Being on a very tight budget is anything but fun. In most cases you will feel very limited in what you can choose. However, that isn’t really the case with manual treadmills. This segment of the fitness equipment industry offers quite a few awesome solutions to those who are working with tight finances. Case in point, Phoenix 98516. It is among the most interesting manual treadmills you can get, all while being one of the cheapest as well. Today we are going to take a closer look ad see if this thing is worth your time.
When it comes to design, Phoenix 98516 actually packs quite a few surprises. For starters, they have gone with a frame design that isn’t often seen this low in the price range. Most other brands have decided to more or less cut a few corners. Not Phoenix, though. Instead they doubled down and introduced quite a few reinforcement components to the frame. As expected these additions make the whole treadmill quite durable and stable. The only real downside to their decision is the fact that they couldn’t really squeeze the fit and finish into their budget. Then again, you are won’t be using this treadmills as a conversation piece so it doesn’t really matter what it looks like. Once you fold the Phoenix 98516, it packs up into a very compact package. So much so that it is easily among the smallest and most portable treadmills in its respective category. Those who are dealing with a lack of space will definitely appreciate that.
Phrases such as ‘most affordable’ and ‘features’ don’t generally go well together. We would have loved to prove this wrong with Phoenix 98516, however that won’t be the case. On the bright side, Phoenix 98516 could have easily been worse in terms of options and features it offers. Lets start with the drive system. Whereas most other treadmills come with a dual flywheel setup, Phoenix 98516 is one of those which only packs one flywheel. Whether or not this will be an issue depends solely on how aggressive you are with your exercise. Since this particular model was designed for walking rather than running, the fact that it comes with a single flywheel shouldn’t really be too much of an issue. Moving on, we see a wide and well textured belt which offers plenty of grip. In our limited experience, Phoenix 98516 hasn’t shown any signs of belt slipping or coming out of alignment. Last but not least, there is a simple computer module built into the frame which displays your most important stats.
Whether some of the most affordable manual treadmills on the market could be good enough is something that depends more on your mindset than their quality of build. Phoenix 98516 is one of the cheapest treadmills we could stand behind and it has proven to be quite a decent performer. Sure, it doesn’t have all the features we generally like to see included, but the core performance is absolutely there. For the most part that’s what matters the most. If you are on a tight budget and you need a decent treadmill for home use, definitely check this one out.