Save $250 on the Echelon Connect EX3 this Black Friday - it's the best Peloton alternative we've ever tested

Echelon Connect EX3 Black Friday deal at Live Science
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If you're a spinning class enthusiast, you should definitely take advantage of this Black Friday deal. The price of Echelon Connect EX3 exercise bike is now reduced by $250, nearly 31% off the original price. 

The Live Science team tested the EX3 model and rated it a generous 4 out of 5 stars for its performance, functional features, ease of use, and slimline design. In fact, we consider it the best budget-friendly alternative to much pricier Peloton. If you're after one of the best exercise bikes and weighing up the Peloton vs Echelon, this price difference may play a deciding role. 

The Echelon EX3 Connect give you access to a wide range of classes and up to five people can use the accompanying app, making it a great option for bigger households. This clever piece of software will adapt the EX3 to your body's requirements and guide you on your fitness journey.

, Now $549.99 at Amazon

Echelon Smart Connect Indoor Cycling Bike EX3 | Was $799.99, Now $549.99 at Amazon 

This fantastic exercise bike is reduced by $250 on Amazon — a reduction of 31%. Thirty two levels of silent magnetic resistance let you vary your workout intensity and there is a handlebar mounted 180-degree rotating console that lets you incorporate off-bike exercises into your routine. The 6” lever makes it easy to adjust the seat position to work for you too.

Peloton and Echelon are remarkably similar and they both offer immersive and highly entertaining training experiences. However, the price of the Echelon makes it more accessible to those on a smaller budget, while still offering access to a great range of classes and instructors.  A Peloton will set you back around $2195 (including a $600 Black Friday discount), while the Echelon Connect EX3 is currently $549 at Amazon. You can also get the bike in white for a further reduction — down to $519.00

The Echelon Connect EX3 has a durable powder-coated steel frame construction with back-mounted 28.6 lb flywheel, which delivers a smooth and stable ride that's great for beginners. It also has fully adjustable handlebars, a competition padded seat and dual-compatible pedals. It’s a compact bike, so is well suited to people with limited space, and we found it fairly easy to move around thanks to the transport wheels.

This Black Friday deal comes with a free trial for the Echelon app, which has a ton of live and on-demand classes available. For $39.99 a month you can access over 3000 live or on-demand classes. The membership allows up to five users, so your friends and family can enjoy the Echelon experience together. You’ll need your own tablet, smartphone or smart TV to stream these. 

The EX3 is fully integrated and connects via Bluetooth to your smart device, meaning you can track your progress in real-time. You can also connect the bike to Facebook to share your workout with friends, or compete against each other.

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Lou Mudge
Health Writer

Lou Mudge is a health writer based in Bath, United Kingdom for Future PLC. She holds an undergraduate degree in creative writing from Bath Spa University, and her work has appeared in Live Science, Tom's Guide, Fit & Well, Coach, T3, and Tech Radar, among others. She regularly writes about health and fitness-related topics such as air quality, gut health, diet and nutrition and the impacts these things have on our lives. 

She has worked for the University of Bath on a chemistry research project and produced a short book in collaboration with the department of education at Bath Spa University.