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  • Published In : Dec 2023
  • Code : CMI6259
  • Pages :145
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  • Industry : Consumer Goods

The global upright exercise bike market size was valued at US$ 1.91 Billion in 2023 and is expected to reach US$ 2.91 Billion by 2030, grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2% from 2023 to 2030.  Upright exercise bikes, also known as stationary bikes, are stationary bicycles that simulate outdoor cycling in a standing or sitting position indoors for physical fitness. Upright bikes provide an effective cardiovascular workout by burning calories and strengthening muscles. The growth in this market is driven by rising health awareness, an increasing obese population, a growing fitness industry, and a surging youth population.

The upright exercise bike market is segmented by product type, end user, distribution channel, price range and region. By product type, the market is segmented into magnetic resistance upright bikes, felt pad resistance upright bikes, electromagnetic resistance upright bikes, air resistance upright bikes, and others. The magnetic resistance upright bikes segment accounted for the largest market share in 2022. Magnetic resistance bikes are quiet, provide smooth pedaling motion, and require low maintenance.

Upright Exercise Bike Market Regional Insights

  • North America is expected to be the largest market for upright exercise bike during the forecast period, accounting for over 35% of the market share in 2022. The growth of the market in North America is attributed to rising fitness consciousness, an increasing obese population, the presence of major market players, and high disposable incomes.
  • The Asia Pacific market is expected to be the second-largest market for upright exercise bike, accounting for over 25% of the market share in 2022. The growth of the market is attributed to the expanding middle-class population, improving consumer lifestyles, and growing adoption of smart bikes.
  • The Europe market is expected to be the fastest-growing market for upright exercise bike, with a CAGR of over 7% during the forecast period. The growth of the market in Europe is attributed to increasing health clubs and gyms, rising awareness about health and fitness, and the launch of innovative products.

Figure 1. Global Upright Exercise Bike Market Share (%), by Region, 2023


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Upright Exercise Bike Market Drivers:

  • Increasing Focus on Health and Fitness: The rising focus on health and fitness among people is a major factor driving the growth of the upright exercise bike market. With growing awareness regarding the benefits of physical activity and exercise, consumers are seeking effective home workout equipment like upright bikes for cardiovascular training. The popularity of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts for burning fat has also added to the demand. Moreover, the outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in increased health consciousness and caused a spike in sales of home fitness equipment. With gyms being closed during lockdowns, people invested in upright bikes to continue their workout regimes at home. This rising focus on health and immunity is anticipated to drive steady demand for upright bikes. For instance   According to a United Health Group survey of more than 5,000 Americans in 2021, 78% plan to continue exercise and other healthy habits long after the pandemic.
  • Growing Obese and Overweight Population: The increasing obese and overweight population across the world is leading to higher adoption of upright exercise bikes for weight management.  Obesity is linked to various health risks like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and for certain cancers, medical professionals recommend regular low-impact cardio  for weight loss and control. Upright bikes provide an effective and low-impact cardio workout option for obese individuals at home without putting extra pressure on joints. The growing obese population is therefore expected to fuel the demand for upright bikes. For instance, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2020, about 38 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese.
  • Advancements in Bike Technology and Features: Continuous advancements in upright bike technology and the addition of advanced features are attracting new consumers in the market. Companies are integrating upright bikes with touchscreen consoles, virtual platform rides, customized workout programs, real-time performance tracking, and other technological capabilities. For instance, leading brands like Peloton and NordicTrack offer spin bikes with large HD touchscreens to follow immersive spinning classes. Such technological advancements enhance the user experience and make the workout more engaging. This trend is anticipated to propel market growth during the forecast period.
  • Increasing Online Fitness Training and Classes: The rising popularity of online fitness training and spinning classes is facilitating further market growth. Leading fitness apps and platforms like Peloton, Zwift, and Apple Fitness+ are offering a broad range of live and on-demand spinning classes. These apps are highly compatible with smart upright bikes and allow users to join studio cycling classes virtually. People are increasingly using smart bikes with screens to access streaming classes from home. This rising trend of digital fitness and online training provides tremendous opportunities to engage more consumers.

