Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Bike – Review
The Marcy ME 709 is very similar to the Exerpeutic 1000 recumbent bike only with a smaller price tag and no heart rate monitor. It made the list because of the very small price tag for bikes in this genre’.
If you’ve read the top ten recumbent bike review, then you already know the benefits of training with a recumbent bike as compared to a regular sit up straight and crank your neck bike. So let’s just focus on what the ME 709 has going for it.
This recumbent bike features:
- 0 preset exercise programs.
- 8 levels of resistance to match your level of fitness and challenges.
- Contoured, and cushioned seat.
- Track your progress on the LCD screen.
- Adjustable seat Perimeter.
- Oversized pedals (for no slip operation).
- Front transport wheels for easy moving and storage
- Weight capacity: 300 lbs.
Sometimes it’s better when you can see it as the features are explained:
Final word: While in our main article on recumbent bikes we make a case that virtually all of the bikes on the market seemed to be manufactured by the same company (probably in China) with small variations (the Chinese are now expert at this)… This recumbent bike, the Marcy ME 709 (which is the same as the 1000 model) is a basic model, it’s a very comfortable bike. It’s not our first pick… Our first pick is the Nordic Track GX 4.7 because it has almost as many features as the Schwinn 270, but is less in cost, which is rare as Nordic Track is high quality and they are typically much higher priced.
Having said that, if you want a recumbent bike for the comfort factor but cannot afford one, this might be what you are looking for as the price tag is the smallest of the best of the bunch. Also, since they are probably all the same basic bike, if you don’t need the added pre-configured workout programs, heart rate monitor, water cup holder, magazine or Ipad (notepad) holder, …etc., then there is really no reason to buy one of the more expensive models.
The only thing that is a bummer, not only with this bike, but with all of them that have no Bluetooth capabilities, is that if you like to track your workouts with a fitness app., you can’t and I don’t know about you, but seeing results when you’re not feeling them, is very helpful for motivation. For that reason I wouldn’t buy any of the bikes without it, UNLESS, I was on a really tight budget and in that case, THIS is the bike I would buy.