By Ron in Brooklyn (New York, NY) on Nov 13, 2011
Comments: I was looking for a machine that felt as good as the Life Fitness brand at my gym. All ellipticals are not created equal. I had been dismissing Nordic Track because I didn't see them as nearly comparable with professional gym equipment. When I happen to try one at Sears I was surprised. It feels much like the $4000+ Life Fitness machine I had pretty much settled on. I set it up yesterday and just had my first full session. Pros Instructions are well written and easy to follow. Packaging is done in a manner that ensures everything that ships and can be found. I'm mechanical and assembly took just over two hours with a friend (excluding cleaning up the volumes of packaging). The machine has a heavy solid feel. And I noted during assembly that it's well built with heavy materials, full welds, and an overall good design. It feels like a good piece of professional guy equipment. And has a uniquely small footprint. Cons The standard heart rate monitor that uses the hand grip doesn't seem serious. Either it's not any good or I need to see a doctor quick. My heart rate went from 150 to 102 to 140 (desired) and back.... not right as I was not in the throes of a dead faint. It squeaks a bit, but I'm sure now that I did not use enough grease. It comes with two packages. I recommend that they get used entirely. There is also a minor "clunk" when the arms switch direction. This indicates some play between the axle(s) and the housing they slide into. Nothing to do but get used to that. Overall an excellent piece of home equipment at a price that I find very attractive. I never thought I get away with $900 plus. So far I'm very happy.