Sole Fitness SB700 Exercise Bike
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- Heavy 48 lb. Flywheel for smooth resistance
- Offers multi seat and handlebar adjustments
- Comfortable ergonomic padded saddle for long distance training
- Vibrant, easy to view console
- Stationary exercise bike with 48-pound flywheel and knob turn adjustable resistance
- Integrated blue, backlit LCD console displays RPM, time, Kcal, distance, and speed
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The Sole SB700 takes users to the next level of exercising and is satisfactory to both the indoor and outdoor cyclist. Understanding the needs of both types of users, Sole combined them together to design a comfortable, affordable bike allowing users to have the dual experience in the comfort of their own home or light commercial setting
The SB700 Stationary Exercise Bike from Sole Fitness provides a workout to suit the needs of both indoor and outdoor cyclists with adjustable resistance that mimics actual riding. Designed with the needs of both types of riders in mind, Sole has created a comfortable, affordable, bike for at home use or use in a light commercial setting.
Built for comfort, the SB700 features an adjustable seat and handlebars that move up and down, as well as fore and aft so that the user can acquire a custom fit. The heavy duty 48-pound chrome plated flywheel and Kevlar breaking system provide a quiet and smooth ride with a large range of challenge to meet the needs of each rider. The SB700's integrated, backlit, blue LCD console displays RPM, time, KCal, distance, and speed. The console is compatible with wireless heart rate chest straps, allowing users to stay within target heart rate training zones as they workout. Built to last, the SB700 comes with a comprehensive warranty that covers the frame for life, the parts and electronics for three years, and covers one year of labor.
Features and Specifications:
- Console Display: integrated with RPM, time, KCal, speed, distance
- Display: 3 by 4-inch backlit blue LCD
- Seat/Handlebar Adjustment: Up/Down; Fore/Aft
- Pedals with toe straps
- Brake pads
- Turn knob resistance
- 48-pound, chrome plate flywheel
- Water bottle holders
- Frame: two-millimeter oval steel tubing
- Assembled Dimensions: 42 by 21 by 40 inches (LxWxH)
- Transport wheel
- Maximum Weight Capacity: 300 pounds
- Product Weight: 140 pounds
Residential and Light Commercial Warranty:
- All service is performed in-home
- Parts/Electronics: three years
- Frame: lifetime
- Labor: one year
- Extended warranty available--sold separately
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-Service guy gave nice suggestion on extending longevity of resistance pad
-Rack to put your remote control/book/water bottle on
-Real resistance. A technical fault isn't going to end this bike.
-Sole Fitness customer service knocked it out of the park. (see below)
-HEAVIER than my mom after a Golden Corral visit. Seriously, if you plan to move this in front of your TV 4 days a week, even though this is a bike only, you won't be skipping arm day. It has wheels on the front to help, but I'm 5'10" and not weak, and this thing takes it out of me. Luckily I'm not short on space, so it's fine where it lives.
-You'll have to replace the resistance pad from time to time. I was told by service that life expectancy could be a year, to 5 years if you coat it with spray.
-Tiny 2-button screen that doesn't tell you much more than your watch does ). You can buy an add-on to track your heart rate, but considering there are a multitude of great wearable tech that do this (and a fresh burst in smart watches that will only get better!) I didn't get it. For the list price given on this bike, you'd think you'd get some sort of quality screen. What it can tell you is the reps. It also gives you generic calorie estimates you could google anyway.
My primary reason for rating this item as highly as I do is Sole Fitness customer service:
I waited for some time for this bike to arrive, before checking Amazon which stated it as "Delivered." Well it certainly wasn't, so I checked the tracking, and this item was listed as so badly damaged in transit that mid-transit, they shipped it back. They then proceeded to mark it as "delivered" because the original shipper signed for it. So amazon's coding picks that up as "delivered." Genius. So we emailed Amazon, they apologized and sent a new one via Overnight. Despite Overnight, it made it here a day later than expected delivery day. OK, none of this is anyone's fault than UPS and maybe Amazon's coding and maybe me for not tracking it until so late.
The new package was covered in huge holes. Keep in mind this box is SUPER HEAVY and marked "machine lift only". As I assembled it I saw marks on some parts, but I didn't buy this bike to show it in a fashion show, so not bothered. Then I saw the quarter of the fly wheel that had been facing outwards towards the edge of the box. It had small gauges in it that had displaced the metal. so now there's pointy metal sticking out that scratches up the resistance pad (making a super annoying noise). I tried filing it down, but didn't even make a mark on this metal. Seriously, when you buy this bike, what you're paying for is a thick chunk of metal in this very high quality flywheel. Amazon's site lets you choose to return it (so I could schedule a pick up, then take my chances that UPS won't damage my 3rd bike, then assemble again when it arrives). I chose to call Sole Fitness. They literally connect you straight on through to what amounts to "Joe at Joe's Specialists down the street from you." I know this scores big bonus points for some people, so worth mentioning. The guy was totally understanding, they shipped me a new fly wheel and installed it themselves.
