Horizon Comfort 408 Recumbent Exercise Bike Review

Our view – The Horizon Comfort 408 is described by some as a semi-recumbent bike due to its slightly higher seat in relation to the pedals compared to other recumbent bikes. Horizon claim the position helps to reduce the strain on legs and lower back and we have to admit we found it very comfortable.

The seat is well-padded with lumbar support and even taller people should find a good riding position – the self-adjusting pedals are wide with straps to keep your feet in place.

One feature the 408 can boast over its closest rivals is the Free Spin TechnologyTM which lets you coast when you stop pedalling – just like a real bike on a hill. This combined with the smooth pedalling action makes for a comfortable and enjoyable ride whilst reducing the stress on your joints.

The display consists of a large LCD screen showing distance, speed, time, calories and your heart rate. Whilst the screen is large if you’re short-sighted you’ll need to keep your glasses on as the actual numbers are small. The control console is easy to use with one-touch buttons to alter the resistance level and up-down arrows to select one of the 8 pre-set programmes and other settings.

The pre-set programmes are varied enough to keep your training from getting dull, although both the Bremshey Cardio ER and Schwinn 203 have twice that number. The Comfort 408 programmes include intervals, hills and weightloss plus two free custom slots for you to design your own.

You can measure your heart rate by either using the grips on the handles or the more accurate chest strap (not included) that communicates with the built-in Polar chip in the console. However, note the Comfort 408 does not have heart rate programmes that alters the resistance or speed levels to keep your heart beating at the best rate to optimise your workout – both the above mentioned bikes have this feature.

Horizon offer a full three year parts and labour warranty which is very good for a bike in this price range.

A very comfortable, quality bike that’s ideal for those new to exercise or recovering from injury or illness, although not quite as exciting as the Bremshey Cardio ER.

Best Price

The Horizon Comfort 408 is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

Review Summary - In Brief

If you like to use heart rate programmes during training to be sure that your heart is beating at the best rate to optimise your workout, this is something you will not get with this bike, but still it has 8 pre-set programmes, which is maybe not a very impressive number, but according to us enough to help you achieve various important fitness goals. There are, however, two features that make the Horizon Comfort 408 a really outstanding recumbent bike. One of them is the Free Spin TechnologyTM that lets you coast when you stop pedalling – just like a real bike on a hill. The second feature which makes it unique when compared to other recumbent bikes is a slightly higher seat in relation to the pedals used to reduce the strain on legs and lower back. This bike is definitely a great choice for persons who need an exercise machine for rehabilitation purposes or expect top comfort during workout.

Horizon Comfort 408 Specifications

    • 8 pre-set programmes
    • 16 magnetic resistance levels – one touch digitally controlled
    • Polar chip for pulse measurement by chest strap
    • Alternative hand grips to monitor pulse
    • Large LCD window display

Horizon Comfort 408 Recumbent Exercise Bike - Console / Display Unit

Horizon Comfort 408 Recumbent Exercise Bike Reviewer Ratings

 

Appearance - 6
Smoothness - 6
Comfort - 10
Programmes - 5
Ease Of Use - 7
Warranty - 9
Value for Money - 6
Best Price

The Horizon Comfort 408 is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

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