If you are on a hunt for a recumbent exercise bike, then Exerpeutic 4000 might have caught your attention. It has certainly caught mine, mainly because of its design. To me, it looks like a gaming chair with joysticks. You can take my word for it, since I’ve used to spend huge amounts of time on gaming.
I don’t think that Exerpeutic needs a special introduction – they have been on the market for a long time and are producing a great number of stationary, upright and recumbent exercise bikes.
Today, I’ve taken the liberty to take a closer look at Exerpeutic 4000 recumbent bike, so let’s see what we can expect from this baby.
Features of Exerpeutic 4000
This is a recumbent bike with magnetic resistance system with 24 tension levels. These levels can be adjusted via a computer console.
The console includes a small display with buttons and 12 workout programs that are programmable with 4 individual settings, distance, time, watts, RPM and heart rate.
The frame is made of steel and offers weight support of 325 lbs (147.4 kg). The “chair” is made of Air Soft seat, which is oversized, padded with 3 inches of foam and uses aerodynamic health care technology, so it can be more ‘breathable’. For increased comfort and reduced back stress you can count on molded mesh and contoured designed backrest along with elbow rest pads.
The assembled dimensions are 58 inch L x30 inch W x 41 inch H (147.3 x 76.2 x 104.1 cm) and the empty weight is 71 pounds (32.2 kg).
Let’s start with the assembly. I’m pleased to report that the assembly is quite easy and pretty straightforward, considering it’s a recumbent bike. Exerpeutic does a great job with packaging – everything was tightly packed. Each part is numbered and labeled, which saves a lot of time and headaches. However, I’d suggest having a buddy to help you out with the assembly, which will also save a lot of time. If you plan on doing assembly solo, have at least 2-3 hours of your time available. There is also this great assembly video that I found. Check it out.
Most users agree that Exerpeutic 4000 is sturdy in general and very quiet on every tension level. However, several heavy-weight users reported it got wobbly over time. Most of them also recommended that while the weight limit is 325 lbs, 260 lbs+ guys will have wobbly experience. Considering that this is a non-commercial bike, this might indeed be something to look out for.
The seat itself is very comfortable, just like a gaming chair and it should be a good fit for most people. The seat adjustment is a little tricky (and annoying if you plan to share the bike with someone else), since it requires 3 different knobs, but overtime you should get a hang of it. Also on the closest seat settings, it might be troublesome for short people to properly use the bike. Several users mentioned that if you under 5’ you won’t be able to properly use the bike.
The display console is pretty standard, but the 12 programmable workouts are great and the interface is quite intuitive.
Elbow rests are quite comfortable as well, along with mesh backrest. The handlebars come with hand pulse, so you can monitor your heart rate.
Pedals are quite standard and rather cheap looking and overtime you have to re-tighten them, but they get the job done.
Pros & Cons
While there might be a perfect recumbent bike, the Exerpeutic 4000 is not the chosen one.
Conclusion – Is Exerpeutic 4000 Worth Your Money?
Our rating: 4.2 / 5
Considering that this is one of the older models and it comes with certain flaws, it’s still a good and affordable recumbent bike. I’d recommend it to you if you are less than 260 lbs, above 5 feet and if you don’t mind annoying seat adjustment. Peace out.