Bring the gym home with the Exerpeutic 1500XL Recumbent Bike that features a Step-Thru design for easy on and off capability providing a more effective and comfortable workout. The 1500XL has a maximum user weight capacity of 300 lbs (136 kg), which adds to the bike’s overall stability.
The 1500XL comes equipped with an 8 level belt-driven manual magnetic resistance system that allows the user to adjust the tension level for a more comfortable or more challenging workout. The precision-balanced flywheel and V- belt drive provide a smooth and quiet operation. At the same time, the smooth torque cranking system provides a smooth and consistent pedaling motion.
The Exerpeutic 1500XL Recumbent Bike comes equipped with an easy to read 3.5″ LCD fitness console that tracks distance, calories burned, time, speed, pulse. Another feature to mention here is Bluetooth connectivity. You’ll be able to sync your smart device with the free MyCloudFitness app, giving you can set workout goals, track your workouts, and more.
The 1500XL features a sizeable oversized seat cushion and backrest, which comfortability accommodates users between 5’3″ and 6’5″ (160 – 196 cm). Since it’s attached to a rail system, the seat has a back and forth adjustment. One set of handlebars connects to the seat assembly and has integrated pulse sensors for pulse monitoring.
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Product: Exerpeutic 1500XL Recumbent Bike
Warranty: 1 year limited
My rating: 8.5/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 54L x 22W x 34H inches (137L x 56W x 86H cm)
- Product weight: 64.3 lbs (29 kg)
- Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Handlebar: Non-adjustable
- Seat: Adjustable
- Resistance: Manual magnetic, eight levels
- Console: Time, distance, speed, odometer, pulse, calories, goals, Bluetooth
- Warranty: 1 year limited
1500XL Frame construction
The bike’s frame is steel tubing, combining cylindrical and rectangular bars. It has a maximum user weight capacity of 300 lbs (136 kg), while most other models in this price and feature range only support up to 250 lbs (113 kg). The main chassis is composed of two main parts, the rear section, which supports the seat, and the front part, which holds the drive and resistance elements.
All the steel parts in its frame construction come coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish, light gray. Of course, the bike also incorporates several ABS parts. But these are mostly covers and do not play any role in the bike’s weight support. The most notable ones are the flywheel covers and the cover at the base of the seat post.
The fully assembled bike isn’t giant compared to other models but still is approx 54″ (137 cm) long and 22″ (56 cm) wide. Plus, it is advisable to allow at least two clearance feet all around it for safe usage. The bike isn’t hefty. With all the parts assembled, it weighs only 64.3 lbs (29 kg).
The bike’s frame has a step-thru design, and this can be quite a plus for users with specific disabilities. Other recumbent bikes do not offer this feature, and stepping over the drive system to take a seat may be difficult for individual users.
Seat and handlebars
The Exerpeutic 1500XL comes equipped with a seat designed for optimal comfort. Both the seat pad and the backrest pad integrate approx. 1.5″ (4 cm) of foam padding while their upholstery is durable vinyl material. The seat is also reasonably roomy, offering plenty of contact surface and excellent lumbar support.
The seat is adjustable. It is attached to a rail system, which gives you the possibility to move it forward or backward. The locking device is a knob placed on the right side, which allows you to adjust the seat without having to stand up quickly.
The seat offers a reasonably decent adjustment span. It will comfortability accommodate users between 5’3″ and 6’5″ (160 – 196 cm). It also supports users up to 300 lbs (136 kg) with no problem. The backrest is not adjustable independently from the seat. It is directly attached to the seat’s metallic frame, and you can’t adjust its height, nor does it recline.
The Exerpeutic 1500XL comes equipped with two sets of handlebars; one connects to the seat assembly and the front mast. The seat handlebars integrate pulse sensors for pulse monitoring.
The front handlebars are short and slightly curved towards the user to provide a more comfortable positioning. Neither of the handlebars is adjustable.
1500XL Resistance system
The bike comes with a precision-balanced flywheel for a smooth pedaling motion. Its exact weight is not specified, but considering that the whole bike doesn’t weigh more than 65 lbs, its flywheel probably doesn’t weigh more than 15 lbs (6.8 kg).
The flywheel allows reverse pedaling. However, you cannot coast on the bike. Also, when pedaling in reverse, the resistance remains constant, given by the selected level.
