Keiser M3 Indoor Cycle Stationary Trainer Exercise Bike
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- Sophisticated indoor training cycle with eddy current resistance system
- Offers infinitely adjustable resistance system for challenging workout
- Smooth, whisper-quiet operation; 4-way adjustable seat
- Computer tracks time, distance, calories, heart rate, and power output
- Maintenance-free design
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The indoor cycling revolution begins now...as a result of over a decade of Keiser cycle development. The hallmark of M3 Indoor bikes is its durability. The M3 is made of corrosive resistant materials, has a non wearing resistance system, and is virtually maintenance free. The M3 is a true performance exercise cycle, with a focus on indoor cycling classes and cardiovascular conditioning. It is like no other cycle you have ever rode before; smooth ride, whisper quiet, easy to use and a host of other built in features designed with your clients, instructors, and facility in mind. The M3 also offers an optional computer that measures RPM, power output in watts, kilocalorie expenditure, heart rate (via wireless Polar monitor), trip time, gear (resistance), and trip distance. Experience a whole new way to cycle, the Keiser M3. Features: Simple installation Does not accept typical road bike crank arms Durable construction Compact footprint Portable Adjustable pedals Silent operation Wear-free use Maintenance-free design Quality-tested engineering Four-way adjustable seat Corrosion-resistant materials Ideal for commercial clubs and fitness facilities 6-month wearable parts warranty Fitness Magnetic resistance Seat: multi-directional adjustable
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1. The Cost. For sure, this is an expensive peice of equipment and I can see why it would drive some people away, but I feel the need to tell you what you'll get for your money, which brings us to...
1. The Ride. It's remarkably smooth, quiet, and stable which were the three most important things to me. You can crank as hard as you want on this bike and it never feels...well, cheap, for lack of a better word.
As was mentioned by other reviews, it uses magnets for resistance. And apparently Lenz's Law, Focault Pendulums, Bernoulli's Principle, Pythagorim Theorem, whatever. I don't care. What I care about is that when you ride it, it's stupid quiet. You will breathe much more loudly than what the bike will make in terms of noise and so watching TV or movies is very easy. We don't have kids, but if you did, and you were worried about waking them up, don't. You might wake them up with your breathing, but the bike won't with it's action.
The other reason I like the magnets is the feel of the ride. With other spinners that use the friction plate to increase resistance, it feels like you're riding a bicycle with the brakes on. I don't like that. I like this one; it feels more like you're riding up a hill.
2. The Computer. If you are looking for an objective workout, this is a big deal. For one thing, the "gears" have a digital reading and your time is right in front of you so you can say to yourself "Self, I'm going to go at level 18 for 3 minutes and then drop down to level 15." Your power is also right there, along with calories.
This is entirely more objective than twisting a knob and sort of guessing at the resistance. Also, the screen will tell you the average wattage at the end of a ride so you know how strong you rode and have a number to improve on. It also gives you distance...again, you can put a time to a certain distance and improve on it. It's alot easier to get back on the bike when you have a number you're shooting for. I think, anyways...
3. The Workout. The reviewer who said he couldn't get his heart rate up is either Lance Armstrong or is trying to impress women with an Amazon Review of a Spin Bike, both of which are incredibly lame (you get that label when you do a Michelob Ultra ad...sorry Lance). I'm in pretty good shape and this bike will wear me the hell out.
4. The Manufacturing. Made in the USA. Feel good about buying one.
5. The Service. So far, we've had positive experiences with Keiser. When we first got the bike and were putting it together (not too difficult by the way - took about 2 hours and we were taking our sweet time) we thought we were missing a hex-nut. Turned out we weren't, we were just dumb and didn't bother looking on the bolt that it should go on.
Anyways, we called up the company, talked to a real-live person, and they sent us a replacement in 2 days, no questions asked. Now we have two hex-nuts. Oh well.
