Combine an upper and lower body workout with the Marcy NS-1000 Fan Bike. The Marcy NS-1000 features dual moving handlebars to work your upper body in combination with the cycling action of your lower body for a more effective workout overall than cycling alone.
The Marcy NS-1000 Fan Bike utilizes a unique, customizable air resistance system with a new tension adjustment that allows you to adjust the intensity level of your workout. The resistance is natural to change with a simple turn-dial knob.
The Marcy NS-1000 Fan Bike comes with an easy-to-use computer display that helps to keep you motivated by displaying your workout stats as you exercise, including time, distance, speed, calories burned, scan, and odometer.
The Marcy NS-1000 is an entry-level fan bike with a beautiful compact design to easily fit into a small corner of your home. It comes with front-mounted transportation wheels for easy portability. This exercise bike is well-built and allows for a user weight capacity of up to 250 lbs.
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Product: Marcy NS-1000 Fan Bike
Warranty: 2 years limited
My rating: 8/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 45L x 26.75W x 48.75H inches (114L x 68W x 123H cm)
- Assembled weight: 58 lbs (26.3 kg)
- Supported weight: 250 lbs (113.3 kg)
- Drive: Chain
- Resistance: Air
- Console: Distance, total distance, speed, time, calories
- Warranty: 2 years limited
NS-1000 Frame construction
This Marcy exercise bike is somewhat smaller than other similar bikes. It’s approx. 45″ (114 cm) long, and 20″ (51 cm) wide, but its overall width is the distance between the outer ends of the handlebars, which is 26.75″ (68 cm).
Differently put, this fitness machine is far from being a large one. It doesn’t require a large usage area, but it is recommended to maintain at least two feet of clearance all around it, to be able to exercise without any hindrance.
The Marcy NS-1000 features a frame made of steel tubing. Although it’s a basic bike, it’s construction is relatively sturdy; it’s designed to support users up to 250 lbs (113.3 kg). It’s surprisingly stable for a small bike, as its center of gravity is close to the ground.
Also, the rear base tube is curved and equipped with rotating polygonal caps, which serve as levelers, enhancing the bike’s stability furthermore.
The bike is far from being heavy. When fully assembled, it weighs approximately 58 lbs (26.3 kg), which means that its assembly shouldn’t be a problem for one person. But its front stabilizer bar is equipped with two transport wheels which facilitate the bike’s relocation.
Last but not least, this Marcy upright exercise bike features a black, corrosion-resistance finish. However, keep in mind that this is a bike for use indoors. If exposed to moisture, the bolts or some of the internal parts may eventually catch rust.
Seat and handlebars
The Marcy NS-1000 fan bike has a standard seat, which features a slightly contoured surface and integrates a layer of padding.
Although it’s not the most comfortable bike seat, it’s still more extensive than the seats found in most spin bikes and definitely, delivers more comfort than those. Of course, you can always increase the support of this seat by adding a gel cover or a sheepskin cover.
The seat on this Marcy bike is only two-way adjustable, up and down. Its upright bar has seven adjustment holes, offering an adjustment span of 8″ (20.3 cm). At its lowest setting, the seat will be 26″ (66 cm) above floor level, while at its top setting it stands at 34″ (86.3 cm).
Thus, the bike can accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’0″ (152 – 183 cm). Taller users should also be able to use it, but may not benefit from a full leg stretch.
The bike’s handlebars are simple, curved bars, with high-density foam grips. They’re non-adjustable, and they cannot be locked in place; they will continue to move for as long as you pedal.
One of the cons of the Marcy NS-1000 that we must mention here is the lack of foot resting pegs at the front. Several other (more expensive) air bikes do have this feature, which may offer a bit of extra convenience if you want to exercise only by using the arms of the machine.
If you’re wondering, this Marcy exercise bike features a chain drive. In other words, the transmission between the bike’s pulley and flywheel-fan is via a chain, which is a standard bike chain. The main pluses of a chain drive are high durability and high availability (you can get a replacement from just about any bike shop).
On the other hand, the main drawback is that you will have to lubricate after at least six months of use, to prevent it from rusting. The chain is pre-lubricated, though, and guarded by its plastic cover, and shouldn’t require maintenance that often.
