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

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 about the Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike 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 of the Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike 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 of the Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike 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.

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