The Proform 440 ES Recumbent Bike is a popular choice in the recumbent market. There’s no doubt about that. But, if you are reading this, chances are that you are still in the grey about buying this bike.
Whatever the case, this article will hopefully answer all your queries. I hope to leave no details of the bike out.
To be honest, this bike has caught my attention only recently even though the bike has been around for a while. And there were enough reasons for me to make use of this bike. So, I decided on this bike.
The only thing that made me think twice about this bike was the price. But, after taking a good look at the bike’s features and all, I was pretty satisfied. If the price is troubling you then I assure that you’ll change your mind after reading this proform recumbent bike reviews.
Now, this is a recumbent bike. I take it that you know the recumbent type bike well. So, I am not gonna go into any details about the recumbent bike type. We will only focus on the proform 440 ES recumbent bike and all its details.
Okay then let’s get started!
Proform has a good reputation when it comes to good exercise bikes. And the 440 ES has certainly made some noise. A high priced bike with a solid construction that is made to last for a lifetime.
Each part of the bike looks solid. The backrest provides an excellent support. It is hard enough to allow low stress on your back. The seat is more than wide enough. As a result, it saves the recumbent name. In addition, the cushion pad makes the bike comfortable so that you can exercise for a long time.
A 5” display is something that needs telling. The display is backlit. Therefore, there’s no trouble reading even in complete darkness. And it has plenty of functions which we’ll dive into later on this article.
A good exercise bike? Where’s the heavy flywheel? Yep, it is that simple. Any quality exercise bikes provide a heavy flywheel. This bike has an average weight flywheel that provides a smooth resistance.
Speaking of resistance, the bike offers 25 different levels with which you can get a hard cardio workout time. Moreover, it has a tablet holder slot. So, you can have fun while acquiring your fitness goals.
Like what you read? Then continue reading on as we step into the details of the bike.
I like having a large display on an exercise bike. And the proform 440 ES provides a 5” display. That is pretty large people!
It is easier to read those important numbers. In addition, there are really no issues with reading the display. This is because of the backlit feature which makes possible easy reading even if it is too dark.
The 32 preset programs just does it! That’s it! I am buying this bike!
You will enjoy the help of a personal trainer. It is simple to choose from the 32 programs and get a good exercise time on the bike. What I love most about the console is that it can auto adjust the resistance level.
This bike lets you track several different stats which show on the display. These include time, speed, distance. In addition, it is able to track calories burnt which is great for you big belly people. Moreover, the heart rate can also be tracked using the console.
All in all, it’s a great console. And I certainly loved it.
Resistance & Flywheel
A heavy flywheel means a smooth resistance. It’s a simple rule that you need to know if you are gonna get the perfect exercise bike.
This bike has a relatively heavy flywheel although I expect a heavier flywheel for the price. Nonetheless, it still provides a smooth resistance. Also, the 18 pounds flywheel makes pedaling smoother. As a result, you can find ease in your exercise.
The bike has 25 levels of resistance. Yeah, that’s a lot! But, even the higher levels do not provide the big intensity. It is great for light to medium intense workout.
Of course, resistance levels are adjustable. This bike gives you an easy option to adjust the resistance. It is done easily with the console. Furthermore, you can make the console do all the adjusting work while you focus on your fitness goals. The console can automatically adjust the resistance level depending on your performance.
Both the console and flywheel contribute and give a good resistance to the pedaling motion. Again, it is perfect for a mid-range resistance.
Seat & Handlebars
Recumbent bike? How is the seat? Is it comfortable?
These questions pop up automatically with any recumbent bike. They are known for the comfortable seat. And this proform recumbent bike is no different.
The seat comes with lumber support and it is great for lowering the stress on your back. You can lean on the backrest and keep pedaling. As a result, you get your work done while staying in a comfort zone.
A proper cushioned seat for you to sit on. This adds even more comfort. Moreover, it is wide enough to accommodate any user. Also, the adjustable option of the seat just makes it a must get bike. I mean I could have bought it just for the seat.
You can adjust the seat vertically as well as horizontally. So, it is possible for multiple people to use the bike. Simply adjust the height with the handle below the seat. Then the user will not find any difficulty in pedaling.
There are two pairs of handlebars on the bike. Two handlebars around the seat let you rest your hand providing all the comfort you desire. But, it’s the handlebars with the console that provides important functions.
These handlebars contain pulse sensors. And these sensors allow the tracking of your heart rate. The heart rate zone, of course, is displayed on the monitor. As a result, you can keep track of your heart rate zone and maintain a good health all the while you pedal.
Pedals are not the first thing to see when buying any ideal exercise bike. But, they certainly do matter. And I like having a wide surface area to put in my feet.
This proform recumbent bike has an extra wide pair of pedals. As a result, it is really comfortable to pedal for a longer period of time. Another thing with pedaling is that the feet slip off. Well, there’s no chance for slipping on these wide pedals. In addition, the safety straps ensure that your feet stay secured on the pedal.
So, pedal and pedal hard!
This bike is pretty stable and sturdy. You may pedal as fast as you like, but the bike will maintain its stability. I thought the bike’s weight is actually contributing to the sturdiness. And although that was true, there was another specific reason. And that is the stabilizers or levelers. These make sure the bike is stable on uneven surfaces too.
You can use your tablet even when pedaling and working hard. Moreover, the position of the tablet is great so that you can watch comfortably. You can use your favorite apps or watch a movie or listen to some tunes on your tablet.
The bike also has a USB charging port. As a result, you can easily charge your phone and keep the battery full while you stay in shape.
Get pedaling on the outside world with the iFit. This brings out the best of this bike. This lets you download workout programs, create your own workouts, race against other users, and many other fun features.
And when you are done with all that then take a sip from your favorite drink. The bottle holder on the bike is really useful when you get tired.
Product Dimension: 52L*22.5W*58H inches
Shipping Weight: 142 pounds
Console: 32 preset programs
Max User Capacity: 350 pounds
Flywheel Weight: 18 pounds
Resistance: 25 levels
Item Model no: PFEX15914
Warranty: 2 year parts, 1 year labor, unlimited frame warranty
- 32 preset programs on the console are gonna give you a lot to play with. Also, you can track your progress on the display.
- 18 pounds flywheel provides stability and ensures a smooth resistance on the pedal. So, you can pedal with more ease.
- Integrated pulse sensors on the handlebars allow you to track your heart rate zone. As a result, you can have a safer ride.
- The bike allows an easy seat adjustment. You can adjust the seat horizontally and vertically with the handle feature.
- Quiet and smooth resistance.
- IFit feature available.
- Wide pedals.
- Great console.
- Backlit display.
- Flywheel should have been heavier for the price.
- Difficult to assemble.
- Console could become confusing with the iFit feature.
- Can you adjust the resistance with the console on this bike?
Ans: Yes, you can adjust the resistance with the console. The console can automatically adjust the resistance for you.
- Does this bike have transportation wheels?
Ans: Yes, Proform 440 ES recumbent bike comes with wheels.
- How loud is it?
Ans: The bike operates at a low sound level.
- Does it use batteries?
Ans: This bike comes with adapter. There’s no need for batteries.
This is all I could give. I have tried to put in all the details about the bike in this proform recumbent bike reviews. I hope that it has helped you. So, it is up to you to make the decision now. Happy biking!