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TechFit R410 Recumbent Bike

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TechFit R410

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L:62.2"
W:26.8"
H:49.2"
265 lbs15.4 lbsManual
magnetic,
8 levels
Time,
Distance,
Speed,
Calories,
ODO,
SCAN,
Goals

The TechFit R410 is a pretty standard recumbent bike made for home use. However, it offers a bit more in terms of comfort than bikes such as the Marcy NS-1206R, or pooboo W268, as it features a large mesh backrest. It’s also slightly larger than other models offering a bit of extra leg room.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 62.2L x 26.8W x 49.2H inches (158L x 68W x 125H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 79 lbs (36 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 15.4 lbs (7 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 265 lbs (120 kg)
  • Seat: Adjustable
  • Pedals: Weighted, with straps
  • Resistance: Manual magnetic, 8 levels
  • Console: Time, distance, odometer, speed, calories, SCAN
  • Extras: Tablet holder
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

Frame construction

The TechFit R410 features a two-piece frame. The front section of the frame supports the drive and resistance unit along with the console mast and console; the rear section supports the seat frame and the seat assembly. The two main pieces connect in the middle via the bolts.

Needless to say, the bike’s frame is made of steel tubing. The seat base and the seat assembly are durable enough to support users up to 265 lbs (120 kg) which is not bad for a home-use fitness machine. All the frame steel parts are coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish with the exception of the seat sliding rail which has a chrome finish. The paint finish is black, this being the only color available for this bike.

As we’ve mentioned above, the R410 recumbent bike is a bit larger than other models. It is 62.2″ (158 cm) long, and 26.8″ (68 cm) wide. This being said, it offers plenty of stability. Plus, both its base bars are equipped with adjustable levelers.

The bike isn’t extremely heavy but does weigh approx. 79 lbs (36 kg) which is twice the weight of the average road bike. This weight, plus the low center of gravity, adds to the unit’s overall stability as well. But nonetheless, the fully assembled bike is fairly easy to move. Its rear base bar integrates a lifting handle while the front base is equipped with large silicone transport wheels.

It’s also important to mention that this TechFit exercise bike features a step-through design. This can be quite a plus for users with certain disabilities as it considerably improves the entry and exit possibilities, and the user’s positioning on the seat.

Seat and handlebars

The TechFit R410 is equipped with a seat designed for superior comfort. To begin with, the seat pad is made of a thick layer of polyurethane material with another layer of foam cushioning. It is approx. 15.5″ (40 cm) wide so it provides plenty of contact surface. It is also contoured for better positioning.

The seat features a flexible mesh backrest with a durable polypropylene frame. The mesh structure of the backrest provides extra breathability and enables it to adapt perfectly to the user. Its base is also curved for extra lumbar comfort.

The seat is adjustable. It is attached to an oblique sliding rail featuring an adjustment knob on the right side. The rail is pretty long, so the bike can accommodate users between 5’2″ and 6’5″ (157 – 196 cm) with no problem. Also, as we’ve mentioned above, it is rated for a maximum user weight capacity of 265 lbs (120 kg).

It’s important to mention that the backrest does not have a reclining feature. It is attached to the seat frame via bolts, so it does not adjust in any way independently from the rest of the seat.

The TechFit R410 recumbent exercise bike is equipped with two sets of handlebars. One is attached to the seat assembly, the other to the front mast. The seat handlebars integrate pulse sensors. They have long and pretty wide-apart grips. The front handlebars are welded directly to the bike’s front upright bar. They have short grips, slightly curved towards the user to provide a more natural hand positioning and minimize the impact on the wrists. They do not integrate sensors. Also, none of the handlebars are adjustable.

Resistance and drive

The TechFit R410 recumbent bike is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. This means the console cannot adjust the pedal resistance automatically. It also means that you don’t need an external power source for the bike, power cord, or adapter.

The bike’s resistance system consists of a magnetic brake that is connected to the tension knob on the bike’s front mast through a steel cable. By turning the knob clockwise, the magnetic brake moves closer to the internal flywheel increasing the pedaling resistance.

