If you are on a hunt for an affordable recumbent bike, then you might want to consider Progear 555LXT. This particular recumbent bike has been on the market for some time now and so far has gotten mostly positive reviews. This information is even cooler when you realize how affordable this machine actually is.
Progear manufacturer makes all kinds of cardio-oriented machines for home gyms, including rowing machines, ellipticals, indoor racing spin bikes and of course, recumbent bikes.
So without further due, let’s jump into features.
Features of Progear 555LXT Recumbent Bike
As is the case with nearly every indoor cycling bike, 555LXT’s frame is made of durable steel, with the weight limit of 250 lbs (113.4 kg).
The bike uses a standard combination of magnetic resistance system and belt drive mechanism. Resistance offers 14 different tension levels, so even experienced riders can use the bike comfortably. According to the manufacturer, the bike is suitable for people ranging from 5’0” to 6’3” in height.
Adjustability of the bike works via a rail mechanical system, meaning you can adjust the height along with the distance, but not separately. Seat-pad and back-rest are both cushioned and 2 soft-grip handlebars are attached to the seat, for comfortable and convenient exercise.
LCD monitor comes with 3 goal modes and provide standard statistics like time, distance and calories burned.
Other features worth mentioning are pedals with straps, transportation wheels for easy portability, water bottle holder and tablet holder, located near the LCD.
The assembled dimensions of the Progear 555LXT recumbent bike are 49 inch L x 22 inch W x 43 inch H (124.5 x 55.9 x 109.2 cm) and the empty net weight is 60 lbs (27.2 kg). The manufacturer also offers 1-year limited warranty.
That should summarize the features.
Easy Assembly Goes a Long Way
I’m pleased to report that Progear makes the assembly simple for your guys, because most nuts and screws are already pre-attached to the bike. The rest is up to you – with the provided manual and tools the assembly is solo-able. With that being said, it never hurts to have somebody helping you out, especially if you are not a techie person.
Considering the 250 lbs weight support, one would expect thinner steel and maybe wobbliness. However, the bike seems sturdy enough and should support the advertised weight of 250 lbs without any problems.
The combination of the magnetic resistance system and belt-drive mechanism makes the Progear 555LXT recumbent bike very quiet. If you plan on watching TV or Netflix on your tablet, you can do so without any problems. The sound from the bike will not bother you.
The LCD display is very simple, displaying only one stat at a time, so you have to switch from one to another. On the plus side, you have 3 goal programs to choose from and follow. What else can one expect from a display, right?
There is no problem with the adjustability, however, as opposed to most recumbent bikes, this one doesn’t come with front handlebars, only the ones attached to the seat. Also, they do not have hand-pulse monitors, so you can’t really monitor your heart rate.
The seat and back-rest are cushioned and quite comfortable. Most users didn’t feel the need to change the seat. Adjustability works via a rail system and is quite easy to change.
Well, I guess that’s all she wrote.
Pros and Cons
Let’s summarize everything from above into pros and cons.
Is Progear 555LXT Worth the Asking Price?
Our rating: 4.4 / 5
To put it very simply, yes. Are there better recumbent models on the market? Yes, there are, but it’s also reflected on the price. If you do not mind missing heart rate monitor and only 250 lbs of supported weight, then Progear 555LXT is definitely worth the money.