Welcome to the Xterra exercise bike review. This time we are here with the Xterra FB 150 folding upright exercise bike.
That is correct. This one is an upright exercise bike; not the spinning exercise bikes and certainly not the recumbent exercise bikes.
Are you aware of the common characteristics of the upright exercise bikes? If not, then this section is perfect for you.
Upright exercise bikes are one of the three types of exercise bikes. Bikes have characteristics similar to the regular outdoor bicycles as well as indoor cycling bikes also known as spin bikes. People often get confused between the upright exercise bikes and indoor cycling bikes. Although they cannot be blamed as both of these exercise bikes look very similar. The best way to distinguish them is by knowing their names and features.
However, this Xterra FB 150 folding upright exercise bike can be easily distinguished from any spin exercise bikes. Because this bike is X-shaped and has foldability. None of the spin exercise bikes have this foldable feature found in the upright exercise bikes.
Apart from this, the upright exercise bike has not so heavy but also not so light flywheel. Some of the upright bikes have an oversized seat and some of them have standard seats as we see in the bicycles.
The other features are almost the same as we find in most of the exercise bikes. Handlebars, pedals, console, display, resistance system, etc. others.
So without any further delay let us start the Xterra exercise bike review, shall we?
This is our Xterra FB 150 folding upright exercise bike.
As you can see from the picture that the Xterra FB 150 folding upright exercise bike looks like a lightweight bike. That is because it is a lightweight exercise bike. So now comes the question that if it is a lightweight bike than is it strong enough for me?
Well, the Xterra FB 150 folding upright exercise bike is made from thick steel tubing which can take on the weight of most of the normal people. The frames of this machine are X shaped to make it easily foldable. As long as the user of this machine is less than 225 pounds, there is no problem regarding the bike’s construction.
Every good exercise bike must have a resistance system. An exercise bike without a resistance system is not even a complete exercise bike. Riding an exercise bike without resistance will feel like just pedaling a circular wheel. There will not be any variation in the workout. Although the cycles we ride on the streets do not have any extra resistance system, they can get resistance from the road. But as we will not use a stationary exercise bike on the streets, we need extra resistance. This is why the resistance system is very important in case the exercise bikes.
There are two types of resistance common in of the exercise bikes. These are- the friction resistance system and the magnetic resistance system.
Our Xterra FB 150 folding upright exercise bike has the magnetic resistance system. The magnetic resistance system works with the help of a magnet whose increase or decrease of attraction against the flywheel either increases or decreases resistance.
The adjustability of the resistance system is also important for an exercise bike. If the resistance is not adjustable then it will altogether provide boring exercises. Sometime it could be perfect and the rest of the time, the resistance might be either too much or too less.
Fortunately, our Xterra FB 150 folding upright exercise bike has a manual adjustment system in it. And there are 8 different levels of resi stance are designed in case of this bike.
The flywheel is one of the most inevitable parts of the exercise bikes. The ability to provide resistance greatly depends on the flywheel of the bike.
It is better to have a heavy flywheel in the machine. Because the heavier the flywheel will be, the more resistance it will be able to provide.
But all the exercise bikes do not have the same weighted flywheel. The recumbent bikes have lightweight flywheels and the indoor cycling bikes have the heaviest flywheels. The upright exercise bikes have a medium-weighted flywheel.
So let us know how much is the weight of flywheel of the Xterra FB 150 folding upright exercise bike is. Before I say the actual weight, you should know that it has some other features in it. It is maintenance-free, smooth, and quiet and precision balanced. And at last, it weighs 3.3 pounds.
If you ask me whether the weight of the flywheel is right or not then I would say that this is the weight of the flywheels of the recumbent exercise bikes. In comparison to the standard weight of the upright exercise bikes, this weight is a bit less than it should be.
The drive system of an exercise bike has an important role to run. The work of the drive system is to move the flywheel with the pedaling by the user.
There are two main types of drive systems we see in the exercise bikes generally. These are the belt drive system and the chain drive system.
Our Xterra FB 150 folding upright exercise bike has the belt drive system. And as it consists of the belt drive system, it has some great advantages. The best thing about the belt drive system is that they are super quiet and offer super smooth cycling. While the chain drive system makes a slight sound when the metal chain moves to and fro.
