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|22||20||300 lbs||-10 years frame
-2 years parts
-90 days labor
While it is reasonably priced, the Nautilus R614 comes with some luxurious features like built-in speakers, and a wide array of programs and resistance levels. It is also moderately easy to use and has a quite good comfort level, which makes it a great model for both beginners and more advanced users.
Features and Specifications
The Nautilus R614’s technical specifications include:
- Machine Dimensions: 67.8 x 28 x 12.5 inches
- Machine Weight: 93 pounds
- Maximum Capacity: 300 pounds
- Resistance: Adjustable magnetic
- Resistance Levels: 20
- Built-in programs: 22
This machine comes with two consoles that can be read from a distance. However, this gadget has a poor backlit feature which means that you’ll require the proper lighting conditions to be able to read it. The screens can provide users with 13 types of data related to their workouts, including the number of calories burned, heart rate, selected workout program, preset goals, time elapsed, revolutions per minute, and selected level of resistance. Thanks to the USB charging port, users will be able to swap their fitness results with their fellow athletes. It also enables them to connect to sites like myfitnesspal.com or NautilusConnect.
The perimeter weighted flywheel is heavy enough to draw most muscles of your body into the training session and consequently lose weight while toning up the flabby areas. Thanks to its large footprint, this machine remains extremely stable even during vigorous workouts. The stability is furthermore reinforced by the oversized crossbar tubing that prevents the machine from wobbling. This also provides a far more stable platform for severely obese users.
With this machine, users will be able to benefit from 22 built-in programs to vary their training sessions and burn more calories. Now this is more variety than what you’ll get with the similarly priced Exerpeutic 4000 and should be considered when choosing your bike. Thanks to the built-in programs, the bike can be used by several members of the same household, since it offers quite a bit of variety. These programs include: 1 quick start, 2 fitness test, 2 customs, 8 heart rate control and 9 profile programs. A brief breakdown of the main programs is as follows:
- Profile programs: This includes 3 challenges, 3 mountain rides and 3 fun rides. The profile programs can be adapted to your individual fitness level and stamina.
- 8 heart rate programs: Designed to target your cardiovascular health and help you attain a healthy pulse rate zone. These programs are equipped with custom settings.
- Fitness test programs: Ideal for beginners, these two programs can be used to measure your overall stamina and help you track your fitness improvement.
More importantly, you can shuffle through 20 levels of Eddy Current resistance to alternate between high and low intensities. Beginners can additionally use the varying levels of tensions to build up their stamina before they indulge in more intense training sessions.
Ease of Use
Because it comes with several resistance levels and built-in programs, beginners might find it complicated to find their way around the bike at first. While it does take some getting used to, athletes will be able to consult the included user’s manual to get used to the various features and options.
The push buttons around the console are quite self-explanatory. Most users found that they could understand the buttons even without any prior experience. Some of the functions were pretty straightforward, such as the pulse rate sensors located in the handlebars: therefore, users simply need to grip the handlebars to track their heart beat.
As a mid-range recumbent bike, the Nautilus R614 does offer a decent level of comfort. For example, it has a vented bottom seat to ensure that your seat remains entirely cool, regardless of the duration of your workout. The back support is also vented to prevent aches and strains while ensuring that your machine remains devoid of odors. It is lightly padded for additional comfort, but most users found that it could have used some additional padding, though this is a common complaint with most exercise bikes.
Thanks to its sliding seat rail system, this recumbent bike can be moved backwards and forwards to ensure that you find the perfect fit. The pedals are wide and comfortable, with solid toe cages that will secure your ankles into place. Best of all, the machine also has built-in speakers, fans, media shelf as well as a USB charging port.
Assembly and Parts
Setting up this particular model seemed easy enough for most customers. In fact, the majority of people found that they only needed around forty-five minutes to assemble it since all the primary tools and accessories were included in the boxed packaging. You will basically need to attach the pedals, consoles, handlebars and seat to the main frame. You can consult the illustrations provided in the user’s manual to help you with this step.
The R614 delivers excellent value for money but it does have a few drawbacks. For example, users can only use the handlebars to track their pulse since there is no option for a chest strap. Some people claimed that they required the right angle to view the details on the screen; otherwise they wouldn’t be able to properly view the information on the screen. Some users also claimed that the machine was not as quiet as they’d anticipated. Consequently, they weren’t able to operate the machine at night.
Thanks to its versatile features, the Nautilus R614 can be used by both beginners and more experienced users. More importantly, it is quite affordable and can consequently be used by first-time athletes who want to try on a basic machine before investing in a more professional model. The major advantage with this model is that it is simple to operate even if you do need a few days or weeks to get used to it. The Nautilus R164 is covered by a 90 day warranty on labor, 1 year on electronics, 2 years on parts and 10 years on the main frame.