16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
a critical review,
This review is from: Diamondback Fitness 910Ub Upright Exercise Bike (Sports)
After reading reviews and also being very satisfied with a Diamondback recumbent purchased years ago I ordered this online without seeing and trying one first, this proved to be a mistake. I didn't buy this through Amazon but is where I got many of the all positive reviews.
In no particular order here are my criticisms.
Uncomfortable seat, you sit on two hard lumps. I folded a heavy towel to put on it at first and ultimately installed a different seat to be able to ride for more than a couple minutes.
Seat adjustments, never did find the perfect position or even come close, it is limited to one inch height increments and didn't go back far enough to suit me. Seat height adjustment knob sticks out too far and I frequently bumped it with my leg or ankle while riding.
This bike is not self powered, it uses a large "wall wart" transformer, this power block runs quite warm even when bike is not being used so it is constantly sucking juice. The power cord is only 6' long and plugs into the front of the bike below the control panel, many users will need to use an extension cord to connect to the power block and lay the block on the floor if they want to have their bike facing away from the wall.
All 4 ends of the handlebars were misalligned, this made it awkward and uncomfortable to use and looked stupid, one side was so far off level that my elbow kept sliding off the edge. Everyone who saw this machine commented on deformed handlebars (are those supposed to be like that?) Since there was no damage to the packaging it appears to have been a manufacturing and quality control issue at the Chinese factory. Tech support at Diamondback said this was "within spec" and refused to replace them, this is what ultimately prompted me to return the bike.
Handlebar adjustment mount is not sturdy, you have to super tighten it to keep the bars from moving and doesn't feel like it will hold up over time, the slim bolt will eventually break.
Built in fan, this is only there so they can advertise that it has a built in fan, it is noisy and doesn't move much air, unless your face is right on the control panel it is useless.
Speakers and iPod slot, these are only there so they can advertise it has speakers and an iPod slot, these are as useful as the built in fan, most if not all users will be much happier with the sound quality of ear buds and will keep the pod in their pocket.
Insufficient resistance, I'm only a recreational biker, in good shape but certainly not a pro, I found that this machine did not give me a sufficient satisfying workout even at the maximum settings.
Excessive frame flex, significant wobble while riding at high resistance settings, it feels flimsy.
Appearance, paper stickers and sheet metal emblem look cheap but this is what you get in this price range, I realize this is nitpicking but it stands out.
This is probably an ok bike for light duty occasional use, it offers a lot of features for the price but I re-re-learned that you get what you pay for (why do I keep doing this?) I ended up returning it and spending three times as much for a high quality machine from a different manufacturer.
Try before you buy and do a full workout if possible.