This bike is my first fitness equipment purchase so the only comparison I have is with bikes I have used at gyms. In that regard, this bike is excellent and of great quality. I know it'll last a long time the way it's built. It was very easy to assemble. Some reviewers suggested you may need two people but I handled it on my own and I'm not the strongest guy on the planet. It must have taken me 30 minutes to put it together. It's also fairly easy to move, assuming you're tall enough and strong enough. The only cons are two-fold: - The machine that comes with it seems inaccurate to me for some reason. But I don't really care as I tend to workout using a certain time vs. calories. - The seat is not super comfortable. It's very much similar to a road bike seat so it may hurt your rear-end, especially if it's bony like mine :) But overall a great purchase, especially at this price.