3G Cardio Elite Upright Exercise Bike Review
3G Cardio Elite UB Overview
Some people want the best that they can get. This can extend to exercise equipment or any number of extra topics. When looking at exercise equipment, this desire for the best can get quite expensive if you simply go by the cost. However, sometimes that cost can pay off. We’re going to be looking at the 3G Cardio Elite Upright Bike today and see whether or not its high price is worthy of our recommendation. We’ll check out all of the elements that this bike offers individually, like the resistance, monitor, saddle and so on. Then we shall compare all of these features to the price that it will cost anyone who might want to pick it up. Lastly, we shall give our opinion on whether or not it would be a good purchase. So with all of that out of the way, let’s get into our review of the 3G Cardio Elite Upright Bike!
We’ve mentioned the cost of the 3G Cardio Elite stationary bike a couple of times now, so it only makes sense that we start there with our examination. Considering that this is the first factor that many people look at when deciding on which bike to buy, it makes sense to compare everything to said price. As we’ve said, it is an expensive bike. The 3G Cardio Elite upright bike will set you back around $1,200. For such an expensive bike, you might expect some extremely generous warranties. Fortunately, your expectations would be fairly correct in this regard. You will get a lifetime warranty on the frame, with a 7 year frame warranty on the parts and a 1 years warranty on the labour. This is better than a great deal of warranties out there, which is good. Anything else and it would be a travesty. The shipping process of the 3G Cardio Elite bike shouldn’t take too long, perhaps 1-2 weeks. Once it does arrive, you get to assemble the piece. Fortunately, this piece is not that hard to assemble. The instructions that you get are fairly straightforward and will allow you to easily put together the machine even without a lot of experience. You can get it done fairly quickly and then hop on your new bike with everything nice and proper.
One of the largest elements that people have to consider with modern upright bikes comes in the form of the technology with it. The monitor can deliver so much in the modern day, or it can also just be a random piece of mediocre tech onboard. With the 3G Cardio Elite upright bike, it tends to fall closer to the former category. It has a large LCD screen that is backlit, making it easier to see in darker settings. All the metrics are shown simultaneously, so you don’t need to use a scan function to see all the stats. These statistics include your time, RPM, watts, distance, calories, and heart rate. You can see them in both metric measurements and English measurements. It can read your heart rate through telemetric connections with the chest strap it comes with. There are also 16 programs to choose from on the monitor, as well as the manual mode. You can set up 4 different user profiles if there are multiple users at home. Other programs include interval training, weight loss, statistical goals and more. The only real weakness that the 3G Cardio Elite upright bike’s monitor has is the lack of any sort of online connection. Unlike on some other monitors (that can be found on cheaper upright bikes under 1000), you won’t be connecting to any apps or anything via Bluetooth. But otherwise, it is quite a good monitor.
The resistance is the other major factor of modern exercise bikes. After all, if you want to get fit, a good resistance system is crucial. The 3G Cardio Elite upright bike uses a magnetic resistance system that can only be adjusted from the aforementioned console. Specifically, it is called a motorized eddy current resistance system. It requires connection to a power circuit to provide resistance. When you select one of the 16 different levels of resistance, the motor will adjust the position of the magnetic brake pad to provide more or less resistance. The upper levels are quite challenging, while the lower levels will still provide the type of lower-intensity workout that you might be looking for. It has a belt drive inside to make for an extremely quiet workout, which is always nice. The 3G Cardio Elite upright bike uses a 3-piece crank system to hold the pedals together, which is quite nice. This means that it is more than just a piece of metal welded together (like 1-piece cranks are). Instead, it is more durable and simply feels better. We don’t know the specific weight of the flywheel, nor do we know the Q-Factor of the bike. For those who are unaware, the Q-Factor is the distance between the pedals. If it is too wide then you can end up getting quite uncomfortable. If it is too narrow, the same can happen in addition to some injuries. Considering that nobody has really complained about the Q-Factor in both user reviews and official ones, it seems to be at an acceptable range.
Many people also typically want to know how much their potential new bike weighs, as well as how much space it takes up. The 3G Cardio Elite upright bike weighs 91 lbs (41 kg) when fully assembled, while it can support a hefty 350 lbs (159 kg). Meanwhile it measures out to be 41 inches (104 cm) long, 22.5 inches (57 cm) wide and 55 inches (140 cm) tall. It isn’t the biggest bike you’ll ever see, but it still takes up a decent amount of room. There are small transport wheels on the front that help a little bit with transportation, but they aren’t the most useful. The stabilizers on the rear of the bike are also quite small and unassuming. You might feel some shaking on those more intense rides this way. But otherwise it has a firm steel frame that will keep together.
We’ll round everything out with the rest of the physical elements of the 3G Cardio Elite upright bike, starting with the handlebars. The foam covered handlebars are not adjustable, but they do offer multiple grip positions. The lower section of the handlebars have pulse sensors in case you don’t want to use a chest strap for heart rate monitoring. Then there is the saddle. This is a fairly wide seat that has a lot of cushioning on it. However, it still doesn’t do that much out of the ordinary, with the occasional user review complaining about comfort. It can be adjusted both horizontally and vertically, which is always nice. It means that more people can fit comfortably onboard. The tube of the seat is quite thin, which might add to that bouncing around on the more intense workouts. The pedals are pretty standard non-slip ones with some adjustable straps to keep your feet in place. As for any additional bonus features that you might be looking for, there is a water bottle holder beneath the console. If you want any sound systems or cooling fans, you’re going to be disappointed. They aren’t going to be found here. Quite disappointing for a bike of this price level.
3G Cardio Elite Upright Bike Pros:
- Motorized magnetic resistance has 16 different resistance settings
- Magnetic resistance combines with belt drive for quiet experience
- Monitor has 16 different programs to add workout variety
- Monitor is large, backlit and displays plenty of statistics
- Monitor is compatible (and comes with) a heart rate chest strap
- EKG monitors located in the handlebars
- The seat is 4-way adjustable, allowing for more customization
- The warranties back up the bike for a long time
- There is a water bottle holder for rehydration
- General frame is of a commercial quality
- Has an impressive maximum weight limit of 350 lbs
3G Cardio Elite Upright Bike Cons:
- Monitor has no online connectivity via Bluetooth (or anything else)
- Monitor has no speakers or other sound system
- No cooling fans on the console
- Resistance can only be changed via the console
- Handlebars aren’t adjustable
- Both the stabilizers and transport wheels are quite small
- Extremely pricey (even overpriced)
The Final Verdict
The 3G Cardio Elite upright bike is an extremely quality light commercial-quality bike. It has a quality monitor, offers excellent warranties and gives a solid resistance challenge for all who climb aboard. However, it does lack some of those more advanced bells, whistles and monitor features that you might expect from a bike of this price. No app connections, sound systems or cooling fans seems like a lot to sacrifice for the amount you’d be paying. Especially when other bikes like the Nautilus U618, which is about $500 cheaper, have such systems. If the price were lower, it would be an automatic recommendation. Otherwise, it’s more of a case of how much you are willing to spend for a long warranty.