LifeCORE Fitness 1060UB Upright Exercise Bike
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|47||Parts: 2 years
Labor: 1 year
When it comes to quality and overall sturdiness, there are plenty of upright bike models to choose from, and many of them don’t exceed $5-600 in price. But in case you want to invest in a commercial grade bike, with as many fitness apps as possible as well as a solid construction, the LifeCORE 1060UB is definitely a model to have a look at.
It’s actually a new version of the 1050UB, released in 2015, offering several improvements. Not only it has a slimmer overall build, without losing any sturdiness, it also offers an impressive amount of workout apps of 47, while the previous model has only 16. Evidently, it’s a top-notch bike and there are many aspects to outline about it. Therefore, here’s what this upright exercise bike has to offer.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 42L x 24W x 56H inches (106.6L x 61W x 142.2H cm)
- Assembled weight: 103 lbs (46.7 kg)
- Max. user weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Handlebar: Non-adjustable
- Seat: 4-way adjustable
- Pedals: Orthopedic, with quick-release straps
- Brakes: Magnetic w/ electronic control
- Resistance: Adjustable, 32 levels
- Performance computer: 47 workout apps
- Bottle/cup holder: Yes
- Speakers: Hi Fidelity 3 watt
- Fan: 3-speed, incorporated in the console
- Warranty: Parts 2 years / Labor 1 year
This bike is indeed a commercial grade model, with a consistent construction in comparison to other upright bikes. The main tubing of the frame is steel-made, and anti-corrosive paint coated. The frame also features several plastic material covers, including, of course, the drive and brake covers. It has a walk-thru design, making it much easier to mount and dismount, also giving the bike an overall appealing, professional aspect.
Just as most commercial type upright bikes, this model has a slightly wider footprint compared to other bikes, such as the Marcy Mag upright bike for example. It takes a 42″L x 24″W (106.6 x 61 cm) of floor space, but even so, it’s still not an extremely large fitness machine, like a Sole E35 elliptical trainer, or a Concept2 air rower. Needless to say, a slightly wider footprint generates more stability and contributes to its overall sturdiness. Also when it comes to that, the frame is pretty solid, being able to support users up to 300 lbs.
The bases of the frame feature metallic, adjustable leveling feet, each foot being padded with rubber material to prevent floor damage, and to promote a better adherence to the flooring. Therefore, even if you’re not going to place this bike on a mat, you can be sure it won’t rock or tip. The front base features silicone transport wheels. Even though the bike isn’t exactly the heaviest machine, this feature is still pretty handy to have. On top of that, the rear base features a transport handlebar which facilitates the transport of the bike, when fully assembled.
The LifeCORE 1060UB is equipped with a pretty comfortable seat. Although the seat isn’t extremely wide, as in the Exerpeutic 1200, it still offers the required amount of comfort for an upright bike. It’s definitely much wider than the average seat of an indoor cycling bike or a race bike. It features a contoured design and a decent cushioning. It’s also easy to replace in case you would still want a wider seat.
The bike’s seat offers fore to aft and up/down adjustability. The seat post is made of square-shaped tubing, in order to prevent the seat from turning sideways during the more consistent workout sessions. It features adjustment holes with cca 1″ distance in-between. Seat is quite easy to adjust height-wise and fore to aft, as the adjustment knobs are pretty large, easy to grip and turn.
Considering the vertical adjustability of this bike, we can safely say it can accommodate users between 4’8″ and 6’3″ (142 – 190 cm). Taller users can evidently use it as well, but depending on the length of their inseam, they may not benefit from a full leg stretch. And this may diminish the consistence of their workout.
The handlebar on the LifeCORE Fitness 1060 upright bike features a pretty simple design, similar to most bikes of this type. It’s a multi-grip handlebar though, promoting several workout postures. Its tubing is completely covered in foam material, ensuring an ergonomic grip, and a superior adherence even if your hands sweat during workout.
The bike’s handlebar incorporates pulse sensors, which are situated on its horizontal tube. This is an accessory great to have if you need to keep within a specific heart rate interval when exercising, or simply want to keep an eye on your heart rate. The console of the bike is compatible with Polar HR chest straps, however by gripping the sensors typically offers a better pulse reading, not just in this bike, but in general.
Drive and resistance systems
The LifeCORE 1060UB is equipped with an extra-quiet, and extra-smooth belt drive system. It features a heavy-duty V-belt, resistant to stretching. Its whole drive system uses highly durable sealed cartridge bearings, considerably diminishing the chances of sustaining damage, and minimizing the overall wear and tear of the bike’s drive system. The bike has quite a solid crank system, with large profile cold forged crank arms, finished with oversized, orthopedic pedals. Pedals also feature quick release straps, to prevent foot slippage during pedaling.
