Stamina 15-0200 InTone Folding Recumbent Bike Review

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A very low-cost semi-recumbent bike, this model suits average-size people who don't expect to do any hard riding. Its small footprint and folding design have strong appeal, but issues with build quality give us pause.

Although the official name asserts the Stamina 15-0200 InTone (starting at $153, Amazon) to be a recumbent exercise bike, it's more a semi-recline bike; that is, a cross between an upright and a recumbent. Stamina 15-0200 InTone reviews on Amazon and Walmart average a four-star rating, but there are a fair number of negative reviews posted on each site that raise significant issues. What users like about this low-cost exercise bike is its compact size and folding design, ease of assembly, and quiet operation. What they don't like, according to reviews, is the build quality. Some users report that the exercise bike wobbles and shakes, parts don't fit together snugly, springs come loose, and tension in the resistance doesn't hold. A review on Dick's Sporting Goods says the console failed and replacement parts were no help. Others report a burning rubber smell and pedals that fell off. Even positive reviews generally say this model won't provide a heavy-duty workout but is a boon to beginning exercisers who don't intend to use it daily at maximum speed and resistance.

The design mashup of the Stamina 15-0200 InTone, with its seat higher than the wheel like an upright and a backrest for comfort and support like a recumbent, works well for some users. Although the height of the seat is adjustable, some short riders along with those who are quite tall report the range is inadequate for their heights. The electronics on this model are strictly no-frills; the small LCD readout includes elapsed time, speed, distance, and calories burned, but many Stamina 15-0200 InTone reviews insist these metrics are guess work at best, and possibly just flat wrong. The pedals are non-slip (no strap or toe cap to keep your feet in place) and resistance is controlled by a knob. The maximum capacity weight is 250 pounds. The Stamina 15-0200 InTone comes with a three-year warranty on the frame and 90 days for parts.

The low price on the Stamina 15-0200 InTone is attractive enough, but too many durability issues surface in reviews to suggest caution when making a buying decision.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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