Normally, less expensive recumbent bikes do not come with many functions to play with. In this review, we are going to introduce you to an economical-priced bike which gives you lots of functions and added features. It is a popular bike which many people buy and admire. We are going to give you Stamina 4825 review in this post along with its good and bad points. Upon reading this, you will be able to see if the product matches your needs and if it is worth spending money on.
- 1 Description
- 2 How comfortable is the seat and seat back:
- 3 Cranks and Pedals
- 4 The Tension Resistance
- 5 Display Type and Readouts
- 6 Target Zone of Stamina 4825
- 7 Details of Preset Programs
- 8 P0 is manual program.
- 9 Stamina 4825: How to Start Working Out
- 10 Heart Rate Monitor
- 11 Performance Tracking
- 12 The Power of the Machine
- 13 Maximum Weight and Height
- 14 The Noise Level
- 15 Accessories
- 16 Assembly
- 17 Pros
- 18 Cons
- 19 Price
- 20 Dimensions
- 21 Warranty
- 22 Reviews and Rating
- 23 Summary
If you know the Stamina name, you will realize that this company is famous for making sports products including many types of exercise equipment. The company was founded in 1987 and has launched quality exercise machines to the US market since. Right now, Stamina has several hundred health and sport products in the market worldwide including ellipticals, strength trainers, weight trainers, bikes and many others. This Stamina 4825 recumbent bike is another product in the exercise bike category and is one of the most popular sold in many retailers.
This Stamina programmable magnetic bike comes with a walk through design which makes it easy to get on and off without having to climb over the middle bar. The unit has an adjustable, padded and molded seat with the seat back that allows you to be in the upright position while you are exercising. As a result, you will get a more comfortable workout with good results. In addition, you will get less tension on your back and your knees with this upright position.
Stamina recumbent stationary bikes offer you an effective and low-impact aerobic exercise. This is especially useful for people who are just recuperating from injury, people with arthritis, elderly people or people who want to train their lower body muscles for competition.
The unit has the InTouch® monitor which lets you track the time, speed, distance and calories burned in the same display. You will be motivated by seeing how you progress from your previous sessions. It also has a simple button which is large and easy to use. The LCD display is also clear to see and easy to read.
You can choose your workout from the six preset fitness programs or just choose the tension you want from its eight resistance levels. In addition, its computer allows you to have a unique user interactive target zone feature. This program lets you have the option to interact with any of these six different programs. You can finally achieve your workout goal and have fun throughout the program. The target zone feature lets you know if your speed is too fast or too slow. When you pedal too slowly, the speed indicator will go toward the fast zone and remind you that you will have to pedal faster. If you do that, the indicator will drift back to the target zone. On the contrary, if you spin too fast, it will drift toward the slow zone and lets you know that you need to slow down. This gives you a fun and consistent challenge.
The bike uses a magnetic resistance system which makes the pedaling smooth and quiet. The design is compact and unique. It doesn’t require much space to place. The seat and the seat back are covered by vinyl and packed with high density foam for good support. The pedals are made to be oversized so that you can fit any size of shoes on them. On the shroud of the unit, you will see the tension resistance knob just in front of you. You can then set your workout intensity with ease by turning this knob. There are eight levels of resistance for you to choose. Front and rear stabilizer-tubes give you a firm and steady bike position. The rear stabilizer’s caps allow you to have a smooth and comfortable workout. These caps are also useful for adjusting to match an un-even floor. The frame is made of steel. This makes it a durable unit. When you start using this recumbent bike, all you need to do is just putting the two AA batteries that come with the bike at their place on the console’s back. The handlebars beside the seat contain heart rate monitor sensors. You can hold grips onto these sensors and get the heart rate on the screen.
As mentioned earlier, apart from eight tension resistance levels, you still have six preset programs to work on. This type of preset programs can hardly be found in the bikes at this price level. So, this is an extra benefit that you should consider.
The unit is easy to transport thanks to the wheels on the front of the unit. What you need to do is just lifting the rear stabilizer tube and pulling or pushing it. The last attribute is its price. The unit comes with a very attractive price. This makes it one of the most popular items in the category.
According to the reviews, there are a few complaints on the unit but not very significant. A few complaints are on its weak resistance level and a few on the heart rate monitor. We will talk about them later on our reviews. The interesting point is that as time goes by, these complaints are getting less. This may mean that Stamina has fixed those problems. In addition, most of the customers said that Stamina’s customer service was doing a great job taking care of the situation. This should be another plus for the product.
