The Kettler RX7 Recumbent Exercise Bike for Heart Pumping Workouts

The comfortable Kettler RX7 recumbent exercise bike can be used by senior citizens, people in injury rehab or dealing with weight issues, or by anyone who for whatever reason cannot use a treadmill, elliptical trainer, or other cardio machines.

The Bike

The console on the Kettler RX7 recumbent exercise bike has a Siemens electronic VGA and LCD combined display showing high resolution digital and graphical data feedback for speed, RPM, time, distance, watts, energy consumption, and heart rate.

 Kettler RX7 Recumbent Exercise Bike

The bike features:

  • 22-lb Flywheel
  • Electromagnetic Brake System
  • 48 Preset workouts
  • Polar wireless heart rate monitor
  • & infrared earlobe clip sensor
  • USB port for Kettler software
  • Q-factor pedal spacing of 8"
  • Transport wheels, floor levelers
  • Uses AC power source (110-120V)
  • User max capacity: 330 lbs
  • Dimensions/Weight: 59"L x 24"W x 41"H / 155 lbs
  • Warranty: lifetime frame, 3 years parts and electronics

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The Buzz

The Kettler RX7 recumbent exercise bike features the patented eSYS system that includes two sets of handlebars, a thick padded seat and contoured seat back, a sliding mechanism to adjust the seat to any size user, and weighted pedals with foot straps.

Along with a 22-lb flywheel, the RX7 has a high carbon steel frame, a Poly V drive belt for ultra quiet performance, and a narrow Q-factor of 8" for pedal spacing.

Kettler’s unique Induktions Braking System offers an extensive range of variable, frictionless electromagnetic resistance ranging from a beginner’s level of 25 watts to a high of 400 watts in 5-watt increments for 75 different levels.

Even if you are in the best of shape, the highest settings will provide a real heart pumping challenge.

The advanced programmable computer has 48 workouts including 5 Heart Rate Control programs, fat burning, and fitness zones. Another feature on the easy-to-read backlit display is a graphic dot matrix that shows program hill profiles.

The console has a USB port for interfacing with your PC to access the WORLD TOURS 1.0 software from Kettler.

Our Take

Much of the same mechanical technology used in the Kettler RX7 recumbent bike is also found in cheaper Kettler upright models costing half that of the RX7 exercise bike.

By this, we mean the drive belt, sealed bearings, Induktions brake system, Polar HR monitor, LCD display, and so on. That leaves the pre-set workouts, USB interface, AC power, and VGA graphics card adding substantially to the price of this model, which sells online for $1,999 to $2,199.

If you find these items to be more than you need or will ever use, then the Kettler RX7 recumbent exercise bike is likely to be too rich for your needs. For the same or less money, get a self-powered Lifecycle R3 from Life Fitness.

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