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The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB921 is an easy-to-use machine that is especially geared towards beginners and intermediate users. Ideal for users who are on a limited budget, the Sunny recumbent bike only costs between $100 and $200. This particular model comes with only the basic features, and has also the advantage of being quite lightweight, enabling you to carry it to just about any room of the house. More importantly, this machine provides you with an ergonomic posture that will allow you to work out without feeling fatigued. In fact, according to fitness experts, it is best to go for recumbent bikes because they drastically decrease the risk of strains and other sports-related issues like slipped discs and lower back pain.
This particular model provides a decent level of comfort for its price. For example, it comes with large pedals that come with large rubber straps that can be adjusted around different ankle sizes. The pedals are thickly textured to provide a reliable grip.
Since the seat keeps your body in a semi-horizontal position, your weight is evenly distributed which means less stress on your joints. The recumbent seat also keeps your legs extended for added comfort. The seat is lightly padded which can provide adequate comfort for around an hour or so. If you’re planning on using the machine for longer periods of times, you might want to place a cushion on the seat for more comfort. The armrests are widely spaced to provide ample room for overweight users. However, significantly obese people might have an issue with the space between the seat and backrest.
This bike also has a “Step-Through” design, which saves you the hassle of having to hoist yourself up the saddle when you have mobility issues. This is also convenient for obese users. Therefore, users simply need to step into the bike instead of trying to climb up. Unlike other Sunny Health and Fitness models, such as the Sunny Pink and the Sunny Folding, this particular bike comes with a decent maximum user capacity of 265 pounds.
Features and Specifications
This Sunny SF-RB921 has the following technical specifications:
- Machine Dimensions: 32 x 26 x 11 inches
- Machine Weight: 56 pounds
- Resistance Type: Adjustable magnetic
- Resistance Levels: 8
- Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
- Maximum User Weight: 265 pounds
- Transport wheels: Yes
With this particular model, users can shuffle and choose between 8 levels of resistance until they find the best challenge for them. In fact, users can use the different levels of resistance to indulge in interval workouts, whereby they often alternate between high and low intensity to prevent their muscles from adjusting to the same movements. To adjust the resistance, you simply need to twerk the dial knob located right opposite the seat.
Users can also consult the console for a fairly accurate overview of their workout data such as the number of calories burned, time elapsed, speed and pulse. To get a reading of your pulse, you can place your hands on the handlebars.
Ease of Use
Since it is an entry-level apparatus, this bike is relatively easy to use. This is enhanced by its “Step Through” feature and the quiet operation, courtesy of the weighed flywheel. More importantly, it is also equipped with a Double Direction 4kg flywheel that allows you to pedal both forwards and backwards. This will enhance your workout while preventing your muscles from adjusting to the same repetitive motion. The Double Direction flywheel additionally provides a smooth pedaling motion. The keys around the console are also straightforward and self-explanatory, even for complete beginners.
Assembly and Parts
Assembling the machine was quite a simple task for the majority of users. This was largely due to the detailed booklet that comes with explanatory illustrations as well as a step-by-step guide. The manual is also bilingual. With the boxed packaging, customers will also receive different tools and accessories to assist them with this step. These include bolts, screws and an Allen wrench. The majority of customers found that they only needed around forty-five minutes to an hour to it set up.
Since this is an entry-level and budget-friendly machine, there have been a few drawbacks reported about it, especially about its level of comfort. For example, some users found that the seat was comfortable for about an hour or so but the padding failed to satisfy when it came to lengthier workouts. Other people claimed that the machine occasionally got noisy, in spite of the heavy flywheel.
The Sunny Health and Fitness Magnetic Recumbent Bike has mostly received positive feedback, which proves that it does provide a great value for the money. .It does lack of fancy features that would satisfy experienced users but if you’re just starting out, you will undoubtedly appreciate the 8 levels of resistance, easy-to-read display and the likes. This recumbent bike will help you lose between 300 and 500 calories in just one hour. It is covered by a 1 year warranty on the frame and 90 days on the parts.