Thursday, 19 December 2019

Echelon Smart Connect EX1 versus EX3 Spin Bike, Comparison Review

Echelon Smart Connect EX1 Spin Bike, features reviewed and compared with EX3 indoor cycle, with 13kg flywheel, 32 magnetic resistance levels, Bluetooth to connect with Echelon Fit App
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Take your indoor cycling training to the next level in the comfort of your own home with the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 Spin Bikes.

Both the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 are well-constructed spin bikes, designed with advanced technologies and ergonomic features to bring you a smooth, quiet and comfortable workout.

The Echelon Smart Connect EX3 is the updated model of the EX1 Spin Bike with a few upgraded features including a new motor for precise magnetic resistance, a new indexing resistance adjustment knob, a competition seat with 6” seat lever-style adjustment instead of the seat knob adjustment on the EX1, and new lightweight triangular tubing construction.

Both the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 Indoor Cycles utilize a 13 kg flywheel and magnetic resistance which combine to ensure consistent momentum throughout the bikes’ wide range of 32 resistance levels.

Both the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 Spin Bikes feature Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to connect your own mobile device to the Echelon Fit App (subscription required) available on both Android and iOS.  The Echelon Fit App gives you access to a huge range of great training classes from certified instructors with Live or On Demand classes (over 1,500) and Scenic Routes.  You can also ride along with other cyclists from around the world, track your workout progress and more to keep you challenged and motivated.


Echelon Smart Connect EX1 Spin Bike's adjustable handlebars & 180 degree adjustable tablet holder, image
EX1 handlebars & tablet holder
Echelon Smart Connect EX3 Spin Bike's adjustable handlebars & 180 degree adjustable tablet holder, image
EX3 handlebars & tablet holder


The Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 Spin Bikes both feature a 180 degree adjustable tablet holder, sensibly located at eye-level on the bikes’ handlebars.  Both bikes also feature a 2.4v advanced device charging USB port to ensure your mobile device never runs out of power during your workout!

Ergonomically designed, both the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 feature adjustable stabilization handles and 4-way adjustable saddle.  The saddle differs between the two bikes, with the EX1 featuring a comfort saddle while the EX3 features a competition saddle.

As previously mentioned, the EX3 uses lever-style adjustments while the EX1 uses knob adjustments but both spin bikes offer the same level of adjustability:  the handlebars adjust up/down with 9 levels of adjustment (15mm/per level) while the seat adjusts both up/down and forwards/backwards for a custom fit with 17 height adjustment levels (15mm/per level) and 7 forward/backward adjustments (13.3mm/per level).

Both the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 Spin Bikes come with dual-sided pedals, i.e. SPD compatible and toe-cage.  Both the EX1 and EX3 have a Q-factor of 202 mm.

Echelon Smart Connect EX1 Spin Bike's comfort saddle with seat-mounted dumbbell holder, image
EX1 comfort saddle with
seat-mounted dumbbell holder
Echelon Smart Connect EX3 Spin Bike's competition saddle with dumbbell holder mounted on seat-slide, image
EX3 competition saddle with
dumbbell holder mounted on seat-slide


Additional features on both the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 indoor cycles include 2 water bottle holders mounted on the bike frame, front-mounted transport wheels for easy relocation, and rear rack dumbbell holder.  The dumbbell holder is mounted differently on each spin bike, with the EX1’s rack being seat-mounted, while the EX3’s rack is mounted on the seat slide.

Both the Echlon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 Spin Bikes are sturdily constructed and support a high user weight capacity of up to 300 lbs.  The bikes themselves weigh around 105 lbs and have a nice compact footprint of around 42” long by 22” wide.  Both bikes come in a choice of eye-catching colors: black, black/red or black/blue.

For peace of mind, both the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 Spin Bikes come with a 100% money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the bike for the first 30 days, plus both bikes are covered by a 1-year warranty.  A 14-day free trial on the Echelon Fit App is also included.





Fitness tip:  Cycling for just 30 minutes could burn between 207-345 calories for women, or 252-420 calories for men, depending on the intensity of the cycling.


