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on 16 July 2012
Right- this is a long story so get comfy...It arrived in the biggest box ever! Heavy as a rhino wearing concrete high heels too....spent about 15 minutes just unpacking this sucker to find my computer had been smashed during transit. Unhappy face 1.
Read the instructions for about 2 minutes and thought it'd be easy enough to construct (indeed some is already pre done....thank god)...got into it and realised the instructions had been written by an optimistic idiot with a degree in pidgin english. Unhappy face 2.
Sweated and swore for an hour putting it together (girlfriend stayed out of the way as she knew where this was going!) to find one bolt wasn't thread properly and just wouldn't go on....Unhappy face 3.
Unhappy face 4 came from realising what the description meant by the phrase "being able to change from fixed to cross trainer position easily", it actually means you can move your arms from the handles to the bars flying rapidly at your face...the bars never stop moving when you're using the unit. Not a massive pain tho as you can pretend you're fighting Bruce Lee whilst cycling- it's all about burning calories right?!
So onward and upward- contacted the seller and told them all my issues, cried a bit and laid it on the line! They were polite and luke warm apologetic....they sent the bolt but somehow missed the email about my computer...a week passes and the bolt arrives and is fixed...no computer. Got in touch again, more luke warm apologies and a promise to send the computer. A few days later the enigma arrived and we began to be able to finally use the unit as complete!
Now the juicy bit- the bike squeeks like a bitch and has a tacky gym master sticker that looks naff. It took various re-tightenings to make everything secure, but we are now using it for a total of an hour a day. It does cry, but gets the job done and we are actually pretty happy with it. We paid about 120 quid and think that due to the pretty fetid mistakes and baggage that went along with this transaction- the company may have offered us some cash back or a voucher or something....perhaps that's just me...Personally I didn't find the company great to deal with and I'll be watching the unit carefully over the warranty period!
It is what it is tho and for the price, if your delivery etc goes well and you don't have any problematic parts, I'm sure it's worth the money. If you're expecting a sleek and silent beast tho- spend a hundred quid more coz this ain't it!
A couple of last things- the computer has all these functions that are about as useful as tits on a bull. The calorie tracker says I'm burning 2500 calories in a 45 minute session...if that was true I'm fairly certain I'd be burning enough calories just by walking or taking a sh8t- that I wouldn't need this machine! It says in the sheet of instructions, included with the computer and written by the same formentioned idiot, that it displays in miles and km's...I'll be ringing Stephen Hawkings to come help me find that feature, as I've searched and searched...still not sure if I'm cycling a mile or a km or an armadillo or a sandwich or what! Oh yeah and the seat makes you feel like you've done 10 rounds with Elton John...no pain no gain I guess!
Machine gets a 4/5, Price gets a 4/5, Company gets a 3/5 and the transaction gets a 3/5 in general....it definately wasn't orgasmic, but I am feeling fitter!