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Stamina 1350 Recumbent Bike

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Stamina 15-1350

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L:50"
W:27"
H:33.5"
250 lbsManual
magnetic
Time,
Speed,
Distance,
Calories,
Scan
Frame: 1 year
Parts: 90 days

Although the Stamina 1350 is one of the recumbent bikes released in 2008, it’s still available at the moment. It’s a pretty basic bike made for home use, but it’s also one of the most affordable exercise bikes from Stamina. In terms of features, it can be compared with the Marcy NS-908R.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 50L x 27W x 33.5H inches (127L x 68W x 85H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 56.6 lbs (25.6 kg)
  • Max. user weight: 250 lbs (113 kg)
  • Seat: Adjustable
  • Drive: Belt
  • Resistance: Manual magnetic
  • Fitness monitor: Time, distance, speed, calories, scan
  • Warranty: Frame 1 year / Parts 90 days

Frame construction

The Stamina 1350 recumbent exercise bike features a two-piece frame similar to the Stamina 15-4831. However, it doesn’t have any rectangular tubes in its construction; all the frame tubes are cylindrical. The frame design is simple; the rear frame piece with the seat connects to the front frame piece that holds the drive and resistance elements.

All the steel tubes in the bike’s construction are double-coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish. The color used is gray, this being the only color available for this particular Stamina exercise bike model. The guards of the drive and resistance system, as well as the monitor casing, and several other small covers, are made of durable thermoplastic material.

The fully assembled bike, with the seat extended all the way back, is approx. 50″ (127 cm) long, and 27″ (68 cm) wide. This being said, it is recommended to assign a usage area for this bike of at least 7′ x 4′ (213 x 122 cm) for easy access and safe usage. Speaking of easy access, the bike has a step-through design. This can be a plus for users with certain disabilities as it facilitates an easy entry and exit.

This Stamina exercise bike is not too heavy. Its net weight is approx. 56.6 lbs (25.6 kg). Thus, it can be carried and assembled by only one person. Once it is assembled, it can be moved even easier, as the rear base caps rotate and can serve as transport wheels. The front base caps have a polygonal design; they also rotate and can serve as floor levelers.

Seat and handlebars

The Stamina 1350 recumbent bike is equipped with a seat designed for optimal comfort. Both pads (bottom and backrest) integrate a 2-inch layer of foam padding. Their covers are made of durable vinyl material which is moisture-proof and easy to maintain. it is approx. 14.5″ (36 cm) wide, and 12″ (30 cm) deep, so it provides plenty of contact surface.

The bike doesn’t have a rail adjustment system for its seat, like the Body-Solid B4RB, for example. However, its whole frame section is adjustable. The rear base tube inserts into the front base tube and has 7 adjustment holes. The backrest does not adjust independently from the rest of the seat; it does not have a reclining feature or a vertical slider. These being said, the bike should be able to accommodate users between 5’1″ and 6’4″ (155 – 193 cm). It is also rated for a maximum user weight limit of 250 lbs (113 kg).

The bike only has one handlebar set which attaches to the seat assembly. It does not have handlebars for the front frame section. The seat handlebars have a PVC foam grips for improved contact. They do not have pulse sensors and the bike cannot monitor your heart rate. They cannot be adjusted independently from the rest of the seat assembly. The distance between them is approx. 25″ (63.5 cm).

Resistance system

The Stamina 1350 recumbent bike is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. It does not have an internal motor, so you won’t need a power adapter or power cord for it. But on the other hand, the bike cannot adjust the resistance automatically.

The resistance system consists of a magnetic brake integrated into the bike’s flywheel and connected to the tension knob at the front of the bike. Therefore, when you turn the knob, the magnets move closer or farther from the flywheel which increases or decreases the pedaling difficulty.

The magnetic resistance comes with several advantages. First of all, the magnets do not touch the flywheel, so there is no internal friction. Due to this fact, the resistance is very smooth. And second of all, since there is no friction, the bike generates almost no noise during usage and the brake does not sustain any wear and tear.

