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Reebok 8000C Treadmill Review

treadmill Doctor Note :

Good looking unit but is short in the motor area. Since they give the motor a 12 year warranty, it may be worth taking a chance on.

Reebok 8000C Treadmill Review



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Overall Rating: 4.6

A good value and a big improvement in quality from recent efforts. Still a bit short in terms of the heart of the machine- the motor. I would suppose it is hard to build a quality tread for $799, but we can still hope.

The Reebok 8000C isn't a bad choice at $799. You can't expect to get a great treadmill at this price, but this one at least has competitive quality for the cost. Unfortunately, it uses an inferior motor. There is, however, a 12 year warranty on the motor, which may be enough to squander some of the concerns.

The walking area is a decent size. The belt measures in at 19" x 55", which is 1" narrower and 5" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found on most of today's treadmills. This should still provide enough room for larger users to run on comfortably without altering their stride.

A motor that leaves a lot to be desired powers this machine. Even at this low of a price, you should expect much greater power producing capabilities than this treadmill can offer. Speeds of up to 10 mph are attainable, but we wouldn't recommend using this machine for anything other than light walking. The structure and drive system won't hold up long if you try to run.

A nice cushioning system comes with this model. AirShock Cushioning is used to reduce the impact that walking has on your joints and back. Very few models in this price range offer a running surface that can match the durability and feel of this one. There are even some models that cost over $2,000 that have cushioning systems that don't stack up well against the one used on this treadmill.

As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine is pretty good. It has a similar life expectancy to most of the models that have a comparable cost. If you're willing to pay an extra $200, however, you start seeing treadmills that we expect to last significantly longer. The quality of parts is also good.

The warranty on the Reebok 8000C is awful. Parts and labor are covered for 90 days, while the motor is covered for 12 years. We were surprised to see that they offered 12 years on such an unimpressive motor, but only 90 days on parts and labor is pathetic. Reebok isn't showing much confidence in this treadmill with their coverage.