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|29||25||300 lbs||-10 years frame
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-90 days labor
Priced between $400 and $500, the Schwinn 270 is a professional-grade bike that can easily meet the standards of an experienced athlete. While it may not be entirely suited to beginners, this machine is fairly easy to operate even if you do need some time to get used to its functionality. It is both comfortable and ergonomically-designed and will help you lose between 300 and 500 calories on low intensity.
This particular model comes with an extra-padded seat to render your workout more comfortable. In fact, the seat is lightly curved for added comfort. The only issue with this seat is related to its width: while it is perfectly contoured, it may not be wide enough to accommodate severely obese users in spite of the machine’s 300 pounds capacity.
The Schwinn 270 is equipped with one-piece pedal cranks. The pedals are equipped with firm rubber toe straps designed to hold your ankles securely in place. The straps are large and can accommodate different shoe sizes. They are textured to prevent foot slippage during your training session. Users will also benefit from a built-in, albeit weaker-than-average, fan to keep them cool while they train. A media rack, water bottle holder and built-in speakers are also included in this bike.
Features and Specifications
The Schwinn 270’s technical specifications are as follows:
- Machine Dimensions: 64 x 27 x 50 inches
- Machine Weight: 86.6 pounds
- Maximum User Capacity: 300 pounds
- Built-in programs: 29
- Resistance Type: Magnetic
- Resistance Levels: 25
- Transport wheels: Yes
The Schwinn 270 comes with two widescreen LCD display screens that you can view from a distance. While the two screens can help you view 13 feedback related to your workout, beginners might feel overwhelmed by the dual consoles. The lower screen measures 1 x 5 inches and the upper one measures 3 x 5 inches. The screens can be used to consult data such as the goal display, user display, achievement display, RPM, time, distance, pulse, speed, calories burned and level of resistance.
The Schwinn 270 is equipped with a high-inertia perimeter flywheel that will help you maintain smooth motions even at a higher speed. This type of flywheel delivers a 360 degree pedaling motion which does not put a lot of stress on your knees and hips during your training session. The flywheel is also heavy enough to encourage your entire body to participate in the movements, hence ensuring that you tone up all the major muscular groups. With this machine, you will additionally benefit from 29 built-in programs to vary your training session. These include twelve profiles, quick start, recovery test, advanced and beginner fitness test, custom user programs as well as 9 heart rate control programs. A brief breakdown of the primary programs includes:
Quick start program: This enables you to choose your own resistance level for a certain number of minutes. After the timer reaches zero, you can select another level to continue your training session.
- Recovery test program: This will help you track your pulse and indulge in workouts that specifically target your cardiovascular health.
- Fitness test programs: Users can use these programs to monitor their heart rate and identify their levels of fitness.
- Custom user programs: This will enable you to store your individual details and keep a track of your workout data so you can resume your custom program every time you climb onto the bike again.
- Heart rate control programs: Athletes can shuffle between 9 heart rate programs. The level of tension is automatically adjusted.
In addition, athletes can also choose between 25 different levels of resistance, which is ideal for users of various fitness levels. Unlike other recumbent bikes, the Schwinn 270 is equipped with an auto-shut off mechanism that will help you resume your workout after a break. Pulse sensors are built into the handlebars and these will provide you with an accurate readout of your heart rate during your exercise session.
Ease of Use
Because the Schwinn 270 comes with a wide variety of features, it may initially feel complicated to use, especially if you’re a beginner. Most first-time users actually found it difficult to navigate through the dual consoles for the first two weeks. This was not the case for advanced users who found it relatively easy to operate this machine. The majority of customers found that it took them around two to three weeks to familiarize themselves with the Schwinn 270. Since the machine is equipped with transport wheels, it can also be moved around for easier storage. At nearly 90 pounds, it is still lighter than other machines on the market.
Assembly and Parts
All the parts, tools and accessories that you will need to set up the bike are included with the packaging, along with illustrated manuals. Most users had an easy time setting up this bike and found that it only took them between thirty to forty-five minutes. You will basically need to attach the pedals, consoles and the seat to the main frame. You might require an Allen wrench but you will receive other tools like the bolts and screwdrivers.
Although this particular model is quite popular and has received mostly positive feedback, some drawbacks have also been reported by customers. For example, several people were highly dissatisfied by the dual screens and found that they were hard to read in darker rooms, in spite of the blue backlight. In fact, some people actually had to squint to read the information on the screen. A few customers were also dissatisfied by the quality of the built-in fan which they felt was too weak and didn’t keep them cool enough.
All in all, the Schwinn 270 is an excellent recumbent bike, especially for its price. While it is not super affordable, it still delivers a flawless performance that can rival the functionality of higher-quality models, such as the Diamondback 510sr. The Schwinn 270 is also quite solid and durable, which means that it remains stable even if you want to indulge in faster workouts. It is covered by a warranty of 10 years on the frame, 2 years on parts and 90 days on labor.