Upright Exercise Bike Market Opportunities:

  • Product Innovation and Differentiation: Companies have significant opportunities for product innovation and differentiation to gain a competitive edge in the  bike market. Offering upgraded features like touchscreen displays, virtual reality integration, gamification, and customized workout programs can help attract more consumers. There is potential for brands to deliver a more engaging and immersive riding experience through technological enhancements in their bikes. Also, focusing on unique designs and styles that enhance comfort and aesthetics can differentiate product offerings. Such product differentiation and innovation strategies can help brands expand their market reach and sales. For instance, according to data from the United Nations Population Division, the proportion of the global population over the age of 65 will increase from 9.3% to 16.0% from 2020 to 2050 as life expectancies rise worldwide. This demographic trend motivates the health and wellness industry to develop advanced home exercise products tailored for aging populations.
  • Strategic Partnerships and Collaborations: Forming strategic partnerships with fitness apps, platforms, and instructors provides an opportunity for upright bike companies to improve their value proposition. Partnerships with platforms like Peloton, Apple Fitness+, Zwift, and others to integrate their on demand workout content can add value for consumers. Also, collaborations with boutique studio chains and popular fitness instructors to offer signature classes can help drive bike sales. These strategic tie ups give consumers access to more class variety and training content. Companies can leverage such partnerships to boost bike utility and attract more customers.
  • Geographical Expansion: There is significant scope for upright bike companies to tap into untapped markets and emerging economies to fuel geographical expansion and revenue growth. The penetration of upright bikes remains relatively lower in developing nations in Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. With rising disposable incomes, increasing health awareness, and a growing fitness culture in these regions, companies have an opportunity to cater to new demographics and consumer segments. Investing in regional marketing and localized product offerings can help firms establish a foothold in high-potential growth markets.
  • Growing Corporate Wellness Market: The surging corporate wellness market represents a lucrative opportunity for upright bike companies. Firms are increasingly adopting employee wellness programs that include exercise programs and on-site gym equipment Upright bike makers can partner with corporations to offer specially designed models and packages for workplace wellness programs and office gyms. Tie ups with hotel chains for providing bikes in hotel gyms are another avenue. Catering to the budding corporate wellness sector can aid market expansion in the coming years.

Upright Exercise Bike Market Trends:

  • Integration with Virtual and Augmented Reality: A notable trend in the upright exercise bike market is the growing integration of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies to create immersive riding experiences. Leading companies like NordicTrack and Peloton are offering smart bikes with virtual reality screens and environments for interactive training. Riders can simulate riding through different tracks, terrains, and locations using VR and AR technology . This boosts engagement and motivation levels. The trend of incorporating VR and AR with bikes to provide an engaging workout is expected to rise. For instance, according to a 2021 survey by the Pew Research Center, over 70% of adults in the U.S. either already own or plan to purchase virtual or augmented reality technologies. As adoption of these technologies increases, the upright exercise bike market stands to grow significantly by offering products that truly bridge the digital and physical worlds through virtual and augmented reality integration.
  • Growing Adoption of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology in upright bikes is rising. AI and ML allow bikes to offer customized feedback and recommendations based on analyzing user performance metrics and workout data. Companies like Nautilus and Sociable are equipping bikes with AI coaching tools to adjust resistance levels, provide training prompts, and enable automatic tracking. This creates more personalized and smarter workout experiences catered to users' changing fitness levels. The adoption of such AI and ML technologies is forecast to increase. For instance, in a 2022 survey conducted by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, 55% of health clubs reported an increase in demand for virtual or digital group exercise classes over the previous year 2021.
  • Focus on Customized and Targeted Content: Leading upright bike manufacturers are increasingly focusing on developing customized and targeted on-demand workout content to cater to diverse consumer segments. Companies are creating specialized riding classes focused on beginners, seniors, weight loss, HIIT training, strength building, etc. Providing tailored and relevant audio-visual content beyond just spinning classes enhances the overall user experience. Riders can select classes as per their fitness goals, experience levels, and preferences. This trend will enable further personalization.
  • Emphasis on Low-Impact and Beginner-friendly Features: Another noticeable trend is the greater emphasis on building upright bikes with low-impact and beginner-friendly features to attract new users. Brands are offering improved adjustable seat heights, lighter step-through frames, wide seat cushions, walk-mode options and intuitive controls on new models. Resistance and intensity levels can be changed gradually. These features lower barriers for beginners, seniors, and people with lower mobility. The trend of targeting new user segments through low-impact and easy-to-use bike designs is rising.

