3G Cardio Elite RB Recumbent Bike Review
Featuring a unique, yet sturdy, construction, the 3G Cardio Elite RB Recumbent Bike is a promising commercial recumbent bike. Although it doesn’t have online connectivity, it offers a lot of workout programs to motivate the user.
Unlike other similar bikes, the 3G Cardio Elite RB has its flywheel at its backside, under the seat. Its jack for the power cord is also at the rear. This light recumbent bike with an interesting design has plenty of features users would like to know.
Updated: November 19, 2020.
3G Cardio Elite RB Specifications
- Dimensions when assembled: 49 x 27 x 43 inches (124 x 69 x 109 cm) (L x W x H)
- Weight when assembled: 115 lbs. (52 kg)
- Resistance: 16 levels, motorized magnetic
- Console: 16 programs (along with manual mode), 4 user profiles
- Maximum user weight: 350 lbs. (159 kg)
- Residential Warranty: lifetime on frame, 7 years on parts, 1 year on labor
- Light Commercial Warranty: 5 years on frame, 2 years on parts, 1 year on labor
Features of 3G Cardio Elite RB
Users will have to assemble the main base tubes, console, console mast, front handlebars, seat, backrest and handlebars, and the pedals. All instructions in the manual are clear and the assembly shouldn’t take more than an hour. All required tools have also been included in the package.
The frame of the 3G Cardio Elite RB has been constructed around a sturdy steel frame so that it can support users up to 350 lbs. Plus, there is a durable, corrosion-resistant powder coating on all its steel parts. The upper parts are light gray in color while the base part is dark gray. However, there are many PVC covers on the bike of which the front ones which cover the pulley are light gray and the ones on the backside covering the flywheel are black.
As compared to other similar bikes, the 3G Cardio Elite RB has a smaller footprint. When fully assembled, it’s just 49” long and 27” wide. In short, it doesn’t occupy too much space.
Although the 3G Cardio Elite RB is not foldable, it’s portable, thanks to the rollers at the front base and a large handle on the backside. So, if users wish to store the bike to another location after exercising, it’s easily possible.
When placing 3G Cardio Elite RB (or any other similar recumbent bike) on the permanent position, or on the sensitive floor, the use of high-quality home rubber mat is highly recommended - such mat protects the floor, but also decrease the noise (although this is a rather quiet exercise machine) during the workouts.
The 3G Cardio Elite RB weighs around 115 lbs. which is not extremely heavy. But it provides adequate stability during the workout. Thus, even if the user performs very rigorous exercise on it, there is no risk of sliding, tipping or rocking of the bike. To add to the stability, there are rotating polygonal caps on the rear base bar which can work as stabilizers.
Easy Entry and Exit
The entry and exit to the bike is very easy, thanks to its low-height step-thru center frame.
3G Cardio Elite Console
The large LCD display on the 3G Cardio Elite RB is LED-backlit and has large digits that are easily readable. The display shows metrics like distance, time, speed, watts, RPM, pulse and calories burned all of which are displayed at the same time, eliminating the need to use the SCAN function.
Users can easily operate the console. By turning the knob, they can adjust resistance and give values to their goals, while by using the Start/Stop button, they can pause and restart their exercise without having to disturb the program. This is especially useful if users alternate bike exercises with other types of exercises. With the Reset key, all values on the console can be cleared.
The user data input settings include age, gender, weight and height. Hence the readings of calories burned and the energy output of this machine are much more accurate than other machines. Since both imperial and metric units are available, users can use anyone with which they are comfortable.
Although the 3G Cardio Elite RB is not internet-enabled, it has 16 built-in workout programs (12 preset programs, 3 heart-rate programs and 1 watt program), along with a manual mode which enables users to change the resistance as per the requirement. The preset programs include the ones focusing on peak performance, weight loss, interval etc. along with 3 heart rate programs and 1-watt program.
Goal Settings, User Profiles and Recovery Function
In addition, there are goal settings, 4 user profiles and a recovery function provided by the machine. With the goal-setting function, users can select a countdown target for distance, time, pulse and calories, and can exercise till they achieve the selected target.
Under the multiple user profiles, up to 4 users can set their own personal data and custom programs and use them.
Under the recovery function, heart rate of the user is measured at the end of each exercise and a recovery status is provided between F1 (best) and F6 (worst) from which users can get an idea of their fitness level.
Heart Rate Monitoring
With the help of the EKG sensors fitted in the seat handlebars, users can monitor their heart rate. But the machine is also wireless telemetry-enabled, i.e. pulse can even be read via a wireless HR chest strap transmitter. The chest strap is included.
