Keiser m3 vs m3 plus indoor training bikes – the differences

by Jack on April 13, 2016

Keiser m3 vs m3 plus indoor training bikes 

Just to be clear, I do not own either of these indoor bikes so I will not be able to answer specific questions on the assembly or maintenance. Tonight, I went to the gym where I used the Kesier m3 plus. I have exercised with this bike, two or three times a week since around Halloween (October 2016) it is now April. So I have almost 6 months experience using it or around 100 hours.

What are the differences between these two models? I am probably not the most observant person in the world. Hopefully, I am not the only person it took more than a few times exercising with each of these to notice the difference.

Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle

The Plus

I did notice the handle bars were shaped or in a different configuration. As you can probably also see from comparing the two pictures above and below. It took me several times using these bikes to realize the difference was more than a mere cosmetic difference.

Keiser M3 Indoor Cycle Stationary Indoor Trainer Exercise Bike

The regular


Actually, I did not notice the difference on my own. I was getting a drink of water, watching a TV directly under where these bikes are located at the gym. I am about 6 feet 2 inches tall, a guy who had to be at least 6-5 or 6-6 came along and hopped on the Kaiser M3 plus model. He twisted something underneath the handle bars and extended the bars outward to comfortably match the length of his long arms. I didn’t know that I thought!?!

I can’t say I was uncomfortable using either bike but seeing the handle bars on the PLUS MODEL were adjustable, the next time I got on it I did use the adjustment to match the length of my arms. The handle bars can also be pulled “IN” to match the length of person with shorter arms.

The same indoor bike

Keiser m3 vs m3 plus. The only difference is the adjust handle bars of the “PLUS” model which can be extended for people with longer arms and also be contracted for people with shorter arms. The main deal with the PLUS model is comfort. It allows you to adjust the handle bar reach to match your body type.

Other than that the M3 and the M3 PLUS are the exact same machine. They have the same power train, adjustments (besides the handle bar) the same computer, the same center console. And they are for the most part the same price.

If you are a taller of shorter person, we recommend buying the PLUS model. This model is priced the same and also allows you to adjust the bike to best fit your body type. Maybe we missed the advantages of the Keiser model with non adjustable handle bars?  Please leave comment if you disagree.

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