We've had this bike for 3 weeks and love it! Both my wife (5'5") and I (6'0") use it, and adjusting the settings is simple. We bought a new gel seat for it b/c she said the seat was hurting her. I thought the seat was fine and after a few days of using the bike, my butt "got used" to the seat and stopped hurting, so before you cave into buying a new seat, ride through the pain for a few days and see. We do not have the high pitched sound problem created by the brake pads that some people were talking about. The bike is very sturdy overall and has adjustable feet so that you can make sure all 4 feet touch the ground so the bike does not rock back and forth. The tension adjustment knob is more sensitive than on the bikes I've used at the gym; at the gym, a lot of the knob turning is a quarter turn to a full turn. On this bike, all of my knob turns are within about a 1/2 turn range of each other as a full turn will all but stop you dead in your tracks. Not a complaint by any means, just an observation, and possibly a plus for some people b/c an 1/8 turn is quick and easy to do and will crank up/down the resistance noticeably. For cage pedals, the included pedals are actually decent, though annoying to adjust the strap on. We are going to swap them out for Look-style clip in pedals though b/c clip in pedals make your ride so much smoother and give you a better workout. Assembly was beyond simple. I don't think there is anyway it could take more than 30 minutes for anyone to do. The provided tool do the job well. At just ~$240 (look for overstock coupons before you buy!!! I got $25 off!), this is a huge bargain and less than 5 months of gym membership. We are probably going to cancel my wife's gym membership, meaning that after 5 months, this bike is actually saving us money!
We are very pleased with this bike. It is exactly as described. It is not a high-quality, heavy-duty gym type machine, so if that's what you are expecting, you would be disappointed. There are no programs or bells and whistles, it is a very simple bike that is well-made but not impressive. At this price-point, the bike is of high quality. It is a fairly small profile bike, perfect for a bedroom, office, family room, apartment, etc. It is simple to use and sturdy. It is light weight enough for me (female, 5'6" good physical condition, reasonably strong) to life and move on my own, yet it is stable due to design, not weight. Tension settings are adequate, computer tracks speed, distance, calories, heart rate, time. The movement is pretty smooth for a bike at this price point. The seat is large enough and comfortable for up to an hour of use. The pedals are a good size, but the straps are a little tight for orthopedic style shoes or heavy sneakers. The bike is used primarily by my 94 year old grandfather who has had knee and hip replacement surgery. He can get on off the bike on his own safely. We do keep a 4 footed cane nearby for him to lean on as there is no weight bearing structure handle towards the front of the bike for balance. It is simple for him to use, and he's very pleased with the quality of exercise. The cycling exercise is great, non-impact, and his health and quality of life, including mobility and cognitive function have improved greatly in just a few weeks of use, and he's so proud of himself for how far he can go. This is much easier than walking, and is great for joint flexibility and anyone who is rehabbing a joint like a hip or knee. My husband, 6'0 over 200 pounds also uses the bike, on the highest seat setting, and is pleased with the performance.
My initial experience with the Sunny Pro was pretty much the same as described in previous reviews: delivery within a week, cumbersome packaging, easy set up (about 30 minutes) and so on. I have a set of clip-in pedals already so I wasn't disappointed with the pedals (and, for the record, the strap-pedals are probably suitable for many riders). So things looked ready to go . . . And then I tried riding the bike and encountered a serious problem. Whenever I tried to increase the resistance to even a mildly strenuous level the flywheel squealed terribly; worse yet, even when I tried to continue pedaling over the noise, it would simply lock up. I think this is because the bike uses cantilevers and pads with dense fabric instead of magnetic resistance. In other words, when one turns the resistance knob the pads press against the flywheel, sort of like brake pads on a bike. I believe that the friction between the flywheel caused both the squealing and vibration that caused the resistance knob to rattle, thereby tightening the pads inadvertently. Needless to say, this was a source of great frustration and I tried all sorts of adjustments to the resistance knob, the cantilevers, and so on with no luck. I was VERY disappointed by the bike because I thought it was basically going to end up as a very expensive clothes horse. But I finally decided to try smearing each side of the rim of the flywheel with lubricant to reduce friction, not knowing what effect it would have on the material that covers the resistance pads. Long story short, this seems to have done the trick and now the bike works beautifully. I'm pretty active---mountain biking, in-line skating, martial arts---and it looks like the Sunny Pro will provide strenuous indoor workouts for a long time to come. I really do think it's on par with much more expensive machines. Time will tell. For now, though, I’m giving it four stars because of the frustration I experienced initially. The solution I came upon may seem pretty obvious but it wasn’t included in the directions or in other posts so I thought I would share it. It’s made the bike functional instead of completely useless.
I bought this rower to help me with my New Year's resolution of losing weight. I have used it for 2 weeks and I'm still trying to condition myself to do more than 100 strokes. This is a great workout!! I like the real rowing motion and the wide seat. I thought the seat was going to be uncomfortable but it's not. The seat glides smoothly on the track, I was impressed. Some people have mentioned having trouble keeping their feet in the straps, but I have had no problem. The instructions mentioned there were no batteries included for the display but mine had the batteries. If you want a good cardio workout and a workout for your abs and legs this is it!!
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