Tunturi E60 Performance Upright Bike
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The E60 upright bike is one of the models from the Tunturi “Performance” series. As opposed to the Cardio Fit B35, or the Competence F20, this exercise bike has an eddy current automatic resistance system and a console compatible with various online fitness apps. It’s a trainer designed for home use, offering plenty of features and workout programs to keep you motivated.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 40.2L x 23.6W x 62.2H inches (102L x 60W x 158H cm)
- Assembled weight: 105.2 lbs (47.7 kg)
- Flywheel weight: 30.9 lbs (14 kg)
- Weight capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Seat: 4-way adjustable
- Resistance system: Eddy current, 32 levels
- Drive system: Belt
- Console: 20 programs, Recovery, BMI, Bluetooth
- Warranty: 3 years
The Tunturi Performance E60 features a sturdy construction for a home use bike; it’s designed to support users up to 300 lbs (136 kg). Its frame is made of steel tubing, while the shrouds that conceal the flywheel and the resistance system are made of durable ABS material. All the steel tubes within the bike’s frame are coated with a rust-resistant and chip-resistant paint finish. The color used is black with the exception of the seat post and slider which are chrome plated.
Like most upright bikes, the Tunturi E60 isn’t a very large fitness machine. Its assembled footprint is approx. 40″L x 24″W (102 x 60 cm). However, Tunturi recommends leaving at least 40″ (100 cm) of clearance all around the unit, for ease of access.
The bike’s frame has a step-through design. This particular construction allows a much easier entry and exit which can be quite a plus for users with certain disabilities.
The fully assembled unit is fairly heavy for an upright bike, mostly due to the extra-heavy internal flywheel. We’ll cover this particular part in detail, in one of the sections below. The unit weighs approx. 105 lbs (47.7 kg). This weight is reflected in its overall stability. You can be sure that it won’t rock or move even when you pedal faster. Plus, both its bases are equipped with adjustable rubberized stabilizers.
Despite its weight, the bike isn’t difficult to move once it is assembled. Its front base has two large transport wheels which facilitate its relocation.
Seat and handlebars
The Tunturi E60 offers excellent ergonomics. It includes a mid-sized saddle featuring a high-density foam top which provides optimal cushioning and comfort. It has a longitudinal groove which helps with extra breathability. Its attachment system to the horizontal slider is standard, collar-based which makes it easy to replace. Also, compatible replacements for the saddle are widely available in case you will ever need to replace it.
The seat is 4-way adjustable (up, down, backward, forward). Its upright post offers an adjustment span of approx. 11″ (28 cm). Its horizontal slider also provides a few inches of front to back adjustment for the saddle. Therefore, the unit should be able to accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’3″ (153 – 190 cm). Also, the seat assembly is durable enough to support users up to 300 lbs (136 kg).
The bike’s handlebar is also adjustable. It attaches to the front mast via a turn knob which allows you to change its angle. In other words, you can tilt it forward, backward, or all the way down.
The handlebar has a multi-grip design featuring long, rubberized grips. Its lower section integrates pulse sensors, one for each hand. Therefore, if you hold on to them, the bike’s console can monitor your pulse.
Drive and resistance
As we’ve mentioned above, the Tunturi Performance E60 is equipped with a fairly heavy flywheel for an upright bike. It weighs approx. 31 lbs (14 kg), which is close to the average weight of a spin bike flywheel. This means the bike provides a consistent momentum, and due to the perimeter-weighted structure of the flywheel, pedaling is very smooth and steady.
Reverse pedaling is also possible on this bike. However, it does not allow you to coast. When pedaling in reverse the resistance remains constant, given by the selected level from the console.
This Tunturi exercise bike features an automatic magnetic resistance system which consists of an eddy current brake and a small servo motor. Depending on the selected tension level, the magnets of the brake move closer or farther from the flywheel which increases or decreases the pedaling difficulty. The resistance can only be adjusted from the console and the bike needs to be connected to a power source. A power adapter with cable is included.
The bike makes available 32 tension levels. 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 steep climb, promoting a higher burn and a superior cardio training.
