If you have already decided that you wish to invest in a recumbent bike with magnetic resistance, then I have some good news for you. According to the fitness community, pooboo W258 magnetic recumbent bike is one of most affordable quality bike out there. My job here is to see whether or not the reviews are accurate and trustworthy.
Pooboo brand is mostly known because of their exercise bikes and I’ve had the pleasure to review their classic stationary indoor bike. In regard to that particular piece of equipment, the reviews were correct and the bike is indeed of the kings.
Now let’s see if the recumbent version holds the same standards.
Features of pooboo W258 Magnetic Recumbent Bike
As the name suggests, this is a magnetic system with 8 levels of resistance, which can be changed by using the rotary tension knob. The bike uses belt-drive system for smooth and quiet ride.
The design of the bike is ergonomic using heavy-duty steel tubing that supports up to 330 lbs (149.7 kg) of weight, however, their manual states 220.5 lbs (100 kg) to ensure long-term usage.
The seat and backrest are padded with high-density foam, the seat is adjustable to fit any size and position and arm rests are attached to the backrest for extra comfort.
LCD display displays a number of basic stats, including speed, distance, time, calories burned and heart rate, which you can monitor thanks to the pulse monitors attached to the handles.
Small wheels are attached to the bottom part for easy transport.
The assembled dimensions of pooboo magnetic recumbent bike are 54 x 24 x 39 inches (137.2 x 61 x 99.1 cm) and the empty weight is 60 lbs (27.2 kg).
That should cover the features.
pooboo W258 Recumbent Bike for the Win
Basically every single verified reviewer online agreed that the assembly is a breeze. With the provided instructions it is single-handedly doable in half an hour.
Once you have it assembled, you’ll realize that it is quite sturdy. The mentioned 330 lbs weight support is believable, although their manual states 220.5 lbs for longer term use. Honestly, if you are near 300 lbs, personally I’d recommend something commercial-grade. You are going to pay a bit more, but in most cases it’s worth the extra money, especially if you are a big fella.
Most users agree that the seat is quite comfortable, along with the backrest. The attached arm-rests will help relax your arms and monitor your heart rate. The seat adjustability is good and should accommodate people ranging from 5.1” height. The maximum supported user height is not specified, but thanks to the recumbent design and adjustability, even 6.6” folks shouldn’t have a problem – but if you are not sure, I’d suggest contacting pooboo regarding this.
I was also positively surprised that the including LCD display provides more than one stat information at a time. Usually, non-commercial stationary bikes come with displays that offer just one stat. One more point for pooboo. It also comes with a tablet holder, in case you wish to watch movies or videos during your workout.
The included pedals are mostly standard, but come with safety straps for a more comfortable ride. The entire ride is quiet and smooth, which is one of the most important things that you can expect from a stationary bike.
Pros and Cons
It seems that reviews were legit after all, but rarely something is perfect, right?
Our rating: 4.8 / 5
I’m happy to report that pooboo W258 magnetic recumbent bike is indeed, worth the money. Of course that’s just my two cents. Maybe it might not be the best choice for you, but as long as you are on a hunt for a recumbent bike that is non-commercial, it’s definitely a choice worth considering.