The Elite R7 is the upper level recumbent bike from Horizon Fitness, one of the leaders in the industry. With magnetic resistance and a heavy flywheel, you can pedal smoothly and comfortably while enjoying the many built in features.
The R7 features an 8.5" LCD display showing your time, distance, calories burned, heart rate, watts and resistance level.
Let's take a look at the specs...
The Horizon Elite R7 is a big step up from the base Comfort R model, with a heavier flywheel, larger display, more workouts and more resistance levels, as well as ViaFit and Passport capability.
The step through frame allows for easy access, and the feel of the pedals is very smooth and natural. You can adjust the seat to find the right fit.
You have a nice sized console with built-in speakers, a reading rack, a bottle holder and a fan.
The R7 offers a generous 25 different workout programs, including performance, distance, calories, manual and custom. You have both contact grips and wireless heart rate monitoring capability. (A Polar wireless chest strap is included)
Something you won't find on the base recumbent and upright models is ViaFit, which allows you to track your workouts by syncing them with your favorite fitness apps such myfitnesspal, FitBit, RunKeeper and others. This is similar to iFit, SchwinnConnect and other new programs that offer interactivity.
You also get Passport which connects to your TV and shows high definition videos of two locations: the American Southwest and Northern Italy, while the machine adjusts itself to match the terrain.
Both ViaFit and Passport can be found on the upright version, the Elite U7, as well.
Expert reviews have been very positive on the Elite R7, as it is well-designed and gives you a lot of features and capabilities at a very affordable price.
The Elite R7 is a great recumbent bike, offering a lot of value at just over $1000 when it is on sale. It has a nice amount of programs and resistance levels, a lot of adjustability, wireless heart rate monitor plus VaFit and Passport technology.
If you want to spend a little less, take a look at the Comfort R model as well. It's about $300 less, but it lacks many of the good features of the R7.
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