Nautilus Recumbent Bike Series
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- Goal Track capability enables users to set individual exercise goals
- Dimensions: 64" L x 27" W x 50" H | Product Weight: 80 lbs
- 22 programs: 9 profile, 8 heart rate control, 2 custom, 2 fitness test and 1 quick start
- 20 levels of resistance for a wide range of workout intensity options
- High speed, high inertia drive system with perimeter weighted flywheel for easy start up and smooth, consistent workouts
- DualTrack LCD displays; Maximum user weight: 136 kg
- In console speakers with an MP3 input port
- Media tray, USB charging port and adjustable fan included
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Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike
The Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike features a DualTrack multi-display LCD console with goal tracking functionality enabling the suer to set and track exercise goals.
Goal Track capability enables users to set individual exercise goals.
DualTrack LCD displays featuring 22 workout programs.
20 levels of resistance for a wide rang of workout intensity options.
High speed, high inertia drive system with a perimeter weighted flywheel for easy start up and smooth, consistent workouts.
Vented seat back for a cool, comfortable ride.
Sliding seat rail system for easy adjustment and solid locking.
|Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike||Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike||Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike|
|No. of Programs||29||29||22|
|Mixed-Reality Training||RideSocial App||RideSocial App|
|Performance Tracking||Nautilus Trainer 2 App||Nautilus Trainer 2 App||Goal Track|
|Heart Rate||Contact and Telemetry Enabled||Contact and Telemetry Enabled||Contact|
|Display||Adjustable Sight Line Dual-Mode LCD Displays||2 DualTrack Blue Backlit LCD Displays||2 DualTrack LCD Displays|
|USB Charging Port||✓||✓||✓|
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Amazon.com|
|Item Dimensions||27.00 x 50.00 x 64.00 inches||55.50 x 25.00 x 37.50 inches||55.00 x 25.00 x 48.50 inches||46.00 x 24.50 x 38.00 inches||60.00 x 25.50 x 52.00 inches|
|Item Weight||93.00 lbs||61.00 lbs||—||59.00 lbs||91.00 lbs|
Style Name: Nautilus R614 (EXCLUSIVE)
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The machine is whisper quiet when operating normally but ridiculously loud when these screws fail. So I'll now be contacting Nautilus for my second replacement seat and third set of screws. I consider this a substantial design flaw, and the seat is not easy to change. It's simply underbuilt for the machine, which is too bad because the rest of is quite substantial. I'm a big rider who uses it pretty aggressively but nowhere near its top resistance levels. This shouldn't happen.
Bottom line: If you're a bigger person who plans to actually use the machine regularly, and push it fairly hard, this might be a deal-breaker for you, and you should look elsewhere until they reengineer the seat. If you're lighter weight and just a casual pedaler, the seat is likely to be fine. But be advised. And in any case, when you assemble it, it's a good idea to use the threadlocker on the four seat bolts. Tighten them down good and let the threadlocker cure for 24 hours before use. This will keep the bolts tight for a much longer time. But it won't prevent the flimsy screw posts themselves from ultimately separating from the plastic seat. Good luck!
UPDATE: After six months, still impressed with this machine. I did have a failure of the little wall wart power supply a few weeks ago. One call to Nautilus and I had another mailed no charge within a few days. Really good customer service response, no issues whatsoever. I would buy another one of these. When it was down for a few days, I realized how much I have come to rely on it for exercise!
So far, so good. Upgraded from previous Schwinn, which I liked, but the design of the head unit made it constantly wobble in use. Not an issue with this bike, which is generally lower to the ground/better designed. Smooth pedal action, good electronics, many many options. The bluetooth and wireless heart monitor features worked for me right out of the box, no issues. My one gripe is that, as others have noted, the seat structure does wobble a bit under heavy cranking. Probably not a quality control issue, but a little annoying. I suspect I'll get used to it. Would I buy it again? Probably, but I'd also look at the 618 model to see if it has a beefier seat structure, as I'd pay a bit more to eliminate that issue. Overall, though, I consider this bike to be a tremendous value as a home-exercise machine. Looks great, performs well, at least in the early stages of use. Two other notes: I'm 6'2'', and while inseam length is a more important indicator (i'm about a 32), I have sufficient legroom, with about 2 inches more available). And if you place a device on the mid-console tray and cover up the upper lefthand corner of the console, the wireless heart monitor might not register. Just move it over a bit.
