My first exposure to the Schwinn AC Performance Indoor Cycle was back in the Fall of 2009. Since then I've seen them make a number of improvements > specifically to the console display with the intent of simplifying the calibration, improving the accuracy/consistency of wattage displayed and reduce the number of additional sensor batteries. I informed each manufacturer when I was preparing this survey, asking for direction that I hoped would improve the final results. Schwinn explained to me that their new red Echelon console is substantially improved over earlier versions and asked that I separate responses; older grey vs. newer red consoles – which you'll see that I did below.
Schwinn is now offering an updated AC Performance Plus using a conventional chain drive and an optional belt driven version (they call Carbon Blue) but this survey doesn't differentiate between the different cycle versions or include responses from owners of the belt drive.
What follows appears to show that Schwinn's new Red Echelon console is an improvement.
And the Echelon console is scoring higher on accuracy and consistency.
John is a member on the AFS (Association of Fitness Studios) Advisory Council.
Holding certifications from; Schwinn, Heart Zones, Team ICG and Life Time Fitness, John's held regularly scheduled cycling classes between 1998 and 2015 when he moved to Florida.
When the weather permits, you'll find him riding and leading outdoor groups by himself or with his Tandem partner (wife) Amy.