Nautilus NR3000 Recumbent Exercise Bike Review

Our view – the next bike up from the Nautilus NR2000 and a hefty £300 or so more. However, for that you do get quite a few extra features. The first you notice is Nautilus’s innovative ROCTM system (Remote Operation Control) which allows you to alter resistance levels and start new programmes without taking your hands off the handles. Initially we thought this meant you could control the bike from your sofa so you could get fit without moving a muscle – but sadly this is not the case :0).

The NR3000 is also self-powered so you can put it anywhere you like without having to worry about a power supply. If you’re going to use it alot you’ll also save money off your electricity bill although it might take 10 years to chalk up the £300 difference. As with all Nautilus bikes the action is very smooth and makes practically no noise at all with 20 resistance levels to offer a good variation to your workout. The riding position is great and with all the adjustable parts everyone should be able to find the ultimate riding posture for all shapes and sizes.

The console has 8 pre-set programmes including 2 heart rate programmes to burn the fat by keeping your pulse at an optimum level. There are grips to measure your pulse in the handles although we recommend you use the chest strap that comes with the bike as it more accurate. You also get a fitness test so you can measure your progress against a set programme – a good motivator – plus the ability to design 2 of your own programmes to store on the console.

The console is high definition and much easier to read than the NR2000 if you wear glasses, plus we think the lay out is better and easy to use than the NR2000. On a practical level there are large transport wheels at the front so you can tip it up to move around, although it’s quite heavy at 159kg (350 lbs). A built-in water bottle holder and reading rack offer added convenience. The seat has lumbar support and is very comfortable even for long sessions.

The warranty covers the frame for life, all other parts for 10 years and labour for 1 year.

Best Price

The 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

The NR3000 has some great features and well worth a look but you'll have to decide whether the extras are worth the price tag when compared to the NR2000.

Specifications

    • Magnetic braking system with 20 resistance levels
    • 6 pre-set programmes including heart rate and custom
    • Hand grips to monitor pulse and built-in polar chip (chest strap included)
    • 6 window LED display
    • Self-powered (no mains required)

Nautilius nr3000 - Console / Display Unit

Nautilus NR3000 Recumbent Exercise Bike Console

Nautilius nr3000 Reviewer Ratings

 

Appearance - 6
Smoothness - 9
Comfort - 8
Programmes - 6
Ease Of Use - 9
Warranty - 10
Value for Money - 7
Best Price

The 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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