Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review
Nautilus R614 Review – The perfect exercise bike at $300

When it comes to Nautilus R614 recumbent exercise bike, it is not only the convenience but also the inspiration that the bike offers you. Together, they will help you to commit to exercise and achieve your fitness goals.

There’s a lot that goes into making a perfect exercise bike. The design must be aimed at maximizing comfort and providing excellent exercise experience. The perfect bike also should not be too expensive but need to be equipped with the most advanced features that can make your workout progress more effective and smarter. Nautilus R614 has all of those.

I’ll explain why in this review.

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review

Review Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike – The perfect exercise bike at $300

 

About Nautilus

Since being founded in 1970, Nautilus has revolutionized the fitness industry. It is the gold standard in fitness and widely considered the founder of the modern commercial gym. Nautilus has a wide range of circuit training equipment.

Nautilus commits to carry on its tradition of excellence by producing gym-quality cardio and strength solutions for the home. They produce upright bikes, treadmills, recumbent bikes and ellipticals for home. With all of the efforts and experiences, Nautilus exercise bikes inspire you to achieve your personal best.

“Training at home doesn’t mean training alone”. Nautilus helps users connect to a virtual personal fitness coach and training buddies. The apps allow you monitor your personal data and workout stats to schedule a most effective workout plan.

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review

“Training at home doesn’t mean training alone”

Bike type

Nautilus R614 is a recumbent bike, which is the bike for maximizing comfort, blood flow, cardiovascular and lower body workout. The recumbent bike is like a chair with pedals in front of the seat. This design makes it easy on your back and knees, making sure that you will feel enjoyable and won’t have any injury while practising.

Focusing on the comfort and the easiness for the user makes Nautilus R614 the best choice for those want to maintain a healthy lifestyle or being in a physical rehabilitation and physical therapy. It is designed for those have problems with joints or being injured, especially for kids, women and oldsters.

Design

Overall

This a middle-class recumbent bike, generally, it is way better than budget bikes (i.e. Exerpeutic 900XL [Link: article 4], Progear 555LXT [Link: article 5]), but is not as good as high-class recumbent bikes (i.e. Schwinn 270 [Link: article 3]). Overall, Nautilus R614 is really a wonderful bike, thus, I will be more critical in this review.

Pros

The appearance of Nautilus R614 looks nice in three colours, black, white and dark gray. This combination of colors is harmony and easy on the eyes. Its design is modern and ergonomic, which can be a good decoration for whenever you put it.

Nautilus R614 supports users up to 300 lbs and 6 feet 3. In fact, a 400-pound man has no problem pedalling on this bike.

Nautilus R614 can be assembled. You can disassemble and store it easily when you don’t want to use it for a long time.

Its frame, seat, handlebar, pedals are all well ergonomically designed, providing maximum support to your arms, knees, shoulders and back.

The bike has an intuitive console with many advanced functions and programs. The console, along with other additional amenities like bottle holder, fans, tablet holder, built-in speakers, gives you a maximizing convenience.

Cons

The size of Nautilus R614 is not so compact, and the weight is not lightweight, too. Is dimensions are 64L x 27W x 50H inches(162.6 x 68.6 x 127 cm), and its weight is 80 lbs (36.3 kg). This makes the bike hard to assemble and disassemble, which cause some problems if you want to store it. Furthermore, it is delivered disassembly in a 98-pound box. You have to assemble it by yourself, which could take up from 1 to 2 hours. I am sure that you will need someone for help.

The pedals need not be larger for more comfort. And the plastic straps of the pedals might hurt you.

The plastic seat bottom is ergonomically designed for comfortable sitting feeling, however, since it’s not padded, it may be not soft enough.

The console isn’t equipped with a backlight, thus, the screen is hard to see when in poor light conditions.

Nautilus R614 needs to be plugged in for power. The console and the resistance won’t work if there is no power.

Now, let’s go to the detail:

Body & Frame

Nautilus R614 has a one-piece steel frame. However, some parts are made of heavy-duty PVC material, such as the protective shrouds of the bike’s drive mechanism. This gives the bike the solidity and the firmness while pedalling. It also features a low frame profile and step-thru design, making it easier for users to get on and off the bike.

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review

Two integrated levellers for a solid workout platform and oversized crossbar tubing for added stability. These stabilizers provide steadiness, combining with its low center of gravity keep the bike stable during workouts. It doesn’t shake or squeak, even when you are exercising really hard, allowing you to get on with an undisturbed workout.

You can place firmly this bike on a floor that has some variation in it by turning these two rear levellers and a small leveller in the middle of the frame rail to level out the bike.

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review

The bike body is powder coated with corrosion resistant paint, which makes the bike look good in black, white and dark gray.

Transport wheels allow for easy movement, giving you the versatility to move your workouts to the family room while watching the kids or the den while enjoying your favourite tv program. By leaning it forward on its transport wheels, you will be handling less than 1/2 of the bike’s total assembled weight.

