It's the year's biggest fitness sensation, where lycra-clad super-humans will beast you into shedding up to 800 calories a session. We tried all the spin studios in Bangkok, and here’s how they compare.  

Absolute Cycle

We tried: Absolute Beats (45 minutes) at the Commons
Workout: Tap backs, hills and sprints
Soundtrack: Top 40 chart
Walk-in price: B1,050/class
This class was by far the most energetic—and the fullest—of the lot, which resulted in a real party atmosphere, led by the all-action instructor. We like that there’s a compulsory 15-minute foundation for first-timers to get to grips with the moves and gear. While the spin equipment is of the highest quality, the shower and locker room feel a bit too cramped. Plus, you have to bring your own padlock for the lockers and there are actually no toilets on-site (you have to go outside to the Commons’ public restroom).
Love: The buzzing energy
Hate: Inconvenient changing room facilities
2/F, The Commons, Thonglor Soi 17 or 11/F, Amarin Tower, Ploen Chit Rd., absolutecyclebangkok.com
 

Ommo Studios BUDGET PICK!

We tried: Ride Fit (50 minutes)
Workout: Tap backs, dips, pushups
Soundtrack: EDM, hip-hop, rap 
Walk-in price: B650/class
This class is great for first-time spinners, with its unintimidating vibe and slower pace. Unlike the other studios, there are no weights incorporated into the workout—although that doesn’t mean our triceps are ignored, thanks to the focus on dips and push-ups in the routine. Our main issue, however, was that we struggled to see and understand the instructor at times due to the lighting being too dark and the music too loud. It’s also worth noting that this was the only class we went to that had instructions in Thai. 
Love: Affordable price 
Hate: Distracting set-up
8/8 Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Rd. BTS Chong Nonsi www.ommostudios.com
 

Ryde 

We tried: Hard Ryde (45 minutes)
Workout: Tap backs, jumps, push-ups, dips
Soundtrack: EDM, pop 
Walk-in price: B950/class
This was the most challenging class, suitable for those with prior spin experience and a decent fitness level. If you’re looking for a strong workout to push you to the limit, this is it. We like that the pumping beats are paired well with the lighting to create a proper club/disco vibe. The equipment and shower facilities are also both topnotch (there’s even an on-site salon), though the effortlessly flawless instructors and riding squads in sports bras can be a bit intimidating. 
Love: Music and light show
Hate: Intimidating vibe
3/F, Seenspace, Thonglor Soi 13. www.rydecycle.asia
 

Tribe BK PICK!

We tried: Tribe 45 (45 minutes) 
Workout: Tap backs, crunches, push-ups and sprints
Soundtrack: Top 40 chart
Walk-in price: B950/class
What's not to love?: The equipment is shiny, new and top quality, the workout is a good combo of a little bit of everything, the showers are spacious and the location is really accessible (walking distance from BTS Chit Lom). They also have regular themed rides, which dedicate entire sessions to artists ranging from Beyonce to Skrillex. The only flaw is the lack of introductions to the moves and equipment—meaning if it’s your first ever spin class, you’ll have to figure it out along the way. 
Love: Themed rides 
Hate: No intros
1/F, President Tower, 973 Phloen Chit Rd. tribebkk.com