Marcy is known as a brand that specializes in affordable fitness equipment. However, that doesn’t mean that their products are bad. On the contrary, Marcy’s fitness gear is probably the best way you can get in shape on a budget. Marcy ME709 is a perfect example of what we are talking about. It is one of the very best affordable recumbent bikes you can get at the moment. Today we are taking a closer look at this machine in order to find out what it is capable of. Lets get started.
On a quick glance, you might wonder whether or not this bike is sturdy enough to get the job done. You would actually be surprised. Marcy may have chosen to go with thinner tubing than we usually see on recumbent bikes, but ME709 offers all the stability you could possibly need. One way we can explain why this thing looks fairly weak but is actually impressively sturdy is the fact that it’s very light. The seat is padded, pretty comfortable and fully adjustable. Even if you are over 6ft, you can still enjoy this bike without experiencing any fatigue. When Marcy designed ME709, their main goal was to achieve the necessary levels of performance by using the simplest possible route. This simplicity is apparent everywhere you look. One awesome side effect is the extremely light weight of this bike. You can move it around with ease. For a low profile model such as this one, Marcy ME709 looks pretty good so far.
When dealing with simple recumbent bikes, you can’t really count on seeing too many features on the spec sheet. That is definitely true for this model. In order to make it so ridiculously affordable, Marcy had to strip away all of the cool stuff that modern recumbent bikes are offering. In the end, we are left with the very core of recumbent bike design. You have your seat, your flywheel and not much else. There is a small LCD display which shows you the most rudimentary stats, but that’s about it. Resistance comes in 8 different levels which are selected the old school way by turning a knob. Flywheel is very smooth, which is always a good thing. Another surprising fact we have learned about ME709’s flywheel is how silent it is. You just don’t hear it even at higher speeds. One more benefit of having such a simple bike is that fact that you don’t need power to use it. As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why this bike is worth checking out.
Getting into home fitness doesn’t have to be expensive. Contrary to popular belief, you can set yourself up with a decent mini gym on a budget. Bikes such as Marcy ME709 are what makes that possible. When we went to look at this bike, we expected a mediocre fitness machine at best. However, we were pleasantly surprised to say the least. Marcy ME709 has proven to be one of the most capable entry level recumbent bikes on the market. If only they would have added a simple heart rate monitor, that would have made this bike a truly impressive package.