What’s the Best 2 in 1 Exercise Bike and Cross Trainer?

Your guide to finding the best 2 in 1 cross trainer / exercise bike for you

More and more people are realising the importance to their health of keeping fit and active and deciding to do something about. But if you’re not already familiar with the various types of equipment, deciding which one to get can be a bit daunting. A combination 2-in-1 exercise bike and cross trainer is a good place to start for a number of reasons.

When I first decided to improve my fitness, I joined various gyms but eventually I made the decision to buy some kind of fitness machine that I could use at home.

I knew by then which kinds of machine I liked. Initially, I was more interested in aerobic machines to help my fitness, than in strength training, and it came down to treadmills, rowing machines, exercise bikes and elliptical cross trainers.

I’ve always liked using rowing machines at the gym and I like was the fact that it’s not just an aerobic exercise machine – it also trains your arms and legs and back. So I borrowed a rowing machine for a while. I liked it a lot but takes up quite a lot of space in use and, although it could be folded to stand up while not in use, it can be a bit of a hassle.

Treadmills are useful for general fitness and the nearest thing to jogging, but, as my first or only machine, I personally find them a bit boring. I’ll consider adding one at a later date (if I can find the space!)

It therefore came down to bikes and cross trainers. I like cross trainers and, like rowers, they also help train arms and legs and most of the rest of the body as well as aerobic exercise. But I also like bikes and find them the easiest to force myself onto if I’m feeling a bit lazy, or a bit stiff.

So I plumped for both – an exercise bike/elliptical cross trainer combination machine. I did worry that doing so might mean compromising on both. Would I get a not-very-good bike and a not-very-good cross trainer, instead of a really good one-or-the-other? After all, the gyms I’d been to had both machines, not a combination one, so I hadn’t actually tried one.

I had therefore to rely on reviews, and read them and watched videos from all the sources I could find. The machines in my short list had good reviews, however, and didn’t seem to imply that they were lacking in either department. So in the end, I took the plunge and bought one. The one I went for is no longer available but here is an updated look at the options.

Combination 2 in 1 Exercise Bike and Cross Trainer Shortlist

The prices of bike/cross trainers varies quite a bit and I looked at models in the different ranges. I didn’t want to have to spend more than I needed to, but I didn’t want something where a lack of quality put me off using it. After all, this was supposed to save me paying the price of at least one year’s gym membership.

CHEAPEST OPTION - BUDGET PRICE

While 2 in-1 cross trainers start from little more than £50, the CT100 from JLL isn’t too much more and my instinct would be not to get the absolute cheapest, as for something like this, quality does matter.

**Update**
Having said that, the price of this machine has come down and is now even better value. Originally, it was a little cheaper than the Mid-price V-Fit MCC1 below, but is now significantly cheaper than that.

For the CT100, user reviews are generally very good, for the price. One complains that the range of resistance is too small but that isn’t mentioned by anyone else and I suspect it was a one-off problem, There’s a 4 function computer showing Time, Speed, Distance and Calories, and a dial to vary the resistance.

Looking at it, it’s only got the cross trainer handles and, personally, I decided that, when I use it as a bike, I wanted fixed bike handles as well but, again, none of the user-reviewers mentioned that they missed them.

The handlebars are height-adjustable (4 settings – 18cm / 7in range, from 1.45m / 57in to 1.68m / 66in), as is the seat (5 settings – 16 cm / 6.3in range from 82cm / 32in to 98cm / 38.5in), so it should suit people over a wide range of height difference. The maximum user weight is 100Kg, so if you’re under 15.75 stones, you’re ok.

The overall assembled length is 1.12m (44in) and the width is 64cm (25in). The height is dependent on whether you measure to the top of the seat or the handlebars and where they’re adjusted to. See adjustment range above.

The boxed weight is 25Kg.

HOME ELLIPTICAL 2 IN 1 CROSS TRAINER CT100 – More info

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BUDGET PRICE ALTERNATIVE – UPDATE**

Looking very similar to the JLL CT100, is the

Pro XS Sports 2-in1 Elliptical Cross Trainer Exercise Bike-Fitness Cardio Weightloss Workout Machine-With Seat + Pulse Heart Rate Sensors (Black Frame)  – £106.99

 

This is vying with the CT100 for the number one spot, though both have a similar feature set and the same (at the time of writing) buyer review score. The assembled size is a little smaller, with a footprint of  91cm x 51cm (vs. 112 x 64cm). There doesn’t seem much in it but you can take a look and make your own decision.

MID-PRICE OPTION

For a bit more money, you get the separate bike handlebars, with an 8 step adjustable Resistance dial.

There are two extra modes on the computer: Handgrip Pulse (Beats / Minute), and Scan. Although the maximum user weight is the same as the Confidence machine (at 110Kg), it looks a more substantial machine – boxed weight is more than double, at 36Kg. It has a 4.5Kg cast iron flywheel.

There are 8 levels of resistance and the computer LCD exercise monitor displays theoretical calorie burn, distance, hand pulse readings, odometer, scan, speed and time functions.

Again, generally good user reviews with only the odd negative one.

V-FIT MAGNETIC 2-IN-1 CYCLE ELLIPTICAL TRAINER – More info

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BEST QUALITY OPTION

The model I personally bought (the XC530) was by York Fitness and is no longer available. However, the good news is that the current equivalent of that machine – the York Active 120 2-in-1 Cycle Cross Trainer – is even better!

Like the XC530,, the Active 120 has pulse grip sensors for monitoring heart-rate and a substantial monitor, displaying pulse (obviously!), time, distance calories etc.

The upgrade has double the levels (16) of computer controlled magnetic resistance and 17 workout programmes.

Plus, of course, the quality expected from York Fitness equipment. The Active 120 is obviously a good bit dearer than the V-Fit but it was the solidity, stability and quietness which persuaded me to pay the extra for the XC530 and why I would go for the Active 120 if I was buying one today.

If you think (as I did) in terms of what you could get for a year’s gym membership it’s still a good deal, with enough change to buy some more equipment!

YORK FITNESS ACTIVE 120 2 IN 1 CYCLE CROSS TRAINER – More info

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BEST QUALITY ALTERNATIVE – UPDATE**

When I first created this page, the York Active 120 was the only real high quality option – the others were all somewhat cheaper.

York generally make good quality products – I still have the predecessor to the Active 120 and it’s still going strong – so it’s still worth considering.
The York also has a heavier flywheel and, on the whole,  heavier = smoother.

However, there’s a newer machine which seems to offer a a few more options for less money so you may want to check it out.

Viavito Setry 2-in-1 Elliptical Trainer and Exercise Bike – Out of stock

  • 32 Levels of Computer Controlled Magnetic Resistance (York: 16)
  • 20 Challenging Programmes (York: 17)
  • 4 User Profiles (York: 1)

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BEST QUALITY ALTERNATIVE - UPDATE**

Viavito Setry 2-in-1 Elliptical Trainer and Exercise Bike – Out of stock

32 Levels of Computer Controlled Magnetic Resistance (York: 16)
20 Challenging Programmes (York: 17)
4 User Profiles (York: 1)

VIAVITO SETRY – More info Click Here

When I first created this page, the York Active 120 was the only real high quality option – the others were all somewhat cheaper.

York generally make good quality products – I still have the predecessor to the Active 120 and it’s still going strong – so it’s still worth considering.
The York also has a heavier flywheel and, on the whole,  heavier = smoother.

However, there’s a newer machine which seems to offer a a few more options for less money so you may want to check it out.

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