HealthRider Stride Trainer 900 Elliptical Review
TREADMILL DOCTOR NOTE :
The Stride Trainer 900 is a very average elliptical that makes no sense at $1999.
Frankly we think that HealthRider is advertising this at this price so that they can later discount it by $1000 to give customers a "discount". There is no way that they ever intended this machine to be sold at this price and if they did some enterprising young prosecutor should figure out a way to bring criminal charges.</p> The HealthRider Stride Trainer 900 is a mediocre elliptical that holds a hefty price tag. At $1,999, the idea of purchasing this model is a joke. The only reasonable explanation for a price this high is that they can then cut the price down to an appropriate level and pretend they are giving customers a good deal. If you pay anymore than 50% of the cost for this machine, you're getting ripped off.</p> Ergonomically speaking, this model is very disappointing. Even the H50e, also made by HealthRider, offers a more natural range of motion, and it sells for $699. Many of the ellipticals that sell for $2,000 are vastly ergonomically superior. The lack of adjustability is sad. The stride length can be set from 18-20", so you do have the ability to fit this machine to your body type. There are also 16 levels of digital resistance that allow you to align your workout with your fitness levels. Still, some of HealthRider's models that save you $1,000 or more over this model offer more options for adjustments.</p> As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine is awful. This short of a life expectancy makes sense for a model that costs $999 or less, but on an elliptical that asks for $1,999, it's inexcusable. The quality of parts is also weak at this price point.</p> The noise levels of this model are about average. This is common among all ellipticals regardless of price. If quietness during operation is a major concern for you, you can find better machines in this price range, but we don't expect the average user to be bothered by the amount of noise this model makes.</p> The warranty on the HealthRider Stride Trainer 900 is horrible. Parts and labor are covered for 1 year, while the frame is covered for life. You could take $1,000 or more off the price of this elliptical, and we'd still think the warranty was bad.</p>