The Horizon Fitness RC-30 is a recumbent exercise bike, meaning that it is much more comfortable to use than other exercise bikes on the market. So if you want to take it easy on your joints or don’t want your backside to suffer while you work out, then it’s a good choice. However, it’s not perfect, as there seems to be a couple of issues, although they are minor and shouldn’t be enough to put most people off.
The RC-30 comes with a decent number of built-in workout programs. In total, there are 8 workout programs, including manual, rolling, intervals, reverse train, weight loss, random as well as 2 custom programs, whereby you can create your own workouts which are in line with your fitness goals.
These programs all do a good job of varying your workout to keep things that much more interesting as you exercise, while also making it more likely that you will resist the urge to stop working out due to boredom.
The Horizon Fitness RC-30 features 8 resistance settings which should be more than sufficient for most, especially as even the fittest of individuals will have a hard time working out on the highest level of resistance. For example, if you’re in somewhat decent shape then you’ll find that the 3rd or 4th level of resistance will provide a challenging workout. The resistance is digitally controlled – all you have to do is press a button on the console.
One of the best aspects of the RC-30 is its high level of comfort. Traditional, upright exercise bikes almost always have no back support and also feature a small seat, which all leads to quite an uncomfortable workout experience.
Fortunately, the seat on the RC-30 is both large and thickly padded. The seat can be adjusted both forwards and backwards, allowing you to get into a comfortable riding position regardless of your height, weight or leg length. It is also refreshing to see that both the backside and back support is not only cushioned but also contoured for even greater comfort.
The flywheel on the Horizon Fitness RC-30 is actually on the light side, which may explain the bike’s reasonable price. However, the bike is still stable and sturdy and is unlikely to wobble when in use, even when you’re pushing yourself, or should we say the bike, to the limit. Thankfully, the pedaling motion is also quite smooth, despite the lighter than average flywheel.
The Horizon Fitness RC-30 comes with an excellent warranty, which is surprising when you consider the price it retails at. You’re getting a lifetime frame, 20-year brakes, 2-year parts, and 1-year labor warranty.
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HORIZON FITNESS RC-30 USER REVIEWS
Considering that almost 85% of users have awarded the RC-30 with either 4 or 5 stars, it’s safe to say that it has been well received by consumers.
Users have praised the bike’s high level of comfort, wide range of resistance settings, effectiveness of the workout as well as its construction quality. However, a few users have run into a problem with the console, and feel that the seat can be tricky to adjust as you have to loosen a knob and then tighten it again.