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review

However, one minus is that the frame does not have a folding design, which makes it harder to disassemble and store the bike.

Seat

Nautilus R614 is equipped with a vented ergonomic wide seat bottom with contoured leg area that offers you not only comfort and support of a smart design but also freshening of a vented seat.

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review

The seat is adjustable. A slider seat rail system lets you adjust the seat forwards or backwards to fit your height (from 5’to 6’3″). If you’re taller, you can still use the bike, however, you may not benefit from a complete leg extension.

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review

Nautilus R614 also has a large vented seat back with lumbar support for comfort and cooling. Its ergonomic design can really give you a relaxing sitting posture.

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review

Many find the seat and the backrest all comfortable despite they not being padded and just being plastic. However, some are more hard on them and feel they are not comfortable as padded seats.

Handlebar

The handlebar behind the seat gives your hand something to hold, securing your body, and lowering the pressure on your shoulder and back when you are riding.

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review

It is ergonomically designed for a relaxing position and an integrated hand-grip for heart rate monitoring.

Nautilus R614 does not have one essential feature that is a handlebar slider mechanism to contribute to an ideal user interface position. Some superior bike has this feature, such as Schwinn 230 [Link: article 2] and Schwinn 270 [Link: article 3].

Pedals

Nautilus R614 pedals are designed with adjustable foot straps in order to provide proper alignment for efficient pedalling with ultimate control. They also enhance the comfort of user’s foot, ensuring the practising experience is smooth and rhythmic.

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review

However, the pedals are not oversized, and the material of the straps is plastic, which may be considered as a minus point.

Console table with a big LCD screen

They equipped Nautilus R614 with such an advanced computer. The console table has two display with touch control buttons to provide important information about your workout and lets you control the resistance levels while you exercise.

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review

The super convenient console table

– Upper Display: In this screen, 6 pieces of information will be displayed

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review

Program Display: Show the current program, which can be the manual program or a profile program.

Intensity Display: show the level of work at that moment based on the current resistance level.

Heart Rate Zone Display: Show the zone that your current heart rate is in. You can use the zones as a workout guide for a certain target zone (anaerobic, aerobic, or fat burn)

Goal Display: show the currently selected type of goal (Distance, Time or Calories), the current value to achieve the goal, and the percent completed toward the goal.

User Display: Show which user profile is currently selected.

Achievement Display: when you reach a higher workout target in comparison to the past, Achievement Display will activate to congratulate and inform you.

– Lower Display: In this screen, 7 pieces of information will be displayed

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review

Speed: Show the current speed (mph or km/h).

Time: Show the total time of the current workout, the average time for the current user profile or the total exercise time of the bike.

Distance: Show the total distance of the current workout.

Level: Show the current resistance level.

RPM: Show the current revolutions per minute.

Heart Rate (Pulse): show the beats per minute (BPM) from the heart rate sensor.

Calories: show the estimated calories that you have burned during the current workout.

– USB port: An additional USB port for you to export your Workout Results to a USB drive, and upload it to some fitness apps. The default app is Nautilus Connect.

Other additional amenities

– Speakers: Built-in speakers let you enjoy music while exercising, making the workout more interesting.

– Three Fans: Keep you cool during the intense workouts.

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review

– A Water Bottle Holder: A water bottle holder, positioned on the handlebar, is close at hand for easy access while working out. Drinking right amount of water every day is an essential habit to maintain your healthy lifestyle.

Exercise experience

Overall

There is not much to complain concerning to the workout experience. All are great:

– Great seating position

– Great pedalling feeling

– No strain on Back, shoulders, knees and ankles

– Quiet and cool during the workout

– Excellent console

Only one minus is that the seat bottom is not padded, which might make some feel uncomfortable in long hours workout.

Here’s the detail:

Seating position

The Nautilus R614 ergonomic design on the seat, the handlebar, the shape give the user maximized comfort when sitting. Leaning your back on the seat back, holding the handlebar to lift your body up, the lumbar support and ergonomic handlebar will help you sit comfortably, maintaining good posture that is really good for your spine and shoulders, as well as keep you full of energy.

 

As the pedals are in front of you, you will straighten your legs, together with the lifted upper body, making a proper posture when exercising. By maintaining this posture, your arms, knees, shoulders and back will be supported, and you can protect you from knee injuries, shoulder and arm pains, as well as diseases of the vertebrae.

Furthermore, keeping this posture without pedalling is enough to give you an exercise, just like a simple yoga pose. And when pedalling,  your legs need to work harder without the support of trunk and upper body movement, which is great for leg-workout, or physical rehabilitation/physical therapy.

As said above, only one minus is that the plastic bottom may make some feel uncomfortable in long hours workout.

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review

Pedaling

Magnetic resistance mechanism offers you a smooth pedalling experience. Come along with stable feeling, without any shaking due to the rock-solid design, no matter how heavy you are and how fast you ride. Furthermore, 20 levels of resistance are available to fit your need.

