Avari R210 Magnetic Recumbent Bike Review
This model has been discontinued. See below for the best alternative model.
How We Reviewed This Model
The Avari R210 Magnetic Recumbent Bike is a very basic home fitness machine that provides safe, comfortable seating. It offers eight levels of quiet magnetic resistance and gives workout feedback: A small LCD shows speed, distance, time elapsed and calories burned. The display is powered by the pedaling, so no batteries are required.
This bike supports low-impact workouts that are suitable for rehabilitation and for people with some physical limitations. The uppermost tension level is relatively low, but with regular use the Avari R210 can help trainees maintain healthy weights and tone their lower bodies.
This product sells online for under $250 and includes a short warranty. Here’s a point-by-point review of the Avari R210’s features.
The GreatHere are some reasons people choose the Avari R210 Magnetic Recumbent Bike.
- Low Price: This product is one of the lowest-priced stationary recumbent bikes on the market.
- Assembly: Assembly is straightforward. This bike doesn’t contain many parts, and the instructions make sense.
- Light Flywheel: Avari exercise bikes provide light resistance. Their tension can be adjusted during workouts by turning a conveniently-placed knob. The tension levels on the Avari 210 are most helpful for physical rehabilitation, moderate calorie burn and muscle toning. Although the knob is labeled 1 – 8, the change in tension is continuous so that the rider can make microadjustments.
- Magnetic Resistance: Magnetic resistance supports quiet rotation of the flywheel. This is primarily why the Avari R210 runs quietly enough to use while watching TV at a regular volume.
- Seated Ride: This bike’s recumbent seat looks chair-like. It has a supportive back to relieve stress. The chair adjusts to fit riders’ different heights and preferences.
- Data: The Avari R210 Magnetic Recumbent Bike displays distance, time, speed and calories.
- Comfortable Pedals: The pedals move along a comfortable path and have shoe straps for safety.
- Two Sets of Bars: In addition to handlebars, this bike has side handlebars next to its seat.
- Adjustable Saddle: The bike seat can be moved up or down, forward or backward for riders of different heights.
- User-Generated Power: The console is powered by energy from the user’s exercise. This eliminates the need for a power cord or batteries. The only disadvantage is that data disappear shortly after a person stops pedaling.
- Weight Capacity: The user weight limit is 250 pounds.
- Compact Size: The Avari R210 is compact enough to keep in a small room. Its dimensions are 49″ long x 23.5″ wide x 38.5″ high.
Avari stationary bikes are among Stamina’s less durable products. Including its packaging, the Avari R210 Recumbent Bike only weighs about 60 pounds. It is therefore most suitable for elderly or infirm people, those in physical rehabilitation, and others who won’t demand intense workouts. Here are some possible downsides of choosing the Avari R210 Magnetic Recumbent Bike.
- Cheaper Frame: Unlike most stationary bikes, Avari recumbent bikes don’t have steel frames. They have lower weight capacities than most recumbent bikes have — 250 pounds versus 300 to 400. Plus, the frame for the Avari R210 is only under warranty for a few years. Other bike frames have lifetime guarantees.
- No Water Bottle Holder: A water bottle holder would be a convenient perk.
- No Transport Wheels: Most stationary bikes have transport wheels. This bike is relatively lightweight but could be difficult for some people to move.
- Short Warranty: The Avari R210 Magnetic Recumbent carries a substandard 90-days parts warranty. The frame is protected for three years. It’s a good idea to assemble this product as soon as possible to get the full advantage of the short replacement period if needed.
Who Should Choose the Avari R210 Magnetic Recumbent Bike?
The Bottom Line
The low-resistance Avari R210 Magnetic Recumbent Bike lends itself to rehabilitative training and other low-intensity exercise. It’s a very basic bike built for safe, comfortable aerobic workouts. The R210 is not likely to outlast more expensive bikes but it will probably provide enough use for the cost.