|Sole Fitness R92|
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|12||20||300 lbs||-Lifetime frame
-3 years parts
-1 year labor
The Sole Fitness R92 comes with professional grade features that can be used to enhance your comfort as well as the efficacy of your workout. For starters, it keeps your body in a semi-relined position, which is far more comfortable than pedaling away on an upright position. Contrary to popular belief, training on a recumbent bike will not deter the quality of your workout in any way. Quite on the opposite, you will be able to add more minutes to your workout and burn more calories. With this machine, you will be able to lose between 300 and 500 calories in just an hour. In fact, if you train on a higher intensity, you can even burn up to 800 calories. Thanks to its built-in programs and varying levels of tension, this particular model can also be used to vary the intensity of your workout.
The level of comfort on the R92 is quite superior to other lower-quality machines. It includes a padded seat with air pockets to keep the seat cool. Thanks to its ergonomic built, the seat is designed to prevent aches and strains. The bike has a walk-through design, hence enabling you to just step into the machine instead of climbing on it- something that can come in quite useful to anyone with mobility issues. The backrest is perfectly fitted against the seat with no gap in between. However, as comfortable as the seat is, the armrests are placed quite close together, which may be a problem for obese users.
Users can move the seat back and forth to adjust it according to how tall they are. This also applies to the backrest. Unlike other lower-quality machines, this seat can be adjusted while you’re still on the machine, hence providing you with a perfect fit. Consequently, the bike can be used by several numbers of the same family. The pedals are equipped with large toe straps and are large enough to accommodate different shoe sizes. A cooling fan as well as a water-bottle holder are also included to keep you cool, hydrated and motivated while you train. Users will also appreciate the built-in speakers as well as the plug-in for their MP3 player and iPod.
Features and Specifications
The technical specifications on the Sole R92 is as follows:
- Machine Dimensions: 50 x 30 x 57 inches
- Machine Weight: 152 pounds
- Resistance Type: Adjustable ECB
- Resistance Levels: 12
- Built-in Programs: 20
- Maximum User Capacity: 300 pounds
- Flywheel Weight: 26 pounds
The Sole R92 is also equipped with a backlit 9” LCD display to provide you with an accurate rendition of your workout. These include the number of calories burned, selected program, selected tension level, time, speed, pulse and distance travelled. Most users found that the screen was large enough to be read from a distance.
According to fitness trainers, the flywheel is the main feature that determines the overall quality of your training session. Consequently, the Sole R92 has a heavy 26 pound flywheel that will encourage all of your muscles to participate in the training session. Since the bulk of the flywheel is evenly distributed, you will also benefit from a smooth and consistent pedaling motion.
This machine has an ECB (Eddy Current Brake) resistance. Users can choose between 20 levels of resistance to vary their training session. The main advantage with an ECB resistance is that there will be virtually no wear and tear to your machine. The bike is additionally equipped with six standard programs, two heart rate programs and two custom programs. While these programs will undoubtedly suit advanced users, they can initially seem daunting to novice athletes.
Ease of Use
Since the bike is equipped with a one-piece crank, users will be able to enjoy a very quiet pedaling motion, which means that you will be able to entertain yourself during your workout by watching a movie or listening to music. Veteran athletes will undoubtedly find the features and options easy to navigate through. However, quite a few beginners have claimed that it was quite complicated to operate the machine at first. Most users actually found that they needed quite a few weeks to get used to the different features.
Assembly and Parts
Assembling this machine is fairly easy, provided that you follow the illustrated and detailed instructions booklets. Users normally find that an hour to an hour and a half to assemble the machine. All the different parts and accessories are also included in the boxed packaging and these includes a variety of bolts, wrenches and keys. Customers found that it was easier to set up the machine with somebody else.
The Sole R92 has mostly received positive feedback. However, a few drawbacks have been reported about it. For example, a few athletes- especially beginners- have claimed that the machine was complicated to navigate through at first, in spite of the user’s manual. Some customers weren’t pleased with the assembly process and found that it was too time-consuming and tedious. Another drawback reported about this machine was related to the seat: as padded and comfortable as it was, the seat proved to be too narrow for obese users. This was also quite contradictory to the bike’s maximum weight capacity of 300 pounds.
Other than these few drawbacks, this bike has received an overwhelming number of positive reviews. Although it doesn’t include as many built-in programs as the similarly priced Diamondback 910sr, the Sole R92 is still well-worth every cent if you can afford to splurge. With an extensive number of built-in programs and varying levels of tension, the R92 is covered by a 1-year warranty on labor, 3 years on electronics and parts and lifetime on the frame.