The Sole R92 Recumbent Bike has revolutionized how we experience budget recumbent exercise at home. The Sole Fitness R92 recumbent exercise bike is a mid-range, comfortable and durable machine that will stand up to hours of workout daily for multiple users.
The R92 has a forward and backward adjustable seat that allows users between 5’3″ – 6’4″ in height to find the correct seated position to work out. An easy-to-reach lever is located on the left side of the seat for adjustments. You can adjust the seat while seated and don’t need to get up.
Sole Recumbent Bike R92 features a maintenance-free quiet belt drive combined with Eddy Current Magnetic Resistance (ECR). There are 20 resistance levels easily adjustable through the controls on the console. Combining the belt and ECR technology brings a quiet and smooth ride, especially with a 20-Lb flywheel.
With a backlit 9-inch LCD, this Sole recumbent exercise bike provides an engaging workout. In addition, the Sole R92 recumbent bike features Bluetooth connection capability. It allows you to connect with the virtual environment to fitness Apps such as Sole and other compatible Apps.
Learn more in my complete review below!
Product: Sole R92 Recumbent Bike
Warranty: Frame lifetime / Parts 3 years / Electronics 3 years / Labor 1 year
My rating: is 9/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 57L x 30W x 50H inches (144.7L x 76W x 127H cm)
- Assembled weight: 152 lbs (69 kg)
- Flywheel weight: 26 lbs (11.7 kg)
- Supported weight: 325 lbs (147.4 kg)
- Handlebars: With pulse sensors
- Seat: Foam cushioning, contoured, adjustable
- Pedals: With Straps
- Brakes: Eddy’s current
- Resistance: Adjustable, 20 levels
- Performance computer: 10 workout apps
- Bottle/accessory holder: Yes
- Speakers: Built-in console
- Fan: Built-in console
- Warranty: Frame lifetime / Parts 3 years / Electronics 3 years / Labor 1 year
The Sole Fitness R92 recumbent bike features a robust steel frame with aluminum / plastic shrouds for a compact design. The bike has a sturdy construction and has a maximum user weight limit of up to 325 lbs (147 kg).
This recumbent bike is not giant compared with other fitness machines, such as the Sole E95 elliptical trainer. Its footprint is 57″L x 30″W (145 x 76 cm) and should fit even into a smaller room. However, it’s heavy equipment, weighing 152 lbs (69 kg).
Thus you might need another person to help you carry, unpack, and assemble it. Weight adds to its overall stability, though. In other words, the bike won’t rock or tip even if the user is close to the maximum supported capacity and engages in a more consistent workout.
On top of that, both bike bases come with adjustable levelers. Thus you should be able to stabilize it entirely, even on irregular surfaces. Stabilizers are finished with rubber caps to prevent any damage to the floor.
The front base features transport wheels, and the rear base incorporates a handle to facilitate the tipping of the bike forward on its wheels for more comfortable relocation. Both stations have plastic covers, which add to the compactness of the bike. In addition, the frame has a sleek, professional aspect, which can always be a significant motivating factor to work on it.
Seat and comfort
The Sole R92 exercise bike comes with a contoured seat with foam cushioning, offering a grade of satisfaction similar to an armchair. The backrest, although non-adjustable such as the one equipped on the Diamondback 510sr, supplies excellent support without cutting at your shoulder blades, promoting a comfortable posture yet a firm back support.
The backrest angle also supports quite an essential part of your upper body’s weight, relieving some of the stress on the lumbar and pelvic area. Therefore, the seat accommodates the user’s body weight uniformly.
Thus, you can be sure that this bike is an excellent choice for just about anyone with back problems, recovering from various related injuries, or elderly users. The seat and backrest fabric is synthetic leather, thick, and resistant to wear and tear.
The seat is adjustable. It features an optical rail with 14 adjustment positions. The distance between the adjustment locking positions is approximately 1 inch. In other words, this bike is adequate for a wide range of users regarding height.
It’s viable for users as short as 4’8″ and up to 6’5″ (142 – 195 cm). Taller users can also use the bike but may not benefit from a complete leg stretch, harming their overall workout.
Last but not least, the recumbent handlebars are attached to the seat. They move with the seat when you adjust it, but they are not angle-adjustable. The handlebar assembly incorporates two cup holders, one on each side. The angle of the hand grips is roughly 45°, and they have integrated pulse sensors.
R92 Resistance and drive systems
The Sole R92 recumbent bike features an electronically assisted magnetic resistance system. Unfortunately, the resistance is only adjustable from the bike’s console. However, since the bike has several onboard workout programs, these will automatically change resistance.
