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Leikefitness 2280 Exercise Bike

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LEIKE X 2280

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L:32.7"
W:15.4"
H:53.5"
286 lbsMagnetic,
12 levels
Time,
Distance,
Odometer,
Speed,
Calories,
Pulse,
Goals
Scan
1 year
limited

The Leikefitness 2280 (or LEIKE X 2280) is one of the exercise bikes released in 2021. It’s a 3-position frame bike similar to the Leike X 2200 that we’ve already covered here. However, it includes a fitness monitor with several extra features, as well as a set of elastic cords for arm exercises.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 32.7L x 15.4W x 53.5H inches (83L x 39W x 136H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 39.25 lbs (17.8 kg)
  • Supported weight: 286 lbs (130 kg)
  • Seat: Adjustable
  • Resistance: Magnetic, 12 levels
  • Fitness meter: Time, distance, odometer, speed, calories, pulse, goals, scan
  • Extras: Device holder, elastic cords for arm exercises
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

Frame construction and accessories

The Leikefitness 2280 exercise bike features an X-type frame consisting of two main sections which are connected in the middle. The largest frame part features two parallel bars and holds the fitness monitor, the front handlebars, and the two elastic cords. The other frame section is smaller; it serves as a main tube for the seat post and holds the drive and resistance system.

As we’ve mentioned above, the bike’s frame has three positions: recumbent, upright, and folded. With the frame extended in the recumbent position, its length is 32.7″ (83 cm) long, and 42.5″ (108 cm) high, while in the upright position it is 26.7″ (68 cm) long, and 47.2″ (120 cm) high. In its folded positions, its footprint becomes 16.1″L x 15.4″W (41 x 39 cm), while its height gains approx. 2″ (5 cm).

The bike is pretty light. Its net weight is only 39.25″ (17.8 kg). This being said, the packaged unit can easily be carried by one person. Also, once the bike is assembled, it can be moved even easier as its front base is equipped with transport wheels.

As opposed to the Leike X 2200 models, the 2280 model integrates a set of elastic cords, similar to the Exerpeutic 4119. These are attached to the main section of the frame and pass over a set of pulleys. They’re finished with D-handles featuring thick foam grips for improved contact. They offer the possibility to perform several arm exercises, like tricep kickbacks, seated rows, bicep curls, and more.

Seat and handlebars

The Leikefitness 2280 exercise bike is equipped with a fairly decent seat. It is approx. 11.8″ (30 cm) wide, and 9.8″ (25 cm) long, so it provides plenty of contact surface. Its top is made of high-density foam and is also contoured for improved comfort. The backrest is smaller; its size is 11.8″ (30 cm) wide, and 7.5″ (19 cm) tall. However, it integrates a thicker layer of cushioning than the seat so it provides excellent lumbar support.

The seat is two-way adjustable. Its post has several adjustment positions and the bike should be able to accommodate users between 5’1″ and 6’4″ (155 – 193 cm). It is also rated for a maximum user weight limit of 286 lbs (130 kg), which is not bad for a home-use exercise bike. The backrest does not adjust independently from the seat, though. It does not have a reclining feature or a vertical slider like other recumbent bikes. However, it can be folded forward over the seat, so you can save extra space when the bike is folded.

The bike is equipped with two sets of handlebars. One is attached to the front section of the frame, the other to the seat. The front handlebars feature a multi-grip design. They offer the possibility to adopt a climbing grip, an off-road grip, and a standard grip. They are covered by a thick layer of PVC foam for improved contact. They also integrate pulse sensors.

The seat handlebars do not have pulse sensors but they do have the same type of PVC foam sleeves for improved comfort and contact. They offer only one type of grip (parallel) and the distance between them is approx. 20.9″ (53 cm). None of the handlebars are adjustable.

Resistance system

The LEIKE X 2280 recumbent bike is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. This means that it does not require an external power source, an adapter, or a power cord. But on the other hand, the console does not have pre-set programs like the bikes with eddy current resistance, and it cannot adjust the resistance automatically.

The bike’s resistance system consists of a magnetic brake installed close to the internal flywheel and attached to the tension knob under the fitness monitor. When you turn this knob clockwise, the magnets move closer to the flywheel which increases the pedaling difficulty. Conversely, if you turn the knob to the left, the brake pad moves away from the flywheel, the magnets’ pull is reduced, and the workout load is decreased.