Let’s take a glance at the main differences and similarities in features and specifications between the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 versus EX3 laid out in the easy-to-read table below to help you decide on which is the best Spin Bike for you:


Friday, 13 December 2019

SNODE E20 versus E20i Elliptical Trainer Machine, Comparison Review

SNODE E20 Elliptical Trainer Machine, features reviewed and compared with E20i, compact home elliptical
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Both the SNODE E20 and E20i Elliptical Trainer Machines are sturdily constructed with a nice compact design to fit easily in to a small space in your home and at a nice price that won’t break the bank!

The SNODE E20 Elliptical is an entry-level manual machine (with battery operated console) while the SNODE E20i is more of a mid-range electric machine with a better console, more resistance levels, programs and Bluetooth capabilities that the E20 doesn’t have.

Heavy-duty Cross Crank for increased durability & added stability on SNODE E20 and E20i Elliptical Trainer Machines
Heavy-duty Cross Crank for increased
durability & added stability
Both the SNODE E20 and E20i Elliptical Trainer Machines operate surprisingly smoothly and quietly thanks to their magnetic resistance system and 22 lb inertia flywheel.  Both machines feature a rear-drive system with a heavy-duty Cross Crank that provides increased durability and added stability as you exercise.

Compactly designed, the SNODE E20 and E20i Elliptical Machines both offer a 13.78” stride length with large non-slip footplates for safety and can be operated in forward or backward motion.

The dual handlebars on both elliptical machines allow you the option of working just your lower body by holding onto the static handlebars or your entire body by holding on to the moving handlebars as you pedal.

SNODE E20's resistance dial knob, image, with 8 levels of magnetic resistance
SNODE E20's resistance dial knob
As previously mentioned, the SNODE E20i Elliptical Trainer offers more resistance levels than the E20 – twice as many in fact!  The E20i offers 16 levels of electronically controlled magnetic resistance compared to 8 magnetic resistance levels on the E20.  Both are controlled via a simple to use resistance turn dial knob, but the E20i’s dial is located on the console itself while the E20’s dial is located on the machine’s frame beneath the console.

The resistance levels on both elliptical machines give you a good range to work with and allow you total control over the intensity of your workout.  For more challenge and variety, the SNODE E20i also offers 12 motion programs ranging from beginner to advanced and sporty.  The SNODE E20 does not offer any workout programs, rather it is a simple get on and go elliptical trainer without any fuss!

An additional feature the SNODE E20i has which the E20 does not have is Bluetooth capability.  The E20i features Bluetooth Smart technology which is compatible with the free iConsole App (available on both iOS and Android devices) for those of you who like to track your workout data online and for additional training options.

SNODE E20's digital LCD console, image
SNODE E20's digital LCD console
SNODE E20i's digital LCD console  with eye-protection Blu-ray screen,  resistance dial knob, 16 resistance levels,  12 programs, Bluetooth
SNODE E20i's digital LCD console
with eye-protection Blu-ray screen,
resistance dial knob, 16 resistance levels,
12 programs, Bluetooth


As you can see from the images, the SNODE E20 and SNODE E20i Elliptical Machines come with different consoles – the SNODE E20 comes with a simple digital LCD monitor while the E20i comes with a better digital LCD monitor with eye-protection Blu-ray screen.  Both consoles are straightforward and easy to use and display motivating workout stats including time, speed, distance, calories burned and pulse heart-rate.

Both the SNODE E20 and SNODE E20i Elliptical Trainers feature pulse grip heart-rate sensors built into the static handlebars to help you keep track and stay within your target heart-rate zone as you exercise.

Compact design of SNODE E20 & E20i Elliptical Trainer Machines, Dimensions: 47" long x 24" wide x 61" high
Compact design, Dimensions:
47" long x 24" wide x 61" high
Additional features on both the SNODE E20 and SNODE E20i Elliptical Trainer Machines include a handy media shelf to place your iPad/tablet to keep entertained as you exercise, and front-mounted transport wheels for easy relocation of the machine.

Both the SNODE E20 and SNODE E20i Elliptical Trainers support a user weight capacity of up to 265 lbs.  Both machines are the same size and weight, with each machine weighing around 88 lbs and measuring a nice compact size of around just 47” long x 24” wide x 61” high.





