Home exercise bikes offer convenient alternatives to cycling studios, especially among indoor cycling enthusiasts.

While the home indoor cycling trend was already working its way upward in 2019 due to the novelty of live and on-demand classes by home bike manufacturers such as Peloton, stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the market even higher.

In fact, according to Allied Market Research, the home exercise bike market is expected to have a compound annual growth rate of 8.7% from 2021 to 2027 (1).

MYX Fitness and Peloton are two of the most popular brands of exercise bikes available.

At the end of 2021, Peloton reported to its shareholders that fitness subscriptions had experienced 114% year-over-year growth.

Digital subscriptions were up 176%, and total workouts on the platform grew to 154 million compared to 83 million from the same time period the previous year (2).

While MYX and Peloton have several similarities, some key differences set them apart. Let’s compare to help you decide which exercise bike is right for you.

MYX FitnessPeloton
Models• MYX II
• MYX II Plus
• Peloton Bike
• Peloton Bike+
Basics• allows you to stream thousands of full-body workouts
• comes with a heart rate monitor
• additional workout equipment included in Plus package
• allows you to stream live and on-demand workout classes
• larger touch screen and additional features on Peloton Bike+
• accessories available for an additional fee
Size• 54 x 21 inches (137 x 53 cm)
• 134 pounds (60.8 kg)
Peloton Bike: 59 x 23 inches (150 x 58 cm); 135 pounds (61 kg)
Peloton Bike+: 59 x 22 inches (150 x 56 cm); 140 pounds (63.5 kg)
Pedals• dual-purpose pedals
• can be used with SPD clips or athletic shoes
• LOOK Delta pedals
• requires Delta-compatible cleats
Seat• standard road bike saddle
• can be swapped for other seats
• sports series saddle
• can be swapped for other seats
Height/weight capacity• 4 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 8 inches (150–203 cm)
• 350 pounds (158.8 kg)
• 4 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 4 inches (150–193 cm)
• 297 pounds (134.7 kg)
Display21.5-inch (54.6-cm) swiveling touch screenPeloton Bike: 21.5-inch (54.6-cm) touch screen
• Peloton Bike+: 23.8 (60.5-cm) rotating touch screen
Training options• MYX membership includes access to an extensive workout library.
• SmartMYX technology provides personalized recommendations.
• All-Access membership includes live and on-demand classes.
• Peloton Bike+ features automatic resistance adjustment and Apple GymKit integration.
Cost• MYX II: $1,399
• MYX II Plus: $1,599+
• MYX membership: $39 per month
• Shipping: free
• Peloton Bike: $1,195
• Peloton Bike+: $1,995
• All-Access membership: $39 per month (increasing to $44 per month in June 2022)
• Shipping: free
Warranty• 1-year on parts, labor, and accessories
• 5-year on frame
• 1-year on parts, labor, and accessories
• 5-year on frame

Peloton

Peloton offers two exercise bikes: the Peloton Bike and Peloton Bike+.

The Peloton Bike+ is a bit more expensive but includes a larger touch screen. It also comes with more special features, such as automatic resistance adjustment and Apple GymKit integration, which allows you to pair your Apple Watch with the bike.

Both models include access to a variety of live and on-demand exercise classes and training programs.

Peloton also offers bundled package options, which provide additional workout accessories and equipment.

Peloton pros at a glance

  • thousands of live and on-demand classes
  • interactive features to track and compare your performance with other riders
  • large touch-screen interface
  • programs and challenges you can join for more motivation
  • multiple user profiles included in All-Access membership

Peloton cons at a glance

  • compatible cycling shoes required (available as an add-on)
  • lower user height and weight capacity than MYX bikes

MYX Fitness

MYX Fitness has two packages to choose from: the MYX II and MYX II Plus.

Both include the same exercise bike, which is equipped with an interactive touch screen that you can use to stream hundreds of full-body workouts. The screen swivels so you can do workouts on and off the bike.

The MYX Plus comes with additional accessories — a gym mat, weight set, foam roller, and resistance band — for a more comprehensive home gym solution.

MYX Fitness pros at a glance

  • thousands of live and on-demand full-body workouts; new workouts added weekly
  • option to stream workouts on multiple devices
  • comes with a heart rate monitor for personalized heart rate-based training
  • dual-purpose pedals — no special cycling shoes required
  • extended height and weight parameters for users
  • up to five user profiles on one membership

MYX Fitness cons at a glance

  • high additional cost for the Plus equipment and weight rack; similar equipment likely available for less elsewhere

Size

The two Peloton models are similar in size, both measuring 59 inches (150 cm) long. However, the Peloton Bike is slightly larger at 23 inches (58 cm) wide, while the Peloton Bike+ is just 22 inches (56 cm) wide.

