In the past few months my focus was primarily on racing spin bikes and recumbent bikes, so I’ve decided to take a look at some Upright folding ones as well, just to balance the scales. One such bike with quite positive reviews is MaxKare 3 in 1 upright folding bike.
MaxKare manufacturer claims that this particular bike design gives you 2x the results in half the time. However, I’m not sure if you can claim this simply by adding resistance bands to the handle bars, right? But let’s not jump to conclusions just yet, let’s go through the features and see what the verified owners have to say about the design and functions.
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MaxKare 3 in 1 Upright Folding Exercise Bike Reviewed
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Assembled Dimensions (lxWxH)
18.5" x 24" x 46"
Arm Band Stretching Range
0 - 39.4"
Max Weight Capacity
4' 11" - 6' 3"
As the name suggests, the bike uses upright design, which is foldable for easy storage. It uses magnetic resistance system with 8 different tension levels, which are adjustable via a knob conveniently located between the seat and the handlebars.
Maximum weight support limit is set to 265 lbs (120.2 kg), which is not much in general, but it’s quite okay in case of upright bikes.
The bike features adjustable cushioned seat and comfortable backrest, which is made of high-density sponges and comes in ergonomic design.
Next are the resistance bands. The bike is equipped with advanced tension rope design, which allows you to exercise your arms and back, while burning calories by pedaling.
The provided LCD monitor allows you to track basic stats such as speed, time, distance, calories burned and also heart rate, thanks to the hand pulses located at the handles that are attached to the seat and on the handlebars.
The handlebars are also equipped with a tablet holder; in case you want to watch movies while exercising. MaxKare 3 in 1 upright folding bike comes with transportation wheels, which makes the portability of the bike a no brainer.
Assembly is a Breeze
MaxKare is one of those brands which provides instruction manuals that actually make sense. The bike comes partially pre-assembled; you need to put together the LCD display, seat and pedals. All the tools that you are going to need are also included with the bike, so there is no need to have your own.
If you are mechanically oriented, you should be done under half an hour. If you are not a techie person, give it time, read the instructions and diagrams carefully and have at least 90 minutes of your time prepared for assembly. Remember, you have to do it only once, so do it properly.
Sturdiness Goes a Long Way
Considering the price and weight support of the bike, one might expect wobbliness. However, most users agree that the bike is very sturdy and that 265 lbs of weight support is no joke and totally believable. I’m always glad to hear when manufacturers stay behind the advertisement.
The seat is comfortable and large enough to accommodate most buttocks (^^). The backrest is comfortable as well, although if you plan to use resistance bands, you’ll be most likely in an upright position. While the seat is adjustable, it has its limits and the limits are quite substantial.
If you don’t want to impact your knee joints too much and ride the bike comfortably, then you better be less than 5’8” – otherwise, I’d suggest looking for an alternative. You can of course use it as a taller person as well, it’s just that your legs will not be in a straight position, when the pedal is at the very bottom.
Magnetic resistance system is quite easy to adjust and the 8 tension levels are well-balanced, thus the bike can be comfortably used by beginners and intermediate exercises alike.
With that being said, please keep in mind that this is a low-impact bike for home, thus cannot be compared to gym-quality bikes and their tension settings. If you want a bike with hardcore tension levels, then MaxKare 3 in 1 upright folding bike is not a good choice for you.
It is also super quiet, so you can comfortable watch TV or Netflix on tablet while exercising. This is a big plus if you are not a deep thinker and you need some external element, like a TV to make the time go faster.
LCD display is quite modern in design, but very simple in functions, as it displays only one stat at a time, so you have to switch from one data to another. This is actually quite common among affordable home gym bikes, with a few exceptions.
I’ve also noticed that several people had issues with the pedals, but most of these problems were caused by the wrong assembly. Thankfully, MaxKare is known for their top quality support and they are eager to help you out.
Pros and Cons
Nothing is perfect, right?
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I must say that the bike has exceeded my expectations. You will get a lot for your money. It is a sturdy, quiet and comfortable upright bike which also comes with a nice bonus – the resistance bands. With that being said, if you are a tall person, you might want to look for an alternative.
You can also check our complete guide on affordable spin bikes, if you want to compare several of them at the same time.