All in all, I think this is totally worth the money and I am glad that my wife and I purchased it. We have no semblance of buyer's remorse. I should also tell you that I am 6'2, my wife is 5'3, and we have no problems with adjusting the bike to a comfortable position between the two of us. There are several reviews that have brought up concerns about the design of the bike and angles at which your body will sit - I'm afraid I can't comment intelligently on that but it hasn't been problematic for either my wife or I.
What I can tell you with certainty, is that this bike provides the best impact-free, aerobic workout I've ever had.
After 18 months (roughly) of using this spin bike regularly, there hasn't been a thing go wrong with it and it's still providing a great cardio workout. We still have no buyers remorse and I still think you should get one.
Then I found all of these fantastic reviews on the M3. I called around, but it turned out none of the stores that sell them in the area, had them on the floor as demo. Finally, one sales person admitted to me that even though he (and everyone else agreed) thinks it's a fantastic bike, they don't keep it on the floor because their margin of profit on them is much smaller than it is on other bikes.
I didn't want to invest without trying them out, so I called Keiser and found out who our local rep is. Sure enough, he had one we could try in his garage. This is the most amazing piece of engineering I've ever seen on a bike!!! This guy had been with Keiser for 18 years, and knew every detail of what's going on. Basically, they started developing this bike after years of taking losses because they conformed to the price standard in the market, and at that price, could only manufacture bikes that like every other bike, would break and need maintenance. The maintenance cost them too much money, and they got tired of it. Being a small independent company, they decided to do something about it, and the M3 was born. They are ruthless about their price policy of it, even if you buy 250 of those, the discounts are fairly minimal. On the other hand, these bikes require NO maintenance!!!
If you look at their 3 year warranty carefully, you'll see that labor is not included. I called to ask about that, and they claimed on the phone that labor is not NEEDED, because everything you might ever need to do, is so simple you could do it yourself. Well, my spouse has a strong engineering background (experimental physics), and we inspected every aspect of this bike. They're right. It is TRIVIALLY simple to put together, and there's basically nothing that could break!! If you can handle a screwdriver, you can handle this bike! The engineering is GORGEOUS, someone really put a LOT of thought into the design. And the ride, oh the ride... Smoothest ride EVER! And SO comfortable! Everything from the saddle to the positioning, just perfect!!! The balance feels just right, it's super quite, and most importantly, there are really no parts there that could break, except perhaps the computer. As far as maintenance is concerned, according to this guy, it's limited to cleaning up your sweat from the bike, after a workout...
I should mention, when I was looking at the Schwinns, they offered me the floor model at a ~15% discount. The flywheel looked pretty scratched, basically it looked used. The demo we saw, is the same demo the guy has been using for 5 years, to show gyms, take to shows, show private clients, etc. If he had told me he only unpacked them yesterday, I would have believed him. They looked brand new, 5 years later!
Finally, Schwinn spin bikes division has been sold and resold and keeps moving hands. You really don't know who you're buying from (the Schwinn A.C. are on the Nautilus website - their latest buyer, rather than on the Schwinn site). Keiser is solid, made in the USA, and you know who "their daddy" is... And keep in mind if a sales person tries to sell you a schwinn over the keiser - their margins of profit are MUCH smaller for the keisers, and they usually work on commission.
Anyhow, to make a LONG story short, we bought the bike. It was a no brainer. I'll update my review after I've used them for a couple of months at home, but I fully expect the 5 starts to remain. If you can't find this bike anywhere to try them out before buying, I recommend you call Keiser, and they'll help you out.
*** ADDED A FEW MONTHS LATER *** (Jan 2011)
Now that I've tried these in my pregnant and non-pregnant state, I can stay 100% - I absolutely adore this bike!! I've been using it almost daily. It's SO smooth, quiet, and comfortable - in seated AND standing positions! I don't get the people who talk about wrong fit. I am 5'6", my spouse is 6', and it adjusts to each of us perfectly. Maybe if you're extremely tall or extremely short it might be an issue, but then I bet a lot of other bikes would be too. This is just a very natural ride, the computer is fantastic, and overall, I can say only good things about this bike (and I've tried many other bikes at gyms, including the popular Schwinn Evolution. I *far* prefer this one to any of them!)