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L NOW pooboo LD-582 Model S5

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L NOW LD-582 S5

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L:41"
W:21.6"
H:51.2"
350 lbs35 lbsManual
magnetic
Time,
Distance,
Odometer,
Speed,
RPM,
Calories,
Pulse,
Goals,
Scan

In 2020, L NOW has released a new version for the LD-582 indoor cycling bike. This is the S5 model, and as opposed to the older CycleFire version, it features a perimeter-weighted flywheel and a magnetic resistance system. It’s not a commercially-rated exercise bike but definitely offers the sturdiness of one, at a considerably lower price.

Key Features and Specification

  • Assembled dimensions: 41L x 21.6W x 51.2H inches (104L x 55W x 130H cm)
  • Shipping weight: 77 lbs (35 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 35 lbs (15.8 kg)
  • Supported weight: 350 lbs (159 kg)
  • Drive: Belt
  • Resistance: Manual magnetic
  • Performance monitor: Time, distance, odometer, speed, RPM, calories, pulse, scan, goals
  • Extras: Device holder/bottle holder

Frame construction

As we’ve mentioned above, the L NOW pooboo LD-582 (2020) is not a commercial-grade but does have a heavy-duty construction. Its frame is made of thick, ovalized steel tubing, double-coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish. The colors used are black, teal, and white, these being the only colors available for this model (at least for the moment).

The bike features an X-type frame, similar to the L NOW E2 model. Most of its core section is covered by two large ABS plastic guards which also protect the drive system.

The fully assembled bike is not too large. It’s actually smaller than a road bike. It is approx. 41″ (104 cm) long, and 21.6″ (55 cm) wide. Also, its highest point, with the handlebar extended to its maximum setting, is approx. 51.2″ (130 cm).

Although it’s a pretty sturdy stationary bike, the L NOW LD-582 (2020) is not extremely heavy. It only weighs approx. 75 lbs (34 kg) but does offer excellent stability. Plus, both its base bars are equipped with adjustable levelers and its front base bar features transport wheels.

Seat and handlebars

The L NOW pooboo LD-582 S5 is equipped with a 4-way adjustable seat. The upright post offers multiple adjustment positions. Its adjustment span is approx. 7″ (17.7 cm); its minimum height is 33.8″ (85.8 cm) while its maximum height is 40.5″ (102.8). Also, its horizontal slider adds approx. 2″ (5 cm) of front to back adjustment. These being said, the bike should be able to accommodate users between 5’2″ and 6’5″ (157 – 196 cm) with no problem. It is also rated for a maximum user weight capacity of 350 lbs (159 kg).

The included saddle is designed for maximum comfort. It features considerably more cushioning than the average spin saddle. It has a set of springs at its rear for extra flex and has a cutout in the middle for improved breathability. It is also important to mention that the saddle has a standard (collar-type) attachment system. Thus, if you will ever need to replace it, you should be able to find a compatible replacement in almost any bike shop.

The bike features a multi-grip handlebar similar by design to the one on the E2 model. However, it lacks the front to back slider feature. It is only 2-way adjustable (up, down). Its upright adjustment span is approx. 4″ (10 cm); its minimum height is 47.6″ (121) above floor level, while its maximum height is 51.2″ (130).

The side grips of the handlebar integrate pulse sensors and the included performance monitor has a pulse reading function. A large device holder is also included with the bike. This accessory not only can accommodate any tablet, but it also has a slot for holding a hydration bottle. It attaches to the median bar of the handlebar assembly.

Drive and resistance

The L NOW pooboo LD-582 S5 indoor cycling bike is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. This being said, you don’t have to connect it to a power source and you don’t need an adapter for it. But on the other hand, the included computer cannot adjust the resistance automatically.

The resistance system consists of a magnetic brake pad connected to the tension knob on the front section of the bike’s frame and guarded by the ABS front cover. By turning the knob, the magnetic pad moves closer or farther from the flywheel, increasing or decreasing the pedaling load.

The tension knob also has an emergency stop function. You can press it down to instantly stop the flywheel from spinning.

