Recumbent stationary bikes are great for riders looking for a high-intensity, low-impact workout. Usually, they’re expensive and on the higher end of the exercise equipment price spectrum. However, the Exerpeutic 900XL Extended Capacity Recumbent Bike is one of the best entry-priced recumbents on the market, especially for elderly and plus sized riders. It’s low price, wide array of features and electronic monitoring culminate into a recumbent bike that will fit well into any home gym or solo-workout routine.
This recumbent bike is perfect for someone looking to do a cardio workout that’s as low impact as possible on joints, bones, and back muscles. It fits riders from heights 5’3’’ to 6’6’’, weighing up to 300 pounds. Most recumbents hold 250 pounds, but this model was made specifically for users of a higher weight. This is what gives the bike it’s “Extended Capacity” designation.
The Exerpeutic 900XL is made with high quality materials. The seat is extra-large and made from wood, foam and vinyl. While some users appreciate the extra size, other reviewers complained that the seat was uncomfortable after long rides. This can be solved, one reviewer states, by putting pillow on the chair. The seat is adjustable, so riders can ensure that their workout is comfortable for even long rides.
The bike itself is made of plastic, while the pedals and internal mechanics are made of metal. Exerpeutic made a sturdy bike for daily workout use.
Something to keep in mind about the bike is its size. At 54 inches long, by 22 inches wide, this bike takes up quite a bit of floor space. If you have the room for a recumbent bike, this is a normal sized model. However, the Exerpeutic 900XL also weighs 63 pounds. Although it does have moving wheels for easy storage, it’s not optimal to move it from room to room every day. If you’re living in an apartment, perhaps an upright stationary bike is a better fit for you.
The Exerpeutic 900XL has eight levels of magnetic tension control, allowing workout variations in intensity and resistance. Exercisers can build up to the higher levels of tension once they master the lower levels. Simply change the switch to adjust the tension of your workout on the fly.
The bike also offers a LCD screen, with extra-large display designed for seniors’ eyes. Riders can monitor their distance, time, speed, calories burned and even heart rate information. The Exerpeutic 900XL handles have heart rate monitoring build in, so users can push their workout to the limit and make sure they’re pushing themselves to their body maximum.
The machine is praised in reviews for how quiet it operates. Even at full speed, the smooth, efficient wheel is practically soundless. Users describe using the machine while watching TV, working on the computer, and even reading a book. This is definitely a coveted feature among exercise equipment as most machines have a fairly loud operating standard.
Another feature for which users commend the Exerpeutic 900XL is it’s easy setup. You don’t need tools to assemble the bike. Most users reported that assembly took about 90 minutes.
Finally, a feature that can’t be overlooked is the price of the Exerpeutic 900XL. It’s one of the lowest on the market. Usually, recumbent bikes are over $500, but depending on the retailer, the Exerpeutic 900XL is less than $200. You can’t beat this price for any other recumbent bike with this many features. What sets this bike apart is the fact that you don’t need to sacrifice features for value.
Something to consider about any piece of workout equipment is that some machines are great fits for others, but perhaps not for yourself. The reviewers of the Exerpeutic 900XL seem to agree that this bike is great for people getting back into exercise or people who need a lower-intensity workout.
This can be seen by the higher weight limit of the bike. If you want to lose weight, but worry that your current weight won’t be supported by most machines, this is the bike for you. On the other hand, if you’re at your target weight and want to maintain it, perhaps an upright model would be a better choice.
Another demographic of exercisers this bike seems to be perfect for are senior citizens. Reviews across the board explain that this bike is easy to use, easy to setup, and easy to adjust even if you’re not especially comfortable around computers or electronics. The simple, large-print display tells you all the data you need to know when you’re working out. Consider, however, that if you’re looking for very precise, goal-oriented data that you can export into a spreadsheet, this bike is not for you (unless you like copying your data by hand!)
Users that don’t want to pay for a gym just to use a stationary bike will find a lot of use out of the Exerpeutic 900XL. However, more advanced exercisers who are looking for a high-intensity workout will appreciate features found on different machines we’ve reviewed. Consider your goals, how often you’ll be working out, and your current level of fitness experience when you’re buying this bike.
The Exerpeutic 900XL Extended Capacity Recumbent Bike is great for users who want a low-impact workout that mitigates strain on the back, joints, and muscles. It’s got a large chair, extra weight limit, and a wide range of motion to keep muscles limber and healthy. Features like 8 levels of resistance, the LCD screen, heart rate monitoring handles, quiet operation, easy-setup and, above all else, it’s low price make this a great recumbent bike for exercisers in the market for a budget-priced machine. While some reviewers complained about the chair’s comfort and limited audience, if this sounds like the workout machine for you, we’re sure you’ll be happy with it. Remember, the sooner you start exercising every day, the sooner you’ll be on the path to fitness.