Is the ProGear 555LXT Recumbent Bike right for You?

One of the things that I like about the ProGear 555LXT Recumbent Bike is that it has 14 different levels of magnetic tension. For an entry-level recumbent bike, having a full 14 levels of resistance is indeed quite impressive, making it ideal for advanced cardio enthusiasts. The adjustment dial controls the magnetic tension on this recumbent bike.

Moreover, the magnetic tension used here is very smooth and quiet. It provides you with constant and steady resistance that is so quiet that you can easily watch television while using the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike.

The ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike features an excellent LCD screen. The display is well-placed, bright, and easy to read. The console does a fantastic job at keeping track of things such as speed, distance, calories burned, RPM, and more.

The ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike also comes with three workout goal settings that you can choose from including speed, distance, and calories.

Learn more in my complete review below

ProGear 555LXT Recumbent Bike
ProGear 555LXT Recumbent Bike

Product: ProGear 555LXT Recumbent Bike

Price: For a great deal on this bike, merely go here on Amazon

Warranty: 1 year limited

My rating: 8.25/10

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555LXT Frame

The ProGear 555LXT recumbent bike features a one-piece steel frame, durable enough to support users up to 250 lbs (113.3 kg). The structure and seat are very sturdy and would support users even more substantial than the specified 250 lbs weight capacity. However, the seat locking system may not hold too well if the user exceeds this weight limit.

As opposed to other recumbent bikes, this particular model is not extremely large. It has an assembled footprint of 49″L x 22″W (125 x 56 cm). Therefore, this particular recumbent bike model may be an excellent choice over other models, in case storage space is an issue.

The frame does not have a folding design. However, it’s not extremely heavy, featuring an assembled weight of approx — 60 lbs (27.2 kg). Its front base stabilizer also integrates transport wheels; thus if you need to relocate the bike after your workout, its transport is quite easy.

By leaning it forward on its transport wheels, you will be handling less than 1/2 of the bike’s total assembled weight.

Both bike’s bases feature rotating plastic caps on their ends, which serve as stabilizers. Thus, it’s not necessary to place this exercise bike on a mat.

ProGear 555LXT Recumbent Bike

The bike’s frame is steel-made, but some of the parts such as the protective shrouds of the bike’s drive mechanism, are made of heavy-duty PVC material. All steel parts in the frame are powder coated with corrosion-resistant paint. The only available color (at least for now) is silver.

Last but not least, the frame features a step-thru design, making it easier for persons with disabilities to sit and use the bike.

Seat and handlebars

Since it’s an inexpensive recumbent exercise bike, its seat is not extremely sophisticated. It does have 2″ (5 cm) of cushioning on both the seat part and the backrest though, offering excellent comfort and lumbar support. The whole seat assembly is adjustable.

Its adjustment mechanism allows you to change its position to the pedals. Differently put, the bike can accommodate users between 5′ and 6’3″ (152 – 190 cm). If you’re taller, you can still use the bike; however, you may not benefit from a complete leg extension.

The backrest itself does not offer any adjustability. It attaches to its bar via four bolts, and moves backward or forward along with the seat, as you adjust its position.

The handlebars are also attached to the seat, and their angle and position cannot be adjusted. They’re covered by a thin sheet of rubber foam material to provide a more comfortable grip. However, they do not integrate pulse sensors like the handlebars of most recumbent bikes in this category. The console also doesn’t track pulse.

555LXT Resistance System

The ProGear 555LXT comes with a manual magnetic resistance system. In other words, the resistance mechanism involves a small magnetic plate, attached to the frame, close to the bike’s metallic flywheel. A steel wire makes the connection between the magnetic plate and the resistance knob on the console tube. Thus, by turning the knob, the magnetic plate will adjust its position to the flywheel, increasing or decreasing drag.

ProGear 555LXT Recumbent Bike
ProGear 555LXT Recumbent Bike

Since the resistance system does not integrate a servo motor, being completely manual, the bike doesn’t require a connection to a power source. Also, the console is battery powered and does not control the bike’s resistance in any way.

The bike’s resistance knob features 14 “clicks,” or differently put, 14 resistance settings. The top resistance settings supply quite a bit of tension, offering the possibility to undergo a more intense workout. But as a general idea, since it’s a recumbent bike, it’s made for light to medium intensity cardio workouts.

Since the resistance is magnetic, the resistance elements do not touch, such as for a bike with a felt-pad brake. Therefore, the wear and tear of the resistance parts are inexistent.

Drive System

This ProGear exercise bike features a belt drive system, which comes with several advantages. First of all, the bike’s operation is quiet. You can barely hear a soft whirring sound when pedaling. Second of all, the transmission (the belt) doesn’t require any lubrication as a chain would.

