The pooboo Indoor Cycling Bike (L NOW D601) offers all of the necessities for a fantastic cycling workout along with everything at-home fitness enthusiasts could want. The heavy-duty steel frame and crank add essential quality and durability to go the distance, no matter what your fitness goals.
The combination of a 25 lb bidirectional flywheel and reliable leather transmission belt muffles and smoothes your work-out. It also stays anti-rust and abrasion-resistant in continued use.
The brake and resistance are designed to adjust efficiently. Just turn the knob to adjust(increase or decrease) the intensity of your workout. By simply pressing down on the same knob, the braking system activates quickly and safely. Micro turn adjustment allows smooth, safe transitions to higher intensity levels.
An LCD monitor and pulse sensors are a necessity for an exercise bike like this one. You can track your pulse/speed/distance/time and calories you burn. Also, multiple riding postures can provide you with more comprehensive training.
Learn more in my complete review below
Product: pooboo Indoor Cycling Bike (L NOW D601)
Warranty: 1 year limited
My rating: 9.5/10
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D601 Frame construction
The pooboo D601 is durable steel tubing featuring a triangular design, but with the main tube and the longitudinal base tube slightly curved for improved sturdiness and extra aesthetic touch. The mainframe comes with a corrosion-resistant paint finish.
The color used is black with the L NOW and pooboo names painted white, while the seat and handlebar posts are chrome plated. Of course, the bike’s construction also integrates several ABS parts. For example, the belt cover and several other small covers are ABS made.
An important aspect to mention here regards the step-up bar that connects the seat tube and the main oblique tube. Not all spin bikes have this feature. This particular short bar not only can help with mounting and dismounting, but it can also serve as a step-up/step-down point in various spin workouts.
The fully assembled bike isn’t too large. Its footprint is approx. 43″L x 20″W (109 x 51 cm). However, it is advisable to leave at least two feet of clearance around it for unhindered usage. Also, the bike’s maximum height (with the handlebar fully extended) is approx — 47″ (119 cm).
Compared to other pooboo models, the D601 is lighter. However, it still weighs approximately 88 lbs (40 kg), which is twice the weight of the average road bike. Therefore, it does provide excellent stability. Plus, its base bars are equipped with adjustable stabilizers while the front base has two large silicone wheels, which considerably ease the unit’s relocation, if necessary.
Seat and handlebars
The pooboo D601 indoor cycling trainer includes a saddle designed for optimal comfort. Its top integrates a layer of high-density foam material. Its top is contoured, with a groove at the center to provide extra breathability.
It also has a standard attachment system. Therefore, if you will ever need to replace it, you will find a wide range of bicycle saddles compatible with your exercise bike.
The seat offers four-way adjustability (front, back, up, down). The upright bar has several adjustment notches, while the horizontal slider also provides a few inches of front to back adjustment.
Therefore, the bike can accommodate users between 4’11” and 6’2″ (150 – 188 cm), allowing a complete leg extension and range of motion. Also, the seat assembly is durable enough to support users up to 220 lbs (100 kg).
The bike’s handlebar features a multi-grip design. As we’ve mentioned above, it offers drop-down grips, an element that other spin bikes do not have. There’s also a small loop aero bar at the center, which allows a close grip posture. The whole handlebar assembly is coated with a layer of high-density foam to provide a more comfortable grip.
The handlebar only offers two-way adjustability (up, down). When fully extended, its height is approx — 47″ (119 cm). Plus, the top grips integrate metallic pulse sensors; again, this feature is a plus as not all spin bikes have a pulse reading function.
D601 Drive and resistance
The pooboo D601 bike has a 25-lb (11.3 kg) flywheel. Although it is lighter than the average spin bike flywheel (which is 40 lbs), it still provides superior inertia due to its perimeter-weighted design. The wheel is chrome plated, just like the seat and handlebar posts, with black / yellow ABS protective side panels.
The unit’s flywheel permits reverse pedaling. However, unlike for road bikes, the transmission system is simple, so you cannot coast on this bike. In other words, the pedals continue to spin for as long as the flywheel is spinning.
