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Livestrong LS6.0R Recumbent Exercise Bike

Bike NameNumber of programsResistanceMaximum user weightWarranty
Livestrong LS6.0R

Livestrong LS6.0R

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1120 levels300 lbs-10 years frame
-1 year parts and labor

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The Livestrong LS6.0R Recumbent Exercise Bike is a higher-end fitness bike that certainly reflects the technological innovations in equipment design for which the Livestong brand is well known. This recumbent bike comes with a whole host of nifty features that appeal to a broad range of users – from the tech-savvy to the philanthropic. To say that I was very impressed with all that the manufacturers managed to pack into this model – while still keeping it affordable – would be a huge understatement. That being said, we’ll spend the rest of this article looking at all the different aspects of this model to see if it measures up to expectations.

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Product Features and Specifications

  • Product Weight: 121 lbs
  • Product Dimensions: 26 “ x 46 “ x 64 “
  • Display: Backlit LCD + 2 LED windows
  • Resistance Type: Magnetic
  • Resistance Levels: 20
  • Maximum User Weight: 300 lbs

The Livestrong LS6.0R excels when it comes to the features included. For starters, the recumbent seat design that gives it some of its name ensures that users maintain a stable and comfortable body position (without having to consciously think about doing so) and, in this way, minimizes risk of injury and all but eliminates aches and pains associated with poor body position on traditional exercise bikes. The mesh-like material used for the back of the seat (and the strong lumbar support overall) does a good job of keeping the stress placed on sensitive areas to a minimum. This makes for a smooth comfortable ride that lets users focus on the work out.

This recumbent bike also has entertainment features for those of us that like working out to music. Music has a way of providing an energy boost that can improve workout effectiveness and make the whole experience more fulfilling and less tedious – especially if genres like hip-hop with up-tempo rhythms are used. Regardless of genre, however, good music seems to put even the most reluctant fitness enthusiast in the right frame of mind to work out and this model makes this easily accessible with its built-in speakers. These speakers are attached to the frame and users can plug their iPod (or any similar media playing device) into the port and enjoy their favorite tunes while they exercise. This feature, in particular, has the potential to keep less dedicated users coming back by adding a fun element to the workouts.

With up to 20 levels of resistance included, this model will beginner users to start on the low resistance settings, and gradually move up as they gain strength. At the same time, the higher levels will most certainly provide enough challenge even to the most advanced users, and will keep the exercise sessions varied and entertaining.

At the same time, its magnetic resistance makes the LS6.0R quieter than most other exercise bikes around. The reduced friction provided by this feature also makes for a smoother and more comfortable ride that allows users to build momentum for longer rides. The added quietness is also very useful when combined with the music-playing feature mentioned earlier (nothing would kill the fun of the built-in speakers faster than the music being drowned out by pedalling) and it also helps users that like to watch TV or talk to someone while exercising.

Additionally, this recumbent bike comes with 11 built-in workout programs to give users the option of just getting on the bike and start pedalling without having to worry about constantly changing the resistance settings, and still get great results, as the workouts programs were designed by professional trainers.

Like most exercise bikes, the LS6.0R comes with an LCD screen that displays fitness data including calories burned, time, speed and heart rate, thus allowing users to accurately keep track of whatever goals they’re targeting.

Finally, the recumbent bike also conserves power by switching to a kind of “sleep mode” when not in use – drastically reducing its effect on electricity bills as compared to similar machines. With today’s ever-increasing energy costs, this is a nice bonus – though not directly involved in improving workout quality.

Ease of Use and Comfortlivestrong ls6.0r recumbent

From a physical standpoint, this recumbent bike is pretty easy to use. Aside from its comfort features like the recumbent seat design and strong back support, it also features a convenient “step-thru” entry method that makes mounting the bike very easy. Instead of climbing awkwardly onto the frame as required with many gym exercise bikes, users can simply walk through a space provided in the frame and sit back onto the seat – mounting the bike with minimum effort.

From a technical standpoint, its features are easily accessible to even the least tech-savvy of users. The LCD screen interface is simple enough to make the workout monitoring features accessible to anyone and the music playing feature is as easy as plugging your iPod into the right port on the machine and turning the volume up. Nothing too difficult!

The recumbent seat and overall ergonomic design make this product quite comfortable for most users and especially useful for people that have aches or discomfort on regular exercise bikes. Indeed, such users should especially appreciate the relaxed semi-horizontal body position that comes with the LS6.0R and the way it maximizes comfort and minimizes risk of injury.

Assembly

The general consensus among users is that assembling the Livestrong LS6.0R is easy. It’s worth noting that some of those users already have a familiarity with assembling gym equipment but the instructions that come with the bike are quite clear and all the necessary tools/parts are provided (of course). The unpacking and set-up process shouldn’t take most people more than one hour and more technically capable folks might find themselves finished in as little as fifteen to twenty minutes.

Drawbacks

The only significant drawback to this model would be its price. It’s not prohibitively expensive but – as a high end bike – it can be quite a bit pricier than many more-economical models. For those that can afford it, however, the features it packs are definitely something to consider.

Overall

The Livestrong LS6.0R Recumbent Exercise Bike is a great exercise bike with lots of nice features to make workouts more fun and enjoyable. It’s a bit on the expensive side (but not too much so) and it’s definitely worth the investment if you can afford to spend a little more on a higher-end bike. As a bonus, part proceeds of all sales go to the LiveStrong charity foundation – adding a nice little philanthropic bonus to the deal.

However, if you’re looking for a recumbent bike that includes many features but for a lower price than the LS6.0R, we recommend that you check mid-range bikes such as the Nautilus R614 and Horizon Fitness RC-30, which are also nice models though not so pricey. On the other side, for the same price you could also get your hands on the total body recumbent bike Stamina Elite.