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Ancheer Magnetic Upright Bike

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L:29.5"
W:20"
H:47.6"
264 lbs48 lbsMagnetic,
10 levels
Time,
Speed,
Distance,
Calories,
Pulse
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The Ancheer magnetic upright bike is a basic fitness machine made for home use. In terms of features, it is similar to the Marcy ME-708 or the Marcy NS-714U. However, it offers 10 levels of resistance, and has pulse sensors, while the included fitness monitor can track your pulse.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 29.5L x 20W x 47.6H inches (75 x 51 x 121 cm)
  • Product weight: 48 lbs (21.7 kg)
  • Supported weight: 264 lbs (120 kg)
  • Seat: 2-way adjustable
  • Resistance: Manual magnetic, 10 levels
  • Fitness monitor: Time, speed, distance, calories, pulse, scan

Frame construction

The Ancheer magnetic upright bike features a steel frame made of cylindrical tubing. All the frame steel bars are coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish. The color used is black, this being the only color available for this bike, at least for the moment.

Of course, the bike also integrates several plastic parts. The most notable ones are the covers of the drive system, the base bar end caps, the heads of the adjustment knobs, and the fitness monitor casing.

Like most other similar exercise bikes, the Ancheer bike doesn’t take too much usage space. Its footprint is 29.5″L x 20″W (75 x 51 cm). However, it still is recommended to allow at least 2′ (61 cm) of clearance all around it for safe usage and easy access.

The bike isn’t super heavy either. With all the parts assembled, it weighs approx. 48 lbs (21.7 kg). This being said, it can be carried and assembled by only one person. Also, once it is assembled, it is even easier to relocate as its front base features a set of small wheels. Conversely, the caps of the rear base bar also rotate. However, they have a polygonal shape and can act as floor stabilizers.

Seat and handlebars

This Ancheer exercise bike is equipped with a pretty standard saddle. It’s built on a sturdy nylon shell with a urethane top cover and a thick layer of foam padding. It is approx. 10.6″ (27 cm) wide, and 9.8″ (25 cm) long, so it provides plenty of contact surface. It is also contoured in order to provide a better positioning for the user. However, like most other standard bike seats it is not super soft, so it may not be too comfortable for a non-seasoned user. But nonetheless, the comfort problem can always be solved with a top gel cover.

The seat post has 6 adjustment holes. Therefore, the bike should accommodate users between 4’10” (147 cm) and 6’1″ (185 cm). Taller persons should still be able to use this exercise bike but they may not benefit from a complete leg extension. It’s also rated for a maximum user weight limit of 264 lbs (120 kg).

It’s also important to mention here that the seat does not have a horizontal slider, like the seat included with the Stamina 345, for example, so it does not offer front-to-back adjustment.

The bike’s handlebar offers three main grips, including a climbing grip, a cruise grip, and a close grip. Its side grips feature PVC foam sleeves for improved contact. Also, as we’ve mentioned above, they are equipped with metallic pulse sensors and the bike’s fitness monitor can track your pulse.

The bike’s handlebar doesn’t offer angle adjustment. It attaches to its post via two screws. Its highest point above the floor is approx. 47.6″ (121 cm).

Resistance system

This Ancheer upright exercise bike is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. Thus, it does not require an adapter or an external power source. But on the other hand, the monitor does not control the resistance and there are no pre-set workout programs.

The resistance system consists of a magnetic brake that connects to the tension knob on the front upright bar through a steel wire. Therefore, when you turn the knob clockwise, the magnets move closer to the internal flywheel which increases the pedaling difficulty.

As opposed to other basic magnetic upright bikes, the Ancheer bike offers 10 levels of resistance, rather than 8, which is a plus. The 1-3 levels deliver a pretty light pedaling difficulty, great for recovery training or a workout warmup. Conversely, the 10th level of resistance delivers considerably more resistance, simulating a hill climb and offering you the possibility to improve stamina and burn more calories.

Needless to say, the main advantage of the magnetic brake is that the pad or the magnets do not touch the flywheel or other internal elements. Thus, the pedaling motion is very smooth and quiet. There is also virtually no wear and tear for it, and you don’t have to worry about replacing the brake pad as for a bike with a friction resistance system.