Let’s take a glance at the main differences and similarities in features and specifications between the Snode E20 versus Snode E20i laid out in the easy-to-read tables below to help you decide on which is the best elliptical machine for you:


Friday, 6 December 2019

XTERRA Fitness FB150 versus FB350 Folding Exercise Bike, Comparison Review

Xterra Fitness FB150 Folding Exercise Bike, upright, review features compared with FB350
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For such a low price, the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Folding Exercise Bikes are surprisingly well-built, sturdy and quiet in operation, and with a nice compact design that won’t take up much valued space in your home.

As you can see from the pictures, the main difference between the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Exercise Bikes comes down to the design of the seat – the FB350’s seat features a lower backrest along with handles by the side of the seat which the FB150 doesn’t have.  This enables you to use the bike in a semi-recumbent position for a more laid-back feel or you can sit upright and hold onto the handlebars around the console as with the FB150 for a more traditional cycling experience.

Xterra Fitness FB150 Exercise Bike's oversized seat, image
Xterra FB150 oversized seat
Xterra Fitness FB350 Exercise Bike's oversized seat with backrest, image
Xterra FB350 oversized seat with backrest



Other differences between the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Exercise Bikes include a slight difference in overall dimensions and weight of the bike, with the FB150 having a slightly smaller footprint and weighing slightly less than the FB350 (see full dimensions listed in the table below).

The Xterra FB350 also has the addition of a handy accessory holder mounted on the frame which the FB150 does not have.

Xterra Fitness FB350 Exercise Bike's accessory holder, image
Xterra FB350 accessory holder

Apart from the different features mentioned above, the rest of the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350’s features are exactly the same.  Both exercise bikes are straightforward and easy to use with the same console and drivetrain.

Both the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Folding Exercise Bikes’ drivetrain utilize a 3.3 lb precision balanced flywheel, smooth belt drive system and quiet friction-free magnetic resistance.

Both the Xterra FB150 and FB350 exercise bikes offer a good range of 8 levels of magnetic resistance which is easily adjustable via a simple-to-use turn dial knob located on the frame in front of you underneath the console.  You are in total control of your workout – start off at a low setting and increase the intensity when you feel ready to keep challenging yourself.

Xterra Fitness FB150 & FB350 Exercise Bike's resistance dial knob, image
Xterra FB150 & FB350's resistance dial knob

As previously mentioned, the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Exercise Bikes both utilize the same console.  The console is battery operated (no need to find a space near a wall socket/power outlet to place your bike!) and features a 2” x 1” LCD screen that clearly displays motivating workout stats as you cycle including time, speed, distance, calories burned and heart rate.  Your heart-rate is measured via pulse grip sensors built into the handlebars each side of the console.

Xterra Fitness FB150 & FB350 Exercise Bike's LCD console & multi-grip handlebars with pulse sensors, image
Xterra FB150 & FB350's LCD console &
multi-grip handlebars with pulse sensors

Comfort features on both the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Exercise Bikes include a large padded seat and padded handlebars.  The handlebars around the console offer multi-grip positions for different hand placement and the seat on both bikes is adjustable for different user heights ranging from around 4ft 10” up to 5ft 10” tall.

Both the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Exercise Bikes feature non-slip pedals and adjustable foot straps for safety.  Both bikes also utilize a 3-piece pedal crank system for added durability.

Both the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Exercise Bikes feature an x-frame folding design to help save even more space when not in use.  The FB150 folds to a slightly smaller footprint than the FB350 - 18.1 x 18.1” for the FB150 compared to 20.5 x 21” for the FB350 folded.  Both bikes also feature front-mounted transport wheels for ease of relocation.

Xterra Fitness FB150 Exercise Bike's folding frame, image
Xterra FB150 folding frame
Xterra Fitness FB350 Exercise Bike's folding frame, image
Xterra FB350 folding frame



The Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Folding Exercise Bikes are both sturdily constructed with thick steel tubing solid x-frame and support a user weight capacity of up to 225 lbs.





Let’s take a glance at the main differences and similarities in features and specifications between the Xterra Fitness FB150 versus Xterra Fitness FB350 laid out in the easy-to-read table below to help you decide on which is the best folding exercise bike for you: