The classic Schwinn Airdyne bike has been used for 30 plus years as a great exercise tool. I have one myself and have put 7,000 plus miles on mine with almost zero maintenance. The Schwinn Airdyne Evolution model is Schwinn’s attempt to improve on the classic model.
Now anytime you attempt to redesign a long-time favorite you take a risk. Schwinn dealt with this by continuing to still make the older model bike just like it has always been. The new model is an additional model. So why is the new model better?
The older model Airdyne is a favorite of many riders for many reasons. It’s rugged, reliable, and nearly trouble free. You get the big plus of exercising arms and legs at the same time. These machines are in health clubs, rehab centers as well as in home gyms.
One of the few down sides to the machines is the noise. The resistance comes from turning a big fan with the pedals. The way you create more resistance is to pedal faster. The faster you pedal, the more noise you get. Many exercise bike riders like to read books or watch videos or TV while pedaling. That isn’t practical on the Airdyne.
The Schwinn Airdyne Evolution is quieter. The fan is much smaller for less noise. Plus the drive from the pedals to the fan is by belt instead of chain like on the older model. The new drive is quieter too. It’s just a smoother and quieter machine plus it’s physically smaller because of the smaller fan.
Many people still buy he original Airdyne version for the many reasons it’s a classic. If you want a slightly smaller machine that’s a little quieter, consider the Schwinn Airdyne Evolution model.