On Thursday, we reported that Peloton began displaying a message that scenic rides would be removed from the app. At the time we weren’t sure whether this was for digital-only users or would impact all members – but speculated it could mean new scenic rides would launch at homecoming. On Friday, Peloton officially announced a scenic workout relaunch, with 3 new types of scenic classes: guided, distance, and time based.
However, with the new scenic classes, came a new restriction – Peloton is making them only available on Peloton hardware, which at this time is the Bike, Bike+, Tread, and Tread+. Their blog post announcing the new feature shared this news:
That’s where Peloton’s revamped scenic rides & runs come in, available from your touchscreen on the Bike or Bike+ and Tread or Tread+.
Peloton’s support page for the new scenic classes also confirms this is on purpose:
Please Note: This feature will only be available on Peloton Bikes and Treads. Previous scenic rides/runs will no longer be available but this will not affect your class count.
As the page state, the previous list of scenic rides & runs can still be viewed in your history – but it is now impossible to take them, whether you try from the Peloton website, the app, or a Bike or Tread.
Peloton has also been posting similar messaging on social media to questions about scenic rides:
Hi there! Scenic classes are only available to All-Access Members on the Bike and Tread and will not be available to take on the Peloton App. We apologize for the inconvenience and understand that our original Scenic classes have been an important part of your workout routine. Existing Scenic classes will no longer be available, but your workout count and history will not be affected.
Peloton sent an email to members who had taken scenic classes in the last few weeks notifying them directly of this change:
We are reaching out because you have used one of our scenic classes on the app in the last few weeks.
We have made the decision to remove our current selection of scenic classes from the app. Beginning April 30, 2021, you will no longer be able to access scenic rides and runs from any apps, including on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Roku and on the web. They will only be available on Peloton hardware. Your current workout count and history will not be affected.
We have overhauled our scenic classes to elevate the experience on Peloton hardware, with new features like responsive video playback and distance-based workouts. These features are unique to the new Peloton scenic classes and are best experienced on hardware. If you are interested in learning more about our new scenic features, please check out our blog here.
You will still have access to our library of thousands of other on-demand classes, with new classes added frequently. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks for being a part of the Peloton community.
At this time it isn’t clear if there are if there would be any technical limitations preventing the classes from being taken on Peloton Digital apps, or it’s simply a change in marketing plans to try to motivate people who are on the $13/month Peloton Digital plan to purchase a Bike or Tread, and upgrade to the $39.99 Peloton All-Access Membership.
For those who loved the old scenic rides, they appear to be available from the company who originally produced them if you wish to subscribe to still have access to them – Virtual Active. The company has scenic ride subscriptions available for for $9.99/month or $99.99/year. Note that we have not been able to confirm every scenic class is available on the platform, so sign up at your own risk! You also wouldn’t be able to play them on Peloton hardware, but instead, would use a mobile device to play them.