If you still haven’t found the right recumbent exercise bike for you or your family, then maybe HARISON B8 magnetic recumbent bike will be your winner.
The HARISON brand makes all kinds of (usually heavy duty) fitness equipment, including power towers, inversion tables, exercise bikes, adjustable weight benches, etc.
This particular review is about their first recumbent bike, which comes with a serial number of B8. I do not own this bike personally, so I’ve taken the liberty to compare over 22 online verified reviews from across 3 different portals, so this review is a big summary of all the pros and cons the owners mentioned.
Features of HARISON B8 Magnetic Recumbent Bike
The bike features heavy duty stainless steel frame, which is corrosion and oxidation resistant and supports 350 lbs of weight (158.8 kg). The front panel is also equipment with tablet and water bottle holder.
HARISON recumbent bike uses magnetic resistance with 14 different tension levels, which are smoothly adjustable.
The seat is oversized, ventilated and fully adjustable, which uses a rail system. According to the manufacturer, the bike is suitable for every person ranging from the height of 4’8” to 6’4”. The back-rest moves with the seat and is also ventilated.
LCD display is multi-functional and can monitor distance, speed, time, calories burned, RPM, odometer, scan and heart rate, thanks to the hand pulse monitors positioned on the handrails.
The pedals come in anti-slip extra wide design with strips for comfortable and safe ride.
HARISON B8 recumbent bike also comes with transportation wheels. The assembled dimensions are 60.24 x 21.65 x 51 inches (153 x 55 x 129.5 cm) and the empty weight is 77 lbs (35 kg).
The warranty provided by the manufacturer is 12 months for the whole bike, lifetime for parts and 30-days return.
With all the features mentioned, let’s see what the owners liked and disliked so far.
Assembly is a Breeze… But Not Here
Alright, I was a bit surprised by this information, but it seems that the manufacturer put together one hell of a bike… because the assembly is a hellish punishment in this case. It’s next-to-impossible to put B8 recumbent bike together on your own. Several users reported that it took them more than two hours to put together with help from a family member / buddy.
A few of the users purchased the assembly service and according to their reviews, it took the licensed service guy about two hours to put assemble. While I came across several reviews that mentioned easy assemble, I guess they were used to the bad old days when a bike assembly took you half a day.
Sturdiness Goes a Long Way
After the assembly, one will realize how sturdy the bike really is. Most users are satisfied with the comfort the seat and the back-rest provide. However, since the seat moves on rails, it can be adjusted only from front to back. You cannot adjust just the height, without also moving it forward or backward. This shouldn’t be a problem for most users, however.
The bike is also very quiet, practically silent. This is great if you plan to watch TV or listen to music while exercising.
The LCD monitor is pretty standard, non-commercial. It does what it’s designed to do; however, it can display only one stat at a time, which is a bit unfortunate.
One of the most reported issues are the pedals. Several users with wide feet reported they were uncomfortable for them and that the straps are quite small. I guess you can always replace them if you are not satisfied, but one would expect a better design from the included pedals.
Pros and Cons
With all the information mentioned above, we’ve found out that HARISON magnetic recumbent bike is not perfect.
Summary – Should You Go For It?
Our rating: 4.3 / 5
Overall, HARISON B8 magnetic recumbent bike is a good choice. Despite the cons it comes with, it is one of the better recumbent bikes currently offered on the market.