The Ativafit X8 Upright Bike features an X-type frame that combines physical balance theory in the design; you can feel the bike is sturdy while exercising. It has a large comfortable seat with a maximum user weight of up to 300 lbs (136 kg). The bike folds easily to store with the folding capabilities when not in use.
The X8 bike comes equipped with eight-level manual magnetic resistance and a belt drive system for smooth and quiet exercise to meet all of your demands. But, of course, it is up to you to choose an easier or more difficult workout for burning calories.
The Ativafit X8 upright bike features a fitness monitor with an IPAD bracket that effectively tracks time, speed, distance, calories, pulse, goals, and scan so that you can monitor your fitness progress. Monitor and maintain your target heart rate by tracking your HR pulse through the sensors integrated into the handlebar. Measuring your pulse rate is an essential tool for exercising correctly and efficiently.
Learn more in my complete review below!
Product: Ativafit X8 Upright Bike
Warranty: 90 days limited
My rating: 8.75/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 27.9L x 15.75W x 44.1H inches (71L x 40W x 112H cm)
- Assembled weight: 27.5 lbs (12.5 kg)
- Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 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: 90 days limited
X8 Frame Construction
The Ativafit X8 upright exercise bike features a steel tubing X-type frame. It combines oval, cylindrical, and rectangular bars in its construction. The main section of the structure that holds the handlebar and the fitness monitor has two parallel bars.
The other frame part holds the seat tube and the drive system. The two frame parts connect in the middle, allowing the bike’s fold.
All the steel tubes in the bike’s construction come with a corrosion-resistant gray paint finish. The side covers of the drive and resistance elements are durable ABS plastic.
In general, X-type exercise bikes offer excellent portability, and the Ativafit X8 makes no exception. First of all, the bike is not heavy. It weighs approximately 27.5 lbs (12.5 kg), easily transported and assembled by only one person. Plus, its front base comes equipped with a set of transport wheels.
The bike doesn’t take up too much space in the setup position. Its footprint is approx. 28″L x 16″W (71 x 40 cm), but front-to-back, the cycle is a bit longer. Therefore, it’s a good idea to assign a usage area for the bike of at least 60″L x 40″ (152 x 101 cm) for ease of access and unhindered usage.
With the frame folded, the bike’s footprint becomes 13.6″L x 15.7″W (34.5 x 40 cm), while its height reaches approx—52.4″ (133 cm).
Seat and handlebars
The Ativafit X8 comes equipped with an extra-large saddle. It is approx. 15″ (38.5 cm) wide and 11″ (28 cm) long, so it provides plenty of contact surface. Furthermore, although its top is not contoured, it integrates a thick layer of foam cushioning, offering superior comfort. Also, its top cover is durable vinyl material, which is also sweatproof and easy to maintain.
The bike’s seat is only two-way adjustable (up, down). It does not have a horizontal slider for front-to-back adjustment. Its vertical post offers several adjustment positions, but the user height range is only 5’0″ – 5’10” (153 – 178 cm). Taller users may still use this bike but may not benefit from a complete leg extension.
This Ativafit X8 has a maximum capacity of 300 lbs (136 kg). Also, this weight limit pretty much applies only to the seat. As is possible for many spin bikes, standing on the pedals is not advisable for this exercise bike, regardless of the user’s weight.
The Ativafit X8 folding upright bike features a handlebar assembly that offers a multi-grip design with side grips covered by high-density foam sleeves for extra comfort. Its side grips also integrate metallic HR pulse sensors, and the included fitness monitor has a pulse reading function.
The bike’s handlebar is non-adjustable. It attaches to the frame’s front section with four screws, so you cannot adjust its height or angle. However, the four connection points offer superior sturdiness and won’t wobble during usage, as is the case for other exercise bikes.
X8 Drive and resistance
Since it’s a bike for light exercise, the Ativafit X8 does not come equipped with a heavy flywheel. Its internal flywheel’s exact weight is not specified, but considering that the bike doesn’t weigh more than 30 lbs, its flywheel probably weighs between 5.5 and 8 lbs (2.5 – 3.6 kg). It is balanced and designed for improved motion stability and smooth pedaling.
The bike integrates a manual magnetic resistance system. Therefore, you don’t need a power cord, an adapter, or an external power source. However, the bike cannot automatically adjust the resistance, and the included fitness monitor does not have pre-set programs.