So it's installed now, all support guys I spoke to (including installer that came to my house) were nice and friendly, and worked to fix my problem ASAP making sure to respect my schedule as much as possible.
The Sole Fitness SB700 is an exceptionally well-made spin bike. It is extremely heavy which means you'll have your work cut our for you upon delivery. About 154 pounds of mostly solid metal, 48 pounds of which is the massive flywheel. One of the reasons the bike is so smooth spinning is because of that massive flywheel. Very smooth, amazingly quiet.
It took me about 30 minutes to put the bike together. The seat, seat post and handlebar post is pre-installed. Really all that remains to be done is to install the front and rear stabilizer bars with bolts, curved washers and nuts. Then there is a small plastic piece that screws on to the top of the rear stabilizer bar and just cleans up the appearance of the area where it attaches. That's a nice touch.
Next you'll attach the pedals and use caution that you do not cross thread the pedals when tightening. Four bolts, washers and lock washers are used to attach the handlebar to the mounting plate and again you'll want to ensure you don't strip or cross-thread as you install the bolts. I had a problem with mine and ended up taking the mounting plate off temporarily so that I could run the bolt though from the back side just to realign any bent threads and clear out any shavings that may have been in there causing the problem. After that the bolts screwed in without any further issues.
The digital display attaches to the mounting bracked with a single screw. There is no instruction for this in the manual but there is included in the parts bag, a small 1 inch square piece of foam that I presume was to be placed between the display and the mounting clamp. You don't need to over-tighten this since you are screwing into plastic threads.
Finally you need to snip a zip-tie strap to release the sensor cable from the frame which then lets you thread that cable through the frame down to where you will install the transmitter. Plug the connector into the transmitter and than using the velcro mounting point, stick the transmitter to that velcro.
The installation manual was a little sketchy and did not explain all the small details very well. Hopefully I've cleared up most of the gray areas through my experience putting it together.
The SB700 is a joy to ride. It is solid and does not wobble at all. Even on a carpet it was rock solid. Fore and aft adjustment and height adjustment on both the seat and handlebar had an extremely wide range of travel to accommodate just about any sized rider. The cam and lever locking mechanism seems strong and is relatively easy to readjust so other people in your household who may be riding the bike can adjust the settings to their liking.
The tension adjustment and braking on this bike is simply one of the best I've used as well. There was no squealing, no vibration, no pulsing. It was just perfect.
The display was easy to read and has a backlight that is lit for a few seconds when you change modes. Otherwise it is easy to read with nice large digits. Compatible heart rate monitor chest straps will also be picked up by the display so that you can monitor your heart rate as well.
Aside from the fact that the installation manual was a bit unclear in certain areas and that this bike is difficult to get to where you want it because of its weight, once it's up and running, it's fantastic. One of the nicest spinning bikes I've ridden on, health clubs included. The slight handlebar wobble that I mentioned in my video is very minimal and mostly a non-issue.
I also have to give a big, I mean really big, thumbs up for Sole customer service. The first bike that was delivered to me had been mis-handled during shipment and the bottom pieces where the stability bars attach to were bent to such an extent that I could not put the bike together. I made two phone calls to Sole and after viewing the photos that I had posted in the customer images area, they quickly made the decision to ship a new bike to me and pick up the origiinal one at absolutely no cost to me. It doesn't get much better than that. Stellar!
You can spend far less for a spln bike of decidedly lesser quality and you can also spend quite a bit more for a spinning bike. The less expensive bikes simply can't compare as far as stability, smoothness of pedaling or adjustability. The more expensive bikes can't really offer much superiority in any area that I can readily think of.
The Sole Fitness SB700 represents an excellent value in a serious spinning bike. It's a solid performer, has a very attractive & functional design and is fairly priced.
UPDATE: 1/16/2012 - I enjoy listening to podcasts while I work out and usually those podcasts are on my iPhone. I had been noticing an erratic heartbeat indication on the display when using the chest strap sensor and it was almost by accident that I discovered that proximity of the iPhone to the unit was causing this problem. When I moved the iPhone across the room, the problem went away. If I moved the iPhone back onto the water bottle holder where I place it when working out, the interference resumed. I'll be calling Sole to inquire about this and report back if I learn anything of merit.
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