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Royal Fitness EI-EB-01 Upright Bike

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L:33.8"
W:23.6"
H:49"
275 lbs52.8 lbsMagnetic,
8 levels
Time,
Speed,
Distance,
Odometer,
Calories,
Pulse,
Goals,
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The Royal Fitness EI-EB-01 is one of the upright exercise bikes released in 2021. It’s a pretty basic model, similar to the pooboo D720 or the Ancheer upright bike. However, it comes with a four-way adjustable seat, a feature that those bikes do not have.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 33.8L x 23.6W x 49H inches (86L x 60W x 99H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 52.8 lbs (24 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 275 lbs (125 kg)
  • Seat: 4-way Adjustable
  • Resistance: Manual magnetic, 8 levels
  • Fitness monitor: Time, speed, distance, total distance, calories, pulse, goals, scan
  • Extras: Device holder, bottle holder

Frame construction

The Royal Fitness EI-EB-01 upright bike features a steel frame made of cylindrical and rectangular tubing. All the steel tubes in its construction are double-coated with a black paint finish, this being the only color available for this bike. The casing of the drive and resistance elements is made from a durable thermoplastic material.

The bike has a pretty small footprint. With all the parts assembled, it is approx. 33.8″ (86 cm) long, and 23.6″ (60 cm) wide. This being said, it can fit pretty well even into a small room or apartment. It’s still recommended, though, to allow at least two feet of clearance all around it, for easy access.

Like most other upright exercise bikes in this feature range, the EI-EB-01 is also fairly light. Its net weight is only 52.8 lbs (24 kg). Thus, the packaged unit can be carried by only one person. Also, the end caps of the front base stabilizer rotate and can be used as transport wheels, so, once the bike is assembled, it can be relocated even easier.

Seat and handlebars

The Royal Fitness EI-EB-01 exercise bike is equipped with a four-way adjustable seat (up, down, front, back). Its upright post has several adjustment holes while its horizontal slider offers a few extra inches of adjustment. Therefore, the bike can accommodate users between 4’10” and 6’2″ (147 – 188 cm). Taller persons should also be able to use this bike, but they may not benefit from a complete leg extension. Also, the bike is rated for a maximum user weight limit of 275 lbs (125 kg) which is fairly decent for a home-use bike.

The included saddle is pretty standard. Its internal shell is made from nylon or thermoplastic material while its top cover is made of high-density rubber foam. Its surface is slightly contoured in order to provide extra breathability.

The bike’s handlebar features a 3-grip design. It offers the possibility to adopt a climbing grip, an off-road grip, and a standard grip. Unlike the seat, it is non-adjustable.

The handlebar grips feature long PVC foam sleeves. They also integrate metallic pulse sensors, a feature that other basic upright bikes, like the Marcy NS-1201u for example, do not have. The included fitness monitor also has a pulse reading function.

Resistance system

The Royal Fitness EI-EB-01 upright exercise bike is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. This means that you don’t have to connect it to a power outlet. The only power source needed for it is a set of batteries for the fitness monitor.

The bike’s resistance system consists of a magnetic brake attached to the internal flywheel system and connected to the tension knob on the front mast of the bike through a steel cable. Therefore, when you turn the knob, the magnets move closer or farther from the flywheel which increases or decreases the pedaling difficulty.

As opposed to an exercise bike equipped with a standard friction resistance system, the EI-EB-01 offers two main advantages. First of all, since the brake does not touch the flywheel, the pedaling motion is very smooth and quiet. And second of all, the brake pad does not suffer any wear-and-tear, so you don’t have to worry about its lubrication or replacement.

The bike offers 8 levels of resistance. The 1-2 tension settings deliver a fairly light pedaling difficulty, great for a workout warm-up or muscle toning. The top (7-8) tension settings provide considerably more resistance, simulating a hill climb, allowing you to perform a more consistent workout.

Drive system

The Royal Fitness EI-EB-01 exercise bike is equipped with a 7.7 lbs (3.5 kg) flywheel. Although it’s considerably lighter than the flywheel of an indoor cycling bike, such as the YOSUDA L-010 for example, it still has the perimeter-weighted design. This adds a bit of extra inertia to the ride, and the magnetic resistance adds consistency.

