Diamondback Fitness 510Sr Review
Top All-around Recumbent Exercise Bike
The Diamondback Fitness 510Sr is an award winning recumbent exercise bicycle that provides an effective and comfortable workout while sitting down. The resistance can be adjusted to a number of different levels, making the bicycle perfect for beginners through experts of any age.
The 510Sr is designed to take pressure off of the back (especially the lower back) and reduce stress on the joints. At the same time that it provides a stress free ride, it also provides an extremely effective aerobic workout.
The Diamondback Fitness 510Sr is easily our top pick for the best recumbent exercise bike. Read on to find out why.
Features and Specs
At first glance, The Diamondback Fitness 510Sr looks like a very high quality machine that come with all the bells and whistles often seen in the latest models in the market. And it truly is. Here are just the few features of this exercise bike:
- Recumbent design to reduce stress on back and joints
- 20 workout programs and 16 levels of resistance
- LCD console with real-time feedback
- Integrated speakers, mp3 connection, folding magazine rack, cup holder, and fan
- Ergonomic seat and backrest for maximum comfort
- Smooth and extremely quiet frictionless system
- Heart rate monitor
Pros of Diamondback Fitness 510Sr
It is difficult to find a place to start when describing the pros of the Diamondback Fitness 510Sr. There are just so many areas in which this recumbent exercise bicycle excels.
Right out of the box, the high quality of the machine is apparent. Each individual part is sturdy and carefully designed to maximize performance. Assembling the machine is fairly easy (even for the mechanically uninclined) and should take less than an hour for most people.
Once the machine is assembled and you take it for a “spin,” you will understand why it is so highly regarded. The thing is an absolute charm to use. It is very sturdy, quite and without any wobbles, even when you are going full bore in the middle of an intense workout session. Its many workout programs and resistance levels make setting it up to your personal fitness level easy. It’s also very easy to adjust to different body type and size, which is a huge plus if the machine is going to be used by multiple users.
Most users find this bike is really comfortable, which is probably the biggest reason many are willing to pay a little extra to get this bike instead of other cheaper choices. It is ergonomically designed to provide the maximum in comfort and back support. You will feel the difference between the 510Sr and other bikes when working out for long period of time. This is mainly because of the fully padded and spacious seat, which can be adjusted to someone 6’5″ to under 5 foot. I
The LCD console is a very nice touch. It displays the basic statistics of your workout such as calories burned, distance, pace, time, and heart rate. All of these figures – especially heart rate – allow you to make the most of your workout. I found that the heart rate monitor was very accurate and proved to be one of the 510Sr’s most used features.
Cons of Diamondback Fitness 510Sr
One noticeable drawback is the lack of a “pause” option. If you are exercising and need to take a quick break, the machine resets itself. This is a nuisance for those that like to keep a close eye on the overall distance, time, and calories burnt during a workout session.
There has been some word of a couple of customers getting 510Srs with faulty parts. Generally, these faulty components do not prevent you from using the cycle. Instead, they are small pieces (seemingly always in the pedals) that create a slightly wobblier and nosier ride.
There are two main types of exercise bikes. These are upright exercise bikes and recumbent exercise bikes. The Diamondback Fitness 510Sr that is reviewed above is of the recumbent variety.
Of course, faulty components are a serious disadvantage, but don’t let that stop you from picking up this machine. The customer service department at Diamondback Fitness is prompt and will help you fix your problem in short order. They will replace the faulty parts as quickly as possible.
Furthermore, it seems that actual occurrences of faulty assembly are quite rare.
Benefit of Recumbent Exercise Bike
Recumbent exercise bicycles have numerous benefits. Chief among these is their superior comfort and support. They feature an inclined design and a backrest that makes riding them far less tiring and painful on achy joints. This makes them a perfect choice for the elderly, the overweight, and those with struggling with back or joint pain.
Studies have shown that recumbent exercise bikes provide the maximum in fitness results. The position in which you sit is the optimum training position for cardiovascular exercise. This is because the seat is almost horizontally inline with the pedals, requiring more energy to move them.
Recumbent bicycles also eliminate the need to use your hands and arms to hold onto the handlebars. Of course, you can hold onto them if you wish, but you will be just as stable and safe with them at your sides. This makes recumbent bicycle the perfect choice for those with hand, wrist, arm, elbow, and shoulder problems.