The Life Fitness R1 Recumbent Lifecycle is a Winner

The R1 Lifecycle is very similar to the C1 upright version, with most of the same features and capabilities.  Together they represent the entry-level (if you can call it that) lineup of Life Fitness' famous exercise bikes.

The Bike

The R1 is solidly made and ergonomically designed, with a silver base and frame with black coverings and seat.  You get a choice of two different console options.

Let's take a look at the important specs...

Life Fitness R1 Recumbent LifeCycle
  • 20 levels of Resistance
  • Self-balancing pedals
  • Hand sensor/wireless heart rate
  • Side mounted handlebars
  • Deluxe front assist handlebars
  • 14 built-in workouts
  • Two console options
  • Max User capacity: 300 lbs
  • Dimensions/Weight: 57"L x 26"W x 54"H / 130 lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame, 3 yrs parts, 1-yr labor

Check out the R1 Lifecycle on Sale at the Life Fitness Store!

The Buzz

Life Fitness R1 Track + Console

The Life Fitness R1 Lifecycle gets very positive reviews, mainly for its solid construction and commercial level design.  The company takes everything users love about their health club equipment and brings in to their residential models, so you are essentially getting the same exact workout you'd get in the gym.

As we mentioned, the R1 is quite similar to the C1 upright Lifecycle, with 20 levels of resistance, grip and wireless heart rate monitoring, a 300 lb. max weight capacity and most appealing of all, two different console options.

The basic Go Console is a black square interface with a blue LCD screen, offering 14 built in workouts, 2 custom workouts and 2 user profiles.  You can view workout metrics such as time, distance, speed, resistance level and heart rate.

The advanced Track + Console features rounded edges, and can connect with your smart phone or tablet for workout tracking and app compatibility.  You get 14 workouts here as well, but the Track + console gives you 12 custom workouts and 4 user profiles.

The R1 and C1 are the most affordable of the Lifecycles, starting at around $1,399 on sale.  The Track + console will add about $400 to the price. Compare that to the top of the line Platinum Club Series recumbent at $4,500+ and you can see how this one is a pretty good value.

The R1 recumbent offers a very smooth ride, seamlessly transitioning from one resistance level to another.  The 14 built in workouts offer plenty of variety, so you can definitely get a good workout that will help you achieve you results.

Our Take on the R1 Recumbent

The Life Fitness R1 recumbent is a great choice for those looking for a gym quality machine that will last for many years and provide a solid workout time after time.

Yes, the Life Fitness bikes are very expensive, and you don't need to spend that kind of money on an exercise bike...but you do get what you pay for.  The company pretty much invented the home exercise bike, and it shows in the design and construction.

Also take a look at the RS1 which has a step-through design and a better parts warranty, but cost a few hundred more.

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