284 of 295 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Economy Elliptical,
This review is from: Horizon Fitness EX-59 Elliptical Trainer (Sports)I don't review many products on Amazon, but I felt the need to do so for this product. I've been very happy with my purchase, and I feel I can answer a lot of the questions I had when I was looking for what to buy. I've had this just over a month, and if anything changes in the next 6 months to a year I'll update this review to reflect that.
My overall experience with this purchase was excellent. It shipped the second day after I purchased it and arrived a couple of days later. A note on the shipping method; this came by drop truck(that's the smaller delivery trucks with the elevator thing on the back), and the delivery guy was nice enough to cart the box into my house. It is VERY heavy if you're not used to lifting things, and the weight is not evenly distributed. Have some help ready or do what I did and open the box in one room and carry the pieces to the room you are assembling in.
Moving this thing around after assembly is aided by built in 'wheels' on... Read more
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great elliptical - metal, squeaking, knocking noises resolved,
This review is from: Horizon Fitness EX-59 Elliptical Trainer (Sports)I've owned this elliptical for almost two years and it's been a good elliptical so far. I'm 5'9" 180lbs and this elliptical gives a pretty good workout. Not as great as the ones at 24 since it has no incline option, but it's great for a home use elliptical.
About a year into using the EX-59 I started to get some knocking noises and I could also hear the belt rubbing on the inside of the machine. I took apart the machine to get access to the internals and was able to get the belt back on the wheel so it wouldn't rub anymore. However, it took me forever to find out what was making that annoying metal knocking squeaking clanking noise. I took off the handle bar arms, disconnecting it from the foot pedal arms and applied grease to those areas. Movement was smoother, but still there was that clanking noise. Examining the handlebar arms, I noticed that where the arms connect to the foot pedal arms there is a piece that rotates 360 degrees on the handlebar arms. Upon attempting to... Read more
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
USA Designed, China Manufactured,
This review is from: Horizon Fitness EX-59 Elliptical Trainer (Sports)If you're thinking about buying one of these machines--buy it! If this machine was made in the USA it would cost $3,000. I'm mechanically gifted and it took approximately 2.5 hours to put together. I say approximately because I was not counting. I had other important things to do besides this, so I took assembly breaks. Some people have said the unit squeeks. In my view this is because of faulty assembly. Don't think that this is a piece of cake to put together "properly" because it isn't! And you don't need to go out to purchase extra grease. Every moving part joint is connected by greased roller bearings and they are not going to squeek--unless the parts were assembled incorrectly. There are steel washers. There are Teflon washers. Most of these washers have to be stacked in a specific order. If you miss this assembly order, guess what, you may have sqeeks. This is a very smooth operating machine and I'm impressed with the quality and design. Before I bought the Horizon I went to a... Read more