Marcy Upright Mag Bike Review
Good moderate-exertion women's bike
When buying any upright exercise bike, you start with finding one that fits your particular training style and level.
The Marcy Upright Mag Cycle is designed for women, who are at an entry-level training regimen and want a bike to use at home.
Even though the specifications state that the maximum weight is 300-pounds and that it fits anyone from 5-foot to 6-foot-plus, the machine realistically is not designed to take the force that a man exerts through his legs.
Features and Specs
- Product Assembled Weight: 41-lbs
- Footprint: 25 x 20 x 9 inches to 47.5 inches long x 17.5 inches wide x 35 inches high *** product has been modified using the same model number and the dimensions vary according the design that the retailer carries
- 14-gauge Steel Tube Framing
- Plastic Gear Box Cover
- 8-Position Magnetic Resistance
- Digital Display Screen
- Adjustable Seat for People 5.0-feet to 6.0-feet
- Weighted and Counterbalanced Pedals with Adjustable Strap
- Ergonomic Padded Handlebars
- Self-generating Cycle Power Source
Pros of Marcy Upright Mag Bike
There have been several modifications made to this model of the Marcy Upright Mag Cycle since the first one was produced. As a result, some elements and features have been altered and may not be as pictured in any of the images on this page.
According to the manufacturer’s advertising, this bike can be used to “tone and define your body, reduce fat and increase stamina” – everything someone wanting to get into shape or maintain moderate routines would want.
However, there are a number of complaints from verified buyers about the durability of the machine as a whole and multiple reports of parts “falling off”.
One customer made an important observation: “This upright exercise bike is designed for women only, regardless of the marketing declarations.”
The digital monitor provides fairly accurate data, according to users and is placed on the center upright bar of the front framework. However, you may have to stand on the pedals to avoid the glare due to the angle – depending on your height and where the machine is located.
The Marcy Upright Mag Cycle Model ME-708 – which is this model number – does not fold up as many of the exercise bikes do for the light weight, entry-level market. It is a no-frills machine; other than occasional manufacturing errors, it is a reliable and safe piece of equipment.
The newer seat has more padding but may still be a bit harder than you expect if you don’t ride outside bikes. The Handlebars have been reconfigured slightly and additional padding added for gripping. There are reports that some of the machine pedals do not include the shoe straps – and this may be another modification gone awry.
Of course, it may also have been changed following the slew of angry customer’s reaction.
After in-depth research, we have discovered that the latest model revision is the size of the unit. The newest size is 25 x 20 x 9 inches but there are still some models around in the larger sizes, so be sure to ask a customer service rep before making your purchase.
For those women who live in an apartment or who may have to set this up in a corner of a room, this unit is the ideal footprint. It is a straight forward upright exercise bike with a digital monitor mounted on the center post of the main frame, a seat that lowers enough for a pre-teen to use--- and tall enough for 6-foot women to use.
It does not fold to put away for storage and it does weigh 42-pounds so dragging it around the house to hide it may not be the optimal choice. This unit is designed for you to stand on it to pedal but there are a number of customer comments that complain that they hit their ankles and shins on the gear box shroud and cracked it.
Outside of the gear box cover, this unit is designed to last several years. The mechanical and computerized parts may not be as high a quality as other bikes, as indicated by a number of manufacturer’s errors.
BUYER COMMENTS AND RATING
There is just no replacement for the opinion and comments of actual buyers:
Cons of Marcy Upright Mag Bike
Customer service is not always as interested in responding or resolving issues. You could find yourself out of luck when you call customer service for help.
If you are buying this for anything other than an entry-level training device, you are bound to come off dissatisfied.
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