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Tunturi Cardio Fit E35 Upright Bike

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Tunturi E35

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L:34.3"
W:20.1"
H:51.6"
242 lbs15.4 lbsEddy
current,
16 levels
16
programs,
BMI,
Recovery,
Goals

The E35 upright bike is part of the Tunturi “Cardio Fit” series. It features a similar design to the Tunturi B35 that we’ve already reviewed here. However, it is equipped with an automatic eddy current resistance system has a console with several workout programs, and offers superior ergonomics. It’s not an exercise bike made for commercial use but does offer excellent durability.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 34.3L x 20.1W x 51.6H inches (87L x 51W x 131H cm)
  • Flywheel weight: 15.4 lbs (7 kg)
  • Assembled weight: 50.7 lbs (23 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 242.5 lbs (110 kg)
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Drive: Belt
  • Resistance: Eddy current, 16 levels
  • Console: 16 programs (12 preset), BMI function, Recovery function
  • Amenities: Tablet holder
  • Warranty: 2 years limited

Frame construction

The Tunturi Cardio Fit E35 features a steel frame with ABS covers for the crankset, flywheel, and resistance elements. All the steel tubes are coated with a rust-resistant and chip resistant paint finish. The colors used are gray and black, this being the only color combo available for this unit.

Like most other upright bikes, the Tunturi E35 is not a large fitness machine. With the frame fully set up, it is approx. 34″ (87 cm) long, and 20″ (51 cm) wide. Also, its highest point is approx. 51.6″ (131 cm) above floor level. These being said, it requires a usage area of at least 60″ x 50″ (153 x 127 cm).

The fully assembled bike is not too heavy either. It weighs approx. 50.7 lbs (23 kg). This means it can be carried and assembled by one person. Plus, once it is fully assembled, its relocation is facilitated by the two transport wheels integrated into its front base.

The unit’s rear base is equipped with two adjustable stabilizers. Thus, you can perfectly level it on any type of floor. It is recommended, though, to place and use it on a rubber mat.

Seat and handlebars

As we’ve mentioned above, the Tunturi Cardio Fit E35 offers superior ergonomics to the B35 model. One of these elements is the seat. To begin with, the included saddle is larger and integrates more cushioning. Also, its top is contoured featuring a longitudinal groove for extra breathability.

The seat offers 4-way adjustability (up, down, forward, backward). Its upright bar features multiple adjustment positions with increments of approx. 1″ (2.5 cm). It’s designed for an inseam range between 27″ and 41″ (68.5 – 104 cm). Its horizontal slider provides several extra inches of front to back adjustment as well. Thus, the bike can accommodate users between 5’2″ and 6’5″ (157 – 196 cm). Also, its seat is rated for a user weight capacity of 242 lbs (110 kg).

The bike’s handlebar is adjustable as well. It features a small knob which gives you the possibility to adjust its angle. However, as opposed to the seat, its height is not adjustable. The height of the front mast cannot be adjusted.

The handlebar features a multi-grip design. It is fully covered by a layer of high-density foam in order to provide optimal comfort and a secure grip. Its side grips are equipped with metallic pulse sensors, so if you hold on to them, the console can track your pulse rate or run the Recovery test.

Drive and resistance

As opposed to the bikes from the “Competence” series, the Tunturi E35 Cardio Fit features a slightly lighter flywheel. It weighs 15.4 lbs (7 kg) which is pretty decent for an upright bike. This means it provides an excellent momentum and a steady pedaling motion.

The bike also permits pedaling in reverse. However, coasting as on road bikes is not possible. When pedaling in reverse, you will still benefit from the selected pedaling resistance. Also, when pedaling in reverse, the console will continue to monitor your distance, speed, and other metrics.

In terms of resistance, this Tunturi exercise bike is equipped with an eddy current system. It integrates a magnetic brake and a servo motor. Therefore, it requires an external power source. The resistance can only be adjusted from the console. Or, in case you decide to use one of the preset workout programs, the bike will auto-adjust the resistance.

An important aspect to mention here regards the included adapter. Since this is an upright exercise bike manufactured in the Netherlands, it comes with an EU adapter. Therefore, you may need a US adapter plug.

The bike offers 16 levels of resistance. The first few levels deliver a fairly light pedaling difficulty; they’re great for anyone who requires recovery training or has joint problems. Conversely, the top resistance levels provide considerably more pedal tension simulating a hill climb, promoting a higher burn and a superior cardio training.

