ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike Review

The ProGear 555XLT Recumbent bike is definitely an awesome entry level model to go with. It is one of the more expensive entry level models, but the features it has and the quality of the build definitely reflect this price. It is a good option to go with for all fitness levels, it is reliable, and it has a solid build too.

Overview

In case you would like to find out a little bit more about the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike, you can always check out the little video below.

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Main Features

The ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike does have quite the list of features, so let’s just go over those real quick.

  • 14 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Resistance is easily adjusted with a dial
  • 250-pound weight capacity
  • Step-through steel frame
  • Wide screen computer LCD display
  • Good fitness tracking
  • 3 workout programs
  • Adjustable seat with good cushioning
  • Features adjustable feet
  • Big pedals with adjustable straps
  • Soft handlebars
  • Transportation wheels
  • Water bottle holder

Dimensions & Weight

Surprisingly enough, considering how many features the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike comes with, it actually is not all that big or heavy. It is actually quite compact, space friendly, and lightweight too.

  • Length: 49 inches
  • Width: 22 inches
  • Height: 43 inches
  • Weight: 60 pounds

Warranty

The ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

Assembly

The assembly process for the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike is quite easy. All of the parts are included, as well as the tools, plus all of the connectors such as nuts and bolts are already attached to the corresponding pieces. The bike is quite lightweight, so solo assembly is definitely possible, plus the instructions are easy to follow. The light weight and simple instructions mean that assembly should take around 1.5 hours at most if you are working alone. You can of course choose to go for expert in-home assembly for an extra fee. Here is a link to the manual and assembly instructions for this particular model.

What We Like About The ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike

There are a few really neat features of the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike that we simply love, so let’s go over them right now.

One of the things that we really like about the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike is that it has 14 different levels of magnetic tension. For an entry level recumbent bike, having a full 14 levels of resistance is indeed quite impressive, making it ideal for advanced cardio enthusiasts. The magnetic tension on this recumbent bike is easily adjusted with the adjustment dial. Moreover, the magnetic tension used here is very smooth and quiet. It provides you with constant and steady resistance that is so quiet that you can easily watch television while using the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike.

Another thing that we really like about the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike is that it features a great LCD screen. The display is well-placed, bright, and easy to read. The display does a fantastic job at keeping track of things such as speed, distance, calories burned, RPM, and more. What is quite impressive about the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike is that it also comes with 3 workout goal settings that you can choose from including speed, distance, and calories.

The next aspect of the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike that we really like is that it is comfortable and convenient to use. This model features an oversized seat that is ideal for any size of person. Both the backrest and the seat are designed with ergonomics in mind and are very well-padded in order to keep your comfortable. The seat is adjustable in terms of its height in order to make the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike ideal for various sizes of users. Also, this model features handlebars on the sides of the seat for some added support. The pedals on the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike are also convenient thanks to the fact that they are oversized, feature good grip, and have straps too.

The other thing that we really like about the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike is that it has a very durable frame. It is made out of steel tubing for longevity, plus it has a convenient step-through design as well. The 250-pound weight capacity of the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike is also quite impressive.

What We Don’t Like About The ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike

There are a couple of minor issues with the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike, so let’s just mention those quickly.

The seat of the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike appears to have trouble staying firmly in place, which is definitely an issue.

Another issue that the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike experiences is that the tension is sometimes not very constant. There may be defects with the tension cable.

Alternatives To The ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike

So you have a bit of a comparison point, let’s take a look at some alternatives to the ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike.

Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Exercise Bike

This model does make for quite the good alternative to the ProGear model reviewed above. The Marcy ME 709 is a little less expensive, but it also has fewer features. The Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Bike has 8 resistance levels, whereas the ProGear 555LXT Recumbent Bike has 14 resistance levels. On that same note, the Marcy model has 3 workout goal programs, whereas the ProGear model has none. Other than that, both models are fairly similar in their size and convenience, with the only other major difference being that the Marcy Bike has a 50 pound higher user weight limit.

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike

This is another good alternative to go with, albeit quite a different one. The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Bike is very convenient because it is very small, very lightweight, plus it can fold up into a compact package as well. None of these things are really true for the ProGear 555LXT Recumbent Bike. On the other hand, The ProGear model has almost twice as many levels of resistance, plus it has workout programs which the Sunny Health & Fitness model does not have. The Sunny Health & Fitness Bike is more about being convenient, whereas the ProGear model is more focused on getting a more comprehensive cardio workout.

Final Thoughts On The ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike

The ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike is definitely a great option to consider going with. It is an inexpensive entry level model that gives you a whole lot of bang for the bucks you are spending. 14 resistance levels and 3 workout programs make it ideal for more hardcore cardio enthusiasts. It is a comfortable and durable model to choose no doubt.

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