|Sole Fitness LCR|
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-2 Heart rate
|40||350 lbs||-Lifetime frame
-3 years parts
-1 year labor
It may be more expensive than the average bike but the Sole Fitness LCR Light Commercial is certainly worth the money since it’s designed to provide you with an intense, gym-quality workout right in the comfort of your home. More importantly, this machine is designed to last and can actually be used for several decades with very little wear and tear. It will provide you with an intense cardiovascular workout, regardless of your fitness level. Admittedly, though, it is especially geared towards more experienced athletes who will be able to easily find their way around the features and options. If you’re a beginner, you might need some time to get used to the features.
The main advantage with this bike is that it encourages you to adopt a recumbent position, which takes the weight of your body off the joints and knees, hence preventing strains.
The Sole Fitness LCR is known for its excellent level of comfort, hence it will allow you to train for longer than usual. The semi-recumbent platform will prevent issues that normally arise when pedaling on upright bikes, such as slipped discs. The seat can be moved forwards and backwards according to how tall you are. The curved backrest can accommodate various sizes while the seat is thickly padded to prevent the dreaded saddle burn, especially during lengthier training sessions. The seat is equipped with an air pocket to prevent it from over-heating. The handlebars are soft-textured for added comfort while preventing your fingers from slipping if they get sweaty. Best of all, users can also adjust the backrest according to their personal preferences.
Thanks to the heavy steel tubing as well as the leg stabilizers, you can also engage in more energetic movements with very little risk of wobbling. The oversized pedals are equipped with wide rubber straps that can fit over different ankle sizes. Users will also appreciate the built-in fan that will keep them cool while they train. A water-bottle holder is also included for this same purpose. Built-in speakers will also ensure that you remain motivated during your training session.
Features and Specifications
The Sole Fitness LCR has the following technical specifications:
- Machine Dimensions: 30 x 50 x 57 inches
- Machine Weight: 157 pounds
- Maximum User Weight Capacity: 350 pounds
- Built-in programs: 10
- Resistance: ECB Magnetic
- Resistance Levels: 40
- Flywheel: 30 pounds
- Built-in fan: Yes
- Water bottle holder: Yes
Because it is designed for more experienced users, the Sole LCR also includes 12 built-in programs that can be used to vary your workout. Users can therefore select between six standard workouts, two custom and two cardiovascular programs. When training on this machine, athletes can also customize and save their programs for later use. Along with the built-in programs, the machine is additionally equipped with 40 levels of resistance- which is considerably more than the levels of tension that are normally found in other machines such as the Nautilus R616 and Diamondback Fitness 510sr.
The Sole Fitness LCR bike is equipped with a heavy 30 pounds flywheel which is heavy enough to draw your entire body into the motions. With this machine, you will also be able to benefit from a large LCD backlit screen that displays different types of information about your workout such as the number of calories burned, time elapsed, distance covered, level of resistance and selected program. The screen can also be used to shuffle and choose between the different levels of tensions and programs. You can also track your heart rate by gripping the handlebars. An approximate reading of your heart rate will be displayed on the console. A chest strap is included for a more accurate reading.
Ease of Use
The ECB magnetic resistance provides a smooth and nearly quiet operation, hence allowing you to watch a movie or listen to music while you work out. While it is on the larger side, the bike does include a set of transport wheels to help you move it around. The digital interface may initially appear complicated to beginners because of the number of push buttons and options. However, athletes can consult the user’s manual to guide them through the different options. Most beginners found that they were able to acclimatize themselves to the features in two to three weeks.
Assembly and parts
Assembling this machine turned out to be quite a time-consuming process for several users because of its size and features. The main frame is detached from the other parts, which means that you’ll need to join it to the console, handlebars, seat and pedals. The majority of customers found that it was easier to assemble the bike with two pairs of hands. Most people needed around 2 to 3 hours to set up the recumbent bike. On the plus side, all the tools and accessories that you will need to assemble the machine are included in the boxed packaging.
The main drawback reported about the Sole LCR was related to its ease of use: athletes who aren’t used to commercial-grade machines did find that the interface and features were complicated to navigate through. Other users have also complained about the assembly process which they found to be extremely time-consuming and difficult. In fact, some customers found that it was easier to hire someone to set up their bike. A few users also thought that the seat lacked padding but this was not a widespread complaint.
The Sole Fitness LCR is admittedly expensive but if you’re ready to fork out, it is well-worth the cost. Because of its commercial-grade quality, this machine can help you enjoy a gym-quality workout at home and lose between 300 and 500 calories on low intensity and between 300 and 800 calories on high. It may not be easy to navigate through at first but the challenging features are bound to please users with more experience under their belts. This top-of-the-line bike does rival other machines especially in terms of features.