Get Moving! – Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike

A lady is riding the Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike

The Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike is a nice affordable alternative compared to the Nautilus R616 and Nautilus R618 without compromising quality. The R614 does not come with all the bells and whistles like the other models, but if you are looking for a good recumbent bike to get you started this definitely does the job. This recumbent bike is well built, durable, along with the features it comes with.

 Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike

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Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike

This recumbent bike is the model before the Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike. Even though this bike does not have the features that the Nautilus R616 has, this bike is fitting for people who are looking for an affordable alternative to the next-generation version of the Nautilus R616.

The Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike does have some great features at a very reasonable price. In the following review, I am going to go over the durability, features, and how it is built. I will also point out the pros and cons to help you make a better decision to see if this recumbent is for you?

Nautilus R614 Design and Stability

A man is riding the Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike.

This bike frame is built with steel providing stability and is made to last. The Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike has two disk levelers to make sure the bike is sturdy and prevents any rocking while riding this bike. Floors can often be uneven and not level. It does not have to be off that much to make a difference. 

Having the disk levelers is really a nice feature. For instance, if you use this recumbent bike on a second floor of a house or any level but the first floor of an apartment. Believe me, the rocking of a recumbent bike can get noisy especially for the people on the floor below you. You can pedal like crazy and not have to worry about the bike wobbling and rocking. It will remain very sturdy.

The Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike frame comes with a 10-year warranty, mechanical parts have a 2-year warranty, electrical a 1-year warranty and 90-day warranty on labor.

There is a front stabilizer that has transport wheels that make moving this bike very easy.

It has a heavy flywheel and high-inertia drive system for making your ride very smooth..

The User Manual for this bike, unlike many of the other recumbent bikes on the market, provides a very clear explanation of the assembly process. But all of Nautilus Recumbent Bike Manuals and very easy to follow.

What’s great is most of the frame parts come already pre-assembled so that’s less worry on your part. The assembly process is a breeze but connecting the console to the handles could take some time. That all depends on who is putting it together. If it were me I would hire someone but I can not stand putting things together. In all honesty, putting the Nautilus Recumbent bikes together is not that bad but when you connect the console to the handles, it will go much smoother if you have another person there to you. 

Adjustments and Resistance

The Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike showing what it looks like from the front view.

They mounted the seat on a rail. Instead of adjusting the seat vertically, you can adjust the seat position on the horizontal rail. As you slide farther from the console the seat increases in height.

When the seat is stretched out at its farthest from the console, it can accommodate people up to the height of 6ft 4ins. On the other end of the spectrum, when the seat is closest to the console, a person should be at least 4ft 11ins.

The position of the seat can be adjusted by unlocking the lever on the rail. When the lever is unlocked you can move the seat back or forth, and then lock the lever back in place. Having a lever system compared to the knob system is the hassle-free approach. 

The Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike has 20 levels of resistance that you select from the console. The resistance levels have a range starting from the super-easy going to the other extreme of feeling the burn from climbing a steep incline. 

The Eddy Current Braking is its resistance system. This type of resistance is quiet and smooth allowing you to work out in peace without having to listen to a loud bike. Believe me, some of them can be very loud.

Its magnetic resistance is where the magnets will move closer to the flywheel without touching it. This increases the resistance without making unwanted noise. Having a heavy flywheel allows for smooth pedaling even when you have the resistance cranked up to the higher levels.

Seat

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike Seat.

The seat and backrest are made of vented plastic and there is not a lot of padding. The seat is formed and does offer some comfort but that really depends on the person. The backrest and the seat have some small holes for allowing airflow and heat to escape during your workouts. 

For me, this is where this model falls short. I would never buy this recumbent bike because of the seat. I have chronic back pain and the last thing my back needs is to sit against a hard seat and backrest. This seat is everything when it comes to a recumbent bike, at least it is for me. If you are not comfortable with the seat it will affect your entire workout. 

If you have a bad back, you need to be aware of this. The Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike is the cheapest of the models. If you want to save some money, just keep in mind you might have to use a couple of pillows for the seat and backrest. Otherwise, it’s a good bike. 

The backrest is fixed in place and the angle can not be adjusted. However, it is set at a good comfortable angle. Not all recumbent bikes will have backrest angle adjustment capabilities. Some of the recumbent bikes I have owned have not had the backrest adjustment capability and still worked out OK. 

Handlebars

This bike comes with two sets of handlebars. There is one set below the seat and the other by the console. The handlebars at the front are fixed in place at the height of the seat so that you can easily read the console and workout at the same time.

The handlebars located below the seat will move along with the seat on the rails while you make adjustments. These handlebars are the ones you hold while working out, and they do come with hand sensors for you to track your pulse rate.

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike Pedals

Pedals

The pedals are of normal size, giving you a solid platform to pedal on. The pedals have a textured design with plastic straps for preventing your feet from slipping while riding this bike. They are well-built and are very sturdy. 

Console

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike Console.

The console for the Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike comes with is just like the R616. However, there is one difference, the LCD screens for the R614 aren’t backlit like the R616 model. 

It has two console displays. You will have the ability to measure 13 metrics of 3 user profiles. It also comes with 22 preset programs to give a variety of workouts..

The upper LCD screen shows the resistance level you are using along with the intensity of the workout that comes from the speed you are pedaling at and the resistance.