The Peloton Bike weighs 135 pounds (61 kg), and the Peloton Bike+ weighs 140 pounds (63.5 kg).

The MYX bike is a bit more compact, measuring 54 inches (137 cm) long by 21 inches (53 cm) wide.

It also weighs 134 pounds (60.8 kg), which is slightly less than both Peloton models.

Pedals

The Peloton Bike and Peloton Bike+ include LOOK Delta aluminum pedals, which require the use of Delta-compatible cleats.

In contrast, the MYX bike comes with dual-purpose pedals that can be used with SPD clips or regular athletic shoes.

Seat

Both Peloton models are equipped with a sports series saddle intended to help optimize performance.

The MYX bike includes a standard road bike saddle, which is designed to accommodate users of many sizes.

With both brands, you can easily swap out the seat or add a cushioned seat cover for extra comfort if needed.

Height and weight capacity

Both the Peloton Bike and Peloton Bike+ are recommended for riders ranging from 4 feet 11 inches (150 cm) to 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm) and have a maximum weight capacity of 297 pounds (134.7 kg).

Compared with the Peloton models, the MYX bike has a higher height and weight capacity and can accommodate users of a greater variety of sizes.

In fact, the MYX bike has a user height range from 4 feet 11 inches (150 cm) to 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm) and a weight limit of 350 pounds (158.8 kg).

Display

All three products offer touch-screen displays, which you can use to stream a variety of exercise classes.

Here are the screen sizes for all three models:

  • Peloton Bike: 21.5 inches (54.6 cm)
  • Peloton Bike+: 23.8 inches (60.5 cm)
  • MYX bike: 21.5 inches (54.6 cm)

Additionally, both the Peloton Bike+ and the MYX feature swiveling monitors, so you can take your workout from the bike to the mat.

Programs and classes

The Peloton Bike and Peloton Bike+ require a monthly All-Access membership, which provides access to Peloton’s extensive library of live and on-demand workout classes.

During the live classes, you can compete with other riders and compare your stats using the leaderboard. You can search and sort classes by music genre, music artist, high intensity routines, hill routines, class length, and music theme.

The app also offers a variety of non-cycling classes, including boot camp, yoga, stretching, and meditation.

The brand has also launched a gamified version of its cycling workouts where you can listen to your favorite music playlists while cycling in a game to rack up points and compete against yourself and other players based on your resistance level.

Both Peloton bikes are equipped with a resistance knob to make your ride easier or harder. However, the Peloton Bike+ also includes an Auto Follow feature, which adjusts your resistance automatically to match your instructor’s during class.

Finally, the Peloton Bike+ includes Apple GymKit integration, which allows you to pair your bike with your Apple Watch to track your workouts more efficiently.

Similarly, the MYX bike requires a monthly MYX membership and offers thousands of full-body workout classes, including yoga, Pilates, barre, and high intensity interval training.

You can select cycling workouts based on theme, scenic rides (following paths on the screen), endurance, climb, and recovery. All workouts feature heart rate customization and training, and live workouts enable personalized trainer feedback based on performance.

Unlike Peloton, MYX doesn’t currently offer leaderboards to compete with other users. However, new classes are added daily to help mix up your workout routine, and you can track your own progress over time.

One of the main differences between the exercise bikes from Peloton and MYX Fitness is the cost.

Here are the prices for the four bikes, all of which include delivery and assembly:

  • Peloton Bike: $1,195
  • Peloton Bike+: $1,995
  • MYX: $1,399
  • MYX Plus: $1,599

Both brands also require monthly memberships. Peloton’s All-Access membership costs $39 per month (but will increase to $44 per month in June 2022). MYX’s membership is also $39 per month and includes the BODi training app.

While the MYX Plus includes accessories, such as a weight set and gym mat, you must buy these items individually from Peloton if you want them. In both cases, the cost to purchase accessories through the brand is high compared to prices for similar items from other retailers.

Finally, exercise bikes from both brands come with a 1-year warranty on parts, labor, and accessories, along with a 5-year warranty on the frame.

Shipping and assembly for the MYX are free, while there might be a cost for Peloton depending on where you’re located and whether the brand has to use third-party services to deliver your purchase.

Both brands offer a 30-day trial with a money-back guarantee if you’re unsatisfied with the purchase.

