This exercise bike has six workout presets. A built-in pace guide tells you whether you need to slow down or speed up your pedaling to match each program’s requirements. To add additional challenge to your workout, the Stamina Magnetic has eight levels of magnetic resistance you can adjust by turning a dial.
The Stamina Magnetic has an adjustable seat, padded handlebars and weighted, textured pedals. Its maximum user weight is 300 pounds. While its handles have pulse grips to monitor your heart rate, this exercise bike isn’t telemetry enabled. If you’re hoping for a bike with a chest strap, consider the Nautilus U618. The Schwinn 270 Recumbent is also telemetry enabled, but you must purchase a chest strap separately.
This exercise bike’s InTouch LCD monitor displays your time, speed, distance, calories and pulse. Users say its console has a simple, user-friendly design that “does what it is designed to do.” However, unlike the ProForm 8.0 EX, which has the best console we found, the Stamina Magnetic doesn’t have a media tray, fan, speakers or water bottle holder. Also, it isn’t Bluetooth compatible. Its console is powered with two AA batteries.
Although this exercise bike has leveling endcaps, some users say it feels unbalanced during use. On the plus side, it has a compact design. Its dimensions are 39 x 20 x 52 inches (length, width, height), and it weighs 65 pounds. The heaviest machine we reviewed, the NordicTrack GX 4.4 Pro, weighs double that at a hefty 123 pounds.
Stamina warranties the Magnetic Upright’s frame for one year, with a 90-day guarantee on parts. Consumer support is available by phone, email and live chat. We experienced responsive, thorough customer service when we asked questions about the machine.