ProForm 290 Review
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The ProForm 290 is a spin bike, meaning that it comes with a distinct lack of technological features. However, it is very reasonably priced – particularly if you can find it for under $350 – durable, and offers both a comfortable and effective workout. Not to mention, that it’s one beautiful looking piece of machinery with its black and red finish.
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Assembling the ProForm 290 is relatively easy, even if you’re not a mechanically incline person. Most of the parts come pre-assembled right out of the box, leaving you to attach the peddles, handlebars, and feet.
It’s also nice to see that all the tools needed for assembly have been included. All in all, it shouldn’t take you any longer than 30 minutes to fully assemble the bike, which is pretty good going for a piece of fitness equipment.
The flywheel determines the noise and stability of the bike, as well as the smoothness of the pedaling motion. ProForm appear to be 2 out of 3, as the bike is stable and won’t wobble when you’re pedaling, and the pedaling motion is also very smooth. However, the ProForm 290 isn’t quiet when in operation, so this is something that you might want to consider before you purchase the bike, especially if you like to work out very late at night or early in the morning (check out the ProForm 6.0 ES if this is an issue).
It’s also worth noting that the ProForm 290 features a versatile tension knob, allowing you to set your workout to be as challenging or easy as you want it to be; therefore, the SPX is suitable for all fitness levels.
The most widely cited complaint of any exercise bike is the seat. We would even go as far as to say that 80-90% of exercise bikes currently on the market leave a lot to be desired when it comes to the comfort of the seat.
However, ProForm have done a fairly good job in designing the seat, as it features a decent amount of padding and can be adjusted both horizontally and vertically, which is something that very short and very tall individuals are sure to appreciate.
Having said that, we certainly wouldn’t be surprised if others have found the seat to be a little on the uncomfortable side, considering the nature of spin bikes. Either way, a gel seat cover is worth purchasing and will only you set you back $10-20.
The pedals are so often where exercise bike manufacturers fall short; however, thankfully this isn’t the case with the ProForm 290, as the pedals feature a toe cage that has been designed to keep your feet firmly in place as you cycle. Furthermore, the toe cage is able to increase stability, meaning that the bike won’t wobble from side or side, nor will your feet slip off the pedals as you exercise.
Just like the seat, the handlebars are adjustable and have also been ergonomically designed to minimize any discomfort or fatigue setting in.
Wheels can be found on the bottom of the bike, making it easy to move from one place to another and store.
The ProForm 290 SPX is backed by a 5-year frame, and 90-day parts and labor warranty.
48.6 x 19.9 x 46.5 inches
ProForm 290 User Reviews
The ProForm 290 has received mostly favorable reviews. Those who have bought and used the bike have been impressed with its stability, range of adjustable settings (or in other words, its comfort), as well its smooth pedaling motion and range of resistance settings. Users also appreciate the fact that the bike comes mostly pre-assembled right out of the box.
However, according to users, a few things could be improved upon. The noise the flywheel makes seems to be the worst aspect of the bike, and is the most widely cited complaint. While others would’ve appreciated the inclusion of a speedometer and feel that the handlebars wobble a little too much for their liking.
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Anything Else You Should Know?
As mentioned, there have been reports of the flywheel being on the loud side. However, some users who have purchased the bike have found the flywheel to produce a very loud noise, which certainly isn’t how the ProForm 290 is meant to sound right out of the box. If this happens, then it’s a sign that something went wrong during the assembly process, so while it could be something as small as a nut having being tightened too much, you may be required to take the bike apart and assemble it all over again.