The flywheel is perimeter weighted, which means that the pedaling motion is exceptionally steady, not jerky, even if you use one of the top resistance settings. The flywheel is not too heavy but does offer a pretty consistent momentum.

The bike permits reverse pedaling, and you will still benefit from the current resistance setting. Also, the console will continue to track distance, speed all the other workout indicators.

The bike comes with a durable, steel crankset. The pedals are nylon-made, featuring adjustable straps.

555LXT Console and amenities

The computer unit supplied with the ProGear 555LXT magnetic recumbent bike features a 3.5″ LCD, with significant digits, easy to read. It tracks speed, time, distance, calories burned, and RPM. It has a SCAN function that enables it to automatically cycle through the values, displaying each one on-screen for several seconds. However, you can select any of the metrics to be on the screen at all times.

ProGear 555LXT Recumbent Bike
ProGear 555LXT Recumbent Bike

It also has an Odometer function, which displays the total distance traveled up to the present moment. And finally, this fitness computer allows you to set up goals for distance, time and calories, a function that place it a bit above the basic bike computer unit.

The computer is easy to operate. It has only three keys: RESET, MODE, and SET. MODE is used for navigation, SET for selecting values, and RESET used for resetting all the metrics. The console uses 2 AAA type batteries, which (are included).

In terms of amenities, the first to mention is the tablet holder integrated into the console. This element is wide enough to support any tablet. Also, the bike features a bottle holder, molded into the top part of the drive mechanism enclosure.

555LXT Assembly and Maintenance

The drive and resistance mechanisms come ready-assembled and attached to the main chassis of the bike. However, there’s still some assembly required. You will have to attach the base tubes to the mainframe, assemble the seat, add the console post, connect the tension wire, and finally add the console and the pedals.

Assembly is far from being complicated and shouldn’t take more than 30-40 min. The manual supplied provides step-by-step assembly instructions and tools for assembly (are included).

When it comes to maintenance, there’s very little required. You’ll have to periodically check to make sure that the bolts still hold correctly in their places, and re-tighten them if it’s necessary.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 49L x 22W x 43H inches (125L x 56W x 109H cm)

    ProGear 555LXT Recumbent Bike
  • Assembled weight: 60 lbs (27.2 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 250 lbs (113.3 kg)
  • Seat: Adjustable
  • Pedals: With straps
  • Resistance: Magnetic, 14 levels
  • Performance monitor: Time, distance, speed, calories, RPM, odometer, goal functions
  • Amenities: Tablet holder, bottle holder
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

Pros

  • Solid frame for a light recumbent bike;
  • Adjustable seat position, for users between 5″ – 6’3″ ;
  • Padded seat and backrest, providing excellent comfort;
  • Quiet magnetic brake system;
  • 14 levels of magnetic resistance;
  • Pedals with adjustable straps;
  • Fitness computer that tracks speed, distance, time, RPM and calories burned;
  • SCAN, odometer and goal setting functions;
  • Tablet holder included;
  • Bottle holder included;
  • Easy to assemble and operate;
  • Lightweight, easy to handle;
  • Little to no maintenance required.

    ProGear 555LXT Recumbent Bike

Cons

  • No pulse sensors – console doesn’t track pulse;
  • No front handlebars;
  • A tablet placed on the holder will cover the console display, which may be an inconvenience.

ProGear 555LXT Summary

The ProGear 555LXT is a recumbent exercise bike with manual magnetic resistance, offering 14 distinctive tension levels. It features a solid frame construction, with a step-thru design, padded seat, and backrest for maximum comfort, and a console offering several more features than the most basic fitness meter units.

It’s an excellent bike for light to medium cardio workouts, muscle toning, and stamina building. It can also help you lose weight. You can burn 4-500 calories per hour on this bike, depending on how fast you pedal and the resistance settings used. And finally, considering that it costs less than $200, it’s pretty safe to say it offers excellent value for the price.

I hope you found this article helpful and informative. If you have anything that you’d like to share or any opinions about my website, please do speak up. I look forward to your comments, questions, and the sharing of ideas.

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4 thoughts on “Is the ProGear 555LXT Recumbent Bike right for You?

  1. Hello there Robert, 

    I am so grateful for your detailed review and how you explained the features of this bike, this is the best review I have seen on this product thus far. I am stocking my gym room and this was recommended to me by my personal trainer. Based on what I’ve read, the creators really considered the comfort and quality of service of the users. You get to have a padded seat, backrest, and even a tablet and water holder. This is a must-have for me. Thanks, heaps for taking the time to create this valuable review. It came really in handy for me.

  2. Hi Robert, I really like this bike. I have been into aerobics for as long as I can remember. I would love to go to the gym but work and family have to come first so the gym has to come to me. I love the features on this bike and how it can help in keeping me fit. It doesn’t matter that it doesn’t have a pulse sensor, I’m wearing my Fitbit anyway. 

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