Does Peloton control your resistance automatically?

The Peloton Bike+ has a “Auto-Follow” feature that will allow that Peloton to control your resistance automatically. This feature is only available on on-demand rides that have target metrics added. Auto-Follow is not available on live rides. Also, not all on-demand rides get target metrics added – power zone rides, for example, do not, so auto-follow will not work on power zone rides.

Use of the auto-follow feature is optional, but when it is turned on, it will change your resistance as the instructor calls out changes. You can click one button on the screen at any point to turn it on and off, and even with it on, you can override it manually with the resistance knob.

The original Peloton bike does not have the ability to automatically control your resistance.

The Peloton Tread and Peloton Tread+ also do not have the ability to control your resistance automatically.

Categories: Bike, Tread
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Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis is the creator & founder of Pelo Buddy. He purchased his Peloton in 2018, and uses all the different devices: Peloton Bike, Tread, Row, and Guide. He has been involved in the fitness industry for more than a decade - previously co-founding the websites Mud Run Guide & Ninja Guide. You can find him on the leaderboard at #PeloBuddy.


  • Chip S says:

    Does auto follow work on the scenic rides? Adjusting resistance based on the terrain….

  • Chris says:

    Hi Chris,
    When utilizing the auto-follow setting, does the rider have the ability to control their resistance setting within the range that the leader sets? For example, if the Instructor suggests resistance should be set from 30%-40%, will the rider be able to receive the maximum resistence proposed? Ideally I’d like to ride at the top end of the resistance as the default and dial down if I choose to.
    Thanks for your input.

    • Avatar photo Chris L says:

      Yes, as long as you adjust within the range they are calling out, it will keep you at the same relative offset when the next change occurs. If you adjust over the max, or under the max, it will take you to the top/bottom the next change.

  • Nany says:

    Will auto resistance work on “encore” classes. Thinking of avoiding the live and going straight to encore for this feature. Please help. Lol

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