This Exerpeutic exercise bike integrates a manual magnetic resistance system. It consists of an internal magnetic brake connected to the tension knob on the bike’s front bar through a steel cable. As you turn the knob clockwise, the brake moves closer to the flywheel and increases the pedaling difficulty.
Of course, since the bike’s resistance system is manual, the console does not play any role in the resistance adjustment. It does not have preset programs and cannot adjust the resistance automatically. Also, since the bike does not have an internal servo motor, it doesn’t require an external power source.
There are eight resistance levels available. The first one provides a light pedaling difficulty great for users who require recovery training due to injuries or surgery. Conversely, the 8th resistance setting allows you to perform a more intense workout if you want to boost your cardiovascular level and burn some extra calories.
Like most other exercise bikes equipped with a magnetic resistance system, the Exerpeutic 1500XL has a belt drive system. It uses a poly-v rubber belt designed for superior traction. As opposed to a chain drive, it does not require lubrication. Also, it promotes a very smooth, vibration-free pedaling sensation.
Finally, the bike integrates a durable crankset featuring two solid steel, chrome-coated crank arms. The included pedals have a self-leveling design and a non-slip surface. Plus, they come equipped with adjustable straps for extra foot stability.
As I’ve already mentioned, the console does not play any role in the resistance adjustment and does not have preset programs. It features a 3.5″ LCD that tracks the main workout metrics, including time, speed, distance, total distance, calories burned, and pulse.
The console allows you to select any of the workout metrics on display. However, it also has a Scan Mode. If this function is selected, the workout values show in a sequence, each appearing on display for 6 seconds.
For speed and distance, the console uses English units (MPH and miles). There is no setting for metric units (kmh and kilometers).
Also, to benefit from a pulse reading, you will have to hold on to the sensors integrated into the seat handlebars. The console cannot communicate with a wireless HR chest strap.
The bike’s console requires two AA batteries as its power source. It starts when it detects pedal movement and automatically turns off if there is no bike activity for more than 4 minutes. Plus, the console also integrates a small phone or tablet shelf to keep your device at hand if you will be using the MyCloudFitness app.
The fitness console offers the possibility to set up workout goals for time, distance, and calories. After choosing a goal for any of these values, the display will show the remaining value until reaching the set goal. You can also set up a goal for your Heart Rate, and the console will prompt you to increase or decrease to remain within the selected HR goal.
An important feature to note here is the Bluetooth connectivity. This gives you the possibility to sync your exercise bike with your smartphone or tablet and track your progress online or view your workout history via the free MyCloudFitness app for iOS and Android.
1500XL Assembly and Maintenance
Although the drive and resistance elements come pre-assembled, the bike still requires some assembly. You will have to connect the two chassis pieces, attach the base bars, the seat frame, the seat pads, the front mast, the console, and the pedals.
This may take more than an hour, but the task is far from being complicated. Plus, the manual provides clear assembly instructions, and all the necessary tools for it come included with the bike.
Maintenance doesn’t require much. The internal parts don’t need any lubrication. All you need to do is periodically inspect the unit for loose bolts and parts and retighten if necessary, remove the dust using a soft damp cloth and keep any liquids away from the console.
- Sturdy frame – can support users up to 300 lbs;
- Adjustable rear stabilizers;
- Transport wheels included;
- Step-through frame design for easy access to the seat;
- Seat handlebars with pulse sensors;
- Front handlebars included;
- Padded seat and backrest for optimal comfort;
- Multiple adjustment positions on the seat rail;
- Adjustable magnetic resistance offering eight difficulty levels;
- Weighted pedals with adjustable straps;
- Fitness console that can track time, distance, total distance, speed, calories, and pulse;
- Goal setting functions for time, distance, and calories;
- Bluetooth connectivity;
- Compatible with the free MyCloudFitness app for iOS and Android;
- Device holder included;
- Lightweight, easy to handle;
- Reasonably easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required.
- No backlight on the LCD;
- No bottle holder;
- A tablet placed on the device holder will cover the LCD.
Exerpeutic 1500XL Recumbent Bike Summary
The Exerpeutic 1500XL is a recumbent exercise bike equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system, a comfortable seat with multiple adjustment positions, and a Bluetooth capable console compatible with the MyCloudFitness App. Although it’s a bike made for home use, it has a pretty sturdy construction that can hold users up to 300 lbs.
Moreover, it’s an excellent trainer for light to medium-intensity cardio workouts, muscle toning, weight loss, and even recovery training. So get started and get the results you want with the Exerpeutic 1500XL Recumbent Bike.