The Schwinn 230 Recumbent Exercise Bike is one of the two highest priced Schwinn recumbent bikes. Now these are still very much mid-price bikes. These two models are hundreds and even thousands of dollars less than some top-of-the-line bikes. But Schwinn has long been known for offering good value throughout their product line.
The 230 has most of the features you expect. You get a easy step through frame so anyone can easily get on. This model is especially noted for its comfortable seat. That seat plus the recumbent design make the bike much more comfortable than a typical upright bike.
The resistance is a magnetic system which is one reason why this bike is quiet, almost silent. The resistance is adjustable at 16 different levels. Plus you get programming for different workouts. There are 6 different preset programs plus 10 profile courses. The instrument panel is well designed and easy to read. The Schwinn 231 bike is just like the 230 except it has a cooling fan and more program features. The 231 has 23 programs. In either case you have enough programming functions to fight exercise boredom. Boredom stops many exercise bike plans.
Reviews of the bike are mostly very positive. The bike is solid, though it does wobble a bit under hard pedaling. The heart rate monitor is slow to display a stable reading. A Polar wrist watch monitor is much faster. Maybe a Polar telemetry option like on many gym machines could be a future feature.
The Model 230 like many other Schwinn exercise is a lot of machine for the money. It’s a good choice for a recumbent exercise bike.