Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike Review, exerpeutic folding recumbent exercise bike
Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike Review
Many people want to exercise in the comfort of their own home without spending a fortune. But that’s not all; they also want a reliable, effective, comfortable and well-built piece of fitness equipment. Sound familiar? Unsurprisingly, this can be hard to achieve, but the Exerpeutic 400XL may be the solution (the Exerpeutic 900Xl is another good alternative).
Exerpeutic is able to offer consumers such a bike because they focus on using high quality components, rather than packing their bikes with a whole lot of bells and whistles.
Flywheel & Transmission
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The precision-balanced flywheel coupled with the V-belt-double-drive transmission system is smooth, powerful and quiet in operation, despite the bike’s small size. You can, therefore, watch TV or listen to music as you exercise, without the need to worry about waking up the kids or annoying the neighbors.
Furthermore, you would have thought that such a compact bike would be unstable. Surprisingly, the 400XL is sturdy and provides a stable ride, thanks to the way in which you have to sit on the bike – less pressure is placed on the pedals and you are seated in a central, balanced position.
Magnetic Resistance System
There isn’t much to say about the 8 levels of resistance, apart from that they ensure a challenging and varied workout, whatever your fitness level may be. It is also worth mentioning that switching between the levels of resistance is a smooth process thanks to the precise adjustment knob.
Seat & Pedals
Many exercise bikes come equipped with hard seats with little padding, making exercising not something you can look forward to. Fortunately, the seat on the Exerpeutic 400XL is the exception thanks to it being flat, cushioned and featuring a large back rest. Your weight is therefore balanced, so your rear doesn’t hurt as you work out and good posture is also encouraged, eliminating any possible injury to the back.
The pedals are oversized and feature safety straps, resulting in a safe and comfortable cycling experience, whatever your height or weight may be (the 400XL supports a maximum user capacity of 300 pounds). The three-piece, high-torque crank system further adds to a consistent and smooth pedaling motion.
The Exerpeutic 400XL is very compact, measuring just 19 x 46 x 33 inches when assembled, and half that size when folded (about the size of a normal chair). Wheels can also be found on the bottom of the bike. This is, of course, beneficial for those of you who have limited space to work with and want a bike that can easily be stored.
For those of you who hate fiddling with components and spending hours frustratingly trying to get to grips with the instruction manual, you will be pleased to hear that the 400XL Foldable Recumbent Bike is easy to assemble. This is largely in part due to the minimal number of components that has to be put together, but also because of the clear, detailed instructions. No hassle or frustration; you can be exercising within 30 minutes.
The large, easy-to-read computer monitor provides feedback on your heart rate, speed, time, calories burned and distance. On the whole, the readings are accurate, but there are a couple of minor issues with the monitor – see Any Complaints.
This bike comes with a 1 year limited warranty.
19 x 46 x 33 inches
The 400XL has received very favorable reviews from consumers, with users stating that they love the compactness of the bike (particularly as it’s also sturdy), the quietness when in operation, as well as the effectiveness of the workout received. However, a few users have complained about the heart rate monitor and LCD display.
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Firstly, the heart rate monitor is slightly inaccurate, with the reading being about 10-12 beats off. Therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a wrist heart rate monitor if you want the most accurate readings.
The other problem is that the computer monitor sticks out a bit; therefore, you need to be careful that your knees don’t brush against it as you work out. However, after a few workouts and with some adjustment this should no longer be an issue.
Anything Else You Should Know?
All you need to know is that the Exerpeutic 400XL offers great value. If you are in the market for a compact, inexpensive, reliable piece of exercise equipment that can get the job done, there is no need to look further than the 400XL. It’s a bit of a shame that the heart rate monitor isn’t accurate, but then again, at this price, you can’t really ask for too much, particularly in the way of technological features.