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Great but Flawed
on 23 February 2012
This would have got a 5 star had it not been for one design flaw. Everything about this work bench is great apart from one form of usage. Decline.
The decline mode is flawed, quite severely. There are 7 slot holes on this bench for the bolt action to lock on, the last hole (for decline) has been manufactured wrongly as it has been drilled to far lower down which fails to allow the spring bolt system to lock into place.
If you use the decline mode all your body weight will be placed on a rail on the center of the stabilizer cache, instead of the spring bolt system that were designed for this purpose. You can use it like that but I'm not sure how long it would last without damaging the unit.
Having said all this all other modes work brilliantly, flat, incline, they all work terrifically and very stable. I use this bench only for incline dumbbell press, flat for sit-ups and dumbbell pullovers. Would have liked to use the decline for sit-ups but its no biggy. For £55 I can't complain too much, was thinking of sending it back but then decided against it. Also the padding for this bench is very thick and strong and it is more than comfortable to use for long periods. The folding system is great for saving space as well when you pack it away.
For the money? I say get this bench for the value and its sturdiness, but if you're serious about decline workouts, you should give this a miss.