The Ativafit F8 Upright Bike features an X-type folding frame design that is sturdy and stable, with a maximum user weight capacity of up to 265 lbs (120 kg). In addition, the space-saving folding capabilities make the workout bike the perfect choice for those who do not have much room.
Effectively track your fitness progress using the featured multi-function digital fitness monitor. The easy-to-read LCD tracks time, distance, speed, calories burned, and pulse. The monitor is not telemetric, so you’ll need to hold the integrated HR pulse sensors in the handlebars to track the pulse. Measuring your pulse is an essential tool for exercising correctly and efficiently.
The Ativafit F8 upright bike comes equipped with 8-levels of manually adjustable resistance to meet your exercise intensity requirement. In addition, the R8 features a belt drivetrain for smooth and quiet operation. Thus, you can watch television or listen to music while using it.
Learn more in my complete review below!
Product: Ativafit F8 Upright Bike
Warranty: 1 year limited
My rating: 8.75/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 26.2L x 15.8W x 45.7H inches 66.5L x 40W x 116H cm)
- Assembled weight: 34.2 lbs (15.5 kg)
- Supported weight: 265 lbs (120 kg)
- Handlebar: Non-adjustable
- Seat: 2-way adjustable
- Resistance: Manual magnetic, eight levels
- Fitness Monitor: Time, speed, distance, calories, pulse, goals, scan
- Extras: Device holder, bottle holder
- Warranty: 1 year limited
F8 Frame Construction
The Ativafit F8 exercise bike features an X-type frame with two main parts. The part with the seat also supports the bike’s drive system, while the part with the handlebar consists of two long parallel bars. The two frame parts connect in the middle, allowing the bike to fold up.
Like most other upright bikes with an X-type frame, the Ativafit F8 is a fairly small unit. With all the parts assembled and the frame unfolded, its footprint is approx. 26.2″L x 15.8″W (66.5 x 40 cm).
However, the bike is a few inches longer (approx. 34″). Therefore, assigning a usage area with at least two clearance feet around the cycle is also advisable for easy access and safe usage.
The bike’s frame is steel tubing, combining cylindrical, rectangular, and oval tubes in its construction. All the steel parts have a durable paint finish, are resistant to corrosion, and are gray. The only notable plastic parts in the bike’s construction cover the drive and resistance elements.
The fully assembled bike is not too heavy. It only weighs 34.2 lbs (15.5 kg). Thus, one person can carry and build the bike. In addition, its front base stabilizer has small wheels for easy relocation.
Seat and handlebars
The Ativafit R8 comes equipped with a reasonably large seat, approx. 12″ (31 cm) wide, providing plenty of contact surface. Its shell is a sturdy plastic material, while its top cover is a thick layer of high-density foam.
The seat is only two-way adjustable (up, down). However, its post features several adjustment positions. Therefore, the bike should comfortably accommodate users between 5’0″ and 5’10” (153 – 178 cm).
Taller users should still use this bike but may not benefit from a complete leg stretch during pedaling, even with the seat set to its highest position. Also, the bike has a maximum user weight capacity of 265 lbs (120 kg).
The bike comes equipped with a multi-grip handlebar. Its side grips feature thick sleeves of high-density foam material for improved comfort. They also integrate stainless steel HR pulse sensors, and the included fitness monitor has a pulse reading function.
The bike’s handlebar does not offer any adjustability. For example, you cannot adjust its height or angle. It inserts into the two bars of the front frame section and is secured via four bolts. Therefore, it won’t wobble or move, as is the case for specific exercise bikes where the handlebar attaches with only one or two screws or a collar system.
F8 resistance and drive
The Ativafit F8 folding exercise bike features a manual magnetic resistance system. Unfortunately, this means that the cycle does not adjust the resistance automatically. But on the other hand, you don’t need a power adapter or an external power source.
The bike’s main resistance element is an internal magnetic brake connected to the tension knob on the front part of the frame through a steel wire.
Therefore, when you turn the knob, the brake changes its position to the internal flywheel, increasing or decreasing the workout load.
The bike makes available eight resistance levels, distinguished by the tension knob. The first level delivers a relatively light pedaling difficulty, great for recovery training or muscle toning. The 8th level of resistance is considerably more pedal tension; however, it still doesn’t offer a super high difficulty level.
