The popularity of indoor bicycles continues to grow, but while the features have increased so has their size and bulk. The Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike is an attempt to meet the demands of fitness buffs who want a compact but full-featured indoor bike, but the question is, does the 400XL live up to expectations or is this just another product full of empty promises?
One of the most notable features on the Exerpeutic 400XL is it space saving construction: it won’t take up a lot of room when in use and even less when you fold it up. However, this bike doesn’t compromise features, far from it. The flywheel is built solidly, and the V-belt double-drive transmission system is one of the quietest in its class, great if you like to exercise while watching TV or listening to music.
The Exerpeutic 400XL is also equipped with a magnetic tension control system for up to 8 resistance levels. The longer you work out, the more intense challenges you’ll need to push yourself, and that is what you get here.
The Exerpeutic 400XL has a bright LCD that tracks your heart rate, how many calories you have burned, time, speed and more. The Exerpeutic 400XL also sports a semi-recumbent style, which makes it comfortable and ideal if you don’t like upright type bikes. The semi-recumbent design also minimizes pressure on the body, great if you’re recovering from an injury.
The backrest and cushion are generously sized so you should feel comfortable with it, plus you get a hand pulse sensor for checking your heart rate and some suitable leg stabilizers. The high-torque crank system is smooth and ensures pedaling is smooth and consistent.
The inclusion of great pedals is another plus as it keeps your feet stable and comfortable, and the safety straps ensure your feet don’t slip even when you’re doing some intense workouts.
- Weight: 39 pounds
- Dimensions: 19 by 46 by 33 inches (W x H x D)
- User height: 5 feet 2 in. to 6 feet 2 in.
- Maximum weight capacity: 300 lbs.
- Handles inside dimension: 21 in.
- Warranty: 1 year limited
There are a lot of features we can list down, but it’s best to start with its unique folding mechanism, as it allows you to fold the recumbent bike, so it doesn’t get in your way. With people becoming more and more health conscious, the need for indoor bikes is high, but the bulk has always been a hindrance. Now with the 400XL, you can have a compact but fully functional bike.
A lot has been said about how much of a space saver the 400XL is, but the convenience doesn’t end there thanks to its wheels that make moving and transportation painless. Getting on and off the bike is easy and with support for up to 300 lbs. It’s more than enough for individuals with average physiques.
If you’ve been using indoor bikes for a while now, you’ll realize that the 400XL has a lot of the features you’d expect from expensive, high-end models. But more than that what makes this a good buy is its compact enough you can use it in an apartment. It’s understandable to be a bit skeptical considering the price and size, but customer reviews have been good, and components are sturdily built.
Just like with all indoor bikes some assembly is required, but you’ll have no trouble figuring it out. The package comes with an Allen wrench / Phillips head screwdriver and a wrench, and those are the only tools required to assemble the bike. Once all the screws and bolts are set the bike should be ready to go, and credit to the manufacturer that even with constant use, the components don’t loosen up.
As for the type of workouts, you’ll get, the 8 level resistance system does its job. If you’re a beginner, levels 1 to 3 should be just right, and most will probably max out at levels 4 to 5. Once again the 400XL is equipped with an LCD monitor, so it’s easy to keep track of the numbers.
- Functions works well
- Cushion seat is large
- Runs quietly
- Can be folded into a compact shape
- LCD display is bright and clear
- The gearbox is made of plastic
- Can be awkward to move around when it’s folded
The Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike holds the answer if you want a short indoor cycle. For a lot of people the small footprint the 400XL creates is reason enough to give it a try, but what makes it even more appealing is the number of practical and useful features that are built in. If you are serious about having an eye on some calories, you’ve burned and other vital information then you’ll want this bike.