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Why the new Echelon Stride folding treadmill could be worth considering over the Peloton Tread

Why the new Echelon Stride folding treadmill could be worth considering over the Peloton Tread
(Image credit: Echelon)

Echelon fitness is expanding its line of home exercise equipment with the Stride, a new smart folding treadmill that’s only ten inches deep when folded flat. The Echelon Stride costs from $1,299 and offers a wealth of smarts that rivals some of the best treadmills with higher price tags. 

It seems we’re in the middle of a new mini treadmill boom too, as, among other brands, last month Peloton launched its new treadmill, the Peloton Tread (coming early 2021) with a $2,495 price tag and a release date of 'early 2021'. Can't wait that long? Then here’s what you need to know about the new Echelon Stride, and why it could be worth buying now if you can't wait for the forthcoming Peloton… 

The Echelon Stride folding treadmill at a glance:

  • Costs $1,299, or from $1,339.98 with Echelon United Membership
  • 55 x 20” running surface
  • Built-in 18.5-inch touchscreen monitor
  • Three-step auto-folding design
  • 12 incline levels, with 10% max incline
  • Thousands of live and on-demand classes for beginners up
  • Eight pre-programmed workouts on the treadmill itself
  • Spacious ‘step-off area’ on each side
  • Safety stop features
  • Compatible with tablets and smartphones

You have a smaller budget: The Echelon Stride costs $1,299

When the beautiful Peloton Tread was announced in September, those who are used to the cost of Peloton equipment weren’t overly-shocked at that $2,495 price tag. After all, Peloton makes some of the best home gym equipment in the world, and the Tread will no doubt be of the same high calibre as the Peloton Tread+, the brand’s current $4,295 treadmill. 

Factor in the Tread’s 23.8-inch HD tilting touchscreen and built-in speakers, plus a generous running surface, and on paper it looks like a great running machine for training at home. 

The new Echelon Stride folding treadmill in black

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But what if you don’t have nearly $2,500 to drop on a new treadmill? Enter the Echelon Stride, which starts from $1,299. That’s the cost of the machine with a free 30-day trial membership to Echelon United, the digital platform via which you can access all of Echelon’s live and on demand classes.

With a monthly membership added in, the Echelon Stride costs $1,338.99 - you’ll then be billed $39.99 a month for the ongoing membership if you want it to continue. Or, if you’d prefer, you could pay $1,699.98 for the treadmill and an annual membership.

Cheaper still is the new Mobvoi Home Treadmill, released last week. It costs just $450, but it isn't as feature rich and has a smaller running surface, which means it’s best for walking and light jogging, rather than running and sprinting.

A person uses the touchscreen on the new Echelon Stride folding treadmill

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Echelon makes one of the world’s best exercise bikes for spin workouts at home, the Echelon Smart Connect EX3 Max Bike, and like the bike the Stride appears reasonably priced considering what’s on offer. It’ll monitor pulse, distance, incline, time, speed and calories, in a similar way to fitness trackers, displaying it all on an 18.5-inch touchscreen. It’s smaller than the new Peloton’s 23.5-inch display, but it’s still generous.

You have little space: The Echelon Stride is a folding treadmill

The Peloton treadmill doesn’t have a folding design, but it is a smaller design for Peloton (the brand says its about the length of a small couch). The Echelon Stride does fold up when not in use, and has a three-step automatic folding feature that would suit smaller homes where space is more of a premium.

The new Echelon Stride folding treadmill in black, photographed folded up

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Basically, Echelon has designed the Stride so that when the console and handlebars are properly tucked into place post-workout, you step on a lever on the bottom of the machine and watch it fold itself down. 

Wheels on the base mean you can then roll it away to lean up against a wall. When folded, the Stride measures just 10 inches deep to save more space. Only the Mobvoi rivals this, as it’s flat enough to be slotted under your bed.

You need a treadmill asap: The Echelon Stride is out now

The Peloton Tread won’t be available to buy until at least ‘early 2021’, so if you need a treadmill yesterday, you could opt for the existing Peloton Tread+, but at over $4,000, that's a big investment to make. 

The Echelon Stride is available to buy now with zero shipping delays and a 30-day returns policy. Considering how hard it’s been to get hold of any decent running machine during the pandemic, this could be a deal-breaker for those of you looking to start walking and running indoors right now.

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