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FitLeader UF2 Magnetic Exercise Bike

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FitLeader UF2
FitLeader UF2 magnetic upright exercise bike
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L:41"
W:20"
H:59"
290 lbsMagnetic,
8 levels
Speed,
Time,
Distance,
Pulse,
Calories,
RPM,
ODO,
SCAN
Frame: 1 year

As opposed to the FitLeader FS1 which can support spin workouts as well, the FitLeader UF2 is actually an upright bike, made for seated workouts. However, it does have a sturdy construction, and can provide light to medium cardio workouts.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 41L x 20W x 59H inches (104L x 51W x 150H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 76 lbs (34.5 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 15.4 lbs (7 kg)
  • Supported weight: 290 lbs (131.5 kg)
  • Handlebars: 2-way adjustable
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Pedals: With adjustable straps
  • Drive: Belt
  • Resistance: Magnetic, 8 levels
  • Fitness meter: Included
  • Amenities: Bottle holder, tablet holder
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

Frame

Like most upright bikes, the frame on this FitLeader model is steel made, but the body of the bike also integrates several plastic parts, such as the covers of the flywheel, the caps of the bases, and of course, the console. The bike features a pretty solid and compact construction though, being able to hold up to 290 lbs (131.5 kg) of user weight.

All the steel parts in the frame construction are double coated with corrosion-resistant paint. The UF2 model features a gray finish, while the UF1 is the white version. The seat post is chrome-coated for both, though.

The FitLeader UF2 bike does not take too much space, thus it’s safe to say that it’s a fitness machine appropriate for small rooms. Its assembled footprint is approx. 41″L x 20″W (104 x 51 cm). The bases of the UF2 model are slightly curved, while for the UF1 model the front base stabilizer is a straight tube. This is mainly a simple design difference. It doesn’t have a significant influence over the bike’s stability though. Also, when it comes to stability elements, both bases of the bike feature adjustable feet, with rubber caps. Thus, you should be able to achieve maximum stability for it, even if the floors are uneven. Plus, the rubber caps on the feet should protect the floors from damage.

When fully assembled, this exercise bike is not extremely heavy. It weighs approx. 76 lbs (34.5 kg) so almost anyone should be able to simply lift it when its relocation is required. However, its front base also integrates a set of small, nylon-made transport wheels, which considerably facilitate its relocation. By tilting the bike on its wheels, you will basically have to handle less than half its weight.

Seat and handlebars

This exercise bike is equipped with a pretty much standard seat, which is not extremely wide, incorporates a thin layer of padding, featuring a contoured design. Although it’s not FitLeader UF2 - adjustable seatvery wide, it does offer considerably more comfort than the slim seats of most spin bikes. After all, this is not a spin bike. It’s an upright bike, designed for seated cardio workouts. But anyway, in case you would like a wider seat, or a seat with extra cushioning, you should know that the seat of this bike features a standard attachment system, thus you should be able to easily find a replacement. Or, you can simply add a gel cover or sheepskin cover on top of it.

The seat is adjustable both ways, vertically and horizontally. The seat adjustment span is 13″ (33 cm). Differently put, it can comfortably accommodate users between 5′ – 6’5″ (152 – 196 cm). Taller users should also be able to use this exercise bike, however they might not benefit from a complete leg extension.

As opposed to other upright bikes, such as the Exerpeutic 1200 or the LifeCORE Fitness 1060UB, the FitLeader UF2 features an angle-adjustable handlebar, which you can secure into your desired position via a knob. The handlebar features a multi-grip design, it’s covered by a sheet of rubber-foam material to provide the required comfort, and also integrates stainless steel pulse sensors.

Drive system

Since it’s a magnetic exercise bike, it features a belt-drive system, which comes with two main advantages. First of all, it’s really quiet, thus it’s great for apartment use. You can be sure you won’t bother the neighbors when you exercise on this bike. Second of all, the belt doesn’t require lubrication like the average bike chain.

This exercise bike is equipped with a medium-sized flywheel, with a weight of 15.4 lbs (7 kg). Most of its weight is located in its perimeter, which means the pedaling motion is pretty smooth and stable.

