Kettler Remo Exercise Bike Review

Over the years, Kettler has built a reputation for quality engineered fitness machines but at quite high prices. When we came across the Remo exercise bike, we were keen to get our hands on one to see how Kettler fare at a budget price point.

Assembly of the Kettler was fairly straightforward and quite similar to many other bikes. It’s nice to see the assembly instructions actually having words to describe each step, rather than just diagram that can sometimes be quite difficult to work out.

Once assembled, one look at the finished product and it’s clear that this is one stylish exercise bike! It’s quite compact and as such would be suitable for those with limited space. We’re pleased that despite its compact dimensions, it’s a nice and heavy machine at some 30kg-odd for the assembled bike. Having a decent weight is important to ensure that you feel stable and secure when mounted and exercising.

So what’s it like to actually use? Finding the right position is easy to achieve with the seat adjustable for both height and reach and the handlebars are also adjustable for angle. The seat itself has a wide base and is quite comfortable. The pedaling motion surprised us with its smoothness – it has a really nice feel to it!

We were really pleased to see user profile functionality on the console that enables up to 4 different users to enter their gender, weight and height information in order to personalise the feedback on the console. This feature will be most welcome by those users using the exercise bike to try to shed a bit of weight – user profiles would mean that the calorie consumption figures reported will be remotely accurate!

The Remo is easy to use and control. In manual mode, you simply pedal and adjust the resistance using the rotating dial. This makes making large changes quite easy as it’s a quick rotation of the dial, rather than pressing ‘up’ and ‘down’ keys over and over again as is the approach on so many other exercise bikes.

The console features a fairly clear, blue back-lit LCD display that shows all the relevant exercise feedback continuously in dedicated segments. At the center of the display is a racetrack that shows two little bikes. This is primarily for use by the pre-set programs (of which there are 12). Whilst most pre-set programs simply vary the resistance of bike based on time segments, the Remo also has a concept of pace (pedaling speed). Each of the preset programs is effectively a race against the computer (presented by one of the two bikes). So, in addition to the program automatically adjusting the resistance up and down, the user is encouraged to pedal at the necessary rate to keep up (and beat!) the pace being set by the console. We really like this feature as it’s super-simple and quite effective. Our only gripe is that the pre-set programs are fixed to 20-minute durations.

In addition to the novel pre-set programs, there is a user defined program, heart rate control (which actually works well when using an optional wireless chest belt transmitter) as well as a fitness test (recovery) and body fat measurement function.

There are transport wheels at the front of the machine, so moving it around can be done without needing two people and there are leg levelers on the back footrest in order to keep the Remo stable on slightly uneven floors.

In case something goes wrong, there’s a market-beating 3-year parts & labour warranty included as standard on the Remo.

So, it seems that with the Remo, Kettler have come up with an innovative exercise bike that ticks many of our boxes and represents cracking value for money!

Best Price

Currently available for £199.00 from Sweatband.com

Review Summary - In Brief

The Remo from Kettler is a stylish and very feature rich machine for a budget exercise bike. It's one of the best bikes out there at the moment in this price range and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. From a well known brand, it has a decent spec at a budget price, but is just pipped to the post for being labelled our bike of the month by the excellent Viavito Satori.

Kettler Remo Specifications

    • 16 levels of computer controlled magnetic resistance
    • 8kg (17.6lbs) flywheel
    • Console: Blue back-lit LCD display
    • Console Feedback: Speed, distance, time, calories, pulse, rpm
    • 4 User Profiles
    • 12 pre-set programmes, 1 manual programme, 1 user programme; additionally body fat, pulse recovery fitness tests and personalized fitness programme
    • Heart rate measurement via grip sensor and a wireless receiver (optional)
    • Horizontal and vertical adjustment of seat
    • Balanced and adjustable pedals
    • Perspiration-resistant keys
    • Other Features: Alarm when max pulse is exceeded, Perspiration-resistant keys, Transport castors at front and height adjustment at rear
    • Power: Mains
    • Dimensions: Length=95cm (37.4”), Width=57cm (22.4”), Height=130cm (51.2”)
    • Maximum User Weight: 120kg (264.5lbs)
    • Product Weight: 30kg (66lbs)
    • 3 years parts and labour warranty

Kettler Remo Exercise Bike - Console / Display Unit

Kettler Remo Exercise Bike - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Smooth to use
  • Intuitive console
  • Comfy seat
  • Stylish design

The Cons

  • Hard to find any at this price point
Kettler Remo Exercise Bike Reviewer Ratings

 

Appearance - 9.5
Smoothness - 9
Comfort - 9
Programmes - 9
Ease Of Use - 8.5
Warranty - 9
Value for Money - 9
Best Price

Currently available for £199.00 from Sweatband.com

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