ProForm 8.0 EX Exercise Bike via Amazon
ProForm 8.0 EX is an entry level but very good quality exercise bike with high end features and extra bells and whistles like the rest of the Proform products, a vertical design, advanced features like SMR magnetic resistance, 16 pound inertia enhanced flywheel, 3 piece crank, blue backlit 5 inch LCD panel, horizontal and vertical seat adjustment for different heights, EKG grip pulse- wireless heart rate receiver, Bluetooth Smart receiver, 30 preset workout apps, USB charging for MP3 player or smart phone charging and built-in Intermix Acoustics 2.0 Sound System with a set of two 2 inch speakers- IPod Compatible audio and tablet holder, a water bottle holder, CoolAire workout fan and front-mounted transport wheels. It is compatible with the iFit technology to help you achieve your goals faster by using a home WiFi connection, interactive videos and Google Maps to let you tour any part of the world by also changing the resistance automatically to simulate the actual road. It is very easy to put together (minor assembly is required when you take it out of the box), measures 61.5 x 23 x 42 inches so it doesn’t take up much space due to its upright design and the maximum user weight it can carry is 300 pounds. You have 25 different levels of resistance between 1 and 25 so you can go from very easy to more challenging but it is mostly a lighter resistance type bike. It has quite an ergonomic design for your comfort and as a high end unit, comes with a very large ergonomic foot pedals with adjustable strap to increase stability and very large cushion seat with lumbar support and the console angle is also tiltable.
Proform 8.0 EX is a much quieter bike than those air resistance trainers as it comes with the SMR Silent Magnetic Resistance and running very smoothly and naturally with the freewheel clutch and quietly you will not be distracted from your exercise and you will not be disturbing anyone at home or your downstairs neighbours. It is designed to imitate the outdoor bikes so you can practice your pedaling technique and form like you are on a bike outside but the pedals are not like the outdoor bikes as they are quite large with straps and with 16lbs flywheel don’t expect serious intense workout but more for calorie and fat burn and cardiovascular training. 30 preset workout programs that give you guidance for cardio endurance and calorie burn and the ability to ride at low resistance, newbies can easily use this bike. Having access to iFit technology with a monthly or annual fee is great but even without it you have quite a bit of variety of programs. You have two ways of heart rate reading: First one is through the pulse readers on the handles and second option is wireless reading as this has Bluetooth compatibility. It is ideal for a great cardio workout every day in the comfort of your home and will be a great addition to your home gym as a commercial gym quality sturdy unit that will last you quite a few years as long as you perform proper maintenance like tightening loose screws, fix loose resistance, sort out display issues that may come up. It is offered with a great comprehensive warranty of 1 year for labor, 2 year for parts and lifetime for frame.