Seat & Handlebars
You will be pleased to know that the seat of this upright bike is not like the most other upright exercise bikes. It has a larger, padded seat than other exercise bikes. Moreover, the seat is also anatomically designed to fit in any type of user.
Furthermore, you can also adjust the height of the seat to the most optimum position comfortable for you. Because of the adjustable feature of the height, this bike can support users from 4’10” to 5’10”. Users whose height is more or less than this may or may not feel weird and comfortability while riding the bike.
The handlebars of this machine are large, multi-grip as well as padded. There are handgrip heart pulse rate sensors installed with the handlebars to monitor your heart pulse rate.
Like every other good exercise bike, this Xterra FB 150 folding upright exercise bike also has a console. Although its console does not have any programs installed but it does excel at tracking your workouts. Some of the feedback you will get from the console of this bike are time, speed, distance, calories burnt during workouts, scan and the heart pulse rate.
This is one of the special features of this bike which distinguishes it from the other exercise bikes. Not every other exercise bikes have a foldable feature like this one. Some of the upright exercise bikes and few of the semi upright or semi recumbent exercise bikes have this feature.
Anyways, I assume you already know what does this foldability means. You can see from the picture of the product that it has X-shaped frames. The meeting point of these two frames has a screw attached to it which makes the bike to fold at certain portion. After folding, the dimension of the bike becomes 18.1 inches x 18.1 inches x 50.79 inches where the original dimension of the bike after assembling is 31.89 inches x 18.1 inches x 43.3 inches.
Having safe pedals is very important especially in case of the stationary exercise bikes. And for that, the Xterra FB 150 folding upright exercise bike has non-slip surface on the pedals. There is a 3-piece pedal crank system that increases the durability of the exercise bike while pedaling.
Moreover, the pedals have adjustable foot straps with them to safely lock on the feet of the users. As it is adjustable, it can fit in feet of any size.
- Brand name : Xterra
- Model name : FB 150
- Dimensions : 31.89 inches x 18.1 inches x 43.3 inches
- Size after folding: 18.1 inches x 18.1 inches x 50.79 inches
- Weight : 32 pounds
- Drive system : Belt drive system
- Flywheel weight: 3.3 pounds
- Max user weight: 225 pounds
- Resistance : Magnetic resistance
- Resistance levels: 8 levels of resistance
- Programs : No
- Seat : Oversized, padded, comfortable
- Pedals : Non-slipping strapped pedals
- Crank system : 3-piece pedal crank
- Toe cage : No
- Handlebars : Multi-grip, padded
- Pulse sensor : Grip
- Power supply : 2 AA batteries
- Batteries included: Yes
- Monitor : 2” x 1” Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitor
- Statistics : Time, distance, speed, calories burnt, scan, heart pulse rate
- Fan : No
- Foldability : Yes
- Transportation wheels: Yes
- Bottle holder : No
- Warranty : 90 days on parts, 1 year on frame
- Amazon ratings : 4.5 out of 5
- The Xterra FB 150 folding upright exercise bike has an adjustable 8 leveled magnetic resistance system for the users to have exercises of various intensities.
- The flywheel of this Xterra FB 150 folding upright exercise bike weighs about 3.3 pounds to increase the intensity of the workouts performed by it.
- This machine has an oversized, padded and comfortable seat to let the users use the bike for a long time without causing any pain in their body.
- There is a 3-piece pedal crank system in this Xterra FB 150 folding upright exercise bike with non-slip strapped pedals for the better and durable pedaling experience.
- Rich display
- Adjustable resistance
- Transportation wheels
- Strapped pedals
- Heart pulse rate sensors
- Magnetic resistance
- Comfortable oversized and padded seat
- Included batteries
- 3-piece pedal crank system
- Adjustable seat
- Lightweight design
- Silent and smooth operation of the machine
- Very good price
- No toe cages
- No pre-installed programs
- No bottle holder
- Light flywheel
What more do you need from an exercise bike under $100? It has a good seat, good pedals, good console, better resistance, and much better price. So what more do you require from such a bike? That was everything on the Xterra exercise bike review for you. I hope to come soon with another review on another stationary exercise bike.