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Doufit EB-02 Recumbent Bike

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Doufit EB-02

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L:54"
W:20"
H:40"
240 lbsManual
magnetic,
8 levels
Time,
Distance,
Odometer,
Calories,
Speed,
Pulse,
Goals,
Scan
Device
holder

The Doufit EB-02 is a pretty standard recumbent exercise bike made for home use. In terms of features and design, it can be compared with the Efitment RB034 but its base fame is made of two pieces. Also, the seat adjustment system uses a knob, not a lever, which means that the Efitment model offers a slightly better micro-adjustability.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 54L x 20W x 40H inches (137L x 51W x 101H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 60 lbs (27 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 240 lbs (110 kg)
  • Seat: Adjustable
  • Pedals: Weighted, with straps
  • Resistance: Manual magnetic, 8 levels
  • Console: Time, distance, odometer, speed, calories, pulse, goals, SCAN
  • Extras: Device holder

Frame construction

The Doufit EB-02 recumbent bike features a frame made of steel tubing. Most of the tubes in its construction are cylindrical, with the exception of the seat rail which is rectangular. The whole frame is painted white, this being the only color available for this exercise bike (at least for the moment).

As we’ve mentioned above, the bike’s frame is made of two main pieces. The front piece supports the drive system and the console, while the rear piece supports the seat base and the seat. However, unlike other recumbent bikes, like the Marcy NS-1206R, for example, the seat has its own adjustment rail. The length of the bike does not adjust from the base joint section. The two pieces connect together via screws. Also, the median base bar features an adjustable stabilizer right under the joint section. The rear base stabilizer also has adjustable polygonal levelers while the front base of the bike features a set of transport wheels.

The fully assembled bike has a footprint of approx. 54″L x 20″W (137 x 51 cm). However, the maximum width is given by the seat handlebars which have a span of approx. 25″ (63.5 cm). This being said, it is recommended to assign a usage area for the bike of at least 100″ x 70″ (254 x 178 cm) for ease of access.

The bike features a step-through frame. This type of design allows an easier entry and exit. Not all exercise bikes have this feature so it’s quite a plus. Also, the bike isn’t too heavy. With all the parts assembled, it weighs only approx. 60 lbs (27 kg). Therefore, it can easily be assembled by only one person.

Seat and handlebars

The Doufit EB-02 exercise bike is equipped with a seat designed for optimal comfort. Both its backrest and bottom pad feature approx. 1.5″ (3.8 cm) of foam cushioning. They’re covered by a layer of polyurethane fabric which is also waterproof.

The bottom pad is approx. 13″ (33 cm) wide, and 12″ (30.4 cm) deep. The backrest is 16″ (40.6 cm) long, and 13″ (33 cm) wide. This being said, the seat offers plenty of contact surface. It is also designed to support users up to 240 lbs (110 kg).

As we’ve mentioned above, the bike’s seat features a knob-based adjustment system. Its adjustment rail has 7 adjustment holes and offers a total adjustment span of approx. 9″ (22 cm). This being said, the bike should be able to accommodate users between 5’1″ and 6’4″ (155 – 193 cm). It’s important to mention, though, that the backrest does not adjust independently from the seat. It attaches directly to the seat frame and does not have a reclining feature.

The Doufit EB-02 bike features two sets of handlebars. One attached to the seat assembly, the other to the front mast. The seat handlebars have metallic pulse sensors. They do not adjust independently from the seat. Also, in case you’re wondering, the distance between them is approx. 22″ (56 cm).

The front handlebars are slightly curved towards the user in order to provide a more natural hand positioning and minimize the impact on the wrists. Just as the seat handlebars, they are non-adjustable. However, due to the smaller size of the bike, they aren’t awkwardly placed too far away from the user as it is the case for other bikes, so holding on to them when pedaling is pretty comfortable as well.

Resistance and drive

The Doufit EB-02 recumbent exercise bike is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system offering 8 distinct tension levels. The first tension setting provides a pretty light difficulty level great for beginners, warm-ups, or recovery training. The 8th level of resistance delivers considerably more resistance, great for anyone who wants to quickly achieve a high cardiovascular rate or perform a more consistent workout.

