past reviews criticized the fact that in assembling this machine, a drill bit and a drill would be necessary. That in fact is true. Who doesn't have these tools? Aside from the fact that assembly of ANY of these machines requires some basic mechanical ability , I will now list the POSITIVES that I have experienced with the Nordic Track GX 4.7 recumbent bike. First of all, this bike has 22 resistance levels. Very important. Some bikes just as inexpensive ( $350 - $370 ) or more expensive ( $500- $600 ) cut out at a resistance of 10. I'm at 8 and fully expect to go into double digits in a few weeks. ( I have some heath issues that this bike is helping me out with ). The pass thru is excellent. Also important if mobility is limited. The seat is higher than most and this feature was a God send to me. Lastly the seat adjustment (distance to the pedals) is easily adjusted with a hand lever...no knobs , getting out of the seat and " hows this, ok. well, can you move it a little closer " ? etc. One lever and the seat moves to your accommodation. Also the seat is very comfortable. Easy on the back and backside.
Motor was broken right out of the box & took five weeks to get it fixed. Then discovered that the heart rate monitor is worse than useless. Pulse readings went from 170 to 50 in a second, and continued to bounce up & down in this insane range. Customer Service told me I am at fault for expecting "medical device accuracy". Googling shows me that this is a known design flaw with complaints going back several years.
While it took some time to assemble, the instructions were clear. The bolts are on a blister sheet, and well labeled. Hex key are supplied and all you need for assembly is some time, a wrench and a screwdriver to finish the assembly. Once you get the seat adjusted, pedal away to your hearts content.
Easy to assemble and use
Excellent for exercise in home for all members of the family. You can get a REAL BURN!
Bought this as it was a good deal and we have been Sears customers for a long time. The productr description mentions it is "Compatible with iFit", and "iFit Coach 1 Year Membership Included ($180 value). With an iFit membership you can connect your Bluetooth device with your machine".
What it does not mention is that unless you activate the membership the unit is a very expensive paperweight. The control panel and resistance does not work until AFTER activation.
We have satellite internet with low bandwidth... we bought the unit thinking we could SOMEDAY upgrade our internet and then use iFit. Now we sit and stare at the unit as it does not work. We received the unit last week, spent 2 hours assembling it, and now have spent several days on the phone with Sears (sort of helpful), Nordictrack (not very helpful at all), and iFit (not at all helpful). It is inconceivable that Sears would sell a product in which the manufacturer (whom I always saw as reputable) produces a product that requires a third-party to activate. Comparable to be buying a New Ford pickup from a Chevy dealer only to have to buy the keys and maintenance plan from Toyota!!
I guess we are in the days of everything being wireless and "attached" to something else. Gone are the days of the Nordictrack Classic Pro (which I have owned and used for 25 years).
I bought this bike for my girlfriend and it's good quality for the price. My only complaints at this point is the seat is pretty big and doesn't adjustment enough for shorter people. Also, the screen is pretty confusing to get on and just ride.