The crankset features solid steel crank arms, finished with weighted pedals, with adjustable straps. But even though the whole crank assembly is fairly solid, keep in mind that this is an exercise bike designed for seated workouts. This means that standing up on the pedals during your workout is not recommended, such as for spin bikes. Even if it can hold you, it may wear out sooner if you engage in this type of workout routines.

Last but not least, pedaling in reverse is possible for this exercise bike. And when pedaling in reverse, the meter will continue to track your statistics. Also, when pedaling in reverse, the current resistance level will be maintained.

Resistance system

The FitLeader UF2 is a magnetic exercise bike, with a manual resistance mechanism. This FitLeader UF2 - resistance knob - 8 levelsmeans you don’t have to connect it to a power source in order to benefit from resistance on the pedals. Its resistance mechanism consists of a metallic flywheel and magnetic element, connected to a knob on the handlebar post via a steel wire. By turning the knob, the position of the magnetic element in relation to the flywheel will be changed, and this way you’ll benefit from more or less resistance.

There are 8 resistance levels specified on the knob. And as a general idea, the first two levels offer very little resistance, actually being intended for users who require recovery training, or for users with disabilities. The top resistance levels offer a medium cardio workout, offering the possibility to break a sweat and put some focus on your leg muscles.

Fitness meter and accessories

The FitLeader UF2 upright bike is equipped with a fitness meter which offers a bit more than a basic model. That’s because it can track 6 statistics, including: distance, time, speed, RPM, calories and pulse. It also has an Odometer function, which keeps track of the total distance FitLeader UF2 - meter and tablet holdertraveled. The meter is not telemetry enabled though. It can only read pulse via the sensors integrated in the handlebars.

The meter is easy to operate. It features only one button which covers all of its functions. It has a SCAN function which cycles through all the metrics, indicating each one for several seconds. However, you can select any of these values to be the only one displayed on screen. To reset all the values, simply press and hold it for several seconds.

The meter starts when the sensor detects activity on the pedals or when you press the button. It automatically shuts off after several minutes of inactivity. It requires 4-AA type batteries, which are included.

In terms of accessories, there are two to be mentioned. First of all, the whole console assembly integrates a tablet holder, which can also serve as a reading rack, for a book or magazine. And second of all, the bike comes with a bottle holder, which attaches to the main post of the handlebar.

Assembly and Maintenance

Most problematic parts of the bike, such as the flywheel, belt, crankset, and magnetic system come already assembled, connected to the frame and covered by the plastic shrouds. In other words, you will receive the body of the bike fully assembled. All you have to add are the bases of the frame, the seat and handlebar posts, the seat and handlebar, pedals and finally the console. Manual and tools are supplied.

Maintenance is almost inexistent. All you have to do is periodically check the machine’s joints and re-tighten the bolts if necessary. Also, make sure to wipe off perspiration that may fall onto the frame, and especially on the meter.

The Pros

  • Sturdy construction, elegant design;
  • Small footprint;
  • Ergonomic seat, 4-way adjustable;
  • Magnetic resistance, with 8 distinctive settings, for light to medium cardio;
  • Handlebars with pulse sensors;
  • Angle-adjustable tablet holder;
  • Fitness meter included;
  • Tablet holder and bottle holder included;
  • Quiet and smooth drive;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required.FitLeader UF2 upright bike

The Cons

  • The handlebars need to be tighten well in position, otherwise they will wiggle a bit. This is pretty much common for all bikes with an angle-adjustable handlebar;
  • A tablet placed on the holder will cover the display of the meter.

Summary

The FitLeader UF2 is an upright magnetic exercise bike designed for light to medium cardio workouts. It’s great for bolstering, maintaining or regaining your cardiovascular shape, excellent for toning muscles, building stamina, and even for losing weight. You can actually burn up to 500 calories per hour on this bike, if you use the top resistance settings. It doesn’t offer the full range of features like a commercial model, doesn’t have online connectivity or special preset workout programs. However, it won’t break the bank either, as it costs less than $300, and so far it benefits only from 4-5 star reviews from most users.

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