Diamondback 1260Sc Review – Is this studio cycle worth the money? 

Diamondback Fitness 1260Sc Magnetic Resistance Spin Bike

August 30, 2019

Ready to take your at-home cardio to the next level? The latest model from Diamondback, the 1260Sc Rear Wheel Studio Cycle, combines the functionality of a studio fitness cycle with the stylish good looks to fit into your home environment. But how good is it?

In this article, we provide a full review of the Diamondback 1260Sc Rear Wheel Studio Cycle. We layout the facts to allow you to make an informed purchasing decision.

About Diamondback

Diamondback is a well-respected player in the home fitness market. They have been leaders in the cycle industry for more than 40 years. In addition to a full line of home use cycles, they sell a range of ellipticals, recumbent and indoor bikes. Diamondback is a Net Media Group LLC company.

Diamondback 1260Sc Studio Cycle Review

Diamondback fitness 1260sc Rear Wheel studio cycle

The Diamondback 1260Sc Rear Wheel Studio Cycle is the latest edition to the Diamondback stable of home fitness cycles. This is a rear-wheel exercise bike that has higher specs than you’ll find in most home cycles. This indoor cycle puts you on par with what you’d find in the spin cycle room down at your local gym.

Diamondback 1260Sc Specs:

  • 16 levels of resistance
  • Contact / wireless heart rate
  • ANT + wireless heart rate
  • 31 lb flywheel
  • Max user weight 300 lbs
  • Belt drive
  • Height range: 5’2” – 6’5”
  • Built in bottle holder
  • 5-year frame warranty


  • 16 resistance levels
  • 31lb flywheel
  • Fully adjustable
  • Multi-position handles
  • ANT compatible
  • Suitable for heights from 5’2”-6’5” and  max user weight of up to 300 lbs.
  • Integrates will all major fitness/cycling apps


  • No built-in workout programs

The Diamondback 1260Sc Rear Wheel Studio Cycle is a commercial-grade bike. That means that is extremely well built, being sturdy enough to last for many years. As a studio cycle, it is designed to allow you to train with more intensity than most home use cycles. It features a V-style frame to allow you to train spin style if desired.

The Diamondback 1260Sc exercise bike is rugged enough to handle user-weights of up to 300 pounds. It also adjustable enough to accommodate heights from 5’2” to 6’5”.

16 Resistance Levels

This indoor cycle has a belt-driven system with 16 levels of resistance. That provides you with a whole lot of resistance, making it suitable for a range of different fitness levels and caters to improving your fitness level. The transition between resistance levels is smooth with no jerkiness. A lot of that is thanks to the 31 lb magnetic resistance flywheel. That provides stability and natural motion to the pedaling motion.

Both the seat and the handlebars are fully adjustable to allow for a customized biking experience. You also get multi-grips on the handles to allow you to ride from various positions, including leaning and standing.

User Friendly Console

The console on the 1260Sc exercise bike is very user-friendly. It provides you with a large digital display of your key training diagnostics, enabling you to clearly see it from every angle. You get readouts of your heart rate, load, rpm, distance, time and watt output.

While there are no inbuilt programs on this bike, it is very easy to connect it via ANT or BLE FTMS to a whole range of apps to deliver streaming workouts

1260sc User Friendly Console

Versatile Pedals with heavy duty pedal cranks

The pedals on the 1260Sc indoor cycle are professional standard and offer you the option of SPD or clip-ins if you want to get that authentic road bike experience.

Diamondback Fitness 1260Sc Studio Cycle, Commercial Grade Rear Wheel Magnetic Resistance Spin Bike

Rear Mounted Flywheel

The rear-mounted flywheel configuration of this exercise bike delivers a very realistic riding experience. You get a smooth, vibration-free and impressively quiet riding experience. The precision-controlled belt drive system utilizes an innovative Click and Adjust dual magnetic resistance system that takes your ride to the next level.

Diamondback fitness 1260sc cycle

High-Density Foam Saddle

Your comfort is assured thanks to the high-density foam saddle of the 1260Sc which provides you with extra cushioning. The saddle also features a unique spring assist frame to deliver extra support to every edge of the seat.

Heart Rate Receiver

The heart rate monitors on most home use exercycles are notoriously unreliable. However, the 1260Sc provides you with an ANT+ compatible wireless heart rate receiver for accurate monitoring of your training heart rate.

Diamondback Fitness 1260Sc Studio Cycle, Commercial Grade Rear Wheel Magnetic Resistance Spin Bike

Other Features

This is a cordless bike which is self-powered. That means that you do not have to be bound by your proximity to a power outlet.

The Diamondback 1260Sc studio bike comes with an easy lift handle and dual transport wheels. This makes it a piece of cake to move this bike around your living space. There is also a built-in water bottle cage and storage compartment.

Warranty /Guarantee

The Diamondback 1260Sc Rear Wheel Studio Cycle is sold with a 30-day no questions asked guarantee. However, the customer is responsible for the cost of return. In addition, if you hired another person to assemble the bike, you would also have to absorb that cost.

There is a 5-year warranty on the frame and brakes.

3 years warranty is provided on the electronics, with a 12-month labor warranty.

What’s Not So Good

The Diamondback 1260Sc  Studio Cycle does not provide you with any built-in fitness programs. You do have the ability to connect to external apps and on line workout programs. However, people who do not have connectivity will be left on their own.

Final Thoughts:

The Diamondback 1260Sc Studio Bike is an excellent studio bike for home use. The V style frame allows you to perform intense spin cycle type workouts. Sixteen resistance levels deliver the progressive resistance you need to continue making progress as you get fitter. The wide range of levels also makes this bike suitable for users across a range of fitness abilities.

This studio cycle is adjustable for user customization and delivers an impressive level of smooth, realistic cycle motion thanks to the heavy-duty flywheel and Click and Adjust dual magnetic resistance system. This is an excellent choice for experienced exercisers who are looking to perform some intense training without having to step beyond their door.

About the author 

Kevin Lee

Health and fitness have always been a passion for me; whether its being in the weight room, going for a run before work or even participating in a half iron man triathlon. ShapeJunkie was created to share to knowledge and love of fitness with others.

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