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I used one of these in the store and spent a great deal of time researching online before I decided on buying this model. Most of the ProForm ellipticals << in my opinion based on personal research >> are best for smaller built people such as women who generally also have an overall lighter body weight (well under the generally suggested 200 LBS). Many people have stated that they break down prematurely due to a construction type that does not do well with "heavier" amounts of daily stress. This leads to a shaking, shimmy or general "unstable" feeling when faster striding is done or worse yet, the frame may brake.
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The store model was creaky - from obvious overuse & abuse by all kinds/sizes of people however, my test went very well. If the store model was OK then I doubt I could hurt it. I am 5'2'' and 115/120 LBS. I found it quite smooth and comfortable. Changing the stride length was "pull, push, snap", literally. Folding the unit up was easy to do by unhooking the strider arms from the back, pushing the button near the handle then picking up the 30 LBS or so back portion until it locked in place. The handles hold themselves up when you fold it by use of magnetic pads. I then pushed it around fairly easily with the help from the wheels. This device weighs just a bit more than I do and takes up just about as much room as my bowflex.
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I strongly suggest not going on what a few reviewers have to say and actually go out and locate one in a store to test. A "home model" elliptical will not be as capable to handle all body types as a "Pro Gym" model.Read more ›
We purchased a Proform elliptical several months ago... it took hours to assemble and then clearly had defective parts. It has been months of calls and complaints and the product is still not working (and we can't say the Proform people seem to really care)... avoid this company at all costs!
I bought this slightly used for a very nice price. I used it about twice a week for over a year and now I'm starting to have more problems with it. So even though it is a compact device, it's important to understand that a good price on an elliptical doesn't always mean you're getting a deal.
The elliptical itself is ok. The stride length seems rather short (I'm 5-8) but boarders on sufficient for my size. Ergonomically, the Proform 900 isn't ideal but it's not uncomfortable either. The Dashboard (interface) has 4 20 minute and 2, 30 minute routines. The display is black and white and overall is rather boring. The pulse sensor is just below the display on the fixed hand rests. The sensor is horribly inaccurate: forget about it.
I'm not a big guy but I do use the elliptical during the winter months to stay in shape. After being used twice a week for 6 months, the elliptical started to become less stable, it's getting noisy and the interface isn't working consistently. The lack of stability is coming from a crack in the frame being formed at the base of the elliptical in a joint area. The noises that this machine makes really isn't too bad if you turn up your MP3 player. As for the interface just shutting down in the middle of a workout? Well, I just look at it as an additional duration to my workout since I probably made it at least 10 minutes before it decided to shut off. Of course, starting the workout routine over is rather irritating when you have to do it 2 or 3 times. Anymore than 4 times and I just hit the showers.
So basically what I'm saying is this: I liked it when I first got it. The price was good and the machine worked most of the time. But after 6 months, this machine is falling apart like crazy! So in the end, I got what I paid for. I can't honestly say "don't buy this" because it did work well for 6 months. I felt that I got my money's worth. But then again, I only paid $150 for it.
Have assembled and worked with this type of products (exercise) equipment for over 8 years Also do repair work for warranty companies for this type of product as well as many others. For the money THIS IS THE BEST ONE you can get. Believe me when I tell you. It is rare it needs repair and in most cases it is due to a defect from the start which the compnay will ship the new parts for. Take bout an hour maybe an hour and a half to put together by yourself. People always say things about squeaking with ellipticals ...sorry to have to tell you if you want a perfectly quite machine then don't get a elliptical cause they ALL get squeaks and such but this is to the minimum and many after use do get worked in. Keep them lubed correctly and use on an even surface and you shouldn't have any problems with this one.......also keep the kids off of them as they are not toys!! For the money this will be one of the best you can get unless you go extremely high end as I said i have been working with and repairing these type items for years and this is the one to beat. It is also great as we can adjust the stride so my husband who is really tall 6'2 and me who is 5'0 can set the stride to be comfortable for both ...it also folds up some so it doesn;t take up all your space!!