With 8 preset levels of resistance, most people should get an adequate work out from the ME-709. Changing the resistance levels are a piece of low calorie cake with an easy to adjust tightening knob. When we received the Marcy ME-709 recumbent exercise bike the instructions called for 2 people to set up. I found no issues setting up the bike and had it ready to ride in less than an hour with your basic tools.
The large display console is basic but easy to read and use. The console displays your basic functions: speed, calories burned, time and distance. Don’t expect it to store your information or create a routine for you but there’s only so much one can expect for such a small price tag.
The ME-709 is a great and basic but functional recumbent exercise bike by Marcy. The Marcy ME-709 is available at amazon with a savings of 38% for a total of $75.99 off the retail price! For that price you will be surprised with the features and comfort you get. It may not have all the bells and whistles like the higher end Schwinn’s but it certainly gets the job done.
Features of Marcy Me 709 Recumbent Exercise Bike
- 8 levels of preset resistance
- Easy to adjust tightening knob for preset levels
- Counterbalanced pedals with foot straps
- Adjustable seat for people of all sizes
- Built in wheels for easy transportation
- Large console display tracks speed, time, distance and calories
- Dimensions are 55″ x 40″ x 25″ weighing in at 66 lbs.
We found the 8 levels of resistance to be good for your average exerciser. The comfort overall was quite nice but I personally would add a pillow for extra support. The adjustable seat was adequate for my wife who is about 5’4″. Also this model was quite sturdy and I wasn’t worried about stability at all.
The styling is not as nice as compared to other models and the LCD display is a little too basic. I found the handlebars to get in the way during aggressive exercise so I removed them. Some users have also complained about quality issues but I personally did not experience those. More experienced exercisers may be left wanting for more at the end of the workout.
Marcy ME-709 Report Card
The Marcy ME-709 is a solid product for the money. With 8 levels of tension, you should be able to challenge yourself and get a decent work out. Some experienced users may wish they had more difficult settings and the display was very basic but tracked the essentials: speed, distance, time and calories. If this sounds like the right recumbent exercise bike for you then there is a link to Amazon below.