RENPHO R-Q002 AI-Powered Upright Bike
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The RENPHO R-Q002 is a smart upright bike that stands out for its app compatibility and ease of use. It features a pretty original design and comes with a minimalistic Bluetooth-enabled console that can work with multiple fitness apps such as Zwift, Kinomap, Apple Health, Google Fit, and more. The bike also comes with its own free app which pretty much provides everything you need for a complete user experience.
Key Features and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 40L x 20W x 49H inches (102L x 51W x 124H cm)
- Assembled weight: 77 lbs (35 kg)
- Weight capacity: 265 lbs (120 kg)
- Seat: 4-way adjustable
- Handlebars: 2-way adjustable
- Resistance: Smart motor damping, 80 gears
- Console: RPM, cadence, power, resistance, calories, Bluetooth, compatible with multiple apps
- Extras: Tablet holder
- Warranty: 1 year
The RENPHO R-Q002 features a pretty sturdy frame made of oval steel tubing. All the steel parts in its construction are double-coated with a corrosion-resistant and chip-resistant paint finish. The color used is gray, this being the only color available for this bike at least for not.
The bike’s drive train and resistance mechanism are concealed by several large covers made of durable thermoplastic material. It does not have a step-through design like the Circuit Fitness AMZ-594U, for example, but its mid-section is not too high above the floor so you can easily step over it. The drivetrain covers are black and gray to fit the colors of the frame.
The RENPHO R-Q002 exercise bike is not a large fitness machine. With all the parts assembled, it is approx. 40″ (102 cm) long, and 20″ (51 cm) wide. Its highest point, with the handlebar, extended all the way up reaches approx. 49″ (124 cm). However, it is recommended to leave at least 24″ (61 cm) of clearance all around it for ease of access and safe usage.
The bike is fairly heavy. Its net weight is 77 lbs (35 kg), so the packaged unit may require two persons or a box trolley. However, once it is assembled, it can easily be moved by only one person. Its front base features two transport wheels that facilitate its relocation. Also, both its base stabilizers have adjustable levelers. RENPHO still recommends placing the bike on a mat, though (a mat is not included with the bike).
Seat and handlebars
The RENPHO R-Q002 upright exercise bike includes a saddle built for optimal comfort. It is 10″ (25.4 cm) long and 8″ (20.3 cm) wide so it provides plenty of contact surface. It has a contoured design with a median groove for improved breathability. Also, its attachment system is standard (collar type) so in case you will ever want to replace it, compatible options are widely available.
The bike’s seat assembly offers four-way adjustability (up, down, front, back). Its upright post offers an adjustment span of approx. 9″ (22.8 cm) for an inseam range between 26″ and 35″ (66 – 88.9 cm). Also, the horizontal slider adds several inches of front to back adjustment. This being said, the bike should be able to accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’5″ (153 – 196 cm) with no problem, allowing a complete leg extension. It’s also rated for a maximum user weight limit of 265 lbs (120 kg) which is not bad for a home-use exercise bike.
The RENPHO AI-Powered upright bike offers upright adjustability for the handlebar, a feature that many other upright bikes do not have. Just like the seat post, the upright post of the handlebar offers several adjustment positions. The handlebar itself does not offer any angle adjustability or front-back adjustability.
The bike’s handlebar offers the possibility to adopt three main grips. These are standard grip, racing grip, and climbing grip. It is fully covered by a layer of urethane foam to provide a secure and comfortable grip. However, it does not integrate pulse sensors.
The RENPHO R-Q002 upright bike is equipped with an automatic magnetic resistance system. This being said, the bike can automatically adjust the resistance. It comes with an adapter (AC100-240V, 0.6A 50/60Hz; 12V / 1.5A) and requires to be connected to a power source.
The bike’s resistance system consists of a servo motor and a magnetic brake. Therefore, when you use a fitness app and the Bluetooth connection, the bike will auto-adjust the magnets’ pull on the flywheel depending on the program or virtual track in use. However, if you choose not to use the Bluetooth connection, you can still adjust the resistance manually from the console knob.
The bike offers superior micro-adjustability; it makes available 80 gears. The first gears offer a light pedaling difficulty, great for recovery training, warm-ups, and muscle toning. Conversely, if using the highest resistance levels, the bike simulates a steep climb offering quite a challenge even for the most seasoned athletes.
