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Solid But Squeaky
on April 14, 2014
Overall, this treadmill seems solidly built and works fine. I was a little dissatisfied with the delivery provider, who dropped it (as I watched) from the back of the truck from a height about about 18 inches on the coldest day of a brutal midwest winter. Non-critical plastic parts were broken. (I realize this isn't really the manufacturer's fault, but it factors into my experience of this product as purchased from Amazon.)
Assembly was relatively easy, although the unit is very heavy and awkward as other reviewers have mentioned, so make sure you have plenty of help to move it, especially if you're taking it up or down stairs.
With fewer than 50 miles or so on it, my treadmill is what I would consider annoyingly squeaky and creaky, although it feels very solid despite not sounding like it. Each footfall above 4 mph or so produces a high-pitched squeak or a lower-pitched creak, and I have a pretty normal gait. I am almost 200 pounds, though, which could factor, and I'm still breaking it in and giving it time, but it concerns me that it could be an issue with the frame at this point. I have not lubricated the deck yet, as the manual says I shouldn't have to with normal use within the first three months.
The preset programs are nearly worthless in my opinion, as the speeds vary much too widely (1.8 mph to 8.1 mph in the same program) and each segment is a rather bizarre 1/16 of the entire programmed time (user-selected). While it's possible to create custom programs, it requires setting speed and incline for 16 different segments. I'm a little mystified as to what HRC is supposed to be, as I would assume it's heart rate control, but there is no documentation and it doesn't recognize my heart rate monitor, so other than holding my palms to the side rails the whole time, I'm not sure how a person would use it--maybe I don't have the right type of HRM. I wouldn't know, as there's no information in the manual about it.
I find the cup holders--which I'm sure I'm not alone in repurposing to house various remote controls and gadgets--to be too shallow, and the display unit is too far away from the walking deck to make a comfortable stand for a tablet, even though it has a ridge to rest one on. The built-in speakers are actually decent for amplifying a tablet, as long as you can figure out a way to prop the thing up to be at an angle you can actually see it from.
All of this with exception of the very significant squeaks and creaks is nitpicky, I know, but you wouldn't be reading Amazon reviews if you didn't want some random guy's opinion, right? Overall, I don't regret the purchase at all and it seems a good value for the price point, but I'm not wowed either.