Elliptical Cross Trainer - Stamina Conversion II
An inexpensive, quality elliptical cross trainer with very basic,
features (back and forward motion, and a smooth experience.
Hammacher Schlemmer sells this same machine under their name –
which means it should be pretty good quality, as are their other
Cost - Under $USD300
Quality - very good quality for the price
Ride Performance - smaller stride best suited
to those under 5'8"
Compact size – great for small exercise
spaces & apartments
Computer Programs - limited
Customisation - no customisation apart from handle
Assembly – a few assembly issues - see user
Cost - Around the $USD
Size - May be too small for a tall person
Motion - Has more of a forward and back motion,
rather than elliptical stride.
- Sold as a combination stepper and elliptical strider, but users
report there is very little step component, so prefer to leave
in the basic elliptical strider mode.
- No moving handles
- Adjustable handle bars
- Assembly - all the necessary tools are included in the box.
[Phillips screwdriver/mini-wrench, an allen wrench and a special
wrench for installing the pedals to the crankshaft].
Limits Of Use
Not ideal for a taller person - the stride is
not as long as some models and that the handlebars could be too
low for a taller person.
Weight - at only 85lbs so may bounce more if used
by anyone over 250lb
" I tried both modes, elliptical and stepper-the switch is
as simple as turning a knob and moving the footrest".
"I found the stride a little low for me [5’10”]
- there wasn’t much vertical component. Better suited to those
under 5’6” who have a shorter natural stride".
Manufacture – reviewer reported a slight
defect on the main upright where the handlebar bracket was welded
on slightly off center. A call to the manufacturer proved an efficient
customer response team with a replacement part despatched immediately.
Tension Control Assembly –I found installing
the tension control device a little tricky. You have to pull on
the cable and snap it in place and then push a rectangular plastic
piece into the round upright bar.
Handle Bars Assembly – Use cornstarch baby
power to help get the foam on the handlebar. It may be a little
messy, but it work
Pedal Assembly - being very careful about how
you put the pedals on (instructions aren't very good)
NB: Any elliptical trainer issue represented here is only that
experienced by an individual users and as such does not necessarily
indicate poor quality on all units. They are included here purely
as a guide as to likely problems with tips on how to remedy.
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