Drive system

First of all, like many other magnetic resistance exercise bikes, this Ancheer bike is equipped with a belt drive system. It integrates a poly-v belt highly resistant to stretching and abrasion, designed for superior traction. Of course, the main advantage of a belt drive over a chain drive is that it does not require lubrication. It also generates slightly less vibration than a chain.

The bike’s internal flywheel features a perimeter-weighted design. This type of construction is meant to provide better inertia and a more consistent momentum. However, since it’s an upright bike and not a spin bike, the internal flywheel is not too heavy. Its exact weight is not specified, but considering that the bike doesn’t weigh more than 48 lbs (21.7 kg), the flywheel probably doesn’t weigh more than 20 lbs (9 kg) either.

The flywheel is bi-directional. Therefore, you can pedal in reverse if you want. Of course, when pedaling in reverse, the resistance remains constant, given by the selected tension knob. Also, you cannot coast on the bike.

The bike is equipped with a pretty sturdy crankset featuring cylindrical, chrome-plated arms. However, even if it can withstand your whole weight, it’s still an upright bike meant for seated workouts, not spin workouts.

The included pedals feature a durable thermoplastic or nylon shell with a metallic axis. They have weight elements so they always self-level when you remove your feet from them. They also have adjustable straps for improved foot stability.

Fitness monitor

The Ancheer upright exercise bike includes a basic fitness monitor. It features a standard LCD display that tracks time, distance, speed, calories, and pulse. It does not track watts or RPM. Speed and distance are shown in English units (MPH and miles). Also, the pulse reading function is grip contact only. The monitor can only read your pulse if you hold on to the integrated HR sensors. It cannot read pulse from a wireless transmitter.

The monitor unit does not have any pre-set programs and does not offer the possibility to set goals for your workouts. It only has one button. By pressing it repeatedly, you can select the workout metric that you want to view. There is also a Scan Mode; if the Scan Mode is selected, the monitor rotates all the metrics automatically, showing each one for a few seconds. You can also press and hold the button to clear all the values on the monitor to zero.

The monitor unit is battery-powered. It starts up when you begin pedaling or when you press the button. It also automatically turns off if it does not detect any activity on the bike for more than four minutes.

Last but not least, a device holder is integrated into the monitor unit. This consists of a small shelf below the display which can provide support for your smartphone or tablet. However, the unit does not have a USB port or any other ports for connecting your device to it.

Assembly and Maintenance

The main body of the bike with all the resistance and drive elements comes pre-assembled. You only need to attach the two base stabilizers, the pedals, the seat, the front upright bar, the handlebars, and the fitness monitor. This shouldn’t take more than 30-40 minutes of your time. All the necessary tools are included and the manual provides clear assembly instructions.

Once the bike is assembled, you don’t have to worry too much about maintenance. Its internal parts don’t require any lubrication. So, basically, you only have to keep your exercise bike clean and periodically check for any potential loose or broken parts.

The Pros

  • Compact construction, small footprint;
  • Sturdy construction – can support users up to 264 lbs;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • Adjustable stabilizers on the rear base;
  • Multi-grip handlebar;
  • Pulse sensors integrated into the handlebar;
  • Quiet belt drive;
  • Zero friction magnetic resistance;
  • 10 resistance settings;
  • Weighted pedals with adjustable straps;
  • Fitness monitor included – it tracks time, distance, speed, calories, and pulse;
  • Scan mode available on the fitness monitor;
  • Device holder included;
  • All the necessary tools for the assembly are included;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Easy to assemble.

The Cons

  • No backlight on the exercise meter;
  • No target-setting function;
  • No bottle holder.

Summary

The Ancheer upright exercise bike is a fitness machine made for home use. It features a 10-level manual magnetic resistance system, a belt drive system, and a fitness monitor that tracks time, speed, distance, calories, and pulse. It’s a small exercise bike but offers a pretty durable construction with a max. user weight limit of 264 lbs. It’s meant for light to medium-intensity cardio workouts, muscle toning, stamina development, and weight loss.

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