Seat and Backrest
The seat of the 3G Cardio Elite RB is extremely comfortable being around 16” wide and having a thick padding and contoured surface. It can be adjusted to accommodate a wide range of users.
Firstly, users can position it securely near or far from the pedals in 25 different positions as required, by sliding it on a slanting bar and in 5 different tilt positions.
The to and fro movements can be adjusted by a lever under the seat, whereas the tilt angle can be adjusted with the lever located on the right side. The adjustment can be done in a wide range, thus users of height between 5’ and 6’4” can be accommodated by the bike.
The backrest is extremely breathable, flexible, durable and adjustable with an Infinite Airflow Mesh Flex built.
Out of the two sets of handlebars on the 3G Cardio Elite RB, one is on the seat assembly and the other is on the console mast. The ones on the seat assembly have metallic EKG pulse sensors as well as resistance controls integrated in them.
Their angle changes whenever the angle of the seat is changed. On the other hand, the other set of handlebars doesn’t change its angle and have nothing integrated in them. Both types of handlebars are easy to hold because of the rubberized grips.
The construction of the 3G Cardio Elite RB is unique in that unlike most other bikes its magnetic brake and flywheel are located under the seat, i.e. on the backside, while the pulley with the pedals and crankset are positioned in the front.
The pulley and flywheel are connected with a long transmission belt due to which the operation is virtually quiet. Also there is no need to lubricate the belt.
Since the flywheel is perimeter weighted, it provides an extremely consistent momentum as well as a smooth pedaling motion.
The Q-factor (space between the pedals) of the bike is narrow due to which users won’t feel any lateral stress on ankles and knees while pedaling.
The pedals are equipped with a metallic core and a strong nylon coating while the crank arms are made of sturdy steel and have been given a chrome finish. Pedals have adjustable straps and are self-leveling which means that there is a small weight at their bottom due to which they always remain face-up when not in use.
Resistance system of the 3G Cardio Elite RB is motorized and magnetic equipped with a small servo motor and a magnetic brake. There are 16 levels of resistance. The controls for the resistance are placed in the console and the seat handlebars.
Users can turn the knob on the console or use the +/- controls on the handlebars to adjust the resistance. But the bike needs to have an electric connection if users want to adjust the resistance. The voltage requirements are 100V – 240V – 50/60Hz. The package includes a power cord with its port located at the bottom just above the base stabilizer.
For warming up and recovery training, a light resistance is provided by the first 3 levels, while for more intense cardio training, the last 15th and 16th settings which mimic a steep climb provide adequate resistance.
The resistance can even be adjusted automatically with the help of some onboard programs.
The 3G Cardio Elite RB comes with a tablet tray which is located under the console. Another small compartment has also been provided under the keypad of the console where users can place their small accessories, water bottle etc.
The 3G Cardio Elite RB virtually doesn’t need any maintenance. Users just have to keep it clean and regularly check screws and bolts if they are loose and tighten them if required.
Pros of 3G Cardio Elite RB
- Strong and durable construction
- Unique design
- Easy entry and exit
- Good stability
- Portable with transport wheels and transport handle
- Comfortable, cushioned, adjustable seat
- Breathable, durable, adjustable and flexible backrest
- Seat assembly with 5 tilt positions and 25 back and forth positions
- Motorized magnetic resistance system with 16 levels
- Smooth and quiet operation
- Consistent momentum of flywheel
- Self-leveling pedals with adjustable straps
- Large LCD display with backlight and easily readable digits
- 4 user profiles
- 12 preset programs, 3 heart rate programs, 1 manual program and 1 watts program
- HR chest strap included
- Telemetric console (can read heart rate via a HR chest strap)
- Tablet holder
- Accessory holder
- Almost no maintenance
- Excellent warranty
- Excellent customer service
Cons of 3G Cardio Elite RB
- No cooling fan
- No sound system
- No internet connectivity
With its strong and durable construction, ability to support users up to 350 lbs., 16 resistance levels and 16 preset workouts, comfortable seat and backrest with 25 back-and-forth positions and 5 tilt positions, the 3G Cardio Elite RB is an excellent light commercial recumbent bike for light, medium and even intense workout.
For those who are looking for weight loss, stamina building, interval training and intense cardio sessions, this is a great bike with silent operation and no big footprint, thus ideal for home use.
Though it’s rather costly and has no online connectivity, with its excellent warranty and thus, guaranteed durability, the 3G Cardio Elite RB offers the best value for money.
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