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Nautilus R614 Review

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike Review

Upgraded for this year the Nautilus R614 has quickly established itself as a favorite with consumers.  You might be surprised to see Nautilus as a cardio brand, I am more used to seeing their strength equipment.  However the have managed to pull out a great bike, packed with features at a great cost!

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Read our Full review of the Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike:

Comfort

In common with all recumbents the Nautilus R614 is sublimely comfortable.  The laid back riding position completely removes any pressure on the lower back and legs.  I can ride these bikes for hours and finish in much better shape than I would on an upright.

With its good supportive seat that is easily adjusted to suit the riders height, and large pedals this is more like sitting in an armchair!

Out of the Box

There is a degree of self assembly required with this bike.  Don’t panic though, the instructions are written in plain english, and if you are OK with your hands it will be ready in an hour.

Flywheel

At the heart of the Nautilus R614 is a reasonable sized 20lb flywheel.  Its well balanced and runs quietly.  The extra weight keeps the pedals turning smoothly and you will enjoy the natural feel of the bike as you turn the pedals.

Workout Programs

There is a generous number of pre installed programs with this bike.  At 22  it is more than most of its competitors.  They include hill climbs, Heart rate controlled programs, a quick start, fitness test, distance test and calories.

These will ensure that you are motivated to keep coming back to the bike, and you can watch your progress improve over time.

Console

R614 ConsoleThe programs are all available through the computer console.  This is fairly standard and provides all the data you need to monitor your performance, and that of a workout partner: including number of calories burned, resistance, speed, pulse, distance, watts, RPM, interval time and time.  Each set of results can be stored under two users, so its great if you have a couple of people using the bike.

Resistance

You can select 16 levels of resistance with the R614.  It ranges as you might expect from a gentle free wheel to a full on lung busting hill climb.

All the levels are set via the console on nice clear controls.

Other R614 features:

Fan: A good usable three speed fan can direct air to your face or your legs.  This is great as your legs start to warm up you can move the air current about.  This is the only bike that I have seen at this level that offers this feature and really like it.

Bottle Holder: There is a convenient bottle holder mounted under the console, so there is no risk of spilling anything over the electrics.

iPad Holder: Above the console is a bracket where you can secure a tablet computer.  Great for watching movies while you exercise.

Warranty

Given the price I would not expect this to be as generous. Nautilus must be very confident that this bike will perform well!  With the R514C you get  10 years on the frame, 2 years on mechanical parts, 1 year on electric parts, and 6 months on wear parts.

Size:

  •  67.8 x 28 x 12.5 inches
  • 119 pounds
  • Max Rider weight 300lbs

What Are Other Reviews Saying about the Nautilus R614C?

With an average of 4 out of 5 stars this is well liked by customers.  

“5.0 out of 5 starsA really good exercise bike, with some very cool features”

“Me and my wife are very pleased with this bike. Very easy to assemble and
Very enjoyable to use.”

 

“I’ve had it about a month and ride almost daily. It was easy to put together, quiet, and has nice features. No complaints.”

 

Click here to read more pros and cons >>> Nautilus R614c Reviews

Any Issues?

None really, at this price, less than $500 you are getting a very solid performer.  The only slight issue was one reviewer who wanted to see more improvement over the original version of this bike. For us though we love the huge number of features, and great feel of build qualtiy that natuilus have packed in tot he price.

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Source: http://www.nautilus.com/