Recently I’ve been reviewing a lot of non-commercial stationary bikes and only a few commercial ones. The reason behind this is that my website mainly focuses on affordable home gym equipment, but as of know I’ve decided to also take a look at the lower-budget commercial quality equipment.
A great example of such a ratio is L NOW LD-577 Indoor stationary bike. I’ve already reviewed its older brother, the L NOW Upright bike and if you are interested in such bike type, you can check my review here.
Now regarding the stationary bike, the manufacturer states that the bike is designed for high frequency commercial use. That is normally reflected on the price, but in this case, the bike isn’t as expensive as other commercial models. So let’s take a closer look if there’s a catch or of it is indeed just that good.
L NOW LD-577 Indoor Stationary Bike Review
Min-Max Seat Height
28″ - 37″
Min-Max Handlebar Height
The frame of the bike is made of quality steel and it’s equipped with commercial standard heavy-duty 44 lb flywheel. According to the manufacturer, the bike supports 350 lbs (158.7 kg) of weight, which is above standard.
The high-quality belt box comes with ergonomic design and sound-proof design. The saddle can be adjusted horizontally and vertically and is filled with sponges for to absorb shocks more effectively.
The resistance can be increased and decreased via a knob and the bike can be also stopped immediately by pushing the knob. It comes with a 3.4” LCD display that monitors time, distance, speed, RTM, calories burned, heart rate (pulse sensors on the handlebars) and odometer. The bike’s handlebars are designed for comfortable arm rest and it naturally comes with transportation wheels.
The assembled dimensions are 21 x 46 x 52 inches (53.3 x 116.8 x 132 cm) and the weight is 134.5 lbs (61 kg).
That should sum up the specs. Now let’s check if we can find some cons.
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According to most owners, the assembly of the L NOW LD-577 bike is a breeze, it took them 20-30 minutes at most with the provide instructions. This is actually very good, since most commercial equipped need several hours to put together.
Once you have it assembled, you will realize the sturdiness is as advertised, the bike is quite heavy mostly because of the steel parts. It’s the dominant material here. The electroplated flywheel is bidirectional, which means you can backpedal as well. The belt box is ergonomic in design and does not hinder movement.
Thanks to the design and material used it also limits the noise to a minimum. I’m happy to report that this is indeed true – the bike is very quiet and you can easily watch TV while exercising. The crankshafts are commercial-standard and provide additional stability with rust-proof surface.
The bike-like saddle is made of special materials for increased air permeability and heat dissipation. As mentioned in the features, it is filled with spongers to absorb shocks more effectively. The seat is also 4-way adjustable and thus supports most users, even taller ones. Several 6’4” reviewers reported that the bike is quite sufficient enough.
L NOW LD-577’s handlebars are multi-grip in design and allow you to rest your arms if need and are equipped with a pulse monitor that you can check on the provided display. Pedal cages are made of aluminium alloy and come with adjustable covers to prevent foot slip. Otherwise, they are pretty standard. I mean, what more can one expect from pedal, right?
What puts this bike aside from non-commercial ones (besides material used) is the LCD display.
Finally, someone used their brain and put a high quality 3.4” LCD display (battery powered) onto the bike, the one that displays not one, not two but all the important statistics like time, speed, distance, RPM and heart rate.
Most, if not all, non-commercial bikes use very simple, cheap looking displays that show only one stat at a time.
Pros and Cons
Now the moment we’ve been all waiting for.
Okay. I pride myself on authentic reviews and hate promoting products like they don’t have any cons. However, the L NOW LD-577 stationary bike really seems like that kind of product. Besides the rare belt encasing problem, this bike is pure gold.
Considering the materials used and the price, it is a definitely bike worth getting. Quite possibly the best stationary bike I’ve reviewed so far. I have no other choice but to give it 5 stars. Peace out, folks.