The Marcy Upright Mag Cycle – Decent Budget Model with Small Footprint

The compact and lightweight Marcy Upright Mag Cycle is a good fit for tight spaces and small budgets.

The Bike

The large console display features time, distance, speed, and calories burned. The trip meter can be selected to scan the various feedbacks or can be set to just one readout, such as time elapsed. The display shuts down by after four minutes once you stop pedaling.

Marcy Upright Mag Cycle

The Upright Mag Cycle features:

  • 8 Levels of Resistance
  • Magnetic Resistance
  • Weighted pedals w/straps
  • Adjustable seat height
  • Max User Weight: 300 lbs
  • Dimensions/Weight: 31.5"L x 18"W x 49"H / 43 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 yrs limited on parts

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The Buzz

The Marcy Upright Mag Cycle uses a magnetic resistance system that offers eight pre-set levels of resistance or tension. Among the bike’s other highlights are foam padded grips, transport wheels, counterbalanced pedals with adjustable foot straps, and an easy seat height adjustment. The frame is made of 2" x 2" 14-gauge steel tubing and the bike comes with a 2-year limited warranty on parts.

According to customer reviews, the Marcy Upright Mag bike is easy to assemble and gets generally good remarks – about three positive reviews to every negative one. The only drawback is that even users who love the bike admit that the seat is uncomfortable, and several users mention that they think the position of the handlebars is too far forward. (The handlebar problem is easily remedied if you switch them around to a more upright position.) Surprisingly, the tension has been good on this little cycle so most people are reporting that they enjoy their workout.

Our Take

Despite the hard seat, the Marcy Upright Mag Cycle is a decent model for $119. As long as you don’t expect high quality, and are willing to buy a gel pad seat cover (or use a pillow), you should do all right with this model. The small footprint is ideal for putting it in a handy place in an apartment or in a corner in a bedroom, and there aren’t any major drawbacks as long as it is intended for moderate use. If your budget can allow you to shop for a better bike with more features, you should consider the Schwinn A10 upright bike that sells for less than $200.

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