Exerpeutic 4000 Magnetic Recumbent Bike
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The Exerpeutic 4000 magnetic recumbent bike shares quite a few similarities with the Exerpeutic 2000 model. Their frame design and construction are almost identical, both feature a cushioned seat with cushioned arm bars. However, the 4000 model offers a superior console, with more workouts, and considerably more resistance levels.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 58L x 30W x 41H inches (147.3L x 76.2W x 104.1H cm)
- Assembled weight: 71 lbs (32.2 kg)
- Supported weight: 325 lbs (147.4 kg)
- Handlebars: Non-adjustable
- Seat: 2-way adjustable
- Pedals: With straps
- Resistance: Motor assisted magnetic, 24 levels
- Console: 12 preset programs
- Amenities: Tablet holder, bottle holder
- Warranty: 1 year limited
This Exerpeutic bike features a steel frame, coated with anti-corrosive paint, gray and black. The only plastic parts are the flywheel cover and several other cosmetic covers, such as the seat base. The main chassis of the frame consists of a 2-piece square bar. The 2 pieces attach together at the middle via 2 bolts, connection which renders the frame quite compact. This aspect is important to be mentioned, as in other bike models where the connection of the two frame pieces is made via one bolt, the bike may wobble at the middle.
The other bars in the frame construction are cylindrical. The two bases are finished with plastic caps, the front base also featuring caster wheels, to facilitate the transport of the assembled fitness machine. Even though it’s not an extremely heavy exercise bike, it still weighs approx 71 lbs (32 kg) when fully assembled. Therefore, the wheels help with its handling.
Overall, the bike is not extremely large like other fitness machines, such as a rear drive elliptical for example. However, with a 58″L x 30″W (147.3 x 76.2 cm) footprint, it’s not exactly the smallest either. In other words, it may not be suited for a small apartment or room, as the frame doesn’t fold.
Seat and armrests
One of the best aspects regarding this Exerpeutic exercise bike is its seat. It features a pretty welcoming seat, 13″ (33 cm) long, and 17″ (43 cm) wide. The seat’s foam padding is 3″ (7.6 cm) thick, and also incorporates “Air Soft” cushioning. In other words, it integrates several air cells which help with the even dispersion of the user’s weight over the seat’s surface, in order to supply the best comfort.
The seat is 2-way adjustable. It’s connected to a gliding bar with multiple adjustment holes, and it can be secured closer or farther from the pedals. Differently put, the bike is made to accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’3″. (152 – 190 cm). Shorter users than 5’0″ should still be able to reach the pedals, with the closest seat adjustment position to the pedals, but they may not reach the backrest comfortably. Conversely, taller users than 6’3″ may not benefit from a complete leg stretch, which may result in a less consistent workout.
In case you’re wondering, the seat’s top is situated at approx. 21″ (53.3 cm) above floor level. It cannot be adjusted vertically.
The bike’s backrest is constructed on a solid polyurethane frame, with a synthetic mesh structure, promoting the optimal air flow and preventing your back from overheating during your workout. It features a contoured design, supplying excellent lumbar support. Its position is non-adjustable, however since it’s connected to the seat’s gliding bar, it will move along with the seat when you adjust its position.
Another factor that consistently contributes to the overall superior comfort of this fitness machine, is given by its arm support bars. They’re situated above the seat level, in order to supply a comfortable position to the user, similar to an armchair. On top of that, they also integrate padded armrests for superior comfort.
The arm bars are not parallel. Close to the backrest, the distance between them is approx 21″ (53.3 cm), while on the opposite end they are approx. 27″ (68.5 cm) apart. The grips at the end of the arm bars are also tilted outwards, the distance between their tips being cca. 32″ (81 cm). The hand grips integrate stainless steel pulse sensors, which connect to the console. Thus, the console unit can track your heart rate.
Last but not least, the bike’s specified maximum user capacity is 325 lbs (147.4 kg), 25 lbs more than for the Exerpeutic 2000 model.
Resistance and drive
This recumbent bike features a console assisted magnetic resistance system. It involves a magnetic flywheel and a small motor which controls the drag. The resistance can only be adjusted from the console.
The bike actually offers 24 distinctive levels of tension. You can adjust the resistance as you pedal, or in case you will be using one of the preset workouts of the console, resistance will adjust automatically.
In case you’re wondering, the lowest resistance settings are pretty light, which makes them suitable for elderly users, or users who require rehabilitation training. Conversely, the highest resistance settings can really help you break a sweat, supplying an excellent cardio workout.
