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FreeMotion Incline Trainer i7.9 Treadmill Review

treadmill Doctor Note :

A full commercial drive system packaged with the rear drive makes it exceptional. The high incline is a bonus. They had some glitches out of the box so we have hit them on expected realibilty.

FreeMotion Incline Trainer i7.9 Treadmill Review

MSRP:

$5499

Walking Area:

9

Power:

10

Cushioning:

7.5

Reliability:

7.5

Noise Level:

7.2

Quality:

7.5

Value:

4.2

Warranty:

7

Overall Rating: 7.23

What we can say in favor...

Rear mounted motor -most impressive for a home treadmill

A massive 4.25 HP motor located at the rear section of this treadmill is easily one of the most impressive motors you will find in a home treadmill. Delivering superb power, this efficient motor gels magnificently with the drive, easily attains 12 mph speeds and powers workouts that are smooth and silent. The motor is backed by a 3 year warranty for commercial applications.

Wider deck size with soft cushioning ideal for power running and great incline support

The 22" x 60" running surface is 2" wider than the standard sized deck and provides ample running space, especially when runners work a punishing incline at higher speeds.

This is excellent cushioning providing the ideal foundation for extreme running; a forgiving surface packing enough firmness and providing the right elasticity to contribute maximum protection to straining feet, hips and back.

Being an incline trainer, users get exceptional -3% to 30% decline/ incline ratios, providing just the right amount of challenge and variety to spice up extreme running scenarios, along with 34 preset workout apps.

Good component quality backed by a reasonable warranty

The Freemotion Incline Trainer i7.9 comes with a lifetime warranty for the frame and 3 years for the motor, along with 3 years for parts including the belt and deck and 3 years labor which is quite reasonable considering that you are getting a commercial grade high quality treadmill for home use.

Factors that simply can't be ignored...

The machine is overpriced at $5,500

The average runner, the watchful beginner and the infrequent user can give this treadmill a wide berth. That decision will be made easier by the exorbitant price of the treadmill. There are many models in affordable price bands that offer better value for money than this overpriced hunk.

Icon's poor customer service record can create headaches

Delayed response to emergency calls and endemic delays in delivery of spares continue to bother Icon, and given its huge marketing volumes, it's an uphill task for Icon to bridge the gaps in poor service. Perhaps the only consolation is that the quality of the machine will postpone the need for calling customer service.

Our verdict

The machine does not justify its $5,500 price tag particularly when there is heavy competition from NordicTrack that produces affordable incline trainers with good dependability and durability. Basically, what you are getting in the FreeMotion Incline Trainer i7.9 is an excellent home workout at a spa price.

We would buy this one for just being a great treadmill. The high max incline is a bonus. Some fit and finish issues from the past were problematic. We have seen these as low as in the $3500 to $4000 range and at that price, they are a great deal.

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