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Better Than I Expected
on February 21, 2013
I spent the last 2 months comparing elipticals. I finally decided on the Xterra for 3 reasons: 1, The price was good and included shipping, which for a piece of exercise equiment over 100 pounds could have been substantial. 2, I liked the way resistance was controlled, by the program you select on the console, & that it can be manually controlled if desired. I did not want a twist the knob to make it harder, loosen the knob to make it easier machine. 3, The warranty & small footprint 2ft X 4.5ft.
It arrived 8 days after I ordered it by motor freight, not UPS or FEDEX, box was large but not huge. Be prepared: have a box cutter, you will need it, as well as other tools I'll describe. The main flywheel comes intact, all the assembly you do is the handles, the foot-boards, & the console. They do include a small 19mm wrench and small allen-head-phillips head tool, (like the other reviewer found, these are barely useful) if you have or can borrow, a 19mm end wrench or socket, a 5mm allen-wrench & a #2 phillips screwdriver, assembly will go much faster, and easier. Suggestion: a small can of silicone spray with a nozzle. When I saw heavy nylon bearings at the connection points I was tempted to go for grease but decided on silicone spray instead. I was concerned a petroleum product might effect the nylon. Another suggestion: assemble it where you will use it if possible, saves trying to get it through doors or up/down stairs. Assembly took me 2hrs. Pay attemtion to "R" on parts, as right & left look the same. Have someone with strong hands tighten the nuts down or squeaks will happen. The instruction manual is accurate but crowded with part numbers - better to match parts laid out to the picture.
I found it to be sturdy, and easy to level front/back - left/right and there are wheels on the rear feet but they only work on hard floors, not so well on carpet. The console does require 110V A/C outlet, and the manual did not say where the power plug went into the unit, its on the front at the bottom. No drink cup. Wear good workout shoes, no flip-flops.
I have used it for 2 workouts and have had no problems so far, I will update if something occurs. It is a substantial machine and will hold large people, I am over 6ft & 240lbs, and it feels solid when I use it, no wobble, or loose feel. The reason for 4 stars? The console that controls the resistance is needlessly complicated. I read it 3 times and can now select a pre set work-out & the time of that workout which is fine but the complicated programs seem more trouble than they are worth, at least to me, admittedly someone unfamiliar with gym exercise equipment. The console works as promised but I just want to do some cardio, not program a moon landing. Finally, the console does not light up, its LCD not LED, use it in a well lit location or its hard to see.
Assemble it correctly & tighten everything down and you will have a solid piece of equipment that will get your heart going and leave behind sore muscles the next day.
Update: 7 work-outs so-far. I did go back and retighten the main connection points, no issues, just something I do with any new heavy mechanical device as it wears in. Still solid and working fine.
Update 5/30/13 Minor "clunk" sound at right pivot point on right arm. Removed plastic cover and looked at bolt & plastic bearing, the plastic bearing had a split. Not a major issue but annoying none the less. Went online to the XTERRA web-site, and sent an email asking for a bearing. Next day at 8:30 am my phone rang. Service tech from XTERRA asking for the serial number of my elliptical, and said a new bearing was in the mail to me, no charge. I was impressed. 3 days later, I got a padded envelope with 2 new bearings and a rubber column gasket, that I did not need. Apparently these 3 parts are packaged together and if you order one you get them all.
Bearing installed easily, and clunk gone. My own weight may have split it.