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Precor UBK 835 Review

Quick Summary

The Precor UBK 835 is a luxury stationary bike with 10-year residential parts warranty.

This reliable upright bike is identical to a Precor built for fine fitness clubs worldwide. It includes 12 workout programs and optional entertainment support to help make cardio sessions more effective and engaging.

Precor bikes are known for their stability and tremendously easy to use user interface.

Learn more from the complete UBK 835 review below.

Specifications

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Model Precor UBK 835
Rating

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88.2%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$3,865
Best Price

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$3,865
Resistance

The flywheel in an exercise bike is what creates resistance. You can choose the level of resistance to increase your workout intensity.

25 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance shows what kind of flywheel is being used (if any), and its weight if the manufacturer provides it.

3-phase Generator
Type

Type refers to the style of the ride: Recumbent bikes allow you to lay back, while Upright bikes are more like road bikes (lean forward).

Upright
Drive System

The bike's drive system is how your pedaling interacts with the rest of the bike (flywheel) to give you a good workout.

Two-stage drive system
Frame

It's important to choose an exercise bike that will last, and the material of the frame determines how durable the bike is.

Rust-resistant Steel Frame
Seat

The most important part for comfortability during your workout, the seat should be adjustable and have ample cushioning.

Ergonomic seat design with comfort groove
Pedals

Pedals are the driving force for an exercise bike, and should be comfortable, adjustable, and easy to control without slipping.

Dual-sided
Programs

Bike Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

12
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Touch and Telemetry Heart Rate
Monitoring with SmartRate
Display

Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

Large LED Display
Max. Weight

Max. User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that the bike can safely support, which can represent durability.

n/a
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

48" x 21" x 62"
Accessory Tray

Some bikes include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Cooling Fans

Portable?

Some exercise bikes can fold up and/or have wheels that make it easy to roll them around for convenience and to save space.

Warranty

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 10 years
Wear items: 10 years
Labor: 1 year

Rating: 88.2%

Our Rating

Rating: 88.2/100. The UBK 835 Upright Bike is the top model in Precor’s Experience Series. It’s the exact commercial machine that’s chosen by fitness centers worldwide, but this model number is sold for home use with a long warranty. This bike has a wide resistance range and a very adjustable saddle (14 positions) to comfortable fit just about anyone. Workout variety is supported with 12 diverse programs and each user can customize the computer to get highly accurate feedback about calorie burn and heart rate. Riders can adjust the handlebars for three different riding positions: upright, cruising and road. Both the seat and pedals can be exchanged for any standard road bike alternatives. Wireless heart rate monitoring is supported and the UBK 835 has SmartRate for a constant view of heart rate zone. Special add-ons available at checkout are a 15″ personal viewing screen and iPod/iPhone compatibility. This exercise bike’s base price is $3,865 with a 10-year parts warranty and one year of labor. Here are pros and cons to consider about bringing the Precor 835 home.

Pros:

  • Commercial quality
  • Optional 15″ viewing screen
  • Optional iPod/iPhone compatibility
  • Three handlebar positions (Upright, cruising and road)
  • Ergonomic saddle with 14 positions
  • Accepts any standard bike seat
  • 12 workout programs
  • Two pedal options (Straps on one side)
  • Accepts standard road pedals
  • Transport wheels
  • 25 resistance levels
  • Detailed data feedback
  • Wireless heart rate receiver
  • Multilingual settings
  • Compact size (48″ L X 21″ W)
  • Self-powered
  • Accessory holder
  • Reading rack
  • Bottle holder
  • Designed for easy maintenance
  • Transport wheels
  • Good reputation for customer service

Cons:

  • High price
  • No fan
  • Assembly is time consuming, requires two people

Introduction

The Precor UBK 835 is a top-of-the-line commercial bike that’s more than ready to serve in your home gym. It’s a good choice for new indoor cyclists but also supports stronger trainees with tough resistance; the 25 settings range from 18 to 750 watts. The ergonomics of this bike stand out too. The seat stem is specifically angled for optimum comfort, and you can choose from 14 settings to get a custom fit. Also choose from three handlebar positions – road, upright and cruising – and get guidance from a variety of preset workouts. Here are details about the Precor 835’s workout programming and other features.

Workout Programs

Maintain a healthy weight and keep toned with built-in training support. The Precor UBK 835 is loaded with interval workouts, weight loss training and programs named Hill Climb, Cross Training, Random, Fitness Test, Cross Country, Gluteal and Manual. Trainees can create and save custom programs too.

Another option is pressing the Quick Start button. This has default settings for a 150-pound 35-year-old person but can be customized. The six Quick Start programs are named Weight Loss, Performance, Random, Heart Rate, Interval and Manual.

The feedback shown during workouts are Calories, Distance, Speed, Heart Rate, SmartRate®, Resistance, RPM, Time Elapsed, Time Remaining and Percent Complete. Following each workout there’s a summary and a heart rate analysis.

Precor UBK 835 Features

Comfort is virtually guaranteed with the UBK 835’s seat design. The stem is precisely angled for great ergonomics, plus it has a universal design to accept any standard saddle. Riders can choose from 14 seat positions. Adjusting the bike seat is easy; whether you’re on or off the bike you can adjust it with one hand.

This bike can be made compatible with iPod and iPhone.

An optional 15″ screen can provide HD entertainment.

For pulse monitoring the Precor bikes in this series work with any Polar® compatible 5 KHz chest strap transmitter. Touch sensors are built into the handlebars.

To eliminate energy costs this bike can be self-powered. Self-powering requires that the bike be used often. An optional electrical power supply is available but requires a service call.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Precor UBK 835 upright bike warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Parts: 10 years

– Wear items: 10 years

– Labor: 1 year

Conclusion

The Precor UBK 835 is an industry leader in its high price class. Although it costs more than most others up front, it also carries a long warranty that makes it a great value in the long run. Choosing this bike for your home gym, you can expect many years of trouble-free operation. Regular exercise is likely to become a habit too: the 835 is gentle to your knees, has strong workout variety, and has enough power to keep you challenged.