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With a price tag that ranges between $500 and $600, the Nautilus R616 delivers a fair amount of comfort. Packed with gym-quality features, this bike is moderately easy to use and versatile enough to be operated by athletes of varying fitness levels. Users will be able to comfortably lose between 300 and 500 calories in just an hour, which can amount up to a substantial weight loss in the long run. Thanks to this model, you can also skip the gym and train in your very own home. In fact, you can either design your own workout or allow yourself to be guided by the machine’s built-in programs.
The level of comfort on this machine is quite decent, considering that it’s a mid-range model. Because of its width, the seat can easily accommodate larger individuals. The seat is padded and can deliver a fair amount of comfort for one to two hours. If your workout exceeds that time frame, you might want to resort to a cushion to prevent saddle soreness. Since it is contoured, you can comfortably lean back and recline while you pedal away. Best of all, both the seat and the backrest are ventilated, hence ensuring that you remain cool during the entire duration of your training session. The seat is adjustable and can be moved back and forth on the aluminum rail according to your height. Thanks to its solid locking mechanism, it does not move, regardless of how energetically you train.
Both the pedals and the handlebars are lightly textured to ensure that you have a proper grip even if you get sweaty during your training session. The oversized deluxe pedals come with large rubber straps to secure your ankles into place. For added comfort, users can also turn on the built-in fan to keep cool and motivated. Best of all, the bike also includes an MP3 port, acoustic chambered speakers, a media tray and a water bottle holder.
Features and Specifications
The Nautilus R616’s technical specifications are as follows:
- Machine Dimensions: 64 x 27 x 50 inches
- Machine Weight: 97 pounds
- Built-in Programs: 29
- Resistance Type: Magnetic
- Resistance Levels: 25
- Flywheel: High-inertia, high-speed
- Maximum Capacity: 300 pounds
This bike is also equipped with different features that will make it easier for you to vary your training session. For example, users will be able to benefit from 25 levels of eddy current magnetic resistance. These varying levels are ideal for beginners and experienced users alike: beginners will be able to build up their strength and stamina while veteran users can indulge in more challenging training sessions. To shuffle between the different levels of intensity, you will need to use the LCD screen.
With a blue backlit feature, the console is fairly wide and the backlit feature allows you to view the data from your screen. A smaller screen is included right below the primary ones. The consoles can be used to consult 13 types of fitness readouts including the number of calories burned, heart rate, revolutions per minute, level, distance, time and the speed. Along with the levels of resistance, users can also use the screens to go through the machine’s 29 workout programs, which is much more variety than what you’ll find on the more expensive bikes Sole Fitness LCR and Diamondback 510sr. These include 4 custom, 1 Quick Start, 1 recovery test, 2 fitness tests, 9 heart rate programs and 12 profile programs. A brief breakdown of these is as follows:
- Recovery test program: This targets your heart rate zone and helps you track the number of minutes you take to recover. The less time you require, the stronger your body gets.
- User profile programs: These programs enable you to store your personal workout data and information. These are especially ideal for larger households where several athletes will use the same apparatus.
- Fitness test programs: These are ideal for beginners and will help you measure your stamina before you find the best program according to your fitness levels.
- Heart rate programs: Especially designed for veteran athletes, the heart rate programs can be used to indulge in intense aerobic training sessions. They can also be used by elderly users who want to keep an eye on their cardiovascular health.
- Profile programs: These can be used to simulate different terrain types in the likes of 4 challenges, 4 mountain rides and 4 fun rides.
Ease of Use
Since it is packed with features, the Nautilus R616 does require some getting used to at first, particularly if you’re a novice or intermediate user. However, you will receive an instructions manual that will allow you to find your way around it. The dual consoles are also confusing at first, particularly because of the 13 data readouts, 25 levels of resistance and 29 programs. You will require some practice before you fully understand how to operate the machine, but on the plus side, the majority of people found that they were able to understand it in two to three weeks at the most.
Assembly and parts
Setting up this bike is quite a straightforward process. However, because there are several parts to assemble, you might find that the entire process is quite time consuming. Most people needed around one to two hours to set up the machine and found that it was far easier to assemble the pieces when they had someone to help them. All the tools and accessories that you will need are included with the boxed packaging.
Very few drawbacks have been reported about this particular model. For example, some people thought that the seat could have used more padding. Additionally, other users thought that it was difficult to adjust the seat to the proper distance from the pedals through the manual adjustment knob. Lastly, some people thought that it was far too noisy to use at night.
The Nautilus R616 is an excellent-quality machine that will save you the financial strain of overpriced gym memberships. Built to last, this recumbent bike is both comfortable and efficient and even enhanced with leg stabilizers that prevent the apparatus from wobbling. It is covered by a warranty of 90 days on labor, 1 year on electronics, 2 years on the parts and 10 years on the frame.