Generally, recumbent bikes are bulky, and this one of the major reasons that people don't want to get them because they're often worried it won't fit in the available space.
However, even if you lack space, it’s still possible to get a functional stationary bike, yet space-saving recumbent bike, like the Exerpeutic 400XL, also known as the Exerpeutic 300SR or 1110.
The Exerpeutic 400XL folding bike, like its name, suggests it a type of folding bike that helps to save on the available space while still providing the primary functions of a recumbent bike.
Now, with a foldable design, I know you might think it sacrifices some of the essential components.
We also thought so, but surprisingly, the Exerpeutic 300SR is a full-fledged recumbent bike with all the essential components of a bike.
For instance, it has a generous weight capacity of 300, tying up with a majority of the bikes in the industry.
It's similarly flexible, and it features several comfort-enhancing features for even easier use.
But is this bike right for you?
In the Exerpeutic 400XL review below, we shall explore everything you need to know about this bike.
What Makes Exerpeutic 300SR So Awesome?
1. Foldable Design
The name says it all; the Exerpeutic 400XL folding bike is capable of folding up to about half its size, and so it can fit in closets or stored out of the way.
The space-saving element on the 400XL also means that this bike is an incredible option where space is premium, such as in offices.
Better yet, folding is a cinch, and it doesn’t take long.
Exerpeutic 400XL is not a true recumbent, but rather a cross between and upright and recumbent.
And so, with this bike, you get the best of both worlds; the comfort of an upright bike and the functionality or rather fitness efficacy of the recumbent bikes.
Portability on the 400XL is manifested in several ways.
For starters, this recumbent bike is lightweight, and when I say lightweight, I mean it.
I mean, at 39 pounds, how light would you want your exercise bike to be?
Weight capacity: 300 pounds
Weight: 39 Pounds
Dimensions: 19 by 46 by 33 inches
Resistance: 8 levels of magnetic tension control system
Unique Features that Make EXERPEUTIC 400XL Interesting
For the price that you pay for the EXERPEUTIC 400XL, I’ve to say the overall build quality is impressive.
Sure, it’s not the best in the market, but the sturdy steel frame helps to enhance the overall toughness and strength of this unit.
This is emphasized by the fact that the frame is capable of holding up to 300 pounds
Also, when in use, this bike doesn't result in any wobbling, perhaps with a slight exception when using it on the carpet, but even so, it's hardly noticeable.
Expectedly, however, there’s a slight letdown on the construction, especially the components surrounding the well-built frame.
For instance, there’s a lot of plastic housing the gearbox, and generally, they feel cheap, and it’s these plastic components that often breakdown on arrival.
However, give the low price point and given that it delivers on what it promises, I feel the issue of the plastic housing isn’t much of a big concern.
Exerpeutic 400XL is a fit option for users between 5’2” and 6’2”.
For taller or shorter individuals, the bike might prove not be the perfect fit because they may struggle using the bike or not benefit from a complete leg stretch.
Either way, what is important here is that the bike is highly adjustable, and it will let you play with the components to find the right length that suits your cycling needs.
As we had mentioned earlier, this is a semi-recumbent bike, a cross between a recumbent and an upright cycle.
This is evident through the positioning of the pedals, which are out in front, but not as much as a full recumbent.
I love their positioning as it reduces the pressure on my knees and legs, and users with joint issues can successfully train on this bike without pain.
However, the pedals are plastic-based, though they feature a non-slip surface that enhances traction and ensures there’s no slippage.
The handlebars are positioned on either side of the seat, and they're padded for comfort.
But away from comfort, the manufacturer has incorporated pulses sensor onto them, and it makes it easier to monitor your heart rate.
I like how they’re positioned a bit lower than the bike, and so, they won’t interfere with your sitting position, even if you’ve big hips.
The seat on the Exerpeutic 400XL is set on a slight incline that you can lean back into. Surprisingly, though it can’t be adjusted, a lot of people find the incline a comfortable angle for cycling.
And although it offers decent support, I prefer adding a pillow for extra support.
That said, with back support, it means that Exerpeutic 400XL won’t engage your core as much as an upright bike would have.
The performance of the Exerpeutic 400XL is based on a V-belt drive that promotes a smooth pedaling experience.
The performance of the drive system is equally quiet, and though not as quiet as you would expect a belt drive system, it at the bare minimum quiet.
Like a majority of the recumbent fitness bike, Exerpeutic 400XL comes with various resistance levels, totaling to eight, and it means that this bike can accommodate several users, including both the beginners as well as the advanced athletes.
The lower resistance settings, for instance, are ideal for the beginners or those on rehab, while the highest settings are suitable for the intermediary and advanced users.
What We Liked About Exerpeutic 400XL
- Compact: With a dimension of 19 by 46 by 33 inches, this bike is compact. Better yet, it’s foldable, and an ideal option where space is premium.
- Portable: A lightweight and compact unit, Exerpeutic 400XL is easy to move from place to place.
- Noiseless operation: The V-belt drive system does not only offer a smooth riding experience, but it's equally quiet. It will let you work out even at night without waking anyone up.
- Easy assembly: The assembly on the Exerpeutic 400XL is pretty straight-forward, especially when compared to other recumbent bikes. In most cases, many of the users have had this bike set up in less than an hour.
What We Didn’t Like About Exerpeutic 400XL
- Not fit for tall users: While 400XL is such a good model, tall users might find the bike a bit too cramped for their liking. While this is by no means a universal opinion, it’s something that you have at the back of your head, especially if you’re above 6’2”.
Bottomline & Verdict
Exerpeutic 400XL is designed with portability and space efficiency in mind, and it does an excellent job in both areas.
It’s also relatively lightweight, and so stashing it cannot get better than this.
Finally, the ergonomics are on another level, and many users will appreciate the effort that has gone into creating this bike.