The crankset is fairly durable, equipped with solid steel arms. However, it’s not meant for standing up while pedaling, or for spin workouts. Since this is an upright bike, it is meant for seated workouts only.

The included pedals are weighted; they have weight elements on their bases which enable them to always turn up if you remove your feet from them. They also have a textured surface for superior adherence and adjustable straps so you can secure your feet if needed.

Last but not least, this Tunturi exercise bike is equipped with a belt drivetrain. Like any other belt-based drive system, it comes with several advantages. First of all, the bike produces almost no noise when in use. Second of all, the belt drive generates considerably less vibration than a chain. And finally, you don’t have to lubricate it.

Console

The bike is equipped with a mid-range console. It features an LCD display with LED backlight for superior readability. It is divided into seven subsections in order to show multiple workout metrics simultaneously. It tracks time, distance, speed, RPM, watts, calories, and pulse.

The speed and distance readings can be set to either metric (km/h, km) or imperial units (MPH, miles). The console unit is not telemetric, though. This means it can only read your pulse through the incorporated sensors. It does not work with Polar or other types of wireless HR chest strap transmitters.

The console does not have online connectivity, nor it is compatible with any online fitness apps. However, it makes available 16 workout programs. The first one is the Manual mode. During this program, you can adjust the resistance as you like from the arrow keys on the console, and you can also set up goals for time, distance, and calories.

The P1-P12 are preset programs. Each one has its own segment setup, featuring various resistance intervals. You can view their setup on the diagram left from the console display. Also, you can select the duration for each one of them.

The last three programs are the User program, the H.R.C mode, and the Watt mode. The User program gives you the possibility to create your own custom program with the desired resistance intervals. The H.R.C mode is a heart rate based program; it allows you to select a target heart rate of 55%, 75%, 90% or a custom HR up to 100%. During this program, the bike will auto-adjust the resistance in order to keep you close to the selected heart rate target. And finally, the Watt mode allows you to select a Watt target (the default is 120 Watt).

The console also makes available a Recovery function and a BMI function. The Recovery function measures the time required by your heart to bring your pulse to normal after the workout. Based on the result, it will provide you with a rating between F1 (Outstanding) and F6 (Poor). This way you can make an idea of your current fitness level. The BMI function determines your body fat percentage based on your height, weight, gender, and age.

The console does not have a sound system or cooling fan like the console of the Schwinn 170, for example. However, it does integrate a tablet holder. This accessory is placed at the bottom of the console, so if you place a tablet on it, it won’t cover the console display.

Assembly and Maintenance

The main body of the bike comes pre-assembled. Differently put, all the drive and resistance elements are already attached to the main frame and concealed by the ABS covers. All you need to do is attach the base bars, the seat post, the seat, the front post, the handlebars, the console, and the pedals. The task shouldn’t take longer than one hour. All the tools required are included and the manual provides clear assembly instructions and schematics.

Once the bike is fully assembled, its maintenance doesn’t require much. All you have to do is remove the dust if it’s the case, keep liquids away from the console, and check for loose bolts and parts before each workout.

The Pros

  • Sturdy frame for a home use bike – can support users up to 242 lbs (110 kg);
  • Adjustable stabilizers on the rear base;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • Multi-grip and angle adjustable handlebar;
  • Pulse sensors incorporated into the side grips of the handlebar;
  • 4-way adjustable seat;
  • Large saddle with a contoured surface and extra cushioning;
  • Perimeter-weighted flywheel for a steady pedaling motion;
  • Silent belt drive;
  • Zero friction eddy current resistance;
  • 16 resistance settings;
  • Weighted pedals with adjustable straps; 
  • Mid-range console with a LED-backlit LCD display;
  • 16 workout programs (1 manual, 12 preset, 1 user, 1 watt, 1 h.r.c)
  • Goal setting function for time, distance, and calories;
  • Recovery test;
  • BMI calculator;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Easy to assemble.

The Cons

  • No bottle holder;
  • Comes with an EU adapter (you will need a US adapter plug).

Summary

The Tunturi E35 Cardio Fit is a mid-range upright exercise bike made for home use. It features an eddy current motorized resistance system with 16 tension levels. Its console offers 16 workout programs, a Recovery test function, and a BMI calculator. Also, the bike excels in ergonomics, featuring a large, 4-way adjustable seat, and angle-adjustable handlebars. It’s a trainer for light to medium intensity workouts, muscle toning, calorie burning, stamina development, and recovery training. And finally, it’s an affordable exercise bike, offering excellent value for the price.

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