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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.

Reebok Crosswalk RT 5.1 Treadmill Review



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Overall Rating: 4.52

What we can say in favor of the Treadmill...

Spacious belt for runners

The belt measures 20" x 55", and though it is 5" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt, it still provides enough room for bigger users to exercise comfortably without perceptibly altering their stride.

Reasonably good cushioning and impact protection

You won't find more superior impact resistant surfaces at this price and exercising limbs and joints get decent protection from shock and injury.

Decent programs and varying track inclines for arduous workouts

10% incline range and 15 workout apps combine to maximize muscle tone and calorie burn while adding reasonably good challenge and variety to the daily grind.

Space saving treadmill (folding)

With overall dimensions measuring 70" L x 34" W x 60" H you can achieve some space saving by folding up this treadmill.

Points to ponder...

Treadmill seriously underpowered

A disappointingly low powered 2.25 HP motor generates speeds maxing 10 mph. Overusing the machine or simply prolonging session duration can wear out parts and the drive system quicker, and you will be calling service personnel sooner than you think. Can't be recommended for anything more strenuous than a slow walk.

The warranty is disappointing

Reebok Crosswalk RT 5.1 provides a warranty covering 1 year on parts and labor, 25 years on the motor, and lifetime on the frame. This is woefully inadequate even for a treadmill priced this low. The danger signal is the 1 year warranty on parts which hits consumer confidence regarding the longevity of this model.

Basically designed for walking, not running

A committed runner or serious trainer would feel completely out of sorts on such a limited machine. The only redeeming feature is the treadbelt, which is 5" shorter than standard but is still usable by taller walkers.

Larger and heavier users will run into problems

300 pounds user weight capacity is an exaggeration. Heavier users will compromise the drive system and wear out parts too quickly necessitating frequent servicing and parts replacements. As the warranty catches up with you there will be higher expenses and operational costs that will outlive any gains you make while purchasing this treadmill. Neither the machine nor the warranty is designed for the long haul.

Serious customer service issues

Non availability of timely service from Icon and prolonged waiting period for spare parts affect most Icon brands and this model will not be an exception.

Our verdict

The Reebok Crosswalk RT 5.1 is cheap and solid at the $799 price tag but you will be compromising in vital areas like the motor, parts quality, reliability and warranty. You would be be wiser to buy the NordicTrack C 900i ($899) that was 1st Runner Up in the Best Buy Awards, but serious runners had better look beyond $1,000.

Higher quality has been edging into the $800 price point for Icon but there are still some serious compromises.