3G Cardio Elite RB Recumbent Bike Review

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3G Cardio Elite RB Recumbent Bike

$1,799

If you have read any other reviews about 3G Cardio, you probably have read about their high-quality products and customer service.  3G Cardio is a unique brand in the fitness industry.  They are a much smaller company as compared to the likes of a Nordic Track or Pro Form, yet they smash the competition with their attention to detail.  We have always rated the 3G Cardio brand highly and their recumbent bike is no different.  The 3G Cardio Elite RB X Recumbent bike tops our list for overall excellence in the Recumbent Bike category of fitness equipment.

One of the biggest mysteries in the indoor recumbent bike world is “why are all recumbent bikes so damn big!!??”  They do not need to be 6’ feet long and 3G Cardio proved it.  Most recumbent bikes have a big flywheel (and “NO”, Flywheel weight does not matter!).  This flywheel is always positioned between the pedals.  This flywheel adds a significant amount of length to the bike and width between the pedals.  Well, 3G solved this by simply reversing the common design by repositioning the flywheel under the seat.  Brilliant!  This shortened up the bike length (49” overall length) and solved another huge problem by reducing the Q Factor between the pedals to 6.5”!  Two birds with one stone.  And one of the best parts is that this bike will still comfortably fit someone from 5’ to 6.5’, which is better than most bikes tested.

Now there are a lot of high-quality aspects to this bike, but it of course comes at a cost.  $1799 to be exact.  There are other bikes that are of decent quality at a lower cost, so this is something to be aware of.  So, the big question becomes, “is it worth the money?”  Let’s find out.

QUICK + FEATURES: FTMS Bluetooth / Wireless HR Strap / Made in Taiwan / 7 Year Warranty

When it comes to shopping for an exercise bike, there are a few key factors that matter more than any others. Obviously, price and quality are a big deal, that goes without saying.  But what are the other important factors when shopping for a recumbent bike?  You must look at the overall adjustability and comfort of a bike, and that is where 3G Cardio really wallops the competitors.  Their seat adjustability and comfort is amazing.  Even for a big guy like me (298lbs).  This bike is comfortable, flat out.  The seat backrest is mesh so your back won’t get sweaty, it is also flexible, so it won’t dig into your side.  The seat back also is adjustable which is awesome!  You can slide the seat forward, back, tilt up and down and ultimately find a comfortable position.  So, comfort is a huge plus!

Regarding quality, this bike is warrantied both for residential and commercial use, which is impressive.  (Nordic Track has a “commercial” line of exercise equipment that is for residential use only – they call it “commercial” because it was featured in a TV commercial – yikes). The 3G Cardio Elite RB X Recumbent Bike is very well built and can handle quite a bit of use.  The bike does not have any cheap feeling components, other than their power cord (see “Cons”).  Nothing feels “plasticky”; if that is a word.  The 3G Cardio Elite RB X recumbent bike is easy to move around (handle in the back, wheels in the front) and narrow enough to roll through a standard doorway.  The bike has a max user weight rating of 350lb and a 7-year residential parts warranty (3 years commercial).

Some of the nitpicky complaints that we had about the bike is that it does not have full step thru design.  It is a partial step thru measuring at 11”5 inches off the ground, which is higher than most of the other bikes we tested.  We also were a bit confused by their weirdly cheap and somewhat short power cord.  For such a high-end bike, why cheap out on a $3 power cord.  Not sure on this one.

Pros:  3G Cardio has the “FreeSync™ connectivity with FTMS Bluetooth©” on most of their products now. Some other nice touches are the ratchet-style oversized pedals; adjustable feet supports, low height console, FTMS Bluetooth data exchange, small 49” footprint and 7 year warranty.  Very high overall quality and feel.  Tops on our list.

Cons:  One of the more expensive bikes we tested.  Does not have a full “step-thru” design like most other bikes we tested.  Weirdly short and kind of cheap feeling power cord.

