Exerpeutic 1200 Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse Review

Est. $150
December 2014
by ConsumerSearch

Cheap upright exercise bike

  • Folding design stores easily and compactly
  • Magnetic resistance system is quiet
  • Large seat
  • Pulse monitor
  • Light-duty construction; short one-year warranty
  • Not suitable for taller users
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Bottom line

The Exerpeutic 1200 Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse receives excellent reviews from experts and owners alike. The space-saving design is easy to assemble and set up, with a user-friendly computer and adjustable seat. Reviewers say the Exerpeutic 1200 is a great value overall, with decent construction; however, it's best for users needing a light-duty exercise bike.

Breaking it down


Quiet magnetic resistance. The Exerpeutic 1200 uses magnetic resistance, which is preferred by experts for its quiet, smooth operation. A straightforward, easy-turn knob shifts between eight tension settings. Exerpeutic recommends this bike for riders between 5 feet 3 inches and 6 feet 3 inches, however feedback indicates that users who are close to those limits may have trouble getting comfortable on the bike. It is rated to support riders of up to 300 pounds. Features aren't abundant, but the grips have built-in pulse monitors that track your heart rate to make sure you don't overdo things.

Ease of use

Folds for easy storage. The compact size of the Exerpeutic 1200 is a favorite feature of many owners, who praise its small footprint and easy folding for storage. BestFitnessAdvisor.com notes that the simplicity of this exercise bike makes it very easy to use. It comes mostly assembled, and the final steps needed to set it up are a snap. Experts note that the seat is exceptional for an upright bike, "Large enough to easily accommodate users of various shapes and sizes." says Daniel Borden at BestFitnessAdvisor.com, and most users agree. However, a few find that that the seat is actually too broad for extended workouts.


Good durability for a budget bike. Editors at ExerciseBikeCentral.com say the Exerpeutic 1200's combination of price, features and construction make it a "great buy," and most owners agree. Reviews say overall construction is good for an entry-level exercise bike. A few owners have mechanical and computer issues, and report that customer service can be hit or miss for repairs. At Amazon.com, Exerpeutic's parent company Paradigm Health & Wellness frequently responds directly to owner comments to offer warranty assistance. Exerpeutic covers the 1200 with a one-year warranty.

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Exerpeutic 1200 Reviews

1. BestFitnessAdvisor.com

The Exerpeutic 1200 is the top rated sub-$200 upright exercise bike here, and is called "the perfect home exercise equipment for your cardio workout thanks to being foldable, and hence, easy to store." Though it is described as an entry-level machine that lacks fancy features, Daniel Borden adds that the Exerpeutic 1200 is solidly made and provides an effective workout.

Review: Exerpeutic 1200 Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse, Daniel Borden, Not Dated

2. Amazon.com

The Exerpeutic 1200 Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse scores highly at Amazon.com. It earns an average score of 4.4 stars out of 5, with reviews from more than 1,500 owners. Most appreciate the compact design, and say it's a good value and quiet.

Review: Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2014

3. Walmart.com

Roughly 97 percent of the more than 880 owners who review the Exerpeutic 1200 at Walmart.com recommend it. Users say the wide seat is comfortable, the pedaling is whisper quiet and the tension settings offer a good workout. The 1200 takes up little space both during use and when it's folded, they say.

Review: Exerpeutic Space Saver Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike with Heart Pulse Sensors, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of December 2014

4. ExerciseBikeCentral.com

Greg and Holly Nunan, owners of a fitness center franchise, give the Exerpeutic 1200 an overall score of 4.75 stars out of 5. They call it a great buy in the $151 to $300 price range, praising its magnetic resistance system, built-in heart rate monitor and comfortable seat.

Review: Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse, Greg and Holly Nunan, Aug. 14, 2013

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