How comfortable is the seat and seat back:
The unit gives you a padded seat and seat back. The approximate width of the seat is 14.5 inches and the depth is 10 inches. It can therefore be used with people with different body sizes. Most of the people find the seat is fairly comfortable while only a few find it too hard. The seat back is firm and sturdy but may be a little too much on the recline position. You may need to add a wedge pillow to adjust your back position if you think that your back is too much leaning. The seat back cannot be adjusted though. The seat height also cannot be changed but you can slide it forward and backward to make it suitable to your height. Overall, the seat is reliable and gives you a good comfort at its price range.
Unlike moving the car seat, the process of moving the seat here can be a pain since you will need to step out of the unit before you adjust it. There is an adjustment knob that you will have to twist and then make your adjustment. Therefore, if two or more people in a home are using the unit, it might bother you a bit with all the adjustment process.
If you are planning to take the ride for a long time, you may want to place a small pillow or cushion above the seat to add more comfort. This extra cushion will be useful for longer period use.
Cranks and Pedals
The Stamina 4825 recumbent bike comes with precision balanced flywheel which allows you to have more accurate shifting and rotating wheel. You will have a smooth and quiet pedaling while you are using it. This is great since it is not going to disturb those around you involved in other activities when you are working out.
The pedals are large enough to give comfort and prevent slippage. They also provide safety straps to secure your feet to the pedals. In addition, the pedals stop when you do and do not spin on their own after you get off. You can also pedal backward if you want when you are using the bike.
The Tension Resistance
The machine comes with magnetic tension resistance with eight different resistance levels for you to choose. The more resistance you select, the more intense your workout is going to be. Although some may find that the resistance levels on the bike are too easy, many find them useful for their workout. By adjusting the tension knob in front of you, you will be able to get the intensity of the exercise you want.
Display Type and Readouts
The machine comes with a large LCD monitor which gives you different programs to choose from. It is designed to help you achieve your fitness goals. All you have to do is to select the program you like, set the time that you want to work out and then begin exercising.
The display has functions showing the elapsed time, speed, distance, pulse, and the calories burned. The calories are calculated without using your personal data like your weight or your age. So, it is for the comparison only – not for using seriously.
You can use SCAN mode to alternately see the values. If you do want to use the SCAN function, you can use MODE button to select just one of the functions. Here are all the information that are shown:
The time display is shown from one second up to 99.59 minutes.
The current speed is from zero to 999.9 miles per hour.
The distance is estimated from zero to 99.6 miles.
The calorie is calculated to be from zero to 9999 Kcal.
The preset programs can be set up from P0 to P6.
The heart rate is shown from 39 to 240 BPM ( beats per minute). You will have to place both hands on the sensors on the handlebar in order to get the pulse. If you do not touch them correctly, the computer will turn the function off within 8 seconds. In this case, you will have to press MODE and redo the steps again.
Target Zone of Stamina 4825
This may be one of the most interesting functions of the unit. It displays the zone of the current speed and lets you know if you need to speed up or slow down in order to remain in the zone.
Details of Preset Programs
Apart from the target zone feature, you can also choose the option of interacting with any of the six different preset programs to have more fun on your workout. The programs have set the speed targets that change throughout the program. It will tell you if your pedaling speed is too fast or too slow. You can select the following:
P0 is manual program.
P1 is fat burn, P2 is max fat burn, P3 is aerobic, P4 is hill, P5 is interval and P6 is mountain. The following image illustrates what you will get from each program.
Each program allows you to set the intensity according to the time you set. The minimum time is 20 minutes and you can change the tension during your workout.
Stamina 4825: How to Start Working Out
- You start pedaling or you can press the MODE button.
- Then stop pedaling for four seconds. After that press SET button, the display will flash for you to select one of the programs from P0-P6. Use up or down arrow to select the program. Press SET to select the program you want.
- Set the program time by using up or down arrow. The time can be set for up to 99 minutes. Press SET button to confirm the selected time. If you select to work out from P1-P6, the starting time will be 20 minutes.
Another good point of the console is its low position. It will not block the TV so you can watch shows or play video games on your Wii while you are working out. This may give you greater chance of getting exercise.
