Horizon Fitness RC-30 Recumbent Exercise Bike
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- Recumbent exercise bike for low-impact exercise in the home
- Programmable resistance system with 8 levels; 10-pound flywheel
- 8 workout programs, including manual, intervals, weight loss, and custom
- Large LCD console for feedback; 275 pounds maximum weight capacity
- Measures 66 x 52 x 26 inches (W x H x D); lifetime warranty on frame
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Horizon RC-30 - Sit back and get fit. Whether it's for the cardio workout or a desire to stay in cycling shape when the weather turns cold, an indoor exercise bike from Horizon is a low-impact, highly enjoyable way to achieve your goals. Built for stability, quiet operation and long life, the RC-30 is a smart addition to anyone's fitness routine. It's also easy to program, with 8 workouts and 8 resistance levels to choose from. COMFORT: Contoured, fully adjustable seat with lumbar support. Step-through frame design. CONTROL: Heavy-duty, 10-pound flywheel for fluid motion. 20-year brake warranty and 8 programmable resistance levels. CONVENIENCE: Clear LCD screen for key feedback. 8 programs and contact heart rate grips.
Sit back and get fit with the RC-30 recumbent exercise bike from Horizon Fitness. Whether the bike is intended for a cardio workout or to satisfy your desire to stay in cycling shape once the weather turns cold, the RC-30 bike offers a low-impact, highly enjoyable way to achieve your fitness goals. The RC-30 is distinguished by a programmable resistance system with eight different levels and eight workout programs, including Manual, Intervals, Rolling, Weight Loss, Tempo, Random, Custom 1, and Custom 2. The clear LCD screen, meanwhile, offers key workout feedback, helping you develop an effective training regimen.
The RC-30 is also notably comfortable, with a contoured, fully adjustable seat with a lumbar support and a step-through frame design that's easy to mount. Other details include a heavy-duty 10-pound flywheel that produces a fluid motion, pulse-grip heart rate monitors, and a maximum weight capacity of 275 pounds. The RC-30 measures 66 by 52 by 26 inches (W x H x D), weighs 105 pounds, and carries the following warranties: lifetime on the frame, 20 years on the brake, and one year on parts and labor.
About Recumbent Exercise Bikes
Despite the competition from trendy new fitness inventions, exercise bikes continue to be popular options for home exercise. They offer the same aerobic benefits of riding a bicycle at any time, in any weather, without leaving the comfort and safety of home. Exercise bikes don't take up much space, require little or no balance or coordination, and can provide an effective workout for all levels of users, from beginners to serious competitors. While the same could be said for a number of other types of home fitness equipment, the exercise bike is one of the few that allows you to watch television or read a magazine while you work out.
The term recumbent literally means "lying down." Exercising in a recumbent or reclining position allows the user to have full ergonomic back support, without causing strain on the arms, neck and shoulders, all of which can be common effects of using an upright bicycle. For many people, having convenient access to quality exercise equipment is critical to sticking with a long-term exercise program.
About Horizon Fitness
Horizon is part of Johnson Health Tech, one of the largest manufacturers of fitness equipment in the world. They are committed to designing, engineering, and manufacturing superior products for health clubs and homes. Horizon's manufacturing facilities rank among the most sophisticated in the industry, with an intricate mix of robotics and skilled workers that maintain the highest standards of accuracy and quality. Every stage of manufacturing has a testing phase and 10 percent of Horizon's products go through a rigorous quality inspection that includes completely taking them apart and reassembling them.
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1. Build quality is superb
2. Comfortable seat and backrest made of high quality material in comparison to entry level bikes.
3. Seat adjusts easily in seconds and locks into place solidly.
4. The warranty this bike comes with is excellent and it can be upgraded but with a lifetime frame and 20 year brake warranty there's really no reason to get an extended warranty.
5. 8 resistance levels, programmable features, easy to read screen.
6. Bike plugs into a wall outlet, no need to worry about replacing batteries.
7. The difference between the first and second resistance levels is HUGE. Level 2 is about 5x harder than level one, and level 3 is almost impossible to pedal. You WILL get a workout. On lower end bikes I'd put the difference between resistance levels at about 2x the previous resistance level. This might be a "con" for some people but as I said earlier this is a serious exercise bike.
8. Assembling this bike was easy and it can be done in under 1 hour. The instructions are clear and easy to understand, and the hardware pieces are separated into small bags by which assembly step you're on. I see people complaining about the assembly of this bike but I see no idea why. This bike was much easier to put together than the Exerpeutic 900XL for example.
