Diamondback 510Ef Front Drive Elliptical with 19″ Stride
Diamondback’s 510Ef Elliptical is a good buy in its price category. The 19” stride allows for a healthy range of motion, and the 2” Q factor is comfortable for both men’s and women’s frames.
This model weighs 190 pounds and has a maximum capacity of 300 pounds. Most people could expect it to last for at least a few years without much trouble.
Elliptical Hits: Great Features of the Diamondback 510Ef Elliptical Trainer
- Long stride – The 510Ef’s 19” stride supports a good range of motion for shorter and average-height users. In contrast, cheaper elliptical trainers sometimes have pathways as short as 12”. Instead of being true elliptical trainers, those products are more like stair-steppers that can quickly hurt your knees.
- Good program variety – Twenty workout programs are loaded into the trainer: gradual hill climbs, target heart rate workouts, interval training and more. Each program has 16 resistance levels to accommodate a wide range of physical skill.
- Upper body exercise – Movable handlebars give you the option of exercising your whole body at once. In contrast, some elliptical trainers have stationary arm bars.
- Heart rate monitor – Hand grip heart rate sensors are included. Hand grip sensors aren’t as accurate as Polar wireless monitors, but they can help you assess your exertion levels and make the most of training.
- Workout fan – A three-speed fan helps you maintain a comfortable temperature and work out longer.
- MP3 player port – Connect your iPod to the USB port to enjoy your music during workouts.
Elliptical Misses – What Not To Write Home About
- Warranty – The Diamondback 510Ef elliptical is sold with a “lifetime warranty” on the frame, but the company isn’t referring to the life of the owner. They’re talking about the life of the machine, which is expected to be five years. Most parts and electronics are covered for three years, but there’s a 90-day warranty on “wear parts” that makes us uncomfortable. Customers get the first year of labor for free if they live in a region that has technicians. Find out before you buy!
Overall Rating for the Diamondback 510Ef Elliptical Trainer
Diamondback’s 510Ef is a good fitness machine for its price category, but be sure to shop around. The 510Er (a rear drive elliptical) is sometimes a much better buy with a sale price of $799. Like the 510Ef in this review, it has a heavy steel frame and sealed bearings, which makes it higher quality than other sub-$1000 elliptical trainers.
If you’re up for spending a bit more, check out an upgrade such as the Diamondback 910Er or the front drive Diamondback 910Fr. These have 35 preset programs, 21” strides, and iPad docks.