Heart Rate Monitor
As we have mentioned, the Stamina 4825 Magnetic Resistance Recumbent Bike has the handrail with the pulse or heart rate sensors. You can take a grip of the handrails and the console will read out your pulse. There are a few complaints on the accuracy of the pulse data, though. If you want more accurate data, you may want to use an additional heart rate monitor like a chest strap or a heart rate monitor watch. Not only may the data be more accurate, but you can also use your hands to open books or hold the iPad while you are pedaling.
There is no performance tracking program in this machine. So, if you want to keep a record of your workout, you may have to do it manually.
The Power of the Machine
The computer of the unit only needs two AA batteries and nothing else. You don’t have to worry about having the plug near the machine since it doesn’t have an electrical cord or adapter with it.
Maximum Weight and Height
The official maximum weight is at 300 pounds. The workable height of the users should be within the range from 5 feet to 6 feet 4 inches.
The Noise Level
The unit works at a very quiet pace. The machine’s good drive and crank system allows you to have smooth and quiet workout.
There is no other accessory which comes extra from what have mentioned. There is no sound system, no bottle holder and no fan.
There may be one extra feature that can be considered as an accessory. The front wheels of the unit allow you to move the product around. You can do that by lifting the rear stabilizer tube and pull or push the unit to the direction you want.
Most customers said that the assembly is not difficult and some said quite easy. The manual seems to give enough details on the process. The time expected to assemble the unit is approximately one hour.
The unit is easy to assemble. Only a few people complain that the assembly is a challenge. Most of the customers said it is not difficult and the manual is clear on what you have to do step by step.
The size is compact and the unit does not require much space to place. This makes it suitable for a smaller room or apartment.
The bike works quietly. You can therefore exercise while you are watching your favorite TV program or listening to the music.
The tension is adjustable according to your needs.
The unit is good for a tall people. According to our record, I found that a person as tall as 6 feet 4 inches can use the unit.
You can use this unit to strengthen your lower body without putting much pressure on your back and knees.
Stamina has good customer service. I don’t see any complaints on the customer service so far.
Since this is a mechanical bike, you can still work out by spinning the bike even though the console is out. Of course all the preset programs will be gone but you can still use other stuff.
The price is good with all the features offered. You may not be able to find a well-equipped machine at this price level from other brands.
A few customers complain on the weak resistance level the unit offers. However, not many people have that problem.
The heart rate monitor may not work properly in some units. If you are serious about this feature, you may run the risk of not having what you get.
Some customers complain that the seat is a little hard. You may need to add some cushion or small wedge to make it more comfortable if you want a long workout. The complaints are not that many though. Most still like what they get.
Seat adjustment is a little difficult because you will have to get of the machine and adjust it. So, if there are many people at different heights using this unit, you may have to devote a few minutes to adjust it before each use.
The unit comes with a price range of $190-$330 depending on the promotional period. You can check out the latest price at Amazon.
The dimension of the unit is 56L x 26W x 33.5H inches. Its weight is around 71 pounds. When it is placed on the floor, the unit will need 24 inches space on each side in order to get best performance result.
The company offers 3-year warranty on frame and 90 days warranty on parts.
Reviews and Rating
Although the unit is sold at an economical price, the reviews are surprisingly positive with a very high mark. I found that out of 209 reviews, 82 % of the users give the unit four to five stars. This means that more than eighty per cent of the people are happy with their purchase. This is one of the good indications on its quality and attributes. There is no major repetitive complaint on the unit. As I have noticed, the complaints become less in more recent purchases. In addition, most of the customers said that the customer service of Stamina respond quickly and effectively.
This Stamina 4825 Magnetic Resistance Recumbent Bike is an unbelievably inexpensive item which provides you with all basic functions that you need for a machine at this price level. It has preset programs and a target zone workout for your fun and motivation. The heart rate monitor allows you to track your pulse rate and the tension resistance gives you different levels of workout intensity. It can be useful especially for a really tall person since it is hard to find a recumbent bike that allows the person who is as tall as 6 feet 5 inches to use.
The shortfalls of the unit may be about the weak resistance levels and the inaccurate pulse reader. The seat is alright but may not be that superb.
Whether you should buy this unit depends on your needs. If you are an exercise lover who wants to use the machine up to the athlete level, this unit may not be suitable for you. But if you are looking for an inexpensive home exercise machine which allows you to work out while you are watching TV and do not want to work out heavily, this Stamina 4825 can be a solid choice.