I have mixed feelings about my purchase. I also don't have anything else to compare it to.
I had it delivered directly to me for $13 from California to Wisconsin. It took about a week.
First, remember that this is a $169 bike, not a $1699 bike.
I am extremely over weight and walking bothers my lower back. My doctor told me to get
a recumbent exercise bike. I don't have a lot of money to spend on something like this.
Walmart's web page states that this bike is rated at 325 pounds, but the box and user's manual
state 300 pound. I weigh 331 pounds, so I bought it because of the price and also because I thought I only weighed 6 pounds over the 325 pound limit shown on the Walmart web page, not 31 pounds over the limit shown in the user's manual. The bike does not seem to have any problems holding my weight, so this has not been a problem.
My main complaint is with putting the bike together. The instructions are not very good. When assembling the bike, you have to connect a number of wires together. The wires have connectors on their ends, so all you have to do is push the connectors together. The problem is that it is not obvious which wires get connected together. I had to look at each connector and then had to decide which of the connectors had to be pushed together. Niether the connectors nor the wires are numbered, marked or color coded to make this easier. I wasn't sure I had the wires connected together correctly until the entire bike was put together, and I put the batteries into the computer module. It turned on and appears to work (more on this latter#.
There are wires in the very bottom part of the frame, in the front part of the frame that holds the front handle bars, in the computer module, and from the rear set of handle bars #for the pulse sensor.# You also have to stuff the excess wire length back into the different parts of the bike and then slide the different parts together.
The bottom frame is made of two parts that you slide together and tighten together with bolds. There are wires in both of these parts. I had to push excess wire back into these two parts, and I was worried that the wires might get damaged when I slid the two parts back togther. I stopped twice to rearrange how I put the excess wire back into the two parts, because I was sure the wires would be damaged when I slid the two pieces together.
Most of the bolts, washers and nuts used for assembly are already connected to the various pieces of the bike. You have to remove these bolts, put the different pieces together and then re-use the bolts you just removed. There are only 5 other bolts that are included in a seperate box/bag. This isn't a complaint, just a comment on how they did things. But, the instructions just say something like "remove 4 bolts and 8 washers from the bottom frame" with a little diagram and numbered arrows pointing to different parts of the bike.
In my opinon, the pulse sensor is useless. You have to grip it with just the right amount of pressure to get a pulse count that is close. If your grip is not tight enough, the pulse the computer module displays is low. If you grip too tight, the pulse displayed it too high. I did a manual count of my pulse at 105, and had to play around with the tightness of my grip to get the computer module to show 101. Otherwise, my pulse ranged from 80 to 150 ! Also, the wires fom the pulse sensor are exposed to the outside, so there is a slight chance the wires could get damaged or pulled out.
The computer module is made of cheap plastic. It won't take much to damage it if it would get bumped hard enough. You're supposed to be able to 'preset' various things with the module, like monitor your pulse rate during exercise and get a beep from it if your pulse goes below a preset limit, like entering the distance you want to do and have it beep when you've reached it, and also count down to a preset amount of exercise time #enter 5 minutes and when it gets down to 0, it beeps.# The count down timer is the one extra feature I would like to have, but it's not working for me. The other preset features do work.
The straps on the pedals took some force to stetch out and attach, which was a bit of a pain, but once attached, but they do the job of holding my feet in place. Not really a complaint, just a statement.
It took a bit of force to connect the tension control wire to the tension control knob during assembly. Again, not really a complaint, just a statement of what I noticed. But, the instructions explaining how to do this are not great.
I don't really have a comment on the tension adjustment itself. I don't have anything to compare it too. Low tension is very easy, and highest tension is not impossible, but easy seems rediculously easy right after using the highest tension setting.
The plastic used for the main body of the bike isn't really high grade. I was a little disappointed in that. But, I was impressed with the metal pieces of the frame. This is where they did a good job. It's not cheap or flimsy. The metal body is designed to be sturdy. Like I said, I weigh 331 pounds, the bike is rated at 300 pounds, and it has no problems supporting my weight, and it is not unstable when I use it.
To adjust the seat for different users, you have to losen three bolts #they have plastic handles on them# and then slide the seat assembly to a new location and tighten up the nuts again. You have to line up the holes in the sliding part with holes in the stationary part of the seat assembly. But, the three bolts do hold the entire seating assembly together securely.
Again, not really a complaint, just a statement on how it works.
For what I need, the bike is adequate, but I didn't like the thing with the wires, or the assembly instructions. I don't know what the manufacturer would had done if I had damaged the wires during assembly, or connected some of the connectors together incorrectly. Actually, I'm still not totally convinced that I have all of them connected correctly. I am not going to dissasemble it to find out.
Right now I am using it on the lowest tension level and going at a slow speed until my legs get used to using it. It does work the leg muscles differently than walking, especially the outer leg muscles just above the knees. I've started out using it 3 times a day, usually for 5-10 minutes during each time. I can do 20 minutes straight , but the outer leg muscles just above the knees feel it.
If you're like me and you don't need advanced features then this bike will do. All I do is sit down and peddle for a given amount of time and watch TV, a DVD, or just listen to music. The bike does not make much noise .
My complaint is mainly with the assembly needed for the wires, not the bike itself. If you get one, I advise that you go through the instructions slowly. You may want to ask your local Walmart if they would do the assembly for you.