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Announced in July 2021, MYXFitness has given the popular MYX Plus a makeover.
The MYX Plus II is an indoor cycling bike that includes a large touchscreen display and home gym equipment for a full-body workout.
The new model offers many of the same features as its predecessor but with a few upgrades, including better speakers, Apple Watch integration, and speed, distance, and cadence tracking.
Perhaps most notably, MYX bikes are now compatible with two apps for streaming live and on-demand classes.
I recently had the opportunity to try the new MYX II Plus bike and all of its features.
Keep reading to find out what’s new about the MYX II Plus, as well as hear about my experience using the bike.
The MYX II Plus is a new and updated version of the MYX Plus — a popular indoor cycling bike from MYXfitness.
The bike features a 21.5-inch (54.61-cm) swiveling touchscreen, a built-in speed sensor, and an oversized stabilizing mat, though the standard MYX II has these features as well.
The “Plus” in MYX II Plus comes from the inclusion of extra workout accessories, like weights and a yoga mat, which make the MYX II Plus an all-in-one solution for strength and cardio.
As with the original MYX bikes, the MYX II Plus comes with a Polar heart rate monitor and utilizes personalized heart rate training zones to help guide your workout.
What’s new about the MYX II Plus?
The biggest change that the MYX II and MYX II Plus bring to the table is the addition of speed, cadence, and distance sensors, which allow you to track these performance metrics while you ride.
Another major change is the option of two subscription-based fitness apps for streaming classes on the bike’s built-in tablet.
Now, instead of the MYXfitness app, you can choose to subscribe to MYX+Openfit or Beach Body On Demand Interactive (BODi) for live and on-demand workouts.
Additional new features include:
- 20-watt speaker output
- an 8-megapixel camera for live classes
- a slimmer bike profile
- improved processing power for a faster downloading experience
- Apple Watch integration for heart rate tracking
The MYX II Plus bike is a stationary Star Trac bike that’s available in Deep Charcoal or Natural White.
The bike includes an adjustable standard road bike saddle, adjustable handlebars, a center resistance knob, and dual-sided pedals, allowing you to use either SPD clips or sneakers.
According to its website, the MYX II bike is designed with a narrower profile than many indoor cycling bikes, which the company claims is easier on your knees.
A 21.5-inch (54.6-cm) swiveling touchscreen is attached to the handlebars, making it easy to take your workout from the bike to the floor.
The screen also includes 20-watt speakers and a built-in camera for trainer interactions during live classes.
In addition to the bike itself, the MYX II Plus package includes the following workout accessories:
- an oversized stabilizing mat
- an exercise mat
- a Polar OH1 heart rate monitor
- 6 dumbbells
- 1 kettlebell
- a 24-inch (61-cm) foam roller
- a resistance band
The matching weight rack can be purchased for an extra fee.
The MYX II Plus currently costs $1,599 and comes with free shipping and professional assembly.
For qualified customers, MYXfitness offers special financing, which allows you to pay off the bike in monthly installments.
For performance tracking and streaming classes, you’ll need to subscribe to at least one of MYXfitness’s compatible apps. Here are the current subscription costs:
- MYX+Openfit: $39 per month
- BODI: $29 per month, which includes a $19 monthly fee and a once yearly $99 fee.
A weight rack can also be added to your order for an additional $150.
Warranty and return policy
The MYX II Plus comes with a 12-month warranty on the bike’s accessories, product firmware, an HD touchscreen, pedals, labor, and bike components.
Additionally, the frame is covered by a 5-year warranty.
Your purchase also includes a 30-day risk-free trial, allowing you to return the bike for a full refund if you decide it’s not the right fit for you.
Just keep in mind that this trial period only applies to first-time MYX purchasers.
The MYX II Plus arrives fully assembled and ready to ride. The delivery company also handles cleanup, so you don’t have to worry about breaking down and recycling the box.
Next, you’ll want to set up an account with Openfit, BODi, or both, using the MYX II screen. When my MYX II Plus arrived, BODi was still in beta testing, so the only option on the bike was Openfit.
Making an account, at least on Openfit, was easy enough, as the app walks you through the signup process. Of course, if you already have an Openfit account, you can simply log in with your username and password.
Once you’ve signed into your account, you’ll need to activate the bike’s speed sensor. This is where I got a bit lost, as the initial on-screen instructions don’t explain where or how to activate the sensor — nor does the included manual.
As I was eager to try out the bike, I decided just to do a quick workout without the speed sensor activated.
Later, I researched it online and learned that the speed sensor on the MYX II is located on the left pedal crankshaft. To activate the sensor, simply follow these instructions on Openfit’s website.
Once the speed sensor is activated, you’ll be shown two tutorials: how to use the included heart rate monitor and how to adjust the bike seat and handlebar positioning. I found both tutorials easy to follow.
While it’s not required, MYX Fitness strongly recommends taking the bike’s Heart Rate Calibration Ride before your first workout.
This ride is helpful, as it sets your customized heart rate zones, which the bike uses to provide guidance on how to optimize your workout to encourage an optimal heart rate zone for fat burning.
The MYX II and II Plus are unique in that they offer two streaming workout services to choose from, including MYX+Openfit and BODi.
Just keep in mind that while the bike allows you to switch back and forth between the apps, they’re separate services that require their own subscriptions and subscription fees.
Additionally, your workout history, stats, and heart rate information aren’t shared between the apps.
