Stamina® Magnetic Recumbent 1350 Exercise Bike Review
The Stamina® Magnetic Recumbent 1350 Exercise Bike is a solid entry-level bike at a terrific price. Although you won't get any of the advanced features found in the top recumbent bikes, you do get everything you need to cycle your way to an improved fitness level.
Low retail price
The Stamina® Magnetic Recumbent 1350 Exercise Bike is a solid entry-level exercise machine with one of the lowest price tags around. It features a battery-powered digital display that shows your workout time, current speed, total distance traveled, and calories burned. It also has a simple tension knob system used to change the pedal resistance manually. The Stamina® Magnetic Recumbent 1350 bike is missing many of the bells and whistles you get with a full-featured recumbent bike like the Schwinn® 250 unit, which provides programmable workout routines and on-board workout journal software. However, to get these kinds of features, you may end up paying two, three, or even five times the price of this Stamina® model.
Lightweight yet sturdy
The Stamina® Magnetic Recumbent 1350 Exercise Bike is only 58 pounds fully assembled, which is pretty lightweight when compared to full-featured recumbent bikes like the Diamondback Fitness 510Sr unit, which weighs in close to the 125-pound mark. Although lightweight, the Stamina® Magnetic Recumbent 1350 still has a seating weight capacity of 250 pounds, only 25 to 50 pounds lower than most full-featured units on the market. With dual floor stabilizers and side-mounted handrails, this bike is also sturdy on the floor even when you’re working the pedals at high speed.
Two-piece design makes for easy storage
Another benefit of the Stamina® Magnetic Recumbent 1350’s lightweight design is that it can be quickly separated into two pieces for more convenient storage in a large utility closet or the corner of a room, for instance. To separate the assembled frame into a rear and a front unit, simply remove the locking knob at the center connection point and slide the units apart. Note that most of the bike’s weight is located in the front unit with the pedal apparatus. To be safe and to avoid injury, get someone to help you move this piece.
No automatic workout routines
Preprogrammed workout routines are a popular feature for many recumbent bikers. These programs are designed to automatically change the pedal resistance level to mimic different kinds of cycling workouts. While it’s not difficult to achieve the same effect with the Stamina® Magnetic Recumbent 1350 Exercise Bike, you have to pay attention to a timing schedule and turn the tension knob manually for each resistance change. Some users avoid this extra work by simply setting a tension level and riding at one pace throughout their workout. If you’re looking for a convenient solution that provides a good source of variety in your workout routine, you may want to look into a recumbent bike model that offers programmable workouts, such as the Schwinn® 250 or the Diamondback Fitness 510Sr.
Comparatively lackluster warranty
Although it’s hard to complain too much given the price point, the Stamina® Magnetic Recumbent 1350 falls behind many other bikes on the market when it comes to warranty coverage. As a new owner of this Stamina® model, you get a solid three-year warranty on the bike frame but only three months of coverage on mechanical parts. No labor warranty is included at all. While the warranty is on the thin side, you’d be hard-pressed to identify many other recumbent bikes at the same price level with a better warranty on offer.
- Price: $250
- Brakes: None
- Electronics: None
- Frame: 3 years
- Labor: None
- Parts: 90 days
- Assembled Dimensions: 50"L x 24"W x 33.5"H
- Assembled Weight: 58 lbs
- Type: Recumbent
- User Weight Capacity: 250 lbs
- Drive System: Belt
- Levels of Resistance: Infinite
- Number of Workout Programs: None
- Resistance System: Magnetic