Stepping up from casual exercise to a more serious workout regimen is a natural step on one’s fitness journey. Those who are using upright static bikes will find themselves in need for something that is more precise, more suitable for planning your routine. NautilusU614 is a model that offers all of this for not a lot of money. It is easily one of the best upright bikes you can find right now and also an impressive value for the money deal. Today we are going to take a closer look and see what it has to offer.
Nautilus U614’s design was all about treading the needle. They had to create a bike that is both suitable for serious exercising and affordable enough to stay competitive. In other words, they had to balance out a few things and resort to several compromises. The frameitself is very sturdy and stable. It comes with all the features you would want, such as leveling screws and wheels. The seat is adjustable only by height, which could be a problem for some, but we have found that horizontal position of the seat is fairly forgiving all things considered. Despite its large, bulky flywheel housing and control module, U614 is still light enough to be moved around. During the time we have spent with the bike, we got the feeling that it is pretty durable. Overall, you won’t find U614 falling too far behind much more expensive models. It is fair to say that whatever compromises Nautilus has decided to implement didn’t affect the overall package too much.
Features you get with this bike are numerous, especially when you consider the price. The flywheel is a incredibly fluid. It feels like it is a well machined, smooth metal piece that won’t fail you no matter what. Despite being rather affordable, this is still a computer controlled machine. You have 20 levels of resistance to play with, as well as 22 workout presets. There are also 2 user profiles meaning that you can share the bike with your family or friends without losing your stats. Heart rate monitoring is there as well, along with a USB port. Thanks to this small feature, you can export your progress data to Nautilusconnect.com and compile it all to get a bigger picture. Features don’t end there, though. We have built in speakers, an MP3 input and a bottle holder mounted below the console. In terms of entertainment, Nautilus has included a media shelf which can hold a larger tablet with ease. It does cover the display but all of the controls are still accessible.
At the end of the day, Nautilus U614 does exactly what it was designed to do. It is a very sturdy and incredibly capable model that won’t break your bank account. Truth be told, the features it comes with are on a similar, if not the same level as those found on much more expensive bikes. If you are after a bike that will get you precise data tracking, reliable performance and a decent amount of comfort, Nautilus U614 is about as good as it gets in this particular price range. Additionally, it is an awesome beginner bike as well.