As more and more people look for high quality cardio options for their home workouts, JLL Fitness has become one of the ‘go to’ brands for affordable and functional home workout equipment. Perhaps the most successful in their range has been the JLL IC400 Pro indoor studio cycle – and if user reviews are anything to go by it seems to be a bit of a fans favourite.
We decided to find out what all the fuss was about and so we took one on test for a few weeks. Having given it the full Fitness Push test treatment, we are happy to now bring you our full unadulterated JLL IC400 Pro review.
JLL IC400 Pro – An Introduction
JLL are not new to the studio cycle game and have been making spin bikes for well over a decade. The IC400 Pro is the latest in a long running range of these bikes with the 200, 300 and 400 Elite all having a long running history of being good quality indoor studio cycles.
The IC400 Pro sits pretty much at the top of the tree in terms of the JLL range and although it is the most expensive model they make, it still compares very favourably on price when compared to competitor models with similar levels of functionality and build quality.
The JLL IC400 Pro sports an incredibly robust frame that is made from heavy gauge steel and as such can withstand a maximum user weight of up to 150kg – this is pretty heavy duty for a model at this price point. In addition to the super sturdy frame, there is a 3 piece crank, hefty 22kg flywheel and a direct belt driven system that provides a surprisingly smooth ride experience.
You will find adjustable magnetic resistance that provides a good degree of challenge for users of all levels and this is one of the key distinctions between the IC400 Pro and Elite models – with the slightly less well spec’d Elite model having friction based resistance (which can lead to more wear and tear over time) as well as a less heavy duty flywheel.
If you are considering a JLL spin bike then the IC400 Pro is the best of the bunch in terms of pure specs – but how does it fair in reality – we will get on to that shortly.
IC400 Pro Overview
The IC400 Pro weighs 59kg and features handy transport wheels which means it is fairly easy to move around for optimum positioning during a workout. It measures up at 130cm (l) x 54cm (w) x 141.5cm (h) which also makes it one of the most compact home cardio options in terms of its footprint. Like all upright cycles, it is not foldable and that means you get one of the safest and sturdiest rides possible.
The IC400 Pro by JLL promises one of the most effective methods of home cardio possible and the 22kg flywheel with the wide ranging magnetic resistance means that you will be challenged no matter your level of fitness.
In terms of ride quality, it is hard to argue with how much the IC400 Pro gives you compared to other models in the same price range. You get SPD pedals but there are also foot straps if you prefer to use standard footwear. The saddle is really well padded (actually one of the best we have ever used) and the IC400 Pro even comes packaged with an additional gel seat cover for even greater protection of your derrière.
The handlebars are pretty large and have multiple positions for you to grip and there are built in pulse rate sensors (pretty standard these days) with your vitals beamed to the 7 function LCD display. There are two bottle holders and a tablet holder – all of which come in incredibly handy when on longer rides and you need that extra motivation and extra hydration.
JLL IC400 Pro – In Use Testing
We tested the JLL IC400 Pro for a period of 21 days and in that time we really enjoyed the quality of workout it afforded us. What it lacks in fancy Peloton style displays it more than makes up for in terms of its usability and if you do want more of a digitally connected experience you can customise this studio cycle to do just that – simply adding a mobile device/tablet and an app or two and you have everything you need for a fully connected workout. You can go one further with cadence sensors if you want to but really none of that is necessary for the average user.
There is a good degree of adjustability with the IC400 Pro and it is well suited to users of a range of heights and varying leg lengths. Our testers ranged from 5’5” to 6’1” and neither had to take the seat or handlebar height to either extreme. The seat height ranges from 93cm to 114cm from the base and the seat to pedal height ranges from 80cm to 102cm. If you want to know if this bike is suitable for your height just measure your inside leg – if you fall within that range then you should be fine.
The seat distance to the handlebars is adjustable with a range of 14cm (45cm-59cm) and this makes adjusting the bike for optimum comfort a pretty simple process. The handlebars are well padded and feature a range of optimum positions to place your hands and your arms with those who prefer a leaning and arm supported position well catered for as well as those who prefer to grip more centrally.
Everything about the IC400 Pro is manually controlled so you can easily work at your target heart rate, target speed, RPM or calorie burn – all of which is displayed on the central console. The magnetic resistance has a really impressive range and is controlled by a dial just beneath the central display and is one of the best positioned we have seen – making changing resistance mid ride a cinch.
This model is compatible with Polar heart rate straps and although the pulse rate sensors do a good job of monitoring heart rate, you get a better all-round experience and more accurate and responsive readout from a heart rate strap – they are relatively inexpensive and do a good job.
With a Q-Factor of 175mm, the IC400 Pro just about falls within the optimum range and although we would prefer this to be a little lower, this level of Q-Factor does allow a powerful ride at high speeds without putting unnecessary pressure on the 3 piece crank.
The great thing about the IC400 Pro is that it is accessible to all levels of users. Beginners can hop on and start working out and gradually increase the resistance level, but it is hard to imagine that the most elite of users will ever truly maximise the bike’s capabilities. A bike with this level of range is impressive and it makes it a great option for households with users of varying levels.
We wanted to be impressed by the IC400 Pro and we were. It is incredibly accessible, both in terms of usability and in terms of price – and for those who can’t quite stretch to this top end JLL model there are other great alternatives in the range.
For those looking for high intensity workouts though, it is hard to beat the IC400 Pro and when combining it with a heart rate strap and a third party app – it is hard to beat.