Body Xtreme Fitness BXF024 Cycling Trainer
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The Body Xtreme Fitness BXF024 is an indoor cycling trainer with a construction between an upright bike and a spin bike. To be more specific, it has a large flywheel and a friction resistance system like most spin bikes but features a set of pedals and a seat assembly similar to upright bikes. It can be compared to the Sunny SF-B1203 or the ProGear 100S. It’s an affordable bike but does include a fitness meter.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 39.4L x 22W x 48H inches (100L x 55W x 121H cm)
- Assembled weight: 58.4 lbs (26.4 kg)
- Flywheel weight: 22 lbs (10 kg)
- Weight limit: 220 lbs (100 kg)
- Seat: 4-way adjustable
- Pedals: Weighted, with straps
- Drive: Chain
- Resistance: Friction, felt-pad
- Computer: Time, distance, speed, calories, SCAN
- Extras: Workout towel
- Warranty: 6 months
Frame & accessories
The Body Xtreme BXF024 is a light capacity exercise bike. Although it features a pretty sturdy steel construction and a fairly thick seat pole, it is only rated for a user weight capacity of 220 lbs (100 kg). The main frame is double-coated with a rust-resistant and abrasion-resistant paint. The color used is black, with the Body Xtreme logo painted white on the main tube of the frame. The seat post, however, features a chrome finish.
Although this Body Xtreme exercise bike doesn’t have a folding frame, it is quite a space-saving unit. Its fully assembled footprint is approx. 40″ x 22″ (100 x 55 cm), while its height, with the handlebars adjusted in the highest position, can reach approx. 48″ (121 cm). Several websites specify that the unit’s dimensions are 39.4″ x 7.9″ x 28″ (100 x 20 x 71 cm), but evidently, its height or length can’t be only 28″ (71 cm), so these are probably the dimensions of the boxed unit.
This indoor cycling bike is fairly light. Its assembled weight is approx. 58.4 lbs (26.4 kg) which is a bit more than the weight of the average mountain bike. But as a general idea, it weighs approx. 40% less than the average spin bike. For example, exercise bikes such as the Spinner L7 or JOROTO X3 weigh over 100 lbs (45.3 kg). These being said, the bike is easy to assemble and handle. Plus, it has a set of transport wheels attached to its front base.
When it comes to stability, this bike reminds of an upright bike. It may move or wobble if you engage in spin workouts. In fact, spin workouts are not recommended for it. But on the other hand, it is pretty stable for seated workouts. Also, both its bases are equipped with adjustable stabilizers with rubberized pads which provide an excellent grip on the floor and allow you to perfectly level the unit.
This exercise bike doesn’t have a bottle holder or a tablet holder. However, the box includes a sweat proof workout towel made of synthetic material, with the Body Xtreme logo embroidered on it.
Seat & handlebars
Body Xtreme Fitness BXF024 is equipped with a seat similar to the models on upright bikes. It is considerably wider and larger than the average slim spin seat and has a bit more padding. Its surface is contoured for extra comfort, while the upholstery is made of durable, swear proof material.
The seat is 4-way adjustable. Its upright post has several adjustment holes while its horizontal slider also offers several inches of front to back travel. This being said, the bike can accommodate users between 4’10” and 6’0″ (147 – 182 cm).
The front frame bar that sustains the handlebar assembly is not adjustable. It attaches to the front fork via several screws, in a similar way to a console mast from an upright bike. However, the bike’s handlebar is angle-adjustable. There is a small knob at the front which allows you to untighten the handlebar, change its angle and re-tighten it in the position that feels the most comfortable.
The handlebar promotes several grips. For example, you can adopt a standard horizontal grip, a parallel grip or a leaned forward race grip. It doesn’t integrate pulse sensors such as the NexHT exercise bike, for example, and the included exercise meter cannot track your pulse.
This Body Xtreme Fitness upright bike is equipped with a chain drive system. This type of drive comes with several advantages. For example, with proper care, it can last a lifetime. The chain is basically a standard bike chain and in case it sustains damage somehow, or it is neglected and catches rust, it can easily be replaced with a new one available in any bike shop. However, the main downside of a chain drive is that the chain requires periodic lubrication.
Compared to spin bikes, the BXF024 features a fairly light flywheel. It weighs 22 lbs (10 kg), but does feature an inertia-enhanced construction. In other words, most of its weight is placed in its perimeter in order to provide a more consistent momentum. It also promotes a very smooth and steady pedaling motion.
The flywheel is bi-directional. This essentially means that the bike gives you the possibility to pedal in reverse if you want. However, since there is no derailleur, you cannot coast on the bike. The pedals continue to spin for as long as the flywheel is spinning.
