122 of 123 people found the following review helpful
Quick delivery, solid machine.,
This review is from: Spirit Esprit EL-455 20-Inch Stride Elliptical (Sports)I had been using a Proform elliptical for a few years until it started to breakdown. It had a 18 inch stride and provided a good workout. After the Proform started to give me problems I knew it was time to start looking for a new machine. My first inclination was to go with a Schwinn since my parents had a Schwinn recumbent cycle and I had always thought it was a quality product. I read the reviews on the Schwinn 420,430, 431 and the new 460. I live near a Dicks sporting goods and went to see what they had to offer, although they had Schwinn recumbents on the floor, they didn't have any Schwinn ellipticals to try.
They did have 2 Sole models, the E25 and the E95. Once I stepped on the Sole E25 I felt the quality of the machine, the E95 was even better but at 80+ inches long it was not of interest but the E25 was. The Sole E25 was priced at $950 plus tax. I then started reviewing other similar ellipticals and came upon the Spirit Esprit line which I came to learn was made by... Read more
73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
Gym Quality - Quiet - Easy to Assemble,
This review is from: Spirit Esprit EL-455 20-Inch Stride Elliptical (Sports)This is an excellent machine! Better than the LifeFitness machines at the gym.
Easy to assemble - comes with all required tools - though use of a ratchet is recommended for speed. The only "hiccup" with assembly is attaching the pole that holds the display to the main unit - requires a little bit of a wrestling match (a helper would be a good idea here - I was solo). There are only 4 steps in the assembly and the bolts are separated by step. If you have basic "toolbox skills" this is a very easy assembly.
Have them leave it in your garage or by the door if you don't have any stairs to negotiate. You can cut the box at the bottom and lift up - then move all the parts to the assembly area. This makes for an easy clean-up. The only heavy part is the flywheel - but it is easy to move as it has wheels.
Also, the feet are heavy duty cushioned rubber. It is not necessary to order a Mat. In fact, if you are planning on moving it into position for a workout a... Read more
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed. Product sounded good. But has quality problems.,
This review is from: Spirit Esprit EL-455 20-Inch Stride Elliptical (Sports)Customer Video Review Length:: 0:16 Mins
**** ORIGINAL REVIEW ****
My wife and I shopped around quite a bit before selecting the Spirit Esprit EL-455. The EL-455 was rated well on Amazon and on ElipticalReviews.Net ([...]). Rating as good quality, good features, and good price for the features.
Our EL-455 arrived yesterday (12/16/11) and the first thing we noticed was how sturdy it is. It has a solid, quality feel.
Took an hour or two to assemble. Not difficult. But I recommend using your own socket wrenches because it will take too long to crank in the bolts using the open/boxed-end wrenches that come with the EL-455.
We got it assembled, plugged in the ipod for listening through the EL-455's built-in speakers, and we were immediately impressed with the quality. So smooth. The price was a little higher than we wanted to pay but we were happy that we spent a little extra when we felt how smooth it glided.
But then after... Read more