It may lack some bells and whistles, but reviewers say the Marcy ME 709 is a solid recumbent exercise bike that won't break the bank. It has a 300-pound weight capacity and is very quiet when in use, which is great news for those who like to listen to music or watch TV while exercising. The Marcy ME 709 has eight levels of resistance, and users appreciate that both the pedals and seat can be adjusted for different people, although you'll need to get off the seat before you can adjust it. A small battery-operated display shows speed, distance, time and calories. On a positive note, the padded seat is very comfortable, according to reviews. The Marcy ME 709 does lack some features you can find on more expensive exercise bikes, including a heart-rate monitor, bottle holder and magazine rack.
Even so, most reviewers say they don't miss these features. Assembling the Marcy ME 709 is easy, according to most owners, but some say the package was missing necessary bolts or washers, which complicates the process. We also saw some complaints that the small battery-operated display doesn't fit easily in its stand. The Marcy ME 709 comes with a two-year warranty. If you can afford to spend more, the Schwinn 240 (*Est. $450) gets the best reviews overall, and it comes with a heart-rate monitor.
We found the best reviews of the Marcy ME 709 at online retailers, including Walmart.com and Amazon.com. More than 470 owners review the bike at Walmart.com alone, and each one rates the bike on a 5-point scale. The ratings at Amazon.com are especially helpful because you can see which reviews come from verified owners.
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More than 500 owners comment on the Marcy ME 709 at Walmart.com, where the bike enjoys a 4.5-star rating. Reviewers love the value and say the bike is very quiet while exercising, but many say it is not properly packaged and is easily damaged during shipping.
Review: Marcy ME-709 Recumbent Exercise Bike, Contributors to Walmart.com
The Marcy ME 709 also gets high marks at Amazon.com, where about 200 reviews combine for a 4 -star rating. Most users say they are impressed with the exercise bike thanks to its affordable price and quiet operation. However, some have problems with the display.
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Only one person reviews the Marcy ME 709 at Viewpoints.com, but the review is positive. This owner says the Marcy exercise bike is more comfortable than an upright bike and assembly is easy.
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