The Marcy ME 708 Upright Bike is an affordable upright exercise bike. It is a basic bike that doesn’t come with any frills which help to keep the price down. The ME 708 isn’t going to be for everyone, but for those who are looking for a way to get fit and lose some pounds; it may be just what you’re looking for.
The ME 708 has eight levels of manual magnetic resistance that uses the tension knob on the front support pole. It has the eight levels marked on the knob, and as you turn it, it clicks in place. The movement between the levels is smooth, so there is no jerkiness. It goes from very easy to moderately hard – like going up a slope than a tough hill.
The Marcy ME 708 has a belt drive that is very quiet and will be low maintenance. It and the flywheel are covered, which helps to keep it protected from dirt and sweat jamming it up. You get a relatively smooth pedaling experience that is low impact. However, at the higher levels of resistance, it will get a little rougher (still low impact) with the effect of resistance slowing the pedals down.
The ME 708 console has good-sized numbers so you can see them clearly as you exercise. The measures it displays are time, speed, distance, calories, and odometer. You can’t monitor your heart rate with this. If this is important to you, you are better off buying a heart rate strap and monitor.
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Product: Marcy ME 708 Upright Bike
Warranty: 2 years
My rating: 8/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 31.5L x 18W x 48.75H inches (80 x 46 x 124 cm)
- Product weight: 43 lbs (19.6 kg)
- Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Handlebar: Fixed
- Seat: Adjustable
- Pedals: With straps
- Brakes: Magnetic
- Resistance: Adjustable, eight levels
- Bottle holder: No
- Progress tracking computer: Yes
- Warranty: 2 years
ME 708 Frame and other parts
The Marcy ME 708 upright bike is not a clunky piece of equipment and can fit in a smaller room. It takes about a square yard of floor space. It’s not very heavy either. At 43 lbs, it’s easy to transport by a single person, even if you have you go up of a set of stairs.
Despite not being foldable, the compact design still takes up much less space than many of the higher-priced exercise bikes and is ideal for apartments and any spare room you might have.
Despite being lightweight, the ME 708 bike is sturdy and stable. It can support users up to 300lbs in weight. It can also accommodate shorter users, or taller users up to 6’2 ″ (187 cm) tall.
The seat can be adjusted to a very low point. At its lowest setting, there’s about 1′ (30.5 cm) length between the seat and the pedal at the lowest point to the floor.
Therefore, users as short as 4’5 ″ (135 cm) shouldn’t have a problem using it. The seat is pretty comfortable and really easy on the back. You shouldn’t need any padding for it. It’s about 9″ wide at the back, and 10″ in length, supplying an adequate rest.
The handlebar is not adjustable. However, just like most upright bikes, it’s pretty close to the seat, supplying an upright exercising posture. Its design allows various grips. It’s also well-padded with rubber foam to absorb moisture and to offer a more comfortable and solid contact. To further add flexibility to your riding position, the seat has nine height settings.
Both of the pedals of this bike come ergonomically designed and counterbalanced. They have straps that secure the user’s feet so they can comfortably use the equipment without the anxiety of losing their footing. They do not feature clips for cycling shoes.
The magnetic resistance system provides a quiet and considerably smooth workout. It is essential to add that magnetic resistance produces premium visible results in a minimal amount of time. The Marcy ME 708 offers an effective workout without causing strain and damage to the muscles.
The eight preset resistance levels allow the user to adjust tension levels to a desirable position. The resistance mechanism involves a magnetic brake, which results in a smooth and quiet ride.
In most cases, beginners start on a lower resistance level and gradually increase the level as they get stronger. Although many users find the first tension level light, this resistance level offers an adequate warm-up.
The first 2-3 levels are pretty much light, but beginning with the 4th level, you should be able to feel the burn while the last level has been deemed challenging enough by more experienced users.
ME 708 Console
As with the majority of entry-level exercise bikes in this price range, there have had to be some compromises made in terms of display console functions and feedback to keep the price low.
Although this will have some impact on your workouts from an entertainment perspective (no built-in speakers, shelf for your tablet to watch movies or virtual cycling track), there is still enough feedback to measure progress and motivate yourself during your workouts.
The size of the LCD screen is relatively compact, which means it only has a single “MODE” key. It has just one function, which is to scan the time automatically, distance, speed, and calories burned every 4 seconds for the duration of your workout. You can choose to set a goal of cycling for a longer time, a longer distance, or burn more calories each time you workout.
It’s worth bearing in mind that there are bikes that will provide feedback on a much wider range of goal setting targets, as well as sync your workout data to apps or your computer if needed. But if you’re on a limited budget or don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a bike that you use to complement an existing fitness routine, then the Marcy ME 708 should be more than sufficient.
ME 708 Assembly and Maintenance
The ME 708 from Marcy is not difficult to assemble. It shouldn’t take anyone more than 30 minutes. The core of the bike with the crank and magnetic brake system is already assembled. All you need to mount in place are the bike’s front and back bases, seat and handlebar posts, then the seat and the handlebar, and finally, the LCD on top of the handlebar.
Tension cable and CPU wire require insertion through the handlebar post. Tension cable must be connected to the resistance adjusting knob, while the cable of the console reaches the top part of the post, where it connects to the tracker’s wire. Anyway, the bike comes with a comprehensive user’s manual, which guides you step-by-step through the assembly part.
Maintenance doesn’t require much. All you have to do is dust the machine weekly, remove moisture from the console, and tighten pedal, screws, and knobs into place from time to time to make sure everything is tight.
- 8 levels of preset magnetic resistance;
- A large console that informs you of the speed, time, calories burned, and distance;
- Counterbalanced pedals;
- Adjustable foot straps;
- Transport wheels;
- Compact design;
- Quiet and smooth operation;
- Easy to assemble;
- Adjustable seat.
- The seat may be uncomfortable after using for a long time;
- The fitness console isn’t backlit.
Marcey ME 708 Summary
The Marcy ME 708 Upright Bike is an excellent exercising machine for light and medium training. It’s not designed for high-intensity training, or consistent weight loss oriented routines. In case you want to sweat buckets full and shed a considerable amount of pounds, you probably need an indoor cycling bike, such a the Schwinn IC2, or a Sunny Pro model.
Nonetheless, even though it’s not for heavy training, it can still help you lose weight, sweat out your daily surplus of calories, tone leg muscles, and maintain your cardiovascular health. All in all, it’s a fine upright bike, very slim, comfortable and quiet, an excellent investment for any home user.
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