Diamondback Fitness 1260Ef Elliptical Trainer with Incline Compact Footprint and Heart Rate Monitor
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- Pedals ergonomically spaced closer together helping to preventing stress on the ankles, knees and hip joints, this low impact elliptical was designed to be an asset to your joint health
- Welded heavy duty gauge steel frame and enclosed bearings for lifetime use, the 1260Ef is the premier in heavy duty ellipticals. Soft polymer rollers smoothly glide on steel rails
- Small Footprint measures at 69.5 x 65 x 27.5 inches (W x H x D), and weight capacity is up to 325 pounds
- Incline settings and 20 levels of gradual resistance, the 1260Ef allows you to build your fitness goals at your pace
- Heart rate chest strap included to monitor your cardiovascular goals and brightly lit panel with large buttons allows you to adjust your workout with ease during use
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Diamondback Fitness 1260ef Elliptical Machine
Frequently Asked Questions
- I want to place this in my basement, what is the ceiling clearance? You will want to add 12 inches to your total height to configure for ceiling height. You are never completely standing straight up because one leg will be in the down stroke, much like when pedaling a bike standing up.
- How easy is this to assemble? Assembly is quite simple and requires minimum assembly, but the machine itself is large and bulky for one person to handle. If you plan on putting this machine upstairs or downstairs, you will want one more person to help. Amazon offers 'white glove' delivery, which is good to get, if you do not want any hassle.
Comfort and Fit
Compact Design - Many elliptical trainers take up considerable space. For example, the Sole E95 is 80 inches in length. In comparison the 1260Ef is only 69.5 inches in length. Why take up the extra space if you don't need to.
Solid & Stable - Although the Diamondback 1260Ef has a smaller footprint, that does not compromise on how stable this machine is. One of the reasons is the 276 lbs. unit weight. Consequently it can handle heavier users. Don't be suckered into believing the suggested weight limits of many budget elliptical trainers. They are often grossly over exaggerated.
Adjustable Incline - More and more elliptical trainers are offering some type of adjustable incline or stride. The reason - it gives a more challenging workout, you can burn more calories in less time and you can target different lower body muscles.
Short Step-Up - The Diamondback 1260Ef has a low step-up to the pedals. Many find it preferable in mounting the machine and exercising closer to the ground.
Close Pedal Distance - One of the advantages of a front drive elliptical trainer is that the pedals can be spaced closer together. When the pedals are distanced to far apart there can be a discomfort. This is particularly true for woman or for individuals who are below average height.
Wireless Heart Rate Control - In addition to the heart rate monitoring in the center handgrips, the 1260Ef has wireless heart rate control (strap included). Using one of the five heart rate programs, you can control the intensity of your workout by the level of your heart rate. HRC exercising is used by many professional athletes due to the ability to maximize your exercise.
LED Console - The console has a very user friendly design. It is simple to select programs and make adjustment. In addition, you have a large LED display with 4 Data display windows with individual select buttons for each data group . You can easily access numerous feedback on your workout.
Is This Elliptical a Good Fit For Me?
The 1260ef Elliptical has many features that allow you to fine-tune the fit. You are able to adjust the ramp incline. By adjusting the ramp, you are able to get a different feel from flat to hill climb. This feature is great to activate various muscle groups, changing from a level walk, jog, or run to an intense climbing action, feeling more like a stair climb or steep accent, really working your glutes. The handlebars offer a great range for a natural feel and movement. The grips on the handlebars are comfortable and have a large area to grab a hold. Whether you are shorter or taller, you can find the perfect position and range of motion.
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|Item Dimensions||27.5 x 69.5 x 65 in||31.69 x 67.64 x 67.68 in||22 x 68.25 x 646 in||30 x 48 x 66 in|
|Item Weight||230 lbs||250.8 lbs||145 lbs||215 lbs|
|Additional Features||Heart rate bar graph display||Resistance level 1 - 20; Incline 20 levels (5% increments)||Zero gap overlapping pedal||Powder-coated steel frame|
|Warranty Description||Lifetime frame and brake; 5 years parts and electronics; 1 year labor; 90 days wear items||Lifetime Frame; 3 Years Parts; 1 Year Home Labor||Lifetime frame; 1 year parts; 1 year labor||15 years frame; 10 years motor|
The 1260Ef's Heavy Duty steel frame is built to be an investment in your health as well as your home, just one reason it was declared the "Best Buy" by the leading Consumer Reporting publication for six years and counting. With its 15 workout programs and 20 resistance levels, the 1260Ef is ideal for all ranges of fitness goals. The 1260Ef uses soft viscosity polymer rollers on a solid metal track, giving you a Quiet smooth, Low Impact ride. While most ellipticals are bulky and take up valuable space in your home, the 1260Ef is Compact and Space Saving at just over 5 1/2 feet long. The Electronic Display programming delivers 13 programs, custom workouts and the most advanced Heart Rate Monitor interactive programs. Ready for a challenge? Use the incline settings to power up hill. Includes a Polar Heart Rate Monitor compatible, chest strap heart rate monitor to manage your cardiovascular goals. Advantages of the Elliptical Trainer machines have become one of the most popular cardiovascular machines because they provide a high-intensity, total body workout plus a Low Impact alternative to walking and running. Favored by people who want to burn the most calories in the shortest time. The smooth, natural leg stride, push/pull arm action is optimum for sculpting legs, strengthening arms and improving overall body tone. By working both legs and arms, your heart rate elevates more quickly which encourages your body to burn calories faster and more efficiently. This also results in a lower perceived rate of exertion even though you are burning more calories; you get a lower impact workout resulting in less overall stress on your knees, hips and back. Excellent for seniors or those who are more easily prone to sports injury.
