ShareVgo Folding Semi-Recumbent Bike SXB1000
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The ShareVgo SXB1000 is one of the semi-recumbent x-type exercise bikes released in 2019. In terms of design and features, it is similar to the XTERRA FB350. However, its fitness monitor has Bluetooth connectivity. Also, the ShareVgo includes a large tablet holder and offers front-to-back adjustability for the seat as well.
Key Features and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 28L x 22W x 55H inches (71L x 56W x 140H cm)
- Assembled weight: 45 lbs (20.4 kg)
- Supported weight: 250 lbs (113.3 kg)
- Seat: 4-way adjustable
- Resistance: Magnetic, 8 levels
- Fitness monitor: Time, distance, speed, pulse, Bluetooth, compatible with the ShareVgo Fitness App
- Extras: Device holders, bottle holder
- Warranty: 90 days
The ShareVgo SXB1000 features an x-type frame made of steel tubing. It combines cylindrical, oval, and rectangular tubes in its construction. It has two main parts; the largest part that holds the handlebar and the fitness monitor consists of two parallel curved bars. The other part supports the seat and the drive system. The two parts are connected in the middle and allow you to fold the frame for better storage possibilities.
The fully assembled bike is not too large. It is approx. 28″ (71 cm) long, and 22″ (56 cm) wide, while its highest point is 55″ (140 cm). With the frame folded, the bike’s footprint is reduced to 9″L x 22″W (23 x 56 cm), while its height reaches approx. 63″ (160 cm).
Like most other x-frame bikes, the ShareVgo SXB1000 is not too heavy. Its net weight is 45 lbs (20.4 kg). This being said, it can be carried and assembled by only one person with no problem. Its front base caps also rotate and can act as transport wheels for the easy relocation of the bike. Also, the rear base stabilizer features polygonal caps which can serve as levelers.
All the steel bars in the bike’s construction are coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish. The color used is gray, this being the only color available for this model. The casing of the drive and resistance mechanism is green/black; it is pretty similar to the ShareVgo SPB1000 under desk bike. The protective panels of the bike’s mechanism are made of durable thermoplastic material.
Seat and handlebars
The ShareVgo SXB1000 semi-recumbent bike is equipped with a fairly large seat, approx. 12″ (30 cm) wide. Its top consists of a thick layer of high-density foam. It is slightly contoured for improved comfort while its inner shell is made from durable nylon material. The backrest is approx. 14″ (35 cm) above the base of the seat. It integrates a thick layer of cushioning with a thermoplastic rear cap.
The whole seat assembly is four-way adjustable. Its upright post has several adjustment positions while its horizontal slider offers a few extra inches of front-to-back adjustment. This being said, the bike should be able to accommodate users between 4’11” and 6’0″ (150 – 183 cm). It is also rated for a maximum user weight limit of 250 lbs (113.3 kg).
It’s also important to mention here that the seat’s backrest does not adjust independently from the seat. It does not recline, you cannot adjust its height, and also cannot fold forward over the seat pad as is the case for other X-frame bikes.
The bike is equipped with two sets of handlebars. One attaches to the seat assembly, the other to the upper front section of the frame. The front handlebars integrate metallic pulse sensors and the fitness monitor can track your pulse if you hold on to them. The seat handlebars do not have any sensors. None of the handlebars adjust in any way. They both feature PVC foam sleeves for an improved grip.
The ShareVgo SXB1000 exercise bike is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. This means that the bike itself cannot automatically adjust the resistance. It also means that you don’t need an adapter or power cord for this bike.
The resistance system consists of a magnetic brake that is attached to the internal flywheel system and to the tension knob at the front of the bike through a steel wire. As you turn this knob, the brake moves closer or farther from the internal flywheel which increases or decreases the intensity of the created magnetic field. This ultimately increases or decreases the pedaling difficulty.
The bike offers 8 levels of resistance. The first level of resistance is fairly light, great for a fitness warm-up, recovery training, or in general, for users with a low level of fitness. Conversely, the 8th tension level delivers considerably more resistance simulating a hill climb. But as a general idea, the bike does not provide a super high pedaling difficulty when the 8th level is selected.
