Kouz Live Indoor Cycling Bike Review
KOUZ Live Overview
The Kouz Live is a great-looking spin bike, and I am excited to tell you all about it. Let’s start by talking about the price. This bike isn’t expensive at all. A total of $400 will get you this bike. That’s excellent value for money and will fit into many a spinner’s budget. It’s not going to be a Peloton or a Nordictrack s22i, but It’s often easy to get caught up in technology when it comes to buying an exercise bike. It is the technology that makes spin bikes expensive, and it’s not all the time that we require this technology to get a good workout. The assembly of this bike is one of the simplest that I have come across. It should take around 20 minutes to an hour, depending on how savvy you are at putting things together. The Warranty is an entire year, and they also advertise a 24-hour help email if you have any issues with the bike or building it. When I first saw this bike, I saw many features that I wasn’t expecting on something of this price. Though what we all want to know is this a good deal or is it one to avoid?
Let’s talk about the monitor. It is fundamental and doesn’t have a backlight on this model. It will require 2 x AAA batteries for use. It will give you a few data fields to work with, RPM, Time, Distance, Speed, Calories, and Heart Rate. The distance and speed will be calculated by the number of rotations of the crank. The Calories will be a rough estimation for the average person. I like the fact it has a heart rate on this. I found it quite impressive. The metal pieces on the front of the handlebars will give your heart rate as you hold them. It doesn’t have a power meter or power function or any connectivity, so no Bluetooth or Ant+, which on a bike for $400 I wouldn’t expect anyway. If you’re buying this to connect with Peloton or Zwift, you won’t be able to, but it doesn’t stop you from following the class without the bike being connected. Like I say, it’s a basic unit, but it’s enough to have a good workout at home. Many indoor cycling bikes that this price wouldn’t have monitors, especially ones that offer this data you have with the Kouz Live.
The transmission is an excellent system, and I was impressed. It runs a frictionless magnetic system. Three magnets are placed above the Flywheel, and as you turn the resistance in, the closer they get, the harder it becomes to pedal. The company is currently working on adding an extra magnet to the original system and promises it will be available soon. Personally, though, I think three is enough for most unless you see yourself in the Tour De France soon. The Flywheel is connected to a Belt drive system, and the bike is very smooth to ride. This system itself is tranquil, and if I lived in a flat or a shared house, I wouldn’t worry about using it at awkward times of the day. It will be very low maintenance and doesn’t require brake pads in this system.
The Pedals are standard Toe Clip-in pedals. They are metal and are of good quality. They do not have an SPD clip-in option to them but not to worry, it’s a standard thread, so they can be easily changed out for many other kinds of pedals. The Q-Factor is not listed from what I can tell is a fairly standard size for an indoor cycle and will not feel any different from a studio spin bike. The Flywheel is an ideal weight of 35lbs. It’s not often you see a Flywheel so heavy on a magnetic bike of this price. Having this makes the bike feel smooth and sturdy throughout your workouts and keeps the noise down.
The bike itself weighs 108lbs. It’s easy to move around on the wheels, which are at the front, and with no cables or wires attached, makes this bike portable around the house. It’s made of steel and coated in an anti-rust material. They have also put a guard over the Flywheel to protect it from sweat or anything falling off the bars. The max user weight for the bike is 330lbs and does feel strong and put together well. It’s 37” in length, 45” in height, and 20” wide, so it’s a small unit and would be easy to store. The user height range isn’t like many other spinning bikes. It’s 5ft 4” to 6ft 8”. It’s definitely on the higher side of things, and before you do purchase this bike, I’d have a quick check on where you are height-wise to make sure you fit into the right bracket. The handlebars are of outstanding quality, and as mentioned before, I like the Heart Rate pads. They are straightforward to clean and have plenty of options for riding. Another great feature of these is they have an inbuilt tablet mount, making it easy for you to ride entertainment, and also has bottle holders for those longer rides. The saddle is reasonably comfortable. Like any spinning saddle, it will take a few rides to get used to. What makes me like this bike is that both the saddle and the handlebars can move vertically and horizontally. This isn’t seen in many indoor cycling bikes, and even some of the best can’t do this. It’s not even possible on a Peloton. I feel like they have put a lot of time into the design of this bike, and it wouldn’t look out of place in a spin studio, in my opinion. It feels great to ride, strong and in sprints and big climbs. I feel confident in its ability and would feel safe putting down a lot of power.
KOUZ Live Indoor Cycle Features:
- Q-Factor: Unknown
- Pedals: Toe Clip
- Flywheel: 35 Pounds
- Resistance: Magnetic
- Transmission: Belt
- Weight capacity: 330 Pounds
- Height capacity: 5’4″ – 6’.8″
- Bike weight: 108 Pounds
- Bike dimension: 20″W x 45″H x 37″L
- Monitor: Basic
- Connectivity: None
- Applications: None
- RPM tracking: Yes
- Speed tracking: Yes
- Watt tracking: None
- Resistance tracking: None
KOUZ Live Indoor Bike Pros:
- Affordable price
- Inbuilt Heart Rate Monitor
- Very Adjustable handlebars
- Looks great and has dual bottle holders
- Quiet Belt Drive
- Magnetic Frictionless System
- Sweat Resistant
- Small in Size
KOUZ Live Indoor Bike Cons:
- User Height is a small range
- No Backlight on Monitor
- Battery-powered Monitor
- No wireless Connectivity
Frequently Asked Questions About Kouz Live
NO, the pedals come with toe clips. However, you can easily replace it with spd clips pedals.
Yes, it has RPM displayed on the crank wheel.
It is suitable for 5’-4″ people. I have seen users complaining about it because it doesn’t fit well for small heightened people.
Pedal spindle size is 9/16″, which is a standard pedal size. You can easily replace it with spd clips.
Yes, the Kouz Live bike is the right choice for 6-foot users. It has fully adjustable seat and handlebars that helps accommodating users of different heights.
Kouz Live features high stability and can support weight up to 330 pounds.
Yes, you need to select a mode by pushing the button and put your hands on the sensor (metal pieces on the front of handlebars). It will measure and display your heart rate.
The seat to pedal height is adjustable from 29″ to 37.5″.
No, to monitor certain things, you can use Bluetooth cadence and speed sensors with indoor cycling application of your choice.
The Q factor of the Kouz Live indoor cycling bike is 180mm.
The Kouz Live is an excellent bike, in my opinion. It’s basic, and I feel that works. They have made sure the value is where it needs to be, and the bike is a pleasure to use. It has a belt drive magnetic transmission and a small monitor. Yes, it is simple but effective, and it will do the job of giving you a good workout, and it will do it well. Although it might not have a power meter, it may not have a unique perimeter-weighted Flywheel or a carbon belt; I’m glad it doesn’t because, with all these extra things, the price would come rocketing up. The most beautiful thing about this indoor bike, in my opinion, is the price, it’s such good value for money. You will struggle to find a bike of this quality for the same price without a catch. I think this exercise bike would really suit someone who’s isn’t worried about apps and just wants to jump on a bike and burn some calories and improve their cycling. Would I buy it? Yeah totally. It’s a great spin bike under $500.