The RENPHO R-Q002 integrates a 13.2 lbs (6 kg) flywheel which is completely concealed by the side covers of the bike’s main body. It is precision-balanced so it provides a smooth pedaling motion and a consistent momentum. It’s important to mention that the bike’s flywheel allows coasting. In other words, you can rest your feet if necessary, as the pedals will stop just as is the case for a road bike, even if the internal flywheel is still spinning.
Similar to other magnetic resistance exercise bikes, the RENPHO bike features a belt drive system. It uses a poly-v belt which is resistant to stretching and abrasion. This being said, you don’t have to worry about taking the covers apart to lubricate the transmission as it would normally be required for a chain drive.
The bike is equipped with a pretty sturdy crankset featuring steel arms similar to road bikes. They are shorter, though; their length is 6.7″ (17 cm). It’s important to mention, though, that even if the crankset and pedals are durable enough for most users to stand up while pedaling, this type of workout is not recommended as it may lead to a faster wear and tear of both the pedals and other crank elements. It is, after all, an upright bike not a spin bike.
The bike has a pretty narrow Q-Factor (spacing between the pedals) of 6.3″ (160 mm). This means that your feet have a normal and comfortable positioning on the pedals, without lateral stress on the knees or ankles as is the case with bikes with a wider Q-Factor.
Finally, the included pedals feature a heavy-duty thermoplastic outer shell with inner metallic elements. They are weighted so they always self-level if you remove your feet from them. They also have adjustable straps in case you’ll need to secure your feet.
As we’ve mentioned above, the RENPHO R-Q022 upright bike is equipped with a minimalistic console. It is basically integrated into the bike’s resistance adjustment knob. It features an LCD display that tracks RPM, time, cadence, power, resistance, calories burned.
The console itself does not have pre-set programs. It also does not have a pulse reading function and doesn’t track distance. However, it has Bluetooth connectivity and connects to the free RENPHO AI Gym app which is available for iOS and Android. This app not only shows various other extra metrics, but it also offers access to personal trainer coach courses, free training plans, health updates, fitness data reports, etc. Plus, it offers virtual paths to ride on while the bike will automatically adjust the resistance depending on the ups and downs of the terrain.
The bike’s console connects to other popular cycling apps including Zwift, Peloton (iOS only), FulGaz, Kinomap, XERT, and more. Thus, if you have a subscription for one or more of these apps, you can use it while riding this bike. Plus, you can sync it with Apple Health or Google Fit for improved workout history tracking.
A USB port is also available under the front section of the console. Therefore, you can connect your tablet or smartphone to the bike for recharging as you pedal.
Assembly and Maintenance
The main body of the bike with all the drive and resistance elements comes pre-assembled. You only have to install the two base stabilizers, the seat, the handlebar with the console, and the pedals. This shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. All the necessary tools are included and the manual provides pretty clear assembly instructions.
For maintenance, you only have to keep the bike clean and periodically check for loose bolts and parts. The internal mechanism does not require lubrication or other types of maintenance.
- Sturdy construction – can support users up to 265 lbs;
- Aesthetic design;
- Small footprint;
- Adjustable levelers on both base stabilizers;
- Transport wheels;
- Two-way adjustable handlebar;
- Four-way adjustable seat;
- Cushioned and contoured saddle;
- Frictionless magnetic resistance with both automatic and manual adjustment;
- Superior resistance micro-adjustability (80 gears);
- Maintenance-free belt drive;
- Weighted pedals with straps;
- Smart console included – it tracks time, RPM, cadence, power, resistance, and calories.
- Free RENPHO AI Gym app with 70+ courses, 5 different training modes, HD scenic rides, and more;
- No membership required for the RENPHO app;
- Compatible with multiple other cycling apps like Zwift, Kinomap, Peloton, XERT, FulGaz, and more;
- Compatible with Google Fit and Apple Health;
- USB charging port;
- Tablet holder included;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required.
- No pulse reading function;
- No distance reading function on the console, but the app shows distance.
The RENPHO R-Q002 is a smart upright exercise bike featuring an automatic magnetic resistance system with 80 gears to choose from. It offers superior adjustability for the seat and handlebars, a sturdy construction, and a Bluetooth-enabled console compatible with the top cycling apps such as Zwift, Peloton, Kinomap, XERT, and more. It also comes with its own free app that doesn’t require a subscription, an app that offers multiple training courses, scenic rides, different training modes, workout history tracking, and more. In all, it’s an exercise bike made for home use, for light to high-intensity cardio workouts, muscle toning, interval training, stamina development, and weight loss.