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Life Fitness RS1 Go Recumbent Bike

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Life Fitness RS1

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L:66.5"
W:25.5"
H:51.5"
300 lbsAutomatic
magnetic,
20 levels
1 manual,
12 pre-set,
2 custom,
2 user profiles,
Race mode
Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 5 years
Console: 3 years
Labor: 1 year

Although the Life Fitness RS1 recumbent bike is one of the models released in 2014, it’s still available at the moment. It’s an exercise bike made for home use but does offer the sturdiness and comfort of at least a light-commercial bike. It is available with two types of console, the Go model and the Track Connect model. In this post, we’re going to address the Life Fitness part number RS1-XX00-0105G, the one that comes with the Go console.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 66.5L x 25.5W x 51.5H inches (169L x 65W x 131H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 133 lbs (61 kg)
  • Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Resistance: Motorized magnetic, 20 levels
  • Drive: Belt
  • Console: 1 manual program, 12 pre-set programs, 2 custom programs, 2 user profiles, race mode
  • Extras: Device holder, bottle holder
  • Warranty: Frame lifetime / Parts 5 years / Console 3 years / Labor 1 year

Frame construction

The Life Fitness RS1 recumbent exercise bike features a heavy-duty steel frame combining cylindrical and oval tubes in its construction. The only exception is the seat adjustment rail which is made of extruded aluminum. Also, the drive system covers are made of durable thermoplastic material. All the steel tubes that are part of the bike’s frame are double-coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish; the color used is dark gray, this being the only color available for this bike model.

The bike’s frame has a step-through design with a fairly large gap between the drive unit and the seat section. Although this may seem like an insignificant aspect, it can be extremely important for users with certain disabilities as it allows easy access to the seat.

Compared to other recumbent bikes like the Weslo G 3.1 for example, the Life Fitness RS1 is rather bulky. With all the parts assembled, it is approx. 66.5″ (169 cm) long, and 25.5″ (65 cm) wide. Plus, it is recommended to allow at least two feet of clearance all around it for ease of access and safe usage.

The bike is also considerably heavy. Its net weight is 133 lbs (61 kg). Thus, the transport of the packaged unit and its unboxing requires two people. However, once the bike is fully assembled, it can easily be moved by only one person. Its front base integrates a set of small wheels. Also, both base stabilizers feature adjustable levelers with large rubber pads, so it is not necessary to place and use the bike on a rubber mat.

Seat and handlebars

The Life Fitness RS1 Go recumbent bike is equipped with a seat designed for maximum comfort. Both its seat pad and its backrest pad integrate a generous layer of foam cushioning. Their covers are made of durable vinyl material which is also moisture-proof, easy to maintain.

The seat has a durable steel frame and is rated for a maximum user weight limit of 300 lbs (136 kg). It slides on a thick rail featuring multiple adjustment positions. The bike should be able to accommodate comfortably, users between 5’0″ and 6’2″ (153 – 188 cm). Taller persons should still be able to use this bike by they may not benefit from a full leg extension.

The adjustment system uses a lever, not a knob. This being said, you can easily unlock and re-lock the seat to the desired position without having to stand up from it. It’s important to mention, though, that the backrest does not have angle-adjustability. Only the RS3 model has a backrest reclining feature.

The only has one set of handlebars that are attached to the seat assembly. They have short grips with rubber foam sleeves for improved contact. They also integrate pulse sensors and the console can monitor your pulse if you hold on to them.

Unlike the RS3 model, the Life Fitness RS1 bike does not have regular handlebars on its front section. However, it does have an assist handle that you can hold on to if you want to perform leaned-forward pedaling sessions.

Resistance and drive

The Life Fitness RS1 recumbent bike features a motorized magnetic resistance system. This means that you need to connect it to a power source in order to adjust the resistance. It also means that the bike can adjust the resistance automatically. An AC adapter is included with the bike.

The bike’s resistance system consists of a servo motor and a magnetic brake. The motor is connected both to the console and the brake. Therefore, when you adjust the resistance from the console, or when a program is in use, it changes the magnets’ pull on the flywheel which increases or decreases the resistance.

