The Comparison of Exerpeutic 400 XL and ProGear 190 Folding Recumbent Bike

poster-progear-exerpeuticSometimes it is difficult to make a decision to buy a recumbent bike even with less expensive models because you want to get the most out of your money. When something is priced similarly, it doesn’t always mean they have a similar quality. You may find that two of the most popular models of folding bikes are attractive for you and cannot decide which one you should buy. In this article, we will compare Exerpeutic 400XL with ProGear 190, two folding recumbent bikes, so you can see all the related information.

Exerpeutic 400XL is a folding bike that is very popular for two reasons. First, it has been on the market for a while and got good feedback from users. Second, it is priced at an attractive level. It may be one of the least expensive models in the market. That is no surprise because, in this type of economy, people seek to get the best out of their investment. Everybody wants to spend less and get more.

This unit comes with an impressive metal frame made to be durable enough. Its folding feature allows you to have an even more compact piece of exercise equipment, which can be kept in the closet or cabinet. It has light weight of 39 lbs, which makes moving it quite easy. Despite its lightweight, the unit can handle a user up to the weight of 300 lbs. There are no complaints that the machine wobbles when used.

The unit has eight levels of resistance. The good point about this unit is that the resistance levels are quite strong in comparison with the rest of its rivals. It is said that the level eight of the unit is challenging, even for a strong person. The heart rate monitoring sensors on the handlebars make the unit stand out since many of its competitors do not have this.

The contour padded seat makes it comfortable for a regular short ride. The crank system is good enough to let you have smooth and consistent pedaling even with the high speed. The V-belt drive works quietly. This allows you to watch TV while you are working out.

Major complaints about the unit are about the defect parts from the delivery or from the quality control. Yet, the percentage of the complaints is relatively small.

ProGear 190 has similar features, yet this unit is quite new in the market. It is probably around two to three years old. Being new makes it interesting since its look is more stylish and the price is just about right.

The size of the product is relatively small. Its folded size is half of the original size. This is a good choice for a house or apartment that has limited space. You can easily move around the unit thanks to the lightweight of 38lbs.

The three-piece, high torque cranking system of the unit lets you have smooth pedaling. The drive system gives you a quiet ride on the bike. The heart rate monitoring system allows you to track your pulse and use it for designing your own exercise profiles. The seat and backrest are well padded. However, the seat may be a little thin and that may lessen the comfort on a long ride. The shape of the seat is not contoured. So, it may be a little uncomfortable for a shorter person since part of the legs may have to touch the seat while pedaling. You may have to lean back a little to avoid this.

Eight levels of resistance are also available from which to choose. There are some complaints that the resistance levels may be a little weak, but those are only some people. Most users do not have a problem with that. The maximum weight of the user is 275 lbs and the maximum height is 6’ 2”.


The two products are similar in many aspects. We are not going to talk about the similar or same features they have, but instead we will focus on the differences between the two. They include:

  • Exerpeutic maximum weight is 300 lbs while ProGear maximum weight is 275 lbs.
  • The seat of Exerpeutic is contoured but the ProGear’s seat is flat padded.
  • Although both have eight resistance levels, it seems that Exerpeutic has stronger resistance than ProGear.
  • Exerpeutic is priced a little less than ProGear. A$10-$20 price gap can be expected.


While both products have many similarities, one stands out due to its reputation and a few more advantages. Unless you like the design of ProGear so much that you want to go for it, we think that Exerpeutic may be a better choice.

2 thoughts on “The Comparison of Exerpeutic 400 XL and ProGear 190 Folding Recumbent Bike

  1. bike_lover says:

    According to our record, your height should match the shortest adjustment of Exerpeutic 400XL. This again depends on your leg length because people at the same height may not have the same leg length. If your leg is rather short, you can still add a pillow behind your back and this will help.

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