This is a good alternative to the popular Exerpeutic ME-709 and Marcy NS-716R that do not have the heart rate monitoring function. Although, it may not be accommodating up to 6’ tall individuals as those could, especially the ME-709.
Therefore, if you are between 4’10’’ to 5’7 tall, the Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike with Pulse Sensors NS-908R will just be fine for you, otherwise, the ME-709 or the SN-716R still remains the best because they have longer adjustable frame length.
Just to be clear, users up to 6’ may use it but it could be small for them thus impeding their ability to exercise with full let extension.
That said, the Marcy NS-908R has a very sturdy and durable frame that supports up to 300 pounds/136 kg maximum user weight capacity. It is integrated with a belt drive and magnetic resistance systems that make riding and working out on it smooth and quiet.
It’s lightweight and transportable (even though it doesn’t have the conventional transport wheels) for easy storage. It is a manual machine that doesn’t need to be plugged into a power source in order to be functional. The console is what requires 2 AAA batteries for the monitor.
The Frame and Construction
The bike has a solid and anti-corrosive painted steel that can’t be affected by rusts or indiscriminate scratches. It is not very large or foldable; as a matter of fact, it’s slightly smaller than the NS-716R and the ME-709 just as aforementioned.
Its overall assembled dimensions are 47.6 inches long by 24.8 inches wide by 37 inches high. So, it requires a workout or a storage perimeter of 4’ long by 2’1’’ wide. Also, for safety and comfortable riding experience, consider adding extra clearance of 1-2′ on each side of the bike especially if it’s going to be utilized in a confined area.
The bike has a robust base framework that features front and rear steel stabilizer bars with a rubber cap on each end for floor friendliness. Thus, the overall stability is great even though it weighs only 50 pounds/22.6 kg.
The Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike with Pulse Sensors NS-908R’ seat and backrest are large and padded.
However, they are (seat and the backrest) not adjustable. The only way to customize the bike is by adjusting the frame at the center of the base in order to create more or less space between the seat and the handlebar which ultimately allows the user to workout comfortably with full leg extension when pedaling.
It helps to reduce strain at the back that is usually caused by prolonged workout sessions.
The frame adjustable length range is 23-28’’ which can comfortably accommodate users between 4’10’’ to 5’7’’ tall. People up to 6’ could also use the bike but chances are it may be too small for them.
There are two sets of handlebars on the bike. One set is on the seat with EKG heart rate sensors embedded on them. They are designed to provide support for aggressive and comfortable pedaling while in a reclining position. The EKG pulse sensors read and transmit heart rate data to the monitor when held during a workout.
The other set of handlebars are non-adjustable and situated at the front part of the bike. They allow the user to work out or pedal while sitting up on the seat.
The two sets of handlebars are coated with breathable soft foam that provides comfort and prevents slippage and blisters in the palms.
For maximum support for the feet, the Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike with Pulse Sensors NS-908R is equipped with counterbalanced pedals that are anti-skid designed with adjustable safety straps that ensure safety and comfort during exercise.
The pedals only accommodate barefoot or a pair of standard gym shoes.
However, there are complaints that the pedals’ safety straps are too small for those with a bigfoot. Thankfully, the pedals have standard thread therefore, it’s possible to replace them with another set of pedals of your choice.
Finally, they are bidirectional, meaning, a user can pedal in reverse.
The bike has a belt drive system that makes the operation very smooth and quiet. The drive system comprises a durable belt, pulleys, solid crankset and crank-arms, small perimeter weighted flywheel, and pedals.
These elements together create an outstanding performance that keeps the user working out longer. You can exercise any time of the day without the family or the neighbors being disturbed by the exercise activities. Also, you have the liberty to watch a favorite TV show or listen to good music using a normal volume level.
It is also important to note that the belt drive system is maintenance-free.
The Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike with Pulse Sensors NS-908R is incorporated with a manual magnetic resistance system. It has 8 resistance levels that provide smooth, light and medium resistance intensities.
Users with weight loss or recovery goal will be able to achieve their objectives.
Maintenance is not required as well as the resistance is generated when the magnetic brake pad emits a magnetic field around the flywheel without making direct contact. In other words, it is frictionless, thus no part wears out in the process.