Needless to say, the main advantage of the magnetic resistance system is that the brake does not touch the flywheel. Thus, there is no friction and the pedaling motion is seamless. The bike is also very quiet, almost completely silent and there’s virtually no wear and tear for the internal magnetic brake.
The ShareVgo SXB1000 is equipped with a belt drive system. It uses a poly-v rubber belt designed for improved traction. Since the drivetrain is belt-based, not chain-based, you don’t have to worry about its periodic lubrication. It also generates less vibration than a chain and contributes to the overall smoothness of the ride.
The weight of the internal flywheel is not specified. However, considering that the bike doesn’t weigh more than 45 lbs (20.4 kg), its flywheel probably doesn’t weigh more than 10 lbs (4.5 kg). It is perimeter-weighted, though. This design is meant to improve inertia and add stability to the pedaling motion.
The flywheel is bi-directional. In other words, you can pedal in reverse if you want. But since this is an exercise bike, not a road bike, when pedaling in reverse the resistance remains constant, given by the selected tension level. Also, coasting is not possible on the bike.
The bike is equipped with a durable crankset featuring steel arms. The pedals are made of durable thermoplastic material. They are weighted, so they always self-level when you remove your feet from them. They have a textured surface and adjustable straps for improved foot stability.
Evidently, since this is a semi-recumbent X-bike, it is not meant for spin workouts. Even though the pedals are pretty durable, they’re not meant for standing up while pedaling. Even if they can support your weight with no problem, standing up while pedaling can lead to loss of balance or damage to the internal parts.
The ShareVgo SXB1000 exercise bike is equipped with a pretty basic fitness monitor. It features an LCD display that tracks time, distance, speed, and pulse. It does not have built-in programs or goal settings. It only has one button which you can press to select the desired workout metric that you want to view. Or, you can select the Scan Mode which automatically rotates all the metrics showing each one for a few seconds.
Although the fitness monitor unit does not have pre-set workout programs, it does have Bluetooth connectivity and is compatible with the ShareVgo Fitness App. There is a QR code included with the bike which you can scan with your smartphone in order to install the app. This app offers the possibility to track your progress online, indicates calorie consumption, provides pre-set workout goals and challenges, and various ways to keep you motivated. The app is free, available for iOS and Android systems.
The fitness monitor unit is battery-powered. It requires two AAA batteries. It starts up when you begin pedaling and also automatically turns off after a few minutes of inactivity on the bike. The unit has a small shelf at the base that can be used as a phone or tablet holder. However, the bike also comes with another, larger tablet holder that attaches to the front part of the frame.
Assembly and Maintenance
The two main sections of the frame are already attached together and the drive mechanism is also pre-assembled. Therefore, you only have to attach the two base bars, the seat, the backrest, the handlebars, the fitness monitor, the device holder, the bottle holder, and the pedals. This shouldn’t take more than 30-40 minutes. All the necessary tools are included and the manual provides clear step-by-step assembly instructions.
Once the bike is fully assembled, you don’t have to worry too much about maintenance. The internal parts shouldn’t need any lubrication for a long period of time. Therefore, you only need to keep the unit clean and periodically check for loose bolts and parts.
- Sturdy frame for a light training bike – can support users up to 250 lbs;
- Small footprint;
- Foldable, great for a small apartment;
- Four-way adjustable seat;
- Large seat and thick padding on the backrest;
- Two sets of handlebars;
- Pulse sensors integrated into the front handlebar;
- Weighted pedals with straps
- Eight levels of magnetic resistance;
- Smooth and quiet operation;
- Fitness monitor included – it tracks time, speed, distance, and pulse;
- Bluetooth connectivity;
- Compatible with the ShareVgo Fitness app;
- Tablet holder included;
- Bottle holder included;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required.
- No backlight on the fitness monitor;
- The pulse reading function is not too accurate.
The ShareVgo SXB1000 is a folding semi-recumbent exercise bike made for home use. It features a large seat with a padded backrest, 8 levels of magnetic resistance, and a fitness monitor that can track time, distance, speed, and pulse. The fitness monitor also has Bluetooth connectivity and is compatible with the ShareVgo Fitness app. It’s an affordable exercise bike, great for light cardio training, muscle toning, and weight loss.