There is one huge advantage to owning a recumbent exercise bike rather than an upright exercise bike. The former actually seats you in a laid back position creating a much more comfortable experience. A lot of great bikes of this style are out there, but I think the 900XL recumbent bike from Exerpeutic is the best of its kind. The key is the bike’s simplistic nature.
First off, the 900XL has several different levels of resistance for you to choose from (eight in total). This means you can completely customize the challenge, choosing how hard you want to work. What’s even better about this is the level can be changed from a knob on the machine. You can even alter it on the fly, just like an actual bike. The smooth ride you get with every level of resistance (thanks to the “smooth torque” cranking system) will make you want to push yourself further. Don’t worry about pushing yourself too far, though, because the handlebars have hand pulse sensors that will keep you within your target heart rate zone.
The 900XL is Extremely Comfortable and Quiet
Basically, the entire purpose of recumbent exercise bikes is so you can be more comfortable when working out. So, it shouldn’t be surprising to you when I tell you that Exerpeutic created their recumbent bike with extreme comfort. This is the case with both the backrest and the seat that you ride on, as an oversized cushion is provided. It’s not just the seat that’s comfortable, though. The large foot pedals have included straps that will prevent your feet from slipping; while the extended leg stabilizers keep you from losing balance. Worth mentioning is that Exerpeutic made the seat adjustable to accommodate nearly all users.
I don’t know about you, but when I exercise I prefer additional background noise (whether that be music or a television). That’s what’s so great about this extended capacity bike because when it’s in motion, it will not interfere with any background noise. The well-built flywheel and V-belt are the reasons this is possible as they are extremely quiet in operation.
A Simplistic Computer and Design
Trust me, the average Joe will have no problems operating the computer that is attached. Maybe this is a good aspect, maybe not. It truly depends on your preference, but I think the simplicity of the computer is a positive. You will have no trouble reading it as the screen is easy to see and it will display your distance, calories burned, heart rate information, and time.
Probably the feature I love the most is the “step-thru” design that Exerpeutic incorporated. It makes getting on and off this bike simple and completes the overall experience.
The One Drawback
I can only find one thing that you will need to look out for. Although the seat and backrest can be adjusted, doing so can be a pain. You have to pull all three attached knobs out, adjust it to your liking, then attach them back on. This drawback aside, which is really only an issue if you want several people of different heights using it, I would head over to Amazon immediately to secure this bike before they run out!
Runner-Up #1: Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Bike
It’s now time for me to list my alternatives! I like to do this to give you other options if you are not appealed by the one I recommend over the others. One excellent alternative is the recumbent bike from Marcy. Much like the 900XL, this bike has eight levels of resistance that can be changed by an attached knob. The seat and backrest, although not quite as good as the previous, are still comfortable and provide an enjoyable pedaling experience.
To be completely honest, this and the Exerpeutic recumbent bike are very close in quality. You really can’t go wrong with either one. The main reason I didn’t choose this particular brand is the comfort is not quite as good.
Runner-Up #2: Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike
Welcome to a much more advanced exercise bike. The two biggest advancements of the 270 bike from Schwinn are the resistance levels and the LCD computer. Instead of eight levels of resistance, this beast includes 25. The computer is also much more advanced as there are dual-screens that allow you to monitor up to 13 different display feedbacks. Also included are nearly 30 different programs that offer various challenges for you to do.
How on earth did I not suggest this bike the most? This is a question you make be asking yourself and it’s because this brand tends to be more expensive. I like to accommodate most people, which means I typically won’t recommend expensive brands.
Runner-Up #3: Sunny Health & Fitness Recumbent Bike
Yet another tremendous alternative is the SF-RB4601 (boy, that’s a mouthful) bike from Sunny Health & Fitness. This is fairly similar to the Exerpeutic 900XL in it has a very basic computer that will display calories, speed, time, distance and pulse. It too has eight different levels of resistance for you to choose from, as well as a very quiet belt drive transmission.
The uninspiring design is what truly prevents me from recommending this any higher. Compared to the 900XL, it looks bland. It’s not that it’s ugly (or even not well-built having the same maximum user capacity of 300 pounds), but it doesn’t look as appealing as the bike from Exerpeutic.
The 900XL Combines Everything Perfectly
I don’t think Exerpeutic could have made a bike that combines everything as perfectly as their 900XL does. Not one feature will blow you away, but the combination of its computer, resistance system, comfort, and quietness make this a brand that I couldn’t recommend anymore. Outside of the hassle of adjusting the seat (which won’t need to be done if you intend to use it solely), I have zero complaints to speak of. Do yourself a huge favor and log into Amazon so you can invest in this bike. Trust me, you will not be sorry that you did.