9. The pedaling motion of this bike is very smooth and the bike is very quiet.
1. While the seat is fine for me I can see how some might think it's on the small side.
2. This bike weighs over 100 lbs so it's not easy to move around. This bike ships in a large box that people might have trouble moving around. I had no problems moving it by just picking it up by the straps around the box but I could see how some people might want to use a hand truck. I'm not going to say it was easy to move the box around but I was able to do it with moderate effort. If you're older, in poor health or have a disability you might need help moving this bike around and assembling it.
Comparison of the RC-30 to the Exerpeutic 900XL:
The RC-30 costs about 4x the price of the 900XL but in my opinion it's worth the extra money.
The RC-30 has many more features that the 900XL doesn't including quick seat adjustment, programmable exercise routines, the ability to change resistance levels automatically, etc.
Performance: Both bikes are comfortable to ride, have a smooth pedaling motion and are quiet during operation. The RC-30 is larger, has better build quality and just feels like a gym quality bike. The 900XL has a larger, but less ergonomic seat. The quality of the material for the seat and backrest is far superior on the RC-30. The 900XL is a good, solid bike for the price but it's not gym quality.
Assembly: Both bikes are easy to assemble but the RC-30 is easier. The 900XL has some hard parts including when you have to attach the tension cables. The RC-30 has no difficult assembly steps. Both bikes took about 1 hour to assemble.
Durability: I've only had the RC-30 for a couple weeks now but this bike is very solid and I expect it to last for several years. I used the 900XL daily for 30 minutes on the 3rd difficulty level and I wore the bike out in 3 months. The gears near the pedals started making loud clunking and grinding noises and the bike became more difficult to pedal. Check other reviewer's comments on the 900XL and you'll see that this is a common problem with the 900XL. Since I never went above resistance level 3 on the 900XL I was surprised that it started to fail so quickly.
Final Thoughts: If you can afford the RC-30 I would suggest getting it, you will not be disappointed in the build quality or performance of this bike. While the 900XL is a solid, comfortable bike I cannot recommend it since I question the build quality of the bike based on my own personal experiences with it. Please ask yourself a question: "How much is my health worth to me?" Hopefully you answered more than 100 dollars. In my opinion spending hundreds on a bike like the RC-30 is worth it since you'll (hopefully) be using it on a regular basis and should get years of service from a bike like this. For the price of this bike I think it's more than worth it. Good luck with your purchasing decision.
It has a couple issues that I see in the comments for virtually every budget model recumbent bike. The seat adjustment has to be jammed down hard to lock it into place (just like the Schwinn). It does seems to be calibrated for Lance Armstrong dope-fueled superhuman leg strength so Resistance Is Futile at high levels :) The lower levels 1-4 work just fine for me. The program is about standard with other bikes and it does have a custom program which was a big deal for me, I have never been satisfied with preset programs.
Assembly was a breeze except for the console wire issue. If you can put IKEA furniture together can you can do this in an hour :) The seat and backrest seem adequate for me, I go to PT for back pain so I do notice when something isn't right with a seat (it hurts LOL). I do hear a knocking noise in the back of the frame if I really push hard on the seat, I don't know that this is fixable. I am quite sure I didn't leave any loose bolts. More on that later if their tech support can help. It doesn't "creep across the floor" (I have a rather slippery hardwood floor) which was a big issue with the Schwinn.
Overall a very good choice for the $$. More later if I find any issues with it.
The bike broke after 3 months of daily use. One of the crank arms cracked. The entire crank arm/axle needed to be replaced which Horizon did free of charge and without hassle.
The problem arises from the fact that after disassembling the front case I find that the resistance system exactly the same as the one on a much cheaper bike I ordered for my mother. I had to replace the fly-wheel assembly on my mother's bike, the little pieces of plastic that the magnets/springs are attached to broke.
The resistance levels are very inconsistent going from level 1 to 2 was relatively smooth but 2 to 3 was horrible. The next few levels progressed more smoothly then 7 to 8 was a massive increase in resistance. I imagine this inconsistency is due to the cheap resistance system.
I have since replaced the bike with a Schwinn 250. My previous bike was a Schwinn 230 that lasted 5 years with only normal wear and tear, new belt, new peddle straps and new peddles, before the crank axle finally broke. I was pleased to see the internals were almost identical between the 230 and 250. The progression in resistance levels is very smooth and felt identical to my 230. Since the Horizon RC-30 and the Schwinn 250 are about the same price I have to recommend the Schwinn 250 over this.
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