Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike review
Xspec Foldable Upright Bike Review – The perfect bike for short people

 

Exercise bikes are convenient and effective appliances for those have little time and little space to exercise at home. However, the fact that most of exercise bike models on the market are for above-5-feet users. If you’re under 5 feet, it will be hard to find the model that fits you.

 

That’s why you should have a look at Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike since it is specialized for short people. It will be a wonderful tool that helps you to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike review

Table of Contents

 

1, About Crosslinks

2, Bike type

3, Design

3.1, Overall

3.2, Body & Frame

3.3, Seat

3.4, Handlebar

3.5, Pedals

3.6, An LCD display

4, Exercise experience

4.1, Overall

4.2, Seating position

4.3, Pedaling

4.4, Noise, Heat and Dust

4.5, Storage

5, Power Requirements

6, Price & Warranty

7, Rating & Feedback

8, Conclusion

 

1, About Crosslinks

 

Xspec is the line of upright bikes provided by Crosslinks. Crosslinks is a young e-commerce company founded in 1999, in California. Since being founded, it has been developing so fast due to the development of the Internet.

 

Crosslinks is a distributor that connect directly to the factories. The company is dedicated to bringing customers the best quality products at the most affordable prices as their number one core value is customer satisfaction. They also committed to delivering their product within 3 business day, and their customer service is very good.

 

They provide a wide range of household product, including home&garden appliances & accessories, kid playpens and toys, sports & fitness equipment, and medical aids. In the terms of exercise bikes, they just provide the Xspec line of about 10 upright bikes with really good prices  – from $100 – $200.

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike review

Although the company is young and have a little of experience on exercise bikes, we can trust in their novelty and innovation, and of course in their competitive prices.

 

2, Bike type

 

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike is an Upright Bike. However, it’s not really a traditional upright bike but a hybrid bike between a recumbent bike and an upright bike.

 

In comparison to a recumbent bike, an upright bike might be less comfortable, but surely, it can help you practice more effectively. You need to put more effort to exercise on an upright bike than a recumbent bike, which causes more stress on your back and joints – but it’s still easy for most users. And since “hard work will pay off”, you can burn more calories. Overall, an upright exercise bike is perfect for improving your cardiovascular, losing weight, and getting fit.

 

Being designed like a real bike with a high seat and pedals under the seat, an upright bike gives you an outdoor recycling feeling which is interesting and challenging enough to stimulate your inspiration, and you might work out for hours without notice.

 

However, Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike has the pedals designed a bit forward. This makes the bike more like a recumbent bike, and provide you with more comfort, but in exchange, its exercises will be less intense. The bike can support your joints well with less stress on the knees and ankles, so it can be used for rehabilitation therapy treatment as well.

 

Furthermore, an upright bike normally has a small footprint and this bike also has the folding-ability, so you can save a lot of your home space.

 

3, Design

 

3.1, Overall

 

Pros:

 

– Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike has a nice outlook and really space-saving. Its dimensions are only 17W x 44H x 27L inches (43.2W x 111.8H x 68.6L centimeters) and the weight is 32 pounds (14.5 kilograms) – really compact. So, it is great for small apartments.

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike review

– It weighs only 32 pounds but can carry up to 220 pounds (99.8 kgs). That’s not a high weight capacity, however, since this bike seems to be designed for short people, the weight capacity is fair. And Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike works with even under 5 feet users.

 

– This upright bike is also simple and easy to use, all you need is to climb on the bike and pedal. There are not many functions on the bike, they just focus on the core functions, making the bike really affordable.

 

– The build quality is good with excellent materials for the most parts. The bike is solid and will stay firmly and sturdily when you are cycling.

 

– Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike uses a magnetic resistance mechanism which provides a quiet and smooth operation. Your cycling experience is assured to be comfortable and will not interrupt your movie/music enjoyment.

 

Cons:

 

– This bike is definitely not designed for heavy-duty works or musculoskeletal training.

 

3.2, Body & Frame

 

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike comes with two colour options, blue (out of stock) and orange. Both models look young and dynamic with the white frame. The frame is made of solid 14-gauge steel tubes, and create the x-frame design. Together with two front and rear bars, the sturdy frame will make the bike stand firm without any rocking or the feeling that it might tip you off.

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike review

Front and rear bars are rubber wrapped so that the bike won’t move while you are exercising. These rubberized foot bases also prevent scratching when you drag the bike across a room.

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike review

You can see that the bike is uniquely designed to save space and for portability, as it is really compact, has the ability to fold up, and the rubberized foot bases. Indeed, when the bike is folded up, its dimensions are 16 x 46 x 8 inches, so you can store it in a cabinet.

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike review

This design is specialized for short people to get on and off the bike. It’s really easy, you won’t have any issues getting on or off.

 

However, there is a drawback since it doesn’t have levellers, thus, you need to stand it on a level ground.

 

Using a magnetic resistance mechanism, Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike provides you with 8 levels of resistance that can easily adjust for an easier or more difficult workout. All you need is to turn the knob in front you.

