The Stamina Elite Total Body recumbent exercise bike has hand pedals and foot pedals to give you twice the workout you would typically get on a standard recumbent. This is an excellent choice of cardio exerciser for people who need low impact exercises for their arms and shoulders after rotator cuff surgery.
The bike has eight levels of magnetic resistance. This makes it suitable for everyone, from new to experienced users. This feature also provides scope to increase the challenge as your fitness improves. Resistance adjustments for the foot and hand pedals are made by turning a knob clockwise to increase the resistance, and anti-clockwise to decrease it.
An integrated monitor displays your time, speed, distance, pulse, and the number of calories burned. There’s also the option of setting targets for these. Pulse sensors in the handlebars enable you to train in your optimal target heart rate zone, with your stats displayed on the monitor.
The padded seat of the Stamina Elite Total Body Recumbent Bike adjusts in three directions. It is height adjustable, and the distance between the seat back and foot pedals adjusts to suit people of different heights. The bike’s step-through design makes it easy to get on and off the seat without having to step over the frame.
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Product: Stamina Elite Total Body Recumbent Bike
Warranty: Frame 5 years / Parts 1 year
My rating: 8.25/10
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Like most exercise bikes, this Stamina model features a frame made of steel tubing. The only plastic parts in its construction are the flywheel and crank guards, the base caps, and the console casing. All steel parts come with corrosion-resistant, silver paint, this being the only color available for now.
The mainframe of the bike has two pieces. The rear part (which holds the seat frame) slides into the front piece and connects with two bolts. Their joint is pretty solid, though; you can be sure that the frame won’t wobble in the middle in any way.
The bike’s frame does not fold. However, it doesn’t have a considerable footprint either. It only takes 52″L x 24″W (132 x 61 cm) of floor space, and thus it should fit with no problem even in a small room. Also, it doesn’t require a lot of clearance on the sides to pedal safely.
The assembled bike is rather heavy, though. It weighs 121 lbs (55 kg). However, the front base integrates small wheels, which facilitate its transport once it’s assembled. By lifting its rear base and leaning it onto its front wheels, you will raise less than half its weight. Thus, relocating it after you’ve finished your workout shouldn’t be a problem.
The rear base integrates two adjustable stabilizers with rubber caps. There’s also another stabilizer attached to the back part of the frame. Right next to its connection point to the front section. These elements will help you achieve maximum stability for the bike, so it won’t move when you exercise. The front base doesn’t integrate stabilizers, though, only the plastic cover caps.
The seat and backrest of the Stamina Elite Total Body recumbent bike feature contoured padding to provide maximum comfort and excellent lumbar support. The thickness of the padding varies between 2 and 3 inches. The upholstery on both seat and backrest is a durable vinyl material.
Both the seat and backrest are attached to a frame made of steel tubing, designed to support users up to 250 lbs (113.3 kg). The seat assembly is 4-way adjustable, meaning that it can slide closer or farther to the pedals, but also up and down.
Its vertical adjustment features four positions, offering a total adjustment span of approximately 6″ (15 cm). Differently put, this Stamina exercise bike is designed to accommodate comfortably, users between 4’8″ and 6’5″ (142 – 196 cm).
One last aspect to be mentioned regarding this bike’s seat assembly is the fact that the backrest is non-adjustable. It will move up / down or fore to aft along with the seat, but you cannot adjust its angle, or its height independently.
This exercise bike features two sets of handlebars: stationary and mobile. The stationary handlebars are attached to the seat assembly. They feature rubber foam padding and integrate stainless steel pulse sensors.
On the other hand, the front handlebars are mobile, to provide additional workouts for your arms. These handlebars rotate both ways; however, they’re not independent of one another. The rotation motion of this handlebar assembly can provide some resistance, but only as long as you don’t rotate the pedals.
Once you begin pedaling as well, the resistance on the handlebars stops. Also, resistance for the mobile handlebars is provided only when you rotate them forwards, and not in reverse.
The rotating handlebars can be attached either in the opposite direction or in the same direction, depending on the workouts you want to execute. As a general idea, these handlebars can provide exercises that focus on your forearms, triceps, and deltoid muscles. They’re designed to help you tone your arm muscles and bolster your overall aerobic training, but not to build a vital muscle mass.
Resistance and drive
The Stamina Elite Total Body recumbent bike features a magnetic resistance system, involving a magnetic flywheel. This flywheel weighs approx. 18 lbs (8 kg), offering a smooth and steady pedaling motion. The wheel is connected to the resistance knob on top of the plastic enclosure via a steel cable.
As you turn the knob, the magnet will move closer or farther to the metallic element in the flywheel, generating more or less drag.
