The ECHANFIT R49 Pro Rowing Machine is the ideal fitness equipment, it works on several significant muscles groups, and you can develop both your upper and lower body. In addition, rowing provides a versatile, comprehensive workout experience, perfect for strength training, cardio, and weight-loss-focused exercise routines.
This ECHANFIT rowing machine features an adjustable resistance system from 1 to 16 levels that easily modify your resistance to fit your exercise preferences and deliver a quiet and smooth exercise at home. This powerful rowing machine offers silent resistance for a customizable and satisfying cardio workout, promises stable performance, durability, and long-term use.
The ECHANFIT R49 Pro rowing machine comes equipped with a digital fitness monitor that tracks your time, count, total count, and calories burned. In addition, it’s easy to track your energy output on the fitness monitor LCD and focus on the progress of your fitness plan.
The R49 features a comfortable padded seat. It comes with a thickened cushion, making you feel comfortable even if you sit for a long time for your workouts. In addition, the cushioned pedals pivot with your movement while adjustable foot straps secure your feet in place.
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Product: ECHANFIT R49 Pro Rowing Machine
Warranty: 1-year replacement parts
My rating: 8/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 64.6L x 16.3W x 26.8H inches (164L x 41W x 68H cm)
- Shipping weight: 55 lbs (25 kg)
- Weight capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Frame: Steel
- Resistance type: Magnetic, 16 levels
- Fitness Monitor: Time, count, count per minute, total count, calories, scan
- Warranty: 1 year for parts
R49 Frame construction
The ECHANFIT R49 Pro rowing machine features a steel frame combining rectangular and cylindrical tubes in its construction. In addition, all the steel parts come coated with a rust-resistant grey paint finish. Also, the front part of the unit that holds the drive and resistance elements has a set of large thermoplastic guards.
The ECHANFIT R49 Pro rower is a fairly small fitness machine compared with other similar models. Its assembled footprint is 64.6″L x 16.3″W (164 x 41 cm). However, it is advisable to leave at least two feet of clearance on each side of the rail and at the rear for ease of access.
The exact length of the rail is not specified, but ECHANFIT recommends this rower for users up to 6’3″ (190 cm). Also, its maximum user weight limit is 300 lbs (136 kg).
The rower does not have a folding design. However, it can store vertically if necessary, resting on its front stabilizer and a small rubber pad integrated on the front part of the drive casing.
The unit is relatively light. It only weighs approx. 55 lbs (25 kg) so one person can easily carry and assemble the rower. Also, once completed, it relocates quickly since its front base integrates a set of small wheels.
Seat and other parts
The ECHANFIT R49 Pro rowing machine comes equipped with a pretty comfortable seat. Its top section features a cushion with approx—1.6″ (4 cm) of foam padding to reduce the impact on your tailbone. In addition, the cushion has a durable vinyl cover which is also sweatproof.
The seat frame is steel-made. It integrates three sets of wheels. Two slides on top of the rail, while the third one closes the seat at the bottom for extra stability. The wheels integrate ball bearing and have an outer rubber layer for reduced noise and smooth seat travel. The rail also has two sets of bumpers at the front and rear to prevent the seat from sliding more than necessary.
The unit’s rail slants forward. Therefore, the machine provides a slightly better workout for the legs. However, this also means that the seat is a bit higher when close to the rear end of the rail. Its maximum height is approx—12″ (30 cm) above the floor.
This ECHANFIT rower comes with a set of large footrests. They attach to a curved steel bar that connects to the bottom front section of the frame. The pedal trays are durable ABS material. They are non-adjustable. They have heel guards, a textured surface, and adjustable straps to provide the necessary foot stability during rowing.
The unit’s footrests do not pivot or change their angle, and they are at an angle of approx—45 ° to provide optimal positioning for your feet during rowing.
The pulling handle of the rower consists of a short straight bar attached to a heavy-duty abrasion-resistant nylon strap. Thus, the unit’s drive system doesn’t require any lubrication. Unfortunately, the pulling handle does not have pulse sensors like some of the most expensive rowers, and the included console does not have a pulse reading function.
