Currently available for £179.99 from Argos
Reebok Jet 100 Exercise Bike Review
Reebok are one of the highest profile brands in home fitness and have a strong reputation for building quality home fitness machines. They’ve currently got a large range of differing models on the market including their Z series, GT series and Titanium series range of machines. Having covered some of these ranges extensively we thought we’d take a closer look at their Jet series and picked the Jet 100 upright bike for a closer look. With this Jet model, Reebok seem to be trying hard to hit a very aggressive price point – have they managed this without too many compromises?
As always the first thing to do is build the bike and that’s been made just about as easy as possible without fully pre-assembling it for you. The assembly manual consists of seven diagrams showing each stage. It’s simple and very clear and took us just under 30 min to unpack and put together. As expected from Reebok the quality of the components is good and everything fitted together without the need to force anything or improvise.
Aesthetically the Jet 100 looks good with its no nonsense black design with just a little red trim to add some vibrancy. It’s the sort of look that’ll fit into most anywhere without being an eyesore. It’s also quite chunky looking which boded well for the test it was about to be put through by some of the larger members of the team ?
Getting a comfy position on the Jet 100 is nice and easy. The saddle adjusts vertically and horizontally and the handlebars tilt towards and away from you. It’s all very simple and everyone in the office who tested it was able to get into a good riding position in a minute or two so it’s definitely suitable for a wide range of people of all shapes and sizes.
The cycling action on the Jet 100 is fairly smooth and compares well to cheap models on the market from certain brands. However, to hit the price point, Reebok have opted for a 6kg flywheel and the impact of this on the smoothness of the machine is noticeable compared with other budget priced models with 8kg or 9kg flywheels.
The console is a pretty simple and straightforward affair. On the plus side, it’s very simple and intuitive to use. On the downside, the functionality is a bit limited and the display is a very plain LCD one without dual colour or a vibrant back light. But, we can’t complain too much considering the price point and the fact that all the basic information is There are no user profiles to get calorie estimates that reflect the age, weight and gender of the user and also, there’s no wireless heart rate receiver built into the console to be able to use a chest strap to get accurate heart rate feedback during exercise. One detail on the console we were pleased to see is that the preset programmes are scalable: this means you can find a routine that you enjoy and adjust the difficulty level of that profile as fitness levels improve. In addition to the preset programmes and other standard options available on the console, there is a recovery test function. This involves holding onto the pulse grip sensors once you finish the workout and the console measures the rate at which your pulse slows down after the exercise session to provide a fitness rating. Given that pulse grip sensors on any machine aren’t particularly accurate, this is more an indication than anything else – but certainly a nice to have!
What’s the all important resistance like? With 16 levels, it’s not that hard to find a setting that works for you and the transition between resistance levels, while not the fastest we’ve seen, is still very respectable and more than responsive enough to deliver a smooth experience. The high end of the resistance is really quite tough too and while it’s not going to cater for pro athletes or fitness fanatics, it will easily provide more than enough of a challenge for pretty much all home users, even those at the fitter end of the scale.
The warranty on the Reebok Jet 100 bike is their standard 2 years parts and labour warranty offered across all the products in their ranges and with Reebok’s reliable service should anything go wrong you can rest easy that it’ll get sorted out.
The Jet 100 upright bike is another very solid offering from Reebok. Visually pleasing, mechanically sound and with a good range of workouts available it’s going to be a very good match to a really wide range of users but there's the issue of what you're actually getting for your money. There was a time when this spec would be considered amazing for the money. But times change and nearly all of its competitor models offer some key things missing here, such as a wireless heart rate receiver to name but one. An example of this is the DKN AM-E which has user profiles, a wireless receiver and is packed with features and also has a significantly heavier flywheel. So while the Jet 100 is a good bike, you can definitely get more for your money right now.
Reebok Jet 100 Specifications
- 6kg (13,2lbs) flywheel
- 16 levels of electronic resistance
- 5″ LCD display
- 19 programmes (12 pre-set)
- Feedback: Speed, time, distance, calories, pulse, watts, RPM
- Heart rate measurement via Pulse grip sensors
- Adjustable pedal straps
- Adjustable seat (vertical/horizontal) and adjustable handlebar
- Self-levelling pedals
- Seat height: 71-98cm
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 81cm (31.9’’) x 54cm (21.3″) x 140cm (55.1″)
- Product weight: 30.7kg
- Max. user weight: 120kg
- Mains powered
- Transortation wheels
Reebok Jet 100 Exercise Bike - Console / Display Unit
Currently available for £179.99 from Argos
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