Tunturi Performance C50 Elliptical Crosstrainer
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|297 lbs||61.7 lbs||Eddy|
The Tunturi C50 is one of the Tunturi “Performance” series fitness machines, next to the E50-R recumbent bike and the E60 upright bike. It actually has the same console as the bikes and features a motorized magnetic resistance system. Although it’s not exactly one of the most affordable elliptical trainers for home use, it does offer quite a few extra features over other models, including Bluetooth, compatibility with several online fitness apps, and an extra-heavy internal flywheel.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 56.7L x 26.4W x 64.6H inches (114L x 67W x 164H cm)
- Assembled weight: 128.5 lbs (58.3 kg)
- Flywheel weight: 61.7 lbs (28 kg)
- Weight capacity: 297 lbs (135 kg)
- Stride: 16 inches (40 cm)
- Incline: No
- Resistance: Eddy current, 32 levels
- Console: 20 programs, Bluetooth, Recovery, BMI
- Warranty: 3 years
As we’ve mentioned above, the Tunturi Performance C50 is an elliptical crosstrainer designed for home use. However, it still has a pretty heavy structure with an assembled weight over 128 lbs (58.3 kg). All this weight delivers excellent stability and is reflected in the unit’s overall sturdiness. The frame combines ovalized and cylindrical steel bars for improved aesthetics. Also, all the steel bars are coated with a durable powder finish which is resistant to corrosion and chipping.
Of course, the machine also has several ABS plastic parts. Among them, we can count the covers of the flywheel and resistance elements, the pedal trays, and several other small covers.
The Tunturi C50 is a slightly smaller crosstrainer than other models with a rear drive, such as the Precor EFX 222, for example. However, it still measures approx. 57″ (114 cm) in length, and 26.4″ (67 cm) in width. Plus, Tunturi recommends leaving at least 40″ of clearance all around the unit for safe usage and ease of access. Therefore, it may not exactly be the best choice for a small room or apartment.
The unit’s base bars have an ovalized design; they’re equipped with adjustable stabilizers so you can perfectly level the unit on any type of floor. They stabilizers are also rubberized to prevent floor damage and provide a superior grip for the machine on the floor, preventing it from sliding forward or sideways.
Although the machine is fairly heavy, once it is assembled it is not too difficult to move. Its front base is equipped with a set of large wheels which considerably facilitate its relocation. By lifting the unit from its rear, you won’t have to handle more than 30% of its total weight.
The Tunturi Performance C50 features two sets of handlebars, one mobile, one fixed. The fixed handlebars have a multi-grip design and integrate pulse sensors. Therefore, if you hold on to them, the console can monitor your pulse. The mobile handlebars feature long long grips, thicker and rounded at the top. Both sets of handlebars have a layer of rubber foam material to provide a superior grip and optimal comfort.
The machine’s pedals are attached to a set of heavy-duty steel bars. Each pedal has a steel plate at the base, while the pedal trays are made of durable ABS material. The pedals are rated for a user weight capacity of 297 lbs (135 kg). They have a textured surface for extra adherence; however, they do not integrate any extra cushioning.
The joints between the pedal bars, crank arms, and mobile handlebars integrate ball bearings. Therefore, the arm and pedal movement is very smooth.
Stride, elliptical path, and step-up height
Similar to the Tunturi Cardio Fit C30, this elliptical crosstrainer offers a stride length of 16″ (40 cm). This is pretty much a mid-range stride. It should accommodate comfortably users up to 6’1″ – 6’2″ (185-188 cm). Of course, taller users should still be able to use this machine, but may not benefit from a complete range of motion.
Like many other crosstrainers with a rear drive, the Tunturi Performance C50 features an elliptical path that is slightly inclined forward. Although it’s only inclined by one or two degrees, the pedaling motion still might give you the sensation of descending on a soft ramp. This being said, the machine provides a slightly superior workout for the glutes.
This elliptical trainer does not have an incline system. Therefore, the position of the elliptical path cannot be adjusted. Also, the stride length is fixed; it cannot be adjusted either.
The pedal step-up height of this elliptical trainer is approx. 10″ (25.4 cm). Also, the pedal highest point is approx. 15″ (38 cm). Therefore, it’s recommended to use the machine in a room with a ceiling of at least 20″ (51 cm) higher than your own height.
Drive and resistance
An important aspect that we must mention with regards to the drive system of the Tunturi C50 is the weight of the internal flywheel. This machine is equipped with an extra-heavy flywheel of 61.7 lbs (28 kg). It’s actually heavier than for most spin bikes. Due to its weight, the machine provides a very consistent momentum and a steady pedaling motion. Also, its weight contributes to the low center of gravity of the machine, improving its overall stability.