As opposed to the older LD-582 version, the S5 model features a perimeter-weighted flywheel. This type of design improves inertia which is great for spinning workouts. The flywheel weighs 35 lbs (15.8 kg). It’s not as heavy as for other spin bikes, but still, it does provide a very consistent workout even on the lowest resistance setting. Plus, it offers excellent motion stability.

The bike is equipped with a heavy-duty 3-piece crankset. Its arms are made of solid steel and, along with the pedals, they should be able to withstand users up to 350 lbs (159 kg) during complete standing up workouts.

The pedals are made of aluminum alloy. They feature adjustable toe cages but they don’t have SPD elements for spin shoes. But nonetheless, you can replace them with any other pedals with standard 9/16″ threads.

Similar to many other magnetic resistance stationary bikes, the pooboo LD-582 is equipped with a belt drive system. This type of drivetrain comes with several advantages. For example, you don’t have to worry about taking the covers apart to lubricate it as it would be the case for a chain drive. Also, it contributes to the overall smoothness of the ride as it generates less vibration than a chain.

Performance monitor

The workout monitor unit included with the L NOW LD-582 indoor cycling bike is not far different from the one included with the older version. To begin with, it has an LCD display (without backlight) that tracks time, distance, total distance (odometer), speed, RPM, calories burned, and pulse. Speed and distance are shown in metric units but this shouldn’t be a major inconvenience. Also, the monitor unit is not telemetric. This means that it can only track your pulse if you hold on to the sensors integrated into the handlebars. It cannot communicate with a wireless armband or chest strap HR transmitter.

The performance monitor unit is pretty easy to operate. It has three buttons: Mode, Set, and Reset. The Mode button allows you to scroll through the workout values and select the one that you want to visualize. Or, you can select the Scan Mode and the unit will rotate all the values, showing each one for a few seconds.

The Set button gives you the possibility to select workout targets for time, distance, and calories burned. If a target is selected, the performance monitor will countdown from the selected value and notify you when you complete your workout target. And finally, the Reset button allows you to clear all the values on the monitor to zero.

The unit is battery-powered. It starts up when you begin pedaling. It also automatically turns off after a few minutes of inactivity on the bike. It does not have Bluetooth or any connection ports for workout data transfer.

Assembly and Maintenance

The main body of the bike comes pre-assembled. The flywheel, the drivetrain, the brake, and crankset are already attached to the main frame and protected by the ABS guards. You only have to attach the two base bars, the seat post, the saddle, the handlebar post, the handlebar, the pedals, the performance monitor, and the device holder. This shouldn’t take more than 30-40 minutes. It’s a straightforward task and all the necessary instructions are provided by the manual. Also, a basic toolkit is included.

Once the bike is fully assembled, you don’t have to worry too much about maintenance. You only have to keep the bike clean and periodically check if all the parts are functioning properly. Lubrication is not needed.

The Pros

  • Heavy-duty construction;
  • Superior weight capacity – 350 lbs (159 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 middle cropping for a healthy blood flow;
  • The seat is 4-way adjustable;
  • Multi-grip handlebar;
  • Bottle holder/tablet holder;
  • Perimeter-weighted (35 lbs) 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 and standard threads;
  • Performance monitor included – it tracks time, distance, total distance, rpm, speed, calories, and pulse;
  • Goal settings;
  • Quiet operation, great for apartment use;
  • Really easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • No backlight on the performance monitor;
  • No front-to-back adjustment for the handlebar.

Summary

The L NOW pooboo LD-582 S5 is an indoor cycling bike designed for home use. It features a heavy-duty construction with a weight capacity of 350 lbs, a manual magnetic resistance system, a perimeter weighted flywheel (35 lbs), and a high-comfort 4-way adjustable seat. It also includes a performance monitor. It’s an excellent trainer for all kinds of spin workouts, interval training, muscle toning, stamina development, and weight loss. And finally, even though it’s not a commercially-rated bike, it’s pretty close to the quality and durability of one.

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