It's expensive, but it's worth it. We've been using it for about a month now and we are very pleased with the purchase. The motion is very smooth and the resistance is great. The seat is comfortable enough for a 30 minute workout, and the foot board is comfortable when you wear shoes. At first, the handle was a little rough, but we grew accustomed to it after a few days. I'm 6'0" and this machine works perfectly for me. I really appreciate how small the machine's footprint is when you stand it upright--we leave it in the corner of our dining room which makes it very easy to pull out when we want to use it. Putting it together was pretty straightforward. I did it by myself and it took me about 45 minutes. I read all the instructions before I started which was helpful. My only advice (which is already mentioned in the instructions) is to be sure you don't completely tighten all the screws until you have the machine completely put together. The footboard is put on towards the end of construction and it required a little wiggling to fit. Very easy though and now that it's put together you can tell it's quality and will last a long time.