The flywheel is bi-directional; this means you can pedal in reverse if you want. Therefore, by alternating regular with reverse pedaling sessions, you can involve more muscle groups and benefit from more consistent workouts.
In terms of resistance, the Tunturi C50 is equipped with a motorized eddy current system. This means the machine requires an external power source. The box includes a 9V/1A adapter for the machine which may have an EU setup since the Tunturi machines are manufactured in The Netherlands. Therefore, you may need a US adapter.
The resistance of the machine can only be adjusted from the console. Also, if you choose to exercise via one of the preset programs, the trainer will auto-adjust its resistance.
The machine’s resistance system consists of a servo motor and a magnetic brake. When you adjust the resistance from the console, or when the console automatically adjusts the resistance, it basically changes the pull of the internal magnets which increases or decreases the drag of the flywheel.
The crosstrainer offers 32 resistance levels. The first few levels deliver a fairly light pedal tension. However, you will have to consider the weight of the flywheel. Basically, the 1st level of resistance is given solely by the weight of the rotating element. The top resistance levels provide considerably more pedal tension simulating a steep climb, promoting a higher burn and a superior cardio training.
The machine’s console offers quite an impressive range of features. To begin with, it has an angle-adjustable mount and a tablet holder. Its display is fairly large, 5.5″ LCD in diagonal, and has LED backlight. The unit’s display is divided into multiple sub-sections in order to show all the workout metrics at once, so you won’t have to use a scan function to alternate them. It tracks time, distance, speed, RPM, calories, watts, and pulse. For speed and distance, there are both metric unit and imperial unit settings. For heart rate, you can either use the integrated sensors; however, the unit also has an internal telemetric receiver which can read your pulse from a 5 – 5.4 kHz wireless chest strap transmitter (not included).
The console unit has Bluetooth connectivity. Therefore, you can sync it with your tablet or smartphone in order to track your progress online via several fitness apps. It is compatible with i-Console+, Fit Hi Way, and Kinomap. These apps also offer various other workout programs, as well as the possibility to travel on a route based on Google Maps. The machine will auto-adjust the resistance based on the ups and downs of the selected virtual trail.
Of course, you don’t have to use these apps if you don’t want to. The console has 20 built-in workout programs. Among them, we can count 1 Manual, 4 Starter, 4 Advanced, 4 Sporty, 4 Heart Rate, and 1 Watt. There is also a Recovery Program and a BMI Program. The Recovery program monitors how long it takes for your pulse to return to normal after workout, and gives you a rating between F1 (Best) and F6 (Worst) depending on the result. This function is great for measuring your fitness level. The BMI function is actually a body fat calculator. Based on your weight, height, age, and gender, it can calculate your body fat percentage.
The console is easy to use. The knob in the middle covers the resistance adjustment and the program selection functions. The BMI and Recovery programs have their own buttons. There is also a Reset button for clearing all the values on the console to zero. And finally, there is a Stop/Start button.
Assembly and Maintenance
The base frame of the trainer, with the drive and resistance elements, comes pre-assembled. But you still have to add its base bars, the front mast, the moving arms, the pedal bars, the pedal trays, the console, and several covers. All the tools are included, and the manual provides clear assembly instructions and schematics.
For maintenance, you only have to keep the unit clean, keep any liquids away from the console, and check for loose parts from time to time. The internal mechanism does not require any lubrication. However, the joints may need a few drops of lubricant from time to time.
- Sturdy construction – can support users up to 297 lbs (135 kg)
- Adjustable stabilizers on the rear base;
- Transport wheels on the front base;
- Fixed and mobile handlebars;
- Extra-heavy, 61.7 lbs (28 kg) flywheel for a consistent momentum;
- Large, non-slip pedals;
- Eddy current, automatic resistance;
- 32 levels of magnetic resistance;
- Console that can track time, distance, speed, RPM, calories, watts, and pulse;
- Pulse sensors and pulse reading function;
- Telemetric receiver built-in the console for wireless HR chest straps;
- 20 workout programs available;
- Bluetooth connectivity;
- Compatible with i-Console+, Fit Hi Way, and Kinomap;
- Tablet holder included;
- Quiet operation;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required.
- No incline;
- A tablet placed on the holder will cover the console display;
- No sound system;
- No cooling fan;
- No USB port for data transfer.
The Tunturi Performance C50 is a heavy-duty elliptical crosstrainer designed for home use. It features a sturdy frame construction, 32 levels of eddy current resistance, and an extra-heavy internal flywheel. Its console makes available 20 workout programs, plus, it is Bluetooth capable and compatible with the i-Console+, Fit Hi Way, and Kinomap fitness apps. Although it’s not the most affordable trainer, it’s definitely a pretty decent machine, great for full-body cardio training, muscle toning, stamina development, and weight loss.