The Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike Looks Stylish And Comfortable But Is It Functional?
First impressions from photos of the Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike are quite good because it looks like an impressive machine of a high quality, despite its lower price tag, with plenty on offer to suit many different needs. It has a surprisingly stylish, recumbent design that the creators say offers a “challenging cardiovascular workout” that is also beneficial low impact.
In addition to this style, it also has a number of must-have features in its specification, such as the easy-to-read LCD display, transportation wheels, an on-board computer to provide data and even a built-in hand pulse monitor. Initially, this looks like a good package for a home gym but what do users think once they test it out?
Does this Exerpeutic resistance-based recumbent bike live up to these first impressions and what benefits have users seen in the performance and features?
There are number of areas where the feedback is favourable and this is especially the case in the ones that matter most, like the quality of the ride and the sturdiness of the machine.
The fact that this is a heavy duty machine with a tough construction has surprised some users who expected worse for the price and this advantage is enhanced by the use of the extended leg stabilizers.
On top of this the performance is fluid thanks to the “smooth torque” cranking system and also wonderfully quiet due to the use of the balanced flywheel and V- belt drive. In fact, users have reported that they can watch TV in same room while their partner exercises.
Other advantages mentioned are that the Exerpeutic 900XL Extended Capacity Recumbent Bike has a space-saving design – measuring 22x34x54 inches – as well as a good weight capacity of 300lbs and a basic but functional computer. This display may be simplistic but the data on time, speed and distance is accurate enough to please most users.
Unfortunately, there are also some areas where there are mixed reviews, notably the resistance and comfort levels. The specification highlights the eight-level magnetic control system that supposedly lets you “customize your ride and challenge yourself over time” and many like that the resistance knobs can be controlled during use.
However, others say it can be tough to find the ideal level and that even the lowest settings can be tough to pedal through. As for the comfort, some agree that the padded seat cushion and back rest are comfortable but others would disagree.
As the reviews seem to be mixed, are there any other important flaws to note with this Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike that may limit its potential and appeal?
Most of the flaws mentioned in reviews are open to debate but there are some aspects where buyers are a lot more critical. Firstly, the product could have better instructions as some go as far as saying that is easier to put together without them than with.
Secondly, there are complains about the concept of the adjustable seat for users “from five feet, six inches to six feet, three inches tall”. Many owners feel that the bike needs more adjustments to make it more user-friendly for multiple users because there are a lot of shorter users that would like to exercise on it but just cant reach the pedals.
Lastly, there is the fact that while the computer system is pretty good at giving data, there are no programmes included to aid users with their training and provide that challenge that was advertised.
Summary: are these limitations enough to stop this Exerpeutic 900XL being a recommendable purchase?
There is a general sense that this machine goes a long way towards providing the recumbent bike that people desire, especially in the way it cover all the basic necessities, yet it has a long way to go to be able to offer the perfect performance.
The basic controls of the computer are functional and accurate enough but are let down by the lack of programming, the great construction is let down by the lack of instructions for assembly and the effort put into the design and ease of use is let down by the lack of adaptations for multiple and shorter users. It clearly has its flaws but the Exerpeutic exercise bike is still recommendable to users of the right height because it is well made, quiet and smooth and provides the data and resistance expected of a model at this end of the scale.