The 6 Best Exercise Bikes for Tall Riders of 2024, Ridden and Approved by Our Experts

Whether they’re shopping for shoes, clothing, or tiny houses, taller consumers can often find their options lacking — and at-home fitness equipment isn’t always that much more accommodating. Thankfully, some of the best exercise bikes on the market cater to riders as tall as 6 feet 6 inches. We saddled up on more than 20 different bikes to find the best exercise bikes for tall riders that won’t crunch your budget (or vertebrae).

Below, you’ll find bikes with integrated fitness apps and huge HD touchscreens for the techies, along with more utilitarian models to fit minimalist lifestyles. Join us as we break down what makes these hyper-adjustable exercise bikes suitable for taller-than-average cyclists.

The 6 Best Exercise Bikes for Tall Riders 

Best Overall Exercise Bike for Tall Riders: NordicTrack S22i

Best Exercise Bike for Tall Riders Under $1,000: Schwinn IC4

Best Exercise Bike for Tall Riders with Simple Display: Diamondback Bike 1260sc

Best Budget Exercise Bike for Tall Riders: Yosuda Indoor Cycling Bike

Best Recumbent Exercise Bike for Tall Riders: NordicTrack Commercial R35

Best Exercise Bike for Tall Riders with Peloton: Peloton Bike

About Our Expert

This article has been reviewed by Amanda Capritto, CPT, CF-L1, CES, CSNC a certified personal trainer, certified nutrition coach, and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. She reviewed the research we cite to help ensure we’re providing helpful, accurate descriptions and recommendations.

How We Tested and Chose the Best Exercise Bikes for Tall Riders 

The BarBend team of fitness professionals includes certified personal trainers, CrossFit coaches, and cycling enthusiasts, but what makes us uniquely qualified to speak to exercise bikes for tall riders is our own height range. Our team members range from 5 feet 3 inches to 6 feet 3 inches — and our tallest tester is actually our go-to exercise bike expert. Altogether, we’ve spun the pedals on more than 20 exercise bikes from top brands, rating each of them on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) across 13 categories, including adjustability, customizations, and durability.

The average height among U.S. adults is 5 feet 9 inches for men, and 5 feet 3 inches for women, so we consider tall riders to be anyone from 6 feet to 6 feet 6 inches tall (the highest recommended height among our picks). (1) Beyond the specs and measurements for each bike, we leaned on the experience of our taller teammates when curating this list of the best exercise bikes for tall riders because — simply put — they are our tallest riders. Read on to see which of these bikes might be the best fit for you.


Before we even saddled up on these bikes, we maxed out the seat heights and adjusted the handlebars to get a sense of the range that the product pages list as their recommended user heights. Most options we included claim to accommodate riders up to at least 6 feet 5 inches, but a few don’t list a recommended height range. 

BarBend lead video reviewer Jake Herod, NASM-CPT, adjusting the resistance on the NordicTrack S22i.

In cases like this, we looked into other measurements, like inseam height — the distance from your upper inner thigh to the heel of your foot — and leaned on the experience of our taller team members. (2)

[Related: The 9 Best Portable Exercise Bikes]

Outside of the seat heights, we also noted the adjustability of the handlebars — specifically if they can be adjusted four ways or just vertically. Other elements — like types of pedals and swiveling screens — earned mentions, but since hopping in a Peloton class with a few crunched vertebrae is not ideal, we focused on making sure you can find a comfortable fit.


During a ride, you typically manage resistance via an adjustment knob on the frame just below the seat. However — unless you go with a recumbent option — you may have your seat raised so high that leaning down to reach the knob can be a bit of a challenge. 

The seat on the Diamondback 1260sc.

We made sure to include bikes that offer alternatives, from levers and handlebar buttons to automatic adjustments via connected apps like iFIT or Peloton. Whether you’re cruising (virtually, of course) through Malibu or trying to keep up with your instructor, being able to quickly and comfortably adjust the resistance was a huge factor when we made our picks.


