Star Trac E-TRxe Treadmill Review
Treadmill Doctor Note:
The personal touch screen high definition monitor built into the console, it is an interesting concept until you see the price tag.
Overall Rating: 8.54
Think of the "Take My Breath Away" song before you look at the price tag. If you have bags of loot, this is an option.
The Star Trac E-TRxe is an excellent treadmill. It is made with high quality parts, it's extremely durable, and it has a nice touch screen high definition monitor that's built into the console. At $9,845, however, it's extremely expensive. You'd be better off with the E-TRx that has similar quality for $8,395. Even that one isn't a tremendous value, but if you're willing to shell out the cash, very little maintenance will be necessary.
The walking area is quite large. The belt measures in at 21.5" x 60". This is 1.5" wider than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found on many of today's treadmills. Users with a wider stance may find this model to be more accommodating than most.
An excellent motor powers this machine. There is not a single treadmill that we reviewed that has greater power producing capabilities. Speeds of up to 15 mph are attainable, so we don't expect anyone to have problems challenging themselves, except for maybe Usain Bolt.
A nice cushioning system comes on this model. Soft Trac triple cell neoprene suspension is used to reduce the impact that running has on your joints and back.Very few treadmills have more forgiving or durable running surfaces, but some of those that do are half the price of this one.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine is fantastic. The life expectancy of this treadmill is only beaten by the Woodway curve. The quality of parts used is unmatched, except by other models from Star Trac.
The warranty on the Star Trac E-TRxe is great. The headphone jack, iPod connector, and USB are covered for 90 days, labor and wear items are covered for 1 year; other parts are covered for 2 years; and the motor and MCB parts and labor are covered for 5 years. Consumer home use increases the warranty on parts to 10 years.
Star Trac was started by the original designers of the Lifecycle stationary cycle. Their treadmills are popular in clubs. Star Trac branded product is simply their commercial machines labeled for the consumer market. If you are shooting for quality regardless of price, then Star Trac is your choice.
Quality / Philosophy
Star Trac puts very high quality electronics in their machines and then lets the rest fall into place. At full retail price, it is so-so deal for the price. With the big discounts we saw online, Star Tracs made quite a bit of sense if you were considering a $4000 to $5000 home treadmill. They went through a financial restructuring in 2010 with a new Asian investor in order to shore up their balance sheet. As with many companies right now, times are tough but it looks like Star Trac has the ability to weather the storm.
Star Trac is big in the club market because they are a value alternative and cheaper products will always sell well. We would expect them to be around for product support for a long time, especially with their new investor.