Exerpeutic Recumbent Bike – 900XL
Budget-friendly recumbent bikes are difficult to find, but this design from Exerpeutic provides users with quality materials and high-end performance at a price point that won’t break the bank.
While this design doesn’t boast many of the high-end features as more expensive models, it certainly gets the job done.
With a comfortable ergonomic seat, plenty of adjustment features, and an onboard display, this machine is the perfect choice for users that need a good recovery machine that holds up well over time.
A smooth torque cranking system provides a smooth ride
Very comfortable padded oversized seat
8 levels of resistance
Runs very quietly
300-pound weight capacity
Transport wheels make it easy to move from room to room
Low impact is great for recovery workouts
Offered at a very affordable price point
Spotty Bluetooth connectivity for some users
The Exerpeutic recumbent bike 900KL is a bike that provides low-impact cardio and strength-building workout that is kind to your joints. Whether you are recovering from an injury or you just need to give your joints a rest, this machine is a great choice.
Another great product we reviewed is the Exerpeutic TF1000 Treadmill, so make sure to check it out as well.
The sturdy pedals with foot straps ensure that your feet stay locked in place as you train, and the cushioned seat works to support your back and lower body.
With the addition of resistance features, users can dial up the intensity of the pedals with a turn of a knob. This design provides users with up to 8 levels of high-end resistance to work all of those larger muscles in your lower body.
Overall, many users found that the resistance wasn’t quite a tough as some of the other recumbent bikes out there on the market, but it provides just enough to really give your muscles a good challenge!
Overall, I would recommend this machine for those that need a good recovery machine that is affordable, comfortable, and gives those muscles a good workout while taking it easy on your joints.
This recumbent bike doesn’t shy away from comfort. It provides users with a nicely padded seat that is wide enough for most users and a backrest with added padding. Often, recumbent bikes provide a padded seat and then opt for a plastic backrest that contours to the shape of your body.
The Exerpeutic recumbent bike, on the other hand, offers users a padded seat as well as a padded backrest for optimal comfort.
The pedals have a nice and grippy texture that keeps your feet locked in place, and offer velcro straps to ensure that your feet do not slip off of the pedals. With a pair of side handles, you cal lock your body down for added stability as you dial up the intensity of your workouts.
What I also love about this design is that it is super easy to adjust the angle of the seat in a few different ways. Moving the seat back and forth is perfect for users that measure to be between 5’3’’ and 6’6’’.
While this bike provides users with up to 8 levels of resistance, many users found that the resistance offered was a little on the weak side. Even at the highest resistance setting, some found that it didn’t quite reach peak strength-training levels found on some of the more expensive recumbent bikes. It’s good, but it’s not great.
To adjust the resistance on the line, simply turn the dial on the side of the unit to your desired resistance level.
This bike utilizes a smooth torque cranking system that runs virtually silently. Even at the highest resistance level, many found that this machine ran so silently that they were still able to hold a conversation or watch television at a reasonable volume level.
Putting your bike together will prove to be a bit of a pain, but nothing too terribly frustrating. The main chamber of this machine comes completely assembled, and all you will need to do is affix the pedals, handles, display, and seat.
While it may look a bit daunting at first, Exerpeutic ensures that its assembly kit comes with all of the tools needed as well as detailed instructions to make the assembly process a little less frustrating.
Overall, it took most users around an hour to completely assemble their bike once it arrived in the mail.
Exerpeutic also offers three different delivery and assembly options. The cheapest option delivers the bike right to your door (up to 2 flights of stairs), the second deliver your machine to your room of choice so you don’t have to lug the heavy box through your home, and the most expensive option delivers it into your home and an expert crew assembles your bike for you.
It’s a little more expensive, but it’s worth the price to ensure that your bike is assembled the correct way!
The onboard display screen is what you would expect from a budget-friendly design. While this screen is very simple, users love that it displays your progress in nice large numbers that are easy to read at a glance.
This onboard display tracks your speed, distances, calories burned, and time spend on the bike. It automatically turns on when you start pedaling and shuts off once you are finished.
The handlebars on this design also have a built-in heart rate monitor that displays your heart rate on the central display screen. It’s not quite as accurate as a chest-mounted heart rate monitor, but it will provide you with a general idea of your heart rate to ensure that you are always working out in the zone.
For more accurate heart rate monitoring, I highly suggest investing in a dedicated HRM such as the Garmin HRM-Pro or any smartwatch or fitness tracker.
Recumbent bikes demand quite a bit of available floor space, but the Exerpeutic recumbent bike is slightly smaller than most. It measures to be 54-inches long, 22-inches wide and stands to be 34-inches tall.
To put that into perspective, the Schwinn 270 Recumbent bike measures 64-inches long, 27-inches wide, and 50-inches tall. For a recumbent bike, the Exerpeutic recumbent bike is surprisingly small and compact
While it may be smaller than most, it’s just as mightly. This design has a max weight limit of 300 pounds. Many budget-friendly bikes top out at around 200-250 pounds, which makes this design quite impressive.
It’s also important to note that the entire machine weighs in at just 63 pounds. Built with a pair of transport wheels on the base of the unit, moving this machine from room to room is incredibly easy.
A low price point often means limited features, but the Exerpeutic recumbent bike comes equipped with high-end features often reserved for more expensive models.
What I found most surprising about this design is that it includes Bluetooth compatibility to connect your smart devices right to the machine. Users found that connecting this machine to their devices was quick and super easy.
By mounting your phone to the media shelf, you can download Exerpeutic’s free fitness app that tracks your progress, provides custom workouts, and keeps your training new and engaging. While they offer a 30-day free trial, this app requires a modest monthly fee that is slightly less expensive than a monthly gym membership.
With this app, you can set your fitness goals (such as calories burned) and the app will provide custom workouts to help you reach your goals.
The only downside to the media shelf on this design is that it blocks the built-in progress screen. If you opt-out of the MyCloudFitness app and simply use your phone to watch Netflix or listen to music, you will need to move your phone to check in on your progress.
One of the very best features of the Exerpeutic recumbent bike is that it clocks in at a super affordable price point. When shopping around for joint-friendly bikes, this design is one of the most affordable options that money can buy.
While it may not have many of the advanced features of the more expensive models out there on the market, it provides users with a solid and consistent workout on a very durable and user-friendly frame.
While it boasts a smaller frame, it is still built just as tough. Just like many of the more expensive designs, this frame is able to accommodate users up to 300 pounds, and it provides users with smooth and consistent resistance that runs virtually silently.
If you found that many recumbent bikes out there on the market are just out of your budget, the Exerpeutic recumbent bike is worth checking out!
While it may not have the advanced features found on many of the more expensive models, it performs just as well in a smaller and more compact package.