The crankset is a durable piece which integrates solid steel crank arms. However, since it’s not a full-range spin bike, spin workouts or standing on the pedals is not recommended. Also, the pedals are similar to the ones in most upright bikes. They do not have SPD clips or toe cages, but do have straps to secure your feet on them if needed. They’re also weighted and will always turn face-up when you remove your feet from them.
The bike’s Q-Factor (spacing between the pedals) is not specified. However, it’s fairly narrow, probably between 155-165 mm. This means that your feet assume a natural position on the pedals, and the pedaling motion does not generate extra lateral stress on your knees and ankles.
As the attached photo here suggests, the Body Xtreme Fitness BXF024 indoor cycling bike is equipped with a standard friction resistance system. It consists of a small felt pad attached to the main tube of the frame and to the tension dial on top of it. The dial allows you to tighten the pad in order to apply more friction to the flywheel and thus increase the overall pedaling resistance.
There are no resistance levels or “clicks” specified on the tension dial. You simply tighten it until you obtain the resistance that feels adequate to your training. You can basically tighten the knob up to the point you can barely pedal.
The tension knob also acts as an emergency brake. You can press it down to immediately stop the flywheel. As we’ve mentioned above, the pedals continue to spin for as long as the flywheel is spinning. So, if you want to cease your workout or begin pedaling in reverse, it is recommended to use this emergency brake to avoid any injuries.
One last aspect to mention here is the maintenance of the brake pad. First of all, this is a consumable. It will wear off over time, and once worn, it should be replaced. It should last for at least one year of daily use. And second of all, the brake pad may emit noises when in contact to the flywheel, so in order to eliminate this, a bit of silicone lubricant applied on the flywheel is recommended.
Although the Body Xtreme Fitness BXF024 is a budget bike, it does come with a fitness meter, an accessory which other bikes do not have. It is a basic unit, though. It features a small LCD display which tracks time, distance, speed, and calories burned.
The meter unit cannot track your pulse. The bike doesn’t have any pulse sensors, and the unit is not telemetric. So, in case you need to monitor your heart rate during your workout, you will have to use a separate device. Also, the unit doesn’t have any features that allow you to input your personal data, such as weight, age, or height; thus, the amount of calories burned is only related to the number of rotations per minute and not too accurate. But still, this workout metric can serve as a great motivation factor and point of reference for your level of fitness.
The meter is very easy to operate. It has only one button which controls all of its functions. By pressing the button you can toggle ON/OFF the unit’s SCAN function. When the SCAN mode is on, the unit rotates all the workout metrics showing each one on the display for several seconds. When disabling the SCAN mode, you can basically lock on the workout metric that interests you the most. The button also covers the unit’s reset function. By pressing and holding it for several seconds you can clear all the values to zero.
The unit is battery powered. To start it up you can either press the button or begin pedaling. It also has a sleep mode to which will enter after a few minutes of inactivity, in order to save battery life.
Assembly & Maintenance
The bike’s main frame comes pre-assembled. Also, the drive and resistance elements are already attached to the frame. Therefore, you will only need to attach the bike’s base bars, the seat with its post, the handlebar post, the handlebar, the meter, and the pedals. This shouldn’t take more than an hour. A basic toolkit required for the assembly is included. Also, the manual provides very clear instructions for the task.
For maintenance, it is recommended to lubricate the bike’s chain at least every 3-4 months with standard bike chain oil. The brake pad may also require lubrication or replacement in case it is completely worn off. Other than this, make sure to wipe the perspiration from the frame with a piece of cloth after every workout, and periodically inspect the unit for loose bolts or parts.
- Sturdy, lightweight frame;
- Multi-grip handlebar;
- 4-way adjustable seat;
- 2-way adjustable handlebar;
- Inertia-enhanced, 22 lbs flywheel similar to the ones in spin bikes;
- Chain drive, which can basically last a lifetime;
- Quiet drive system;
- Solid crank system, able to hold the user in stand-up pedaling position;
- Standard, weighted pedals with toe straps;
- Exercise meter that can track time, distance, speed, and calories;
- Workout towel included;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required.
- No bottle holder;
- No pulse reading function.
The Body Xtreme Fitness BXF024 is an exercise bike equipped with a friction resistance system, a 22 lbs flywheel, and a basic console. It’s basically a trainer between an indoor cycling bike and an upright bike. It offers excellent micro-adjustability and a durable frame which can support users up to 220 lbs. It’s perfect for light to medium intensity cardio workouts, interval training, muscle toning, stamina building, and weight loss. It’s an affordable, practical, functional, and space-saving bike, offering an excellent value for the price.