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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.

For me, it 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.

Fortunately, thanks to exercise bike / cross trainer combination machines like those you can see on this page, you can have both.

I did worry that doing so might mean compromising on each. 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 and I’ve never regretted it.  The one I went for is no longer available but here is an updated look at the current options.

UPDATE - January 2021

Fortunately, the availability of combination machines have improved again and, while some are still unavailable, there are a few around in different price ranges.

Combination 2 in 1 Exercise Bike and Cross Trainer Shortlist

BUDGET PRICE

Fitness Cardio Weightloss Workout Machine-With Seat + Pulse Heart Rate Sensors

The Pro XS Luna has replaced the Pro XS Sports which had been here but had become unavailable. The Luna was, in January 2021, the best seller in Cross Trainers on Amazon, with a high approval rating.

The Pro XS Luna has separate static handles for the bike (albeit upright style rather than traditional bicycle handlebars) which have hand sensors for checking your pulse rate, and the movable cross-trainer bars.

The multi-function LCD Display shows:

  • Speed
  • Distance
  • Pulse (Fixed bars incorporate pulse sensors)
  • Duration
  • Calories
  • Time
  • Scan Mode (cycles through other modes)

Sturdily made to high European safety standards.

Bidirectional pedal movement – i.e. you can pedal backwards to work on hamstrings etc. as well as Legs, hips buttocks, shoulders and arms.

Steel frame with 110Kg max user weight

(The Luna’s net weight is 28Kg)

Wide platform pedals can accommodate large feet (up to size 12)

12 month warranty

The assembled size has a footprint of  91cm x 51cm (vs. 112 x 64cm). 

Chain-driven flywheel.

Other available models in this range to consider

The popular We R Sports has been around for a while and, unlike some others, seems to have remained available.

LOWER-MID PRICE OPTION

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The Driplex Cross Trainer is described. somewhat ambitiously, not as a 2-1 exercise machine but 4-in1!

  1. Step machine
  2. Spinning bike
  3. Treadmill
  4. Ellitical

However, it is essentially a cross-trainer & exercise bike. Nonetheless, it is a solid a capable machine.

It is larger and heavier than the Pro XS Luna  but has a max user weight 10Kg higher at 120Kg / 265lbs. It does have wheels at the front to help move it.

Dimensions: 

  • Height to top of handles: 156cm
  • Length: 102cm
  • Width: 55cm
  • Net weight: 32Kg.

UPPER-MID PRICE OPTION

York Active 120 2-in-1 Cycle Cross Trainer, though no spring chicken, is actually the successor of the machine I personally bought some years ago which, I’m happy to report, is still going strong with only a few more squeaks showing its age.

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

It has 16 levels 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 bit dearer than the budget models but the sturdiness that persuaded me to pay a bit extra back then is still a reason I would still consider the Active 120 if I was buying a machine 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

UPPER PRICE OPTION

…or to give its full title:
ZDAMN Sports Spinning Aerobic Exercise Bike Elliptical Machine Cross Trainer 2 In 1 Exercise Bike.

To be honest, although I’m happy to sing the praises of combination exercise machines, you don’t normally see very high end ones. Only last year, I was writing that the only ones still available on Amazon were budget models, with even the mid-price ones hard to find.

So it’s reassuring that, not only has the York Fitness Active 120 made a comeback, but the more expensive ZDAMN has been added too. 

For this type of machine, more expensive doesn’t mean more ‘goodies’ – it means it’s solidly made and should last a lifetime. It still has the usual features of course, and you can expect it to be smooth and quiet.

Such quality means it can take a max user weight of 250lbs / 113Kg and itself weighs a hefty 48Kg.

As usual, it has front wheels to aid moving, but doing would still probably make a contribution to your weight training workout as well as your cardio one!

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