The Tunturi E50-R Recumbent Bike offers twenty different workout programs and 32 levels of resistance (up to 350 watts.) It is also Bluetooth compatible and can use apps from i-Console!, Fit Hi-Way, and Kinomap. Moreover, you can simulate a real ride from thousands of locations worldwide. There is also a convenient holder for your smartphone, book, or tablet.
Tunturi, with 90 years of producing related products, has brought their amazing fitness line back to the United States! Their range of recumbent exercise bikes offers excellent comfort while also providing an outstanding workout.
The Tunturi E50-R recumbent bike features a design similar to the Tunturi F20-R model. However, it has digital magnetic resistance (not manual) and offers several extra features, such as Bluetooth connectivity and a reclining backrest. It’s not a light-commercial exercise bike, but it’s an excellent machine for home use.
Learn more in my complete review below
Product: Tunturi E50-R Recumbent Bike
Warranty: Frame 15 years / Parts 3 years
My rating: 8.75/10
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E50-R Frame construction
The bike’s frame is constructed of steel tubing; it combines polygonal, ovalized, and round bars in its structure for aesthetic design and improved sturdiness. The only non-metallic parts are the covers of the resistance system and several other small covers.
Due to the solid steel construction and the rather heavy internal flywheel, this Tunturi exercise bike is not exactly light. With the frame fully assembled, it weighs approx — 122 lbs (55.4 kg). It’s front base tube features two wheels which facilitate its relocation.
The E50-R features a step-through design making entry and exit easy for some users with specific disabilities or elderly users.
Last but not least, the bike’s frame is fully coated with a corrosion-resistant and chip-resistant paint finish. The color used is black, this being the only color available for this exercise bike (at least for the moment).
Seat and handlebars
The Tunturi Performance E50-R is equipped with an adjustable seat. It is attached to an oblique rail which has more than ten adjustment positions. It offers a relatively long adjustment span, so the bike should be able to accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’3″ (153 – 190 cm) with no problem.
The backrest is also adjustable. It offers three adjustment positions, and therefore, you can change its angle by a few degrees forward or backward.
The whole seat assembly is designed for superior comfort. Both the backrest and the bottom section integrate a thick layer of foam padding.
This Tunturi exercise bike features two sets of handlebars; one is directly welded to the front mast, the other attaches to the seat assembly. The front handlebars have a rather simple design, curved towards the user. Also, due to the mast’s position, using the front handlebars when pedaling doesn’t result in an awkward posture.
The seat handlebars integrate pulse sensors. Therefore, by holding on to them, the console can monitor your pulse. Both sets of handlebars are non-adjustable. They have foam grips to provide optimal comfort.
The Tunturi E50-R has an internal flywheel which is relatively heavy for a recumbent bike. It weighs approx. 24 lbs (11 kg). It is perimeter-weighted to provide a smooth pedaling motion and more aggressive inertia.
The bike is equipped with a motorized magnetic resistance system. Its internal resistance elements are a magnetic brake and a servo motor. Therefore, as you select a certain level of resistance from the console, the servo motor will change the position of the magnetic brake about the flywheel, which will result in more or less pedal tension.
The bike must be connected to a power source to make available the resistance system. Also, the console can auto-adjust the resistance if specific programs are selected.
This exercise bike offers 32 resistance levels. The first few levels deliver a very light pedal tension; they’re great for anyone who requires recovery training or has joint problems. Conversely, the top resistance levels provide considerably more pedal tension simulating a steep climb, promoting a higher burn and excellent cardio training.
Most exercise bikes that have a magnetic resistance system are equipped with a belt drivetrain. The Tunturi E50-R doesn’t make an exception. Its transmission uses a durable PJ1016-400J poly-V belt.
Accordingly, this type of drive system comes with a few advantages. First of all, you don’t have to lubricate it. Second of all, it generates less vibration than a chain, and finally, it promotes an almost entirely silent pedaling motion.
The bike’s drivetrain permits reverse pedaling. Therefore, you can put some diversity into your workouts. Also, when driving in reverse, the console continues to count your workout metrics.