The bike features an eddy current brake, evidently with electronic control. It actually offers 32 resistance levels, and the top resistance settings supply enough tension to simulate a fairly steep climb. Needless to say, since the bike’s resistance system is electronically assisted, resistance is adjusted exclusively by the console. Also, since the bike features an extensive array of preloaded workout programs, by using one of these programs during your workout, the resistance will change automatically.
The bike is not self-powered. It requires a 110V circuit, and comes with the adapter.
Console and amenities
The console of this upright exercise trainer is quite an advanced one. Apart from the fitness functions, it comes with quite a range of supplementary features and functions. To begin with, it incorporates a cooling fan with speed settings. It has a built-in Hi Fidelity 3 watt sound system. Therefore, if you don’t want, nor like to use earplugs during your workout, you can listen to your music via the bike’s speakers. Regarding the sound produced by these speakers, even though it’s not the highest quality sound, it’s still much better than the sound produced by the on-board speakers of a tablet or smartphone.
The console features a smart device station, which can hold your tablet of phone during your workout. It also has a USB charging port, and is able to charge just about any smart device via a USB cable.
When it comes to its fitness functions, the console can track segment time, total time, watts, calories, RPM, heart rate, distance and speed. It has 47 preloaded workout apps, including: 6 HR, 8 Hill, 8 Strength, 8 Interval, 8 Random, 5 Fat Burn, Lap 5k, Lap 10k, 1 fitness test and the manual mode. It allows the selection of goals for several values that the console can track.
Overall, the console is quite easy to operate. There are direct keys for resistance adjustment, but resistance can also be adjusted level by level, via the arrow keys. The workout apps also have their own direct keys. And finally, the “Pause” and “Go” keys give you the possibility to put your workout on hold and resume, if needed.
As mentioned above, the console is capable of tracking your heart rate, and it’s also telemetry enabled, being compatible with Polar HR chest straps. A strap is not included though.
Last but not least, in terms of accessories, this exercise bike also includes a mesh-type cup holder, which is connected to the handlebar post.
Assembly and Maintenance
Some assembly is required for this bike, but the whole operation is far from being difficult. Needless to say, the tools for the assembly are included in the box, along with the step-by-step assembly manual.
The flywheel, belt, crankset, resistance system come already mounted in their place, attached to the frame and closed within the protective cover. All you need to add are the bike’s front and rear base, seat post, seat, handlebar post, handlebar and console, and of course, connect the console wires.
Since it’s a belt-drive, and magnetic resistance bike, maintenance is close to zero. All you need to do is dust the bike from time to time.
As it’s a commercial grade bike, the LifeCORE Fitness 1060UB naturally includes an impressive array of positive aspects. We’ve mentioned most of them so far, but there still are several aspects to be added here. Therefore, here’s a summary of what’s best about this upright exercise trainer.
- Heavy and stable frame, with an excellent construction, and corrosion-resistant finish;
- Compact, professional-looking, walk-thru design, easy to mount and use;
- Transport wheels, adjustable levelers;
- 4-way adjustable seat;
- Orthopedic pedals with quick-release straps;
- Multi-grip handlebars, with pulse sensors;
- Extremely quiet, belt-drive system;
- Wear-and-tear free, electronically assisted magnetic resistance system;
- 32 levels of resistance;
- Impressive array of workout apps – 47 in total;
- Multifunctional console, Polar compatible;
- Tablet / smartphone station;
- USB charging port;
- Built-in speaker system;
- Cooling fan with 3 speed settings;
- Mesh-type cup holder;
- Basically maintenance free.
Although it’s quite a great bike, there still are several downsides regarding it. Therefore we’re going to point them here as well.
- Micro adjustability is not maximum. The handlebar is fixed, featuring no adjustability at all;
- Console is Polar compatible, but a HR chest strap is not included;
- No online connectivity.
A solid, top-quality bike, the new 1060UB model from LifeCORE Fitness offers the complete training setting that an upright bike can offer. Even though it lacks several comfort factors that other, more expensive bikes do include, it’s still a gym-quality upright bike, featuring a very compact, and durable construction. It’s a great machine for light and medium intensity cardio, muscle toning, stamina building, keeping shape and regaining shape. Although it’s not exactly a cheap one, you do get what you pay for.