Exercise bikes and ergometers are the classic home exercise machines. Their smooth rotation is easy on the joints and places significantly less stress on the knees than does jogging,
Ergometers, unlike conventional exercise bikes, are adjusted electronically and convince with very precise intensity control and high display accuracy. According to national and European standard DIN EN 957-1/5 ergometers must show the user's performance in watts, exercise bikesmay indicate an intensity level only. Because of strict precision requirements, ergometer bikes are well suited to the demands of physical therapy.
Recent Stiftung Warentest test results: Fit for Fun's 12/2008 issue presents the results from their latest ergometer test! Various exercise bikes with intensity display (ergometer) and one recumbent bike were tested. Some criteria tested were, among others: quality of the training, handling, safety, features etc.
The Daum ergo_bike Premium 8's uncompromising features, quality and technology provide a superb feel during the workout. The extra low entry, smooth motion, diverse programmes, data storage on the memory card and much more round off the test winner's overall impression. The Daum ergo_bike Premium 8 is suitable for sports and therapeutic use.
The Kettler X3 ergometer has a very good price/performance ratio. Its electronics, mechanics and ergonomics are perfectly attuned and ensure a varied training.
Both ergometers already meet highest safety requirements which are not in place yet but will be soon. Should the heart rate signal be lost for example, the ergometer's resistance will be reduced after one minute at the latest!
The tested Kettler X3 ergometer's successor is the Kettler X5 ergometer. It also cnvinces with integrated heart rate control and a PC interface. Compared to the Kettler X3 ergometer, the Kettler X5 ergometer has a notably sturdier frame and very low frame entry. This ensures easy access even for the elderly.
Different ergometers, just like any kind of sports equipment, have great feature differences:
Braking system, watt display: All featured ergometers have a magnetic braking system (some eddy current, some induction) which controls the resistance; the output is a lot more precise than that of
exercise bikes as ergometers are standardised and electronically adjusted precisely, which is why the output in watts may be indicated.
Rotation speed dependent ergometers merely indicate the current the current output in watts.
Rotation independent ergometers enable the user to choose the wattage; the faster the user the more the resistance decreases; the lower the speed the more the resistance increases, this keeps the user at the predetermined resistance level. Therefore, an rpm-independent ergometer enables the user exercise in a precise and comfortable way having set the output him/herself (or the output having been set by one's GP). As a result, these models are very suitable for therapeutic and rehabilitative use, cardiovascular training and even for top sports.
Console: As the price increases the variety of function increases. Higher-quality equipment furthermore provides stored exercise programmes.
Flywheel: Generally applies: The heavier the flywheel, the smoother runs the piece of equipment. Exemptions are ergometers from Tunturi's T-Series and Daum Ergobikes as they achieve precise running even with a lighter flywheel due to a high rotation speed.
The cardiostrong Recumbent-Bike BC 70 convinces by its unbelievably compact dimensions - the ergometer finds a place even in smallest fitness rooms. The cardiostrong Recumbent-Bike BC 70 offers, i.e., a variably adjustable seat - enough comfort even for taller athletes. The cardiostrong Recumbent-Bike BC 70 is sturdy and of durable workmanship and can be loaded up to 130 kg. 16 resistance levels and 12 programs (4 of them are pulse controlled) provide diversion and motivation. The newly developed cockpit is user-friendly and presents clearly all important data while exercising with the cardiostrong Recumbent-Bike BC 70.
cardiostrong enriches its fitness equipment series with the BX30, a completely equipped ergometer. The cardiostrong ergometer BX30 is equipped with a 9kg balance mass and an electronic magnetic brake system for comfortable motion. Resistance can be set in 16 levels, so that the cardiostrong ergometer BX30 can be adjusted to each fitness level. 12 programs, one of the heart rate controlled, offer diversion. Pulse is measured by integrated hand pulse sensors of the cardiostrong ergometer BX30 or an optionally available chest strap. The cardiostrong ergometer BX30 is equipped with a LCD display informing about your important training data like pulse, distance, time, etc.
The cardiostrong ergometer BX40 offers 24 programs and up to 400 watt resistance - a lot of diversion while doing stamina training at home. Workout becomes more effective with pulse measuring. The upright bike is an eyecatcher in every room with its slim and elegant design.
The Tunturi ergometer E30 Emerald Edition provides a balance mass of 14 kg and an induction resistance system for a joint-gentle workout. 23 programs and T-Scale™- offer exercises for almost each training target. A big LCD display, a user memory for five persons, and transport wheels complete the equipment of the Tunturi ergometer of the especially designed Emerald Edition.
electromagnetic induction braking system
Output: 20 - 400 W
Flywheel mass: 14 kg
Display of exercise profiles via LCD (extra large)
The cardiostrong ergometer BX90i is equipped with a silent magnetic brake system. Besides 16 resistance levels, 16 programs offer diversity while exercising. In addition, you can connect your iPad to the cardiostrong ergometer BX90i. Get access to further programs with the free software iSuper and browse in the internet or watch videos while exercising.
The new Daum Premium bike ergometer stands for a first-class training experience and quality and technology without compromises. For all active athletes as well as people in targeted and therapeutic training.
Also available in red design!
Output: 20 - 1000 W
Flywheel mass: 6 kg
Display of exercise profiles via LCD (extra large)
The cardiostrong ergometer BX-50 is equipped with a balance mass of 9 kg and an induction brake system variable between 10 and 350 watt. This makes a constant, joint-gentle motion and a very silent workout possible. 17 programs, four of them heart-rate controlled, provide a varied workout. Thanks to user memory, up to four persons can use their training settings. The computer is extremely easy-to-use and provides all important training information. The saddle can be variably adjusted to your preferred workout position.
The new Daum Premium ergometer stands for a first-class training experience and quality and technology without compromises. For all active athletes as well as people in targeted and therapeutic training.
Despite a low set-up area, the cardiostrong ergometer BX35 offers many practical functions. 12 programs and 16 resistance levels provide diversion and make the BX35 ideal for use with family. The comfortable saddle is flexibly adjustable, big pedals are comfortable. Thanks to sturdy workmanship, the cardiostrong ergometer BX35 is a reliable training equipment.
The Taurus gym ergometer 10.5 Pro convinces by outer and inner values. Under the precious surface, a very sturdy, heavy-duty frame is covered. May varied programs can be chosen on the display with touchscreen. The upright bike is suitable for regular, intensive stamina workouts at home, at school, in clubs, and in a gym.
Sport-Tiedje puts each fitness equipment through its paces. Then our team of sports scientists, serious athletes, and service technicians of many years of experience evaluate the products of different categories.
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The equipment includes, i.e., the brake system providing a comfortable workout motion. In combination with the training pc, precise resistance adjustments and diversion while exercising are made possible. Transport wheels, bottle holders, pulse measuring are extras increasing training comfort or effectivity and contributing to a good evaluation.
A sturdy frame construction, high weight, and safe stastand provide stability of the ergometer. A stable ergometer has a higher weight load capacity. Frame and handlebar are less loose for higher training intensities, the ergometer is more durable.
Besides the transmission ratio, the balance unit contributes to the concentric run. It consists of balance mass, pedal bearing, ball bearings, etc.. The better the concentric run, the more joint-gentle becomes the workout.
An ergonomic construction of the rgometer prevents signs of tiredness and physiological bad postures. Details like adjustment of saddle and handlebar, a low entry, pedal sapce, and general construction of the machine provide good ergonomics.