plus, thanks to features like the rotating screen and sound system.