Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike Review

The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike has to be one of the most convenient recumbent bikes that we have ever seen. It has a very small footprint, it can fold down even smaller, it has a decent amount of resistance, and is fairly comfortable to use as well. For the very low price tag that it has, you really cannot go wrong with it.

Overview

If you would like to find out a little bit more about Sunny Health & Fitness, you can check out the video below. We were unable to find a video specific to this product, but there is a nice little overview of the brand itself.

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Main Features

While the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike is a very inexpensive recumbent bike to go with, it does have a decent amount of features that are worth mentioning.

  • Features 8 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Resistance can be easily adjusted with the tension knob
  • Has a small footprint
  • Frame folds for easy storage
  • Comes with transportation wheels
  • Convenient computer display for fitness tracking
  • Non-slip pedals with straps
  • Adjustable seat – cushioned
  • User weight limit of 220 pounds

Dimensions & Weight

When it comes to the footprint of the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike, it is excellent. This particular recumbent bike folds down for easy storage, but it is already quite small and lightweight to begin with. If you have a small home with limited space, this is definitely a good option to consider. This item is easy to store and easy to maneuver.

  • Length: 32 inches
  • Width: 20 inches
  • Height: 46 inches
  • Weight: 37 pounds

Warranty

The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike comes with a decent warranty. It features a 3-year warranty on the frame and a 90-day manufacturer’s warranty on parts.

Assembly

The assembly process for the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike is not too difficult. It is a small and lightweight recumbent bike that does not come with too many parts. You will need your own tools to get the job done, but the instructions are very straightforward and everything else comes included in the packaging. It should take one person no more than one hour to get the job done. It does not hurt to have a helping hand, or you can just pay for expert in-home assembly too. Here is a link to the manual with assembly instructions.

What We Like About The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike

There are definitely a few standout features of the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike that are worth mentioning, so let’s do that right now.

One of the things that we really like about the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike is that it is extremely space friendly. Even when not folded down, this item is very small and space efficient. This means that it is an excellent choice for anyone with a smaller home. Moreover, since the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike does fold in half, it can be easily stored, even in small closets. The fact that it is extremely lightweight is also a big bonus when it comes to moving the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike around. There is also the fact that it has transportation wheels on the front so you can easily roll it around.

Another thing that is actually quite impressive about the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike is that it comes with magnetic resistance. This is not something that we would usually expect from a recumbent bike that costs around $100. We simply love magnetic resistance because it does not go through the same wear and tear that other types of resistance experience.

There is also the fact that the magnetic resistance on the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike is very smooth and quiet for an enjoyable ride every time. There are 8 levels of magnetic resistance included, which can be easily selected with the simple to use adjustment dial. While there may not be enough resistance for the most experienced of bikers, there is still more than enough to get a good cardio workout in every time.

The fact that the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike comes with a comfortable padded seat and backrest is yet another bonus. While it does not provide too much lumbar support, the seat does keep your back more comfortable than it would be without a backrest. Moreover, the seat is actually adjustable for height to fit people of various sizes.

The other thing that we like about the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike is that it comes with its own computer. No, it is not the most advanced computer or display system around, but it does a fine job at keeping track of distance, time, speed, RPM, and a few other metrics too.

What We Don’t Like About The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike

There are a couple of bones that we have to pick with the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike, so let’s get that over with right now.

One thing that many people have noted is that the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike has a fairly high center of gravity. It is very narrow and does not have a wide base, making it somewhat unstable and wobbly.

Something else that we do not like about the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike is that it does not have much lower back support in the seat. This may be a problem if you suffer from back problems.

Alternatives To The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike

So you have a good reference point when buying this item, let’s talk about some of the other entry level options that you can consider purchasing.

Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Exercise Bike

This is a good entry level alternative to consider. It does cost a little bit more than the Sunny Health & Fitness model, but it does have a stronger frame, it is more stable with a lower point of gravity, and it has a higher user weight capacity too. The Marcy ME 709 is going to cost you a little more, but not much. However, if you have limited space, the small frame and folding design of the Sunny Health & Fitness Recumbent Bike will suit you better.

Ancheer Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike

This is another good alternative to take into account. This one is actually about the same price as the Sunny Health & Fitness model reviewed above. They both weigh about the same amount, are both roughly the same size, and both can fold down for easy storage. The Ancheer model does come with a stand for your media, which the Sunny Health & Fitness model does not. However, the Sunny Health & Fitness Recumbent Bike has 8 levels of resistance, whereas the Ancheer Bike only has 5 levels of resistance.

Final Thoughts On The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike

All in all, the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike is a great entry level model to go with. It is one of the most affordable recumbent bikes out there, but it still does its job just fine. This model is ideal for beginners and for people who want some moderate exercise. It has a decent amount of resistance, it’s fairly strong, and it will definitely provide you with a good challenge.

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