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SNODE E90 Elliptical Trainer

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SNODE E90

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L:65.9"
W:25.7"
H:66.3"
265 lbs22 lbsEddy
current,
16 levels
12 programs,
BMI,
Recovery,
Bluetooth,
iConsole+
compatible

The E90 is one of the SNODE elliptical trainers released in 2020. It is equipped with the same type of motorized resistance as the SNODE e20i that we’ve already reviewed here. However, the E90 is a front-drive elliptical and offers a slightly longer stride.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 65.9L x 25.7W x 66.3H inches (167L x 65W x 168H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 121.3 lbs (55 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 22 lbs (10 kg)
  • Supported weight: 265 lbs (120 kg)
  • Stride: 16.5 inches (42 cm)
  • Incline: No
  • Resistance: Motorized-magnetic, 16 levels
  • Console: 12 programs, BMI, Recovery, Bluetooth & iConsole compatible
  • Extras: Tablet holder, USB charging port
  • Warranty: 2 years limited

Frame construction

The SNODE E90 features solid construction with a frame made of steel tubing. It’s pretty heavy for a home-use machine; with all the parts assembled, it weighs approx. 121 lbs (55 kg). Needless to say, this weight provides superior stability, so the machine won’t rock or move even if you engage in a more demanding workout. Plus, the middle base bar and the rear base bar are equipped with adjustable levelers.

Despite the fact that it is rather heavy, this SNODE elliptical trainer can easily be moved by only one person once it was assembled. Its front base is equipped with transport wheels while its rear base features a lifting handle. By using the handle and the wheels, you won’t be handling more than 35% of the total weight of the machine when moving it.

All the steel bars in the machine’s construction are coated with a corrosion-resistant and chip-resistant paint finish. The color used is black, this being the only color available for this trainer. However, it’s important to mention that the drive mechanism covers are made of durable ABS material (not metal), as well as the pedal trays, and several other small parts. The drive mechanism casing is black & lime yellow for an extra aesthetic touch.

The fully assembled trainer is fairly large. It is approx. 65.9″ (167 cm) long and 25.7″ (65 cm) wide, while its highest point is 66.3″ (168 cm), given by the top of the moving arms. It is also recommended to leave at least two feet of clearance all around the machine for ease of access and safe usage.

The SNODE E90 elliptical cross trainer is equipped with two sets of handlebars, one mobile and one fixed. The mobile handlebars feature long grips with ball grips at the top. The short handlebars attach directly to the front upright mast of the machine; they’re non-adjustable and they are equipped with pulse sensors.

The machine’s pedals are attached to two durable steel tubes. The pedal trays are made of ABS material with a non-slip surface. They also have inner and front guards for improved foot stability. They solid enough to support users up to 265 lbs (120 kg).

The lower pedal bars are equipped with large wheels that integrate industrial-grade sealed ball bearings for a smooth pedal motion. Also, their outer covers are rubberized to reduce noise. The machine’s rail bars feature aluminum covers to protect the paint on them; they also contribute to the overall smoothness of the ride.

Elliptical path, stride, step-up height

Most front-drive elliptical trainers offer either a horizontal elliptical path or an elliptical path slightly inclined backward. The SNODE E90 is an exception. Its elliptical path is inclined forward by approx. 2°. Therefore, the ride resembles a descent on a soft ramp. This puts a bit more focus on your glutes and thighs.

Even though the SNODE E90 elliptical machine has an elliptical path slightly inclined forward, it does not have an incline system, like the Schwinn 430, for example. This means that the position of the elliptical path and the length of its stride are non-adjustable. The machine offers a stride of 16.5″ (42 cm). Therefore, it can accommodate users up to 6’3″ (190 cm) allowing a satisfying range of motion.

The machine’s pedal step-up height is approx. 7.9″ (20 cm). Also, at their highest point, the pedals are a few inches higher. Therefore, it is recommended to place and use the machine in a room with a ceiling that is at least 15″ (38 cm) higher than the height of the tallest user.

Resistance and drive

The SNODE E90 elliptical trainer is equipped with a motorized magnetic resistance system. This means you have to connect it to a power outlet. As power cord is included with it. This also means that the resistance adjustments can only be done from the console, and the console can adjust the resistance automatically.

The trainer’s resistance system consists of a magnetic brake and a servo motor. As you adjust the resistance from the console, or as the console adjusts the resistance automatically, the motor moves the magnetic brake closer or farther from the flywheel increasing or decreasing the pedaling difficulty.

Similar to the XTERRA Fitness FS2.5 elliptical, the SNODE E90 offers 16 levels of resistance. The first level is fairly light, offering the possibility to train on a basic level. This is great for users who require recovery training, users with certain disabilities, or elderly users. Conversely, the 16th resistance level provides a considerably higher pedaling difficulty, great for anyone who wants to improve stamina or work on a higher cardiovascular level.

The machine is equipped with a 22-lbs (10 kg) flywheel which has a perimeter-weighted design. This type of construction improves inertia and adds consistency and smoothness to the ride. The flywheel is also bi-directional. This means you can pedal in reverse as well. However, it is important to mention that you cannot coast on the machine as it is possible on a road bike. Thus, when pedaling in reverse, the pedal resistance remains constant, according to the selected tension level.

Like most other ellipticals and stationary bikes equipped with a magnetic resistance system, the SNODE E90 features a belt drivetrain. This means you don’t have to take the drive unit apart to lubricate the drivetrain (belts don’t need lubrication). Also, a belt generates less vibration than a chain which also adds to the overall smoothness of the ride.

Console

The SNODE E90 is equipped with a mid-range console. To begin with, it features a multi-color LCD display with LED backlight for improved readability. Also, the display is divided into multiple sub-sections so you can view all the workout metrics at once. It tracks speed, RPM, distance, calories, watts, and pulse. The unit is not telemetric; therefore, it can only read your pulse through the integrated sensors. It cannot communicate with a wireless HR chest strap.

The console unit makes available 12 pre-set programs. They have different segment layouts in order to offer a different type of workouts. For example, there is an interval workout, a hills workout, a peak workout, and more. Of course, the Manual mode is also available, as well as a watts program, and an HR program.

The console has a Recovery function and a Body Fat function as well. These have quick selection keys on the console. The Recovery function counts your pulse cooldown at the end of the workout and based on the result, it will indicate your fitness rating (F1 – excellent, F6 – poor). The Body Fat function calculates your body fat percentage based on your personal data, such as weight, height, gender, and age.

Another important console feature is the Bluetooth connectivity. This allows you to sync your smartphone or tablet with the elliptical via the iConsole+ app. This app can record your workouts offering the possibility to view your workout history and keep track of your progress.

Among other console features, we can count the tablet holder and the USB port. The tablet holder consists of a small shelf placed between the console controls and the LCD display. The USB port is on the left of the console keypad. It only offers a charging function for your phone or tablet; you cannot transfer data on a PC or other device via USB cable. So, in case you want to use the iConsole+ app, you will have to use the Bluetooth connection.

Assembly and Maintenance

The front unit of the machine with all the drive and resistance elements comes pre-assembled. However, the rest of the parts do require user assembly. You will have to connect the front base stabilizer, the rear base frame with the rails, the pedals, the console mast, the moving arms, the fixed handlebars, and the console. This may take up to two hours of your time. However, the manual provides clear assembly instructions and a set of basic tools is also included.

Once the machine is fully assembled, you don’t have to worry too much about maintenance. The internal parts shouldn’t need any lubrication for a very long period of time. You only have to keep the unit clean, check for loose parts from time to time, and grease the joints if necessary.

The Pros

  • Sturdy construction – can support users up to 265 lbs (120 kg);
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • Adjustable stabilizers on the middle and rear bases;
  • Fixed and mobile handlebars;
  • Medium-weight flywheel (22 lbs) for a more consistent pedaling motion;
  • Large, non-slip pedals;
  • Eddy current, automatic resistance (16 levels);
  • Multi-window LCD display with LED backlight;
  • The console tracks all the important workout metrics, including time, distance, total distance, speed, RPM, watts, calories, and pulse;
  • Goal settings for time, distance, calories, and watts;
  • Pulse sensors and pulse reading function;
  • 12 pre-set programs available;
  • Manual, watts, and heart rate programs included as well;
  • Recovery function;
  • Body fat calculator;
  • Tablet holder;
  • USB charging port;
  • Quiet operation;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • No bottle holder;
  • No incline;
  • The pulse reading function is not too accurate.

Summary

The SNODE E90 is an elliptical trainer designed for home use. It features a motorized magnetic resistance system with 16 levels, a 22-lb flywheel, and an LCD console with 12 pre-set programs, Bluetooth connectivity, and compatibility with the iConsole+ app available for iOS and Android. It also has a fairly decent construction with a weight capacity of 265 lbs. It’s an excellent trainer for light to medium-intensity cardio workouts, interval workouts, muscle toning, and weight loss.

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