The Vanswe RB-3 Recumbent Bike allows you to customize your ride and challenge yourself over time with its 16 preset smooth magnetic resistance levels. This offers a smooth pedal feeling for a flawless biking experience. In addition, the RB-3 features a double belt-driven system, which is more stable, smooth, and quiet.
The RB-3 comes equipped with an LCD computer screen that tracks time, distance, total distance, speed, RPM, calories burned, and pulse. It also features Bluetooth Smart Technology, which is compatible with iOS and Android systems. As well as a free fitness data app available to help track your workouts.
The Vanswe RB-3 Recumbent Bike features a fully adjustable thick and soft seat cushion and backrests that can fit a wide range of individual users. However, the backrest does not recline, nor does it adjusts independently from the rest of the seat assembly.
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Product: Vanswe RB-3 Recumbent Bike
Warranty: Frame 3 years / Parts 90 days
My rating: 9/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 45L x 20W x 40H inches (114L x 51W x 101H cm)
- Assembled weight: 53 lbs (24 kg)
- Flywheel weight: 4.4 lbs (2 kg)
- Weight capacity: 380 lbs (172 kg)
- Seat: Adjustable
- Pedals: Weighted, with straps
- Resistance: Magnetic, 16 levels
- Console: Time, distance, speed, calories, pulse, goals, SCAN
- Warranty: Frame 3 years / Parts 90 days
RB-3 Frame construction
The Vanswe RB-3 recumbent bike features a steel frame construction. Its main chassis is a one-piece element, and this one-piece construction provides extra sturdiness to the structure of the cycle. Its specified maximum user weight capacity is 380 lbs (172 kg).
All the steel bars in the bike’s construction come coated with a rust-resistant powder finish. There are two color combinations available, these being black/red and black/silver. The red and silver colors are only for the console, seat, and logo sticker on the bike’s front unit. For both versions, the frame paint finish is black.
Compared to other recumbent bikes, this Vanswe model isn’t too large. With the frame fully set up, it only measures 45″L x 20″W (114 x 51 cm). However, it is advisable to leave a usage area for it of at least 70″ x 60″ (177 x 152 cm) for safe usage and ease of access.
The bike features a step-through frame design for ease of access. Therefore, taking a position on the seat is considerably more manageable, as you don’t have to step over the bike’s front. This is quite a plus for users with specific disabilities.
The bike isn’t hefty. It only weighs approx—53 lbs (24 kg). Therefore, one person can carry and assemble the bike. Plus, its front base has small wheels, which facilitate its relocation once fully assembled.
Seat and handlebars
The Vanswe RB-3 comes equipped with a relatively large and comfortable seat. The seat pad dimensions are 13″D x 16.5″W (33 x 41 cm), while the backrest pad is 12″ (30 cm) at its widest point and 16″ (40 cm) long.
Both the seat and the backrest pads integrate 2″+ of foam cushioning to provide optimal comfort. In addition, the covers of both cushions are durable vinyl material that is also sweatproof.
The backrest does not recline, nor does it adjusts independently from the rest of the seat, such as the Tunturi Endurance E80-R bike. Instead, it is attached directly to the seat frame’s back, thus designed to provide superior lumbar support.
On the other hand, the whole seat is adjustable. It moves along a rail and can lock in a position either closer or farther from the pedals. Therefore, the bike can accommodate users between 5’2″ and 6’1″ (157 – 185 cm).
The seat adjustment system is lever-based. This means you can easily adjust its position while seated simply by pulling the lever under it, on the right side.
This Vanswe recumbent bike comes equipped with two sets of handlebars; one connects to the seat assembly, the other is attached to the front mast. Both handlebar sets are non-adjustable and have rubberized grips.
The seat handlebars integrate pulse sensors, and the bike’s console has a pulse reading function. If you’re wondering, the distance between the seat handlebar assembly’s grips is 24.8″ (63 cm).
RB-3 Resistance and drive
The Vanswe RB-3 recumbent bike features a mechanical magnetic resistance system. Therefore, it does not have an internal servo motor and does not require an external power source. Also, adjusting its resistance is manual; the bike cannot automatically adjust its resistance and does not have any preset programs.
The bike’s resistance system consists of an internal magnetic brake attached to the dial on the front bar. By turning this dial clockwise, the magnetic brake moves closer to the flywheel, which results in an increased pedaling difficulty.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, this exercise bike offers 16 levels of resistance. The lowest levels deliver a very light tension, almost like there is no resistance whatsoever. Accordingly, this is perfect for anyone who needs recovery training.
