Top positive review
A few words on packaging, assembly, and use.
August 13, 2015
The Inspire Cardio Strider is quite heavy, approx. 300 lbs. and boxed on a pallet. When delivered it's moved with a pallet jack off the truck. When mine was delivered there was some significant exterior damage to the packaging, but it is so well packaged that the contents did not receive a single scratch. All components are L/R marked, which makes it easy to know which part goes where.
The main body of the components is the only part that will require a two-man lift if you have stairs or are unable to move the component once the wheels are mounted. The shipping company was unable to deliver inside of the house, so movement will be required unless you plan to assemble and use in a garage.
Once moved, assembly can be done by a single person in about 3 hours time. There is a toolkit provided, but the tools are a little cheaply made. If you wish to use your own tools, (recommended), you will require Allen wrenches, 9/16" and 1/2" box wrenches or socket wrench set, and a Phillips head screwdriver. (The screwdriver in the kit is best used as all Phillips screws are for plastics and the shrouds and plastics could be damaged if too much torque is applied. I suggest using the supplied screwdriver as it requires a finger grasp instead of a palm grip, which will ensure you do not over-tighten and crack the plastic shrouds.)
Most of the bolt holes were tapped buttery smooth, but there were two that gave me some trouble to get started. There are joints that require 6 bolts to be set for the connection. Make sure to start all bolts by hand, as you may have trouble setting a bolt if others are snug and risk stripping out one of the tapped bolt holes. Most are able to screw in easily by hand and once they are all started in the holes for the joint, then you should tighten the bolts down. One of these 6 hole joints had a tapped hole with a burr in it and I thought I might have to re-tap with an M8 tap, but with some tedious work, was finally able to start the bolt straight and tighten.
The plastic shrouds have some tension on them, so the plastic needs some force to line up the holes. Again, I advise caution with the shrouds, as I can see the shrouds could crack at the holes if not done carefully, and/or over-tightened. The shrouds also have a plastic film over them that should be partially removed on both sides of the areas where the holes are. Once the screws are snug with the supplied screwdriver, you can remove the remaining film, which will help you refrain from scratching the translucent plastics.
Once complete, I gave the finished device a quick functions test. The operation was smooth and quiet. I especially like that the L/R arms have bearings that assist with the smooth operation. (I purchased this model because it had bearings instead of just a lubricated post.)
Everything works great. The operators guide is behind the assembly instructions, which makes no sense. The assembly happens only once, but you may find yourself referring back to the operator's guide. It would have made better sense to either have a separate guide, or to place the operator's guide in front of the assembly instructions. As it is, you must thumb past the assembly instructions to find the operator's guide. (Tedious)
The operator's guide is not well written, and you may have trouble understanding how to setup your name in place of "USER 1-4", or how to get to the screen which keeps a tally of all your sessions.
My assembly went rather well with exception to a few screws that did not want to start straight. Using the device is fairly easy, but again some of the options in the computer are difficult to find. The strider wobbles a little during use, even though there are feet that screw downwards for stabilization. (My wobble could also come from the floor tiles, which are designed for use under such workout machines to cushion and protect the wood floor underneath.) However the wobble is only slight and not disruptive.
I am very happy with the purchase, as the machine is well built and I believe it will last a great many years to come. If I had it to do over, I would definitely buy this exercise machine and I highly recommend it.