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We’ve already reviewed here an Ancheer indoor cycle from Trbitty, and this post is dedicated for the upright version. The Ancheer Trbitty UB is one of the newest upright bikes for 2018. It’s pretty similar in specs to the Marcy NS-40504U, but as opposed to the Marcy model, this one offers a pulse reading function, while its seat is also horizontally adjustable.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 43.3L x 19.6W x 47.2H inches (110L x 50W x 120H cm)
- Flywheel weight: 12 lbs (5.4 kg)
- Assembled weight: 61 lbs (27.8 kg)
- Weight capacity: 330 lbs (150 kg)
- Resistance: Magnetic, 8 levels
- Drive: Belt
- Console: Time, distance, speed, calories, ODO, SCAN, goals
- Warranty: 1 years limited
The Ancheer Trbitty upright exercise bike features a frame made of steel tubing. Like most trainers of this caliber, it’s not an extremely large unit. With the frame fully assembled, it takes only 43.3″L x 19.6″W (110 x 50 cm) of floor space. However, it’s recommended to leave at least two feet of clearance on each side, and at least one foot of clearance at the front and rear, for safe access and usage.
Since it’s a small bike, it’s also not very heavy. Its net weight is approx. 61 lbs (27.8 kg). This being said, the unit can easily be carried and assembled by one person. Plus, once the unit is assembled, its relocation is even easier due to the wheels incorporated into the front base stabilizer.
Speaking of stabilizers, this exercise bike doesn’t have any adjustable ones, such as the ProForm 135 CSX, for example. Its base bars offer plenty of contact surface to the floor, so the unit is very stable. But in order to maximize its stability, it’s recommended to place it and use it on a rubberized mat.
Needless to say, the main frame of the bike is made of steel tubing. It’s sturdy enough to support users up to 330 lbs (150 kg), which is not bad for a unit in this price range. However, the covers of the flywheel and the other drive and resistance elements are made of ABS material. These don’t reduce the overall sturdiness of the frame, but it’s not that durable, so it is not recommended to step on it.
All the steel parts within the bike’s frame construction are double-coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish. There are actually two versions for this bike when it comes to paint finish color and mechanism covers. The one we’re addressing here is the gray/white version, while the other is the black/white version. For both models, the seat post features a chrome finish, which is also corrosion-resistant.
Seat & handlebars
One of the pluses of this Ancheer upright bike is its 4-way adjustable seat. Other bikes, even some of the more expensive ones, such as the Body-Solid B2U for example, only have 2-way adjustable seat. The seat’s upright post offers several adjustment notches, while its horizontal slider also offers several inches of front-to-back adjustment. These being said, the bike can accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’2″ (152 – 188 cm) with no problem. Also, the seat assembly is durable enough to support users up to 330 lbs (150 kg).
The saddle itself is fairly wide and thick, integrating a layer of padding. It offers considerably more contact surface than the average spin bike seat. Its top is contoured and its attachment design is standard; therefore, you can easily find a compatible replacement for it, in case you want a wider or a slimmer model.
The bike’s handlebars feature a multi-grip design. They actually offer four types of grips. They’re covered by a thick layer of rubber foam material in order to provide a secure and comfortable grip. They are equipped with stainless steel pulse sensors, so by holding on to them, the console can monitor your heart rate. However, they are non-adjustable; they attach directly to the console mast via two bolts which do not permit their angle adjustment. Also, the height of the front mast is non-adjustable.
Drive & resistance
Since it’s an exercise bike made for light to medium intensity workouts, its internal flywheel is not extremely heavy. It weighs 12 lbs (5.4 kg). It’s also balanced, designed to provide a steady and comfortable pedaling motion.
The Ancheer Trbitty upright bike is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. Its resistance mechanism consists of a small magnetic brake which is connected to the tension dial placed on the console mast by a steel wire. As you turn the knob clockwise, the magnetic brake will come closer to the flywheel increasing the intensity of internal magnetic field and therefore increasing the pedal tension.