By including options ranging from $279.99 to $1,799, we tried to accommodate a wide range of budgets in addition to heights. Most stationary bikes fall between $600 and $2,000, and most of our picks fall right in the middle of that range. 

The higher you climb up that range, the more premium features you can expect to see, like integration with some of the best fitness apps, more resistance levels, and even incline and decline capabilities. 

Best Overall Exercise Bike for Tall Riders: NordicTrack S22i

NordicTrack Commercial S22i

NordicTrack Commercial S22i

The NordicTrack Commercial S22i is high-tech and high quality, featuring both advancements like a 22” touchscreen display, and solid specs like 24 levels of quiet magnetic resistance.

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Price: $1,799

Recommended Height Range: Not listed, but the seat is adjustable up to 13 inches

Resistance: 24 levels of magnetic resistance

Display: 22” HD touchscreen

Dimensions: 58″ H x 61″ L x 22″ W 

Weight: 205lbs

Weight Capacity: 350lbs


With a 13-inch seat height range and vertically-adjustable handlebars, tall riders can find a comfortable fit to take on iFIT workouts.

The 22-inch HD touchscreen brings iFIT’s studio classes and scenic rides from around the world to life.

You can expect smooth resistance and incline adjustment, whether you change it manually or automatically using iFIT’s SmartAdjust capability.


Though we find it vital to the bike’s appeal, an iFIT membership costs an additional $39.99 per month.

The large screen and 205-pound overall weight made it difficult for our testers to move around.

Between the 13-inch range on the seat stack and adjustable handlebars, tall riders should have little issue taking the S22i for a virtual jaunt via the thousands of classes available through iFIT, which comes integrated into the 22-inch display of this exercise bike. If you find the resistance adjustment knob to be out of reach with the seat height maxed out, the S22i also provides buttons on the handlebars. You can also allow iFIT’s SmartAdjust feature to automatically change it in response to the terrain of a scenic ride or the class you’re taking.

BarBend lead video reviewer Jake Herod on the NordicTrack S22i.

Although NordicTrack doesn’t list a recommended height range for the S22i, its seat height is adjustable up to 13 inches, allowing for an inseam range of 28 to 41 inches from the lowest pedal position to the seat. If you measure from your heel up to the top of your inner thigh, match your measurement with that range. (2)

[Related: iFit Review – Is Virtual Coaching The New Normal?]

While she wasn’t a huge fan of the seat itself, BarBend editorial member and certified personal trainer Kate Meier, NASM-CPT, USAW-L1, CF-L1, rated its adjustability and ergonomics 4.8 out of 5. “The seat adjusts vertically, horizontally, and even tilts, but I thought the actual seat was kind of uncomfortable,” she said. She noted that it can be swapped out for a more comfortable seat, but finding the slider rails could make finding a replacement difficult.

It’s worth noting that an iFIT membership will set you back $39.99 per month, but Meier thinks it’s essential to get the most out of the bike. “Without iFIT, you basically just have an expensive manual bike,” she said, rating its tech capabilities and dynamic programming both 5 out of 5.

When she moved this 205-pound hoss around our gym, Meier — a competitive weightlifter, mind you — had a bit of trouble navigating the large screen, leading to a 3.5 out of 5 rating for portability. “There’s not a handle or anything, so trying to drive that thing — especially with the screen throwing off the balance — was tough.”

Read our full NordicTrack S22i Exercise Bike Review.

Best Exercise Bike for Tall Riders Under $1,000: Schwinn IC4

Schwinn IC4 Exercise Bike

Schwinn IC4 Exercise Bike

The Schwinn IC4 combines upper and lower body work with its included set of dumbbells and 100 levels of cycling resistance for a complete upper and lower body burn. Dial up your favorite streaming app and hop on, this bike is compatible with JRNY, Peloton, and Zwift.

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Price: $899

Recommended Height Range: 4’6″ to 6’6″

Display: LCD screen with device holder

Resistance: 100 levels of magnetic resistance

Dimensions: 51.8″ H x 54.6″ L x 30.7″ W  

Weight: 112lbs

Weight Capacity: 330lbs


The IC4’s 24-inch height range is the most accommodating among bikes we’ve tested, while still coming in at just $899.

