Well, hello there. Are you wondering if Vanswe recumbent exercise bike is worth your money? Well, I wonder that too. That’s why I’ve decided to put together a comprehensive review about this particular bike.
Vanswe manufacturer has been on the market for some time now and so far it has accumulated decent fan base. They make all kinds of home-gym fitness equipment, like power racks, adjustable weight benches, pulley machines and yes, recumbent bikes.
As of now they make only two recumbent models and they aren’t numbered, so we will just call it Vanswe recumbent exercise bike. The bike is available on the market for about two years now and so far it got above-average rating. So let’s find out who this affordable machine actually offers.
Features of Vanswe Recumbent Exercise Bike
First thing I would like to note is that this is a non-commercial home-gym recumbent bike, which is also very affordable. It uses magnetic resistance system with 16 tension levels, which are adjustable via a tension knob conveniently located between the seat and handlebars. The bike features needle roller bearing, which is quieter than standard classic ball bearing. It also uses double-belt instead of single-belt system.
It supports 380 lbs of weight (172.3 kg) and supports all kind of user heights, because the seat is fully adjustable via a rail system. The handles next to the seat are good for arm rests and also feature hand pulse, so you can monitor your heart rate.
The LCD display is pretty standard, displaying one stat at a time, which can be distance, speed, time, RPM, calories burned and odometer.
Large pedals are designed to provide more slip resistance. They are not caged and do not have safety straps.
The front base of the bike is equipped with transportation wheels for easy portability.
The assembled dimensions are 45” × 20” × 40” (114.3 x 50.8 x 101.6 cm) and the empty weight is 53 lbs (24 kg). Vanswe offers 3-year frame warranty and 90-day parts warranty.
A Surprise Indeed, But a Welcome One!
Let’s start with the assembly. I’m pleased to say that it’s quite easy to put the Vanswe recumbent exercise bike together. Most parts come already pre-assembled. Most of the bolts and screws are also loosely pre-installed, so you just have to get everything in the proper place, then tighten the screws and bolts. It’s also helpful to remember to leave the rubber bands on the wires until they are connected. This way they don’t fall down the tubes.
The bike feels very sturdy as it is. No squeaking or wobbling or rattling present. I guess only time will tell if it will remain this way.
Thanks to the easily-adjustable rail system, users of all heights can use it. There are reports of users that are comfortably using the bike with their height of 5’1” up to 6’3”. If you are even taller, I’d suggest checking it with the manufacturer before ordering.
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The LCD display is pretty standard, showing one stat at a time. It’s also battery operated, so there won’t be any cables lying around.
Double-belt System Goes a Long Way
Thanks to the magnetic resistance, double-belt and needle roller bearing, the bike is very quiet. Do you want to watch TV while exercising? That won’t be an issue with Vanswe recumbent exercise bike.
Regarding the seat, several users mentioned that it’s quite firm and requires additional padding, although most agree that it’s good as it is. I guess it comes down to how sensitive your butt really is. J The back-pad is comfortable enough, so your back can get proper rest and support.
While you have 16 resistance levels at your disposal, most users agree that the first 5-7 levels are very light and you have to start somewhere in the middle, if you want to experience a moderate tension.
It is a great bike for beginners and moderate cardio enthusiast.
Pros and Cons
Is Vanswe Recumbent Exercise Bike Worth It?
Our rating: 4.7 / 5
Let me say it this way. If you are not above 6’3” and 340-350 lbs and you are not a professional cyclist who require hard-core tension system, then this recumbent bike is a great option for you. It has everything you can expect from a recumbent bike and more. Considering the price point, it’s a bike worth getting.
If you would like to get your hands on something similar, yet of commercial quality, I’d suggest checking out recumbent by 3G Cardio.