Enjoy top-of-the-line features, technology, and comfort while working out in the home with the Diamondback Fitness 1260Ef elliptical trainer. The 1260EF is equipped with an electronically controlled magnetic brake that provides 20 levels of smooth, fluid resistance. As a result, it's easy to find the perfect resistance level for your needs, whether you want to warm up before hitting the weights or challenge yourself with a serious cardio burn. Plus, elliptical trainers offer a diverse, efficient workout, with a smooth, natural leg stride and a consistent push/pull arm action combining to sculpt your legs, strengthen your arms, and improve your overall body tone. Elliptical machines are also popular for cardiovascular training, as they provide a low-impact alternative to walking and running.
The 1260EF offers plenty of workout flexibility, with a cutting-edge console that supports 13 preset programs, including manual, random, interval, hill climb, sprint, target HR, HR interval, fat burner, HR hill, cardio, glute burner, quad builder, and total trainer. It's also a breeze to track your workout progress thanks to the multiple data displays, which show your time, segment time, watts, intensity level, incline, percentage of max HR, calories burned, calories per minutes, speed, pulse, RPM, and distance. And users who are monitoring their workouts for maximum efficiency will appreciate the dual heart rate options: a Polar-compatible heart rate receiver that straps to the chest and handgrips with built-in heart rate contacts. Other features include a built-in reading rack, a 19-inch stride length, a welded heavy-gauge steel frame with an anti-rust powder coating, sealed ball bearings and permanently lubricated polymer bearings, Krayton rubber comfort grips, a green LED dot matrix profile, and a weight capacity of 325 pounds.
- Electronically controlled magnetic brake with 20 levels of resistance
- Green LED dot matrix profile
- Alphanumeric message display with program instructions
- Four data display windows with individual select button for each data group
The 1260Ef is equipped with an electronically controlled magnetic brake that provides 20 levels of smooth, fluid resistance.
- Easy-to-select program buttons with LED indicators
- Heart rate bar graph display
- Polar-compatible heart rate receiver and hand held contact heart rate receiver
- Built-in reading rack
- Console feedback includes time, segment time, watts, level, incline, % of maximum heart rate, calories, heart rate, calories, calories per minute, speed, pulse, RPM, and distance
- Workout summary shows the workout total of time, calories, distance, maximum heart rate, minimum heart rate, and average heart rate
- Dot matrix profile display of intensity profile, incline profile, and heart rate profile
- Pause mode with 5 minute Program Saver
- Heart rate bar graph display for % of maximum heart rate
- Five classic programs with Quick Start option: manual, random cross, interval, hill climb, and sprint
- Five heart rate interactive programs: target heart rate, heart rate interval, fat burner, heart rate hill, and cardio
- Three cross-training programs: glute burner, quad builder, and total trainer
- Heart Rate Lock function to quickly enter target heart rate program
- Personal Trainer function to enhance the total body workout
- Custom programs
- Built-in Warm Up and Cool Down modes
- Customized hand held pulse sensor
- Built-in Polar compatible heart rate receiver
- Chest strap is included
- 19-inch stride length
- 10 ellipse angle electronic adjustments
- 25 to 130 SPM step rate
- 20 to 130 RPM pedal rate
- 20 to 700 watts resistance range
- Welded heavy gauge steel frame
- Anti-rust powder coating
- High impact ABS plastic side cases
- Poly-V Belt drive
- Sealed ball bearings and permanently lubricated polymer bearings
- Aluminum extrusion incline structure with ball bearing rollers
- Krayton rubber comfort grips
- Extra wide EVA foam cushion foot pads
- 325-pound weight capacity
- Assembled Dimensions: 69.5 inches long by 27.5 inches wide by 65 inches tall
- Product Weight: 245 pounds
Frame - limited lifetime, brake - limited lifetime, parts and electronics - 5 years, labor - 1 year, wear items - 90 days
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It arrived on pallet, disassembled, essentially in two large, boxes. I managed to get them up an 8” step from my garage and slide them across my tile floor to the back of the house by myself, but it was a chore and I’m not a lightweight. Moving them up a flight of stairs could easily take three people to do it safely and prevent damage to your house.