Riders up to 6 feet 6 inches can use the four-way adjustable seat and handlebars to find a comfortable position.

A heavy 40-pound flywheel allows for smooth transitions between its 100 levels of resistance.

Connect your mobile device to use apps like JRNY, Peloton, or Zwift to track metrics and follow virtual courses or studio classes.


Tech-inclined riders may want a touchscreen display instead of supplying their own devices.

With just a 3-inch LCD screen onboard, the $899 price tag may be too steep for some.

A 24-inch height range — the largest of any bike we tested — makes the Schwinn IC4’s sub-$1,000 price point even more appealing for tall riders. It can accommodate users up to 6 feet 6 inches, and includes a four-way adjustable seat so they can find the right setup for their body type. While you won’t find an HD touchscreen on the console, you can sync your own device to follow workouts or entertainment. You can also connect many of the best heart rate monitors — or strap on Schwinn’s included band — to keep an eye on your pulse while you pump the pedals.

Our tester riding the Schwinn IC4.

After getting to know the IC4, certified personal trainer Kate Meier rated its value, adjustability, and ergonomics all 5 out of 5. “For less than $1,000, you’re getting a ton of tech and conveniences — like the water bottle holder, and pair of dumbbells,” she said. Tall techies may be disappointed when they see a 3-inch LCD monitor, but Meier noted that the included media shelf allows riders to follow workouts from their own mobile devices.

Our tester adjusting the settings on the Schwinn IC4.

During rides, the 40-pound flywheel — 10 pounds heavier than what we consider heavy — allows for smooth transitions between the 100 levels of magnetic resistance. Meier rated its customizations 5 out of 5, noting that there are two ways to adjust resistance. “If it’s uncomfortable to reach down to the resistance knob, you can change it digitally from the LCD monitor,” she pointed out.

Read our full Schwinn IC4 Exercise Bike Review.

Best Exercise Bike for Tall Riders with Simple Display: Diamondback 1260sc Rear Wheel Studio Cycle

Diamondback 1260sc Rear Wheel Studio Cycle

Diamondback 1260sc Rear Wheel Studio Cycle

With a rear-mounted 31-pound flywheel, it can help avoid corrosion brought on by moisture from sweat or drinks. The adjustment lever for the 16 levels of magnetic resistance can allow for smooth adjustment and its user-powered design requires no electricity.

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Price: $1,199

Recommended Height Range: 5’2″ to 6’5″

Dimensions: 50″ H x 59″ L x 23″ W

Display: LCD screen with device holder

Weight: 130lbs

Resistance: Lever-adjusted magnetic resistance

Weight Capacity: 300lbs


Riders up to 6 feet 5 inches can track their metrics on the LCD screen, or by connecting their own tablet or phones via Bluetooth.

Its heavy 31-pound flywheel is rear-mounted to avoid corrosion-inducing moisture from sweat or spilled drinks.

The 16 resistance levels can be adjusted using a lever instead of a traditional knob.


$1,199 might be too expensive for a bike with no screen.

Some athletes may find the clicking noise distracting when adjusting the resistance lever.

The Diamondback 1260sc Rear Wheel Studio Cycle allows riders up to 6 feet 5 inches to track their metrics via the pedal-activated LCD screen or their own connected device. Once you start pedaling, this user-powered bike roars to life, displaying stats like heart rate, time, and calories burned. 

Our BarBend tester riding the Diamondback 1260sc.

While the lack of an HD touchscreen may have cost it a point for its tech capabilities and value — both a 4 out of 5 — our tester appreciated the freedom to connect their own device. “The console is smaller than some other high-end bikes I’ve used, but it shows you everything you need,” they said. “And the fact that the tablet holder doesn’t cover it let me see both at the same time.”