Therefore, it’s less burdensome — and more economical — to just subscribe to either MYX+Openfit or Bodi.
Here’s a quick look at how MYX+Openfit and BODi compare:
|Types of classes||• cycling|
• relaxation and meditation
• boot camp
|Live options||available only on the mobile app (not on the bike), no live cycling classes||live classes available both on the bike and app, including cycling classes|
|Price||$39/month||$19/month plus a $99 yearly fee|
|Mobile app||available on iOS and Android||available on iOS and Android|
|Additional features||• scenic rides|
• mobile app exclusive classes
• badge and achievement system
• progressive workout programs
• Newsy for national news
|• scenic rides|
• BODcast classes with camera sharing during live workouts
• progressive workout programs
• nutrition programs
As mentioned earlier, once I figured out how to activate the speed sensor, setting up the MYX II bike was relatively straightforward.
One thing I wasn’t expecting was how uncomfortable the seat was on my first ride. However, after just a few days off of the bike, my second workout was significantly more comfortable.
That said, you may wonder whether you can replace the standard road bike saddle with a padded one. While the short answer is yes, MYXfitness doesn’t recommend using non-MYX parts, as doing so will void your warranty.
However, you could purchase a padded seat cover, which shouldn’t affect your warranty.
Moving onto the classes, given that only Openfit was available at the time of my trial, I did my Heart Rate Calibration Ride through the MYX+Openfit app.
While I enjoyed the experience and am looking forward to diving into the app’s progressive cycling programs, I was disappointed that MYX+Openfit doesn’t offer live cycling classes.
Nevertheless, I did try a live strength class on the Openfit app. I found the class to be fun, high energy, and challenging. I also appreciated the motivating music selection.
To get a sense of the BODi app, I streamed a BODcast yoga class on my smartphone. The app’s BODcast classes are unique in that they allow you to share your camera feed with the rest of the class.
BODcast classes are marked with a red lightning bolt icon on the schedule, and you’ll need to reserve one of the camera spots, which are limited. However, there were still several spots available right before this particular workout began.
Again, I really enjoyed the class and am looking forward to trying a live cycling class soon.
By far my favorite workouts were the scenic rides, which allow you to virtually explore destinations around the world.
Overall, I enjoyed Openfit and BODi classes — both on and off the bike — and appreciated the large swiveling screen, which was a major improvement from streaming workouts on my smartphone or small tablet.
While several smart bikes are on the market, MYX II Plus’s main competitor is the Peloton Bike+.
Here’s a look at how they compare:
|MYX II Plus||Peloton Bike+|
|Delivery and assembly||free||free|
|Bike size||54 × 21 inches (137 × 53 cm)||59 × 22 inches (150 × 56 cm)|
|Weight||134 pounds (61 kg)||140 pounds (63.5 kg)|
|Pedals||dual-sided pedals with SPD clips||Delta-compatible aluminum pedals|
|Saddle||standard road bike saddle||ergonomic sport-series saddle|
|Rider requirements||Minimum height: 4’11” (150 cm)|
Maximum height: 6’8” (203.8 cm)
Maximum weight: 350 pounds (159 kg)
|Minimum height: 4’11” (150 cm)|
Maximum height: 6’4″ (193 cm)
Maximum weight: 305 pounds (138 kg)
|Screen size||21.5-inch (54.6-cm) swiveling HD touchscreen||23.8-inch (60-cm) swiveling HD touchscreen|
|Live classes||yes, with BODi app||yes|
|Streaming app price||MYX + Openfit: $39/month|
BODi: $19/month +$99 yearly fee
|Peloton All-Access: $39/month|
|Included accessories||• oversized stabilizing mat|
• exercise mat
• Polar OH1 heart rate monitor
• 6 dumbbells
• 1 kettlebell
• 24-inch (61-cm) foam roller
• resistance band
If you enjoy indoor cycling and are starting a home gym from scratch, the MYX II Plus is worth the cost.
Personally, as I already own weights, a mat, and a roller, the Plus package was a bit redundant.
However, I was impressed by the quality of MYX’s workout accessories and found the items to be a much-appreciated upgrade to what I already have at home.
Still, if you don’t need these extra accessories, it’s best to save $200 and purchase the MYX II instead.
Also, keep in mind that thanks to the 30-day trial, you can easily try the bike yourself to see whether it’s the right fit.
Overall, with dual-sided pedals, a large swiveling touchscreen, and two subscription apps to choose from — including BODi, which offers live cycling classes — it’s hard to beat the value that the MYX II and MYX II Plus offer over other smart bikes, including Peloton.
Just keep in mind that you’ll want to account for a monthly subscription fee when considering your budget.
While you can technically still use the MYX II Plus bike without a subscription, you’ll be unable to stream classes and track your performance over time.
Finally, if you’re looking for a less expensive option, we recommend checking out the Schwinn IC4.
While it doesn’t include an integrated touchscreen, the IC4 offers a tablet holder and is compatible with popular cycling apps, such as Peloton and Zwift. Plus, it’s priced under $1,000.
The MYX II Plus is an impressive upgrade to its predecessor, offering Apple Watch integration, improved sound quality, speed and distance tracking, and tons of fitness content from Openfit, BODi, or both.
It also includes home gym essentials, including dumbbells and a workout mat, to support off-bike workouts.
Overall, I’m very satisfied with the MYX II Plus and would recommend it as an investment for anyone looking to build a home workout solution with a single purchase.