The bike’s operation is extremely quiet. It barely emits any noise, as it uses a belt drive system. This being said, the machine is perfectly suited for apartment use, as you can be sure that it won’t bother the neighbors or the other members of the establishment.
The bike’s pulley is finished with solid steel crank arms. The pedals feature standard threads, which means you can easily find replacements for them, in case you want a different model. They’re also weighted, and feature adjustable straps.
Reverse pedaling is possible on this bike. But since it’s an exercise bike not a road bike, pedaling in reverse will feature the same resistance as pedaling normally. The console will continue to keep track of your values if you pedal in reverse.
Since it’s a motorized machine, it requires to be connected to a power circuit. An adapter with cable is supplied with the bike. The specifications of the adapter are Input: 100-240V~50/60Hz 0.2A, Output: 6V 500mA. The adapter connects to the machine at the front, just above the base.
Although the fitness computer unit supplied with the Exerpeutic 4000 magnetic recumbent bike isn’t the most advanced, it’s not exactly a basic one either. To begin with, it offers 12 preset programs, 1 fitness test, 1 Watt program, 4 heart rate target programs, 1 random program, and of course, the manual mode. It has 4 user profile settings, which give you the possibility to save different workout parameters on the machine, to quickly swap between them. Or, in case multiple persons use the machine, this function will help to keep everyone’s specific settings.
The computer tracks time, speed, RPM, distance, watt/calories, and pulse, also indicating the current resistance level of the machine. It’s fairly easy to operate. It automatically turns on when it detects pedal movement, and will also automatically turn off after 4 minutes of inactivity. It features Enter and Reset keys, a Stop/Start key to use when you want to interrupt your workout, or when alternating various workouts with cycling, and there also are arrow keys which facilitate the navigation through the programs and value adjustments.
The Exerpeutic 4000 doesn’t integrate amenities such as sound system or cooling fan like other recumbent bikes. However, in terms of other accessories, we can mention a bottle holder and a tablet holder. The bottle holder included with the bike is plastic made and attaches to the machine’s console mast.
The tablet shelf is integrated into the console. It consists of a holding lip, just above the console controls, and an adjustable support at the top, which helps securing your tablet in place. On top of this, the console features non-slip bands on the sides, which supply a better support for your tablet.
Assembly and Maintenance
This Exerpeutic recumbent bike is fairly easy to assemble, the whole operation shouldn’t take more than an hour. Since it’s not an extremely heavy machine, assembly doesn’t necessarily require two people. Tools for assembly are supplied, and the hard copy of the manual offers all the instructions required for the proper assembly.
As a general idea, the assembly requires you to put the two main frame pieces together, connect the base stabilizers, the seat, backrest, armrests, console mast, and console. The internal parts, such as the servo motor, flywheel, belt and pulley are already assembled and covered by the plastic shrouds.
In order to prevent screws for loosening, it’s recommended to use a fastener agent such as Loctite for example, as least for the ones on the seat. This way you won’t need to re-tighten them.
Maintenance requires you to remove the dust from the bike, and that’s pretty much it. The internal components don’t require any lubrication.
- Sturdy construction;
- Not an extremely heavy machine, fairly easy to handle;
- Wide and consistently cushioned seat;
- Mesh backrest offering superior airflow, ideal for prolonged workouts;
- Cushioned armrests;
- Pulse sensors integrated in the handgrips;
- 2-way adjustable seat;
- Weighted pedals, with adjustable straps;
- Smooth and quiet drive system, excellent machine for apartment use;
- Console assisted magnetic resistance;
- 24 distinctive resistance levels;
- Console tracks time, speed, distance, resistance, calories, RPM, and pulse;
- 12 pre-set workouts;
- 4 heart rate programs;
- 4 custom user profiles;
- Goal setting functions;
- Tablet tray and bottle holder included;
- Little maintenance required.
- Display not backlit. May be difficult to read in a darker room.
- A tablet placed on the media shelf will cover the display, which may be an inconvenience.
The Exerpeutic 4000 is a recumbent bike which offers superior ergonomics, a durable construction and a pretty consistent amount of fitness features and functions. And considering that it’s priced under the $400 mark, we can say that it’s quite a bargain. It’s a bike for light to medium workouts, making an excellent choice for anyone who requires rehab and cardio training, but it can also help you break a sweat and lose weight via the several specific programs, and top resistance settings. All in all, it’s a bike that offers excellent value for the money.