Since the bike’s resistance system is manual, you don’t need an adapter for the bike and you don’t need a power source for it. But on the other hand, the included performance monitor cannot adjust the resistance automatically and does not have pre-set programs.

The bike’s resistance system consists of a magnetic brake connected to the tension knob found on the front upright bar through a steel cable. As you turn the knob, the magnetic brake moves closer or farther from the internal flywheel which improves or reduces the pedaling resistance.

The weight of the bike’s internal flywheel is not specified. However, since the fully assembled unit weighs approx. 60 lbs (28 kg), the flywheel probably doesn’t weigh more than 10-15 lbs (4.5 – 6.8 kg). The flywheel is balanced though, in order to provide a smooth and steady pedaling motion. The flywheel is also bi-directional.

Most exercise bikes equipped with a magnetic resistance system feature a belt drivetrain in order to not interfere with the magnetic brake. The Doufit bike does not make an exception. It integrates a durable poly-v belt. Thus, you don’t have to worry about its lubrication.

Last but not least, this recumbent bike features a durable crankset. But nonetheless, since it’s not a spin bike, it’s not made of standing on the pedals; it is meant for seated workouts only. The included pedals are made of durable thermoplastic material. They have a weighted design so they always turn face-up if you remove your feet from them. They are also equipped with adjustable straps for improved foot stability during pedaling.

Performance monitor

The performance monitor included with the Doufit EB-02 features an LCD display divided into two sub-sections. It tracks time, distance, total distance, calories, speed, and pulse. It is not telemetric, though, so it can only track your pulse if you hold on to the metallic sensors integrated into the grips of the seat handlebars. It does not work with Polar or ANT HR chest straps. It also does not have Bluetooth and is not compatible with any fitness apps.

As we’ve mentioned above, the bike’s performance monitor does not have pre-set workout programs. However, it does have goal settings for time, distance, and calories burned. If a goal is selected, it will count down from the selected value and always show the remaining value until it reaches zero.

The monitor unit is fairly easy to use. It has three buttons – Mode, Set, and Reset. The Mode button allows you to change the metrics on the display, or select the Scan Mode which rotates the values automatically, showing them for several seconds each. The Set button is for setting goals for your workouts, and the Reset button clears all the values on the monitor to zero.

The monitor unit is battery-powered. It uses two AAA batteries which are included. It starts up when you begin pedaling and also automatically turns off after a few minutes of inactivity on the bike.

Assembly and Maintenance

The bike’s drive and resistance unit comes pre-assembled and attached to the front section of the frame. However, you still have to connect the two frame pieces together, assemble the seat, add the two base stabilizers, the front mast, the handlebars, the performance monitor, and the pedals. This may take up to an hour of your time. However, the task is pretty simple and straightforward, and a set of tools for the task is included.

Once the bike is assembled, you don’t have to worry too much about maintenance. The internal parts don’t need any lubrication (at least not for a very long period of time). So, all you have to do in terms of maintenance is to keep the bike clean and periodically check for loose bolts.

The Pros

  • Sturdy steel frame – can support users up to 240 lbs;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • Adjustable levelers on the rear base;
  • Step-through frame design;
  • Seat handlebars with pulse sensors;
  • Front handlebars included (other bikes don’t have this feature);
  • Padded seat and backrest, for optimal comfort;
  • Adjustable seat;
  • Quiet magnetic resistance system (8 levels);
  • Weighted pedals with adjustable straps;
  • Performance monitor that can track time, distance, total distance, speed, calories, and pulse;
  • Goal settings for time, distance, and calories;
  • Tablet holder included;
  • Lightweight, easy to handle;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • No bottle holder;
  • The console doesn’t have backlight.

Summary

The Doufit EB-02 is a recumbent bike made for home use. It features a manual magnetic resistance system, an adjustable seat, and a performance monitor that tracks time, distance, total distance, speed, calories, and pulse. It is a pretty standard recumbent bike, great for light to medium-intensity cardio workouts, muscle toning, recovery training, stamina development, and weight loss.

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