Most models of recumbent exercise bikes are known to take up more than their fair share of floor space, but the SB2.5r changes all of that.
This recumbent exercise bike by Xterra provides the ultimate cardio workouts and it’s also rated as the best recumbent bike for homes that are short on space, which makes it a good choice if you don’t have a dedicated workout room or enough space in your home to accommodate a full-sized recumbent bike.
Overview and Features
This model offers a user weight capacity of three hundred pounds, which is better than average for a compact recumbent.
The fixed handlebars feature pulse sensors, so you can track your heart rate and bring it up to your target heart rate zone in order to burn more calories.
The weighted pedals are designed to prevent the cyclist’s feet from slipping during a high-intensity workout.
Despite its lower price, this bike utilizes the popular, top of the line eddy current resistance system and comes complete with sixteen resistance levels to choose from. This amount of resistance levels makes this bike a good choice for cyclists of all fitness levels and can prevent you from quickly outgrowing this bike. Additionally, the number of resistance levels is also perfect for interval training workouts, adding just the right amount of variety to challenge your body and provide the type of weight loss and muscle gain you’re looking for.
The water bottle holder is a nice extra and just one of the many small details that showed us that the manufacturer pays attention to what their consumers need in a well-rounded top of the line exercise bike.
Incorporated in the bike’s console you’ll also find built-in speakers, which is another nice touch and one that will allow you to pedal along to your favorite music as you burn calories.
The bike’s seat rail is connected to the rear portion of the two-piece solid steel frame, while the drive system is located on the front portion. The bike also features adjustable stabilizers for much-needed improved stability.
The bike’s compact design measures in at just twenty-five inches wide and fifty-three inches long, so it can fit easily even in smaller spaces.
Both the saddle and backrest are heavily padded and comfortable right out of the box, no breaking in period required. The contoured saddle prevents chafing during tough routines and helps to prevent saddle sores. The entire seat assembly is highly adjustable and comes complete with an oblique rail system. The seat features several adjustment levels and can easily accommodate riders of all shapes and sizes.
The bike also features two sets of recumbent handlebars. One set of handlebars is located on either side of the seat and will move with the seat forward and backward when the seat is adjusted. These handlebars are equipped with grip sensors that will keep track of your heart rate. The other set of fixed handlebars are located on either side of the console.
The eddy current brake system is controlled via the console.
The sixteen resistance levels offer more workout variety. The lower levels are perfect for beginners, a light workout, or recovery periods during interval training.
Unlike higher-end recumbent bikes, the display doesn’t track many stats, however, you will be able to closely monitor your workout times, calories burned, heart rate and distance covered. The built-in sound system is compatible with MP3 players and most types of smartphones.
- The bike’s twenty-four workout programs allow you to customize workouts based on fitness goals.
- The bike’s console is easy to use, simply select your routine or go into manual mode and just change up the resistance level as you go. Use one of four buttons to navigate through the system and keep track of your workout progress.
- The compact design makes this bike a good choice if you’re searching for a recumbent exercise bike that won’t take up much space.
- The adjustable backrest and seat will allow multiple family members in the home to use this model comfortably.
This is a fixed model, which means it doesn’t come with transport wheels and cannot easily be moved from room to room.
If you’re on a tight budget, then take a look at our review of the Stamina Elite Total Body Recumbent Exercise Bike, which is affordably priced, yet it still comes equipped with some great features.
Conclusion and Rating
If you’re looking for a decent, mid-range recumbent bike, and one that offers more resistance levels compared to competing models, then you’ll be more than happy with the features and performance that this Xterra recumbent bike has to offer. We gave this bike a rating of four and a half out of five stars. Considered one of the leading compact models on the market, despite its smaller size it doesn’t skimp on quality, durability, and some great extra features.