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Not perfect, but pretty darned good.
on March 9, 2016
I've owned my 1260Ef for about a year.
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.