The main advantage of the magnetic brake is that the brake pad does not touch the flywheel. Therefore, the pedaling motion is very smooth and quiet. Also, since the pad does not touch the flywheel, there is no internal wear and tear and you don’t need to lubricate or replace the brake pad.

As opposed to the 2200 models, the Leikefitness 2280 makes available 12 levels of resistance. The first few levels deliver a fairly light pedaling difficulty, great for recovery training, or a quick warm-up. Conversely, the 11-12 tension levels provide considerably more resistance, simulating a hill climb.

Drive system

The Leikefitness X 2280 exercise bike is equipped with a small flywheel which is concealed by large plastic guards. Its exact weight is not specified, but considering that the bike’s net weight is only 39.25 lbs (~17 kg), the flywheel probably doesn’t weigh more than 10 lbs (4.5 kg). It is perimeter-weighted, though, in order to provide improved inertia.

The flywheel is also bi-directional. In other words, it allows pedaling in reverse. Coasting is not possible on this bike, though, because the pedals continue to spin for as long as the flywheel is spinning. Also, when pedaling in reverse, the fitness monitor continues to track your distance traveled, speed, etc.

The bike is equipped with a pretty solid crankset, featuring flattened arms like road bikes, painted black. The pedals are made from durable thermoplastic material with a metallic base. They have a textured surface and adjustable straps for improved foot stability. It’s important to mention, though, that the bike is not meant for spin workouts, and standing on the pedals is not recommended.

This LEIKE X exercise bike is equipped with a belt drivetrain. It uses a poly-v belt designed for superior traction and highly resistant to abrasion and stretching. This type of transmission comes with several advantages. For example, the belt does not require lubrication so you won’t have to take the drive unit apart every month for this. It also generates slightly less vibration than a chain.

Fitness monitor

The Leikefitness 2280 exercise bike is equipped with a fitness monitor featuring an LED display. It tracks time, speed, distance, total distance (odometer), calories, and pulse. Speed and distance are shown in MPH and miles. The pulse reading function is grip only. The unit cannot track your pulse from a wireless transmitter like an HR chest trap or armband.

The monitor unit does not have pre-set programs or Bluetooth connectivity. It also isn’t compatible with any fitness apps. However, it offers the possibility to set workout goals for time, distance, and calories burned. If, for example, you set a 30 minutes time goal, the unit will count down from 30 minutes until it reaches zero. This feature can be quite a plus as it helps you keep track of your progress and you can push your limits with every workout.

The monitor unit features three buttons. These are Set, Mode, and Reset. The Set button covers the goal-setting feature. The Mode button allows you to select the workout metric that you want to view, or the scan mode. In scan mode, the monitor rotates all the metrics showing each one for a few seconds. The Reset button allows you to clear all the values on the display to zero, except the odometer.

The monitor unit is battery-powered. It begins tracking your data when you start pedaling. It also automatically turns off after a short while if it does not detect any activity on the bike. It integrates a small shelf that can serve as a phone or tablet holder. However, it does not have any connection ports for your device.

Assembly and Maintenance

The main body of the bike comes pre-assembled. You only have to attach the two base bars, the seat, the handlebars, the fitness monitor, and the pedals. This shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes of your time. All the necessary tools are included and the manual provides clear assembly instructions.

For maintenance, you only have to keep the bike clean, wipe the sweat that may fall onto the frame at the end of the workout, and periodically check for loose bolts. The internal parts do not need any lubrication.

The Pros

  • Sturdy construction – can support users up to 286 lbs;
  • 3-position frame (recumbent, upright, folded);
  • Adjustable levelers on the rear base;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • Small footprint;
  • Large and padded seat with foldable backrest;
  • Can accommodate users between 5’1″ and 6’4″;
  • Multi-grip front handlebars with pulse sensors;
  • Seat handlebars included as well;
  • Durable crankset with weighted pedals;
  • Smooth and quiet operation;
  • Frictionless magnetic resistance (12 levels);
  • Fitness monitor included – it tracks time, distance, total distance, speed, pulse, and calories burned;
  • Device holder included;
  • Resistance bands for arm exercises included;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Tools for the assembly are included;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • No bottle holder;
  • No RPM reading function.

Summary

The Leikefitness X 2280 is an exercise bike made for home use. It features a 3-position X-type frame, a 12-level manual magnetic resistance, resistance bands for arm exercises, and an adjustable comfortable seat. It is also equipped with an LED display monitor that tracks time, speed, distance, total distance, calories, and pulse. It’s a bike for low to high-intensity cardio workouts, muscle toning, stamina development, and weight loss.

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