The tension knob has eight distinctive levels of resistance specified on it. The resistance levels between 1-6 offer pretty light workouts, while the 7-8 levels provide a superior challenge. But as a general idea, this exercise bike is not made for intense workouts. It’s a bike for light aerobic training and recovery training.
This Stamina recumbent bike uses two V-Ribbed, heavy-duty belts for its drive system, a longer one which connects the mobile handlebar’s pulley to the flywheel, and a shorter one for the pedals pulley connection.
Thus, the bike’s operation is hushed, which makes it perfectly suitable for apartment use. You can be sure that you won’t bother the neighbors or other members of the household when you exercise. Also, since it’s a belt-driven bike, the lubrication of the transmission is not necessary.
The crankset of the bike uses a reasonably large pulley, approx — 10″ (25 cm) in diameter. The pulley has a set of plastic covers. The crank arms of the bike, although they’re solid steel, they most definitely won’t support the entire weight of the user, such as a spin bike for example. This is a recumbent bike, made exclusively for seated workouts.
Finally, standard pedals are (supplied) with this bike. They’re made of heavy-duty nylon material, also integrating adjustable straps.
Although it’s not an advanced one, the fitness console supplied with the Stamina Elite Total Body recumbent bike can still offer a little bit more than a basic bike computer.
It does not have a database of preloaded workouts. However, it does offer the possibility to select targets for your workout time, distance, pulse, and calories.
It can track distance traveled, time, speed, calories, pulse. Distance is measured in increments of 0.1 miles, while speed is in MPH. The unit doesn’t have an Odometer function.
You can choose to view any of the workout metrics on-screen at all times. However, the fitness console does have a SCAN function, which automatically scans all these values, displaying each one on screen for 6 seconds.
The digits on display are relatively significant, easy to read. However, the display it’s not backlit. Therefore, in a darker room or direct sunlight, the screen may be a bit difficult to read.
The console is easy to operate. It features five buttons: MODE, RESET, ENTER, UP, and DOWN. MODE is used to scan through the values on the screen; UP/ DOWN is for setting up your time, distance, pulse, or calorie target goals, while ENTER is for their final selection. RESET will reset all the values to zero.
Last but not least, since the bike features a mechanical, magnetic resistance system and does not require a connection to a power circuit, the console is battery powered. It requires 2-AA batteries.
Elite Assembly and Maintenance
The most problematic parts of the bike, such as the magnetic resistance system, pulleys, handlebar post, and console, come already assembled. Thus, for assembly, you only need to attach the rear side of the frame to the mainframe after you’ve connected the pulse sensor cable, attach the base stabilizer bars, then mount the seat frame, the seat and the backrest, mobile handlebars, and finally the pedals.
The whole task shouldn’t take more than an hour. A hard copy of the manual supplied provides comprehensive assembly instructions. Also, all the tools required for assembly are (included).
When it comes to maintenance, there’s nothing much required. All you need to do it check the bike’s joints from time to time to make sure the bolts still hold them tight. Also, make sure to remove any moisture or sweat from the frame, and especially from the console.
Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 52L x 24W x 49H inches (132L x 61W x 124.5 H cm)
- Assembled weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
- Max. weight capacity: 250 lbs (113.3 kg)
- Handlebars: Mobile and stationary
- Seat: 4-way adjustable
- Pedals: With straps
- Resistance: Magnetic
- Fitness console: Distance, time, speed, calories, pulse
- Warranty: Frame 5 years / Parts 1 year
- Sturdy frame, appealing design;
- Small footprint;
- Padded seat and backrest, with a contoured design, for maximum comfort;
- 4-way adjustable seat, the bike being able to accommodate users between 4’8″ and 6’5″.
- Two sets of handlebars, stationary and mobile;
- Pulse sensors integrated into the stationary handlebars;
- Eight levels of mechanical, magnetic resistance;
- Fitness console included offering the possibility to set up targets for your workout time, distance, calories, and pulse.
- Smooth and quiet operation, suitable for apartment use;
- Easy to assemble;
- Very little maintenance required.
- No bottle holder;
- No reading/tablet rack;
- Only 250 lbs maximum user weight capacity.
Stamina Elite Total Body Summary
The Stamina Elite Total Body is a recumbent exercise bike that offers quite some diversity when it comes to possible workouts due to its rotating handlebars. It’s a model with manual magnetic resistance, designed for light cardio and recovery workouts, excellent for anyone who wants to tone legs and arms muscles, re-gain or maintain cardiovascular shape, build stamina, and even lose weight.
It features excellent ergonomic factors, as well as a fitness console with goal setting possibilities, to help track your progress. It’s not exactly one of the most affordable recumbent bikes out there. Still, due to its versatility, durability, and overall quality, it’s safe to say it stands up to its price.
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