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JOROTO MH20 Recumbent Bike

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JOROTO MH20

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L:55.1"
W:24.8"
H:44.1"
280 lbs13.2 lbsMagnetic,
32 levels
12 programs,
BMI,
Recovery

The JOROTO MH20 is basically the recumbent version of the JOROTO MB20. In terms of features, it offers quite more than the average basic model. It’s equipped with a digital resistance system, it has several preset workout programs on the console, and offers plenty of adjustability. It’s a decent alternative to the more expensive recumbent bikes such as the Diamondback Fitness 910SR or LifeCORE 860RB.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 55.1L x 24.8W x 44.1H inches (140L x 63W x 112H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 92 lbs (41.7 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 13.2 lbs (6 kg)
  • Supported weight: 280 lbs (127 kg)
  • Pedals: Weighted, with straps
  • Drive: Belt
  • Resistance: Motorized-magnetic, 32 levels
  • Console: 12 pre-set programs, recovery function, body fat index function
  • Extras: Bottle holder, tablet holder

Frame construction

The JOROTO MH20 features a durable and stable construction. Most of the parts in its frame structure are made of steel. The only ABS parts are the flywheel covers and several other small covers. The main steel parts within the frame are coated with a corrosion resistant paint. The color used is white for the base frame, and black for the console mast and handlebars. The seat’s adjustment rail features a chrome finish, though, which is also highly resistant to rust.

The main frame of the bike is made of two main parts, the rear part with the seat, and the front part with the console and drive system. The two parts are attached together by the base longitudinal bar and the adjustment rail of the seat. Due to this fact, it doesn’t have a step-through design, but the seat’s bar isn’t too high and taking position on the seat is far from being difficult. On the other hand, the two-point connection of the main frame parts results in a very sturdy construction.

This JOROTO recumbent bike isn’t a huge fitness machine but does take approx. 55.1″L x 28.4″W (140 x 63 cm) of floor space when fully assembled. It’s also recommended to leave at least two feet of clearance all around it in order to easily access the seat and exercise without any hindrance.

The bike is also not the heaviest unit but does weigh ~92 lbs (41.7 kg) which is more than two times the weight of a mountain bike. However, its transport shouldn’t be too difficult as its front base is equipped with two small wheels. So, by lifting the unit from its rear part and using the wheels when relocating it, you won’t be handling more than 40% of its total weight.

Seat and handlebars

The JOROTO MH20 recumbent exercise bike is equipped with an adjustable seat. Its front to back adjustment rail offers more than 10 adjustment positions. Therefore, the bike can accommodate users between 4’8″ and 6’4″ (143 – 193 cm). The whole seat assembly and its adjustment bar are also quite durable; they can withstand users up to 280 lbs (127 kg).

The seat assembly offers superior ergonomics. Both the seat and the backrest integrate 2″ (5 cm) of foam padding. They’re also contoured in order to adapt perfectly to your body. Their upholstery is made of a durable vinyl material which can last a lifetime with proper care. Also, in case you’re wondering, the seat is approx. 16″ (40 cm) wide, and therefore, it offers plenty of contact area and comfort.

The unit’s backrest is directly attached to the backbone of the seat. Therefore, it cannot be adjusted independently from the rest of the seat. It will only change position along with the seat when.

The seat’s adjustment system involves a pin-knob placed on the right side. This being said, it’s recommended to adjust the seat while you’re off the bike not in seated position, in order to make sure that the knob is locked in the correct position.

In terms of handlebars, this JOROTO bike features two sets, one attached to the console mast, and one attached to the seat assembly. None of them are adjustable. The front handlebars have a simple design; they’re slightly curved towards the user in order to provide a more comfortable grip for the wrists. They feature rubberized grips for superior hand adherence and comfort.

The seat handlebars are directly attached to the seat assembly. They are equipped with pulse sensors, so if you want the console to track your pulse, or run a recovery test, you can hold on to them. The seat handlebars also feature rubberized grips for extra comfort.

Drive and resistance

The JOROTO MH20 is equipped with a 13.2 lbs (6 kg) internal flywheel. This flywheel is balanced, designed to provide a very smooth motion. Also, since it’s not extremely heavy, it doesn’t generate a very aggressive inertia. Therefore, the bike is a great choice for users who require recovery training, or joint problems.

The bike’s drive system uses a poly-v, stretch-resistant, and highly durable rubber belt. As opposed to a chain drive, it generates less vibration and does not require lubrication. Also, the pedaling motion is whisper-quiet.

