Exerpeutic fitness products have been on the market since 2007, and have developed a reputation for ease of use and good performance feedback. When you’re thinking of buying a new exercise bike, therefore, it makes sense to take a serious look at Exerpeutic products. There are a number of Exerpeutic folding magnetic upright bikes with pulse, and in my opinion, the 500 XLS is the best of the lot.
This is a bike for people who are serious about putting in the exercise hours on it. It has been designed for regular usage over a long period of time. Moreover, it’s suited to people with families, those who live in homes with thin walls and those who work the graveyard shift. That’s because it can be operated very quietly. Then, of course, it’s got the technology you’d expected of an Exerpeutic bike, designed to help you monitor your performance in a variety of ways.
What Features Does It Have?
This bike can support up to 400lbs, thanks to its heavy duty steel frame, and has a large seat cushion, which can be adjusted to fit anyone between 5”1’ and 6”5’ in height. Your performance is monitored through an eight-level magnetic tension control system. This is fed back to you on a large LCD screen, showing your pulse, number of calories burned, speed, distance and time. The actual pulse sensors are on the handlebars.
In terms of the bike’s function, it uses a high torque, three=piece cranking system, which makes pedaling smoother and more consistent. Whenever you want to move the bike, it can be folded up to a half of its operational size. Rather than having to carry it, you can use the bike’s transportation wheels for convenience, when moving it.
What Benefits Does This Bike Have?
The 500 XS is relatively easy to put together. The manual has clear and complete instructions and you should be able to have it up and running in less than an hour.
This bike looks great, and is very comfortable, thanks to the frame, the seat and the pedals. The frame is sturdy enough not to budge when getting on and off, the seat is kinder than most, plus the pedals are larger than on other bikes, meaning you’re less likely to slip. As mentioned earlier, it’s very quiet when in use. Obviously, the fact that you can fold it away is going to be a big plus for some.
What About the Downside?
If there was one thing I’d change about this bike, I would enable the digital gauge to break down your performance history into single sessions, as well as over time. You can deal with this by simply noting down your stats after each session, but it would be nice not to need to.
Why Is the 500 XLS the Best?
This bike scores highly in all aspects – it’s comfortable, sturdy, durable and quiet. The folding capacity makes it easy to store away. Best of all are its monitoring capabilities.
Runner-Up #1 – Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse
This Exerpeutic bike has various similarities with the 500 XLS – a large seat cushion and large LCD display. This model can support up to 300lbs and is ideal for people between 5’3” and 6”1’. Just as with the 500XLS, it has a large LCD display, the eight-level magnetic tension system and can be folded up and moved easily.
This bike is just as good as the 500 XLS in most respects, although it’s not suited to very tall, very large or very short people. It runs quietly and smoothly, and feeds back your data on the large screen. It’s ideal for those who want to exercise regularly without leaving their room or apartment.
Runner-Up #2 – Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike
This is another compact Exerpeutic bike, with the features you would expect – the eight-level magnetic tension system, large LCD display, high-torque crank system and a quiet V-belt drive. It’s all about comfort with its recumbent design, large pedals and cushioned seat. On top of that, it’s foldable and can be easily moved or stored away. It supports users of up to 300lbs, 5”2’ to 6”2’ in height.
The compact, foldaway design belies the 400XL’s powerful frame and capabilities. It’s ideal for quiet resistance training, especially for those who are recovering from injury – thanks to its recumbent design. Some reports suggest that it might not be as ideal for taller people despite the range given by Exerpeutic.
Runner-Up #3 – Exerpeutic 900XL Extended Capacity Recumbent Bike with Pulse
This is another Exerpeutic model which makes use of the eight-level magnetic tension control system. Like the other bikes, it has a large LCD display, showing you details about your performance. It supports users who weigh up to 300lbs. It’s used in a recumbent position as opposed to the traditional upright way.
This is the right bike for people who struggle with maintaining their posture on traditional exercise bikes. It has all of the features of other Exerpeutic bikes, but allows you to sit in a recumbent position when working out. Unlike the three bikes I mentioned above, however, it can’t be folded up, meaning it will need a place of its own.
The Final Word
Exerpeutic bikes don’t tend to have the range of resistance levels and variety of workout programs offered by other bikes. They aren’t flush with features as some other brands are. Thankfully, this doesn’t usually matter – these bikes get the essentials right, often much more than their rivals. What Exerpeutic offers, are relatively simple bikes that can be used by beginners and experts alike. They are durable, quiet and have everything you need to monitor your performance.
For me, the pick of the bunch has to be the 500 XLS, simply because its accessible to a wider range of people. This makes it more likely that it can be used by the whole family. It’s an ideal bike for those with limited space.