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Exerpeutic 4208 Indoor Cycling Bike

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Exerpeutic 4208

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L:45.5"
W:1.5"
H:46.5"
220 lbs17.6 lbsFrictionN/A

The Exerpeutic 4208 is one of the indoor cycling bikes released in 2020. It’s a pretty standard bike made for spin workouts similar to the Yosuda L-001A. It lacks the performance monitor accessory, but on the other hand, it has an internal Bluetooth module and is compatible with the MyCloudFitness app.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 45.5L x 18.5W x 46.5H inches (116L x 47W x 118H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 61.5 lbs (27.8 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 17.6 lbs (7.9 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 220 lbs (100 kg)
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Drive: Belt
  • Resistance: Friction
  • Extras: Device holder, Bluetooth, MyCloudFitness compatible
  • Warranty: Frame 1 year / Parts 90 days

Frame construction

The Exerpeutic 4208 indoor cycle features a pretty sturdy triangular frame made of steel tubing. Most of the bars in its construction are oval for improves aesthetics. The main frame is coated with an abrasion-resistant and rust-resistant paint finish black in color, while the seat and handlebar posts have a gray finish. The flywheel is chrome-plated with protective ABS side panels. The drivetrain cover is also made of ABS plastic material.

The fully assembled bike is not too large compared to other fitness machines, such as treadmills or ellipticals. Its footprint is only 45.5″ (116 cm) long, and 18.5″ (47 cm) wide. It is recommended, though, to leave at least two feet of clearance around it for ease of access. The bike is not too heavy either. It weighs approx. 61.5 lbs (27.8 kg), though, so it’s still considerably heavier than the average road bike. Due to this weight, it provides excellent stability.

Speaking of stability, both base bars of the bike are equipped with adjustable levelers. Also, the front base bar features two small transport wheels.

One last aspect to mention here regards the step-up bar element. This is the bar that unites the seat tube with the main oblique tube of the frame. This element not only that offers the possibility to perform stretches, or step-up/step-down workouts, it also improves the structural sturdiness of the frame. Not all spin bikes have this feature, so it is a plus.

Seat and handlebars

The Exerpeutic 4208 is equipped with a fairly large saddle. Its shell is made of durable nylon material covered by a layer of foam padding and a layer of vinyl (or faux leather) on the outside for extra protection. It does not have a median groove like most race seats, but does have a contoured top. Also, its attachment system to the slider features a standard collar that allows its easy removal and replacement if necessary.

The bike’s seat offers 4-way adjustability (up, down, front, back). Its upright post has 7 adjustment positions while its horizontal slider allows a few extra inches of front-to-back adjustment. This being said, the bike is recommended for users between 5’0″ and 6’1″ (153 – 185 cm). Taller users should still be able to use this exercise bike but they may not benefit from a complete range of motion and leg extension. Also, the seat assembly should support users up to 220 lbs (100 kg).

The bike is equipped with a multi-grip handlebar. It offers the possibility to adopt a standard grip, a climbing grip, and a racing grip. Also, the loop bar in the middle that provides support for the device holder can be used for a close grip.

The bike’s handlebar is only 2-way adjustable (up, down). Its side grips feature rubber-foam sleeves for improved comfort. However, it does not have pulse sensors, so in case you need to monitor your pulse during your workouts, you will have to use a separate device.

Drive and resistance

The Exerpeutic 4208 indoor cycling bike is equipped with a perimeter-weighted flywheel. This type of flywheel construction provides a more consistent momentum, great for spin workouts. However, the flywheel is not too heavy as the flywheels of commercial spin bikes. It only weighs 17.6 lbs (7.9 kg).

The bike’s flywheel is bi-directional. In other words, the bike offers the possibility to pedal in reverse. However, coasting is not possible. When pedaling in reverse, you will get the same resistance as when pedaling forward.

The Exerpeutic 4208 exercise bike features a belt drive system. It uses a poly-v 500PJ belt resistant to stretching. This type of drive system does not require lubrication. It also delivers a smoother pedaling motion than a chain as it generates less vibration.