Assembly was a little painful because the enclosed diagram is pathetic. The instructions are okay, but trying to marry up the text with the picture is a challenge. I recommend reading the instructions two or three times entirely before you start. And turn off your TV or stereo; you’ll really need to focus. Remember to remove the styrofoam shipping blocks embedded in the machine - they are not easy to reach.
Advertised length is deceptive - that’s with the pedals at their shortest throw to the rear. It’s more like 80” in length, and if you have the pedals facing the wall you will also need to leave another one foot gap in the rear. I only left a few inches of clearance and after twice misplacing my foot on the pedal I now have a hole in my wall from heel strikes. After patching my sheetrock I’ll probably mount a small plywood kick board on the wall so I can keep the distance minimal and save my sheetrock from further abuse.
The Pulsar chest monitor synced up fine, but as others mentioned, it’s a size Medium and I need a Large. With the heartbeat sensors on the handles I haven’t seen the need to order a larger monitor yet.
Handle throw is lengthy - I’m 5’10” with average length arms, and it is a stretch.
The reading ledge will be a reach for most, but it’s doable. If you’re constantly having to reach out to hold your reading material open - like a printed book - you may find this uncomfortable. I found reading from an iPad, Kindle, and magazine okay, but if you need reading glasses you might have to wear them.
The machine was eerily quiet at first, but that lasted about a day. It’s still quieter than most, but with the TV at the other end of the room, I find myself turning on Closed Captioning so I don’t have to blast the volume to hear the TV dialogue.
Overall, I’m very satisfied with the machine. Although not as silent as the first day, it’s not close to what I consider noisy for a machine of this type. I really appreciate the elevation settings as there is no such thing as a hill workout here in Florida. And even though the length is a little more than I wanted, the compact size still fits well in a corner of my TV room.
Then another problem with the Heart Rate monitor showed up; my wife using the belt which came with the unit, noticed the read out of HR on the console was not correct...immediately when starting up the unit, the readout indicated an impossible 100bpm and during her exercise indicated as high as 150bpm. When reporting on the phone to "Ricardo" the fact that the HR is not accurate and non functional with the extras mid December 2013, I was told a replacement console would be delivered mid mid January; it's now end of January and now on the phone, i'm told the the console will not be delivered until mid Fed2014.
If the product worked, I expect I'd be pretty happy with it. But as it is, its useless.
I tried twice to get ahold of customer support myself. I ended up leaving messages and no one ever got back to me. Then the Amazon "concierge" called me about the purchase (nice work, Amazon). When I described the issue and my lack of success getting ahold of Diamondback support, the Amazon guy asked how he could help. I suggested that he try to get ahold of customer support, and he did. With me on the phone he called a "direct" number he had and within a few minutes I was able to talk to a real, and helpful person at Diamondback. We went through some simple troubleshooting, and ultimately concluded it was the sensor. The Diamondback guy said they had a bad batch of sensors over a year ago, but he thought they had that problem resolved. He then went on to say that they were out of the sensor for that model (sounded to me like they have been sending out lots of replacements), but they had the sensor for another model in stock. The sensor itself was identical to the one in the 1260Ef, but the wire on is was shorter. I told him I could handle splicing in the new sensor as long as it wouldn't invalidate the warrantee. He said it wouldn't, and he shipped me a new sensor and explained how to put it in. Once I got it and installed it, everything worked great.
We've used the elliptical for about a month now and are really happy with the purchase.
The guy at Diamondback was very helpful, once I was actually able to get ahold of him. Points to Amazon for following up and helping out.
As much as I like the product, I would only recommend buying it through Amazon if you're willing to potentially have to fix it yourself, or if you've got a local dealer nearby and you're willing to wait for them to come and fix it.
I could have bought it through a local dealer and avoided this problem (they would have tested it on delivery), but the local dealer wanted over $700 more than Amazon. For me the hassle was worth $700, but still disappointing.
Update (May 2012):
We've now used this machine for over a year, and we love it. I'm not improving the rating because of the effort involved in getting it working. But we use it regularly (or try to) and its working well. Good features, solid construction, and fits well in our limited space (its long, but narrow).