Reebok Crosswalk RT 5.1 Treadmill Review
Treadmill Doctor Note:
Not a bad machine but when you are buying an $800 treadmill keep in mind that some serious corners have been cut.
Overall Rating: 4.84
Higher quality has been edging into the $800 price point for Icon, but there are still some serious compromises.
The Reebok Crosswalk RT 5.1 is a decent choice at $799. It is still a relatively inexpensive model, so it's not going to be without its shortcoming, but it competes well within its price range. It does, however, have a pretty unappealing motor. Even at this low of a price, it's a bit concerning.
The walking area is a good size. The belt measures in at 20" x 55", which is a good 5" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found on most of today's treadmills. This should still provide plenty of room for larger users to run on comfortably without altering their stride.
A disappointing motor power this machine. Even at this affordable price point, you should be getting much greater power producing capabilities. You can reach 10 mph with this treadmill, but we don't recommend it. The structure and drive system won't hold up well to anything other than light walking.
A nice cushioning system comes on this model. DMXZone Cushioning is used to reduce the impact that walking has on your joints and back. Very few models in this price range can offer a more forgiving or durable running surface.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine is pretty good. Comparably priced treadmills generally have a shorter life expectancy than this one does. The quality of parts is also nice for how little you have to pay.
The warranty on the Reebok Crosswalk RT 5.1 isn't very good. Parts and labor are covered for 1 year, the motor is covered for 25 years, and the frame is covered for life. This is bad coverage, even for a treadmill that sells for $799. When your warranty is getting beaten out at this price, you've got a reason to be worried.
This is a licensed product for Icon Health and Fitness. Like other Icon built products, the features are heavy and component quality has rocketed upward, with the exception being that some of the electronic features have been glitch prone. The pricing disparity we've seen on this brand in the past has equalized with the other Icon brands, so there is no longer a premium for the name. The quality has improved, and they are making some very good machines, an excellent value for the money.
Quality / Philosophy
Reebok is produced by Icon, a company with thousands of employees and large resources. Put simply, their machines have the best design in the business. Icon has a long, storied history that provides an example of how the big keep getting bigger. Icon used to be the mass-market darling because of their cheap prices, but they had the quality to match. These days they put quality into the machines and pack them with features. Reebok has not been emphasized in the last few years. We look for Icon to make a stronger push since this is such a well-known brand.
Icon is the largest fitness equipment producer in the world with over $1 billion in sales. If the fitness industry were a solar system, Icon is so powerful that they would be the Sun. In terms of stability they are the best, but overall their customer service isn't up to the standards of any of the lower volume producers. They have promised an improvement on this and have new management in the service department, so we hope this helps. Although you get a value price for the product, you also get value service, so keep this in mind when buying their machines. Due to the sheer number of units they produce, we pick up support in many cases where this factory leaves off.
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