Although they may come with a high price tag, Peloton produces high end bikes packed with impressive features.

For example, the Peloton Bike+ includes automatic resistance adjustment and connects to your Apple Watch for easy fitness tracking.

Both Peloton bikes also offer a wide range of live and on-demand classes along with leaderboards, which may be preferable if you enjoy exercising with family and friends to stay motivated.

Peloton also lowered its pricing for both models, making them more competitive with other options, although the cost to purchase the required cycling shoes and the possible cost of shipping still makes their base model a little more expensive than the MYX II.

On the other hand, the MYX bike is a budget-friendly and effective alternative to Peloton (when comparing the MYX Plus to the Peloton Bike+).

And with the addition of live classes and heart rate-based training, MYX has positioned itself to be even more competitive with Peloton. A swiveling touch-screen display is also included with the MYX II and the MYX II Plus, making it easy to switch up your workouts on and off the bike.

Additionally, the higher height and weight capacity of the MYX bike may make it a more suitable option for some riders.

Peloton and MYX may be two of the most well known in-home bike brands that provide access to on-demand and live cycling classes, but they’re not the only ones. While making your decision, you may also want to consider Nordic Track and Echelon.

PriceProsCons
PelotonPeloton Bike: $1,195
Peloton Bike+: $1,995
• least expensive base bike
• thousands of high quality streaming classes
• options for full-body workouts
• option for a swiveling touch screen
• extremely popular with rave reviews
• expensive accessories and add-ons
• Delta cycling shoes required
• not appropriate for very tall users (over 6 feet 4 inches)
• might require shipping/installation costs
MYX FitnessMYX II: $1,399
MYX II Plus: $1,599
• thousands of high quality streaming classes
• focus on heart rate training
• options for full-body workouts
• other workout equipment included with the Plus model
• swiveling touch screen on both models
• great for taller or heavier individuals
• less focus on music-based classes and popular artists
• no sliding scale for accessory add-on prices (dumbbells of lower weight increments cost the same as higher weight increments)
• up to 5 users (fewer than Peloton) included in membership price
Nordic TrackS22i Studio Bike: $1,899
S27i Studio Bike: $2,499
• free shipping
• dual-option pedals that work with sneakers or SPD clips
• rotating and tilting 27-inch screen on S27i model; rotating 22-inch screen on S22i model
• integrated fan
• most robust warranty on parts and frame
• 350-pound user capacity
• dumbbells included
• can incline and decline
• largest footprint of all the bikes
• most expensive bikes (before adding accessories)
EchelonConnect Bike EX-5s: $1,499.99• 4-way adjustable handlebars
• 22-inch integrated touch screen that flips for off-bike classes
• live and on-demand classes
• dual-option pedals that work with sneakers or SPD clips
• charging ports for your phone or tablet
• lower cost monthly membership starting at $29.16/month
• no package for fitness accessories
up to 5 users (fewer than Peloton) included in membership price

What are the major differences between Peloton vs. MYX?

Peloton and MYX are surprisingly similar in what they offer, with highly competitive prices that have only become more competitive as the two brands continue to listen to feedback and improve their models.

The MYX II features the swiveling touch screen, while the Peloton Bike doesn’t (but the Peloton Bike+ does). The MYX II also features dual-purpose pedals that don’t require special cycling shoes (although you have the option to use SPD clips if desired).

The MYX II focuses more on heart rate-based training and personalized feedback based on heart rate information, while Peloton has more focus on in-class competition between users, interactive leaderboards, and music-themed classes with soundtracks by major artists.

Pricing is similar, although the Peloton Bike+ is the most expensive of the options available — and even more so if you add accessories or other fitness equipment.

Which is better, MYX or Peloton?

Ultimately, the decision is up to you. Both bikes and brands are high quality and are continuing to add to their library of workouts and other training options. Both offer a 30-day money-back guarantee and similar warranties.

For users who are more concerned with class options and music selection, Peloton is likely to be the best option.

For users who are more concerned with bike specs, those who are taller or weigh more, or those who want to track their own progress over time without comparing themselves to others, MYX might be the best option.

Can you use the Peloton app on MYX?

No. The two brands have their own hardware, software, and apps. That said, you could purchase the Peloton app for your phone and use it while riding on a MYX bike. You just wouldn’t have access to the bike’s integrated features.

Both Peloton and MYX make high quality exercise bikes that offer an effective workout from home.

However, several notable differences set them apart, especially in terms of price, product specs, and available training options.

Be sure to consider these factors when determining which exercise bike is right for you.