Let''s cut to the chase -- this exercise bike is smaller than the most popular models. It is 43" high rather than the standard 47" high. Those few inches make a huge difference if you''re under 5''4". We have users that range from 5''0" to over 5''8" riding this bike and they...
Let''s cut to the chase -- this exercise bike is smaller than the most popular models. It is 43" high rather than the standard 47" high. Those few inches make a huge difference if you''re under 5''4". We have users that range from 5''0" to over 5''8" riding this bike and they can all adjust it to be perfectly comfortable. The same users could not use models that are 47" high even with the seats lowered as far as they could go. The handlebars could also be adjusted for comfort for a rider who like road bikes where the handlebars are low (level with the seat) and for users who are used to comfort bikes, where the handlebars are much higher, allowing for upright riding.
In more detail:
Assembly: All parts are provided, including tools! One thing to note is that the bolts are already screwed into the parts for shipping. You need to unscrew the bolts, put the parts together and then re-insert and tighten the bolts. The only parts you need to assemble are the legs, the seat post and the handlebar. It took about 15 minutes total. It can be done by a single person, but because the main body of the bike is heavy (with the flywheel), two people would make it easier. The only other odd part of the assembly is the plastic housing that covers the bolts that connect the handlebars to the vertical bar. The vertical bar is square but the plastic housing through which it must be inserted is mostly round. It has several notches cut into the plastic housing to allow the bar to be inserted though it. However, when inserted with the notches at the corners of the square bar, the plastic housing is not aligned correctly. I thought this was a manufacturing error. What I did was insert the housing all the way to the end using the notches and then twisted the housing to the correct alignment. It worked fine that way and the rest of the assembly of the handlebars went smoothly.
Adjustments: One of the places where the manufacturer took a short cut for cost is the adjustment knobs. Many of the other exercise bikes in this price range have a spring loaded adjustment knob so that you just have to loosen it, pull it out against the spring and move the component (seat or handlebar), then release the knob to click into one of the pre-drilled holes. This bike uses a screw-in knob. In order to adjust, you need to fully unscrew the knob out, make your adjustment, then line up the hole in the bar and re-screw in the knob. This is much harder to do than a spring-loaded adjustment knob. It''s not a deal-breaker, but it is an inconvenience. I wonder if you can buy spring-loaded adjustment knobs aftermarket.
iPad Holder: This was the best surprise one could get. I was planning on buying an iPad holder that could clamp onto the handlebar. What I found was that the handlebar has a large U-shaped part between the long handlebars. Along with the plastic housing that covers the bolts, the U-shaped bar makes a perfect iPad platform that is stable, large and perfectly angled to watch videos as you workout. Did they design it that way on purpose? I don''t know, I just know that it works perfectly!
Seat: The seat is wide and cushioned. However, we will be replacing it with something even more comfortable. The seat is not razor thin, but it is hard enough that some users may want to find a replacement. Seats are a personal preference I think. The one they provide is not bad, but you could do better if you want longer workouts.
Summary - For the vertically-challenged, this exercise bike is a god-send. I saw one review on this bike that said that it is not for under 5''5". I couldn''t disagree more. It is perfect for 5"0" and above. With the iPad platform and quiet operation, it is a great way to get exercise at home!