Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike Review

Updated June 30, 2016
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Exerpeutic 900XL Review
Bottom Line

The Exerpeutic 900XL is an entry-level bike, but owners say it works just as well -- and at a fraction of the price -- as bikes that are considered to be higher-end choices. It's fairly bare-bones, just eight resistance levels, but most say that's plenty since all they want to be able to do is get a moderate amount of exercise without strain on their joints.

ProsQuiet, Comfortable seat, Easy to adjust tension, Many tracking featuresConsMay be difficult to assemble, Some durability issues

Breaking it down

The Exerpeutic 900XL does not have the bells and whistles of more expensive bikes, but owners say it has plenty for them, with eight tension levels and a large, easy-to-read LCD console that tracks distance "biked," calories burned, total elapsed time and your speed. There is also a heart-rate monitor, pulse-style, built into the handle bars. The heart-rate monitor gets lackluster reviews; many note that shorter individuals have to lean too far forward to use it comfortably; many others say that they don't think it's accurate at all. There is no option to add a chest-style monitor. The upper weight limit of 300 pounds that Exerpeutic places on the 900XL may be optimistic, some say; we saw a few heavier individuals who complain that it feels shaky to them when they're pedaling hard, but most, even at the upper limit, say it feels stable and solid. Almost all agree that the bike is very comfortable, with adequate cushioning and good back support.

Give yourself plenty of time, and practice patience when assembling the Exerpeutic 900XL. Although many reviewers say it's easy if you lay everything out first and take it one-step-at-a-time, the majority say the instructions are confusing and there are too many steps and parts; they wish it would come with more pre-assembly. Quite a few owners note that assembly is easier if you enlist a friend to help. Customer service is reported as very helpful and accessible for those who need assistance. The seat is adjustable for individuals from 5-foot-3 to 6-foot-3; however, users say it's hard to adjust. That's not a problem if you're the only one who used the bike, but in the cases of couples with widely disparate heights, it can be a hassle. However, the tension is said to be simple to adjust. There are wheels on the bike to make it easy to move around. Most say the adjustable tension levels make it easy for anyone to find a "speed" they can handle, but, for some, even the lowest setting is too difficult to use.

We saw some scattered durability complaints about the Exerpeutic 900XL, but many seemed to be regarding damage during shipping, or after the unboxing process. Others note that the heart-rate monitor quit working after a relatively short time (although, most say they don't really miss it), others that a pedal broke after using it for a year or two. Most say it feels very sturdy and stable when in use, with the exception of heavier individuals as we mentioned above. If you plan to use the 900XL on a on a hardwood floor, most owners say to get a good, thick mat or the bike can shimmy across the room. There is a LOT of confusion about the warranty. Amazon.com states the Exerpeutic 900XL comes with a three-year warranty, although the standard warranty on the manufacturer's website is one-year, however, Exerpeutic is currently running a special offering a free, five-year extended limited warranty. Aside from all that, the warranty is definitely limited, customers say; practically everything on the bike is excluded except the frame, including the pedals, which are only covered for 90 days. Customer service gets generally good reviews for responsiveness.

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There are no professional reviews for the Exerpeutic 900XL, but it's one of the most-reviewed and top-rated bikes at Amazon.com, where more than 1,560 owners give it 4.2 stars out of 5. There are fewer reviews at Walmart.com, although still a decent number at more than 800, but it gets an even higher level of satisfaction, with a 4.4-star overall rating (it's incorrectly listed here as the Exerpeutic 1000, this is the 900XL). In addition, 94 percent of Walmart.com reviewers would recommend the bike to a friend. At SamsClub.com, nearly 115 reviewers give the Exerpeutic 900 XL 4.4 stars out of 5 and 90 percent would recommend it.

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