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The four-way adjustable seat and handlebars helped the 1260sc earn a 5 out of 5 for both adjustability and ergonomics, but it was the unique resistance-adjustment mechanism that impressed our tester. “This totally surprised me, but I think I prefer this lever to a regular resistance knob,” they stated. “It changed real quick, and though it makes a clicking noise, it didn’t bother me at all.”

The rear flywheel on the Diamondback 1260sc.

Its rear-flywheel drive may help prolong the life of the bike, as it’s out of the danger zone where sweat droplets and spilled water can splash and lead to corrosion. “Most cycling studios use bikes with rear flywheels for this exact reason,” they explained, rating its durability another 5 out of 5.” They need less maintenance and just create fewer problems over time.” (3)

Best Budget Exercise Bike for Tall Riders: Yosuda YB001R Magnetic Exercise Bike

Yosuda YB001R Exercise Bike

Yosuda YB001R Exercise Bike

Smooth and quiet cycling with a 35 lb flywheel and attached transport wheels so you can cruise where you want to. Simple LCD screen with a lip for an iPad, tablet, or phone.

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Price: $279.99

Recommended Height Range: Not listed, but it has a 25″ to 35″ inseam height adjustment

Dimensions: 45” H x 40” L x 22” W

Display: LCD screen with device holder

Weight: 68lbs

Resistance: Magnetic

Weight Capacity: 270lbs


At just $279.99, it’s well below the average range we’ve seen for exercise bikes for tall riders — $1,200 to $2,000.

With a 10-inch inseam height range up to 35 inches and four-way adjustable seat, tall riders should be able to find a comfortable position.

It only occupies 6.11 square feet of floor space, which is almost a full square foot less than the average range for upright bikes. 


Its resistance levels are not labeled, which means you’ll need to make adjustments based on feel.

After just a few rides, our tester noted that some cracks were forming in the seat.

Our pick for the best budget exercise bike for tall riders — the Yosuda YB001R — offers the adjustability to suit tall riders, and it does so a fraction of the cost of most exercise bikes. Most options that have the adjustability taller users need are closer to $1,200 to $2,000. This makes the YB001R a whopping $900 less than the low end of the average range. 

Our tester riding the Yosuda YB001R.

While Yosuda doesn’t list a recommended height range, you can use its inseam height range (25 inches to 35 inches) to glean how you may fit in the saddle. (2) If you measure from the top of your inner thigh to the heel of your foot, make sure that measurement falls within their listed range.

Our tester, who stands 6 feet 3 inches tall, was happy to note that the YB001R offered some of the same flexibility as more expensive bikes. “I was able to adjust the seat four ways and fit just fine,” they said, rating its adjustability and ergonomics both 3.5 out of 5. “It doesn’t list a recommended height range, but I think even people taller than me would be comfortable, too.”

[Related: The 12 Best Budget Home Gym Equipment of 2024]

Another element that isn’t listed is a number of resistance levels. While this isn’t unheard of on exercise bikes, it means you’ll need to make adjustments based on feel instead of a specific level, which prompted a customizations rating of 3 out of 5 from our tester.

Given its compact footprint — a 4 out of 5 — our tester noted how easy it was to move around the gym. “The wheels are what made it a breeze to move around, plus it’s only 68 pounds,” they said.

Our tester gripping the handlebars on the Yosuda YB001R.

For $279.99, our tester thought that being able to support tall riders gave it a lot of value — 3.5 out of 5 — but did note one durability concern. “The frame has been sturdy, but after two or three rides, I could already see some small tears on the seat — not a good sign.” 

They rated its durability 3.5 out of 5. “It may not be someone’s forever bike, but for a quick fix or beginner, this is a great price.”

Read our full Yosuda Exercise Bike Review.

Best Recumbent Exercise Bike for Tall Riders: NordicTrack Commercial R35

NordicTrack Commercial R35 Exercise Bike

NordicTrack Commercial R35 Exercise Bike

This recumbent bike features a 25-pound flywheel and 26 levels of magnetic resistance. With your purchase, you’ll receive a 30-day trial to iFit, granting you access to over 16,000 workout classes ranging from cardio to strength training. 