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike review

To increase the tension, turn the knob in a clockwise direction. To decrease the tension, turn the knob in a counterclockwise direction.

 

3.3, Seat

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike review

The seat can be adjusted to fit many users’ height, but overall, the bike is suitable for those short. The seat is quite large and cushioned, and the surface is a soft faux leather. There is no shock absorption system, however, it’s quite okay to seat, not uncomfortable at all.

 

But if you want more comfort, you can purchase an additional seat cover, such as Cruiser Gel Seat Cover.

 

It also doesn’t come with a backrest since it’s an upright bike. That’s a drawback since I personally think that an additional backrest will be totally fit the light workouts that this bike offers.

 

3.4, Handlebar

 

There are two handlebars in front of you. When grasping these handlebars, your upper body will forward and a little downward, creating a dynamic posture for effective workouts.

 

However, because the pedals are forward, your body cannot go too downward, otherwise, the posture will make you so uncomfortable. That’s a consequence of the hybrid design – which can be considered as a drawback.

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike review

On each handlebar, a Hand Pulse Sensor is integrated to monitor your heart rate. Measuring your pulse rate is an important tool for exercising correctly and efficiently. The more steady and prolonged the elevated heart rate is during the workout, the more fat is burned. This important piece of health data will help you better understand your health and fitness status.

 

3.5, Pedals

 

Two large pedals with adjustable foot straps are in front of you. Larger pedal design with safety strap prevents any foot slippage when exercising, giving you proper alignment for efficient pedalling with ultimate control. You will never have to be concerned that your feet would slip out while riding.

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike review

These pedals are counterweighted so that they are always upright and ready for use to use. And also it’ll support your ankles that your ankles don’t need always create a force to hold the pedals.

 

It is a 3 piece ‘high torque’ cranking system that gives you a smooth and consistent pedalling motion without any noise. Together with the precision balanced flywheel and magnetic resistance mechanism, the bike will completely quiet and won’t interfere with watching TV or listening to music.

 

The material of these straps is plastic, but it is made well and will not hurt your foot when you pedal by your bare feet.

 

3.6, An LCD display

 

At the handlebars, there is a small LCD display equipped for you to track your workout progress. It displays speed, distance, time, and calories burned. There’s only one button, and it’s super simple to use the display.

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike review

That’s all about the design. The bike is really simple in the design, and it also simple in the way of use. Let’s find out how the bike provides you with the exercise experience.

 

4, Exercise experience

 

4.1, Overall

 

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike is simple to use. You just need to climb on the bike, grasp the handlebars, adjust the tension level and pedal.

 

The great things are:

 

– The bike provides you with smooth and stable pedalling.

– It has a display to monitor your workout effectiveness.

– It’s quiet.

– It’s easy on your knees and it’s great for both rehabilitation and strength training.

– The bike is specialized for short people.

 

Not so great things are:

 

– The lack of interesting programmed exercise modes.

– This bike is definitely not designed for heavy-duty works or musculoskeletal training.

 

4.2, Seating position

 

Like other upright bikes, when you are pedalling, your body will be forward and your hands will grasp the front handlebars, creating a posture the same as bicycle riding posture. This dynamic posture allows you to put more effort to pedal fast, which is great for weight loss and keeping you healthy.

 

An original upright bike has the pedals right under the seat, which lets you form a more dynamic posture. Whereas, Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike has the pedals in front of the seat, which makes your body form less dynamic and less like a real bicycle riding posture. In exchange, there will be less stress on your hip, knees and ankles.

 

There is no backrest, so your back will not be supported, neither your shoulder is supported. However, your knees and ankles will be fair supported, so that you can confident that you will not be injured. And you should lower your upper body in order not to get tired back too soon.

 

There are many bikes that have the same design as Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike. Most of them have the problems for short leg people to pedal fast since the distance from the seat and the farthest point of the pedals is a little far. However, you won’t face that problem when it comes to Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike as they design this bike so well for short users.

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike review

4.3, Pedaling

 

To create momentum and resistance, Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike uses a flywheel with a magnetic resistance mechanism. They are the most advanced technology for exercise bike at present and will provide you with a quiet and smooth operation. In your first rotations, it’s quite hard, but after, it will get smoother and easier that makes the pedalling so interesting.

 

The components of a Magnetic resistance mechanism also have a longer life than other kinds of resistance mechanisms. You don’t have to be worried about replacing them. There are 8 levels of tension resistance, so you can turn the knob to increase or decrease the tension.

 

Also, The solid frame and sturdy design give you a firm feeling during your workouts. The pedals’ operation is rhythmic and supports your ankles. You are assured of a well full-body support so that you won’t have any injuries using this bike.

 

In fact, many people with injured knees have used the bike for rehabilitation or general fitness and have got good results. In the hardest resistance level, the bike is also good for losing weight. The bike will not be suitable for muscular training due to its lightweight design. But at the hardest level, you can practice your lower muscles as well – however, you should know that it won’t be as effective as other upright bikes.