The bike’s flywheel is bi-directional. In other words, you can pedal in reverse if you want. However, coasting is not possible on this bike. Also, when pedaling in reverse, the resistance remains constant, given by the selected difficulty level.

The bike is equipped with a fairly sturdy crankset featuring cylindrical arms painted black. The pedals are made from a durable ABS material, featuring weight elements for self-leveling and adjustable straps. The whole crankset is not meant for spin workouts or for standing on the pedals. Even though it may be able to hold you with no apparent problem, the stress on the joints and pedals may lead to damage.

The bike’s exact Q-Factor (spacing between the pedals) is not specified. However, it’s pretty narrow, similar to the Q-Factor of other upright bikes in this feature range. This means that the bike delivers a fairly low impact, without lateral stress on your knees or ankles.

Last but not least, the bike is equipped with a belt drive system. It integrates a poly-v belt, highly resistant to abrasion and stretching. As opposed to a chain drive, the belt drive system comes with several advantages. First of all, it generates less vibration so the bike delivers a very smooth and quiet pedaling motion. And second of all, it does not require lubrication.

Fitness monitor

The Royal Fitness EI-EB-01 stationary bike includes a fitness monitor. Although it does not have Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity, and it is not compatible with any fitness apps, it does offer a few more features than a basic unit. It tracks time, speed, distance, total distance, calories, and pulse. The pulse reading function is grip only; the monitor can only read your pulse if you hold on to the sensors integrated into the handlebars. It cannot communicate with an ANT+ or other type of heart rate chest strap.

The monitor unit features an LCD display without backlight. It has three buttons: Mode, Set, and Reset. The Mode button allows you to scroll through the workout metrics and select the one you want to view. In the same way, you can select the unit’s scan mode which automatically rotates all the metrics.

The Set button offers the possibility to select workout goals for time, distance, and calories burned. Once a goal is selected, the monitor will count down from the selected value until it reaches zero, notifying you that you have completed your goal. The Reset button clears all the data on the monitor to zero, except the odometer (total distance).

The monitor unit is battery-powered. It begins tracking your data when you start pedaling. It automatically turns off if it doesn’t detect any activity on the bike for more than four minutes. It also integrates a device holder.

Assembly and Maintenance

The base body of the bike with all the drive and resistance elements comes pre-assembled. You only have to attach the two base stabilizers, the front mast, the seat, the handlebars, the fitness monitor, and the pedals. This shouldn’t take more than 30-40 minutes of your time. All the necessary tools are included and the manual provides pretty clear assembly instructions.

The bike’s internal parts do not require lubrication. So, for maintenance, you only have to keep the bike clean and periodically check for loose bolts and parts.

The Pros

  • Solid construction for a basic bike – can hold users up to 275 lbs;
  • Adjustable levelers on the rear stabilizer;
  • Transport wheels on the front stabilizer;
  • Multi-grip handlebar;
  • 4-way adjustable seat;
  • Balanced flywheel for a smooth and consistent momentum;
  • Quiet belt drive;
  • Zero friction magnetic resistance;
  • 8 difficulty settings;
  • Weighted pedals with adjustable straps;
  • Fitness monitor included – it tracks time, speed, distance, total distance, pulse, and calories;
  • Workout goal settings for time, distance, and calories;
  • Device holder integrated into the fitness monitor;
  • Bottle holder included;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • All the tools necessary for the assembly are included.

The Cons

  • The handlebar is non-adjustable;
  • No backlight on the fitness monitor.

Summary

The Royal Fitness EI-EB-01 is an upright bike made for home use. It is equipped with an 8-level manual magnetic resistance system, a 7.7-lbs flywheel, and a fitness monitor that tracks the most important workout metrics. It also has a fairly decent construction with a maximum user weight limit of 275 lbs. It’s a bike made for light to medium-intensity cardio workouts, muscle toning, stamina development, and weight loss.

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