Recumbent bikes are all similar to some extent. There is only so much you can change on this machine without interfering with its efficiency. Nautilus understands that but they also wanted to add a bit of their own touch when they designed R614. As it turns out, it is one of the most competitive recumbent bikes out there and for a good reason. Today we are taking a closer look at this machine in an attempt to find out what kind of performance it is capable of delivering. Lets get to it.
R614 is by far one of the best looking recumbent bikes on the market. Not that looks matter all too much, but facts are facts. Nautilus based their design on a very solid and rugged frame. It features the all too well familiar H pattern but there are few interesting things to note. Nautilus used different geometry tubing, which could be explained in a number of ways. You could say they did it to reduce the price of production, improve stability or whatever. The fact is that the frame simply works. The seat is mounted on an angled rain, much like many other brands in the industry do it, but the seat itself is pretty interesting. It is a hard seat made of quality composite materials, but it is incredibly ergonomic. Even after spending a considerable amount of time on the machine, you won’t feel too much fatigue. Heart rate sensors are mounted next to the seat on a pair of handles as usual and the seating position feels comfortable.
When it comes to features, Nautilus didn’t really stray too far from the established standard. R614 is computer controlled, meaning that resistance can be dialed in by a single push of a button. There are 20 levels of resistance to choose from, which can be done manually or through the use of any of the 22 presets that come with the bike. Control module is quite awesome. You have the primary, large LCD display which is used for navigation, selecting different options and monitoring your progress. There is also a smaller LCD display underneath that shows you the relevant stats. Controls come in from of well laid out and clearly labeled buttons making Nautilus R614 a breeze to use. In terms of secondary features there are two which are definitely worth mentioning. You have build in, acoustic chambered speakers as well as built in USB port. The latter can be used to export your workout data to NautilusConnect and other similar services. Overall, this is one impressive machine.
Nautilus is one of those brands that aim to deliver plenty of performance for the money. In case of Nautilus R614, that is exactly what you are getting. Even though this bike isn’t really something we would consider cheap, it is well worth the investment if you need a proper performer. Thanks to the well thought out control module, you will have a challenging workout every day no matter what. If you’re looking for a bike that is all about getting you into shape, this is it. Nautilus enjoys a certain amount of trust in the community for this reason.