• 03-04-2017
    AlanE
    Does anyone here use Peleton?
    I saw this story on CNBC - an interview with the CEO of Peleton. I have a friend who has a Peleton, but I don't consider her to be a serious cyclist. Seems like those who are into "hardcore" indoor training use Zwift.

    The ?Netflix for fitness? company raging with millennials ? with zero competition
  • 03-04-2017
    Marc
    $2000 for the equipment... Plus another 50 a month for the service. Millennials being broke and all, calling it a rage is probably pushing it
  • 03-04-2017
    burgrat
    Peloton. Remember VELO --> PELOton.

    I've seen the ads and it looks cool. For the price I would just get a good trainer and a dedicated large screen tv or computer setup and make my own training area with my own bike.
  • 03-04-2017
    Oxtox
    really dislike the Peloton tv ads...

    '...Robin's not going to go easy on you...'

    '...this is you attacking the hill, crushing the flats...'

    50 bills a month...? had no idea the service fee was that high. forget that...
  • 03-04-2017
    MMsRepBike
    Wow. That guy is 100% full of himself and full of shite at the same time.

    I guess that makes him a bag of shite.

    And, by the way, he's wrong and we all know it.

    Edit: I have a theory. My theory is that whatever show or site or program or whatever that's from is one where the people that watch it have more money then sense. It sounds, quite clearly to me actually, that he's making a pitch to investors about his company. I know he's full of **** but I bet the trust fund babies are dumb enough to not know any better.
  • 03-04-2017
    Marc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by burgrat View Post
    Peloton. Remember VELO --> PELOton.

    I've seen the ads and it looks cool. For the price I would just get a good trainer and a dedicated large screen tv or computer setup and make my own training area with my own bike.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    really dislike the Peloton tv ads...

    '...Robin's not going to go easy on you...'

    '...this is you attacking the hill, crushing the flats...'

    50 bills a month...? had no idea the service fee was that high. forget that...

    I was operating off memory...$39.99/month as of January

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MMsRepBike View Post
    Wow. That guy is 100% full of himself and full of shite at the same time.

    I guess that makes him a bag of shite.

    And, by the way, he's wrong and we all know it.

    Edit: I have a theory. My theory is that whatever show or site or program or whatever that's from is one where the people that watch it have more money then sense. It sounds, quite clearly to me actually, that he's making a pitch to investors about his company. I know he's full of **** but I bet the trust fund babies are dumb enough to not know any better.

    For those curious about actual user thoughts...Peloton has a booth at CES this year. And noted bicycle GPS/gadget reviewer DC Rainmaker, having heard from a friend about it a week prior, made a mini-review (with pics) out of it:

    https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2016/01/...-platform.html


    TL; DR

    -What is there is quite well done in hardware/software
    -Expensive, $2000 for the hardware+ $40USD/month for unlimited classes
    -Closed platform however, with no modding/etc possible
  • 03-04-2017
    Trek_5200
    did some research for a building gym. some residents wanted the keiser trainer but after looking at the stats seemed like the best machines are schwinn
  • 03-04-2017
    bradkay
    Looking at the photo somebody posted in another thread, it appears that this $2000 Peloton trainer has a computer screen but the computer does not control the resistance device. Seems way overpriced in that case.
  • 03-04-2017
    DaveG
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    $2000 for the equipment... Plus another 50 a month for the service. Millennials being broke and all, calling it a rage is probably pushing it