The pedalling experience will be even more rhythmic thanks to the USB port and the built-in speakers. As many know that music can really benefit your workout. Music can not only boost your mood, push your performance, help you keep pace but also can be used for recovery. The beat is like a signal to your brain that keeps you maintaining a rhythm. You might pedal for hours without notice that.

Noise and Heat

The advanced resistance system and the rock-solid design make sure there is no annoying noise while practising, but just a soft whirring sound

When practicing hard, of course, you will sweat and feel hot. But, the holes in the seat and the three fans in the console produce air circulation. And you won’t feel uncomfortable and exhausted by muggy air.

Exercise programs

The console table, which makes this bike so worthy, is really good. Here are some modes and programs you should give a try.

Profile Programs:

– Fun rides: Rolling Hills, Ride in the Park, Easy Tour

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– Mountains: Pike’s Peak, Mount Hood, Pyramids

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review

– Challenges: Uphill Finish, Cross-Training, Interval

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike review

Other Modes:

– Set Goal: You can set the workout goal of Distance, Time or Calories

– Fitness Test Program: This test measures how your physical fitness level is improving by comparing your power output to your heart rate. The higher the power output is, the healthier you are.

– Heart rate control Workout programs: This mode lets you set your target heart rate for the workout.

– Goal track statistics: The statistics from every workout are recorded to a User Profile.

– BMI Measurement: Input your height and weight, the console will simply do a division to give you your BMI score.

Power Requirements

This bike uses electric power for the console and resistance system. Plug it into any standard electrical wall outlet on a 110V-120V circuit. One 90-240V, 50-60Hz adapter included AC power adapter is included in the package.

This might seem as a disadvantage since the bike won’t work without electric, thus, you need to place the bike nearby an AC outlet.

Price & Warranty

Nautilus R614 costs more than $300. A really good price for such a great bike like this bike.

If you don’t like to assemble it yourself, you can pay an additional $70 for an Exercise Bike Assembly Service Package. However, I think you will enjoy the assembly section, making the bike all your like the experience of IKEA products.

You can purchase it on Amazon.com: [Link: https://www.amazon.com/Nautilus-100387-R614-Recumbent-Bike/dp/B00KVZM2V4/ref=sr_1_16?s=exercise-and-fitness&ie=UTF8&qid=1520040961&sr=1-16&keywords=recumbent+bike]

Nautilus R614 comes with an excellent warranty program: 10 years for frame, 2 years for mechanical, 1 year for electrical and 90 days for labour. That’s the warranty plan of the manufacturer, you can also buy added protection plan from the retailer if you want. However, I think the manufacturer plan is enough.

Rating & Feedback

Nautilus R614 has a high Amazon product’s star ratings. This index uses an AI model instead of a raw data average to give customers better information. In particular, it considers the factors like the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases, to calculate the final score.

 

So, basically, this product is high-rated by users. With all of the advantages, Nautilus R614 is a great exercise bike at this price.

In the comment section, there are many positive reviews. They said that they had no problem assembling the bike and the riding feeling was great. They said that the bike was great as the fitness center bikes, which makes them totally impressed. They confirmed that they can roll the bike easily to different places if necessary, the seat was comfortable even tho not padded, the operation was really quiet, the console and its functions were really interesting. They also enjoyed the rack which to place book or iPad while exercising, together with the built-in speakers, making the pedalling really fun. And they like the fitness apps too. Some even said that they have injured knee and have used the bike easily.

Also, there are some negative reviews, mostly because of the quality control process – these problems are easy to fix as that they offer replacements for defective products. Some complaint about the belt, the bearing have been broken after a year of using, however, this is quite easy to fix because these components are easy to find on the market. Some didn’t like that way that the backrest is not adjustable, making them not able to lean back while they are reading or watching television, thus it puts a strain on your neck and upper back. To solve this problem you can put a pillow on the seat bottom.

Conclusion

This bike is a advanced equipment that surely can motivate you to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Nautilus R614 is not too expensive but has the most advanced features that can make your workout progress more effective and smarter.

Its interesting features are designed for improving cardiovascular health, physical rehabilitation/physical therapy treatment, and fitness. Nautilus R614 is a great choice for those have injured joints and spine, children, women and oldsters.

Here is the link to purchase Nautilus R614: [https://www.amazon.com/Nautilus-100387-R614-Recumbent-Bike/dp/B00KVZM2V4/ref=sr_1_16?s=exercise-and-fitness&ie=UTF8&qid=1520040961&sr=1-16&keywords=recumbent+bike]

Some of my other recommendations for a recumbent bike:

Schwinn 230

Schwinn 270

Some affordable exercise bikes:

Marcy ME 709

Exerpeutic 900XL

Progear 555LXT

An interesting exercise bike that gives you the ability to workout while working:

Exerpeutic WorkFit 1000

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