To increase the resistance, turn the tension knob clockwise, and to decrease it, turn counterclockwise, it’s as simple as that. The tension knob bears the distinctive and predefined resistance levels – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, + on its surface.
The console on the Marcy NS-908R is basic and an inch smaller than the one on the ME-709. It is about 2.5’’ in size and features a small LCD display window that tracks workout data such as time, distance speed, calories burned, odometer, and pulse.
Its SCAN function rotationally and continuously displays workout stats one at a time after a few seconds. This enables the user to have a view of all the workout stats during a workout. It is also possible to set a certain preferred workout stat to display constantly without changing to another value.
Since it’s a basic console, no advanced features such as an option to input age, weight or height. Heck, the monitor doesn’t even have backlit. However, its readability is good but could diminish when viewed in an environment that is poorly-lit.
The monitor is powered by 2 AAA batteries (not included) and it automatically turns OFF when there is no activity on the bike in order to save battery power, and it turns ON when activity resumes. It can also be turned ON when the MODE button is pressed.
At least, the monitor includes the display of the pulse which enables the user to observe the pulse rate and maintain the target heart rate zone.
No accessory is available on this recumbent bike.
You must improvise or purchase a water bottle holder to help you keep water within reach for hydration.
The Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike with Pulse Sensors NS-908R does have features that facilitate easy storage.
Its compact and lightweight design makes it easy to be put away.
Although, it doesn’t have transport wheels, however, the rubber caps at the front base serve as rollers for relocation.
Most users have a positive view of the bike on Amazon; hence, the approval rating is good and impressive.
- Sleek design
- It’s durable, stable, with a sturdy steel frame
- Supports high maximum user weight of 300 pounds/136 kg
- The step-thru design allows users to mount and dismount easily
- Operation is smooth and quiet
- The seat with backrest is well cushioned and offers maximum comfort
- Pedals are counterbalanced with safety adjustable straps that ensure a secure and comfortable riding experience
- Pedals have a standard thread and are replaceable
- Magnetic resistance with 8 levels; provide light to medium intensity
- Easy to assemble
- Low maintenance
- LCD monitor tracks workout progress including heart rate
- Offers low impact workouts
- Two sets of handlebars for sit-back and sit-up workout-postures
- Adjustable frame to accommodate users between the heights of 4’10’’ – 5’7’’
- The console is basic without extra functions such as preset programs or the ability to input age, weight, and height
- The monitor doesn’t have backlit
- No water bottle holder or tablet holder
Product Dimensions and Specifications
- Length 47.6’’
- Width 24.8’’
- Height 37’’
- Weight: 50 pounds/22.6 kg
- Supports maximum user weight of 300 pounds/136 kg
- Drive: Belt
- Resistance: Manual magnetic, 8 levels
- Pedals: Anti-skid with adjustable safety straps, standard thread
- Frame: Steel and adjustable
- Handlebars: Two sets, coated with a soft rubber foam material
- Console: Non-backlit LCD monitor, tracks time, distance, calories, speed, odometer, and pulse
- SCAN function: Yes
- 2 Years limited
The Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike with Pulse Sensors NS-908R is shipped in a box that weighs 52 pounds/23.9 kg.
Its shipping cost is free if purchased from Amazon, and it’s delivered in a couple of days.
The assembly of this bike is easy because the major components are preassembled.
You only need to connect the two frames together, attach the front and rear stabilizer bars, the seat, and the backrest, the seat’s handlebar, the handlebars’ mast, the handlebars, the console, and the pedals to the core unit of the bike.
All these could take about an hour, more or less, depending on your dexterity.
The assembly instructions are included in the owner’s manual which should be in the package. The tools for the job are also included.
The bike needs to be kept clean at all times. Do an overall check before use to find out if all parts are tight and good.
Further maintenance and warning instructions are included in the manual.
The Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike with Pulse Sensors NS-908R is durable, stable, and sturdy enough to support a maximum user weight of 300 pounds/136 kg. It is a cost-effective bike that also tracks the heart rate.
As we have outlined the pros and cons of his bike above, it’s obvious that its downsides are not a deal-breaker as many users have reviewed it favorably.