The Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike is a recumbent bicycle that is portable enough for people who do not want exercise equipment to take up much space in their homes. Many people go to the gym because they do not want to have to deal with the hassle of either storing or living around exercise equipment, but this recumbent bicycle can fold up to half of its already-small size. Its V-belt double-drive transmission system and precision-balanced flywheel make for a smooth and quiet workout, and the Magnetic Tension control system can be adjusted for up to 8 levels of resistance. The semi-recumbent design makes this bike easier for exercisers 300 pounds and fewer to get on and off of than other fully recumbent models. This folding recumbent bicycle was released in 2011 and is currently available on Amazon.com for $149 plus free shipping.
- 39-pound bike folds in half for easy storage.
- V-belt double-drive transmission system and precision-balanced flywheel make for a smooth, quiet workout.
- There are 8 levels of resistance via the Magnetic Tension control system.
- LCD display is easy to read and displays multiple important data points.
- Seat cushion and back rest are large and comfortable, making them suitable for various body types.
This bike only weighs 39 pounds and has an assembled size of 33”L x 19”W x 46”H, so it is incredibly small and portable and easily folds up into half its assembled size for easy and convenient storage in homes, apartments, dorm rooms, etc.
The weight limit is 300 pounds, so most people will be able to safely use this bicycle. The bicycle may be small, but the seat cushion and back rest are large and comfortable, providing solid back support from exercisers ranging from 5’2” to 6’2”. This bike is quiet and smooth thanks to the flywheel and the V-belt drive. The pedals are large and come with safety straps in order to prevent foot slippage while pedaling. The seat is easy to adjust with a knob and a little effort.
A hand pulse monitor measures the exerciser’s heart rate in real time and displays the results on the LCD monitor. The display is 3.3”Wx 1.5”H and is easy to read; it displays such data points as time, distance, speed, calories burned, and heart rate. The Magnetic Tension control system allows the exerciser to set this recumbent bicycle on 1 of 8 tension levels for a variety of resistance levels.
- The “high torque” cranking system is made of 3 pieces and produces a smooth pedaling motion.
- This bicycle is easy to assemble and position thanks to its small size and comprehensive directions; in fact, most users assembled it with little fuss in under an hour.
- A 1-year limited warranty from Exerpeutic gives the user some protection from defective parts.
- This bicycle is cheaper than high-end recumbent bikes and is highly ranked on Amazon.com.
- Transportation wheels on the bottom of this bike make it even easier to move and store this bicycle.
- Sturdy leg stabilizers keep the bicycle steadily sitting in place without wobbling or shaking.
The biggest criticism against this bike is that its portability makes it unsuitable for tall people. The official statistics claim people up to 6’2” can use it, but reviewers who claimed to be 5”10’-6”0′ said that this bicycle was too small for them.
Pedal problems have also cropped up in user complaints with this bicycle. Reviewers claim that after a few days or weeks of use, the pedals may strip and fall off.
Customer service has been another area of complaint. Some users who have experienced malfunctions have given negative reviews of customer service in terms of being put on hold, being given the runaround, not receiving promised parts, and being persuaded to buy expensive parts.
Flywheel malfunctions have also been a problem for some reviewers who claim that, after a few days or weeks of use, a clanking, grinding noise begins and then gets louder and louder. Some users have even experienced a complete locking up of the flywheel.
The warranty is limited, so some malfunctions may not be covered under it.
Some of the problems associated with this bike are caused by height, so potential purchasers who are short or tall should take height into consideration when buying a recumbent bicycle. If possible, users should test out a model before buying it to make sure height will not be an issue. These other issues occur in limited measure, especially when compared to the more than 700 people who gave the Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike a rating of 4 stars or better on Amazon.com.
Those who wish to look elsewhere for a recumbent bicycle may want to look into the Stamina 15-0200 InTone Folding Recumbent Bike or the Stamina InTone Folding Cycle Pro. These recumbent bicycles are fairly similar to the Exerpeutic 400XL in price and rating and would thus give potential users multiple options to consider.
While the Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike has some flaws, it is still the top performer of its type of bicycles. The price is also right, especially when compared to higher-end recumbent bicycles. In terms of portability, good value, and reviewer rating, this bicycle is worth a try.
Exerpeutic 400XL Recumbent Bike Video Review