OUR THOUGHTS: Stages Cycling has designed the 2017 SoulCycle bike.
This is the Stages headline:
“Designed to deliver a consistently awesome experience every time you ride, engineered for maximum comfort, and coming soon to studios across the country”
Wow. What a saving grace for Stages Indoor Cycling Bikes. SoulCycle recently ordered the quote, unquote “Stages Next Gen” Bike. SoulCycle partnered with Stages Indoor Cycling to take your ride to “epic new heights” with a “state-of-the-art” bike that is supposed to deliver an improved performance and functionality for the ultimate workout. WOW. That was a mouthful wasn’t it? LOL
However we thought Stages was losing market share our going out of business because we never saw Stages bikes in any studios we went to. All we saw were Schwinn, Keiser, RealRyder and Spinning Bikes. It was definitely a great moment for Stages when SoulCycle ordered bikes from them. We guess there have been brand conflict if SoulCycle ordered from Schwinn, Keiser, RealRyder or Spinning brand? Who knows.
We reached out to Les Wiehe who is the USA sales rep, and Laurel Mylin the marketing rep for Stages, and even Paddy Murray the International Sales guy and they had bad attitudes. Is that a possible reason why we never see any of their bikes in Indoor Cycling studios? A “fake it, till you make it” attitude is not only unprofessional but bad public relations. Will this save them? Who knows.
But we get asked to share the bells and whistles of this overpriced and bike so we will. Here is the overpriced bike:
New shape and grip improve ergonomics for a better feel and added comfort
water bottle holder
A wider and deeper cage securely accommodates any-size bottle
Ensure a consistent ride no matter what bike you’re on
New carbon belt replaces the chain to deliver a ridiculously smooth and quiet ride
Smaller adjustable increments mean a more precise set-up for each rider
Spring-loaded levers lock your bike settings in place and won’t come loose during class
You can adjust your seat depth without getting off the bike