Rogue Echo Bike Versus Schwinn Airdyne Pro

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Air bikes (sometimes called “assault bikes”) have become a hot item – a must have for your home or garage gym.

Let’s compare two of the front runners of the pack – this is Rogue Echo Bike versus Schwinn Airdyne Pro (also sold as the AD7).

Schwinn Airdyne Pro Air Bike - View from Side Quarter
The Schwinn Airdyne Pro is also sold as the AD7 model. Either way, it is Schwinn’s top of the line air bike model.

Rogue Echo Bike - poolside
The Rogue Echo Bike was intended to be the best air bike – period. How does it stack up to the AD Pro/AD7? Read on to find out…

Currently, both of these models are hard to find – but if you can find them in stock, which should you choose?

That’s what we’ll review here.

Here’s the two air bikes we’re going to compare:

Rogue Echo Bike Rogue took the air bike concept and made the best air bike you can buy - this unit is smooth, solid, and quiet (for an air bike) thanks to the belt drive. Built like a tank - with outstanding Rogue build quality. It requires a minimum of maintenance. This is our top pick for an air bike.

Schwinn Airdyne Pro Schwinn's top of the line air bike - with quiet belt drive, multi-grip handles, and outstanding build quality. This is a premium air bike, but has a price tag to match.

Rogue Echo Bike Versus Schwinn Airdyne Pro – Overview

Let’s start by discussing some of the similarities.

Both of these are premium air bikes. What do we consider essential for a premium air bike?

They both have excellent build quality, relatively quite and reliable belt drive, and electronic monitors with a decent amount of modes and metrics.

Schwinn Airdyne Pro Air Bike - Fan Exposed
Air bikes have a fan. This is where the resistance comes from. You push, pull, and pedal to move the fan. And the faster you go, the harder it is to accelerate further.

Both follow the same general layout – it’s an air bike, so there are pedals and handles.

As with all air bikes, the handles are in constant motion, and there’s no freewheeling of the pedals either.

Both bikes are a very different experience from a spin bike (like Peloton) or a road bicycle.

Besides the obvious fact that you’ll be pulling and pushing with your arms – there aren’t any gear changes, and these bikes get more and more difficult the faster you go.

Neither is an equivalent of road biking, but they are fitness machines that let you generate incredible amounts of intensity.

And that’s where the training effect and benefit of air bikes come from.

The Rogue Echo Bike combines heavy-duty steel, precision engineering, and convenient customization to forge a stronger, sturdier fan bike.
Thanks to the big fan, handles, and pedals this is one tough full body workout.

Rogue Echo Bike Versus Schwinn Airdyne Pro – Noise Levels

Where do these units differ?

One key aspect of an air bike is the noise level – they are all noisy.

However, belt drive bikes are quieter than those using a chain (generally speaking).

Schwinn Airdyne Pro Air Bike - Side View
There’s no gears – just a single stage belt driven fan. Air bikes make a good amount of noise, especially when going at maximum effort.

(They are also less maintenance and more reliable – which is a huge benefit too.)

Which of these is noisier?

To compare the two, it’s necessary to find a baseline RPM (revolutions per minute.)

The Rogue Echo Bike has ten fan blades - and they aren't small.
The Rogue Echo Bike has ten fan blades – and they aren’t small. Despite this, it makes a quieter, more pleasant noise (to our ear.)

60 RPM is a good point to test. 60 RPM is a cadence that might be typical for just about anyone to use an air bike.

The faster you go, the noisier the bike will be – the sound of the fan gets quite loud. But let’s not compare at insane levels of power output – because you won’t be pedaling at that cadence for long.

The Schwinn Airdyne is noticeably louder than the Echo Bike.

Why is that? We’re not sure – but it makes a higher pitched sound that is less pleasing to the ear.

The Echo Bike makes a soft “whooshing” sound – from the air being accelerated and churned by the fan.

Rogue Echo Bike Versus Schwinn Airdyne Pro – At Maximum Effort

One comment people have made about the Rogue Echo is that it’s harder to pedal as compared to the Air Assault Bike – the most popular bike in use at most CrossFit boxes.

Based on our research, we believe this is due to the massive size of the fan.