The bike makes available 8 distinct pedaling difficulty levels. The first level delivers a very light resistance, great for anyone who may need recovery training. The 7-8 tension levels provide considerably more resistance, though, simulating a hill climb and giving you the possibility to achieve a higher cardiovascular rate in a shorter period of time.

Similar to the TechFit B400 upright bike, the R410 model is equipped with a 15.4 lbs (7 kg) flywheel. It has a perimeter-weighted design for improved inertia and stability. It is also bi-directional, so you can pedal in reverse if you want. But since coasting on the bike is not possible, when pedaling in reverse, you will benefit from the same resistance as when pedaling backward.

The bike’s drivetrain uses a heavy-duty, poly-v belt. This means you don’t have to lubricate it periodically. A belt drive also generates less vibration than a chain and contributes to the overall smoothness of the ride.

The bike’s crankset features cylindrical steel arms with a chrome finish. They’re not meant for spin workouts or standing up on the pedals. The included pedals have a self-adjusting design. They also feature a textured surface and adjustable straps.

Exercise meter

As we’ve mentioned above, the TechFit R410 recumbent bike doesn’t have an automatic resistance system. Therefore, its console is basically just an exercise meter. It doesn’t have workout programs, Bluetooth, or online connectivity. It only tracks the main workout metrics. It features an LCD display (without LED backlight) that monitors workout time, distance, total distance (odometer), speed, calories burned, and pulse.

The meter unit is not telemetric. This means it cannot communicate with a wireless HR chest strap. Therefore, in order to monitor your pulse rate, you have to hold on to the integrated sensors.

The meter unit is easy to use. It has three buttons – Mode, Set, and Reset. The Mode button allows you to select any of the workout metrics to view on the unit’s display or select the Scan Mode. When this mode is selected, all the metrics rotate in a sequence, each one appearing on the display for a few seconds. The Set button allows you to select workout goals, and finally, the Reset button gives you the possibility to clear all the values on the console to zero.

The unit requires two AA batteries as its power source which are not included. It starts up when it detects pedal movement and also automatically turns off if it does not detect any input on the bike for a few minutes.

Last but not least, the console integrates a tablet holder. This accessory consists of a tray placed above the console controls which is large enough to accommodate any tablet or smartphone.

Assembly and Maintenance

The front section of the bike with all the drive and resistance elements comes pre-assembled. The rest of the bike does require users assembly, though. You will have to connect the two main frame pieces together, attach the two base bars, the seat, the backrest, the seat handlebars, the pedals, the front mast, and the exercise meter. This may take more than an hour but the task isn’t too complicated. All the necessary instructions are provided by the manual and a basic toolkit is also included.

Maintenance doesn’t require much. The internal parts shouldn’t need any maintenance for a long period of time. The drive train doesn’t require lubrication. So, basically, you only have to keep the bike clean, keep liquids away from the console, and periodically check for loose or broken parts.

The Pros

  • Sturdy, steel frame – 265 lbs capacity;
  • Adjustable stabilizers on both bases;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • Step-through frame design for easy access to the seat;
  • Seat handlebars with pulse sensors;
  • Front handlebars included (not all recumbent bikes have this feature);
  • Large padded and contoured seat;
  • Durable and flexible mesh backrest;
  • 8-level frictionless manual magnetic resistance;
  • Weighted pedals with adjustable straps;
  • Exercise meter that can track time, distance, total distance, speed, calories, and pulse;
  • Goal setting functions for time, distance, and calories;
  • Tablet holder included;
  • Lightweight, easy to handle;
  • Fairly easy to assemble;
  • Little to no maintenance required.

The Cons

  • No backlight on the exercise meter;
  • No bottle holder.

Summary

The TechFit R410 is a recumbent exercise bike designed for home use. It features an 8-level manual magnetic resistance system, a padded seat with mesh backrest, and an exercise meter that tracks all the important workout metrics and offers target settings for time, distance, and calories. It’s a bike designed for light to medium-intensity cardio workouts, recovery training, muscle toning, and weight loss.

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