exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike Review
Surprised and Pleased by Quality
Exerpeutic has a vision of what they want to accomplish with their 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike and accomplish it they did. They recognized the need for a high-quality exercise bike that was small enough to easily be stored in a small home or apartment and they came through with one of the best folding bikes around.
In addition to its folding design, Exerpeutic 400XL Exercise Bike incorporates a number of other high-quality features to create a powerful, quiet, and fully adjustable piece of exercise equipment. Hop on the 400XL and you are sure to think about fitness in a whole different light.
Below is our in depth review of the Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike.
Features and Specs
The folks at Exerpeutic really paid close attention to the details during the construction of their 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike. They include a number of unique features in the bike’s design. Among the most important are:
- Large LCD display that shows distance, calories burned, time, speed, and heart rate
- Large, comfortable seat and backrest that are adjustable for users of any size
- High-torque crank system for smooth, quiet peddling
- Hand pulse sensor to read and monitor your heart rate
- Folds down to half its normal size for storage
- User weight limit of up to 300 pounds
- One year warranty
Pros of Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike
The Exerpeutic 400XL is one heck of an exercise bike. The company really paid attention to detail in the construction of the machine, making it one of the best recumbent exercise bicycles in its price class.
The number one pro of this exercise bicycle is its folding design. There simply are not enough folding exercise bikes on the market, especially ones that actually provide a great workout. The Exerpeutic 400XL comes through in both these categories with a simple folding design and high-quality construction.
The Exerpeutic 400XL is very easy to put together. The user manual is simple to follow and the bike is easy to build, even for the mechanically uninclined.
Once it is set up, the Exerpeutic 400XL is very sturdy. It does not rock or wiggle at all during use. This is important in a folding exercise bicycle as many other similar bikes sacrifice some stability in order to fold away after use. Not the 400XL.
As far as the workout goes, you are going to feel the burn when you use the 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike. It features multiple different resistance settings so that you can fine-tune your workout to your current fitness level and goals. Best of all, the bicycle is comfortable to use. If you are attempting to put in a long (30 minute plus) workout, then you know that comfort is key.
The 400XL mimics the act of road cycling. Unlike some similar machines, it actually works out the same muscles you would use on a regular bike. This makes it great for users that are attempting to stay in great bicycling shape during the off-season. Use the Exerpeutic 400XL during the winter and you will still have your cycling legs come summer.
Finally, the bike is quiet. Although you can definitely hear the machine working, it is quiet enough that you won’t have to turn up the television if you are watching a program during your workout. The bike is also so quiet that it won’t wake others up that might be sleeping during use.
Cons of Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike
Though the positives of the Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike definitely cancel out its negatives, these negatives are still worth taking note of.
The biggest con of the 400XL is its computer display. Most home exercise equipment computers are fairly unreliable and the same is true of this bike’s. For instance, the caloric burn display is generally way off as you can’t program in your bodyweight and other factors into its calculations. The heart rate monitor is likewise inaccurate. It seems to register slightly higher heart rates than what users actually have.
Unfortunately, the Exerpeutic 400XL is slightly less durable than other machines on the market. However, for its price point, you are receiving a high-quality bike that will last for at least a handful of years.
Benefit of Recumbent Exercise Bike
There are a lot of different options to sort through when you are choosing an exercise bicycle for a home workout. They come in a number of different styles. Recumbent is one of the most popular.
The main design feature that sets a recumbent bike apart is its lowered and reclined seat that comes with a backrest. This makes the bike much easier to get onto and off of. It also reduces stress placed on the lower back and the joints while providing just as effective of a workout.
The reclined design of recumbent bicycles makes them particularly good choices for elderly users, the overweight, and those struggling with lower back pain. However, it is worth noting that recumbent bikes are just as good for other users, even regular bicyclists that are already in great shape.