The Rogue Echo is one of the most popular—if not the most popular—assault bike on the planet. Here’s why this well-built assault bike is probably the best for you.
Rogue Fitness makes some of the best quality training and competition gear in the whole wide world.
Rogue’s Echo bike, which uses a belt-driven steel fan system, takes a lot of the maintenance and upkeep out of the equation, giving you an assault bike that works like a monster and can be generally left to its own devices.
Here’s a deeper look at the Echo, how it compares to other assault bikes on the market, and where you can pick up your own.
Let’s get right into it.
Rogue Echo vs AssaultBike Classic
The AssaultBike, made by Assault Fitness, was the first big assault bike on the scene. Nearly every gym across the country had one, and this was the bike of choice for most CrossFit competitions, including the Games.
Even though other bikes have come on the scene, including offerings from Bells of Steel, Schwinn, Concept 2 and of course Rogue, the AssaultBike remains popular.
The key difference between the Rogue Echo and the AssaultBike is the drivetrain. The AssaultBike —like the Schwinn Airdyn Pro—uses a chain drive to create resistance. The Rogue Echo bike, on the other hand, uses a belt for the drivetrain.
Why does this difference matter?
Chain drives require frequent maintenance. Greasing, oiling, and of course, making sure that it stays on and is aligned properly. The belt on the Rogue Echo is hands-off when it comes to proper tensioning and maintenance.
So while the experience of training on the two bikes is largely the same, it’s the maintenance and durability where the Rogue Echo really shines.
There are some other minor differences between the Echo and the Assault, namely that the Rogue is built like a total tank.
Rogue’s commitment to over-building is one of the reasons I love their stuff so much. Nobody wants to buy an expensive piece of fitness equipment and worry about durability. Additionally, the Echo is one of the few assault bikes on the market that has a fan that is made completely of steel.
Price-wise, the Echo is in the same ballpark, costing $745 (check for current pricing and shipping options at Rogue’s website).
The additional cost balances out in the long run when you factor in the reduced maintenance and sturdier build.
Key features of the Rogue Echo Bike
There is a lot to love about the Echo.
Here are some more reasons that it’s my top-rated assault bike.
✔️ LCD display. Track your power output, time spent working out, and much more with the LCD display that can be customized to your training, whether it’s HIIT (my favorite workout on the Echo is blasting away rounds of Tabata) or slower-paced recovery work. The display pairs with some of the more popular heart rate monitors (sold separately) like the Polar H10.
✔️ Adjustable seat. I have a weird body—a long torso, long arms, short legs while also being tall. Sort of like a tall guerilla, which makes getting a good fit on a bike challenging. The Echo’s seat is adjustable up and down for a good, comfortable and custom riding experience.
✔️ Long list of additional options. Tweak your Echo with a range of add-ons include a wind guard, a holder for your smartphone, bottle cage (not compatible with larger 32oz water bottles like Nalgene or YETI).
✔️ Rubber coated feet. The base of the Echo has rubber-coated feet and legs to keep the bike planted firmly on the ground and helps avoid sliding and rocking when working out.
✔️ Metal fan and metal clips. The fan is made of steel—one of the few bikes that feature this—that spin smoothly. The pedal clips are also full metal (you can select Shimano cleats as an add-on during the checkout process on Rogue’s website as well).
✔️ Heaviest assault bike on the market. The Echo weighs a staggering 127lbs. Once set up, it’s not going anywhere. The wide footprint on the Echo also reduces wobbling while hammering away on the bike.
✔️ Hot wheels. Under the fan are a pair of wheels that make moving the Echo a breeze (ha—see what I did there? Fan… breeze…good stuff, right?). Wheel it out when it’s time to go to work, wheel it back into the corner of your home gym when you are through.
✔️ 2-year warranty. In the event of a defect or break, Rogue backs the Echo with a two-year warranty from the time of purchase.
❌ Single grip option. The only complaint that I have about the Echo is the limited options for grip placement. The handles are horizontal, giving you only the option of an overhand grip. For people who prefer a hammer grip, you will have to look elsewhere.
Rogue Echo – Where to buy
For most athletes, the Echo is a no-brainer.
Whether you are doing interval training or slow and steady cardio, it’s the best-built assault bike on the market, requires the least amount of maintenance, and will take all the punishment you can throw at it.
When considering the right assault bike for your home or garage gym, the Rogue Echo is hands-down my top choice.