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Decent Entry Level Elliptical Machine, A Few Flaws
on April 17, 2007
I'd give this three and a half stars if it were available.
I bought this thing because the demo model looked pretty sturdy. I've had it now for a couple of weeks. On the positive side of things, the components were extremely well packaged. Bits of supporting cardboard had been added here and there to support the pieces. Assembly was straightforward and took an hour or two. My kids have been using this as well, and enjoy it. I weigh about 225 lbs. and have found the machine to support my weight with no problem. (It's rated at 250 lbs.) I'm a stair stepper/runner and use the machine for a 20 minute workout with resistance between 3 and 6 (max is 10). I set it at 7 once or twice for a very good burn finish. The display is easy to read and the couple of programs included are probably okay for the user not seeking lots of frills. I generally just modify the resistance myself.
On the negative side, the machine is solid enough but not rock steady. Perhaps a slight movement back and forth is par for this type of equipment. I found that I have to place my feet at the front of the very large pedals, otherwise I have to lean forward. My chief complaint is that the oversized knobs used to "lock" the handle bars into place just don't work. Maybe I'm too rough, but they were constantly sliding down. I ended up deciding that I liked the machine enough to keep it, so I went ahead and drilled a 5/16" hole in each arm and ran a hex bolt through it to support the sliding arms. Now they don't go anywhere. :-)
In summary, for the price the machine is decent. Be prepared to live with a quirk or two and fix the things that drive you nuts. Meanwhile, I'm getting benefit from mine and am good and tired when I'm done with my 20 minute routine.