Marcy has a very well established presence in the fitness world. Their machines are known for offering great value at prices which are competitive to say the least. When it comes to ellipticals, their NS-40501E carries the torch. It is an awesome machine and easily one of the best ellipticals you can find under $200. Today we are going to take a closer look and see what it has to offer. Lets get to it.
It is no secret that most affordable ellipticals share a very similar design. That can be explained in a number of ways, but one of the main reasons is generally the simplicity of design. Marcy knows this just like they also know that going for a more complicated build would increase the price without adding any real benefit. NS-40501E sits on a standard H pattern frame that is rather compact. The rear bar of the frame is fitted with leveling screws, making it very easy to eliminate any movement caused by uneven surfaces. The frame is subtle but robust at the same time. Pedals oversized have pronounced ridges all around. This way you can always establish positive grip no matter what. Arm workout levers are securely linked to the pedals and are foam coated to increase comfort. Overall, Marcy NS-40501E is built well. Everything fits nicely and the whole machine simply inspires confidence. This is great, especially when we are dealing with an elliptical that is meant to be compact.
Good build quality doesn’t always imply good performance. Fortunately for us, Marcy NS-40501E brings both. The flywheel they have used in this model is precision machine dwell balanced. That translates to a smooth ride and intuitive inertia. In terms of resistance control, it is manual and comes with 8 different levels. Marcy is one of the rare brands who actually mark individual resistance settings. Most others just print an arrow showing you which way to turn the knob to increase or decrease resistance. In other words, you can plan your routines much more accurately should you want to. When it comes to length of stride, NS-40501E offers 12″. That is about as good as it gets with affordable ellipticals. Right above the resistance selection knob we see a small display unit. While it’s nothing too impressive, it does give you real time access to all your stats. You can track your distance, calories burned, speed, time and more. That same display unit also features a media shelf capable of holding a full sized tablet quite nicely.
Marcy continues to impress with their rather well optimized fitness machines. It’s as if they know exactly what the market needs. NS-40501E may not be the very best out there, but it among the top few in this particular price range. Not only do you get good performance but they have also included a number of features which aren’t as common as you would expect them to be. If you’re looking for an elliptical which is efficient, stable and affordable, Marcy NS-40501E should be among the first on your list. It truly is a great value for the money option.