The bike’s resistance system consists of a magnetic brake connected to a steel cable by the tension knob on top of the frame’s front section. When turning the knob, the brake shifts its position to the flywheel, which adds or reduces the pedaling resistance.
There are eight resistance levels available on the knob. The first levels deliver a light tension, while the top, 7-8 levels allow you to undergo more intense cardio training. However, this exercise bike is not precisely for extreme cardio workouts.
As I’ve mentioned, the bike has a durable crankset, but it is not for standing up on the pedals. The position would be awkward anyway, and there may be stability issues.
The pedals are durable thermoplastic material with metallic center and weight elements, so they always self-level if you remove your feet from them. In addition, they have a textured surface and adjustable straps for improved foot stability.
Last but not least, this Ativafit exercise bike has a belt drive system. This type of drivetrain comes with several advantages. For example, the belt does not require lubrication, so you won’t have to take the drive unit apart monthly for this. It also generates less vibration than a chain and contributes to the overall smoothness of the ride.
The Ativafit X8 upright exercise bike has a fitness monitor that offers a few extra features over a basic model. First, it features an LCD that tracks time, distance, speed, calories, and pulse. The speed and distance are in kmh and kilometers.
While for the pulse reading function, the unit is not telemetric. Therefore, it can only track your pulse if you hold on to the sensors integrated into the handlebar. It cannot communicate with a wireless HR chest strap or armband.
Unfortunately, the monitor does not have workout programs or online connectivity. However, it allows you to select time, distance, and calorie targets, which some other bikes do not have. If a target gets set for time, distance, or calories, the fitness monitor will countdown from the selected value to zero and notify you when you complete your goal.
The fitness monitor is straightforward to use. It has three buttons: Set, Mode, and Reset. The Set button is for goal selection.
The Mode button allows you to scroll through the workout metrics and select the one you want to view or the Scan Mode, automatically rotating all the metrics and showing each one for several seconds. And finally, the Reset button clears all the values on the monitor to zero.
The monitor is battery-powered. When you start pedaling, it begins to count calories, distance, etc. It also automatically turns off if it doesn’t detect any bike activity for more than four minutes.
The device holder is the last notable feature regarding the fitness monitor included with the Ativafit X8 bike. It has a small shelf and extensive back support to hold most tablets and smartphones. However, it’s important to note that the monitor has no connection ports for your device (no charging port, no AUX).
X8 Assembly and Maintenance
The bike’s frame and the drive and resistance unit come pre-assembled. Therefore, all you need to do for assembly is unfold the cycle and attach its base stabilizers, seat, handlebar, fitness monitor, and pedals.
Therefore, it shouldn’t take more than 20-30 minutes of your time. All the necessary tools come with the bike, and the manual provides precise assembly instructions.
Maintenance doesn’t require much. All the internal components are pre-lubricated from the factory, and since the bike has a belt drive system, it doesn’t require any lubrication. Thus, all you have to do for maintenance is wipe the dust from the frame and periodically check for loose parts and bolts.
- Fairly sturdy frame – can support users up to 300 lbs;
- Small footprint when fully assembled;
- Foldable, great for a small apartment;
- Transport wheels integrated into the front stabilizer;
- Extra-large padded seat with a durable vinyl cover;
- Multi-grip handlebar with pulse sensors;
- Weighted pedals with straps;
- Narrow Q-Factor for zero lateral stress on the knees and ankles;
- Smooth and quiet operation;
- Fitness monitor included – it tracks time, distance, speed, calories, and pulse;
- Goal selection function for time, distance, and calories;
- Device holder included;
- Easy to assemble;
- All the necessary tools for the assembly included;
- Little maintenance is required.
- No backlight on the fitness monitor LCD;
- Not for users taller than 5’10”.
Ativafit X8 Upright Bike Summary
The Ativafit X8 is a foldable magnetic upright bike designed for home use that features a quiet belt drive system, an extra-large seat, an 8-level manual magnetic resistance system, and a fitness monitor that tracks time and distance speed, calories, and pulse.
Moreover, it’s an affordable exercise bike, great for light cardio training, muscle toning, stamina development, and weight loss.
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Please note you should 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.