The Exerpeutic Gold 575 XLS is one of the most affordable upright bikes with an automatic magnetic resistance system. It’s a portable exercise bike but has a pretty sturdy construction. Although it’s not one of the newest models from Exerpeutic (it was released in 2017), it is still available and so far it has gathered an impressive number of positive reviews from users. For reference, this is the Exerpeutic part number 4103.
Key Features and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 39L x 24.4W x 48.4H inches (99L x 62W x 124H cm)
- Assembled weight: 59 lbs (26.7 kg)
- Supported weight: 400 lbs (181 kg)
- Handlebar: Non-adjustable
- Seat: Adjustable
- Resistance: Eddy current, 16 levels
- Console: 20 preset programs, 1 manual program, goal settings
- Extras: Tablet holder, accessory holder
- Warranty: Frame 1 year / Part 90 days
The Exerpeutic Gold 575 XLS basically has the same frame construction as the older 500 XLS model. It is an X-type frame made of steel tubing, combining ovalized, rectangular, and cylindrical bars in its construction. It consists of two main parts, the one that holds the console and the handlebar, which consists of two parallel bars, and the one which holds the seat and the resistance system. These two parts are connected at the middle and they come already attached together.
The bike’s frame is foldable and quite portable. It is not too heavy; with all the parts assembled, it weighs only 59 lbs (26.7 kg). With the frame extended and ready to use, its footprint is approx. 39″L x 24.4″W (99 x 62 cm), while its height measures approx. 48.4″ (124 cm). Conversely, with the frame folded, its length is reduced to 26.4″ (67 cm), while its height becomes 57.5″ (146 cm).
It’s important to mention that the Exerpeutic Gold 575 XLS offers quite an impressive weight capacity for a foldable upright exercise bike. It is rated for users up to 400 lbs (181 kg). It also has a pretty low center of gravity and provides excellent stability.
Another important element with regards to the bike’s stability is its rear base. This tube is curved and equipped with polygonal caps which can rotate and serve as levelers. Also, the bike’s front base is equipped with two small wheels which facilitate its relocation.
All the metallic parts in the bike’s frame are coated with a chip-resistant and rust-resistant paint finish. The color used is gray, and this is the only color available for this exercise bike. The front covers of the drive system, as well as several other small covers, are made of durable ABS material, either gray or black in color.
Seat and handlebars
The Exerpeutic Gold 575 XLS is equipped with a large seat compared to other bikes. It is approx. 16″ (40 cm) wide and provides plenty of contact surface and excellent comfort. Not only that, it also integrates 2″ (5 cm) of foam cushioning and has a sturdy vinyl upholstery.
The seat pad doesn’t have a conventional bike seat attachment system to its post, though. The seat bar has a triangular plate at the top to which the seat pad attached via three screws. Therefore, in case you will ever have to replace the seat, a standard bike seat is not compatible.
The bike’s seat is 2-way adjustable (up, down). Its post offers several adjustment holes and the bike is designed to accommodate users between 5’1″ and 6’5″ (155 – 196 cm).
The bike is equipped with a multi-grip handlebar. The side grips are fully covered by a layer of high-density foam material to provide optimal comfort. They also integrate metallic pulse sensors, so the console can monitor your heart rate if you hold on to them.
The bike’s handlebar is non-adjustable, though. It attaches to the front of the main frame section via four bolts. Therefore, you cannot change its angle after it was assembled.
Gold 575 XLS Resistance and drive
The Exerpeutic Gold 575 XLS features an automatic magnetic resistance system. This means you have to connect it to a 110V power source via the included adapter. Also, the console can automatically adjust the resistance depending on the current segment of the program in use.
The bike’s resistance system consists of a magnetic brake and a small servo motor; both these elements come pre-assembled and secured by the ABS covers. As you select a certain level of resistance from the console, the motor will change the position of the brake in relation to the flywheel, increasing or decreasing the magnetic pull. Evidently, the main advantage of a magnetic brake is that the brake pad itself doesn’t touch the flywheel and there is no friction between them. This leads to a very smooth and quiet pedaling motion.