If you compare the fan on the Echo to that of the Air Assault Bike – you’ll see that the Echo has more blades, and they are much bigger.

Big beefy handles of the Rogue Echo Bike
Echo Bike has very beefy handles. You have to move these.

This means you are moving more air with each revolution of the pedals – and that means more effort (and noise.)

The AD Pro / AD7 is much the same – the fan is big.

Overall, the AD Pro feels like even more work than the Rogue Echo.

At maximum effort, both bikes are quite noisy.

And this is where another key difference between the two bikes becomes apparent.

Schwinn Airdyne Pro Air Bike - Side Quarter View
The AD Pro has more grip options – thanks the multi-position handles.

The Rogue Echo bike is much more stable at max effort than the AD Pro.

The AD Pro isn’t as wide, it’s not as heavy, and the parts are not as beefy.

It tends to rock side to side a noticeable amount.

There’s a reason Rogue built the Echo bike as “overbuilt”.

It’s very, very stable, even when you are giving it all you have.

Rogue Echo Bike Versus Schwinn Airdyne Pro – Build Quality

The Echo is built from more robust, heavy-duty parts – but the build quality of both is near equivalent.

One advantage that the AD Pro holds – there are multiple handle positions – unlike the Rogue bike.

Schwinn Airdyne Pro Air Bike - View from Behind
Here’s a good view showing where the multi-position handles are helpful.

There’s two levels of horizontal handle, and you can use the vertical portion of the grip as well – for a third option.

Rogue Echo Bike Versus Schwinn Airdyne Pro – Seat Comfort

Both bikes use the same seat – it appears identical.

Schwinn Airdyne Pro Air Bike - Seat Closeup
Closeup of the seat (saddle) of the Airdyne.

You can upgrade the seat on either unit – including to a proper biking “saddle”.

The pedals are very similar too.

The stock bike seat on the Rogue Echo Bike.
The stock bike seat on the Rogue Echo Bike. It’s big, wide, and fairly comfy.

Rogue Echo Bike Versus Schwinn Airdyne Pro – Electronic Monitor

At first glance, the Airdyne monitor looks more complete and expansive.

But once you’ve used it, you’ll better appreciate the Rogue Echo Bike’s simplified layout.

With the Rogue you can see everything at once, where-as with the Schwinn you’ll need to switch screens more often.

Echo Bike electronic monitor with LCD
Echo Bike electronic monitor with LCD – It’s all front and center, in a single view – perfect! I do wish it were backlit and bluetooth compatible, though.

For example, on the Schwinn you can’t see calories and distance on the same screen – why not show all that at once?

You’ll also appreciate the positioning of the Rogue’s monitor – it’s front and center and easy to see your stats as you are furiously pedaling, pushing, and pulling.

It’s not feasible to use your fingers to change modes while you are going all out.

As such, it’s a clear win for the Rogue Echo bike in this category.

Neither unit is backlit, which means they are both hard to see in the dark – you’ll need a light source.

Overall, both pale in comparison to something like the PM5 monitor on the Concept 2 equipment.

Rogue Echo Bike Versus Schwinn Airdyne Pro – In Summary

Both units are nice, but the Rogue Echo Bike is the superior air bike.

The Rogue Echo Bike is just so much more stable – and as a benefit it is less noisy.

It feels slightly easier to pedal the Rogue bike, and this lower resistance makes it a more attractive option for LISS (Low Intensity Steady State) exercise.

Lastly, the electronic monitor is clearly superior to that of the Schwinn.

If you can find an AD Pro/AD7 for a good deal, it might be worthwhile – but if you are buying new we recommend the Rogue Echo Bike.

It’s also cheaper!

Rogue Echo Bike by the pool
Our winner – The Rogue Echo Bike is the best Air Bike to get in 2020. Having the Rogue Echo Bike poolside doesn’t make it any easier.

Want more air bike options? Check out our guide to the best air bike.

We’ve also done a deep dive review on the Rogue Echo Bike.

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Schwinn Airdyne Pro Air Bike - Front Quarter View
If you can find a deal on the Schwinn Airdyne Pro/AD7 – grab it! It’s an excellent machine.

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Schwinn Airdyne Pro Air Bike - Quarter View from Floor
Schwinn Airdyne Pro – also sold as the AD7.