Kettler Axos Cycle R Recumbent Exercise Bike Review
The Kettler Axos Cycle R is a recumbent exercise bike that comes with a good array of features. The bike’s flywheel, weighing 20 pounds, may be a little on the light side compared to other bikes, but Kettler have still managed to make the pedaling motion feel smooth, albeit not quite as realistic as cycling outdoors. Then again, the Cycle R is an exercise bike after all.
The Axos Cycle R is very quiet in operation, which we have the Poly V drive belt to thank for, as it is designed to eliminate chain noise, and definitely succeeds in this aspect. Furthermore, the Poly V drive belt along with the sealed ball bearings play their part in ensuring that the bike has maintenance-free operation which is always a plus.
The Kettler Axos Cycle R comes with a good number of technological features, considering its price. There are 12 built-in workout programs including heart rate controlled programming that automatically adjust resistance levels in order to achieve and maintain one’s target heart rate training zone. There are also 16 resistance levels to choose from, which are more than enough to challenge both beginners and those in excellent shape.
The LCD computer display is easy to read and provides feedback on speed, rpm, distance, time, calories burned, as well as pulse rate in one of two ways: the typical telemetric hand grips, or via wireless heart rate monitoring with a Polar T-34 wireless heart rate chest strap transmitter – something that is usually reserved for high-end exercise bikes.
The way in which the computer includes a recovery feature which provides a cardio wellness grading fucntion indexed from 1 to 6, helping to track improvement, is also a nice touch.
Comfort isn’t one of the best things about the Cycle R, although we’d say that it’s comparable to other recumbent bikes in its price rage. The seat features a decent level of padding, although a bit more padding certainly wouldn’t hurt, with a contoured back complete with lumber support. The seat also adjusts easily to accommodate people with either long or short legs. The pedals are weighted for comfort and easily mounting and dismounting purposes, and the foot straps do a good job in maintaining proper position as you pedal.
The Kettler Axos Cycle R comes with built-in floor leveler so you can exercise on uneven floors; transport wheels for easy relocating; and is backed by a lifetime frame and 2-year parts and electronics warranty.
KETTLER AXOS CYCLE R REVIEW by Users
Users have had good things to say about the Cycle R, with its main strengths being the bike’s smooth and silent operation, technological features, easy assembly, and workout effectiveness. One user, however, feels that the computer is non-intuitive and wishes the bike came with a built-in fan.
As one user puts it, “I think this is probably one of the best bikes you can get for the price.”