It displays your heart rate that’s being picked up by the pulse sensors on the handlebars. It will track your heart rate while your hands are on the handlebars. It also displays the zone of the workout you are currently in like aerobic or fat burn.

In the lower section of the LCD display, shows you the goal you’ve selected. In addition, it displays the basic metrics such as calories, distance, and time. You can even set goals like the total distance you want to be covered.

The lower display has three sections that show the RPM, heart rate and speed/distance.

There are buttons for you to control your workout below the lower display. The buttons include 10 quick jump buttons that enable you to jump between 1 and 20 resistance levels. 

In the center, there are 4 navigational buttons that allow you to select between the programs and user profiles. The fan controls are at the bottom for the speed and the on/off. 

The console has a USB port for backing up or uploading your workout data to an external hard drive or thumb/pen drive. From there, you can upload the results for tracking by your favorite app like the Nautilus Trainer 2.

Additional Features

Speakers: This recumbent bike comes with a speakers and media port so you can listen to music while you are working out. The sound is not the greatest and tends to sound flat but it does its job.

Bottle Holder: Additionally, the bike includes a bottle holder that’s good-sized. This is one of those features you do not think about until you do not have it. 

Fan: The bike comes with a 3-speed fan. This is actually one of my favorite features. No, it will not blow you away but you would be amazed at how this little fan can help take the edge off. Many recumbent bikes include these small fans along with other exercise equipment. I know many people laugh when they first see or hear about these little fans but they are included for a good reason.

Again, it will not blow you away (no pun intended) and it’s not meant to completely keep you cooled down. It’s there to keep the air moving and to take the edge off when you feel like you are burning up inside.

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike Video

Comparing the Nautilus R614 to the Nautilus R616

This image shows comparing the Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike to the Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike

When we are looking to purchase something, no matter what it is, we will often compare price with features. I have saved you some time by doing that for you. 

In the following, I have used the Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike to compare from. It’s the next model up from the Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike.

Programs

Both models offer a healthy amount of preprogrammed workouts. But the R616 provides a few more for a total of 29 programs. The R614 may have less at 22 programs but that is still a good amount. Either bike offers you with plenty to choose from to give you variety with your workouts. 

Profiles

This graphic shows nine different profile icons of men.

The Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike has the option of storing workout data for two different profiles. However, the R616 has double that with the option of four profiles. If you plan on sharing your bike with any family or friends this is something to think about.

Flywheel

Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike Flywheel and Pedals.

Both models have a perimeter weighted flywheel. This translates into a smooth and quiet ride. You will be able to watch TV, listen to music, or even carry on a phone conversation.

Heart Rate Monitor

To monitor your heart with the Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike you need to hold on to the handheld heart rate monitor grips. You can do the same with the R616, but this model also gives you more of a high-tech and much more accurate option by using a chest strap. When it comes to monitoring your heart rate, the R616 by far is the winner.

Human Ecocardiogram

Display & Console

Both of these bikes have the Dual Track LCD screen making it very easy to see the details of your workout. The R616 comes with a back-light which makes it easier for some people to read in areas that are dimly lit. Personally, I really like the look of the black-light but otherwise, these models look almost identical.

They both have a USB charging port, and Bluetooth connectivity to make data exporting to applications like Nautilus Trainer 2  really easy.  Nautilus Trainer 2 is a free app that you can get on either Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Here are some the benefits you will get from Nautilus Trainer 2:

  • You can monitor, set, and track personal fitness goals.
  • Watch your progress as you advance from week to week.
  • Win Awards and Achievements by reaching your personal goals.
  • Sync your workout data automatically with the MyFitnessPal® app, a free nutrition app that will make hitting your daily calorie goals even easier.
  • The Nautilus Trainer 2 will keep a journal of your progress, Their slogan is “If you can track it, you can improve it!”

Comfort and Storage

Both of these bikes have ventilated seat backs for airflow. My back is the first thing that starts sweating when I am working out. So, having the vented seat backs is a great feature. 

When it comes to the seat, as I mentioned earlier in this post, the Nautilus R614 seat has very little padding on the seat or seatback. For me, I need padding but for some people, the contoured seat and backrest may be enough? Sitting on a hard surface while riding a bike is not an option for me. 

On the other hand, the Nautilus R616 offers a nice cushioned seat and seat back. But this comes down to personal preference.

If you need to store your recumbent bike after you work out and move it to another room, both models are equipped with transport wheels for maneuverability.

The Nautilus Recumbent Bikes come with a decent warranty: 

  • Ten (10) year warranty on the frame.
  • Two (2) year warranty on the parts
  • One (1) year electronics warranty
  • 90-day labor warranty

Final Thoughts

A you lady with her finger on her cheek looking up in thought.

Nautilus makes a great recumbent bike for home use. Both of these models may be made by the same manufacturer and look very similar but there are clear differences between the two. The R616 definitely is the better bike between the two models.

The Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike comes heart telemetry wireless chest strap ready for more accurate readings, easier to read backlit LCD screen. it includes a 3 piece crank system (R614 only has 1) providing you with better clearance when you are using the bike, comfortable padding on the seat and seat back, and more.

If you are on a budget and do not mind going without some of the features? The Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike is very capable of delivering a good workout day in and day out. If you would like to know more about the Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike I wrote a review for that model.

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