|Ativafit Fan Bike|
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The Ativafit fan bike is one of the air resistance bikes released in 2019. It’s one of the most basic air bikes available at the moment. In terms of features, it can be compared with the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B2715 but comes equipped with a basic exercise monitor that does not have goal settings.
Key Features and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 39L x 20W x 54H inches (99L x 51W x 137H cm)
- Shipping weight: 66 lbs (30 kg)
- Supported weight: 250 lbs (113 kg)
- Drive: Belt
- Resistance: Air
- Fitness monitor: Time, speed, distance, odometer, calories burned, scan
- Extras: Device holder
- Warranty: 90 days
The Ativafit fan bike features a frame made of steel tubing. It combines cylindrical and oval tubes in its construction. Although it’s not exactly a gym-grade bike, it still offers a fairly decent weight capacity. It is rated for a maximum user weight limit of 250 lbs (113 kg).
All the steel bars in the bike’s construction are double-coated with a corrosion-resistant and chip-resistant paint finish. The color used is either black or dark gray. The covers of the drivetrain are made of durable thermoplastic material, as well as several other small parts.
The bike is fairly small compared to other fitness equipment. It is only 39″ (99 cm) long, and 20″ (51 cm) wide. It is recommended, though, to leave at least a few feet of clearance all around it for ease of access and safe usage.
Although it’s not an extremely heavy fitness machine, it still weighs over 60 lbs (27 kg). Therefore, the transport of the packaged bike may require two people. However, once it is assembled, it can easily be relocated by only one person as its front base bar has two small wheels. Also, its rear base bar has polygonal caps that can be rotated and used as floor levelers.
Seat and handlebars
The Ativafit fan bike includes a fairly large saddle; it is approx. 12.6″ (32 cm) wide, and 9.4″ (24 cm) long so it provides plenty of contact surface. Its shell is made of a durable nylon material while its top cover consists of a thick layer of high-density foam. Differently put, the seat is not super soft, but not too hard either. It’s made to provide optimal comfort.
The seat is two-way adjustable (up, down). It does not have a horizontal slider for front-to-back adjustment like the Body Rider BRF750, for example. Its upright post has several adjustment positions; the applicable inseam range for this exercise bike is 28″ – 39″ (71 – 99 cm). In other words, it should be able to accommodate users between 5’2″ and 6’0″ (157 – 183 cm). Also, as we’ve mentioned above, the seat should be able to support users up to 250 lbs (113 kg).
Like most other air resistance bikes, this Ativafit model is equipped with a set of moving arms instead of a conventional bike handlebar. The two moving arms connect to the pedals through a set of metallic bars. Therefore, they will move for as long as you pedal. They cannot be locked to remain stationary, but you can disconnect the two metal bars from the pedals, and then the bike can be used as a regular exercise bike.
The two moving arms of the bike feature small standard grips with rubber-foam sleeves for improved comfort. They do not have pulse sensors and the included performance monitor does not have a pulse reading function. They have two height adjustment positions. Their highest point above the floor is approx. 54″ (137 cm), while the lowest point is 51.6″ (131 cm)
Drive and resistance
This Ativafit exercise bike is equipped with an air resistance system. The main resistance-generating element is the large fan visible at the front of the bike. The fan is connected to the bike’s crankset and begins to spin when you pedal generating resistance.
The bike does not have any other resistance elements. It does not have an extra magnetic brake, an adjustable damper, or a tension band like the Stamina 876, for example. The fan is the only resistance element. But just like any other fitness machine with an air resistance system, the bike provides a dynamic response. The resistance delivered by the fan is variable, depending on your RPM. In other words, the faster you pedal, the more resistance you will get.
Just like any other fitness machine with a fan resistance system, this bike does generate some noise when in use. However, the noise is not extremely loud; for example, it shouldn’t cover the sound of a TV on moderate volume, even if you pedal at a very fast rate. It can be compared to the noise generated by a large electric fan.
The bike is equipped with a belt drive system. It uses a poly-v rubber belt resistant to abrasion and stretching. This type of transmission comes with a few advantages. For example, you won’t have to go through the hassle of removing the guard and lubricating the drivetrain as it should be the case with a chain-driven bike. Also, the belt generates less vibration than a chain.
The bike features a pretty sturdy 3-piece crankset with cylindrical arms similar to upright bikes. The pedals have a metallic body covered by a layer of durable thermoplastic material. They are weighted, so they always turn face-up when you remove your feet from them. They have adjustable straps so you can secure your feet on them, if necessary. However, they are not meant for pedaling while standing up. So, in case you want to perform a standing up workout, you should opt for a more durable air bike, such as the Assault Air Bike.
The Ativafit air resistance exercise bike is equipped with a basic fitness monitor. It doesn’t have pre-set workout programs, target settings, or online connectivity. It features an LCD display that indicates time, distance, total distance, speed, and calories burned. Speed and distance are shown in metric units. Also, as we’ve mentioned above, the monitor does not have a pulse reading function.
The fitness monitor unit is very easy to use. It only has one button. By pressing this button 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. The button also covers the unit’s reset function. You can press and hold it for a few seconds to clear all the values on it 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, the monitor unit integrates a device holder. This consists of a large backrest and a small shelf above 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 the crankset, the fan, and the belt, comes pre-assembled. However, the rest of the parts do require user assembly. You will have to attach the two base stabilizers, the seat post, the seat, the two moving arms, the pedal bars, the pedals, and the fitness monitor with its supporting bar. This shouldn’t take more than an hour and the task is far from being difficult. Plus, the manual provides clear assembly instructions and all the necessary tools are included.
Once the bike is assembled, maintenance doesn’t require much. All you have to do is periodically check for loose or broken parts and re-tighten them or replace them before an accident can happen. Also, in case the fan accumulates dust, you can vacuum it from the outside without removing its metal casing.
- Sturdy construction – can hold users up to 250 lbs;
- Adjustable levelers on the rear base;
- Transport wheels on the front base;
- Height-adjustable handlebars for arms workouts;
- Large, padded seat;
- Air resistance system for a dynamic response;
- Fitness monitor included – it can track time, speed, distance, total distance, and calories burned;
- Device holder included;
- Little maintenance required;
- Fairly quiet operation;
- Easy to assemble.
- No pulse reading function;
- No bottle holder;
- No backlight on the fitness monitor.
The Ativafit fan bike is a basic exercise bike made for home use. It is equipped with a large padded seat, weighted pedals, 2-position adjustable moving arms, and a fitness monitor that tracks time, distance, speed, and calories burned. Although it’s a light-capacity bike, it still offers the possibility to perform a high-intensity cardio workout, it’s great for stamina development, muscle toning, interval training, and weight loss.