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Fitness Reality X-Class 310 Upright Bike

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Fitness Reality X-Class 310

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L:46"
W:21"
H:59"
300 lbsMagnetic
motorized,
24 lvls
20,
Bluetooth
Frame: 5 years
Parts: 1 year

The X-Class 310 is one of the newest upright bikes from Fitness Reality for 2018. It has quite a bit more to offer than the FR 210. For example, it has a 4-way adjustable seat, a greater user weight capacity, and Bluetooth connectivity being compatible with the MyFitQuest app. Although it’s not a commercial-grade fitness machine, there are plenty of features to cover with regards to this bike. Thus, in this post, we’ll try to cover them all.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 46L x 21W x 59H inches (117L x 53W x 150H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 81.7 lbs (37 kg)
  • Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Handlebars: Fixed, with pulse sensors
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Pedals: With adjustable straps
  • Resistance: Current-assisted magnetic, 24 levels
  • Progress tracking console: 20 preset workouts, 3 HRC programs, 4 user profiles, Bluetooth connectivity
  • Amenities: Bottle holder, media holder, sound system
  • Warranty: Frame 5 years / Parts 1 year

Frame construction

This Fitness Reality exercise bike features a durable frame made of steel tubing, designed to hold users up to 300 lbs (136 kg). The tubes in its construction are ovalized with the exception of the front base. Due to this fact, it offers superior sturdiness and stability. All the steel parts in the bike’s frame construction are double-coated with a corrosion-resistant and scratch-resistant paint. The color used is silver.

Of course, the frame also integrated several plastic parts. The most important ones are the covers of the motor and flywheel and several joint covers. They only have a protective and cosmetic role, though, improving the bike’s compactness without diminishing its overall sturdiness.

Speaking of stability, the bike’s rear base integrates a set of large, adjustable levelers. Therefore, you should be able to perfectly stabilize it on any type of flooring. On top of that, the bike weighs over 80 lbs to which your own weight is added, and the total weight should also improve its overall stability.

Like most upright exercise bikes, the Fitness Reality X-Class 310 is not a large one. Its setup footprint is approx. 46″L x 21″W (117 x 53 cm), while its highest point is given by the top of the tablet holder, being approx. 59″ (150 cm) above floor level. This being said, the bike should fit even into a smaller room or apartment. But it is recommended, though, to leave at least two feet of clearance all around it. Also, once it is assembled, its transport is facilitated by the two wheels incorporated into the front base tube.

Seat and handlebars

The saddle included with the Fitness Reality X-Class 310 upright bike excels in ergonomics. To begin with, it has a contoured surface, designed to adapt perfectly to the user’s body. It also integrates AirSoft elements which consist of a set of air chambers which act as shock absorbers and help disperse the user’s weight, offering pretty much the best comfort that you can get from an upright bike seat.

The seat is 4-way adjustable. In other words, it offers up/down, and fore-to-aft adjustability. It can accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’4″ (153 – 193 cm). Also, it can support riders up to 300 lbs (136 kg) with no problem.

The bike’s handlebars are non-adjustable, but they do offer a multi-grip design. They’re covered in thick, rubber-foam padding to supply a comfortable and secure grip. Also, the horizontal grip section of the handlebar integrates EKG sensors, so by holding on to them, the console unit can monitor your heart rate.

Resistance and drive

The X-Class 310 upright bike features an automatic magnetic resistance system which consists of an eddy current brake and a small servo motor. As you select a certain resistance level from the console, the servo motor will adjust the position of the brake pad in relation to the flywheel, generating more or less resistance. Since the resistance system is automatic, you can only adjust it from the bike’s console. It’s also required to connect the unit to a power circuit.

The resistance system offers 24 settings. The first few deliver a very light resistance, great for users with disabilities or users who require recovery training. Conversely, the top 22-24 resistance settings offer the possibility to perform more intense workouts, simulating a steep climb.

Like most exercise bikes with a magnetic resistance system, the X-Class 310 features a belt drive system. Since it’s a belt, not a chain, you don’t have to lubricate it, and produces less vibration than a chain. The pedaling motion is also very quiet.

The bike is equipped with a mid-range flywheel. Its weight is not specified but should be around 12-15 lbs. Its perimeter-weighted, though, delivering a pretty consistent momentum and a smooth motion.

