Precor UBK 615 Review
The Precor UBK 615 is by no means cheap, but it is one of the best exercise bikes the industry has to offer. Everything from the custom-designed handlebars to pedalling biomechanics, and everything in between, screams quality, leaving us with very little to complain about.
At this price, the UBK 615 is, of course, a commercial exercise bike that can withstand frequent use and abuse. Take the frame, for example, which consists of a two-step powder-coating process to ensure that the undercoat and topcoat is completely rust resistant and can support users of up to an impressive 350 lbs.
You would think that such an expensive exercise bike would come with a plethora of technological features, but this isn’t necessarily so.
While there are 25 resistance levels, a computer monitor that displays Calories, Distance, Speed, Watts, Heart rate, Profile, SmartRate®, Resistance, RPM, Time, Percent complete and Heart rate, in addition to touch and telemetry heart rate monitoring, all to a very high degree of accuracy, there are just 6 preset workouts. Although to be fair to Precor, quality over quantity seems to be the focus, as the programs (Manual, Interval, Basic Heart Rate Control, Weight Loss, Random, Hill Climb) are all very well-designed and excel at turning your workout session into a very efficient and effective one.
The Precor UBK 615 is certainly comfortable to use, as the seat is very well-padded, oversized (10.5 inches wide) and highly adjustable, to cater to people of all body types. The handlebars are over-molded to add comfort and durability while offering heart rate contacts and three ergonomic riding positions – upright, cruising, and road.
Considering that the UBK 615 is a commercial bike that will likely be used day in day out by several people, ease of maintenance is clearly important. Thankfully, accessing the belt-drive system for maintenance and servicing is very simple, as there is no need to remove the pedals or crank.
The last thing to say is that the Precor UBK 615 has the smoothest and most natural pedalling motion around, or at the very least it is right up there, due to the pedalling biomechanics. This comes as a result of the seat post being at an angle of 74 degrees with a 5-inch (13 cm) offset from the crank axle. This in turn places the forward knee directly over the ball of the foot (or pedal spindle) when the pedals are in a horizontal position. Or to put it another way: the optimal riding postion.