First off, unpacking and assembly. It came via FedEx in the original factory box – no other packaging. The box had the usual nicks and dings, but the internal packing and wrapping prevented any dents or scratches on any part of the machine. After opening the top, I slit both corners of one side so the entire side would lay flat on the floor, making it easy to remove all unattached parts, and then slid the frame sideways out onto the smooth cardboard. There was no need to lift anything heavy out of the box. The styrofoam blocks under each end of the frame kept it upright while I attached the stabilizers/feet.
The assembly manual is pretty easy to understand, but there are 2 goofs to watch out for, unless they have been corrected by the time you get your bike. First, on page 7, the routing of the pulse sensor cable shown circled on the right side of the page is incorrect. There is no way the lower cable (with the male plug) can be fed through the small hole as shown. I will try to attach a photo or 2 of how the coiled cable actually is installed. Second, on page 10, in the X4 circle, the curved washer labeled J doesn’t exist on the parts card. However, you will have 4 flat washers left over from earlier that will work just fine. Other owners have also noted this.
Page 10 could use more explanation. Making the cable connections and mounting the console mast, part no. 16, are two steps where you are likely to need a second pair of hands. First, place cover # 14 LOOSELY in place; DO NOT snap it down yet.* Next, slide the seat fully forward so it can support the handle end of the mast while you connect the 2 cables. After the cables are connected, slip the mast into its place in the lower support. Then have your helper raise and hold cover #14 out of your way while you install the bolts and washers holding the mast in place. If you drop any parts into the mechanical goodies below, you will either have to flip the whole shebang upside down to get them to fall out, or, if they get caught by the magnets, you may have to remove the lower covers to pull them loose.
*If by chance you snap #14 down before bolting the mast in place, making that job impossible, the cover can be popped loose by GENTLY sliding a thin plastic piece like an old credit card or plastic putty knife up under one side, then the other, of the cover to unsnap it. Please don’t ask how I know this.
Installation-wise, that’s about it. No big hassles; I would estimate about 1 to 1½ hours for most people. Ours worked perfectly on first start-up, which is always nice.
As for how well it works: We have had it for just a week, and have had no problems so far except for the pulse rate monitor. However, from what I read in many reviews before purchasing this model, that is a common problem across many makes, models, and price ranges of exercise machines.
There is a wide range of resistance adjustment, from almost none to quite heavy.
The operation is very smooth and quiet. I have heard no noise at all from the flywheel area. Once in a while, depending on the seat position, there might be a little click or noise from the seat support, but that is rare. Nautilus strongly recommends getting off the bike before releasing the seat lock. If you don’t, keep your feet firmly planted on the floor to prevent a short but fast trip down and forward with a sudden stop at the end. Again, don’t ask me how I know that. Just do what Nautilus says.
Some reviewers have had a lot to say about the seat. The only way I can describe it is, in a word, weird. It looks like it wouldn’t be all that comfortable, and to just sit on it, it isn’t, though for me it’s not all that bad, either. But when I start pedaling, it’s like something changes, and I forget all about it. If I could change anything about the seat, I might just move the backrest to the rear a couple of inches, or make the backrest adjustable. The uncushioned plastic seat does not seem hard, to me or my wife, even after half an hour or more. Support for my back and kiester are very good.
The speakers provide decent sound – true stereo, even – but not much bass. The displays are not backlit, but are easy to read. The USB port can also be used for charging, but if I’m using my phone for music, charging at the same time adds noticeable noise to the audio.
The only frustration is the unreliability of the pulse monitor, and on ours it’s all in the contact between hands and sensor contacts. If hands and contacts are clean and dry, the monitor function will not work at all. Damp, sweaty hands make a big difference, but that might take a while. Partial contact gives a very high false reading. Maybe there’s some gel or lotion to increase skin conductivity, like for the paddles on a defib unit, that would work. For now we just use a fingertip pulse-oximeter.
The chips-and-soda bottle tray that mounts behind the seat is a nice touch, but my wife the retired RN thinks that maybe Nautilus was thinking more along the lines of water bottles and celery or carrots. Oh well . . . . .
Overall, we really like it, and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for the particular features and specs that come with this model. If we had to replace it, we would get another one just like it.