pooboo S211 Upright Bike
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The pooboo S211 is one of the upright exercise bikes released in 2021. Although it’s not a motorized bike with automatic resistance adjustment, it does have a construction similar to at least a light-commercial model. In terms of features, it can be compared with the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B2952 but has a superior user weight capacity and 14 levels of resistance.
Key Features and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 42.9L x 23.6W x 55.9H inches (109L x 60W x 142H cm)
- Assembled weight: 76 lbs (34.4 kg)
- Weight capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Seat: 4-way Adjustable
- Resistance: Manual magnetic, 14 levels
- Fitness monitor: Time, speed, distance, total distance, calories, pulse, goals, scan
- Extras: Device holder
As we’ve mentioned above, the pooboo S211 upright bike features a construction similar to light-commercial bikes. Its frame is made of heavy-gauge steel tubing, double-coated with a corrosion-resistant and chip-resistant paint finish. The base section of the bike with the drive and resistance elements is concealed by two large panels made of durable thermoplastic material. Overall, the bike has quite a sleek, professional-looking design.
Like most other upright exercise bikes, the pooboo S211 is not an extremely large fitness machine. With all the parts assembled, it is approx. 42.9″ (109 cm) long, and 23.6″ (60 cm) wide. It is recommended, though, to allow at least two feet of clearance all around it for ease of access and safe usage. Its highest point is given by the top of the handlebars which reach approx. 55.9″ (142 cm) above floor level.
The bike has a low center of gravity and is fairly heavy as well. Its net weight is approx. 76 lbs (34.4 kg). This being said, it offers excellent stability. Plus, its rear stabilizer is equipped with two adjustable levelers.
Despite its weight, the bike is very easy to use, once assembled. Its front stabilizer is equipped with a set of large silicone wheels which facilitate its relocation.
Seat and handlebars
The pooboo S211 upright bike is equipped with a four-way adjustable seat. Its upright post features multiple adjustment positions while its horizontal slider offers several extra inches of front-to-back adjustment. Both the upright post and the horizontal slider have large knobs easy to grip and turn, so adjusting the seat to the desired dimensions shouldn’t take more than 30 seconds. These being said, the bike should be able to accommodate users between 5’1″ and 6’4″ (155 – 193 cm), allowing a complete leg extension. It is also rated for a maximum user weight limit of 300 lbs (136 kg) which is not bad for a home-use exercise bike.
The included saddle is fairly large. It is approx. 12.6″ (32 cm) wide, and 11.8″ (30) long, so it provides plenty of contact surface. Its inner shell is made from a tough plastic material (probably nylon or polypropylene), while its cover is made of high-density foam. Its top is also contoured to provide superior breathability.
The bike’s handlebars are non-adjustable. The whole handlebar assembly attaches to the front upright mast of the bike via screws, so you cannot adjust its angle or height. It provides multi-grip possibilities, including a standard grip, a close low grip, a climbing grip, and a racing grip.
The side sections of the handlebar assembly feature PVC foam sleeves in order to provide a better contact and comfort. They also integrate metallic pulse sensors and the included console has a pulse reading function.
The pooboo S211 exercise bike is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. This means that you don’t need to connect it to an external power source, nor you need an adapter for it. But on the other hand, the bike cannot automatically adjust the resistance.
The main advantage of a magnetic resistance system is that the tension elements do not touch. Therefore, the pedaling motion is very smooth, continuous, and whisper-quiet. Also, you don’t have to worry about brake wear and tear, or replacing brake pads.
The bike’s resistance system features an internal magnetic brake connected to the tension knob on the right side of the front upright mast of the bike via a steel cable. When you turn the knob forward (clockwise), the cable tightens up and pulls the brake closer to the internal flywheel. This increases the pedaling difficulty.
The bike offers 14 levels of resistance. The 1-3 levels deliver a fairly low pedaling difficulty, great for warm-ups or recovery training. Conversely, the 12-14 tension levels provide considerably more resistance, great for stamina development and stabilizing muscle.