Another essential element of the drive system is flywheel-fan. The one equipped on this bike is slightly smaller than for other models. However, it still generates a pretty decent resistance. A metallic fan guard encases the fan.
When in motion, it creates a soft air current that is (directed) towards the user. Also, just as any massive fan, it does generate some noise when in use. However, the bike is far from being unbearably noisy.
The crankset is a pretty durable piece as well, featuring solid steel arms. However, keep in mind that this is an upright bike, not a spin bike, and standing-up pedaling routines should not be performed on it, as they may lead to pedal or crank damage.
The pedals are a heavy-duty plastic material; they feature a weighted design, an adherent surface, and have adjustable straps. They have standard threads; thus, replacements for them are widely available.
Since this is a fan bike, it generates resistance whenever the fan is in motion. But as opposed to an upright magnetic bike, this one produces a dynamic response. In other words, the faster you pedal, or the quicker you move the bike’s arms, the fan will create more resistance.
The overall resistance is also adjustable. The tension knob on top of the frame connects to a belt. This allows you to tighten or loosen the fan. Thus, producing a more or less consistent workout.
One last aspect to mention here regards the bike’s Q-Factor. Although it’s not specified precisely, it is quite narrow. This is a plus, as your feet are positioned on the pedals naturally and results in less lateral stress on the knees and ankles.
The Marcy NS-1000 upright bike has a basic exercise meter. It reads time, distance, total distance, speed, and calories. It has a SCAN function that rotates these values, showing each one for 4 seconds. Distance is calculated only in miles, while speed is only in MPH; there is no metric setting.
Also, since you cannot correlate the console’s calorie tracking with the current resistance setting, the calorie reading may not be 100% accurate.
The bike doesn’t have any pulse sensors, and the meter is not telemetric. So, in case you need to monitor your heart rate, you will have to use a separate device.
The meter features target settings for time, distance, and calories. In other words, you can select a target value for any of these, and enable the meter to countdown from it to zero.
The unit uses two 1.5V (AAA) batteries, which are (not included). It’s relatively easy and straightforward to operate. It has three buttons: SET, MODE, and RESET. The MODE button toggles On and Off the SCAN function, allowing you to select one of the workout metrics to be shown on display all the time.
The SET button allows you to choose a target goal for time, calories, or distance. The RESET button, naturally, serves to reset all the values on the console to zero. Also, the unit has a sleep mode function; it will turn off automatically after 4 minutes of inactivity on the bike, to save battery life.
NS-1000 Assembly and Maintenance
The core of the bike comes fully assembled. In other words, the flywheel and the internal elements are (connected) to the mainframe. You will only have to add the base bars, the arms, the pedal bars, the pedals, the seat post, the seat, the console bar assembly, and finally the console. This shouldn’t take more than an hour. The manual offers pretty comprehensive assembly instructions and all the tools required for it (are included).
In terms of maintenance, the internal chain may require lubrication. However, it’s pre-lubricated from the factory, lube, which should last quite a long while. Other than this, it is recommended to check the bike for loose bolts and parts periodically.
- Sturdy and stable frame for a small bike, able to hold riders up to 250 lbs’
- Aesthetic design, an aspect that can serve as a good motivation factor;
- Adjustable levelers on the rear base;
- Transport wheels on the front base;
- Mobile handlebars for arms workouts;
- Ergonomic, padded seat;
- Air resistance system, great for interval workouts;
- Resistance adjustability (which other fan bikes don’t have);
- The console is (included) – it can track time, speed, distance, total distance, and calories;
- Target settings for time, distance, calories;
- Little maintenance required;
- Fairly quiet operation;
- Easy to assemble.
- The console cannot track your pulse;
- The console isn’t backlit;
- No footrest pegs at the front of the bike.
Marcy NS-1000 Fan Bike Summary
The Marcy NS-1000 is a basic upright air resistance exercise bike, designed for light to medium workouts. As opposed to other fan bikes, its resistance is adjustable. It’s also equipped with a primary console to track your main workout statistics. Thus, it’s an excellent bike for muscle toning, recovery training, stamina development, and weight loss.
It’s superior to a magnetic exercise bike as it offers the possibility also to exercise your arm muscles. And finally, it’s one of the most inexpensive fan bikes that you can find at the moment, offering excellent value for the price.
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