Conversely, the 16th tension level provides quite a bit of extra difficulty, offering the possibility to perform a more intense cardio workout.
The bike’s internal flywheel is pretty light; it only weighs 4.4 lbs (2 kg). This being one of the main reasons the first few levels of resistance are very light. Nonetheless, since the resistance is magnetic, the top tension levels still provide plenty of pedaling difficulty.
The bike’s internal drivetrain uses a durable v-belt that is resistant to stretching. This type of drive system comes with a few advantages over a chain drive. For example, you will never have to lubricate the belt, there is considerably less vibration, and the pedaling motion is almost entirely silent.
If you’re wondering, pedaling in reverse on this bike is possible. However, you cannot coast on it. The pedals continue to spin for as long as the internal flywheel is turning.
The included pedals are a durable ABS material. They feature a textured surface and have adjustable straps so you can secure your feet on them during pedaling. This can be a plus for users with specific disabilities who may not correctly keep their feet on the pedals. The pedals are also weighted; this means they always turn face-up if you remove your feet from them.
Last but not least, the bike has a pretty narrow Q-Factor (spacing between the pedals); it is 170 mm (6.69″), which means your foot positioning on the pedals is not too far apart. Therefore, there is no lateral impact on the knees and ankles.
The Vanswe recumbent bike includes a console equipped with an LCD that tracks time, distance, total distance, speed, RPM, calories, and pulse.
The unit is not telemetric, though. It does not have an internal HR receiver and cannot communicate with wireless HR transmitters. Therefore, it only tracks your pulse if you hold on to the sensors integrated into the seat handlebars.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, there are no preset programs on the console, but you can select goals for time, distance, calories, and pulse. Once a target is assigned, it will countdown from it until it reaches zero.
A scan function is also available. If the Scan Mode is selected, the display will show all the workout metrics in a sequence; each metric will remain on-screen for several seconds.
The console unit is straightforward to use. It has three touch controls on the right side. These are Mode, Set, and Reset. The Mode button allows you to select one of the workout metrics to view on display at all times or to choose the Scan Mode.
The Set button covers the goal-setting function for time, distance, and calories. And finally, the Reset button gives you the possibility to clear all the console values to zero, except the odometer function, which can only reset to zero if you remove the batteries.
The bike’s console unit requires two AAA batteries as its power source; the batteries come with the bike. It starts when you begin pedaling and automatically turns off after a few minutes of inactivity on the bike.
RB-3 Assembly and Maintenance
The drive and resistance elements of the bike are pre-assembled and attached to the mainframe. Therefore, you only need to assemble the seat, attach it to its sliding rail, connect the two base bars, the console mast, the handlebars, the console, and the pedals.
This may take more than an hour. However, the manual provides clear assembly instructions, and a set of essential tools for assembly also come included with the bike.
All the internal parts are pre-lubricated from the factory and shouldn’t need any maintenance for a long time. Therefore, once assembled, you only need to check for loose bolts and parts from time to time and retighten if necessary.
- Sturdy steel frame with a weight capacity of 380 lbs;
- Transport wheels on the front base;
- Adjustable stabilizers on the rear base;
- Step-through frame design;
- Seat handlebars with pulse sensors;
- Front handlebars (other bikes don’t have this feature);
- Padded seat and backrest for optimal comfort;
- Lever-based seat adjustment system;
- Quiet magnetic resistance system;
- 16 distinct tension levels;
- Weighted pedals with adjustable straps;
- Fitness console that can track time, distance, total distance, speed, RPM, calories, and pulse;
- Goal setting functions for time, distance, and calories;
- Tablet holder included;
- Lightweight, easy to handle;
- Reasonably easy to assemble;
- Little to no maintenance is required.
- No bottle holder;
- The LCD doesn’t have a backlight.
Vanswe RB-3 Recumbent Bike Summary
The Vanswe RB-3 is a recumbent bike made for home use, featuring a manual magnetic resistance system with 16 difficulty levels, a comfortable seat with a lever adjustment system, and a console that tracks the essential workout metrics.
Moreover, it’s a bike for light cardio exercising, recovery training, stamina development, muscle toning, and weight loss. It’s also an affordable trainer, offering excellent value for the price.
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