So far I’ve reviewed only one AirBike by Assault Fitness, so I’ve decided to take a closer look at another one, precisely XTERRA Fitness AIR650 AirBike Pro.
Air bikes are getting on popularity every year, as the trend seem to suggest. These bikes differ quite a lot from standard or recumbent stationary bikes. It seems like quite a few people prefer Air bikes over classic ones. But this is not a comparison guide, but rather a dedicated review, so let’s find out if AIR650 by XTERRA is worth the asking price.
XTERRA Fitness AIR650 AirBike Reviewed
Frame Lifetime, 1 year parts, 1 year home labor
The bike uses industrial-grade chain drive system that operates as a direct drive – fixed gear. Thanks to the air system the resistance is unlimited, the resistance increase equally with the increased speed.
This particular model comes with display and computer with basic stats such as speed, distance, time, RPM and calories burned. It also features motivational programs like specific-stat target, intervals 10-20, 20-10 and custom intervals.
The seat can be adjusted vertically and horizontally and is designed to provide maximum comfort and support. The pedals are large and anti-skid with dual-sided molded pegs. The bike also comes with transportation wheels for easy transport.
The maximum weight support is 350 lbs (158.7 kg), the assembled dimensions are L x W x H: 48” x 28″ x 54. 5″ (121.9 x 71.2 x 138.4 cm) and the assembled weight 115 lbs (52.2 kg).
That should cover the basis of the AIR650’s features.
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Considering the weight of the bike, one would say that assembly will be tough. Actually, with XTERRA AIR650 it’s quite the opposite. The assembly is pretty straightforward and easy and shouldn’t take more than 45 minutes.
The bike is one heavy piece of machinery. The heavy-duty solid steel is definitely felt here. The bike is sturdy as hell.
If you had any experience with recumbent and stationary bikes and so far non with air bikes, you’ll be quite surprised about the mechanics. The resistance system is unlimited and, well, it depends on you entirely. The slower you pedal, the lower the resistance and the faster you go, the harder the pressure.
Once you start pedalling, you’ll notice air blowing to your face, which is basically a free cooling system, hehe. However, there is one downside here – the noise. The air blowing to your face will generated quite a noise, so watching TV heavy-pedalling this bike doesn’t go hand-in-hand.
The seat can be adjusted vertically and horizontally and is indeed, quite comfortable. The complete adjustability is especially useful if two or more people are going to use the bike, as anyone can adjust it according to their preferences.
The handlebars are comfortable on grip and thanks to their unique U-shaped design you have a number of positions to place your hands on.
The pedals are a bit over-sized with low profile, otherwise pretty standard. Additionally, there are knurled foot pegs included that can be used to rest your feet. Unfortunately, the bike doesn’t have a bottle holder, so you’ll have to place it next to the bike.
Pros and Cons
With all the information above, let’s check a quick pros & cons summary:
- RESISTANCE: Smooth and unlimited air...
- DRIVE SYSTEM: The AIR650 has an industrial...
- CONSOLE: Performance monitor LCD display is...
- PROGRAMS: Quick mode program buttons include...
Now is the time for the most important question. Is XTERRA Fitness AIR650 Airbike worth the money? In my humble opinion – it is. It’s definitely one of the best air-bikes on the market right now. If you are looking for something commercially-graded and you do not mind the missing bottle holder, then AIR650 is definitely worth considering.