Nautilus is both a brand name of fitness equipment and the name of the corporation that produces Nautilus branded products as well as Schwinn Fitness products, Bowflex products and Stairmaster products.
Although this brand review focuses on Nautilus Exercise Bikes, it is important to know that the other brands listed above are made by the same company and in many cases their stationary bikes are very similar to the Nautilus branded products.
Nautilus does not currently have a lot of fitness products in the product lines that they offer (they make treadmills and elliptical trainers in addition to stationary bikes) but the products that they do offer are reasonably priced and very popular.
There are now 2 versions of the Nautilus R514 Recumbent. The original R514 (as shown on the left) which comes with a wireless heart-rate monitor with chest strap included and the new Nautilus R514c (new for 2013) which has the iPod/MP3 jack and sound system.
Both of these fitness bikes are inexpensive mid-range models that sell directly from Nautilus, through their Bowflex website, and at Amazon. Although Nautilus makes these bikes and owns the Bowflex website, they are generally less expensive through Amazon.
Note: To compare All Nautilus Upright and Recumbent Bikes and for the lowest prices see Nautilus Fitness Bikes at Amazon.
When you want to keep your costs down and still get most of the features offered on more expensive fitness bikes ~ in a mid-range model ~ then Nautilus will be one of your better options.
Nautilus Stationary Bikes are very similar in design and quality to their Schwinn counterparts although the consoles are different. See the Nautilus U514 Review and Nautilus R514 Review for the comparable Schwinn models and a description of the differences.
Although it can be difficult to find Nautilus Fitness Bikes offline (in B&M stores) to test ride, you can usually find their Schwinn counterparts in stores. If you like the feel of the Schwinn bikes then you can be confident that you will be getting virtually the same thing with the Nautilus brand (with the exception of the console as I mentioned above).
Currently the Nautilus U514 and R514 are the only low cost Exercise Bikes to include a telemetric heart-rate monitor in the console, a wireless chest strap included with the bike and built-in HRC (Heart Rate Control) programs. These models do not, however include an iPod/MP3 jack and built-in sound system.
The newer Nautilus 514C does include the iPod/MP3 jack and built-in sound system so it comes down to which features are the most important to you when selecting the Nautilus Recumbent.
I usually like to point out that you can always listen to an iPod/MP3 player with headphones or hookup a compatible stereo system in your exercise room and you can also buy a wireless heart-rate chest strap separately so although having these features included with the bike is very nice you still do have other options to keep your workouts efficient and entertaining.
About-Bicycles Brand Review - Nautilus
Nautilus makes inexpensive mid-range stationary bikes with plenty of features for in-home use. The seat on the U514 Upright is heavily padded and comfortable and the seat on the R514 Recumbent provides plenty of support, is even more comfortable and comes with lumbar support.
The features that really stand out on the U514 and R514 are the large, easy to read console, the 300lb weight capacity, the wireless heart-rate chest strap (which are included with the bikes) and the 4 Heart Rate control (HRC) programs.
The wireless chest-strap heart-rate monitor is more accurate than the handle grip monitors and free up your hands and arms for other things while keeping track of your heart-rate through out your entire ride.
The HRC programs allow you to set your target heart-rate ranges then adjust the bikes resistance automatically to keep you within your selected ranges . **
Nautilus Fitness Bikes come with very good warranties (backed up by a reputable company) and produce good, low cost stationary bikes for moderate in-home use.
Recumbent Exercise Bikes
Nautilus R514c Recumbent *New 2013 Model
See the Amazon link above for more information on this new model
Upright Exercise Bikes
** Please check with your doctor before you start a workout program based on heart rate.
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