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York Active 110 Exercise Bike
York has been around longer than a lot of people reading this review have been around. Most famous for their weight lifting products, they’ve also been producing exercise bikes for a long time. Over the years they’ve managed to produce some outstanding bikes, and some, ahem, less than impressive offerings. A brand that’s capable of hitting highs and well as lows we took a look at their entry-level Active 110 model to see what’s on offer at the budget end of their catalogue.
Unlike most exercise bikes we’ve come across, the A110 has a base that’s in two parts and needs to be assembled. The base forms the foundation upon which a bike is built so it’s a surprise to see that York has opted to use a base that has a potential weak link in it. There are five bolts that attach the rear of the base to the main body of the bike so they’re taking no chances, and on our test unit, this fixing point stayed put. The worry is that the overall feel of the build quality here, while not cheap as such, isn’t all that great either. This aspect quietly raises questions about whether these bolts will slowly work loose over time, and any movement at all on this point of contact will undoubtedly make the bike feel loose and wobbly. Our test unit behaved during testing but only time will tell if this really is a weak point in this bike or not.
Being a manual bike there are just 8 resistance levels. The upside is that the bike responds more or less instantly to resistance level changes. The downside is that there are no computer-controlled workouts, restricting the variety of training sessions, and increasing the risk of boredom in the long term. The saddle adjusts both horizontally and vertically and the handlebars are adjustable too making it easy to get a relatively comfortable riding position that’s ergonomically sound. The saddle is reasonably comfortable but for those wishing for something more luxurious after the first week, the saddle fitting is a standard bicycle configuration so sourcing a replacement saddle won’t present a problem.
As the A110 employs a manual resistance system rather than a computer-controlled system, the console is much more basic than most other bikes in this price bracket and does have a slightly cheap feel to it. That being said, the greyscale LCD screen features large, easy-to-read, characters. Workout information is limited to speed, distance, calories, time and pulse. Speaking of pulse, there’s no heart rate receiver to be found here leaving it with grip sensors only, so heart rate information is approximate only. It features four workouts which are target based (time, calorie burn etc) and also a fitness recovery test. Being a greyscale LCD and having no requirement to power a motor, the console on the A110 is battery operated, with York also supplying the required batteries with the bike. This setup does provide a lot of flexibility allowing you to place the bike pretty much anywhere without having to consider where you’re going to plug it in, but it is quite limited in nature.
So, how does the York Active 110 feel to use? Well, it’s not terrible, but it’s not outstanding either. The riding position is ok and will be fine for most users but if you’re much over 6ft you’re likely to find it a little restrictive. The saddle is OK but there’ll be more than a few who find it will take some getting used to. At lower resistance levels, the 4kg flywheel does little to steady the ship and ensure a smooth consistent path through the whole cycle so that it can feel a bit uneven as you pass the point of no return. This is only an issue on the lower levels however and disappears when you increase the difficulty. The resistance levels jump up in noticeable steps and the top level will provide a challenge unless you happen to be particularly fit already. The issue is the overall feel. Changing resistance levels feels clunky rather than smooth and the overall build quality doesn’t shine.
The Active 110 does feature a water bottle holder which is always nice to see and also comes with a 12-month parts and labour warranty from York.
For some, this bike will do a job and if you are only going to use it casually to raise your heart rate now and again, or to improve your mobility a bit, then this could be a good choice. But, if you're looking to use your bike regularly and want to improve your fitness levels and/or lose some weight, then we'd recommend increasing your budget a little and opting for something that can do more than the Active 110. The DKN AM-E does cost a bit more but is undoubtedly superior in build quality, which counts if you're using your bike regularly, and also provides a richer experience - and that helps a lot when you've set yourself some targets!
York Active 110 Specifications
- 4kg (8.8lbs) flywheel
- 8 levels of manual resistance
- 5.75″ LCD display
- Feedback: Speed, time, distance, calories, and pulse rate
- 4 workouts: including time, distance, calories, manual
- Pulse grip sensors
- Dimensions (L x W x H) 111cm /43″ x 28cm/11″ x 123cm/48″
- Product weight: 22.5kg (49.6lbs)
- Max user weight: 120kg (242lbs)
- Battery Powered
- Warranty: 1 Year
- Conveniences: Adjustable seat, balanced pedals with adjustable straps, bottle holder, transport wheels
York Active 110 Exercise Bike - Console / Display Unit
York Active 110 Exercise Bike - User Reviews
- Battery operation means you can place this bike just about anywhere you want
- Simple to use
- Fast resistance changes
- No heart rate receiver
- Saddle may be uncomfortable for some
- Build quality is lower than we've come to expect from York
- Short warranty
Currently available for £157.59 from Amazon.co.uk
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