The 900XL Bike is the mid-level range in Exerpeutics recumbent bike range.
As one of the cheapest, home recumbent bikes around it’s not surprising that many people are willing to try out the Exerpeutic 900XL.
Over the years it has gained a reputation for providing the basics well at a rock bottom price.
If you want a light workout at home, and don’t need a fancy machine then the Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike is well worth considering.
In addition, its price of under $200 makes it a viable solution to people who don’t want to spend too much.
The Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike
- 300-pound weight capacity
- Step thru-design (easy to get on and off)
- 8 level magnetic tension system
- LCD computer
- Transportation wheels
Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike Review
The Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike with Pulse is designed to give you all the features of most mid-level home bikes at an affordable price.
The Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike can take up to 300 pounds of weight capacity, has 8 levels of magnetic resistance and can also measure your heart rate.
While it’s not the top recumbent bike on the market, its low price tag and its ability to deliver the basic needs of most users makes the Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike worth a closer look.
We’ll now review the Exerpeutic 900XL according to certain important criteria.
The Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike comes in at just under $200 from most stores.
This is a low price considering most bikes with similar features are priced around the $500 mark.
Reliability & Warranty: 3/5
For the price, you pay the reliability isn’t bad. The Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike is a simple machine with few bells and whistles which means there’s less that can go wrong.
But here’s the thing I don’t like; the wording on the warranty. Exerpeutic state that this comes with a three year ‘limited’ warranty.
What’s a ‘limited’ warranty?
Obviously, there’s some small print that we need to read if we are to understand what this really means.
As I understand there is a 3-year warranty but parts (upholstery, foam, ball bearings, pulleys, cables, shocks, tension mechanisms, wheels, pedals and hardware) and workmanship are only 90 days.
If this is the case then Exerpeutic should be clear and state that the frame has a 3-year warranty, but only a 90-day warranty on parts and labour.
I can’t see the point in trying to make the warranty sound better than it is then risking having angry customers who try to claim on the warranty.
The Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike is a cheap bike and we don’t expect the type of warranty similar to the bikes around the $500 range, but it would be nice if the warranty were clearer.
Some reviewers on Amazon have tried to claim on the warranty only to find that it wasn’t quite what it seemed.
The Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike is very simple and doesn’t come with too many additional features.
It does, however, have an LCD console that measures a variety of things such as calories burned, distance travelled and speed.
Another feature worth mentioning is that it can also measure your heart rate via its hand pulse sensors.
The seat and back cushions are relatively large so users of all sizes should feel relatively comfortable.
Unlike the Exerpeutic 400xl, the Exerpeutic 900XL is suitable for people over 6ft and has a maximum user height of 6’6 so it should be ok to share this bike with people of many different sizes.
However, even though Exerpeutic advertises the seat as being easy and quick to adjust you may find that this isn’t quite the case.
It can be a bit fiddly to adjust.
This may annoy some users who may have to constantly keep having to adjust the seat position to compensate for other users of the bike.
Stability and Quality: 3.5/5
The Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike can take up to 300 pounds so it is a relatively sturdy bike.
It doesn’t move around when you’re on it and you should feel secure especially given that the frame is made of steel.
The other parts of the bike aren’t as sturdy however.
While the frame is made of steel, it’s safe to say that everything else is plastic.
The plastic is quite thin so don’t be surprised if these parts become damaged if not taken care of.
The Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike comes with 8 levels of resistance that are easily controllable through a knob that you can turn and select which level you want.
It’s a very simple system and works well.
The low noise that the Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike gives off is its best feature.
It’s very quiet and barely makes any noise at all.
You can watch tv, read or even make calls on the machine as you workout. In addition, it will not bother other people in the house.
You will need a large area for the Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike.
It’s not foldable (which is understandable) so it cannot be stored away out of sight if you have visitors or if you want to save space.
So make sure you have a large space ready and that you will have to put up with the sight of looking at this big bike every day.
It is also relatively heavy however it can be lifted up on one end and wheeled around on its transportation wheels.
If you are overly concerned about space then we recommend you look at the Exerpeutic 900XL
Recumbent Bike’s little brother the Exerpeutic 400XL, which is a semi-recumbent bike and is fully foldable.
Should You Buy The Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike?
If you are looking for a recumbent bike that is simple, sturdy and comes at a rock bottom price then the Exerpeutic 900XL should do the trick.
There’s nothing fancy about it, it does what it’s supposed to do and it’s also quiet at the same time.
However if you’re serious about getting extremely fit and eventually working out to a high level then you’ll want to look elsewhere, as the 900XL may not be able to meet your demands.
Instead, the Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike will suit people who want a light workout and want something cheap and cheerful at the same time.
If this is you, then the Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike will be well up your alley.
Overall Bike Rating: 3.5/5
- Value for money
- Very quiet
- Can track speed, distance and time
- Includes heart rate monitor
- Fully recumbent
- Can take up a lot of space
- Takes a while to adjust for different heights – could be frustrating if more than one person uses the machine
- Vague warranty
- Can take a while to assemble