Upright Exercise Bike Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 1.91 Bn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2021 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 6.2% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 2.91 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: Magnetic Resistance Upright Bikes, Felt Pad Resistance Upright Bikes, Electromagnetic Resistance Upright Bikes, Air Resistance Upright Bikes, Others
  • By End User: Health Clubs/Gym, Home Consumer, Others 
  • By Distribution Channel: Online, Offline
  • By Price Range: Low, Medium, High
Companies covered:

Nautilus Inc., Brunswick Corporation, Core Health & Fitness LLC, True Fitness Technology Inc., Johnson Health Tech Co., Ltd., Amer Sports Corporation, Cybex International Inc., Technogym SpA, Icon Health & Fitness Inc.

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing Focus on Health and Fitness 
  • Growing Obese and Overweight Population
  • Advancements in Bike Technology and Features 
  • Increasing Online Fitness Training and Classes
Restraints & Challenges:
  • High Cost of Equipment
  • Lack of Motivation for Regular Usage
  • Limited Variety and Engagement of Basic Models

Upright Exercise Bike Market Restraints:

  • High Cost of Equipment: A key factor restraining the growth of the upright exercise bike market is the generally high cost of equipment. Premium bikes with advanced features and technology from established brands are priced very high, making them unaffordable for lower and middle income groups. Even mid-range models can be costly for budget-conscious buyers. Replacement parts and maintenance services also add to long-term costs. The high price of upright bikes makes them inaccessible for many potential consumers, restricting market growth. For instance, as per World Bank data, the pandemic is estimated to have pushed over 60 million people into extreme poverty in 2020 alone. Lockdowns and job losses reduced discretionary budgets for fitness among affected households. This further limited the addressable market for premium-priced upright bikes during the pandemic.

Counterbalance: Introduce a range of products at various price points to cater to both budget and premium customers. Offer financing options or subscription models to make the upfront costs more manageable for consumers.

  • Lack of Motivation for Regular Usage: While many individuals purchase upright bikes for home use, a key challenge is a lack of motivation for regular usage over the long term. Without adequate motivation levels, consistency in workout routines is difficult to maintain. Some consumers lose interest within a few months, despite their initial enthusiasm. Unused home gym equipment could dissuade people from future purchases as well. Sustaining user motivation and engagement remains an impediment for the market. For instance, per WHO data, less than 23% of the global adult population meets the minimum recommended physical activity levels. In the U.S., only about 20% of adults get the advised amount of weekly exercise, as per Centers for Disease Control statistics. Given these low rates of active lifestyles globally, it remains challenging to establish new workout routines requiring much self-discipline.
  • Limited Variety and Engagement of Basic Models: Entry-level upright exercise bikes often have very limited in-built workout variety, content, and engagement. Basic upright bikes with no connectivity or screens only allow users to pedal against resistance. The absence of digital features and programs leads to monotonous routines. Limited immersive experiences and entertainment deter consumers from using such bikes consistently. This can negatively impact brand image and sales.

Analyst View

The upright exercise bike market is expected to see steady growth in the coming years. The major driver for this market is the increasing health consciousness among consumers and their focus on indoor exercising. Moreover, upright bikes are considered a low-impact form of cardio workout suitable for users of all ages and fitness levels. They provide a convenient way to exercise at home without taking up much space. One of the key restraints is their higher price point compared to other home exercise equipment. This limits their adoption rate among cost-sensitive customers. Lack of variance in designs is another challenge, as most upright bikes have similar functionality. Manufacturers will need to focus on introducing innovative features to differentiate their products. Regionally, North America currently dominates the bike market owing to growing obesity concerns. However, Asia Pacific is anticipated to emerge as the fastest-growing market. Rapid urbanization, rising incomes, and improving healthcare infrastructure in countries like China and India will boost demand. Manufacturers now have an opportunity to tap the untapped rural markets. Aggressive marketing campaigns highlighting the various health benefits can help expand the customer base. They must also focus on product development to introduce upright bikes suited for low-budget customers. Investing in R&D for innovative technologies and solutions will be crucial for gaining a competitive edge over rivals. In summary, while the market is set to climb steadily, ongoing innovation will remain. 