Of course, since the brake system involves magnets, the resistance-generating elements (the flywheel and the magnetic brake pads) do not touch. Therefore, there’s virtually no wear and tear concerning these parts. Also, due to this fact, the bike is unusually quiet, and the pedaling motion is smooth, without any jarring or dragging feel.
The bike features 20 levels of resistance, offering a more extensive array of training possibilities, with the highest resistance settings providing quite a workout, simulating a rather steep climb. In addition, it features an advanced console and an eddy current brake that requires a 120 VAC power circuit connection.
It has an adapter, but this bike model does not feature an ON/OFF switch. To turn it off, you have to unplug it. Also, in case you’re wondering, this bike is not self-powered. To benefit from the resistance, you have to plug it in.
The bike’s drive system is belt-powered, involving a heavy-duty belt and a solid crankset that sets the flywheel in motion. The wheel weighs 26 lbs (11.7 kg), pretty heavy for a recumbent bike, supplying a steady and consistent momentum and eliminating the “stair climbing” effect, which some bikes feature.
The bike features a relatively narrow Q factor for an exercise bike, similar to the Q factor in most mountain bikes. The crank arms come with weighted, self-adjusting pedals with toe straps.
The first aspect is tracking time, distance, speed, calories, watts, RPM, and pulse for the console unit’s fitness functions. In addition, there are six regular workouts on the console, including Manual, Hill, FatBurn, Cardio, Strength, and Interval, each with its right key. Two heart rate-oriented programs are also available.
However, the console also offers two custom user profiles, which allow you to configure your workout programs and save them for future workouts. Furthermore, the console will enable you to insert data such as your age and weight to quantify your values with higher accuracy for the Manual and custom user modes.
The console of this bike features quick keys and keys for the gradual adjustment of the resistance. There’s also a Stop button when you need to interrupt your workout.
And lastly, the console is telemetry enabled, meaning it can read pulse via a heart rate chest strap. An HR chest strap comes included with the bike.
The bike’s console is multifunctional, including several other accessories apart from the performance computer. First of all, its angle can be adjusted, featuring several positions meant to offer better screen visibility.
The upper part incorporates a sound system consisting of two speakers and a cooling fan with a one-speed setting. Unfortunately, the sound rendered by the speakers isn’t extraordinarily sharp. They can’t compare to the speakers of a dedicated sound system.
However, these allow you to exercise while having your music close and without using headphones or earplugs, which may become uncomfortable or even unbearable during exercise. In addition, the front part of the console has a port for your MP3 player, phone, or tablet.
The console also has a compartment for small accessories like keys, remote control, or phones. Above the workout keys, there’s a tablet or magazine rack, a pretty insignificant but helpful accessory. Therefore, you can watch a movie on your tablet while exercising or browsing the web.
R92 Assembly and Maintenance
The Sole R92 is a rather heavy bike, and you may need another person to help you with the unboxing and assembly process. Most of the frame comes already assembled. First, however, you must attach the seat, backrest, pedals, bases, decorative covers for the bike’s stations, the console mast, seat, and handlebars, and finally, connect the console.
The assembly process is far from complicated, though. It shouldn’t take more than one hour. The box includes a well-written, step-by-step assembly manual and all the tools for this task.
The bike pretty much doesn’t require any maintenance. All you have to do is remove the dust that may accumulate on it. Also, make sure all the bolts and nuts hold tight in place.
- High-quality, sturdy frame, able to support users up to 325 lbs;
- Superior aesthetics;
- Superior ergonomics;
- Cushioned seat and backrest;
- Highly resistant material on the seat and backrest;
- Adjustable seat, accommodating a wide range of users;
- Integrated HR pulse sensors;
- An HR chest strap is included;
- Eddy current brake for smooth and consistent resistance;
- 20 levels of resistance;
- Self-leveling pedals with straps;
- Multiple accessories, including bottle holders, accessory holders, tablet rack, sound system, and fan;
- Ten onboard programs, including six standards, two custom users, and two heart rates;
- Quiet bike;
- Reasonably easy to assemble;
- Excellent warranty plan.
- The fan isn’t mighty.
Sole R92 Recumbent Bike Summary
The Sole R92 may not be the most affordable recumbent bike. However, quality rarely comes cheap. This model has an excellent price/quality ratio and offers a range of features similar to commercial-grade bikes.
It’s a great fitness machine for a light and medium cardio workout, easy joints and back, and a well-constructed exercise bike with high ergonomics and aesthetics. It’s perfect for anyone who needs to get back into shape, lose weight, build stamina or undergo a recovery training regimen.
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Please remember that you should consult your physician to determine if you have any medical or physical conditions that could risk your health and safety or prevent you from using the equipment properly. In addition, your physician’s advice is essential if you are taking medication that affects your heart rate, blood pressure, or cholesterol level.