The bike is equipped with a heavy-duty crankset featuring long, steel arms similar to road bikes. The pedals are made of aluminum alloy. They are durable enough to support any spin workout and any user up to the specified 220 lbs (100 kg) weight capacity. The pedals feature adjustable toe cages but do not have SPD clips for spin shoes. However, their threads are standard (9/16″) so compatible options are widely available.

The Exerpeutic 4208 indoor cycling bike is equipped with a standard friction resistance system with manual action. This means that the bike cannot adjust the resistance automatically, but on the other hand, it does not require an external power source.

The resistance system consists of a leather brake pad attached under the main bar of the frame and above the flywheel. The brake pad is connected to the tension knob on top of the bike’s frame. By turning this knob clockwise, the pad comes in contact with the flywheel which increases the pedaling difficulty.

The bike’s resistance system is stepless. In other words, the tension knob does not have pre-determined settings on it (or clicks) like most magnetic exercise bikes. This being said, you can basically tighten the brake pad onto the flywheel up to the point you can barely pedal.

The tension knob also offers the function of an emergency brake. You can press it down to instantly stop the flywheel from spinning. This can be quite necessary because the pedals continue to spin for as long as the flywheel is spinning, so trying to stop them with your feet may lead to injuries.

Bluetooth connection and MyCloudFitness App

Similar to the Women’s Health Men’s Health Eclipse 1227 exercise bike, the Exerpeutic 4208 indoor cycle does not include a performance monitor. It is equipped with a Bluetooth module, though, attached to the frame under the crankset. This Bluetooth unit allows you to sync the bike with your smartphone or tablet via the MyCloudFitness app.

The MyCloudFitness App is available for both iOS and Android systems. It has two versions, basic and premium. The basic version is free. This version offers the possibility to select time, distance, and calorie goals for your workouts. It has an activity log and a report feature that allows you to track your progress online. The premium version offers many other extra features like coaching videos, training programs led by top trainers, and virtual trails that sync with your pedaling motion.

The Bluetooth unit is battery-powered. It requires two AAA batteries which are included.

Although the bike does not come with a performance monitor, it includes a device holder. Its grip is adjustable and can accommodate tablets or devices up to 7.9″ wide. It is also angle-adjustable, allowing you to perfectly position your tablet or smartphone in order to view your workout stats if you’re working with the MyCloudFitness App.

Assembly and Maintenance

The bike’s drive and resistance elements come pre-assembled and attached to the frame. You only have to add the two base stabilizers, the seat post, the saddle, the handlebar post, the handlebar, the pedals, and the device holder. The task shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. All the necessary tools are included and the manual provides excellent assembly instructions and illustrations.

Since the bike features a belt drive mechanism, its transmission does not require lubrication. The brake pad may require some silicone lubricant, though, especially if it makes a squeaking sound when in contact with the flywheel. Other than this, the only maintenance that is required is keeping the bike clean, and periodically check if all the parts function properly.

The Pros

  • Sturdy frame – can support users up to 220 lbs;
  • Transport wheels;
  • Adjustable levelers on both base bars;
  • 4-way adjustable seat;
  • 2-way adjustable handlebar;
  • Multi-grip, padded handlebar
  • Smooth, almost silent belt drive;
  • Aluminum alloy pedals with toe cages;
  • Perimeter-weighted flywheel for enhanced inertia;
  • Standard, leather-pad friction resistance;
  • Bluetooth connectivity;
  • Free (basic) MyCloudFitness for online progress tracking and workout goals;
  • Angle-adjustable and size-adjustable device holder;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • All the necessary tools for the assembly are included;
  • Batteries for the Bluetooth unit are included;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • No pulse reading function;
  • No bottle holder.

Summary

The Exerpeutic 4208 is an indoor cycling bike designed for home use. It features a durable frame made of oval steel tubing, it is equipped with a manual friction resistance system, 17.6 lbs flywheel, and Bluetooth connectivity. It is compatible with the MyCloudFitness app which gives you the possibility to track your progress online and monitor your workout metrics during exercising. It’s a fairly decent stationary bike for all types of spin workouts, interval training, stamina development, and weight loss.

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