TruPace E200 Elliptical
A Budget-Priced Elliptical for Smaller Trainees
The front drive TruPace E200 elliptical is a compact and lightweight fitness machine made for the 2012 model year. It’s best for smaller individuals; larger people might eventually feel strain in their knees, plus they’ll wear out this entry-level model rather quickly. Highlights include 22 preset programs and articulating pedals. Also, this machine is “green.” It harnesses the user’s power instead of sucking energy through a power cord.
The TruPace E200 initially had a too-high MSRP of $1200 but is now sold new for less than half the original price. Given this model’s short warranty and plastic parts, we only recommend buying it for $500 or less. Most vendors include free curbside delivery.
What You Get
The elliptical machine’s backlit LCD display lets you monitor speed, time, distance, watts, calories and heart rate. The 22 program selections
include manual mode, three goal-oriented routines targeting time, distance, and calories, four heart rate control programs, a constant watts workout, room for user-designed routines, plus 12 additional programs that have 16 intensity levels each.
Other features of the TruPace E200 include:
- 18″ Stride
- Magnetic Brake Resistance
- Pivoting Pedals
- Integrated Heart Rate Sensors
- Transport Wheels
- 250-lb. Weight Capacity
- Self-Generating Power
- Weighs 116 lbs.
- Footprint: 64.8″L x 24.8″W
- Warranty: 90 days parts and labor
A quick review of the specs list: The light weight and short warranty are disappointing. On the other hand, this model offers lots more workouts than most discount ellipticals do. Cheap ellipticals are also unlikely to include pivoting pedals, but here they are!
The Word on the Street
Most customers purchased this unit on sale. They were drawn to the combination of a low price and lots of built-in programs. Once they became owners, people most liked the program variety and the heart rate sensors on the handlebars, and they reported that the pivoting foot pedals eased strain on the Achilles tendon to help them work out longer than they could with other discount ellipticals. The self-generating power supply was also appreciated, as it eliminates paying extra for electricity each month. Some people regretted that they couldn’t share this fitness equipment with their heavier friends and family.
We can’t emphasize enough that the TruPace E200 elliptical suits small folks only. Petite women and men with small frames are the only ones who won’t make this 116-machine wobble and quickly get loose bolts. Furthermore, the 18″ stride length is just right for shorter individuals but won’t allow taller people to use a full range of motion.
We do think that if you’re sized right, you won’t find many comparable or better values for $500. However, do check out the Horizon EX-57. It weighs more and has a one year warranty. The TruPace only has a 90-day warranty. In the event that your elliptical trainer became inoperable, suddenly your $500 bargain would look like a big disappointment.