Last Updated on March 5, 2018 by Assistant Editor
The SOLE R92 Recumbent Bike is a high-end, comfortable, and durable machine that’s going to stand up to whatever you can dish out while keeping stress off your joints. This bike has a solid 300 lb weight capacity. And with its lifetime frame warranty, you know SOLE Fitness has confidence in the quality that they put into this recumbent bike. That said, the SOLE R92’s durability is just the beginning.
Equipped with ergonomic pedals and a fully adjustable seat for comfort the SOLE R92 Recumbent Bike is and the ability to accommodate a wide range of users. It has two different options for heart rate monitoring and a 10 program console, 2 of which are heart rate training programs. You also get the typical convenience options like a water bottle holder, built-in fan, but SOLE Fitness also throws in a plug-in for an iPod® or MP3 player. Note, the R92 is very similar to the SOLE LRC Recumbent Bike, which we’ll delve into below. Because it brings both the comfort and the challenge, the SOLE R92 Recumbent Bike is a home fitness machine that you’ll enjoy working out on for years to come.
- Height: 50 inches
- Width: 30 inches
- Length: 57 inches
- Weight: 152 lbs
- Heavy steel tubing frame with an aluminum shroud makes the bike virtually indestructible
- 20 levels of ECB resistance for a quiet and smooth transition between resistance
- 10 challenging programs in a large 9” blue backlit console
- 12 position adjustable seat
- Ergonomic pedal design with a 2° inward cant to prevent sore knees and feet
- Heart rate monitoring on handlebar grips and with an included chest strap for
hands free application
- Built-in cooling fan to keep the user cool throughout their workout
- Water bottle holder to ensure the user stays hydrated while exercising
- Transport wheels for easy mobility
- Maximum User Weight: 300 lbs
- 9” backlit LCD display
- 5 pre-programmed workouts
- Fat Burn
- 1 user defined program
- 2 heart rate programs
- 2 user profiles
- Built-in speakers and a plug-in for an iPod® or MP3 player
- Workout data includes:
- Distance Travelled
- Lifetime warranty on the frame
- Five (5) year warranties on the electronics and parts warranties
- Two (2) year labor warranty.
Shipping and Assembly:
The SOLE R92 comes securely packed and shipping is free if you order on Amazon. Assembly is not complicated and should take around an hour.
SOLE Fitness has been providing exercise equipment throughout North America for decades. They have been the fastest growing brand in the US and Canada the last five years. Their target market are hotels nationwide, but have slowly evolved into residential sales. SOLE Fitness equipment is known for quality performance under rigorous use. They provide lines of bikes (both upright and recumbent), treadmills, elliptical machines and rowers.
What We Love About the SOLE R92 Recumbent Bike:
SOLE Fitness is known for making high quality exercise equipment and the R92 Recumbent Bike is no exception. This bike is solidly built and will last a lifetime. It has some really nice features including 20 levels of resistance, two heart rate monitoring choices and an ergonomically designed seat and pedals.
The SOLE R92 Recumbent Bike is built strong. It has a 26 lb flywheel and an overall weight of 152 lbs, so it’s not going to move no matter how hard you work out. It made with a heavy-duty steel tubing frame and is wrapped in aluminum. SOLE Fitness obviously has little concern for breakage by providing the LCR Bike with a lifetime frame warranty. This is a great buy whether you a novice or a fitness expert. It’s going to hold up to your most intense workouts and be around for a long time.
Heart Rate Monitoring
The SOLE R92 Recumbent Bike has two different options for tracking your heart rate throughout your exercises. You can use the stationary handles located on either side of the seat or you can use the chest strap that SOLE Fitness provides with this machine. Having heart rate monitoring capability is a nice feature as it provides the option for target heart rate zone training. The SOLE R92 Recumbent Bike also has two heart rate programs loaded into the console for intense, calorie-burning exercises.
What Isn’t So Great:
For the price, the SOLE R92 Recumbent Bike is equipped with a pretty basic console. It has a total of 10 programs including its 5 pre-programmed workouts. While these workouts are nice, we would expect more to be loaded on this bike. Programmed workouts are a nice feature because it takes the guess work out of getting intense training. They provide variety to your exercises and keep you interested in exercising. Another feature that the R92 Recumbent Bike is lacking is connectivity to the internet/apps. A lot of bikes in this upper price range provide this option which opening up a wide array of exercise options. This connectivity also allows you to download exercise data so that you can track your performance over time. These are great motivational features that SOLE Fitness is missing out on the R92 Recumbent Bike.
At 152 lbs, the SOLE R92 Recumbent Bike isn’t the easiest piece of exercise equipment to move around. It does have front mounted transport wheels, but it’s still a lot of weight to move on a couple of wheels. Most people find that it’s much easier to find a good place for the machine and let it be. This doesn’t make it the most ideal recumbent bike for people who have little space for exercising or for apartment living.
Final Word on the SOLE Fitness R92 Recumbent Bike:
For a high-end, highly-ergonomic machine, the SOLE Fitness R92 Recumbent Bike is a really good buy. Here’s a little comparison that we typically don’t do. SOLE Fitness also makes a commercial grade recumbent bike, the LCR Bike. The R92 is almost identical right down to the warranty. The only real differences are that the LCR provides 40 resistance levels and has a 350 lb weight capacity. The SOLE R92 Recumbent Bike is definitely a high-quality, comfortable machine and it’s worth a look in your recumbent bike search.