The bike is equipped with a durable crankset featuring solid steel crank arms with a shiny, chrome finish. The pedals are made of heavy-duty ABS material. They feature a weighted design, which means that they will always turn face-up when you remove your feet from them. Their surface is anti-slip, and they’re also equipped with adjustable straps.

The bike’s exact Q-Factor (spacing between the pedals) isn’t specified. But it’s fairly narrow, similar to a road bike. Therefore, your feet are positioned on the pedals naturally, without being too far apart, which doesn’t result in extra lateral stress on the ankles and knees.

This JOROTO exercise bike features a motorized magnetic resistance system. This means you have to connect it to a power source in order to be able to adjust its resistance. The resistance adjustments can only be done from the console. Also, most of the console preset programs automatically adjust the resistance.

The bike’s resistance system consists of a small servo motor and a magnetic brake system. When you select a specific tension level from the console, the motor will adjust the position of the brake in relation to the flywheel. The results in an intensity shift of the internal magnetic field, and furthermore in more or less pedal tension.

This exercise bike offers an impressive range of 32 resistance levels. The 1-10 resistance settings can be classified as “leisure sport”. The 11-23 levels are great for endurance and muscle toning, while the 24-32 levels simulate a steep climb and can help you achieve an intense cardio training.

Console unit

This recumbent bike is equipped with a mid-range console featuring a LED backlit LCD display which is divided into multiple sub-sections, showing most workout metrics at once. The top bar of the display indicates the program in use, the midsection shows the grid of the program profiles, while the bottom section covers the main workout metrics, such as speed, distance, calories, time elapsed, heart rate and the level of resistance.

The console is equipped with a turn-knob for resistance adjustment, which also serves as a MODE button (you can press it down), for setting up target goals for time, distance, and calories, or selecting one of the preset programs. It also has a Start/Stop button which gives you the possibility to pause and resume your workout, a feature which can be useful if you want to alternate bike workouts with other workouts. The Reset button on the top right clears all the console values to zero.

The console has a Recovery function and a Body Fat Index function. The Recovery function gives you the possibility to measure your level of fitness at the end of the workout. The console will analyze the time it takes for your pulse to come to normal after the workout and provides you with a fitness rating between F1 (Excellent) – F6 (Poor). The Body Fat button covers the BMI function. It uses a scale to measure if you have a healthy weight for your height. In order to calculate it, the console will prompt you to input your weight and height.

In terms of workout programs, the bike’s console offers 12. They’re divided into three main categories. The first category includes four programs for beginners, the second category offers four advanced programs, and the third category consists of four “sporty” workouts, which focus on your heart rate.

The bike’s console doesn’t offer fancy features such as a sound system or cooling fan but does integrate a tablet holder, which is large enough to accommodate any tablet.

Assembly and Maintenance

As we’ve mentioned above, the main body of the bike consists of two main parts, the rear part with the seat, and the front part with the console mast and console. Therefore, as a first step of the assembly, you will have to connect these two parts on their base, then add the base stabilizer bars, the seat adjustment rail with the seat, the backrest, the console mast, the console, and finally, the pedals. This may take more than one hour. However, the manual provides clear, step-by-step assembly instructions, and the required tools for assembly are included.

Maintenance doesn’t require much. All you should do for maintenance is keep the dust off the bike, check if the bolts hold tight in their place, re-tighten them if it’s the case, and keep liquids away from the console.

The Pros

  • Sturdy frame – can support users up to 280 lbs;
  • Foam-padded seat and backrest;
  • Adjustable seat;
  • Pulse sensors integrated into the seat handlebars;
  • 13.2 lbs balanced flywheel for a smooth and steady pedaling motion;
  • Silent eddy current resistance system with 32 tension levels;
  • Weighted pedals with adjustable straps;
  • Narrow Q-Factor for a comfortable foot positioning; 
  • Large LCD display with LED backlight for superior readability;
  • 12 workout programs available;
  • Goal settings for time, distance, and calories;
  • Recovery function;
  • Body Fat Index function;
  • Tablet holder included;
  • Bottle holder included;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Easy to assemble.

The Cons

  • A tablet placed on the tablet holder may cover the console display;
  • No step-through design which may be an inconvenience for users with certain disabilities;

Summary

The JOROTO MH20 is a recumbent bike for home use, featuring an eddy current resistance system with 32 levels, and a 12-program console with Recovery and BMI functions. It’s a sturdy trainer with a weight capacity of 280 lbs. It excels in ergonomics, featuring a foam-padded seat and backrest. It’s an excellent bike for muscle toning, interval training, light to intense cardio, stamina development, and weight loss. And finally, it’s not an expensive bike, offering an excellent value and quality for the price.

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