3G Cardio Elite RB Recumbent Bike

$1,799

If you have read any other reviews about 3G Cardio, you probably have read about their high-quality products and customer service.  3G Cardio is a unique brand in the fitness industry.  They are a much smaller company as compared to the likes of a Nordic Track or Pro Form, yet they smash the competition with their attention to detail.  We have always rated the 3G Cardio brand highly and their recumbent bike is no different.  The 3G Cardio Elite RB X Recumbent bike tops our list for overall excellence in the Recumbent Bike category of fitness equipment.

One of the biggest mysteries in the indoor recumbent bike world is “why are all recumbent bikes so damn big!!??”  They do not need to be 6’ feet long and 3G Cardio proved it.  Most recumbent bikes have a big flywheel (and “NO”, Flywheel weight does not matter!).  This flywheel is always positioned between the pedals.  This flywheel adds a significant amount of length to the bike and width between the pedals.  Well, 3G solved this by simply reversing the common design by repositioning the flywheel under the seat.  Brilliant!  This shortened up the bike length (49” overall length) and solved another huge problem by reducing the Q Factor between the pedals to 6.5”!  Two birds with one stone.  And one of the best parts is that this bike will still comfortably fit someone from 5’ to 6.5’, which is better than most bikes tested.

Now there are a lot of high-quality aspects to this bike, but it of course comes at a cost.  $1799 to be exact.  There are other bikes that are of decent quality at a lower cost, so this is something to be aware of.  So, the big question becomes, “is it worth the money?”  Let’s find out.

QUICK + FEATURES: FTMS Bluetooth / Wireless HR Strap / Made in Taiwan / 7 Year Warranty

When it comes to shopping for an exercise bike, there are a few key factors that matter more than any others. Obviously, price and quality are a big deal, that goes without saying.  But what are the other important factors when shopping for a recumbent bike?  You must look at the overall adjustability and comfort of a bike, and that is where 3G Cardio really wallops the competitors.  Their seat adjustability and comfort is amazing.  Even for a big guy like me (298lbs).  This bike is comfortable, flat out.  The seat backrest is mesh so your back won’t get sweaty, it is also flexible, so it won’t dig into your side.  The seat back also is adjustable which is awesome!  You can slide the seat forward, back, tilt up and down and ultimately find a comfortable position.  So, comfort is a huge plus!

Regarding quality, this bike is warrantied both for residential and commercial use, which is impressive.  (Nordic Track has a “commercial” line of exercise equipment that is for residential use only – they call it “commercial” because it was featured in a TV commercial – yikes). The 3G Cardio Elite RB X Recumbent Bike is very well built and can handle quite a bit of use.  The bike does not have any cheap feeling components, other than their power cord (see “Cons”).  Nothing feels “plasticky”; if that is a word.  The 3G Cardio Elite RB X recumbent bike is easy to move around (handle in the back, wheels in the front) and narrow enough to roll through a standard doorway.  The bike has a max user weight rating of 350lb and a 7-year residential parts warranty (3 years commercial).

Some of the nitpicky complaints that we had about the bike is that it does not have full step thru design.  It is a partial step thru measuring at 11”5 inches off the ground, which is higher than most of the other bikes we tested.  We also were a bit confused by their weirdly cheap and somewhat short power cord.  For such a high-end bike, why cheap out on a $3 power cord.  Not sure on this one.

Pros:  3G Cardio has the “FreeSync™ connectivity with FTMS Bluetooth©” on most of their products now. Some other nice touches are the ratchet-style oversized pedals; adjustable feet supports, low height console, FTMS Bluetooth data exchange, small 49” footprint and 7 year warranty.  Very high overall quality and feel.  Tops on our list.

Cons:  One of the more expensive bikes we tested.  Does not have a full “step-thru” design like most other bikes we tested.  Weirdly short and kind of cheap feeling power cord.

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