Summary: Sportstech hit a sweet spot with the CX640 Elliptical Cross Trainer. This is a bigger model, with a mid-range price tag and a huge features list. It is aimed at people that have tried the rattly budget models and found them lacking. The CX640 is closer to commercial quality, without the huge price tags associated with the upper range models. You get a giant 24kgs flywheel, 26 training programmes and compatibility with group training / coaching apps like KinoMap.
Users from all over Europe are turning to this German powerhouse for their quality products. Feedback has been hugely positive for this model.
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This model has stunning looks – even by the high standards of other cross trainer models from Sportstech. It is a bigger machine, weighing in at a solid 54kgs. When assembled it measures 157cms by 66cms by 167cms to the top of the handles. Sportstech advise a max user weight of 120kgs (more than 15 stone). Based on the size / solid engineering I’d say that was conservative – my opinion only, not advice to break the rules!
The CX640 uses magnetic breaking. This is based on a giant 24kg flywheel, with ‘whisper quiet’ belt drive to provide resistance at the pedals. You will get 16 resistance levels, ranging from an easy glide to a super-intensive cardio workout. With computer control, you do not need to stop and use a dial to change the resistance levels, it is done through the console instead.
Non slip surfaces on the big pedals is in a concentric circle format. This keeps your feet firmly gripped, so you can focus on that all-important cardio. Small touches make all the difference. Small wheels to move your elliptical into place are on the front, along with a bottle holder for those vital refreshments.
When you get into the mid-budget range the electronics will take a giant step up from the basic level ellipticals. The backlit console has 26 different training programmes covering all fitness levels and goals. It tracks all the key measurements, including your heart rate though monitors in the handles.
To get the most from the electronics 3rd party apps are the way to go. You can connect using Bluetooth. This lets a lot of apps showing maps, allowing for multi-player mode, and offering coaching services to be used. A popular example is KinoMap.
Note that you will need a separate subscription to get the best from many of these apps. An optional heart rate monitor is available with the CX640.
Positive feedback has come from all over Europe for this model. This ties in well with the reviews of the other types of home fitness equipment that Sportstech create including their excellent rowing machines and treadmills.
There were a couple of late delivery issues, though those that got their CX640 were impressed by the quality and size. Semi-professional came up, with buyers noting that the size / spec is impressive, without being quite commercial level. If you are after a commercial elliptical for home use, then Sportstech’s LXC800 is a popular option.
Feedback can and does change, even for giant brands like Sportstech. Make sure you check the latest comments before you buy any elliptical trainer – and not just the marketing messages!
Sportstech are becoming a go-to brand for an increasing number of Brits. Once you see that (cliché, I know) German engineering and compare it to the price, you will understand why.
The CX640 elliptical is hits that sweet spot in-between gym level and machines for home use. It is big (though not giant like the commercial ones), fully spec’d and has tech integration which will let you join group training and work out in beautiful scenery.
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