Reebok Titanium TC1.0 Exercise Bike Review

As one of the best-known brands in the home fitness equipment market, Reebok Fitness have built a strong reputation for providing good value machines at the entry level. Now, with their Titanium range they’ve set their sights at the upper mid to premium side of the market so we thought it worth checking out the entry model of the upright bike range, the TC1.0 to see just what you get for your money.

The assembly, like most upright bikes, is easy enough.The steps are clear and assembly was very straightforward with no problems along the way. Expect assembly to take around 45 minutes although if you’re a flat pack furniture wizard you’ll be able to get that down to around half an hour.

Once assembled, the TC1.0 looks good. The design looks both chunky and modern and it really does look like it’s built to last. All very encouraging but how does it actually perform?

As with any upright bike at this sort price the TC1.0 has all the things you’d expect. Adjustable seat for both height and distance, adjustable handlebars, and a nice comfy gel padded seat. Getting a good position on the bike took less than a minute’s worth of adjustments due to the tried and tested mechanisms employed for doing this. That seat really is nice and wide and soft and should prevent any saddle soreness although if you’ve not exercised for a while a little bit of soreness after the first few workouts is almost inevitable.

Getting started on the bike is very, very easy. So simple in fact that the console guide that comes packed in the box is a single sheet of paper with print on one side and a blank sheet on the other, bringing a new meaning to the phrase ‘quick start guide’!  To start, switch on the bike, press ‘quick start’, start pedalling!

The action on the bike is nice and smooth thanks to the 9kg (19.8lbs) flywheel which is heavy enough to make this feel like a quality bike. It’s nice and quiet too. There are 20 levels of electronically controlled resistance, with the maximum setting providing enough to make most users sweat!

When not going through the quick start route, you can make use of the full range of functions the console has to offer, which are not inconsiderable. With 5 user profiles that allow you to enter personal data for improved accuracy in training data, the TC1.0 is well suited for use as a family bike. Entering your personal details is quick and simple because of the main dial and really couldn’t be made any easier. The same goes for selecting a programme. There are 12 preset workouts to choose from and each of them can be customised by changing the intensity, setting a countdown time (or leaving it to count upwards), setting calorie or distance goals and so on. This level of flexibility is something that’s become more and more common across all brands and models, it’s just that adjusting this on the TC1.0 is so easy due to that central dial. This does set it apart to a degree. Other models have tablet connectivity making this even easier, however for a built-in function, the controls are excellent and we think are very hard to beat.

In addition to the preset workouts, there are also options for heart rate control either by percentage of max heart rate (3 different levels) or by inputting a specific target. There is also a user-defined programme, a fitness test workout (8 minutes long with a rating at the end of the workout), a recovery test and a random workout function. This last function is somewhat unique to Reebok fitness machines as far as we’re aware and one we think is a really nice feature. Get on, select Random and you’ll get a random workout each day! The random workouts are also adjustable for intensity but only one section at a time, unlike the preset workouts where adjusting the intensity affects all the sections at once. The random feature should keep you on your toes and prevent boredom so we like it.

The display itself is a 5 inch blue backlit LCD which, while not having amazing contrast, is good enough to see easily in fairly bright conditions. We’re used to seeing either dual of full-colour displays at this price point so this is a bit of a letdown but it does work so it’s not a deal breaker. Dedicated sections of the display show exercise data and pretty much everything is accessible by just using the rotating dial. All very neat, tidy and simple.

Also worth an honourable mention are the leg levellers so you can get it stable on just about any surface, water bottle holder (always handy) and the built in speakers that allow you to plug your music playing device in.

The TC1.0 is clearly coming from a different, higher production quality factory than the old “Z / ZR” bikes so it’s easy to see the improvement. The warranty remains the standard 2 years parts and labour warranty offered across all the products in their ranges.

Best Price

The Reebok Titanium TC1.0 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 Reebok TC1.0 is a good all round bike. It's built well, looks nice, is comfortable and is very well suited to family use due to having 5 user profiles. It's well-built and does what it should do well, so for a bike that's good for the whole family, is reliable and made by a trusted brand, the TC1.0 is a good choice.

Reebok Titanium TC1.0 Specifications

    • 9kg (19.8lbs) flywheel
    • 20 levels of computer controlled magnetic resistance
    • 5” LCD display, i-Drive console system
    • Feedback: Speed, Time, Distance, Calories, Pulse, Watts, RPM
    • 8 programmes (manual, target time, target distance, target calories target zone, Watts control, heart rate control, random) + fitness test
    • Heart rate measurement via and pulse sensors + wireless receiver (chest strap optional)
    • Ergonomic seat design, vertical/horizontal adjustment
    • Self levelling pedals
    • Additional features: Bottle holder, speakers, floor level adjustment, MP3 connectivity
    • Maximum user weight: 135kg (297.6lbs)
    • Product weight: 36kg (79.4lbs)
    • Dimensions (L x W x H): 111.2cm (43.8”) x 55cm (21.7”) x 142.2cm (56”)
    • Power supply: Mains
    • Warranty: 2 years parts and labour

Reebok Titanium TC1.0 Exercise Bike - Console / Display Unit

Reebok Titanium TC1.0 Exercise Bike - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Quick and simple controls
  • Lots of functions
  • 5 user profiles

The Cons

  • Lack of interactive features
Reebok Titanium TC1.0 Exercise Bike Reviewer Ratings

 

Appearance - 8.5
Smoothness - 8.5
Comfort - 8.5
Programmes - 9
Ease Of Use - 8.5
Warranty - 8.5
Value for Money - 6
Best Price

The Reebok Titanium TC1.0 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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