Hundreds of owners say the Marcy ME 709 is an excellent cheap recumbent exercise bike. Its quiet magnetic resistance system is a great feature 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 this one 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; "it makes no noise at all," says one at Walmart.com. 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.
Uncomplicated operation. Owners find the Marcy ME 709 quick to assemble with the included clear instructions. The display is large and easy to read, showing just the very basics: speed, distance, time and calories burned. One Walmart.com user says this simple "get on and go" design works well, with no heart rate monitor or programs to set up before working out. At 55 inches long by 25 inches wide and 66 pounds, the Marcy is smaller and lighter than the Schwinn 250 Recumbent Bike (Est. $500). Built-in wheels make moving and storing the bike easy. However, "adjusting the leg length is a little bothersome" when more than one person uses the bike, notes an owner at Walmart.com.
Light-duty durability. Most reviews say the ME 709 is a good value for an entry-level recumbent bike. "You get a lot for your money," writes one owner at Wayfair.com, and another says the ME709 is "adequate for a budget-minded person. No bells and whistles, but the price is fair." Few comments on lifespan are available, but several users 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, which doesn't quite match the three-year warranty for the Exerpeutic 400XL (Est. $150) and Exerpeutic 900XL (Est. $160).
With feedback from more than 1,350 owners, the Marcy ME 709 gets the most reviews by far of any exercise bike here. It's highly rated, earning an average of 4.5 stars out of 5, with the majority of users saying it's easy to assemble, uncomplicated to use and is an excellent basic exercise bike.
Review: Marcy ME-709 Recumbent Exercise Bike, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2013
The Marcy ME 709 is one of the most popular exercise bikes at Amazon.com, with more than 600 reviews and an overall rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. Many owners say this basic bike is stable and easy to use, making it a good value.
Review: Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013
The Marcy ME 709 has the most reviews of any exercise bike at Wayfair.com. 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 November 2013
The Marcy ME 709 is named the Best Budget Recumbent Bike by certified personal trainer Arthur Thares. He doesn't include the criteria he uses to rank products, however, and his write-up is brief and describes only a few positive points.
Review: Marcy ME709 Recumbent Exercise Bike, Arthur Thares, Not dated