The Phoenix 99608 offers the smooth, quiet operation of magnetic resistance. You won't get the added features found on other exercise bikes of this type, but the 99608 is an affordable alternative for those who want just a simple but effective recumbent model.
Break a sweat without breaking the bank. The Phoenix 99608 is a magnetic resistance recumbent exercise bike at an affordable price. Owners like that it's uncomplicated and easy to operate, offering just the basic features they want. The magnetic resistance system is relatively quiet, and users say they can still hear the TV while riding. Overall, the bike is said to be comfortable and stable as long as its maximum weight capacity of 250 pounds is observed. The Phoenix 99608 lacks any installed workout programs, so it's only appropriate for those who will be satisfied with a bare-bones exercise bike.
Easy to assemble, simple to operate. With few parts to assemble, the Phoenix 99608 is relatively easy and quick to set up, owners say. That's a good thing, because the included instructions don't draw much praise. There's also no pulse or heart rate monitoring system, and the LCD screen offers just the basics: speed, distance, time and calories burned. Although the 99608's eight resistance levels are smooth, adjustments are made with a manual knob rather than digitally, a level of simplicity that's to be expected for the price. While some users complain that the bike's seat is a bit uncomfortable, difficult to adjust and lacks the necessary adjustments for shorter people, most report no problems with fit. The Phoenix 99608 does lack transport wheels, but at 65 pounds it's half the weight of most recumbent exercise bikes.
Less is more. Having fewer parts to break or wear out can be a good thing. The Phoenix 99608's electronics can be a bit balky, some users report, but most say they don't really rely on those since the features lineup is so bare bones; even resistance is set manually rather than electronically as with pricier models. The bike's 250-pound weight limit suggests less hardy construction, but most owners seem satisfied. However, some report issues with shipping-related damage or minor parts failure.
Top-notch service. Several reviewers report broken parts upon arrival, most likely due to poor packaging. The warranty offers one-year protection on the frame and 90 days on parts, which is relatively short. Many owners say broken parts are replaced quickly and courteously, and give Phoenix customer service an above-average grade.
The Phoenix 99608 gets feedback from more than 100 users at Amazon.com. While some report receiving the bike with a few broken parts, most are satisfied with their purchase and say the great value makes up for minor issues. Most of these customer reviews are brief, but a few provide a more extensive look at the bike's features and long-term use. Overall, it earns a score of 4.2 stars out of 5.
Review: Phoenix 99608 Magnetic Recumbent Exercise Bike, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013
In addition to reviews posted directly to the site, Buzzillions.com collects user posts from retail and manufacturer websites. The Phoenix 99608 gets feedback from more than 175 customers and a rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. Most say the bike is quiet and easy to use, and operates smoothly.
Review: Phoenix Magnetic Recumbent Bike, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of October 2013
In this very brief review, a certified personal trainer says the Phoenix 99608 "may not be very flashy but it gets the job done for a price you can't argue with." However, Thares doesn't specify how he determines the exercise bike's ranking.
Review: Phoenix Magnetic Recumbent Exercise Bike, Arthur Thares, Jan. 16, 2012