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Okay all round...3/4 stars
on 2 January 2008
The delivery of the item was pretty quick, I was very impressed considering I ordered it over new year. When it arrived, the delivery man was very polite and cheerful (not much to do with the product but I just thought I'd add that).
When I read the other review, I was a bit apprehensive about putting it together...and I was right to be so! If your a bit of a novice at putting things together, like myself, you may need help!
The nuts and bolts etc. were nicely set out in an air-tight package that told you the numbers of the bits, and there were images to help you refer back to what number they were incase you had taken them out of the packaging. This helped alot, but the manual did not. The manual is A4 so you think the text/diagrams would be very clear? Not really. The images were quite small, it was hard to make out what the bits were (e.g. the bolts you needed) There were lots of lines to show where the bits went wich cause the diagram to be rather confusing to follow.
The text was good in that it told you what you needed to do quite well and gave you the numbers to the corresponding bolts and so on. However i was disappointed that the manufacturer must hav been trying to save on paper and crammed the whole putting together of the cross trainer in to 5 STEPS! You get the impression that this means it doesn't take much to put it together! HA! NO CHANCE! Each step consisted of several parts and it became quite tiring having to read the steps several times over in order to get each sequential action done. It took all in all, around 1 and a half hours to get it all up and running.
The cross trainer itself is quite good, it is very stable and as it says, quite compact. The motion is not as smooth as the one I used to use in the gym, I guess becuase it's in pedal format and not spinwheel. It may also vary due to how heavy you are or something. The pedals/foot things move round well but when they get to the top, they seem to jolt a bit (i don't know if this is just the particular one I have ot whether they are generally like this.
I've only had it a couple of days but I'm sure it serves it's purpose well. I'm overall very pleased with it and look forward to losing the x-mas pounds!!! I would also like to commend the price, like the other review said, for such a price you cant really complain.
There are no contact details of the actual manufacturer of the item on the manual. The only contact details are the ones on here for the seller.
If the pack of fixtures is open and parts are missing, they are most likely at the bottom of the box, so don't panic! I thought that they were missing, but i was proved wrong.