 

4.4, Noise, Heat and Dust

 

Noise: The operation of the bike is quite thanks to the good build, the magnetic resistance system, the 3-piece crank, etc. There won’t be annoying noise.

 

Heat: The bike is designed openly that supports air circulation. You’ll be cool during long hour workouts.

 

Dust: If the bike is dirty, you can easily clean it with a washcloth and clean water.

 

4.5, Storage

 

After the workout, you can fold it up and wheel it to where you want to store it. Its lightweight, foldability and transport wheels are made for this.

 

5, Power Requirements

 

You don’t need to plug this bike into an electrical outlet since it doesn’t use electric power to operate.

 

However, you will need 2 AAA batteries for the console.

 

6, Price & Warranty

 

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike has a really good price – about $120. So it’s a great option for beginners to do light workouts. And the bike can be considered as the best exercise bike for short people.

 

You can purchase the bike on Amazon: [Link: https://www.amazon.com/Xspec-Foldable-Stationary-Upright-Exercise/dp/B00SSA2IFE/ref=sr_1_12?s=exercise-and-fitness&ie=UTF8&qid=1523439436&sr=1-12&keywords=recumbent+exercise+bike]

 

As said above, you need to assemble it yourself as it arrives unassembled. If you don’t want to assemble it yourself, you can pay an additional $70 for an Exercise Bike Assembly Service Package. However, the assembly is really easy since the bike is small and compact. I think you can handle it well.

 

For more comfortable seat, you can use a towel/pillow to place on the seat, or you might want to purchase:

 

– Schwinn Cruiser Gel Seat Cover at about $19

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike

– Imitation Sheepskin Padded Bicycle Seat Cover at about $7

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike review

It’s the Crosslinks’ policy that you are accepted to return the bike for any reason on brand new and unused items within 30 days of the purchase date. The returned must be in 100% brand new, resellable condition, and in the original packaging, otherwise, it will only be 50% partial refunded or be denied completely. All returns will be subject to a restocking fee of 10% or more depending on the condition. In another word, you can return the bike within 30 days unless the item has been tried, assembled, or utilized.

 

For warranty program, within 3 business days of receiving, if you find any damaged/defective/wrong parts, you can contact Crosslinks and they will be happy to walk you through their return process. Defective merchandise can be returned for a full refund however Crosslinks will require photos (or video) of the defect prior to authorizing the return. Crosslinks will cover all shipping charges in these situations. However, you must keep original box and accessories.

 

For the workmanship, you are assured that the product is free from defects of workmanship for 30 days from the date of sale.

 

7, Rating & Feedback

 

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike has a high Amazon product’s star ratings at 4.4 out of 5. This index uses an AI model instead of the simple average indicator to give customers better information. In particular, it considers the factors like the time of reviews, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases, to calculate the final score.

Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike review

There are 98 customer reviews from all over The World, and the result is 4.4 stars – the highest rating of exercise bikes so far.

 

In the Customer questions & answers section, the most voted questions are:

 

– I am 5’1″, will it be hard to reach the pedals?

 

As said above, the bike is adjustable and perfect for short people. Even under-5-feet users can use this bike.

 

– Is the bike easy to get on? I’m quite short, and the last bike was too high for me to get on.

 

Yes. It’s really easy to get on the bike. Even for those have injured back.

 

– Can the handlebars be adjusted?

 

No. Only the seat is adjustable.

 

In the customer reviews section, Most of the comments are positive. According to this section, people really appreciated the customer services of Crosslinks, and the rated the bike as good as $300 – $400 bikes. Many comments said that the bike is perfect for short people, and will work stably, smoothly and quietly.

 

However, there are some negative comments on the warranty since the provider only offers the 30-day warranty, and they need to replace some broken parts by themselves after this short period of time.

 

8, Conclusion

 

It’s fair to say that this is a $300 exercise bike at $120, which is great for short people to do light workouts. The bike is super space-saving and sturdy. By committing to exercise using this bike, surely you can improve your general health and stay fit. It is also good for physical rehabilitation/physical therapy treatment.

 

Here is the link to purchase Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike : [Link: https://www.amazon.com/Xspec-Foldable-Stationary-Upright-Exercise/dp/B00SSA2IFE/ref=sr_1_12?s=exercise-and-fitness&ie=UTF8&qid=1523439436&sr=1-12&keywords=recumbent+exercise+bike]

 

Other bikes like Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Exercise Bike (with the same x-frame design and the same price)

 

– Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike: [article 9]

– Marcy Foldable Exercise Bike NS-652: [article 10]

– FitDesk Desk Exercise Bike with Massage Bar: [article 15]

– Exerpeutic WorkFit 1000: [article 8]

 

Check out my other recommendations:

 

– Schwinn 230: [article 2]

– Schwinn 270: [article 3]

– Nautilus R614: [article 6]

– Schwinn MY16 130: [article 12]

 

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