XTERRA Fitness EU150 Hybrid Elliptical Upright Bike
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The XTERRA Fitness EU150 is a hybrid between an elliptical trainer and an upright exercise bike. Although it has a similar construction, design, and dimensions as the XTERRA EU100 that we’ve already reviewed, it has an automatic resistance and a console with multiple workout programs.
Key Features and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 42.5L x 24.5W x 61.5H inches (108L x 62W x 156H cm)
- Assembled weight: 70.5 lbs (32 kg)
- Flywheel weight: 11 lbs (5 kg)
- Supported weight: 265 lbs (120 kg)
- Seat: 4-way adjustable
- Stride: 13 inches (33 cm)
- Resistance: Eddy current, 24 levels
- Console: 23 programs, pulse recovery
- Extras: Sound system, device holder
- Warranty: Frame 1 year / Parts 1 year / Brake 1 year
The XTERRA EU150 hybrid trainer features a steel frame coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish black in color. Most of the steel bars in its construction are cylindrical with the exception of the main longitudinal base bar which is rectangular. The covers of the drive and resistance elements are made of durable thermoplastic material, white and black, to match the rest of the frame.
The fully assembled trainer is not too large. It is only 42.5″ (108 cm) long, and 24.5″ (62 cm) wide. Therefore, it should fit pretty well in a small room or apartment. However, XTERRA recommends leaving at least two feet of clearance all around the machine for ease of access and safe usage.
The machine is fairly heavy; its net weight is 70.5 lbs (32 kg) so the transport of the packaged unit may require two persons or a box carrier. However, once it is assembled, it can easily be moved by only one person as its front base stabilizer integrates a set of small wheels. Also, the rear stabilizer is equipped with polygonal plastic caps which can also rotate and act as floor levelers.
The XTERRA EU150 trainer does not have a step-through design like other exercise bikes or ellipticals. However, its base body section is only approx. 20″ (51 cm) in the middle, so stepping over it in order to position your feet on the pedals shouldn’t be too difficult.
Seat and other parts
The XTERRA Fitness EU150 hybrid trainer is equipped with a fairly standard bicycle saddle. Its shell is made of durable nylon material with a tough, yet flexible urethane (or other high-density foam) cover. Its top is also contoured for improved breathability, and fairly large so it provides plenty of contact surface.
The seat offers four-way adjustability (up, down, front, back). Its upright post offers several adjustment positions while its horizontal slider provides a few extra inches of front-to-back adjustment. This being said, the machine should be able to accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’0″ (153 – 183 cm). Taller users may hit the front bars with their knees during elliptical workouts, but should still be able to use the machine as an upright bike.
The XTERRA EU150 trainer is equipped with two sets of handlebars, one fixed, one mobile. The fixed handlebars attach directly to the front mast of the machine. They are non-adjustable. They have short grips and integrate metallic pulse sensors. The moving arms feature long grips and oval grips on top. They attach to the pedal bars and to the front mast, so they will move for as long as you pedal.
The trainer is equipped with a set of large, elliptical-style pedals. Their trays are made of a heavy-duty thermoplastic material featuring front and inner side guards for improved foot stability. However, they do not offer any adjustability and they do not have any cushioning. But nonetheless, just like any other elliptical trainer, the machine provides a ride with a low impact on your joints and lower back.
The pedals are durable enough to support users up to 265 lbs (120 kg). They offer a moderate stride of 13″ (33 cm). The pedal step-up height is approx. 6.5″ (16 cm). Conversely, the highest pedal point reaches approx. 17″ (44 cm) above floor level. Therefore, it is recommended to use the machine in a room with a ceiling that is at least 20″ (51 cm) higher than your own height.
Resistance and drive
The XTERRA Fitness EU150 elliptical and upright bike trainer is equipped with a motorized magnetic (eddy current) resistance system. This being said, it produces a very smooth pedaling motion because the internal resistance parts do not touch. It also requires an external power source (adapter included), and can automatically adjust resistance.
The unit’s resistance system consists of a servo motor and a magnetic brake. The motor is connected to the console, so when you adjust the resistance from its controls, or when a program is in use, it increases or decreases the magnets’ pull accordingly.
The machine offers 24 levels of resistance, similar to the GoElliptical V-950X. The first levels deliver a fairly light resistance. The tension levels above 20 offer considerably more pedal tension. They are great for anyone who wants to undergo a consistent, full-body cardio workout, improve stamina, strength, and burn more calories.