The pooboo D601 bike features a standard felt-pad friction resistance system. The brake pad connects to the main tube of the frame and comes in contact with the flywheel. By turning the tension knob clockwise, the brake pad will apply more friction to the wheel, which results in greater pedaling difficulty.
The bike’s tension system doesn’t have pre-determined levels as for magnetic bikes. You tighten the knob until you get a satisfying pedaling difficulty. As a general idea, you can tighten the brake up to the point where you can barely pedal.
Since it’s a bike designed for spin workouts, it comes with a heavy-duty crankset, with long crank arms made of solid steel. The crank can support users up to 220 lbs (100 kg), so as long as you don’t exceed this weight, you should be able to pedal while standing up with no problem.
The included pedals are an aluminum alloy, also very sturdy. They do not have SPD elements for spin shoes but do have toe cages with adjustable straps. Also, their threads are 9/16, so compatible options are available in any bike shop.
Last but not least, the bike comes with a belt drive system. This type of transmission comes with a few advantages over a chain drive. First, the belt does not require periodic lubrication. Also, it delivers a smooth ride, with less vibration than a chain, and the pedaling motion is almost entirely silent.
The pooboo D601 includes a fitness console that offers a few extra features over a basic unit. These are the odometer function and the pulse reading function. The console features an LCD that tracks the essential workout parameters.
It shows time, distance, total distance (odometer), speed, calories, and pulse. However, it is not telemetric and can only track your pulse through the integrated sensors. It does not work with HR chest or wrist straps.
The fitness console is straightforward to use. It only has one button, which covers all of its functions. To begin with, you can press it repeatedly to select the workout reading that interests you the most, or you can choose the Scan Mode. When the Scan Mode is selected, the console will display all the workout metrics in a sequence, showing each one for a few seconds, then moving to the next and so on. The console’s button also has a Reset function. By pressing and holding it for a few seconds, all the values will reset to zero.
The console is battery-powered. It requires two AA batteries. It starts up when you press the button or when you begin pedaling. Additionally, it also turns off automatically if it doesn’t detect flywheel movement for more than four minutes.
D601 Assembly and Maintenance
Most of the bike comes assembled. The flywheel, the brake, the crank system, and the belt are already attached to the mainframe. You only need to add the base bars, the pedals, the seat, the handlebar, and the exercise meter unit.
This shouldn’t take more than half an hour. An essential toolkit is (included), and the manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions.
As I’ve mentioned above, the bike’s transmission does not require any lubrication. Therefore, in terms of maintenance, you only have to keep the bike clean and re-tighten any loose bolts if necessary.
Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 43L x 20W x 47H inches (109L x 51W x 119H cm)
- Assembled weight: 88 lbs (40 kg)
- Flywheel weight: 25 lbs (11.3 kg)
- Supported weight: 280 lbs (127 kg)
- Seat: 4-way adjustable
- Drive: Belt
- Resistance: Standard friction
- Fitness console: Time, distance, odometer, speed, calories, pulse, scan
- Warranty: 1 year limited
- Sturdy construction designed for spin workouts;
- Step-up bar element between the seat and oblique tubes (not all spin bikes have this);
- Adjustable stabilizers on both bases;
- Transport wheels on the front base;
- Standard, contoured seat for optimal comfort;
- The seat is 4-way adjustable;
- Multi-grip handlebar with drop-down grips;
- Pulse sensors integrated into the handlebar;
- Heavy-duty crankset with metallic pedals;
- Standard limitless friction resistance;
- Fitness console included – it tracks time, distance, total distance, speed, calories, and pulse;
- Bottle holder included;
- Easy to assemble (assembly tools included);
- Little maintenance required.
- The fitness console isn’t backlit;
- Calorie reading isn’t accurate.
pooboo (L NOW D601) Summary
The pooboo (L NOW D601) is an indoor cycling bike designed for home use. It can support any spin workout, features a 25 lbs flywheel, and a standard friction resistance system. It also includes a fitness console that can track the main workout stats and has a pulse reading function. In all, it’s a pretty decent trainer for light to intense cardio workouts, muscle toning, stamina development, and weight loss.
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