There are 8 levels of resistance specified on the tension dial. The first level is basically given just by the weight of the flywheel alone. As opposed to that, the 8th level of resistance provides quite a bit of difficulty, simulating a climb on a fairly steep hill.
Most exercise bikes with a magnetic resistance system have a belt drive system, as the action of a metallic chain may interfere with the magnetic brake. This Ancheer bike doesn’t make an exception. It is equipped with a heavy-duty belt which delivers a silent and vibration-free motion. It’s also maintenance-free.
The bike integrates a durable crankset, with heavy-duty steel crank arms. However, even though its crankset and pedals are pretty durable, pedaling while standing up is not recommended. Since it’s an upright bike and not a spin bike, it’s made for seated workouts only. Performing spin workouts on it which require you to pedal while standing up, may eventually cause damage to the pedals and other internal elements.
The included pedals have a metallic center encased in a durable nylon shell. They’re weighted, so they will always turn face-up when you remove your feet from them. They are equipped with adjustable straps for securing your feet on them. Their surface is ribbed in order to provide more adherence. And finally, their threads are standard, so you can easily find replacements for them if needed.
The bike’s console is very similar to the one on the ProGear 555LXT recumbent bike. It features an LCD display with large digits which can track time, distance, total distance, speed, calories, and pulse. It is not telemetric, though. Differently put, it is not compatible with Polar, or other types of HR chest bands for pulse reading. So, in order to benefit from a pulse reading, you will have to use the metallic sensors incorporated into the handlebars.
Although the console doesn’t have any preset workout programs, you can still set up goals for time, distance, and calories. By setting a goal value for any of these workout metrics, the console will count down from the selected value until it reaches zero.
The console also has a SCAN function. When its toggled ON, the workout metrics are shown in rotation, each one appearing on the display for a few seconds. By pressing the MODE button, you can toggle OFF the SCAN function and select one of the workout metrics that interests you the most to be shown on the display at all time.
Along with the MODE button which toggles ON/OFF the SCAN function, there is also a SET button and a RESET button. The SET button covers the goal setting function, while the RESET button pretty much speaks for itself; it allows you to clear all the values on the console to zero.
The console is battery powered. This being said, the bike doesn’t need to be connected to a power source. The console plays no role in the resistance adjustment; it also has a sleep mode to which will enter after approx. 4 minutes of inactivity on the bike. To start it up once more, you can either begin pedaling or press the MODE button.
Assembly & Maintenance
The base frame of the bike with the crankset, belt, and resistance elements come in one piece. The internal mechanism is also already shielded by the ABS shrouds. Therefore, you only have to attach the two base bars to the main frame, then add the console mast, the seat post, the seat, the handlebars, the console, and the pedals. This may take more than an hour. However, the assembly process isn’t too complicated. Plus, the manual provides very clear assembly instructions.
Since the bike features a magnetic resistance system, there isn’t any maintenance required for the internal parts. So, the only thing to do for this matter is to periodically check for loose bolts and parts.
- Solid construction, high user capacity (330 lbs) for a basic bike;
- Transport wheels;
- 4-way adjustable seat;
- Multi-grip handlebar;
- Balanced flywheel, supplying a smooth and consistent momentum;
- Quiet belt drive;
- Weighted pedals with adjustable straps;
- Zero friction magnetic resistance;
- 8 resistance levels available;
- Exercise meter included, capable of tracking time, speed, distance, calories, and pulse;
- ODO, SCAN, and goal setting functions on the console;
- Tablet holder incorporated into the console;
- Bottle holder included;
- Little maintenance required;
- Easy to assemble.
- No backlight on the console display;
- No adjustable stabilizers on the bike’s base bars.
The Ancheer Trbitty upright bike offers 8 levels of magnetic resistance, superior micro-adjustability, and a console that can track time, distance, speed, calories, and pulse. It features a pretty durable frame, which can hold users up to 330 lbs. It’s a bike made for light to medium intensity cardio training, recovery training, stamina development, muscle toning, and weight loss. Finally, it’s not an expensive bike, offering an excellent value for the price. Although it’s a pretty new model for 2018, so far it benefits from many clean 5-star reviews from users all over the U.S.