Exerpeutic Gold 500 XLS Foldable Upright Bike is designed to support a weight capacity of up to 400 lbs. Also, its heavy duty design and high durability will provide excellent workout results.
It’s effortless to get off and on the bike which makes for a more effective and comfortable workout session. The large comfortable cushioned seat is ideal for people of any size since its easily adjustable to fit 5 feet 1-inch to 6 feet 5-inch user heights.
The Exerpeutic Gold 500 XLS Folding Upright Bike offers a compact folding design which makes it perfect for anyone who doesn’t have the luxury of proper workout space. It’s one of the very few upright bikes that come with an affordable price, but without compromising the quality.
One of the best things about the bike is the handlebar which offers multiple grips, thus supporting different workout postures. The bike comes equipped with an 8 level magnetic tension control system for a more comfortable or more challenging workout, and an easy-to-read LCD that indicates calories burned, speed, distance, time, scan, odometer, and pulse.
Product: Exerpeutic Gold 500 XLS Foldable Upright Bike, 400 lbs
Warranty: Frame 1 year / Parts 90 days
My rating: 8.75/10
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500 XLS Frame
Have we mentioned enough so far, that this exercise bike features a folding design? There’s more than that, though. Not only this bike is foldable, but it also features pretty high user capacity. It’s rated for 400 lbs (181 kg) of user weight, way more than other foldable bikes.
The frame is made of thick steel tubing, actually incorporating over 20% more steel than the structure of the Exerpeutic 1200. Thus, it’s slightly heavier than the previous model, but it’s still far from being a massive machine. At a weight of 51.6 lbs (23.4 kg), it still is a pretty light bike, easy to transport folded or non-folded.
The bike’s front base features caster wheels, which help with its transport. The rear support offers a curved design, to increase the bike’s stability. The bottoms don’t have leveling feet, but they are however finished with plastic caps, which can be adjusted to maximize its stability.
The unfolded bike doesn’t have an extraordinary large footprint. It takes only 39″L x 26.4″W (99 x 67 cm) of floor space, being fit for a small apartment. When folded, it can easily fit in a corner or a small closet, its footprint being diminished to 24.8″L x 26.4″W (63 x 67 cm). It stands slightly higher from the ground when folded though, at 57.5″ (146 cm).
Seat and handlebars
One of the most important strengths of this Exerpeutic bike is its seat. Many of the most expensive upright bike models don’t come with a seat like this.
The seat supplied with the Exerpeutic 500 XLS features a simple, flat design, but this does eliminate any soreness that a generic bike saddle may cause. It’s 14″ (35.5 cm) wide and 9″ (23 cm) long, a full, spacious seat, incorporating foam cushioning for excellent comfort.
The handlebar also features a simple design, but offer multiple grips, supporting different workout postures. It has built-in pulse sensors, the bike’s console being able to track your pulse.
Unfortunately, this bike does not excel in micro adjustability. The handlebar is fixed, while the seat is only 2-way adjustable (up/down). However, the bike can accommodate users between 5’3″ and 6’5″ (160 – 195.5 cm).
Taller users can also use this bike, but depending on their inseam length, they may not benefit from a complete leg extension. This, of course, may cut back from the training consistency.
500 XLS Resistance system
Like most basic upright bikes, the Exerpeutic GOLD 500 XLS features a manual magnetic resistance system, which involves a free magnetic brake pad connected via a tension wire to the resistance adjustment knob. As you turn the knob, the magnetic brake pad moves closer or farther from the bike’s flywheel, this way resistance being adjusted.
The bike offers eight levels of resistance. Now, these eight resistance levels strictly depend on how tight the tension wire is. The bike should provide the training set for light to a medium cardio workout.
However, in case you feel that the final resistance settings aren’t enough, the tension of the resistance cable can also be adjusted, to enable the magnetic pad to move even closer to the flywheel, and squeeze a bit more resistance from this bike.
The drive system and brake mechanism are enclosed in a pretty small box compared with other bikes. Therefore, it’s pretty apparent that the bike has a small flywheel. But the wheel is balanced and does not come in contact with the brake pad, the pedaling is smooth, without rendering the stair-climbing effect, even when it’s set to the highest resistance setting.
