Currently available for £499.00 from John Lewis
Kettler Giro C3 Exercise Bike Review
With a long history of producing some great exercise bikes, the Kettler brand has long been associated with quality home exercise bikes. With a solid range of bikes on the market, we were keen to take a closer look at a model closer to the mid-point part of the range. Here we take a look at the Kettler Giro C3 model to see just what your hard-earned cash will buy you at this end of the spectrum.
Assembly of the Giro C3 is ultimately very much like a lot of upright exercise bikes and is straightforward enough once a little common sense is applied. Once you get your head around the way the diagram based instructions work it’s a simple enough job to complete the build, though the sequence in which the manual instructs the owner to put the bike together is not, in your reviewer’s opinion, the easiest way possible (this is where having put countless similar bikes together counts for something!). The sequence provided in the manual turns what should be a one-person job into a two-person job. That being said there’s nothing illogical here or anything that’s a deal-breaker and most people should find the build easy enough.
Once assembled, getting a good riding position is the first thing on the agenda and this is not only possible but actually quite easy to do. The saddle is adjustable both horizontally and vertically and the handlebars can be tilted towards and away from you so getting a good fit for most people is easily achievable.
The action on the Giro C3 is nice and smooth with the 8kg flywheel providing enough stability to deliver a smooth, consistent, motion throughout the whole cycle. It’s nice and stable too so that even when you turn on the power and ramp up the intensity of a workout, it remains nice and solid with very lateral little movement. All this makes this bike feel sturdy and well made. One feature worth noting here is the low step-through at the front of the bike which makes it a good option if your mobility is limited as you don’t have to step over the main body of the bike in order to mount it.
In terms of workouts, there are 15 levels of computer-controlled resistance available to choose from and 10 onboard workouts. The maximum level of resistance isn’t at all bad and should provide a decent challenge to all but users that are already very fit. The overall workout range here is quite limited however and there are no interactive training options to expand your choices either. In addition, this is not an ergometer bike. Cycle ergometers measure the work and energy of the rider during a workout and are a great way to monitor your output for each session which helps to make sure you’re working as hard as you should be. Given the price point of this model, the training options and feedback here are a bit of a letdown and we’d expect to see a bit more. That being said, the programmes that are there are well designed and definitely do the job of providing a good workout so while it is a bit limited, what it does do, it does well.
Other features include a tablet holder, self-levelling pedals, leg levellers and a wireless heart rate receiver, though as usual, you’ll need to buy the strap separately. The Giro C3 also comes with Kettler’s 3-year parts and labour warranty peace of mind.
The Kettler Giro C3 certainly features a number of typical Kettler traits which is a good thing. It has a thought-through design, is nicely constructed and does what it does well. But here's the crux of the matter, the price tag. For an exercise bike in the price range, it falls well short of what you can get from any number of competing models. Take the DKN AM-3i for example. The AM-3i features an 11kg flywheel (vs 8kg here) which makes it feel noticeably smoother, has 32 levels of resistance (vs 15 here), has 4 user profiles, features an ergometer, has 15 workouts and comes Bluetooth ready to connect to a smart device so you can choose from a range of 3rd party interactive apps. It also has a huge 150kg max user weight which is a testament to the build quality. All this will set you back around £100 less than the Giro C3, and the AM-3i isn't alone. The Giro C3 is good at what it does but just doesn't represent enough value right now for us to be able to recommend it due to the price.
Kettler Giro C3 Specifications
- 8kg (17.6lbs) flywheel
- 15 levels of electronic magnetic resistance
- 10 workout programmes
- LCD display
- Hear rate measurement via hand pulse sensors and wireless receiver (chest strap optional)
- Horizontal and vertical seat adjustments
- Extras: tablet holder, transportation wheels
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 136cm (53.5″) x 60cm (23.6″) x 105cm (57.5″)
- Max. User Weight: 130kg (286.6lbs)
- Product Weight: 34kg (75lbs)
- Power: mains
- Warranty: 3 years parts and labour
Kettler Giro C3 Exercise Bike - Console / Display Unit
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