Reviewers say that the Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Exercise Bike is a great choice among cheap recumbent exercise bikes. Its quiet magnetic resistance system is a major plus at this price. This entry-level exercise bike includes a solid frame and basic LCD screen, but no heart rate monitor or workout programs. While Marcy's two-year limited warranty is better than average, some users say customer service and durability beyond one year can be hit or miss.
Basic exercise bike. Experts prefer bikes like the ME 709 Recumbent Exercise Bike with magnetic resistance systems for their smooth and quiet operation. Owners say it's easy to watch TV and read while pedaling the Marcy ME 709. The ME 709 offers eight resistance levels, although the most difficult setting isn't challenging enough for some users. A few add that the dial to select resistance can be hard to turn. Reviews say the Marcy's frame feels very solid, with a weight limit of 300 pounds -- something that Daniel Borden at BestFitnessAdvisor.com calls "remarkable for such an affordable model."
Uncomplicated operation. Owners find the Marcy ME 709 quick to assemble with the included clear instructions. Borden agrees, adding "The whole bike can be assembled in less than 20 minutes with cheap wrenches." Features are few and far between. "Marcy keeps the cost down on their Stationary Bikes more so by excluding extra features and options rather than by using inferior parts and components," say the reviewers at About-Bicycels.com, and they go on to say that this gives the ME 709 an edge in quality over other recumbent bikes in this price class. The display is large and easy to read, but shows just the very basics: speed, distance, time and calories burned. There are no built-in exercise programs and no heart rate sensors. At 55 inches long by 25 inches wide and 66 pounds, the Marcy is smaller and lighter than the Schwinn 270 (Est. $500) recumbent bike. Built-in wheels make moving and storing the bike easy.
Light-duty durability. Most reviews say the ME 709 is a good value for an entry-level recumbent bike. However, the experts at About-Bicycles.com caution that, as with any inexpensive exercise bike, it is best for "limited or light use or if you are on a very tight budget." They also say that the 300-pound weight limit might be optimistic given the bike's light weight; "I do not believe that this bike would be very stable or hold up well for heavier users or anyone that is close to the 300lb limit," they write. We spotted some user reviews that say that after a year or so reliability can falter, and they report computer issues and loosening hardware. Marcy covers the ME 709 with a limited two-year warranty on the frame only.
Marcy ME 709 Reviews
BestFitnessAdvisor.com puts the Marcy ME 709 on its list of the ten best recumbent exercise bikes. Daniel Borden likes the fact that the exercise bike is comfortable to use -- with a thickly padded seat and back -- easy to put together, even for novices. The lack of advanced features is a drawback, but also helps make the bike easy to use.
Review: Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle, Daniel Borden, Not Dated
The experts at About-Bicycles.com generally recommend against any exercise bike in the price range of the ME-709. However, they allow that by choosing to sacrifice features instead of build quality, Marcy has created a recumbent exercise bike that has a leg up on its like-priced competition.
Review: Marcy ME-709 Recumbent Mag Cycle Review, Editors at About-Bicycles.com, Not Dated
With feedback from more than 2,100 owners, the Marcy ME 709 gets plenty of love here. It earns a 4.4-star rating, and 94 percent say that they would recommend it to a friend. The majority of users say that it's easy to assemble, uncomplicated to use and is an excellent basic exercise bike.
Review: Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike: ME-709, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of December 2014
There's not as much feedback here as at Walmart.com, and satisfaction is a little lower for the Marcy ME 709. Still, the recumbent exercise bike earns a strong 4.2-star rating following more than 700 reviews.
Review: Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2014
The Marcy ME 709 draws feedback from more than 130 owners here. Users frequently list easy assembly, quiet operation and good value as its top attributes, and they give it 4.5 stars out of 5.
Review: Marcy Recumbent Bike, Contributors to Wayfair.com, As of December 2014