Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike for a Healthy Spine

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The Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike is Nautilus’s best recumbent bike in their Recumbent Homes series. The R618 is similar to the R616 model but it has extra features that clearly set’s it apart. For instance, it has ergonomically designed handlebars with the built-in resistance control buttons and it can handle a user up to 325lbs. These are just a couple of added features of the Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike.

Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike

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 Nautilus R618 Exercise Bike

It provides a better warranty on the frame with a 15-year warranty. There is an adjustable SightLine Dual-Mode LCD display that can be altered and tilted to give you a better view along with less glare. This model has the Nautilus Gel Seat that provides additional comfort. If you are like me, there are those days where I am into doing a long workout.

The Gel Seat will really be useful in those situations. Plus, if you have a bad back like I do the Gel Seat helps mitigate the pressure on your spine. My issues are all lower back and having the Gel Seat does make a big difference.

The Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike does have 25 resistance levels and 29 pre-set workout options. This will add more of a variety to your workouts with some challenges.

This Bike has Bluetooth and can connect to sync up with the Nautilus Trainer 2 App for data exporting. In addition, the handlebars have quick control buttons for speed and resistance.

The improved Heart Rate Monitoring is even better with the Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike as it is telemetry enabled and also has the contact pulse grips on the handles. There are extras like the media rack, acoustic chambered speakers, cooling fan, and so on. That is what makes this recumbent exercise bike a prime model.

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Having a higher capacity along with increased flexibility the Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike is one of the top recumbent bikes on the market. It comes in at about $100 more than the Nautilus R616 model. The extended warranty alone makes it more than worth it for the additional cost.

If being able to experience professional quality cardio in your home sounds good? The Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike is for you! Not to mention, you can use it whenever you want. There are no additional fees to pay like you do when going to the gym.  

This recumbent bike is a good fit even if you are just starting out or are a seasoned athlete that has been working out for years. Multiple people can use a single bike and can keep track of their data. It enables up to 4 user profiles to be saved and stored for future workouts and for uploading to different apps.

This recumbent bike is considered to have the most comfortable gel seats with back support making your workouts relaxed and enjoyable. There is nothing worse than a recumbent bike that does not have sufficient seat padding. I have been dealing with chronic pain for years with my back.

If I try to work out using a bike that has little to no padding, my back lets me know, and then reminds me again a couple of hours later just in case I forgot what it felt like.

There is a higher level of resistance setting along with a variety of preset programs that provide more challenging workouts when you want to take it to the next level. 

Assembly, Design, and Build

Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike.

The Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike has an Owners’ Manual that includes detailed image instructions that make the assembly go much smoother. 

The assembly process should not take more than a couple of hours. I highly suggest having more than one person assemble it. That will make the process go much easier. This recumbent bike comes with the necessary bolts, screws, and tools needed to put this bike together.

This is built with a sturdy steel frame and oversized crossbar tubing for providing greater stability. To maintain stability throughout your workout there are two integrated levelers that have a center support. This model is heavier than the R616 and R614 models weighing 107 lbs.

The bikes measurements are 48.8H x26.4W x67.3L and will support a user’s weight up to 325 lbs. They implemented transport wheels to make it mobile in the event you want to move it to another location. The handlebars are designed for efficiency and comfort along with incorporating the quick controls for speed and resistance.

It has adjustable pedals that come with straps for allowing you to maintain your feet position without slipping off while you are working out. 

Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike Features

Resistance: The R618 uses the Eddy Current Brake System with magnetic resistance and 25 different levels to choose from giving you variety with your workouts. The control button for the resistance is conveniently located on the handlebars. This allows you to quickly adjust the settings while working out.

Seat: The Nautilus Gel Seat will make your rides feel smooth and comfortable. It has a vented back seat for helping you to rest your back comfortably, no matter how long your rides may be. The reclining seat provides the ability to make adjustments to the back support. It has an aluminum sliding rail making the adjustments easy to do.

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Speed and Inertia: The Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike has a 30-pound perimeter weighted flywheel with high inertia and high speed. The heavier the flywheel the smoother and consistent your workout will be. 

Ergonomic Pedals: The cranks with this bike are made of solid steel. Similar to the other models, this recumbent bike showcases its ergonomic pedals with straps for helping you to have stability with your feet throughout the exercise.

Capacity: The R618 model can handle the highest capacity in the R series of recumbent bikes. It can comfortably support users who weigh up to 325 lbs as mentioned above.

Heart Rate Monitoring: Monitoring your heart rate during your workouts is easy when using the contact pulse grips built into the handlebars. Even better, you can also use the telemetry-enabled heart rate monitoring system. It is a simple strap that goes across your chest strap separately.

Display: Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike features an adjustable SightLine console with two backlit display screens. These screens provide a much better view with reduced glare. One screen is placed below the other and it makes for easy reading of your workout data for reviewing the data and your progress. Another perk with the backlit screens is always having a clear reading no matter what the lighting conditions are in the room.

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Bluetooth Connectivity: You can easily connect to your smartphone with the Bluetooth Technology that’s integrated with the Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike. You can sync with the Nautilus Trainer 2 App and other fitness apps for viewing your workout data.

Workout Programs

Built-in Fitness Programs: This R618 comes with 29 pre-set programs for working out that enable weight loss, goal setting, interval training, and cardio training. It supports up to four profiles with customizable programs.

The pre-set programs also include profile programs, heart rate, fitness tests, recovery, and quick programs. The programs provide a wide variety of challenging work out options for achieving your fitness goals.

Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike Warranty

The Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike has one of the best warranties you will see for a recumbent bike. This bike has a 15-year warranty on the frame, 3-year warranty on parts and electronics, and a 1-year warranty on labor.

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Pros

  • Guaranteed to give you plenty of variety with 29 pre-set workout programs.
  • You do not have to worry about “Wear and Tear” with the Eddy Current Brake System.
  • 25 Levels of Magnetic Resistance means its quiet, minimal maintenance, no dust to clean up.
  • The Nautilus Gel Seat adds much needed extra comfort.
  • Telemetry Enabled Heart Rate Monitoring Chest Strap is wireless and convenient. Not to mention its included.
  •  Pedals with Straps designed for efficiency.
  • Bluetooth Technology to Sync your work out data with Nautilus Trainer 2 and other Apps.
  • Includes a Media Shelf for a book, tablet, or other devices. 
  • USB charging port.
  • Made with Transport Wheels to make the recumbent bike mobile.

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