L-NOW PooBoo Pro D770 Indoor Cycling Bike
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L-NOW appears to be rebranding their name to “PooBoo”. Some of their bikes released in the second part of 2018, such as the C580 or the D525, still have the “L-NOW” logo on them but the newest models for 2019 only have the new “PooBoo” name. One of these new bikes is PooBoo Pro D770.
The PooBoo D770 is a heavy-duty indoor cycling bike made for spin workouts. Although it’s not sold as a commercial bike and does not come with a commercial warranty, it definitely has the construction and overall sturdiness at least of a light-commercial unit.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 49.2L x 23.6W x 53.1H inches (125L x 60W x 136H cm)
- Assembled weight: 80 lbs (36.2 kg)
- Flywheel weight: 28.6 lbs (13 kg)
- Weight limit: 330 lbs (150 kg)
- Handlebars: 2-way adjustable
- Seat: 4-way adjustable
- Pedals: With toe cages
- Drive: Belt
- Resistance: Friction
- Computer: Time, speed, distance, calories, and pulse
- Warranty: 1 year limited
Frame construction and accessories
The PooBoo Pro D770 features a double triangular construction which gives the frame superior sturdiness. Needless to say, its frame is made of steel tubing and the steel parts are coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish. Also, a big part of the central frame area has ABS covers. This is quite a plus as they provide extra protection to the frame preventing dust from accumulating or sweat from falling directly on the metallic parts.
This PooBoo bike isn’t extremely large compared to other fitness machines, such as running treadmills. However, it’s a bit larger than other spin bikes like the Spinner S5, for example. It is approx. 49″ (125 cm) long, and 24″ (60 cm) wide. Therefore, it should require a usage area of at least 80″ x 70″ (203 x 177 cm).
The fully assembled unit is fairly heavy as well. It weighs approx. 80 lbs (36.2 kg) which is more than twice the weight of the average mountain bike. This being said, the bike provides excellent stability even for the most demanding spin workouts.
The bike’s bases are equipped with large rubberized stabilizers which provide a superior grip onto the floor also preventing any abrasions. Thus, it’s not necessary to place and use the bike on a rubber mat. Also, its front base has two large rubber wheels which facilitate its relocation.
In terms of accessories, there are several that can be mentioned here. First of all, the bike includes an exercise meter which offers quite a few more features than the basic models. We’ll fully cover it in one of the sections below.
Second of all, this PooBoo bike comes with a set of aerobic dumbbells and a support for them. The support attaches to the rear part of the seat slider. The dumbbells weigh 2.5 lbs (1 kg) each and are completely coated by a layer of urethane material.
Finally, a tablet holder is integrated into the handlebar of the bike. This accessory is large enough to support any tablet.
Seat and handlebars
The L-NOW PooBoo Pro D770 includes a high-comfort saddle which is quite a bit larger than the average spin bike seat. It is approx. 12″ (30.4 cm) and 8″ (20.3 cm) wide providing plenty of contact surface. It is contoured and has a center cut-out for extra breathability. It integrates a generous layer of cushioning especially in its rear part and is also equipped with a set of springs which improve shock absorption.
The seat is 4-way adjustable (up, down, backward, forward). It offers enough adjustability to accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’5″ (153 – 196 cm). It’s also durable enough to support users up to 330 lbs (150 kg).
One last aspect to mention here about the seat regards its attachment system to its slider. It is a standard, collar-based attachment system which allows you to easily remove it, or slightly tilt it forward or backward. Not only that but in case you want (or need) to replace it, compatible options are widely available.
The bike’s handlebar is similar to the one on the PooBoo C580, but with the addition of drop-down grips. It offers the possibility to adopt multiple grips and postures, including race grip, climb grip, drop-down grip, standard grip and more. Also, its center aero bars are fairly long, promoting a comfortable aero grip if you don’t place a tablet on the tablet holder.
The handlebar is only 2-way adjustable (up, down). Its post provides several upright adjustment positions but does not have a horizontal slider like the handlebar of the L NOW LD-577, for example.
This PooBoo bike also offers a pulse reading function. The top lateral grips of the handlebar integrate stainless steel pulse sensors. Therefore, by holding on to them, the exercise meter can monitor your heart rate.
Resistance and drive
The PooBoo Pro D770 indoor cycling trainer is equipped with a standard friction resistance system. It integrates a top-to-down felt-based brake pad which is attached to the tension knob on top of the main tube of the frame. When you turn the knob clockwise, the brake pad applies more friction to the flywheel which increases the pedaling difficulty. Conversely, if you turn the knob counterclockwise, the friction is reduced giving you the possibility to pedal more freely.
