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pooboo X1 Folding Exercise Bike

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pooboo X1

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L:38.2"
W:20.9"
H:54.3"
200 lbs5.5 lbsMagnetic,
8 levels
Time,
Speed,
Distance,
Calories,
Pulse,
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The pooboo X1 is a folding upright bike similar to the XTERRA FB350. However, as opposed to the XTERRA model, it includes two elastic bands and a set of dumbbells for arm exercises. It’s a training bike made for home use, a great choice for anyone who lacks the luxury of space.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 38.2L x 20.9W x 54.3H inches (97L x 53W x 138H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 42 lbs (19 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg)
  • Supported weight: 200 lbs (90 kg)
  • Seat: 2-way adjustable
  • Resistance: Magnetic, 8 levels
  • Exercise meter: Time, distance, speed, calories, pulse, scan
  • Extras: Elastic bands, dumbbells, phone holder
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

Frame and accessories

The pooboo X1 exercise bike features an X-type frame. It is composed of two main parts, one holds the drive system and the seat, the other one supports the handlebar and the exercise meter. These two main pieces are connected in the middle, the frame forming an X shape when the bike is unfolded.

The bike’s frame is made of steel tubing. The only notable ABS parts in its construction are the covers of the drive system. All the steel parts are coated with a corrosion-resistant paint, mostly black, with red and white elements.

Like most other exercise bikes of this type, the poooboo X1 has a compact frame with a small footprint. It is approx. 20.9″ (53 cm) wide, and measures 38.2″ (97 cm) front to back. Also, its highest point is given by the handlebars which stand at approx. 54.3 (138 cm) above floor level. Of course, the frame can fold, and with it folded, the bike’s length is reduced to half which results in better storage possibilities.

The bike’s base tubes are equipped with flat pads for extra stability. Also, the front base tube features a set of small wheels for easy relocation. However, the fully assembled unit is not too heavy. It only weighs 42 lbs (19 kg), which pretty much means that it can be carried by only one person even when it is boxed.

In terms of accessories, this pooboo exercise bike includes a set of elastic bands and a set of dumbbells. The elastic bands attach to the rear base of the unit. They’re equipped with standard D-handles featuring rubberized grips. The length of the elastic bands reaches the seat handlebars.

The dumbbells weigh 2.2 lbs (1 kg) each. They’re coated with a layer of urethane material for a better grip. They can be used for all types of aerobic exercises, not necessarily when you’re using the bike. Also, the rear bottom section of the handlebar frame part features a small rack for the two dumbbells.

Seat and handlebars

Although the pooboo X1 is considered an upright bike due to the posture that it provides for the user, its seat is equipped with a small backrest for extra lumbar support. Both the seat pad and the backrest pad integrate a thick layer of foam padding and have a durable vinyl upholstery. The seat pad is fairly wide, approx. 12″ (30 cm), providing plenty of contact surface.

The bike’s seat is two-way adjustable (up, down). Its post features several adjustment positions. This being said, the bike can accommodate users between 4’5″ and 5’8″ (135 – 172 cm). Taller users may not benefit from a complete leg extension and a correct posture. The seat (and basically the whole bike frame) is designed to support users up to 200 lbs (90 kg). Also, it’s important to mention here that the backrest does not adjust independently from the seat.

The bike is equipped with a set of handlebars similar to the Marcy NS-653. They offer the possibility to adopt several grips, including race grip and close grip. They are non-adjustable and set at an angle of approx. 50°.

The bike’s handlebars are covered by a layer of rubber foam material for a comfortable grip. Each side grip integrates a metallic sensor for pulse reading. The included meter can read your pulse, but it is not telemetric and cannot communicate with any wireless HR band.

Drive and resistance

The pooboo X1 upright exercise bike is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. This means you don’t have to connect it to a power source. The only power source needed for the bike is a set of two AA batteries for the exercise meter. It also means that the bike does not have an internal motor and cannot adjust the resistance automatically.

The bike’s resistance system consists of an internal magnetic brake attached to the tension dial at the front by a steel wire. By turning this dial clockwise, the brake moves closer to the flywheel which increases the intensity of the internal magnetic field, and this leads to an increased pedaling difficulty.

The bike offers 8 levels of resistance. The first level provides a very light pedaling difficulty. For this difficulty level, the brake barely adds any resistance, so you will basically be working out only with the weight of the flywheel. Conversely, the 8th tension level provides considerably more resistance, simulating a hill climb and offering the possibility to perform a more intense workout. But nonetheless, since this is an upright bike, you won’t be able to achieve a workout intensity similar to a spin bike, such as the Spinner L5, for example.

The bike is equipped with a 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg) flywheel. Although it’s not extremely heavy, the bike can still provide a decent pedaling difficulty due to its magnetic brake. The flywheel has a balanced design for a smooth pedaling motion, and also allows reverse pedaling.

Like most other magnetic exercise bikes, the pooboo X1 has a belt drive system. This being said, the pedaling motion delivers considerably less vibration than a chain drive. Plus, you don’t have to lubricate it at all.

The bike has a durable crankset but its crank arms are quite a bit shorter than the arms of a regular bike. Therefore, it offers a tighter range of motion. The pedals have a weighted design, with a non-slip surface and adjustable straps.

Exercise meter

The pooboo X1 bike includes a basic digital monitor. This means it does not have any workout programs, nor it can connect online. However, it has a multi-window LCD display in order to show all the workout metrics at once. It tracks time, distance, calories, and pulse. As we’ve mentioned above, for the pulse reading you will have to use the integrated sensors. The monitor cannot communicate with a wireless HR armband or chest strap.

The unit is very easy to use. It only has one button. By pressing the button repeatedly, you can select the metric that you want to view on the top larger display. You can also select the Scan Mode and all the metrics will rotate on the top display. The button also covers the unit’s reset function. You can press it and hold it for a few seconds to clear all the values to zero.

The meter unit is battery-powered. It starts up when you begin pedaling or when you press the button. It also automatically shuts off if it doesn’t detect any activity on the bike for a few minutes.

Assembly and Maintenance

The two main frame pieces come pre-assembled, with all the drive and resistance elements already in place. Therefore, you only have to attach the two base bars, the seat, the backrest, the handlebars, the console, and the pedals. This shouldn’t take more than 30-40 minutes. The task is pretty straightforward as well, and a basic toolkit is included.

The bike’s maintenance doesn’t require much. All the internal components are pre-lubricated from the factory, and since the bike has a belt drive system, it doesn’t require any lubrication. Thus, all you have to do is wipe the dust from the frame and periodically check for loose parts and bolts.

The Pros

  • X-type frame, folding design;
  • Small footprint;
  • Transport wheels included;
  • Highly comfortable, large seat, offering 2-way adjustability;
  • Multi-grip handlebar with rubberized grips;
  • Pulse sensors integrated into the handlebar;
  • Heavy-duty crankset with weighted pedals;
  • Smooth and quiet operation;
  • 8 levels of magnetic resistance;
  • Multi-window exercise meter included;
  • Phone holder integrated into the exercise meter;
  • Elastic bands included;
  • Dumbbell set included;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Very little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • No bottle holder;
  • No backlight on the fitness meter.

Summary

The pooboo X1 is a folding upright exercise bike designed for home use. It features an X-type frame with a comfortable seat, a manual magnetic resistance system, and a digital monitor that tracks time, distance, calories, speed, and pulse. The bike also includes a dumbbell set and two elastic bands for arm exercises. It’s a bike made for light cardio workouts, muscle toning, stamina development, and weight loss. It’s also an affordable trainer, offering excellent value for the price.

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