Elliptical Cross Trainer - SportsArt Home and Light Institutional
SportsArt line are relatively to the market challenging Precor
and Life Fitness in quality, at a lower price. Orders are shipped
from SportsArt via freight.
For around $2600 you can expect to find this product better than
many $5000 models used at health clubs, and offers more diverse
features that other models on the market.
Highly recommended in the $2000 and under category. Keys: A quality,
adjustable stride, smooth and stable. Only Precor and Life Fitness
better the SportsArt but at higher cost.
Quality - feels quality in the ride, in spite
of some bouncy feel at high intensity.
Ride Performance - Solid, smooth, and versatile.
Computer Display - superior screen (colored, bright
LED) is worth the additional 10% premium as it is so easy to read
in all conditions as compared to the LCD of the 805P.
See console below.
Cost - Around the $USD 2,600 it is still pricey
but the value it offers is more than other units over $4,000.
Stride - Jerking on low levels
Programs - Limited programs
- Weight - 175lb weight. Warning: the box is
large and heavy. You will need two people to move it around, or
one if you can drag it into location to assemble, then it can
be moved using the two wheels on the frame.
- Assembly - is pretty easy as the majority of
the unit is already setup. Takes 1-2 hours, with some dealers
including setup in the cost of purchase (I saved a quite a bit
though without the dealer setup).
- Quality - The unit is solid and hefty. Solid
heavy gauge steel is used and the 807 can be described as "light
industrial" duty. All parts seem befitting of a $2k machine
(unlike my bowflex).
- Performance - The 807 model is identical to
the 805 with exception of an improved display screenand heart
rate chest strap.
Console - the console displays
on all SportArt elliptical trainers are amongst the best in the
- Programs - manual mode, 3 preset programs,
a custom program or a heart-rate responsive program.
- Heart rate monitoring - the chest strap heart
monitor is a KEY feature . The 805/7 also both have heart rate
measuring grips but like most other units with this feature, they
are not that reliable.
- Stride length adjustment - is motorized up
to a 26" stride which is adjustable on the fly via a switch
on the handlebars.
- Mobility - Frame wheels for moving.
- Warranty - 2 year parts, 1 year labor (non-commercial
- Customer Support - SportsArt has a toll-free
line with staff proving very responsive.
Limits Of Use
Weight of User - Max 300lb
Some may say that is too few preset programs but it does everything
I want from it.
The hand grip heart monitor does not work as well as the chest
strap--it often does not produce an accurate heart rate unless your
hands are sweaty.
The resistance levels of the 807 is sufficient for all but the
hardcore athlete. At high resistances, instead of jogging, it feels
more like stepping.
I really like the adjustable stride length, I am 6'4" and
having a longer stride makes the elliptical much more comfortable.
I noticed that on lower levels the stride isn't as smooth as higher
levels there is a little jerking.
After a years intensive use, the unit has held up both in performance
The unit is very solid with only very minimal sway that is noted
only with higher load settings. Much of that has to do with the
relatively soft rubber pads on the front of the unit--the rear has
beefier rubber pads and does not move. I am very satisfied with
the stability although I am a 6', 185# man and not the 300# maximum
weight allowable user.
No major problems to report after using the SportsArt for a little
over a year.
Maintenance - calls for lubing the grease fittings.
Vibrating Noise - Unit started developing a vibration
noise after a short time. I isolated it to the plastic cover on
the back of the display. I removed the cover and placed a few small
adhesive-backed felt pads and the noise went away.
Slide durability - The white plastic rollers produce
some residue, left on the floor. This is understandable as a "wear"
part and I should note that even with the residue; the rollers don't
seem to show much wear.
Slide durability - after 12 months the silicon/plastic
slides the tracks move on are soft, so expect to see shreds of white
plastic (and then brown as it wears through) on the floor below
NB: Known issues of elliptical trainers are only those experienced
by individual users are are not necessarily and indication of poor
quality on all units. They are included here purely as a guide as
to likely problems with tips on how to remedy.
More SportsArt Models
SportsArt also manufacture two commercial elliptical trainers -
the E82 and the
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