Like most magnetic exercise bikes, the Exerpeutic 500 XLS features a belt drive system, involving a heavy-duty V-belt, resistant to stretching, and basically maintenance free. This is an element that adds to the smoothness of the pedaling, also rendering the use of the bike extremely quiet.
The last component of the bike’s drive system that we should focus on here is the crankset and pedals. The crankset is a 3-piece component, with steel crank arms. It’s pretty solid, but keep in mind that this is an upright bike, for light to medium exercising routines, not a spin bike.
Thus, the crankset is not robust enough to hold the whole weight of the user, in a stand up pedaling routine. In fact, due to the bikes folding design, pedaling while standing up would be quite awkward.
Finally, the pedals supplied with this fitness machine are weighted, self-adjusting, also featuring straps. The threads on the pedals are a standard size. Therefore you can easily find replacements if it’s the case.
500 XLS Console
Since it’s a basic bike, the console supplied with it is also pretty basic. Does not offer any preloaded workout apps, but it does supply information regarding the essential data a user would want to know during their workout. This performance monitor tracks time, speed, calories, pulse, and distance. It also has an odometer function which saves the accumulated traveled distance.
The unit is quite easy to operate. It’s automatically powered on when you begin pedaling on the bike, and it will automatically turn off 4 minutes after you stop pedaling. It only features one button (MODE), and it can also be turned on by pressing this button.
By pressing the button multiple times, the display will cycle between the values mentioned above, and you can choose the one you want to view at any time. However, it also has a SCAN function, which allows it to automatically cycle through these values, showing each one for 4 seconds.
The console requires 2 AA-type batteries which are supplied with the bike.
500 XLS Assembly and Maintenance
The assembly of the Exerpeutic 500 XLS is far from being difficult. Even if you don’t have any mechanical skills, it shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. The tools for assembly are supplied, as well as the user’s manual which will guide you step by step through the process.
The two pieces of the frame come attached, and the resistance/drive system already mounted to the main bar of the frame. You need to attach the front and rear stabilizers, pedals, the seat, and finally the handlebar with the console, connecting the tension and pulse wires.
Maintenance for this bike is pretty much zero. All internal components are pre-lubricated, and since the bike has a belt drive system, it pretty much doesn’t require any lubrication. Thus, for maintenance, all you have to do is wipe the dust from the frame, and periodically check the bolts to make sure they hold tight in their places.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 39L x 26.4W x 48.4H inches (99L x 67W x 123H cm)
- Assembled weight: 51.6 lbs (23.4 kg)
- Supported weight: 400 lbs (181 kg)
- Handlebar: Non-adjustable
- Seat: Adjustable
- Pedals: with straps
- Resistance: Magnetic, eight levels
- Accessory holder: Yes
- Performance monitor: Yes
- Warranty: Frame 1 year / Parts 90 days
- Substantial frame for a foldable bike, being able to support users up to 400 lbs;
- Small footprint when fully assembled;
- Foldable, great for a small apartment;
- Comfortable, spacious seat;
- Multi-grip handlebar with pulse sensors;
- Quiet magnetic resistance system;
- Smooth belt drive;
- Performance monitor included;
- Easy to assemble;
- Very little maintenance required.
- Pulse tracking is not extremely accurate;
- Not for very short users, the minimum user recommended height is 5’2″ (157.4 cm).
Exerpeutic Gold 500 XLS Summary
The Exerpeutic Gold 500 XLS is one of the sturdiest and most durable foldable upright bikes that you can find at the moment. It’s also one of the most affordable. This exercise bike pretty much comes with a high price/quality ratio. It’s an excellent choice for apartment use since it doesn’t take much space when assembled and easy to store.
It’s great for a light to medium cardio training, to alternate cycling with other types of exercise, and for muscle toning, actually training on this bike will have a significant impact on your quads. And finally, you can also shed an essential number of pounds, if working out regularly on the highest resistance settings.
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