ElliptiGO Outdoor Elliptical Bikes Review 2018
updated December 1, 2018
ElliptiGO created the world’s first Elliptical bike in 2006. Over the last decade, their mission to deliver a fun, comfortable and effective workout experience has established a reputation for excellence. ElliptiGO bikes combine the best elements of running, cycling and cross training, while eliminating impact and allowing you to train in the wide open spaces. In this article, we review the best of the ElliptiGO range, as well as providing some ElliptiGO alternatives.
The ElliptiGO Range
ElliptiGO have four bikes in their range. One of them, the ElliptiGO Arc, is a compact stride model with a 14 inch reach. The other three, The ElliptiGO 3C, 8C and 11R are classified as long stride, with reach limits around the 25 inch length mark. All four of the ElliptiGO bikes are one-size-fits-all machines, offer low impact exercise and an efficient and effective workout.
The ElliptiGO Arc is the lightest and most affordable bike in the ElliptiGO range. It has a compact stride motion of nearly 14 inches, which is adjustable up to 12 inches in height. This allows for a natural arc which provides a smooth, fast and effective workout. Adjusting the stride height is done by simply sliding the foot platform either forward or backward. You get 8 gears with this bike.
The telescopic steering column of the ElliptiGO Arc makes it simple to adjust your riding height. The steering column is also removable. You also get adjustable bar end extensions to allow you to customize your riding position when climbing hills. The sleek aluminum frame of the Arc gives it strength rigidity, style and lightness.
The compact design of the Arc allows you to sprint off the line quickly. It very closely simulates the experience of riding a dirt or racing bike. This bike is suitable for people who are between 4’ 11” and 6’ 8”. The maximum rider weight is 250 pounds. The 8 speed derailleur system gear mechanism provides you with a very smooth transition between resistance levels. This gives the bike a very effective hill climbing capability.
The ElliptiGO Arc is available in black and green.
- Very lightweight
- 14 inch stride
- Telescopic steering column
- Pedals rock when pedaling
The ElliptiGO 8C offers a similar motion to jogging, but without the joint impact. You can reach up to 23 miles per hour on flat ground with this bike. That means it can replace your commuter bicycle, while burning up to 33% more calories. The ergonomic design makes it very comfortable to ride over an extended period of time. You get 8 speed Shimano gears, ensuring that you get seamless transitions between power levels.
The ElliptiGO 8C coasts smoothly with minimal resistance. The low impact design of this trainer makes it ideal for people with bad knees or hip pain. This unit is the most popular elliptical bike in the world. It can quickly transform itself into an indoor trainer, but you’ll need to buy an accessory to make that happen. The 8C has a lightweight, 44 pound aluminum frame.
Front and rear brakes on the 8C use a linear pull rim brake system. It has two finger brake levers and a 53 tooth chain ring. The 20 inch wheels both have 28 spokes. You also get an adjustable stride between 16 and 25 inches. Ergon GC3 multi-position ergonomic grips provide maximum hand gripping comfort.
- Adjustable stride
- 8 Speed Shimano gears
- Can reach up to 23 mph
The ElliptiGO 11R allows for a natural standing riding position that reduces stress on the neck and back, while eliminating seat pain. It has a folding steering column, which makes it very portable. It can travel up to steep hills that are up to a 30% incline. On this trainer, you will burn 33% more calories than on a conventional bike. You get a very smooth stepping motion on the 11R.
The high body positioning that you get on the ElliptiGO 11R offers better visibility. This trainer has the ability to go up to 25 miles per hour, though the average cruising speed is 15 mph. You get a 409% total gear range, allowing you to go four times as fast in top gear as in low gear.
The lightweight frame of the 11R is made of aluminum and weighs in at just 39.4 pounds. A Shimano 11 speed geared hub and integrated aluminum track system provide ultra smooth transitions and make it easy to navigate your way around.
With the 11R, you get multi modulus carbon fiber drive arms, to give you the most robust, multi functional arms drive in the entire ElliptiGO range. This is an elite level crosstrainer for those who want the best performance on the market.
- Carbon Fiber drive arms
- Very lightweight
- 11 Shimano gears
Being the original hybrid between a crosstrainer and an outdoor bike, ElliptiGO have established themselves as the market leader. Their range of four trainers, however, is on the high end of market price wise. In this section, we present an alternative that provides many of the benefits of the ElliptiGO range at a reduced price.
The Zike Saber Hybrid Bike is the best priced elliptical cycle we’ve found on the market. Unlike most, this stepper bike allows you to roll backwards, which is a huge convenience factor. Rather than a serious training or competition bike, the Saber is more a fun recreational bicycle. However, it can certainly provide you with a good cardio workout.
Although it weighs in at a round 50 pounds, the Saber Hybrid bike is compact and easy to transport. You get generous foot platforms that allows you to pinpoint your placement to target different muscles. Plastic guards are designed to protect your pants legs from the chain. This bike has a rider weight limit of 200 pounds.
- Good value
- Backward roll
- Not for tall people
The ElliptiGO range are the original and market leading brand of hybrid cross trainers / cycles. Their four models offer an effective outdoor workout while reducing impact and enhancing comfort. Our favorites among the range are the ElliptiGO Arc, which provides a very lightweight workout, features an arcing stride and delivers 8 gears to power you along.
In you’re looking for a more budget priced alternative to the ElliptiGO range, you need look no further than the Zike Saber Hybrid Bike, a fun, compact unit that features backward roll and large foot platforms.
My name is Jim Roose. I'm a former competitive power lifter and gym owner. I've bought millions of dollars of fitness equipment over the last 20 years. This site is my way of giving back to the fitness community that's done so much for me. Every article on here is carefully researched and written by me. Leave a comment if you have any questions.