    Maybe they meant "enraged"? Anyway, I agree that is a lot of coin for a closed system. However, I doubt cycling enthusiasts is their target market
  • 03-04-2017
    Cartoscro
    Seems like just another piece of fitness equipment that most people will post to Craigslist at 20% of they paid...'barely used'.
  • 03-06-2017
    Lrobby99
    At 20% of Retail, I would buy in a heartbeat.
    Anyone try the Expresso stationary bike? The novelty is you steer the handlebars along one of many very colorful courses on the attached monitor. Tension increases for hills. I really enjoyed it at the health club I quit after investing in a Nautilus U616 for Christmas last. The Nautilus is good, but is already making unwanted noises. The Peloton looks sturdy.
  • 03-06-2017
    jetdog9
    A friend of a friend who lives in NJ and can't get out in the winter has been using one a lot, seems to like it. He's a fairly serious cyclist, so there's at least one out there using the thing...
  • 03-06-2017
    MMsRepBike
    Shane Miller weighed in on this recently. He's tapped into the pulse of home cycling training better than most. He thinks it's going to fail. Basically says no cyclist wants one of those things. We want bikes and trainers. Bikes ride on the road. Trainers can go with us for warm ups or on vacation or whatever. He sort of concluded by saying that this isn't for cyclists though most likely, not the target market at all. Says the target market is people with tons of cash that got addicted to spin class at their local fitness center that would like to have it in their home gym.
  • 03-06-2017
    DaveG
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MMsRepBike View Post
    Shane Miller weighed in on this recently. He's tapped into the pulse of home cycling training better than most. He thinks it's going to fail. Basically says no cyclist wants one of those things. We want bikes and trainers. Bikes ride on the road. Trainers can go with us for warm ups or on vacation or whatever. He sort of concluded by saying that this isn't for cyclists though most likely, not the target market at all. Says the target market is people with tons of cash that got addicted to spin class at their local fitness center that would like to have it in their home gym.

    I don't doubt that for now the company is doing well. The target audience for this seems to be an affluent customer who is always looking for "the Next Big Thing in Fitness". Whether that be Zumba, Tao Bo, Spin, stripper aerobics, roller-blades, etc., there will be people that want to be part of the latest trend. Its not a bad business model as long as you get out before it flops
  • 03-06-2017
    dcorn
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MMsRepBike View Post
    Shane Miller weighed in on this recently. He's tapped into the pulse of home cycling training better than most. He thinks it's going to fail. Basically says no cyclist wants one of those things. We want bikes and trainers. Bikes ride on the road. Trainers can go with us for warm ups or on vacation or whatever. He sort of concluded by saying that this isn't for cyclists though most likely, not the target market at all. Says the target market is people with tons of cash that got addicted to spin class at their local fitness center that would like to have it in their home gym.

    This, 100%. I do see some cyclists in spin classes in the winter periodically, but mostly just women who want an intense workout.

    I lived in DC until a year or so ago and spin studios are getting HUGE now. Following a local blog, I bet a dozen of them have opened in the city in the past 2 years. It's crazy people pay that much money a month for only a daily spin class when they could join a normal gym for the same price and get a spin class built into the price. Peleton basically gives you a spin studio in your house without having to set foot outside, but you still get the motivation of the teacher yelling at you and the competitiveness of knowing how hard your classmates are pushing.

    Maybe if you could hook up a normal trainer and use a tablet, but the $2k entry fee is crazy, even before the monthly fee.
  • 03-06-2017
    Chader09
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dcorn View Post
    This, 100%. I do see some cyclists in spin classes in the winter periodically, but mostly just women who want an intense workout.

    I lived in DC until a year or so ago and spin studios are getting HUGE now. Following a local blog, I bet a dozen of them have opened in the city in the past 2 years. It's crazy people pay that much money a month for only a daily spin class when they could join a normal gym for the same price and get a spin class built into the price. Peleton basically gives you a spin studio in your house without having to set foot outside, but you still get the motivation of the teacher yelling at you and the competitiveness of knowing how hard your classmates are pushing.

    Maybe if you could hook up a normal trainer and use a tablet, but the $2k entry fee is crazy, even before the monthly fee.

    And that is what Zwift offers, only much cheaper.

    $10 monthly fee, includes cycling and running options.
    It requires a compatible device for use (iOS, Mac and PC), bike, trainer, and at least a speed sensor. More expensive trainers are useful, but not a requirement.

    It has access to casual riding (solo or in groups), structured training (solo), and racing (groups). Once they add voice chat and more structured group training, they will have essentially what Peleton offers and much more.
  • 03-06-2017
    Marc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dcorn View Post
    This, 100%. I do see some cyclists in spin classes in the winter periodically, but mostly just women who want an intense workout.

    I lived in DC until a year or so ago and spin studios are getting HUGE now. Following a local blog, I bet a dozen of them have opened in the city in the past 2 years. It's crazy people pay that much money a month for only a daily spin class when they could join a normal gym for the same price and get a spin class built into the price. Peleton basically gives you a spin studio in your house without having to set foot outside, but you still get the motivation of the teacher yelling at you and the competitiveness of knowing how hard your classmates are pushing.

    Maybe if you could hook up a normal trainer and use a tablet, but the $2k entry fee is crazy, even before the monthly fee.

