PROGEAR 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike Review

We all have our preferences when it comes to choosing a recumbent bike model. It would not be fair if I did a full article reviewing bikes without looking at one or two for the beginner level. The PROGEAR 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike is a fairly basic bike, with a price tag that is also not too extravagant. However, it comes with features that allow the user to meet their goals. Some of these features include:


60 pounds

Weight Limit:

250 pounds

Total Program:

14 Magnetic Tension Levels


LCD display



Other Features:

3 Goal Workout Settings, Water Bottle Holder, Large cushioned Seat

PROGEAR 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike Features:

Sturdy Steel Frame:

The PROD AR 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike is a sturdy machine, made to last through continuous use. The steel frame also enhances stability during workouts. It is Adjustable.The adjustable seat makes it possible for the user to enjoy maximum comfort during workouts.

Workout Goal Settings:

The PROGEAR  Recumbent Bike comes with a 3 goal work out settings feature. The distance covered, time taken and calories burned are all essential pointers to any workout progress achieved, and the recumbent bike caters for all the three.

Manual Resistance Drive:

Every workout enthusiast wants to increase endurance by adding the exercise difficulty levels gradually. To cater for this, the PROGEAR Recumbent Bike features a manual, 14 level magnetic resistance knob that the user can gradually adjust as required.

Magnetic Tension Resistance

Seat and 1-Handlebars:

The seat is a comfortable, basic level design. The handlebars are also pretty basic and are fixed with no allowance for adjustment. The seat is well cushioned, with the backrest and saddle fully adjustable to cater for different heights. The upright backrest offers excellent support to the lower back while the saddle is wide and well cushioned to distribute weight evenly and avoid sore spots.

Pedal Strap
Water Bottle Holder

Fitness Computer Display Unit:

The PROGEAR Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike also features a fitness computer display panel, a very useful feature for the user who needs to monitor the exercise progress. The unit tracks the distance covered, calories burned and speed and time. Since the unit is powered by three MA size batteries, the PROGEAR Recumbent Bike can be used without direct connection to a power supply.

LCD screen

Best Thing About this Recumbent Bike:

  • It is Durable:The sturdy steel frame construction is hard-wearing thus can withstand long periods of constant use with minimum wear and tear. The seat assembly is also built to last, and the comfort levels will endure long periods of.
  • It is quiet when in use, hence minimal distractions. The adjustable foot straps are a plus when it comes to user comfort.
  • The PROGEAR Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike is light, requires low maintenance and is easy to handle and use.
  • The assembly includes a tablet holder and a bottle holder. These are essential during workouts as they free your hands, leaving your full body concentrated to the workout.

They Can Improve on:

  • The PROGEAR Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike does not have front handlebars. The lack of these is limiting especially when the user feels the need to change posture. There are no pulse sensors. Compared to other recumbent bikes in its category, the lack of a pulse monitoring console is a letdown.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: Does the product allow backward pedaling tension?

A: Yes. It is one of the best features and also very good for rehab. And the tracking is the same as for forwarding tension!

Q: Does the bike ship assemble?

A: No. It is however easy to assemble, and it comes with a user manual that makes the process very simple.

Q: I weigh over 300 pounds. Will I be comfortable using the bike?

A: With a weight capacity of 250 pounds, the bike can handle up to 300 pounds on the higher side. Above that, I am not sure!

Final Word:

For the home workout enthusiast working on a budget, the PROGEAR 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent Bike could be exactly what you are looking for. It combines all the basic functions of a recumbent bike within a workable budget and does not compromise on a lot of things. I would conclude by saying that for the workout enthusiast who is not too deep into finesse, this bike is worth looking at.

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