Pros: Great workout, nice display, pulse-grips work well.
Cons: Difficult to assemble
Bill's ProForm 985 Review
Hey gang! Bill is back with a new review of the Pro Form 985 recumbant bicycle. In this short review, I will tell you about this bike.
When we purchaced it at Sears, we decided to save $50 and assemble it ourselves. BIG MISTAKE. This bike is large, and tricky to assemble. Some of the parts, like the bike's chassis, are connected to other parts with a wire or two running through a hollow core. If you happen to drop a part like this, you can SEVER WIRES and damage the unit. So if you are planning to assemble this on your own, please use extreme caution! My father, who helped me assemble the unit, remarked that some of the parts, such as the bolts, were not machined perfectly. Some bolts took a lot of strength to tighten, and one bolt actually broke. Fortunatly, it wasn't a critical one, and we are planning to replace it. It takes two people almost two hours to assemble this monstrocity. Fortunatly, the difficult assembly was the only real problem with the bike.
Once assembled, the bike worked like a charm. It ran quietly and smoothly. The seat was large and comfortable. The LCD display, which showed laps, speed, calories, etc... was large and easy to read. Unlike one of ProForm's other models, this one had a decent magazine/book holder, and was a bit easier to move. The pulse grips are the best feature of this bike. I have used other machines with pulse grips that didn't perform up to par. Fortunatly, these worked very well.
Overall, this bike is a good deal, if you can hire someone from the store you bought it from to assemble it for you. However, you may have a difficult time if you assemble it on your own. Take it from me: it is definatly worth $50 for someone from the store to assemble it for you.