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Price: $1,499

Recommended Height Range: N/A

Dimensions: 53.42” H x 68.22” L x 23.69” W

Display: 14” HD touchscreen

Weight: 192lbs

Resistance: 26 levels of magnetic resistance

Weight Capacity: 350lbs


Its recumbent design, oversized adjustable seat, and step-through frame offers easy access compared to upright indoor bikes.

The steel frame can support users up to 350 pounds.

Take advantage of its iFIT integration to follow scenic rides or studio classes.


The 192-pound overall weight and heavy-duty build may make it difficult to move around your training space.

An iFIT subscription will set you back $39.99 per month.

While the NordicTrack R35 doesn’t explicitly list its height range, the sliding adjustable seat helped make it one of the best recumbent bikes we’ve tested. By comparison, the Schwinn 230 is about 4 inches shorter than the R35 and has a recommended height range of 6 feet 6 inches.  We love this model’s  oversized seat, extra-wide pedals, and step-through steel frame, all of which support comfort and accessibility. One of our taller testers — who is also a CrossFit Level 1 trainer — rated its adjustability, customizations, and durability a 4 out of 5.

Whether you’re 4 feet 6 inches or 6 feet 6 inches tall, recumbent bikes offer some benefits that upright bikes can’t. “For people with lower back pain, cycling [on an upright bike] may exacerbate that due to the positioning of the body on the bike,” says our expert reviewer, Amanda Capritto, CPT, CES, CNC, CF-L1, CSNC. (4) “Seniors and individuals with limited mobility may struggle to get on and off of an [upright] bike, in which case a recumbent bike is recommended.” 

[Related: The 9 Best Exercise Bikes for Heavy People (2024)]

Our tester loved the support that the recumbent design offers, especially given their recent ankle surgery. “Following my ankle reconstruction, a recumbent bike was one of these first ways I was able to start exercising again,” they shared. “It feels really low impact and is a good way to stay gently active while doing other things like reading a book or watching TV,” they said.

It also includes a 14-inch HD touchscreen where you can access on-demand cardio, strength, and mobility classes via iFIT. While an iFIT subscription costs an additional $39.99 per month, its dynamic programming earned a 5 out of 5 from our tester. “You can use Google Maps to plot new routes, plus it can auto-adjust the resistance for you, so you don’t have to mess with it during a ride.”

Recumbent bikes are typically larger than upright exercise bikes, but even with the transport wheels, its 192-pound overall weight made it tough for our tester to move around by themselves. “I definitely wouldn’t recommend anyone with an injury moving it around, but I’d probably leave it in one spot regardless,” they said, rating its portability 3.5 out of 5.

Read our Full NordicTrack Commercial R35 Exercise Bike Review.

Best Exercise Bike for Tall Riders with Peloton: Peloton Bike

Original Peloton Bike

Original Peloton Bike

The bike that started the Peloton craze offers a 22-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, a five-megapixel front-facing camera, and a built-in microphone. The Peloton membership offers access to thousands of live and on-demand cycling classes as well as progress tracking and leaderboards.

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Price: $1,445

Recommended Height Range: 4’11” to 6’5”

Dimensions: 51.25″ H x 51″ L x 24″ W 

Display: 22” HD touchscreen

Weight: 135lbs

Resistance: 100 levels of magnetic resistance

Weight Capacity: 297lbs


Whether you’re interested in heart-pumping studio classes or scenic rides, Peloton’s cycling content is unmatched.

Riders up to 6 feet 5 inches can find their fit using the four-way adjustable seat and vertically-adjustable handlebars.

The 100 levels in the magnetic resistance system exceeds the average range of 16 to 32 levels by, well, a lot.


A $44-per-month subscription is required to access the Peloton app’s library of studio classes and scenic rides.

Unless you swap out the pedals, you’ll need Delta-compatible cycling shoes.

