I'm 5'4" & this is my first purchase for any type of exercise machine because I didn't want it as an extra piece of furniture permanently in the room. I was sold by the fact that it folds up & is easy to store while being sturdy, having a comfortable seat, is quiet, & tracks stats. In fact, it was very easy to assemble & after using it, was SO easy to fold up (much like folding up an ironing board) & put in the closet because of the small wheels on the bottom bar. Overall the ride was comfortable & quiet as promised, & gave me a great work out. My only wish to make this a perfect 5 would be to have a shorty like me be able to lower the seat just a tad more to be 100% comfortable and/or work the quads a little more as I get more conditioned. But the seat level isn't nonfunctional (not painful) at its lowest height for me so I will still use it regularly. I would definitely suggest this bike to others & tell them to purchase from Hayneedle due to the free shipping & how fast it got here!