There are 20 levels of resistance available. The first few levels deliver a fairly light pedal tension. Conversely, the highest resistance levels simulate a hill climb and offer the possibility to perform a more intense workout.

The bike’s internal flywheel is perimeter-weighted for improved inertia. Its exact weight is not specified but considering that the bike weighs 133 lbs (61 kg), the flywheel probably weighs between 20-30 lbs (9 – 13.6 kg). It is bi-directional as well. Thus, you can pedal in reverse if you want, but coasting is not possible.

The bike is equipped with a 3-piece crankset featuring flat steel arms. The included pedals are weighted so they always self-level when you remove your feet from them. They also have adjustable straps which can be a plus for users with certain disabilities as they offer the possibility to secure your feet on the pedals during workout sessions.

Last but not least, the Life Fitness RS1 exercise bike is equipped with a belt drive system. This being said, its transmission does not require lubrication. It also generates less vibration than a chain drive and contributes to the overall smoothness and quietness of the ride.

Console

As we’ve mentioned above, this Life Fitness RS1 bike version comes with the Go console model, which offers a mid-range of features but does not have online connectivity. It is equipped with an LCD display with LED backlight divided into multiple sub-sections in order to show as many workout metrics as possible at once. It tracks time, distance, speed, heart rate, target heart rate, calories burned, Mets, and RPM. Speed and distance can be set either to English or Metric units. The pulse reading function works both with the integrated sensors and with a wireless HR chest strap which is included with the bike.

Although the console does not have Bluetooth connectivity and is not compatible with any fitness apps, it has several built-in programs to keep you motivated. First of all, it has the Manual program that allows you to make resistance adjustments as you like during your workout. Second of all, there are 12 pre-set programs with different segment layouts for various types of workouts. For example, some have a hill layout, while others feature an interval layout.

The console also has two custom programs, a race mode, and two user profiles. Each custom program allows you to create your own segment profiles and re-use them every time you like. The Race mode is available for several of the pre-set programs. It offers the possibility to race against the computer. And finally, the user profiles allow up to two users two save their own data such as weight, age, height, etc. for a better calorie reading.

The console does not have speakers or a cooling fan but does integrate a device holder. This consists of a small shelf under the unit’s display on which you can place your smartphone or tablet. However, the console does not have any connectors such an AUX port or USB port for your device.

Assembly and Maintenance

The main body of the bike comes pre-assembled. You only need to attach the two base stabilizers, the seat, the pedals, the front mast of the bike, the handlebars, and the console. This may take up to an hour of your time but the task is not too difficult. Also, all the tools necessary for the assembly are included and the manual provides clear assembly instructions.

For maintenance, you only have to keep the bike clean and wipe the sweat that may fall on the frame at the end of your workout. The internal parts do not require lubrication. It is also recommended to periodically inspect the bike to make sure that all the parts are functioning properly, and all the bolts hold tight in their places.

The Pros

  • Sturdy construction – can support users up to 300 lbs;
  • Professional design, similar to commercial recumbent bikes;
  • Large cushioned seat;
  • Pulse sensors integrated into the seat handlebars;
  • Weighted pedals, with adjustable straps for extra stability;
  • Motorized magnetic resistance – 20 levels;
  • Multi-function console with a backlit LCD display;
  • 12 pre-set programs;
  • 2 custom programs;
  • 2 user profiles;
  • Race mode;
  • Goal settings for distance, calories, and heart rate;
  • HR chest strap included;
  • Device holder included;
  • Bottle holder included;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • All the necessary assembly tools are included;
  • Excellent warranty.

The Cons

  • No online connectivity;
  • No Bluetooth function;
  • A tablet placed on the device holder may cover the console display.

Summary

The Life Fitness RS1 Go is a recumbent bike made for home use. It is equipped with a 20-level motorized magnetic resistance system, a high-comfort seat, and a console with multiple workout programs. It’s an exercise bike for users of all levels, for light to intense cardio training, recovery training, muscle toning, stamina development, and weight loss.

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