Like most other stationary bikes, the pooboo S211 has an internal flywheel. Its exact weight is not specified, but considering that the bike doesn’t weigh more than 76 lbs (34.4 kg), the flywheel probably does not exceed 20 lbs (9 kg). It is perimeter-weighted, though. This design improves motion stability and adds consistency to the ride.
The flywheel allows pedaling in reverse. However, coasting is not possible on this bike as it would be on a road bike. Also, when you pedal in reverse, the resistance remains constant, given by the selected tension level.
The bike’s drive system uses a poly-v belt. This type of transmission comes with several advantages. First of all, it delivers slightly less vibration than a chain, so it contributes to the overall smoothness of the ride. And second of all, you don’t need to worry about its lubrication.
The bike is equipped with a heavy-duty crankset featuring durable steel arms similar to the ones on road bikes. However, the bike is not meant for pedaling while standing up, or for spin workouts. Even if the pedals and the crank arms are probably solid enough to support your whole weight, it is not recommended to stand on the pedals as this may lead to a quicker wear of the pedals and the joint bearings.
Last but not least, the bike is equipped with a set of standard upright bike pedals. They have a textured surface and adjustable straps for improved foot stability. They do not have weight elements, though.
The bike’s console is basically just a large fitness monitor. It does not have pre-set programs or Bluetooth connectivity, and it is not compatible with any fitness app. It features an LCD display that tracks time, speed, distance, total distance, calories, and pulse. It does not have an RPM function. Also, the pulse reading function is grip contact only. The console cannot read your pulse from a wireless HR chest strap.
Although the console does not have pre-set programs, it does have workout target settings for time, distance, and calories burned. Therefore, you can select a goal for these workout metrics. When a goal is selected, the console will count down from the selected value until it reaches zero.
The console is very easy to use. It has three buttons – Mode, Set, Reset. The Mode button allows you to select the workout metric that you want to view on the display. This way, you can also select the Scan Mode which rotates all the metrics showing each one for a few seconds. The Set button is for selecting workout targets. And finally, the Reset key clears all the values on the console to zero.
The console is battery-powered. It starts up when it detects pedal movement or when you press one of the buttons. It also automatically turns off if it does not detect any pedal movement for more than several minutes. And finally, the console also has a built-in device holder but does not have any connection ports for your device, such as AUX or USB.
Assembly and Maintenance
The base unit of the bike with all the drive and resistance elements comes pre-assembled. However, the rest of the parts require user assembly. You will basically have to install the two base stabilizers, the front upright mast, connect the resistance cable, add the handlebar, the console, the seat, and the pedals. The task is pretty simple, the manual provides clear, step-by-step assembly instructions, and all the necessary tools are included. Thus, the whole process shouldn’t take more than an hour.
The bike’s internal components don’t need any maintenance (at least not for a long period of time). Therefore, in terms of maintenance, it’s only recommended to wipe off the sweat that may drop on the frame at the end of the workout, and periodically check for loose bolts or parts.
- Sturdy construction – can support users up to 300 lbs;
- Sleek design;
- Adjustable stabilizers on the rear base;
- Transport wheels on the front base;
- Four-way adjustable seat;
- Large saddle with a contoured top for improved comfort;
- Multi-grip handlebar with pulse sensors;
- Smooth, frictionless magnetic resistance;
- Bi-directional flywheel;
- Whisper-quiet belt drive;
- Large pedals with straps;
- Goal settings for time, distance, and calories;
- Tablet holder;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required.
- No bottle holder;
- No online connectivity;
- No handlebar adjustability;
- No pre-set programs.
The pooboo S211 is a heavy-duty upright bike made for home use. It features a 14-level manual magnetic resistance system, a 4-way adjustable seat, and a console that can track time, distance, speed, calories, and pulse. It has a pretty solid frame similar to commercial-grade upright bikes and a sleek design which can also be quite a motivation factor. It’s a great bike for users of all levels, for light to medium-intensity cardio training, muscle toning, stamina development, and weight loss.