Recent Developments

New product launches

  • In September 2022, Echelon Fitness announced the launch of its new EX-Prime Smart Connected Bike. The bike features magnetic resistance, Bluetooth connectivity, and tablet holder. It provides on-demand classes and personalized performance tracking for home workouts. Echelon Fitness is a company that specializes in manufacturing fitness equipment and providing digital fitness classes.
  • In June 2021, NordicTrack launched the Commercial S22i studio cycle, featuring a rotating screen, auto-adjusting resistance, and global ride classes. It provides an immersive riding experience at home. NordicTrack is a well-known American company that has been manufacturing exercise equipment since 1975.
  • In January 2022, ProForm launched the new Carbon T7 Smart Bike, featuring 24 digital resistance levels, Bluetooth connectivity, and 10-inch HD touchscreen. It provides on-demand workout content and personalized performance tracking. ProForm is a company that specializes in manufacturing and marketing home fitness equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, rowers, and more.

Acquisition and partnerships

  • In March 2022, iFIT acquired Sweat, a leading fitness app, to boost its digital fitness platform. The acquisition strengthened iFIT's on-demand and live classes. iFIT is a leading health and fitness platform. All coming together to create health and fitness experiences that are unique and immersive. iFIT is how our growing community of over 6.4+ million Total Members and 1.5+ million Interactive Fitness Subscribers in 120 countries connect with 180 world class trainers.
  • In July 2022, Nautilus acquired VAY, an AI-powered fitness coaching platform. The acquisition bolstered Nautilus' digital offerings and customer experience. Bowflex, Inc., formerly Nautilus, Inc., located in Vancouver, Washington, United States, is the American worldwide marketer, developer, and manufacturer of fitness equipment brands BowFlex®, Schwinn®, and JRNY®, its adaptive fitness platform.
  • In August 2021, Peloton acquired Otari, a tech start-up, to reinforce its gaming, music and social media capabilities. The acquisition helped Peloton expand its member engagement options. Peloton Interactive, Inc. is an American exercise equipment and media company based in New York City. The company's products are stationary bicycles, treadmills, and indoor rowers equipped with Internet-connected touch screens that stream live and on-demand fitness classes through a subscription service.

Figure 2. Global Upright Exercise Bike Market Share (%), by Distribution Channel, 2023


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Top companies in Upright Exercise Bike Market

  • Nautilus Inc.
  • Brunswick Corporation
  • Core Health & Fitness LLC
  • True Fitness Technology Inc.
  • Johnson Health Tech Co., Ltd.
  • Amer Sports Corporation
  • Cybex International Inc.
  • Technogym SpA
  • Icon Health & Fitness Inc.

Definition: An upright exercise bike is a stationary, low-impact workout machine that is similar in design to a cycle bike but is typically designed just for seated cycling. The seat sits a little wider and more comfortable than a normal cycle bike with handlebars closer to a stacked position. Upright bikes take up the lowest footprint and will take up less space in your home gym. They are a great next step from a recumbent bike, as they mimic the upper body positioning of a cycle bike to increase muscle engagement in your core. Upright exercise bikes engage more muscles and more accurately mimic an outdoor riding experience. They work the core/abdominal muscles by holding your body upright and engage the biceps, triceps, and shoulder muscles when supporting your weight on the handlebars.

Frequently Asked Questions

High cost of equipment, lack of motivation among consumers, low adoption in untapped markets, limited awareness in developing regions, long replacement cycles.

Increasing health awareness, rising obese population, growing fitness industry, surging youth population, launch of innovative products, integration of technology, on-demand workout availability.

The Online upright bikes segment accounted for the largest market share in 2022 owing to their quiet operation, smooth pedaling, and low maintenance.

Nautilus Inc., Brunswick Corporation, Core Health & Fitness LLC, True Fitness Technology Inc., Johnson Health Tech Co., Ltd., Amer Sports Corporation, Cybex International Inc., Technogym SpA, Icon Health & Fitness Inc.

North America is expected to continue leading the market during the forecast period.

The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.2% from 2023 to 2030.

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