The tension knob does not have any levels specified on like in the case of magnetic exercise bikes. You simply tighten it until you get the drag that you feel most comfortable with. You can basically tighten until you can barely pedal. The knob also fulfills the function of an emergency brake. It integrates a spring which allows you to press it all the way down in order to stop the flywheel from spinning. This may actually be necessary especially when you are pedaling at a very high speed.
Despite its size and construction, the PooBoo D770 is equipped with a mid-range flywheel. It only weighs 28.6 lbs (13 kg), as opposed to 40 lbs or 46 lbs offered by other spin bikes. But nonetheless, this flywheel is perimeter-weighted and delivers a very consistent momentum which is great for spin workouts.
The bike’s drivetrain is belt-based. It uses a polygroove, heavy-duty belt which provides a very smooth and quiet pedaling motion. As opposed to a chain drive, it doesn’t need any lubrication, so you don’t have to go through the hassle of removing the covers and grease it every month. It also produces considerably less vibration than a chain.
The crankset integrates solid steel crank arms and metallic alloy pedals. Therefore, even if you’re close to the specified 330 lbs (150 kg) weight capacity, you should be able to stand up and pedal. The pedals do not have SPD clips for spin shoes but do have adjustable toe cages to secure your feet on them and add a bit of extra thrust when pedaling. Their threads are standard (9/16) though, so in case you want to replace them with SPD pedals, compatible options are widely available.
As we’ve mentioned above, the included exercise meter offers several extra features compared to basic models. For example, it has a pulse reading function and goal functions. It’s a battery-powered unit and requires two AAA batteries. It starts up when you push one of its buttons or when you begin pedaling, but also has a sleep mode to which it will enter after a few minutes of inactivity on the bike.
The unit is equipped with an LCD display (without backlight) which tracks the most important workout metrics, including time, distance, speed, calories, and pulse. The speed and distance are shown only in metric units (km/h and km); there is no setting for imperial units. Also, it can only read your pulse via the handlebar sensors. It is not telemetric so it does not work with wireless HR chest straps.
There are only three buttons on the meter which cover all of its functions. The Mode button allows you to select one of the metrics to view on the display, or to select the Scan function which rotates all the metrics. The Set button allows you to enter set-up mode and select a goal for time, distance, or calories. If a goal is selected, the display will show the remaining value and counts down to zero. And finally, the Reset button covers the reset function. If you press and hold it for several seconds, you can clear all the values on the meter to zero.
Assembly and Maintenance
The main body of the bike comes pre-assembled. In other words, the crankset, the belt, the brake system, the flywheel, and the main covers of the drivetrain come already attached to the main frame. You only have to add the base bars, the seat, the handlebars, the exercise meter, and the pedals. This shouldn’t take more than 20-30 minutes of your time. A basic toolkit for the assembly task is included. Also, the manual provides clear step-by-step assembly instructions.
Once the bike is fully assembled, maintenance doesn’t require much. You may need to lubricate the brake pad from time to time with a bit of silicone lubricant (especially if emits a squeaking noise when in contact with the flywheel). Other than this, you only have to keep the bike clean and periodically check for loose bolts and parts.
- Sturdy, steel construction;
- High weight capacity – 330 lbs (150 kg);
- Professional-looking design;
- Large rubberized stabilizers on both bases;
- Transport wheels on the front base;
- High-comfort saddle with shock absorption springs and a longitudinal cut-out;
- 4-way adjustable seat;
- Multi-grip handlebar with long aero bars and drop-down grips;
- Perimeter-weighted, 28.6 lbs (13 kg) flywheel for a consistent momentum;
- Heavy-duty crank and metallic pedals allowing you to stand up while pedaling;
- Adjustable toe cages on the pedals;
- Pulse sensors integrated into the handlebar;
- Tablet support included;
- 2x 2.5 lbs (1 kg) dumbbells with support;
- Fitness meter included – it can track time, distance, speed, calories, and pulse;
- Goal settings on the fitness meter;
- Quiet operation, great for apartment use;
- Really easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required.
- Speed and distance on the meter are shown only in metric units;
- No backlight on the exercise meter.
The PooBoo Pro D770 is a heavy-duty indoor cycling bike equipped with a friction resistance system, belt drive, and a 28.6 lbs flywheel. It has a highly durable frame which can support users up to 330 lbs. It also includes an exercise meter with goal functions and a dumbbell set with support. In all, it’s a great bike for light to intense cardio training, interval training, muscle toning, strength and stamina development, and weight loss. And finally, it’s an excellent alternative to many other more expensive, gym-grade spin bikes.