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pooboo C590 Indoor Cycling Bike

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L: 51"
W: 22"
H: 46"
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The pooboo C590 is one of the indoor cycling bikes released in the second part of 2019. Although it’s not advertised as a commercial-grade bike, it does offer the construction of one. It’s definitely a bike make to support any spin workout.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 50.9L x 22.2W x 45.6H inches (129L x 56W x 116H cm)
  • Shipping weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 49 lbs (22.2 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Pedals: With toe cages
  • Drive: Belt
  • Resistance: Magnetic
  • Fitness meter: Not included
  • Extras: Bottle holder, tablet holder
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

Frame construction

The pooboo C590 features a different construction than the pooboo C580 that we’ve already reviewed. To begin with, it has a triangular frame made of thick, ovalized steel tubing. Its exact net weight isn’t specified, but the fully assembled unit weighs more than 120 lbs (54 kg). Needless to say, this is more than three times the weight of the average road bike, a weight that is reflected in the cycle’s overall stability.

Despite its weight, once the bike is assembled, it is fairly easy to move. Its front base is equipped with a set of large silicone wheels that facilitate its relocation. Also, both base bars of the bike have adjustable, rubberized stabilizers that allow you to perfectly level it on any type of floor. As opposed to most other spin bikes, the pooboo C590 actually has three levelers on the rear base for improved stability.

Most of the bike’s frame is coated with a black paint finish, with the exception of the front base which is yellow. The paint finish is highly resistant to corrosion and abrasion. Several parts of the bike have ABS covers as well. For example, the belt guard and the braking system guard are of durable ABS plastic.

Compared to other indoor cycling bikes, the pooboo C590 isn’t much larger. With the frame fully set up, it is approx. 51″ (129 cm) long, and 22″ (56 cm) wide. Its maximum height (with the handlebar fully extended) is approx. 46″ (116 cm).

Seat and handlebars

The pooboo C590 includes a saddle designed for improved comfort. Its top is made of durable polyurethane material, thicker at the rear to provide extra cushioning. It is contoured, featuring a longitudinal groove for improved breathability. Plus, it has two suspensions springs at the rear which allow it to slightly adapt to the user’s movement during seated workouts.

It’s also important to mention that the seat attaches to its slider via a standard, collar-based system. Therefore, if you will ever want to replace it, compatible options should be widely available in any bike shop.

The seat is four-way adjustable (up, down, forward, and backward). Its upright post has multiple adjustment positions, while the horizontal slider adds several extra inches of front-to-back adjustment. This being said, the bike can accommodate users up to 6’5″ (196 cm) with no problem. Also, the seat can support users up to 300 lbs (136 kg).

The pooboo C590 features a handlebar similar to the C580 model. It has a multi-grip design. It doesn’t have drop-down grips, but does integrate a set of curved aero bars. These promote a comfortable race grip. The section between the aero bars features a small shelf that can serve as a phone or tablet holder while their front section integrates a bottle holder.

The bike’s handlebar is coated by a layer of polyurethane to provide a secure and comfortable grip. However, as opposed to other indoor cycling bikes, it does not have pulse sensors. Therefore, in case you want to monitor your pulse during your workout sessions, you will have to use a separate device. A bike meter is not included either.

As opposed to the seat, the handlebar only offers two-way adjustability (up, down). Its upright post has an adjustable span of several inches.

Both the seat and handlebar upright posts have a lever-based adjustment system. This promotes a very quick adjustment. Conversely, the horizontal slider is equipped with a turn-knob.

Resistance system

The pooboo C590 features a manual magnetic resistance system. This being said, it doesn’t require an external power source. Also, it doesn’t include a console so it cannot adjust the resistance automatically.

The bike’s resistance system consists of a magnetic pad attached to the tension knob on the main bar of the frame. By turning this knob clockwise, the magnetic pad moves closer to the flywheel which results in more magnetic pull. This increases the pedaling difficulty.

As opposed to other spin with a magnetic resistance system, the pooboo C590 doesn’t have pre-determined tension levels on the adjustment knob. You simply turn the knob until you pedaling difficulty.

The tension knob also fulfills the purpose of an emergency brake. You can press it down to immediately stop the flywheel from spinning. This may actually be necessary as the pedals continue to spin for as long as the flywheel is spinning.

Drive system

The first element to cover here is the bike’s flywheel. The pooboo C590 is equipped with an extra-heavy, 49 lbs (22.2 kg) flywheel. Due to this weight, the bike provides a very consistent momentum. Plus, the flywheel is perimeter-weighted for improved inertia, quite an important requirement for spinning workouts.

The flywheel is bi-directional. Differently put, it allows you to pedal in reverse. However, it is not possible to coast on this exercise bike, so when pedaling in reverse, you will get the same resistance as when pedaling forward.

The bike is equipped with a belt drive system. This type of drivetrain comes with several advantages. First of all, you don’t have to go through the hassle of lubrication. Second of all, the pedaling motion is whisper-quiet. And third of all, a belt generates less vibration than a chain.

Since it’s a bike made for all types of spin workouts, the pooboo C590 is equipped with a heavy-duty crankset. Its crank arms are thicker and wider than for regular bikes and the pedals are metallic. Therefore, they can support the full weight of the user with no problem, as long as they don’t exceed the specified 300 lbs (136 kg) weight capacity.

Last but not least, the included pedals are equipped with adjustable toe cages so you can perfectly secure your feet during exercising and benefit from extra thrust. The pedals do not integrate SPD elements for spin shoes. However, they have standard 9/16 threads so compatible replacements are widely available.

Assembly and Maintenance

The main body of the bike with the drive and resistance elements comes pre-assembled. You only have to add the two base bars, the seat, the handlebars, and the pedals. The task is far from being complicated and shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. The manual provides pretty clear assembly instructions and a set of basic tools is included. However, due to the weight of the bike, two persons may be needed at least until it is completely assembled.

Once the bike is assembled, maintenance doesn’t require much. Its transmission doesn’t need lubrication. You only have to keep the unit clean, and periodically check for loose parts.

The Pros

  • Commercial-grade frame construction;
  • High weight capacity – 300 lbs (136 kg);
  • Aesthetic design;
  • Adjustable stabilizers on both bases;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • 4-way adjustable seat;
  • 2-way adjustable handlebar;
  • Comfort saddle with rear springs and a contoured PU top;
  • Extra-heavy 49 lbs flywheel with a perimeter-weighted design;
  • Heavy-duty crank, able to support any user up to the maximum listed weight, in upright pedaling position;
  • Heavy-duty pedals with toe cages for foot stability;
  • Multi-grip handlebar with long aero bars;
  • Tablet support included;
  • Bottle holder included;
  • Whisper-quiet, maintenance-free belt drive system;
  • Really easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • No exercise meter;
  • No pulse reading function.

Summary

The pooboo C590 is an indoor cycling bike featuring a commercial-grade construction. It’s equipped with an extra-heavy (49 lbs) flywheel, a magnetic resistance system, and offers superior micro-adjustability. It’s a heavy-duty cycling trainer, designed for all types of spin workout. It’s perfect for intense cardio training, interval training, strength and stamina development, muscle toning, and weight loss. It’s not exactly one of the most affordable bikes, but definitely offers excellent value for the price.

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