The crankset is features solid, steel arms, and may be able to support the entire weight of the user. However, keep in mind that this is an upright bike, not a spin bike, designed for seated workouts. So, repeated pedaling sessions while standing up on the pedals may eventually cause internal damage.

The included pedals feature a weighted design. They have a metal core enveloped in a durable nylon shell. They are equipped with adjustable straps with several adjustment settings each.

Console

The Fitness Reality X-Class 310 exercise bike comes with a “sleek-touch” acrylic console featuring a 6″ LCD display. It has blue LED backlight providing an excellent readability. It tracks time, distance, RPM, speed, watts, calories, and heart rate. Its mid-section shows the segments of the current program, and the resistance level is also displayed.

The unit can be set up to show distance and speed in metric or imperial units. It’s not telemetric, though, which means it can only read your pulse through the sensors in the handlebars; it cannot communicate with a wireless Polar HR chest strap.

The console offers 20 preset workout programs, 1 quick start program, 3 heart rate programs, and 2 custom programs. The Quick Start program allows you to freely adjust the resistance as you pedal. The 20 preset programs provide different workouts; some focus on resistance intervals, others on a long and sustained effort, others alternate climbing with going downhill. The heart rate programs are pre-set for 65%, 75%, and 85%, while the custom programs give you the possibility to create two programs of your own liking from scratch.

There are 4 user settings on the console, a very useful feature if several persons use the machine, or simply if you want to save different workout settings. Each user profile gives you the possibility to input personal data such as gender, height, weight, and age. Based on these, the unit can calculate your calories burned and watts output more accurately.

Countdown functions for time, distance, and calories are also available. These allow you to select a value and the unit will countdown from it as you exercise until you reach zero. There’s also a Recovery Test function.

One of the best features available with this upright exercise bike is the Bluetooth connectivity. The Bluetooth Smart Technology allows you to sync your trainer with your IOS device in order to directly transfer your workout data into the free MyFitQuest App. This way, you can keep track of your progress, set up fitness goals, etc.

In terms of non-fitness features, the console is equipped with a sound system and a tablet holder. The sound system is placed at the bottom of the unit. It’s compatible with most MP3 players or smartphones, and the sound rendered by it is fairly decent. The tablet holder is conveniently placed at the top of the console unit, this way preventing the tablet to block the view of the workout display.

Assembly and Maintenance

This exercise bike comes partially assembled. All the parts in its drive and resistance systems are already in their places. All you have to do is attach the bases, the seat, the console mast, the handlebars, the console, and the pedals. This shouldn’t take more than an hour. A basic toolkit for assembly is included. Also, the manual offers very clear, step-by-step assembly instructions.

Maintenance doesn’t require much; basically, all you have to do is periodically check for loose bolts or parts, wipe the perspiration that may fall onto the console or the frame, and keep the bike clean.

The Pros

  • Sturdy frame construction – can support users up to 300 lbs;
  • Elegant design;
  • Adjustable stabilizers at the rear base;
  • Transport wheels at the front base;
  • Cushioned, AirSoft seat for maximum comfort;
  • The seat is 4-way adjustable;
  • Multi-grip handlebars with EKG sensors;
  • Automatic magnetic resistance with 24 distinctive tension settings;
  • Smooth and quiet drive;
  • “Sleek-touch” acrylic console with a large, backlit display;
  • 20 preset workouts;
  • 3 heart rate programs;
  • 2 custom programs;
  • 4 user profiles;
  • Countdown settings for time, distance, and calories;
  • Bluetooth connectivity and compatibility with the MyFitQuest app;
  • Sound system included;
  • Tablet holder included;
  • Bottle holder included;
  • AC power adapter included;
  • AUX cable included;
  • Fairly small footprint;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Easy to assemble.

The Cons

  • Handlebar is non-adjustable;
  • Cannot read pulse via an HR chest strap.

Summary

The Fitness Reality X-Class 310 is a mid-range upright bike featuring a durable steel frame, automatic magnetic resistance, and Bluetooth console with 20 preset workouts, and a sound system. It has a 4-way adjustable seat with AirSoft cushioning for maximum comfort. It’s a machine perfect for light to medium intensity cardio workouts, stamina development, recovery training, interval training and weight loss. You can actually burn 5-600 calories per hour on this bike. And finally, it’s not an expensive trainer; it currently costs less than $350, and for the price, it delivers excellent quality and value.

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