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L NOW E2 Indoor Cycling Bike

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L NOW E2

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L:41"
W:20"
H:52"
350 lbs35 lbsFriction1 year
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The L NOW E2 is one of the indoor cycling bikes released in 2020. It similar to the L NOW LD-582 which is no longer available, but lacks the performance monitor. Instead, it has a built-in device with a cable that you can connect to your smartphone for time, speed, and distance recording.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 41L x 20W x 52H inches (104L x 51W x 132H cm)
  • Shipping weight: 77 lbs (35 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 35 lbs (16 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 350 lbs (158 kg)
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Drive: Belt
  • Resistance: Friction
  • Extras: Bottle holder, device holder
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

Frame construction

The bike features an “x” type frame made of steel tubing. Although it’s a bike designed for spin workouts, it doesn’t have a super-heavy construction. However, it’s net weight still is above 70 lbs, which is twice the weight of the average road bike. This weight provides extra stability. Also, the front stabilizer of the bike features a set of small wheels for easy relocation.

The bike’s frame features a durable paint finish, corrosion, and chip resistant. The main color used is black; however, the seat post, the handlebar post, and the flywheel have a chrome finish. Also, the drivetrain cover extends over most of the central part of the frame for extra protection.

The fully assembled bike isn’t extremely large. It is only 41″ (104 cm) long, and 20″ (51 cm) wide. Its recommended, though, to leave at least two feet of clearance all around the bike for ease of access and safe usage.

Seat and handlebars

The saddle included with the L NOW E2 indoor cycling bike is considerably larger than the average race bike seat. It is approx. 10.4″ (26.4 cm) long, and 8″ (20.3 cm) wide so it provides plenty of contact surface. It is generously cushioned to alleviate the impact on the lower spine. It integrates two large suspension springs in its rear side for an extra flex during seated workouts. It also has longitudinal cropping for improved breathability.

It’s also important to mention that the seat attachment system is standard. It attaches to the upright post by a collar with a bolt and nut. This being said, if you will ever need to replace it, compatible options should be available in most bike shops.

The bike’s seat is four-way adjustable (up, down, forward, backward). Its upright post features several adjustment positions while its front-to-back slider adds a few extra inches of adjustment. This being said, the bike can accommodate users up to 6’5″ (196 cm) with no problem. It is also designed to support users up to 350 lbs (158 kg) which is not bad for a non-commercial spin bike.

The L NOW E2 is equipped with a multi-grip handlebar. It offers the possibility to adopt a standard grip, oblique grip, parallel grip, and climbing grip. It’s fully covered by a layer of foam material to provide an improved and a more comfortable grip. However, it does not incorporate pulse sensors, like the handlebar of the pooboo D900, for example.

Just like the seat, the bike’s handlebar offers four-way adjustability (up, down, front, back). Both the upright bar and its horizontal slider offer several inches of adjustment.

Drive and resistance

The L NOW E2 indoor cycling bike is equipped with a standard friction resistance system with manual action. Needless to say, since the resistance system is manual, you don’t need to connect the bike to a power source and you don’t need an adapter for it.

The bike’s resistance system consists of a felt brake pad placed above the top edge of the flywheel and connected to the tension knob on the main tube of the frame. It is also concealed by a large ABS guard for extra safety. By turning the tension knob, the brake pad applies more or less friction to the flywheel which increases or decreases the pedaling difficulty.

Similar to most other spin bikes with a friction resistance system, the L NOW E2 doesn’t have pre-determined resistance settings. You basically turn the knob until you get the desired resistance. Also, the tension knob has the function of an emergency brake. You can press it down to immediately stop the flywheel from spinning.

The L NOW E2 exercise bike is equipped with a slightly lighter flywheel than other models. It only weights 35 lbs (16 kg), but this still is quite a load. Due to this weight, it provides a very smooth pedaling motion and a consistent momentum.

The flywheel is bi-directional. Therefore, you can pedal in reverse, if you want. However, coasting or free-wheeling is not possible on this bike. When pedaling in reverse, you will benefit from the same pedal resistance, given by how tight the brake is.

Since it’s a bike designed for spinning, the L NOW E2 features a heavy-duty 3-piece crankset with solid steel arms. This being said, as long as you don’t exceed 350 lbs (158 kg), you should be able to pedal while standing up.

The pedals are also durable. They’re made of aluminum alloy with rubber inserts to prevent foot slippage. They’re equipped with adjustable toe cages for improved foot stability. They don’t have SPD elements for spin shoes but they do have standard (9/16″) threads so you can always replace them with SPD pedals if you want.

Last but not least, this indoor cycling bike is equipped with a belt drive system. This type of drivetrain comes with a few advantages. First of all, the belt generates less vibration than a chain, which improves the smoothness of the ride. And second of all, the belt doesn’t require lubrication. So, you don’t have to worry about taking off the protective casing to periodically lubricate the drivetrain.

Workout app and other accessories

As we’ve mentioned above, the L NOW E2 indoor cycling bike doesn’t include a performance monitor. However, it offers the possibility to turn your smartphone into a performance monitor. It has an internal transmitter with a cable that you can connect to your smartphone and via a downloadable app, you can record your workout time, speed, and distance. The app also creates a virtual cycling scene showing you as a cyclist and pedaling through various environments.

Another notable accessory included with this indoor cycling trainer is the device and bottle holder. This accessory attaches to the front section of the handlebar. It has a flat surface that can serve as support for a tablet. It also has a large slot on the back that can accommodate most types of hydration bottles.

Assembly and Maintenance

As it is the case for most spin bikes, the frame of the L NOW E2 comes pre-assembled. The drive elements and the resistance system are already attached. Therefore, you only need to attach the two base bars, the seat post, the saddle, the handlebar post, the handlebar, the tablet support, and the pedals. This shouldn’t take more than one hour. All the necessary tools are included and the manual provides fairly decent assembly instructions.

Since it’s an exercise bike equipped with a friction resistance system, one of the maintenance aspects is the lubrication of the brake pad. This can easily be done by applying a bit of silicone lubricant on the edge of the flywheel. However, this should only be necessary if the brake pad makes a noise when in contact with the flywheel. Other than this, once the bike is assembled, you only have to keep it clean and periodically inspect its integrity in order to re-tighten any potential loose parts.

The Pros

  • Heavy-duty construction;
  • High weight capacity – 350 lbs (158 kg);
  • Aesthetic design – this can be quite a motivation factor;
  • Transport wheels integrated into the front base stabilizer;
  • Large, cushioned and contoured saddle with a longitudinal groove for a healthy blood flow;
  • The seat is 4-way adjustable;
  • Multi-grip handlebar;
  • The handlebar is 4-way adjustable;
  • Bottle holder/tablet holder;
  • 35 lbs balanced flywheel for a smooth pedaling motion and solid momentum;
  • Heavy-duty crankset, able to support any user up to the maximum listed weight, in upright pedaling position;
  • Heavy-duty, aluminum pedals with toe cages for extra thrust;
  • Offers the possibility to connect your smartphone to the bike (via cable) for time, distance, and speed monitoring;
  • Quiet operation, great for apartment use;
  • Really easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • No pulse reading function.

Summary

The L NOW E2 is an indoor cycling bike designed for home use. It features a heavy-duty steel construction, with a friction resistance system, a 350 lbs flywheel, and a durable crankset with aluminum pedals. It offers four-way adjustability for both the seat and the handlebars. It also includes a high-comfort cushioned saddle. Although it’s not a commercial spin bike, it is pretty close to the quality of at least a light-commercial model but costs only a third of its price.

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