Marcy Club Revolution Indoor Cycle JX-7038
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|300 lbs||Felt-pad||No||Frame: 2 years
Parts: 2 years
Indoor cycling bikes come in various shapes and sized, and of course, they cover quite an extensive price range. You can find exercising machines of this type for as cheap as $150, and up to $2,500 or even more.
The Marcy Club Revolution model is one of the indoor cycling bikes in the low price segment. Although this bike is quite cheap, is far from being cheaply made. Therefore, if you’re looking for an affordable spin bike, this model is most definitely one to look at.
However, before providing all the details and information regarding this exercise bike, one thing must be clarified. There are actually several Marcy Club Revolution bikes. For example, a different one is the Marcy Club Revolution XJ-3220. The model number presented here is the JX-7038, which comes with slight differences from the others.
Details and Specs
- Assembled dimensions: 45.5L x 20W x 46H inches (115.5L x 51W x 117H cm)
- Product weight: 102 lbs (46 kg)
- Flywheel weight 40 lbs (18 kg)
- Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Handlebars: Adjustable vertically
- Seat: Adjustable vertically and horizontally
- Pedals: With toe-cages
- Drive mechanism: Belt
- Brakes: Direct-contact, top-to-down wool-felt pads
- Resistance: Adjustable
- Bottle holder: Yes
- Computer: No
- Warranty: Frame and parts two years
To begin with, the JX-7038 exercise bike from Marcy Fitness is equipped with a belt drive system. It features a heavy-duty belt, highly resistant to stretching. Since it’s belt-driven, the bike supplies a very smooth and quiet cycling motion, making this bike model ideal for home use.
The flywheel of this bike is pretty heavy, weighing 40 lbs (18 kg), and providing a consistent momentum. It’s also perimeter weighted, which renders the pedaling constant and stable, diminishing the stairmaster effect, which may be quite pronounced in case of a simple flywheel, especially under a high resistance setting.
The crank assembly features a rather small pulley, a bit over half the diameter of the flywheel. Both the pulley and crank arms are steel-made, solid enough to support users up to 300 lbs, in a stand-up workout posture.
The pedals of this bike are aluminum-made, and finished with toe-cages. Even though this is a stationary bike, and there’s less of a chance for your feet to slip off pedals, the toe-cages are still great for users who undergo recovery training, and do not have complete control over their feet. These pedals do not have cleats, but they have a standard design, so you can easily find replacement if you really desire cleat pedals for spin shoes.
This Marcy exercise bike is equipped with a direct-contact brake system. It consists into a single, long wool-felt pad, which comes in contact with the flywheel in a top-to-bottom manner. Resistance adjusting is done manually, via the tension knob found on the main tube of the frame. There are no resistance levels specified on the knob, so basically you must tighten it up to the point when you find the tension suitable for your workout. Tension can be adjusted while pedaling. The tension knob also acts as an emergency brake, in case you need to quickly stop the motion of the flywheel, or if you want to safely switch from normal pedaling, to backwards pedaling.
This exercise bike features a one-piece frame, with extremely solid welding points. The frame of the bike is completely made of steel, quite heavy, which gives the bike plenty of stability. Speaking of stability, this particular aspect is enhanced by the level adjustment knobs the bases are equipped with. Both front and rear bases are finished with adjustable leveler knobs, to make sure the bike will not move anyhow during your workouts.
The front base features two transport wheels, plastic-made, which allow the moving of the assembled machine with ease.
So far, this model is only available in black, grey and yellow colors, with the pattern visible in the attached photos here.
Seat and handlebars
The Marcy JX-7038 features a slightly cushioned seat, similar to the ones in race bikes. It’s not extremely comfortable, such as the seats in recumbent or upright bikes, but it does offer just about the same comfort that a race or mountain bike should offer. It’s adjustable vertically and fore to aft. Vertically, it offers 10 height increments from 35″ (89 cm) to 44″ (111.7 cm) from the floor. Since the pedals in their lowest position stand about 3″ from the floor, this leaves a roughly 32″ (81 cm) distance from the lowest pedal to the seat, in its lowest position. Therefore, we can safely say that this bike can accommodate users with a minimum inseam of about 30″. Differently put, this bike should fit users between 4’10” (147 cm) and 6’5″ (196 cm) without any problem.
The handlebars are also height-adjustable. There are 6 adjustment increments on the handlebar post, from 36″ (91.4 cm) to 41″ (104 cm). The handlebar assembly does not offer fore to aft. adjustment possibilities. However, it does offer multiple grip possibilities, which considerably enhances the workout posture spectrum. On top of that, it features aerobars and elbow rests, just as race bikes. The whole handlebar assembly is covered with foam padding for an ergonomic grip and to prevent hands from sustaining blisters, during prolonged workout sessions.
Assembly and Maintenance
The assembly of this indoor cycling bike is far from being a complicated process. The box includes a very comprehensive, step-by-step assembly manual, and the tools required for it. The bike actually comes partially put together, with the drive and brake systems already mounted in their place. All you have to do is attach the frame to the bases, add the seat and handlebar posts, then the seat and the handlebar assembly, the pedals and the elbow rests.
Since it’s a belt-driven bike, you won’t have to worry about any maintenance related to the drive system. All the parts are prelubricated and this should last for a long time. In terms of maintenance, all you have to do is lubricate the felt-pad from time to time, and replace it when it completely wears off, check if all the bolts are well tighten in their places, and keep the bike clean. Also, since the base levelers are metallic, it’s best to use a mat underneath the bike, as it might damage your floor.
Best Aspects About This Bike
- Excellent price/quality ratio.
- Extremely sturdy and durable bike.
- Quiet, excellent choice for apartment use.
- Rather small footprint, also great for apartment use, or people who don’t have too much space available.
- Belt-drive system, which doesn’t require maintenance.
- Ergonomic, multi-grip handlebar assembly, with elbow rests.
- Horizontally and vertically adjustable seat.
- Wide spectrum of resistance levels.
- Perimeter weighted, ultra-heavy flywheel, for a smooth pedaling motion, and solid momentum.
- Sturdy crank assembly, supporting even the heaviest users (up to 300 lbs) in a standing up pedaling posture.
- Depending on the resistance level, the wool-felt pad may emit squeaky noises, case in which it should be lubricated. Also, the pad is subjected to wear and tear and after some time it will require replacement.
- No performance monitor.
- Finally, the seat may be a bit uncomfortable to new users. However, the discomfort should diminish after several workout sessions. If not, you can always add a gel cushion to the seat.
The Marcy JX-7038 indoor cycling bike is one of the most affordable bikes for spin training that you can find at the moment. Not only it comes for quite a great price, it also offers superlative quality. It’s actually pretty similar in structure and design to most gym-rated spin bikes, however it does not have all the “belts and whistles”, such as an advanced performance monitor for example. But nonetheless, it’s a machine that provides the perfect training setting for cardio exercising, muscle toning, keeping a healthy cardio vascular shape, and of course for losing weight. So, if you’re looking for a decent and affordable exercising machine to sweat daily, this Marcy model can definitely deliver.