I was looking for a decent recumbent machine as I did not want the lower back stress of a regular stand up bike. This fit the bill and the reviews were good. Note that this is Model # NS1003R. There is a very similar looking unit that is a ME-709, but that is the older model. I bought this one because it is alleged to have fixed whatever flaws there might have been with the earlier model. Pleased with the purchase. Works smoothly and many different tension settings. Taking all the pieces out of the box the assembly process looked daunting, but went together really well in about an hour with one person. Two people would be a plus for holding some of the attachments, etc. The tools that come with for assembly are useable, but if you have a decent 1/2 wrench I would use that. The materials are sturdy and the directions for assembly are okay, but they are a little vague at places. Look at the pictures if in doubt. Two cons in my opinion. Adjusting the distance between the seat and the pedals is not as easy as it could be. Again, two people here would be a plus. And, as some of the other reviewers noted, the seat is pretty stiff. Not really that comfortable, but a small pillow or pad would probably take care of it. At this price point, however, a pretty decent machine.
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