    DCRainmaker says Peloton offers just that I think for $13/month on iPad.
  • 03-06-2017
    DaveG
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    DCRainmaker says Peloton offers just that I think for $13/month on iPad.

    I was wondering why anyone would pay $2000 plus $40 a month if there is a much cheaper app, so I looked it up. The app lets you watch recorded or live streamed video but it does not give you all the metrics, or allow you to compete live, or to ride with friends. I guess when you tell your fashionable Peloton bike riding friends that you just have the cheapo app, you are looked upon with disdain.
  • 03-06-2017
    Oxtox
    most cyclists own a bike...

    so, why spend 2,000+ bucks for a faux bike that you can't ride outside...

    $150 rollers are a much better investment.
  • 03-06-2017
    PBL450
    2K + another $500 a year? That's a joke. Any old stationary bike and a virtual classroom, for THAT? Agree, I don't think the market is cyclists. Who wants to get fit to a stationary bike when the one you actually ride already fits and goes on a trainer so easily. A trainer that offers all of this and more no less at a fraction of the cost. And a bike you can actually RIDE! That does explain the little hand weights in the bidon cages... they don't know what they are for.
  • 03-06-2017
    MMsRepBike
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by PBL450 View Post
    That does explain the little hand weights in the bidon cages... they don't know what they are for.

    https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/shri...M2U5NThiOA.jpg
  • 03-28-2019
    Larrynipon
    Peloton works!
    I find the “group bashing” of Peloton to have a common theme...they are all opinions! I, in fact, was part of that...until I bought one for my wife. I’m a “data rider”...power, hr, etc. I also ride indoors with Wahoo Kickr, and love it. I looked at Peloton as a “expensive Fluffy” toy for the “wanna be” masses with money.
    We got the Peloton last Xmas. I figured I’d try it. I was shocked by my response. I loved it. The class dynamic, quality of the machine, coach and music quality, intelligence of the workouts...Peloton got it right.
    The gorilla in the room...is it a good thing for training as prep for the outdoor season?
    so, after 70 rides between Xmas and March 15, I went out for my 1st “baseline TT” of the season...a 14 mile rolling route in the Berkshires. This was the earliest in over 20 years I’ve done it.
    Result? Over 2 minutes faster than my baseline TT...EVER! Was it a fluke? Nope...rode it again this week. Was a bit warmer...I was 7 seconds faster.
    Bottom line...Peloton works. It’s fun, convenient, you end up riding more, no more spin classes (money and time saved), my wife and I enjoy talking about our rides and numbers... and the training is effective.
    So, opinions are fine and we are all entitled to them, but commentary based on objective hands on experience is far more beneficial in helping readers of this forum arrive at an actionable decision, as opposed to the subjective, uninformed lynch mob mentality that simply gives people consensus comfort in not buying one.
  • 03-28-2019
    OldZaskar
    My sisters have Pelotons and love them. They aren't cyclists. I do think they represent Peloton's actual market - 40+ with disposable income, don't want to go to the gym, do want a class...

    I'm not opposed to a $2-4k smart, power-based stationary bike IF it's doing what I need it to do...
    - Match my road bike fit exactly
    - Remain platform agnostic

    I have a garage full of bikes, so I'd be a hypocrite to say it's ridiculous to have one that never (or can't leave) the basement.
  • 03-28-2019
    chad.trent
    I have a spin bike. But not a Peloton. I do subscribe to Peloton's service though for classes. I would rather use Zwift but we already had the spin bike so hard to justify the added expense of a smart trainer. Their classes are pretty much what you would expect. Pedal as fast as you can and keep adding resistance.

    With my work schedule and family commitments I can really only ride outside on the weekends. So I do their classes a few times a week at night after the rest of the family goes to bed. They get kind of boring, but a workout is a workout I suppose.

    I don't race. I don't care about watts. So for me they are fine. Anything that lets me pedal more will help me when I get out on the bike. But if you are serious about training and racing, it's probably not going to do what you need.
  • 03-28-2019
    DaveG
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Larrynipon View Post
    I find the “group bashing” of Peloton to have a common theme...they are all opinions!

    I have never tried Peloton, but I don't doubt the workouts build fitness, as do many products. My only negativity to Peloton is their incredibly pretentious ad campaign. I plan to stick with Zwift simply because I dont have a solarium or conservatory to hold a Peloton