Just like any other exercise bikes with a magnetic resistance system, the Tunturi E60 has a belt drive system. Its transmission uses a heavy-duty polygroove rubber belt. This means you don’t have to lubricate it and the pedaling motion is very quiet, almost completely silent.
The bike’s crankset is quite durable, featuring solid steel crank arms. However, since this is an upright bike, not a spin bike, standing up while pedaling is not recommended.
The included pedals integrate weight elements. These enable them to always turn face-up if you remove your feet from them. They’re made of durable nylon material, they have a non-slip surface and adjustable straps.
The console unit included with this Tunturi bike is similar to the one of the E50-R recumbent bike model that we’ve already reviewed here. It features a 5.5″ LCD display with LED backlight and large digits, offering excellent readability. It tracks the important workout metrics including time, distance, speed, RPM, calories, watts, and pulse. For speed and distance, there are both metric and imperial unit settings available. For pulse reading, you can use the sensors integrated into the seat handlebars, but you can also opt for a 5 – 5.4 kHz wireless chest strap transmitter.
The console unit has Bluetooth connectivity. Therefore, you can sync it with your tablet or smartphone and use one of the compatible fitness apps for iOS or Android. These apps are i-Console+, Fit Hi Way, and Kinomap. They offer many extra features like tracking your progress online, competing with other users, or even ride your cycle on a virtual trail based on Google Maps.
Nonetheless, if you don’t want to use any of the online apps, the console has its own workout programs to keep you motivated. These are 20 in number, from which 17 are preset. These are 4 Beginner, 4 Advance, 4 Sportive, 4 Heart Rate, 1 Watt. When one of the preset programs is in use, the bike adjusts its resistance automatically.
The other three programs are the Manual Mode, the Recovery Function and the BMI calculator. The Manual program gives you the possibility to pedal freely adjusting the resistance as you like for the duration of the workout. The Recovery program 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 bike’s console is very easy to use. It has one large double function turn knob in the middle which covers its Mode function, the value adjustment functions, and the program selection. The top side buttons offer quick access to the Recovery and BMI programs. The left bottom button allows you to clear all the values on the console to zero, while the right low button covers the Start/Stop functions.
Last but not least, the console integrates a table holder. It is placed below the console display and can accommodate any smartphone or tablet. The console does not have a sound system, a cooling fan, or a USB charging port for your tablet.
Assembly and Maintenance
The main frame section of the bike comes pre-assembled. Therefore, you only have to attach the base bars, the console mast, connect the wires, attach the console, and then the seat post, the saddle, and the pedals. This may take up to an hour. The manual provides very clear, step-by-step instructions for assembly, and all the required tools for it are included.
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.
- Sturdy frame – can support users up to 300 lbs;
- Rubberized, adjustable stabilizers on both base bars;
- Transport wheels on the front base;
- 4-way adjustable seat;
- Cushioned and contoured saddle for optimal comfort;
- Multi-grip and angle adjustable handlebar;
- Pulse sensors integrated into the handlebar;
- Extra-heavy 31 lbs flywheel for a steady pedaling motion and a consistent momentum;
- Weighted pedals with adjustable straps;
- Quiet belt drive;
- Eddy current, automatic resistance system – 32 distinct levels (up to 440 watts);
- Multi-window LCD display console;
- 17 preset programs;
- Recovery program;
- BMI program;
- Telemetric console – can read pulse from a 5-5.4 kHz chest strap;
- Bluetooth connectivity;
- Compatible with the i-Console+, Fit Hi Way, and Kinomap apps for iOS and Android;
- Goal settings for time, distance, and calories;
- Tablet holder included;
- Bottle holder included;
- Little maintenance required;
- Easy to assemble;
- Decent warranty.
- No USB port;
- No sound system;
- The HR chest strap is not included;
- A tablet placed on the tablet holder will cover the console display.
The Tunturi E60 Performance is a is a mid-range upright bike designed for home use. It features an eddy current resistance system with 32 available settings. It has a sturdy construction and can support users up to 300 lbs. It also offers superior micro-adjustability and ergonomics for its seat and handlebars. It’s an exercise bike for light to medium intensity cardio workouts, muscle toning, weight loss, stamina development, and recovery training. And finally, it’s not exactly one of the most affordable upright bikes, but definitely offers excellent value for the price.