Unlike many other exercise bikes with a magnetic resistance system, the Stamina 1350 does not have pre-determined resistance settings. But as a general idea, with the tension knob turned all the way to the left, the pedaling difficulty is fairly light, great for recovery training, for example. Conversely, with the knob turned all the way to the right, the bike provides considerably more resistance and can simulate a hill climb.

Drive system

Like most other exercise bikes with a magnetic resistance system, the Stamina 1350 is equipped with a belt drive system. That’s because a chain may interfere with the magnetic brake. Its drivetrain uses a poly-v ribbed belt designed for maximum traction. This belt drive comes with several advantages. For example, you won’t need to lubricate it and it generates slightly less vibration than a chain, contributing to the overall smoothness of the ride.

The internal flywheel is not super heavy. Its exact weight is not specified, but since the bike only weighs approx. 56 lbs (25.6 kg), the flywheel probably doesn’t weigh more than 12 lbs (5.4 kg). It has a perimeter-weighted design for improved inertia and stability.

The bike’s flywheel is bi-directional. In other words, you can pedal in reverse. Since the resistance and drive systems have a simple design, when pedaling in reverse, the resistance remains constant. Also, the monitor continues to count distance, calories, etc. if you are pedaling in reverse.

The bike is equipped with a fairly sturdy crankset, but since it’s a recumbent bike, it’s not meant for standing on the pedals. The crank arms are cylindrical and the internal pulley is fairly large, made from a durable thermoplastic material. The pedals are also made from a tough plastic material. They do not have toe cages or straps; they do have weight elements for self-leveling when you remove your feet from them.

Fitness monitor

The Stamina 1350 bike includes a basic fitness monitor unit. It features an LCD display that tracks time, speed, distance, and calories burned. It does not have an RPM or a pulse reading function. Speed and distance are shown in MPH and miles, and there is no option for setting them to metric units.

The monitor unit does not have pre-set programs or online connectivity. It also does not have goal settings. It only has one button. By pressing the button repeatedly, you can scroll through the workout metrics and select the one you want to view. The unit also has a Scan Mode. You can select the Scan Mode in the same way you select any of the other metrics (by pressing the button until selected). In Scan Mode, the workout metrics are automatically rotated on the display, each one appearing for four seconds.

The button also covers the unit’s reset function. You can press and hold it for a few seconds to clear all the data on it to zero.

The monitor unit is battery-powered. It uses two AA batteries which are not included. It starts up when it detects pedal movement or when you press the button. It also automatically turns off if it does not detect any activity on the bike for more than 4 minutes.

Assembly and Maintenance

The front unit of the bike with all the drive and resistance elements comes pre-assembled. You only have to attach the front upright bar, the fitness monitor, the front base bar, insert the rear frame post into the front frame post, add the rear base bar, assemble the seat, and finally, the pedals. This may take up to an hour of your time but the task is fairly simple. Plus, the manual provides clear assembly instructions and all the necessary tools are included.

Once the bike is assembled, you don’t have to worry too much about maintenance. Its internal parts don’t require any lubrication. So, basically, you only have to keep your exercise bike clean and periodically check for any potential loose or broken parts.

The Pros

  • Fairly sturdy construction – can support users up to 250 lbs (113 kg);
  • Adjustable levelers on the front base;
  • Transport wheels on the rear base;
  • Cushioned, wide seat with a large and firm backrest;
  • Multiple adjustment positions for the seat (the bike can accommodate users up to 6’4″);
  • Quiet magnetic resistance system;
  • Adjustable resistance;
  • Weighted pedals; 
  • Fitness monitor included – it tracks time, distance, speed, and calories burned;
  • Fairly easy to assemble;
  • All the tools necessary for the assembly are included;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • No backlight on the fitness monitor;
  • No front handlebars;
  • No straps on the pedals;
  • No phone or tablet holder.

Summary

The Stamina 1350 is a recumbent bike made for home use. It features an adjustable magnetic resistance system, a belt drive system, a large comfortable seat, handlebars with pulse sensors, and a fitness monitor that tracks time, speed, distance, and calories burned. It is designed to accommodate users up to 6’4″ and 250 lbs. It’s a bike for light to medium-intensity cardio training, recovery training, muscle toning, and weight loss.

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