No matter how tall the rider, Peloton’s studio class vibes are world-class. Not only can its premium cycling content — a 5 out of 5 from just about all of our testers — get your heart pumping, the bike itself can accommodate riders up to 6 feet 5 inches tall. With a four-way adjustable seat and vertically-adjustable handlebars, most users should be able to find a comfortable riding position. In fact, its adjustability, ergonomics, customizations, and durability all earned a 4 out of 5.

The Peloton Bike.

There’s a reason the Peloton Bike has become synonymous with indoor cycling. As BarBend editorial member Randall Colburn attests, the instructors themselves are key to its popularity and effectiveness. “The instructors provide motivation, allow room for adjustments, and routinely make me laugh. I would die for Denis Morton,” he said.

[Related: The 6 Best Exercise Bikes with Virtual Courses]

While you’ll also need to commit to the $44 per month subscription, our tester, a certified personal trainer, rated its value 4.5 out of 5. “The overall riding experience just can’t be beat. Plus, the 21.5-inch screen makes the classes feel that much more immersive,” they said, rating its tech capabilities a 4.5 out of 5.

The pedals on the Peloton Bike.

If you want the full experience, you may need to spring for Delta-compatible cycling shoes, as that’s what Peloton provides. You can, however, swap out the pedals for ones with toe cages or clip-ins for SPD cleats. 

[Related: The 8 Best Exercise Bikes with Screens]

What to Consider Before Buying an Exercise Bike for Tall Riders

For tall riders, knowing what to look for when buying an indoor cycle should start with its adjustability. Check the maximum seat height, handlebar adjustment, and if the bike lists a recommended user height range. After making sure a bike can accommodate your particular height, make sure it aligns with your budget and intended use. 

Seat Height

Since bikes that can’t accommodate your height are unusable — and unworthy! — for you, start by checking the maximum height of the seat stack. Seats often slide forward and backward a few inches, but the seat stack height will indicate how high or low your booty can sit on the bike. Obviously that will indicate the leg length it can accommodate, so find this measurement before looking any further. 

Our tester adjusting the seat stack on the Schwinn IC4.

If you’re going to invest in a home gym essential like an exercise bike, make sure you won’t be crunching any vertebrae when you start spinning the pedals. Our tallest tester — 6 feet 3 inches — has tested out most of the bikes we have used, so lean on his experience as you peruse our list.

Adjustable Handlebars

The other major adjustable element on an exercise bike is the handlebars. Some models feature four-way adjustable handlebars, but more commonly, you’ll see options that just raise and lower in about a 6-inch range. Once you find a bike with a seat that lets you comfortably reach the pedals, consider how far you’ll need to reach, as well as your preferred grip — overhand, hook, or extended. (5

Your Budget

While the average range of exercise bikes out there is pretty wide — around $600 to $3,000 — most of the models we’ve tested cost between $1,200 to $2,000. While you may be able to save some cash with a budget-friendly bike, these often don’t have the steel frames or seat height ranges to support taller riders. 

[Related: The 8 Best Exercise Bikes Under $500]

Once you have a figure in mind, use our price chart to quickly identify the exercise bikes that align with your finances. 

How Much Do the Best Exercise Bikes for Tall Riders Cost?

When you start shopping around for an exercise bike, you can expect to drop anywhere from $600 to $3,000. On average, though, a quality exercise bike will cost you between $1,200 and $2,000. Check out the options we selected for tall riders and see which bikes align with your budget.

We provided a wide range — from $279.99 to $1,799 — in order to accommodate the budgets of as many tall riders as possible. And that is what all of these exercise bikes have in common — they can accommodate taller-than-average users. Of course, you should first ensure that you can comfortably use your bike, but also consider the features and capabilities that distinguish each option.

The LCD display on the Yosuda YB001R.

Models closer to the low end of the price range might eschew fancy HD touchscreens for LCD displays that will track your metrics, but do little else. These options typically include some kind of device holder so you can supply the screen for streaming workouts on Apple Fitness+ or shows on Amazon Prime or Max. On the other hand, you may decide it’s worth the price bump to have an onboard screen and integrated fitness app to connect to WiFi and hop in a studio class or explore rides from around the world.

