Horizon Fitness RC30 Recumbent Bike Review
The Horizon Fitness RC30 Recumbent Bike is a terrific exercise machine with a solid warranty and functional yet simple technology. While it doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, it delivers all the basics you need in an exercise bike.
Excellent warranty terms
The Horizon Fitness RC30 Recumbent Bike comes with a warranty that places it among the very best exercise bikes in its price range. As the owner of a new RC30 Recumbent Bike, you get a full lifetime warranty on the bike frame, a 20-year warranty on the ECB magnetic braking system, and a one-year warranty on mechanical parts, electronic components, and labor. The excellent frame and brake warranties indicate just how much confidence Horizon Fitness has in the quality of the RC30’s construction. The parts and labor warranty also compares favorably with many other popular recumbent bikes. While there are exercise bikes out there with better overall warranty terms, including the Diamondback Fitness 510Sr Recumbent Bike, for example, most come with higher price tags than the Horizon Fitness RC30.
Helpful shipping options
Horizon Fitness also stands out for offering a range of shipping options to ensure you have the help you need to get your RC30 Recumbent Bike assembled and ready to use. While assembly is not terribly difficult, generally requiring no more than a couple hours for non-experts, the bike does weigh 125 pounds in total, which gives many buyers some trouble. If you’re confident that you can complete the assembly job, the Horizon Fitness Bronze shipping option gets your boxes to your front door or garage for no additional charge beyond the price of the bike. If you need some help getting your boxes to an upstairs room or to the basement, for example, the Horizon Fitness Silver shipping option provides the help you need for $100. The Horizon Fitness Gold shipping option adds unpacking and debris removal services for an additional $50, leaving you to do the final assembly. To get your RC30 fully assembled and placed where you want it, the Horizon Fitness Platinum shipping option costs $225. Although these additional shipping options aren’t cheap, few other exercise bike manufacturers offer such services at all and it’s great to have the option if you do want it.
On-screen workout stats
The RC30 Recumbent Bike tracks several workout statistics in real time, including distance, current speed, calories burned, elapsed time, and heart rate. Although the RC30 doesn’t store workout stats for later retrieval, you can easily mark them down in a logbook before you shut down the console. In order to track your heart rate, you have to grip a pair of contact sensors built into the lower handlebars positioned at the side of your body. If you release the handlebars, tracking stops. Note that the front handlebars don’t have contact sensors.
Simple controls for resistance levels and workout routines
The RC30 panel is easy to learn, with large, clearly labeled buttons. Manually select from one of eight resistance levels at any time to increase or decrease the difficulty of your workout. Alternatively, select one of five preprogrammed workout routines designed to handle the resistance changes automatically. Workout routines include an intervals program, a high-tempo program, rolling hills, a weight loss program, and a random option. There are also two customizable routines that enable you to design your own personalized workout to return to with the push of a button.
No workout tracking software
Unlike some comparable exercise bikes, the Horizon Fitness RC30 Recumbent Bike has no day-to-day tracking capabilities at all, meaning you’re going to need a pencil and a notebook to track your workout performance over time. In comparison, the Schwinn® 250 Recumbent Bike, for example, includes special workout journal software designed to track workout statistics for two separate users. This is a pretty useful and convenient capability and it would be nice to see it in the RC30, especially when you consider that the RC30 has the same suggested retail price as the Schwinn® 250. That said, at this price point, you’d be hard-pressed to find a recumbent bike with both the technological capabilities of the Schwinn model and the warranty that comes with this Horizon Fitness model.
Not compatible with wireless heart rate monitors
In order to accurately track your heart rate on the RC30’s display, you must keep your hands over the contact sensors on the machine’s lower handlebars. While the position is perfectly comfortable for most riders, you won’t be able to do anything with your hands without breaking contact with the sensors. Many other exercise machines come equipped with a wireless receiver to read heart-rate data from third-party sensors, often designed to be worn around the chest. This is a great solution to the contact sensor problem, but one that the RC30 doesn’t utilize.
- Price: $429.99
- Brakes: 20 years
- Electronics: 1 year
- Frame: Lifetime
- Labor: 1 year
- Parts: 1 year
- Assembled Dimensions: 66"L x 26"W x 52"H
- Assembled Weight: 106 lbs
- Type: Recumbent
- User Weight Capacity: 275 lbs
- Drive System: Belt
- Levels of Resistance: 8
- Number of Workout Programs: 8
- Resistance System: Magnetic