Similar to the JOROTO SP03, this Exerpeutic exercise bike makes available 16 levels of resistance. The first few levels offer a lower training difficulty, great for anyone who must undergo recovery training. The top 15-16 levels, on the other hand, provide quite a bit of extra tension which will help you achieve a higher cardiovascular rate in a shorter period of time, improve your stamina, and lose some weight.
The weight of the internal flywheel is not specified, but considering that the bike doesn’t exceed 60 lbs, it is probably not heavier than 20 lbs (9 kg). It has a perimeter-weighted structure for improved inertia and it is also bi-directional. You can pedal in reverse if you want. However, the manual doesn’t recommend pedaling in reverse (probably because the pedals may unscrew after a while).
The bike is equipped with a durable crankset featuring steel crank arms. However, standing on the pedals is not recommended (it will also lead to an awkward posture). The pedals are made of durable nylon material. They have a weighted design and adjustable straps.
Finally, the bike’s drivetrain uses a heavy-duty poly-v belt. This type of transmission comes with a few advantages. First of all, the pedaling motion is very quiet. Second of all, you don’t have to lubricate it, and third of all, it generates less vibration than a chain.
The Exerpeutic 575 XLS upright bike is equipped with a mid-range console. It features an LCD display with blue LED backlight for superior readability. The display is divided into multiple sub-sections in order to show all the workout metrics at once. It indicates time, distance, total distance, speed, RPM, watts, calories, and pulse.
Speed and distance can be set either to metric or English units in the console setup mode. Also, the console is not telemetric; it can only read your pulse through the sensors integrated into the handgrips. It does not work with any wireless HR transmitters.
There are 20 preset programs built-in the console, plus the manual mode. Each program has its own specific. Some are great for losing weight, others are designed for interval training, and others are perfect for toning muscles and building stamina. When one of the preset programs is in use, the console will auto-adjust the resistance depending on the current segment of the program, while the manual program allows you to adjust the resistance as you like during your workout. You can also set goals for time, distance, and calories burned.
The console also has built-in Bluetooth technology. Therefore, you can sync it with your smartphone or tablet via the MyFitQuest4 available for iOS and Android systems. This app allows you to track your progress online, manage your workout goals, share your results on social media, and more.
Finally, the console also has two user profiles. Each user can input their data such as gender, weight, height, and age, as well as save their own program settings in order to pick up where they left on their new workout session.
Assembly and Maintenance
The frame of the bike with all the drive and resistance parts comes pre-assembled. You only need to attach the base bars, the seat post, the seat, the handlebars, the console, connect the console wires, and add the pedals. This shouldn’t take more than an hour. All the necessary tools are included and the manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions.
The unit’s maintenance doesn’t require much. All internal components are pre-lubricated, and since the bike has a belt drive system, it pretty much doesn’t require any lubrication. Thus, for maintenance, all you have to do is wipe the dust from the frame, and periodically check for loose bolts.
- Sturdy construction – can support users up to 400 lbs;
- Transport wheels included;
- Adjustable levelers on the rear base;
- Small footprint;
- Foldable, great for a small apartment;
- Large and padded seat;
- Can accommodate users between 5’1″ and 6’5″;
- Multi-grip handlebar with pulse sensors;
- Heavy-duty crankset with weighted pedals
- Smooth and quiet operation;
- Eddy current resistance system – 16 levels of resistance;
- Multi-window LCD display with LED backlight on the console;
- 20 preset programs;
- Manual mode;
- Goal settings for time, distance, and calories;
- Two user settings;
- Bluetooth connectivity – compatible with MyFitQuest4 app;
- Tablet holder included;
- Accessory holder included;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required.
- No bottle holder;
- The calorie reading is not too accurate.