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Horizon IC7.9 Indoor Cycle Review

by Nellie

This post was sponsored by Horizon Fitness. All opinions are my own.

As a New York City girl that has been to many different fitness classes–Spinning has always been one of my top 3 ways to workout. This is why I am so excited to review the Horizon IC7.9 indoor spinning bike for you today. I’m sharing the real and honest thoughts from a spin junkie. Does it match up? Do I miss the studio? Is it worth a purchase?

If you have been hanging out with me a while you know that I have been a hardcore Peloton fan since they first landed in NYC. You know, 5 years ago, BEFORE all the fanfare. 

I have always wanted a bike but the cost ($2500!!) always gave me pause. Since becoming an entrepreneur 3.5 years ago, I’ve had to be extremely smart about my purchases. 

Up until I got pregnant last year I was attending daily classes at the Peloton studio in NYC. Since having the baby, leaving the house and arranging babysitting for all three of my children has become an entire production

Not to mention the commute to the studio is about and hour each way (on a good day!). So I’ve been looking for a home solution that won’t break the budget but will still give me the feeling of being inside the studio. 

Enter the Horizon Fitness IC7.9 indoor cycle 

When I found out that I was getting the chance to review the bike I jumped to the sky with excitement. I sorely missed group fitness classes and since I’m home with the baby full time, my options are limited. Plus Horizon Fitness has been in the home fitness space for years, and it’s a trusted award-winning leading fitness brand.

I immediately started reading reviews of the IC7.9 indoor cycle online. The first thing I saw was that I was able to use my tablet for something other than entertaining my children! There is a built in spot on the bike for your tablet to stream cycling classes. 

That means, you guessed it! You can stream peloton classes that are live and are from the  library directly to your tablet, phone and in some cases your TV. 

Just like that I had the experience and feeling of the Peloton studio right there in my home for a fraction of the cost. At less than half the price of the full Peloton bike as well as half the cost of the monthly subscription—I was now riding daily with my favorite instructors. 

Including Alex Toussaint who has been my favorite since I took his first class in 2014. (No really, in my head we are best friends, he has the BEST playlists, and 80% of the classes I take are his!)

The bike set up

The Horizon IC7.9 cycle was delivered within a standard 4 hour window and the set up was relatively easy. I set the bike up in my living room. The weight of the bike is 127 pounds

My husband was able to put this together rather quickly. The middle part of the bike that include the flywheel is on solid piece and the heaviest part of the bike, so basically all you have to do is attach the base, handle bars, pedals, seat and attach the display. It took about an hour before it was all ready to go!

Things you should know about the Horizon IC7.9 indoor cycle:

It is gorgeous: It has accents of blue and it doesn’t take up a ton of space.  It could easily go in a bedroom, living room or your home gym.

see someone special by my leg?? 🙂

How does the Horizon Ic7.9 indoor cycle compare to the Peloton?

There are a few things you should know to make an educated decision about the bike:

The ride data does not upload to the peloton app. You cannot compare your performance to the thousands of riders riding with you. You have to trust yourself to work just as hard (if not harder) than everyone else. There IS a display that comes with your bike that will tell you calories burned, distance traveled, rpm, etc.

However, whenever you ride the app keeps a log of every workout you have done so you can join the century club (100 rides+) just like everyone else.

The resistance knob is different. You are no longer twisting the knob left and right, you adjust by going up and down. I actually like this better and I don’t miss the twisting motion.

You need to use your own tablet. Your phone works too, but the handle bar really works for a tablet. Plus if you have an android you can easily stream cast your peloton/spin classes to a TV.

You don’t need to use any technology at all. If you want a spin bike that will record your mileage while you watch TV this bike is perfect for that too!

What are my thoughts after 5 straight days and 5 straight classes?

The bike seat is a little hard, it took exactly 4 days of riding before I felt no pain at all hopping on. Unless you are a very experienced and frequent rider you will likely need a while to get used to it. To speed up the process you can also purchase a bike pad from amazon.

Streaming to TV makes cycling way more fun

I currently own a google streamcast which makes it easy to stream the peloton digital app from my iPhone directly to my TV. I currently do this every morning while the kids are getting ready for school. They enjoy the music and I enjoy the ride!

Who should get the Horizon IC7.9 indoor spinning bike?

Honestly everyone–I have taken a ride every single day on the bike since I’ve gotten it and I absolutely love it. I don’t miss uploading my data and I get a fantastic workout with incredible music every single ride. I pop my bluetooth headphones in and I am taken away in my workout. 