The internal flywheel isn’t hefty. Its exact weight is not specified, but considering that the bike’s whole weight is less than 35 lbs, the weight of the flywheel probably doesn’t exceed 10 lbs (4.5 kg).
The flywheel is perimeter-weighted for improved inertia. It is also bi-directional. Therefore, you can pedal in reverse to add diversity to your workouts. However, coasting is not possible on this bike.
Like most other exercise bikes with a magnetic resistance system, the Ativafit F8 features a belt drivetrain. However, this drive system has several advantages over a chain drive. First of all, it generates less vibration, providing smoother pedaling. And second of all, you don’t have to lubricate it.
The bike comes equipped with a sturdy 3-piece crankset with solid steel arms. However, it is not for standing up on the pedals or spin workouts since it’s an upright folding bike. The pedals are made of durable thermoplastic material with a metallic center.
They are weighted, so they always turn face up when you remove your feet from them. In addition, they have a textured surface and adjustable straps for improved foot stability.
The Ativafit F8 upright bike includes a fitness monitor that offers several more functions than a basic model. For example, it has a pulse reading and target setting functions.
However, it does not have pre-set programs and is incompatible with fitness apps. It also has a device holder with a small shelf at the bottom of the monitor to place your smartphone or tablet.
The fitness monitor features an LCD (without a backlight) that tracks time, distance, speed, calories burned, and pulse. It is not telemetric, though. Unfortunately, it can only read your pulse if you hold on to the HR pulse sensors integrated into the bike’s handlebars. Also, speed and distance are in metric units with no option for Imperial units.
The monitor is straightforward to use. It has three buttons – Mode, Set, and Reset. The Mode button allows you to select the workout metric you want to see on display, or the Scan Mode, which rotates all the metrics keeping each one on display for approx. 6 seconds.
The Set button allows selecting workout goals for time, distance, and calories burned. The monitor will count down from the specified value until it reaches zero. And finally, the Reset button clears all the values to zero.
The fitness monitor is battery-powered and requires two AA batteries, which do not come with the bike. It starts when you pedal or press one of the buttons and automatically turns off if it does not detect any activity on the bike for more than four minutes.
F8 Assembly and Maintenance
The bike’s frame and its drive system come pre-assembled. So you only need to attach the two base stabilizers, the handlebar, the seat, the fitness monitor, and the pedals.
Consequently, it shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes of your time. All the necessary tools come with the bike, and the manual provides precise assembly instructions.
Once assembled, its maintenance doesn’t require much. All you have to do is keep the frame clean, wipe any sweat droplets that may fall on the frame at the end of the workout, and periodically check for loose bolts and parts and retighten or replace them as needed. The internal components do not require periodic lubrication.
- Fairly sturdy frame with a maximum weight limit of 265 lbs;
- Small footprint;
- Folding frame, great portability;
- Transport wheels integrated into the front stabilizer;
- Large padded seat;
- Multi-grip handlebar with pulse sensors;
- Weighted pedals with straps;
- Smooth and quiet operation;
- Fitness monitor included – it tracks time, distance, speed, calories burned, and pulse;
- Goal selection function for a time, distance, and calories;
- Device holder included;
- Easy to assemble;
- All the necessary tools for the assembly are included;
- Little maintenance is required.
- The fitness monitor LCD does not have a backlight;
- A tablet placed on the device holder will cover the fitness monitor LCD;
- It’s not for users taller than 5’10”.
Ativafit F8 Upright Bike Summary
The Ativafit F8 is a foldable magnetic upright bike designed for home use. It features an 8-level manual magnetic resistance system, a large saddle, a multi-grip handlebar, and a fitness monitor that can track time, distance, speed, calories, and pulse.
Moreover, it’s an affordable exercise bike for light cardio training, muscle toning, stamina development, and weight loss.
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Please remember to consult your physician to determine if you have any medical or physical conditions that could put your health and safety at risk or prevent you from using the equipment properly. In addition, your physician’s advice is essential if you are taking medication that affects your heart rate, blood pressure, or cholesterol level.