Benefits of Exercise Bikes for Tall Riders

The major benefit of the bikes we rounded up for this list is that they offer comfortable rides for taller-than-average athletes. As you may have experienced when shopping for new shoes or a suit, tall consumers aren’t always accounted for. Beyond being physically accommodating, these bikes offer a low-impact form of cardio exercise, as well as a way to improve your overall health.


If you’ve ever squeezed into a small Uber, or ducked under a low door frame, you may be aware most things are designed for the average user, not the outliers. A huge benefit for exercise bikes for tall riders is the fact that you can get your sweat on in comfort. Adjustable seat heights and handlebars help create some of the best cardio machines for tall users because the physical apparatus can be modified to accommodate you.  

Low-Impact Cardio

For those experiencing chronic back problems or joint issues, finding an appealing form of cardio that doesn’t require you to absorb impact can be a challenge. (6) Climbing aboard an exercise bike that can accommodate your height allows you to reap the benefits of cardio exercise without depending on your knees, ankles, or back to bear the burden of shock absorption. Beyond being an engaging and exciting form of cardio, regular exercise on an indoor cycle can support lower blood pressure and reduced risk of heart disease. (7)

Health Benefits

All the best rowing machines, treadmills, and exercise bikes offer ways to improve your overall health, but the adjustability of indoor cycles make them uniquely positioned to suit the needs of taller users. Beyond the cardiovascular benefits, at least one study has shown that building muscles around joints like the knee can decrease the load on your cartilage. (8)

Our tester riding the NordicTrack S22i.

As our expert reviewer, Amanda Capritto, CPT, CES, CNC, CF-L1, CSNC, laid out, exercise bikes offer myriad health benefits. “Cycling brings an impressive collection of health benefits to the table: cardiovascular health, endurance, stamina, muscular endurance are all improved with cycling, to name a few.” (6)(7)

The benefits of cardiovascular exercise — lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease — have been well-researched, but the specific health benefits of indoor cycling are also plentiful. By itself, indoor cycling can increase your aerobic capacity, but in conjunction with a healthy diet it can help reduce cholesterol and support weight loss without losing muscle mass. (7)

Final Word

To effectively and comfortably enjoy the benefits of cycling, you don’t want to be hunched over the handlebars, putting undue stress on your back and joints. Fortunately, we have come across many exercise bikes for tall riders that can accommodate people up to 6 feet 6 inches. These models open the door for low-impact exercise, allowing users of all heights to access the bounty of health benefits regular cardio offers, like reduced risk of heart disease or lower blood pressure. (7)(9).

While aspects like resistance and build are important for any bike, we paid close attention to the adjustability of the seats and handlebars when we curated our list. You’ll still find the HD touchscreens, fitness app integration, and heavy flywheels. But without a frame large enough to support your frame, these features would be useless. No matter if you’re 4 feet 6 inches or 6 inches tall, these bikes can bring you the engaging indoor cycling experience you’re looking for.


What is the best exercise bike for tall riders?

The best bike for tall riders we have tested is the versatile NordicTrack S22i. Its seat stack has a 13-inch height range and the handlebars adjust vertically so you can comfortably take on iFIT workouts. Those workouts are even more engaging on the 22-inch HD touchscreen and with SmartAdjust, you won’t need to worry about fiddling with the resistance knobs or handlebar controls. Its 32-pound flywheel and belt drive system also make for smooth adjustments during a ride.

What is the best foldable exercise bike for tall people?

While we didn’t include a foldable option on this list, our favorite overall option is the FitNation Flex Bike Ultra. Many folding bikes can accommodate taller users, and you can see some of our favorite models on this list of the best folding exercise bikes.

How do I adjust my exercise bike to my height?

Most spin bikes feature adjustable seat stacks — the vertical column that raises and lowers the actual seat — and most also use a pin mechanism. Simply release the pin, adjust the seat post, then replace the pin at a different height. You can also adjust the handlebars to suit your reach, but these often have a more limited range than seats.


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