The bike is equipped with a heavy-duty crank featuring solid steel, chrome-plated crank arms. The pedals are made of a durable nylon material. They have a non-slip surface and weight elements, so they always turn upward when you remove your feet from them. They also have adjustable straps.
Part of the “Performance” series, the Tunturi E50-R comes equipped with a Bluetooth capable console. You can sync it with your tablet or smartphone and take advantage of various online fitness apps such as i-Console+, Fit Hi-Way, and Kinomap.
Through them, you can track your progress online, or even follow a virtual trail on your device for a more entertaining experience.
The console itself features a 5.5″ LCD with LED backlight and significant digits, offering excellent readability. It tracks all the essential workout metrics, including time, distance, speed, RPM, calories, watts, and pulse. For pulse reading, you can use the sensors integrated into the seat handlebars. However, the console is also telemetric.
There are 20 workout programs available on the console. The first one is the Manual mode, which gives you the possibility to adjust the resistance as you like during pedaling. The next 17 programs the resistance is pre-set.
These are 4 Starter programs, 4 Advanced programs, 4 Sporty programs, 4 Heart Rate programs, and 1 Watt program. And finally, the bike offers a Body Fat Index programs and a Recovery program.
When some of these programs are in use, the console adjusts the resistance automatically, depending on the segment in use. Also, for the heart rate programs, the console auto-adjusts the strength depending on your current pulse rate, to keep you within the selected pulse interval.
In terms of extras, the console has a tablet holder. The console does not have a sound system, a cooling fan, or a USB charging port for your tablet.
E50-R Assembly and Maintenance
All the drive and resistance elements of the bike came pre-assembled and attached to its mainframe. Therefore, the assembly task only requires you to connect the base bars, the seat, the backrest, the handlebars, the front mast, the console, and the pedals.
Maintenance doesn’t require much. You only have to keep the unit clean, keep liquids away from the console, and periodically check for loose or broken parts.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 66L x 25W x 48H inches (168L x 64W x 122H cm)
- Assembled weight: 122 lbs (55.4 kg)
- Flywheel weight: 24.3 lbs (11 kg)
- Weight capacity: 297 lbs (135 kg)
- Seat: Adjustable
- Pedals: Weighted, with straps
- Resistance: Eddy current, 32 levels
- Console: 20 programs, Bluetooth
- Warranty: Frame 15 years, Parts 3 years
- Sturdy, steel frame – 297 lbs capacity
- Adjustable, rubberized stabilizers on both bases;
- Transport wheels on the front base;
- Step-through frame design for easy access to the seat;
- Seat handlebars with pulse sensors;
- Front handlebars included;
- Cushioned and contoured seat;
- Multiple adjustment positions for the seat;
- Adjustable backrest (3 positions);
- Weighted pedals with adjustable straps;
- Fairly heavy flywheel – 24 lbs;
- Eddy current resistance system with 32 tension levels available;
- Multi-window LCD console that tracks time, distance, speed, RPM, calories, watts, and pulse;
- 20 workout programs available;
- Bluetooth connectivity;
- Compatible with the i-Console+, Fit Hi-Way, and Kinomap apps;
- Tablet holder included;
- Fairly easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required;
- Decent warranty.
- No USB port;
- An HR chest strap is not included;
- A tablet placed on the media holder will cover the console display.
Tunturi E50-R Recumbent Bike Summary
In conclusion, the Tunturi E50-R Performance is a mid-range recumbent bike. Featuring an eddy current resistance system with 32 levels and a Bluetooth console with 20 workout programs, surely this bike has something for everyone.
The seat assembly is designed for superior comfort. With this in mind, it offers superior micro-adjustability, including three reclining positions for the backrest. In short, it’s a reasonably sturdy bike, great for light to mid-range cardio workouts, intervals, recovery training, boosting stamina, and losing weight. And finally, it’s not one of the most affordable recumbent exercise bikes, but offers excellent value for the price.
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