R49 Resistance system
The ECHANFIT R49 Pro rowing machine features a magnetic resistance system similar to upright exercise bikes. It consists of a magnetic brake integrated into the front section of the rower and connected to the tension dial.
As you turn the dial clockwise, the magnets move closer to the internal flywheel, which increases the rowing difficulty. Conversely, if you turn the tension knob counterclockwise, the magnetic brake moves away from the flywheel, which reduces the workload.
The resistance system is manual (mechanical). Therefore, you don’t need an adapter or an external power source to adjust the resistance. Unfortunately, on the other hand, the rower cannot change the resistance automatically and does not have any pre-set programs.
The ECHANFIT R49 Pro offers 16 levels of resistance. It delivers a reasonably light rowing difficulty on the lowest level, great for recovery training or a workout warmup. Conversely, the 16th level of resistance provides considerably more resistance, great for anyone who wants to improve strength, stamina, and cardiovascular shape.
The main advantage of the magnetic resistance system is that the brake does not touch the flywheel, and no fan or water tank can generate noise during usage. Thus, the machine is tranquil, great for apartment use.
Last but not least, it’s important to note that the ECHANFIT R49 does not offer a dynamic response during rowing. This is the case for any full-magnetic rower (without water or air resistance elements). Thus, the resistance depends not on how fast you pull the handle but on the selected tension level.
This is not necessarily a downside, but the rowing sensation is not as close to the rowing of a real boat, similar to a water resistance rower or air resistance rower.
The ECHANFIT R49 Pro rowing machine comes equipped with a simple fitness monitor. It features an LCD without a backlight. It tracks time, count, total count, count per minute, and calories burned. The display divides into two sub-section. The top section shows the strokes for the current workout, and the bottom section shows all the other metrics.
The monitor does not have pre-set programs or online connectivity. However, it is straightforward to use. It only has one button. By pressing the button repeatedly, you can change the workout metric displayed on the bottom section of the screen.
This way, you can also select the Scan Mode; in Scan Mode, the metrics on the bottom rotate automatically, each one appearing on display for a few seconds. The button also covers the reset function of the monitor. So you can press and hold it for a few seconds to clear all the values to zero except the Total Count function.
The unit does not have a pulse reading function. It also does not show distance or split time/500. It is battery-powered, and the batteries come with the rower. You can start it up by pressing the button, but it also starts up automatically when it detects activity on the rower. It also turns off automatically after a few minutes of inactivity on the machine.
R49 Assembly and Maintenance
The front part of the rower with all the drive and resistance elements comes pre-assembled. So, you only need to attach the front base stabilizer, insert the seat on the rail, add the rear stabilizer, the footrests, and the fitness monitor.
This shouldn’t take more than 30-40 minutes. The manual provides clear assembly instructions and all the necessary tools that come with the rowing machine.
It is essential to keep the rower clean, especially the rail, to prevent damage to the seat wheels. The internal maintenance parts do not require lubrication or any maintenance. It is also advisable to periodically check for loose bolts and parts and retighten as needed.
- Sturdy frame for a home-use machine – can hold users up to 300 lbs;
- Transport wheels on the front base;
- Adjustable stabilizers on the rear base;
- Large, padded seat for improved comfort;
- Relatively long rail – can accommodate users up to 6’3″;
- Sturdy footrests with adjustable straps;
- Quiet magnetic resistance with 16 distinct levels;
- Fitness Monitor included – it tracks time, count, total count, count per minute, and calories burned;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance is required.
- The fitness monitor LCD does not have a backlight;
- No programs or goal settings;
- There is not a device holder;
- No pulse reading function.
ECHANFIT R49 Pro Rowing Machine Summary
The ECHANFIT R49 Pro is a rowing machine made for home use. It comes equipped with a 16-level manual magnetic resistance system, a comfortable padded seat, a set of large footrests, and a fitness monitor that tracks time, count, t-count, count/min, and calories burned.
It also has a reasonably sturdy frame that has a maximum user weight limit of 300 lbs. Moreover, it’s an excellent machine for a full-body cardio workout, muscle toning, stamina development, and weight loss.
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