The XTERRA EU150 integrates an 11-lb (5 kg) flywheel which has a perimeter-weighted structure for improved inertia. It is bi-directional, so you can pedal in reverse in case you want to diversify your workouts. However, it’s important to mention that when pedaling in reverse, the resistance remains constant, given by the selected tension level.
Like many other ellipticals or upright bikes with a magnetic resistance system, the XTERRA EU150 features a belt drive system. It uses a durable poly-v belt as its main transmission element. This being said, the drivetrain does not require periodic lubrication. It also delivers a very quiet, vibration-free motion.
The XTERRA EU150 hybrid trainer is equipped with a multi-function console. It features a 3.7″ diagonal display, with blue LED backlight. It indicates time, speed, RPM, distance, calories, and pulse. Speed and distance are pre-set for English units (mph and miles); there is no option for metric units. Also, the pulse reading function is grip only. Differently put, you will have to hold on to the sensors integrated into the fixed handlebars for the console to read your pulse; it cannot read your pulse from a wireless transmitter or smartwatch.
The console does not have online connectivity and is not compatible with any fitness apps. However, it has its own 23 workout programs. The first program (P1) is manual; it allows you to make manual resistance adjustments as you like during your workout. If this program is in use, you can also select a workout target for time, distance, or calories burned.
The P2-P13 programs are pre-set. They have different segment layouts in order to target various workouts. For example, some are great for stamina improvement, others have an interval layout, while others progressively increase the resistance until the end.
The P14-P7 programs are custom user-defined. In other words, up to four users can create and save their own program profile with the desired time span and resistance adjustments.
The P18-P22 are heart rate programs. The first four of them have pre-set heart rate percentage targets. These are 55% HRC, 65% HRC, 75% HRC, and 85% HRC. The P22 program allows the user to select a custom % HRC.
The console also has a Body Fat calculator program and a Pulse Recovery function. The Body Fat calculator is P23. This program requires you to input your weight, height, age, and gender in order to calculate your Body Mass Index and provide you with an appropriate workout regimen. The Recovery function determines how fast your heart returns to a normal BPM at the end of the workout and based on the result, it gives you a fitness rating between F1 – excellent, and F-6 poor.
Last but not least, the console also has a built-in sound system. It consists of two speakers and an AUX port to which you can connect your smartphone or tablet in order to listen to your music. An AUX cable is included. Also, the console unit has a built-in device holder.
Assembly and Maintenance
This XTERRA Fitness hybrid trainer comes partially assembled. In other words, its main body with all the drive and resistance parts comes in one piece. The rest of the parts require user assembly. You will have to attach the front mast, the console, the fixed and moving arms, the pedals, and the seat. This may take more than an hour of your time but the task is not too complicated. Plus, the manual provides clear step-by-step assembly instructions and all the necessary tools are included.
Maintenance doesn’t require much. The internal parts do not require lubrication. Its joints may need a bit of lubrication from time to time. Other than this, it is recommended to periodically inspect the machine for loose or broken parts.
- Double functionality – elliptical trainer and upright bike;
- Sturdy construction – can hold users up to 265 lbs (120 kg);
- Transport wheels on the front base;
- Adjustable stabilizers on the rear base;
- Large, durable pedals;
- Four-way adjustable seat;
- Large, contoured, and comfortable saddle;
- Pulse reading function;
- Eddy current, automatic resistance system;
- Excellent resistance micro-adjustability (24 levels);
- Quiet belt drive system;
- Multi-function console with LED-backlit display;
- 23 workout programs on the console;
- Goal settings for time, distance, and calories;
- Recovery function;
- Sound system integrated into the console;
- AUX cable included;
- Device holder included;
- Fairly easy to assemble;
- Tools for assembly are included;
- Little maintenance required;
- Decent warranty.
- No bottle holder;
- No online connectivity.
The XTERRA Fitness EU150 is a hybrid elliptical and upright bike trainer featuring a 24-level eddy current resistance system, a four-way adjustable seat, and a multi-function console with 23 workout programs and an integrated sound system. It is a fitness machine for light to medium intensity workouts, muscle toning, stamina development, interval training, and weight loss. It’s also one of the most affordable hybrid trainers with an automatic resistance system available at the moment.