The best part? The bike is extremely quiet, this is an INVALUABLE feature especially because I plan on riding while my daughter takes her morning naps. It doesn’t blow air, it rides like a dream, and with the music in my ears, it’s quiet. Now if I start singing along out loud, that’s when we have a problem. 🙂

Plus the bike is almost a quarter of the price of a Peloton!! It’s currently on sale for $599! You really can’t beat that with a stick. If you have been eyeing a Peloton bike and don’t really want to drop the $2500–this is really the most perfect option. I’ll see you on the leaderboard friends!! Add me! #NellieBK

Spin Shoes for the Horizon Ic7.9

I had to do a bit of research for this because this was my first time buying spin shoes. After some trial and error, here is the exact combination you need to buy spin shoes. Keep in mind that the pedals for the Peloton are NOT the same as the pedals for the Horizon.

–Look for shoes with SPD Clips: I ended up buying these Pearl Izumi Spin shoes. They are super comfortable and I loved the colors. What I didn’t know was that they did not come with CLEATS. Cleats is the little metal part that clips from your shoes into the pedals. 

For spin shoes that don’t have cleats attached already (many don’t) you will have to install proper cleats. These in particular have 2 screws. When you order the shoes, you should order the cleats too so you can ride with them right away.

What You Need:

–> Pearl Izumi Spin Shoes

–> SHIMANO SH56 Multi Directional Release SPD Cleat

I’ve been using this combination for over 6 months now and I love them! Easy to clip in and out, and they feel great on the foot. The spin shoes are definitely better than the cages. Not an absolute must to ride the bike, but if you can get it I highly recommend it.

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12 comments

MJ November 29, 2019 - 8:33 am

Yes Nellie! I’ve been waiting for this review. Thanks for breaking down all the details. This bike is a beauty. I love that it has a small footprint, the up and down lotion instead of the spinning knob (I really hate that about spin bikes) and the price. And the whole see your rides against other people? I’m totally ok without that too. The pressure of that is just not my thing. Adding the Horizon IC7.9 to my visionboard because it’s a must. I’ll see you on the leaderboard really soon.

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Renée November 29, 2019 - 8:58 am

so happy for you! Ron is setting up our Schwinn IC8 as I type this! I wish I could join you on Peloton classes but to be honest the Les Mills classes are much cheaper (and I love RPM). I think what’s most important is that we both enjoy our rides and give it our best each time, right??

I don’t think there’s much difference between the Horizon IC7.9 and the one we bought, even around the same price point! Had I known you were going to review though it might have swung my opinion a bit!

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Shelly December 5, 2019 - 9:11 am

I loved reading your review of this indoor bike. The price point is budget-friendly. I am so glad I stopped by today. Off to send a link to my hubby for my wishlist item 😉

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Nellie December 6, 2019 - 2:17 pm

thanks so much mama!!

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Susan February 17, 2020 - 7:05 am

We bought the bike based on your excellent review. On little correction. The bike is NOT 300 lbs. That’s the maximum weight it supports, which is an important distinction for bigger folks to consider. If you can edit your review by adding that info, it would be much appreciated. The actual bike is 127 lbs.

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Nellie February 17, 2020 - 8:28 pm

YES, you are absolutely right, making the change now! Thanks 🙂

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Kim February 27, 2020 - 2:29 pm

Are the clips on the pedals SPD clips? I just followed you on the Peloton app. I’m so addicted to it. I love Alex too.

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Nellie February 28, 2020 - 1:33 pm

Hi Kim! Yes they are SPD clips! I followed you back 🙂

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Patrick March 21, 2020 - 2:46 pm

I’m really clueless on buying exercise equipment, but some reviews I read about this bike includes something about the back light on the display??? I have no clue what that means. If the bike is in a sunny room can you see the numbers? I hope this makes sense..

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Nellie March 21, 2020 - 3:06 pm

YES! makes total sense. I have my bike set up with the bike adjacent to my window. I don’t think there is a back light BUT I’ve never had an issue seeing the numbers. Hope that helps.

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James McPartland Jr March 26, 2020 - 12:32 pm

Hi Nellie, just read your review. Thanks. I’m look at this bike and the Schwinn ic4.
I have a quick question. Can you connect the bike’s cadence to the peloton app through Bluetooth? I know the Schwinn ic4 does.

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Nellie March 26, 2020 - 1:20 pm

Hi James!

Not that I know of, I have not been able to connect any stats from the bike directly to the app. I’d heard of “wahoo” cadence devices that would possibly work but I haven’t tried it yet.

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