Currently available for £599.99 from Sweatband.com
Reebok Titanium TX2.0 Elliptical Cross Trainer Review
The Reebok Titanium TX2.0 elliptical cross trainer is a mid-range model in the current Reebok offering and one that we were very keen to take a closer look at given that it’s part of the Titanium range which so far has proved to be a very respectable and solid offering. So, how did it look up close and personal?
Like other models in the Titanium range, Reebok have tried very hard to keep things simple and in this respect they’ve definitely succeeded with the TX2.0. They’ve managed to get the assembly down to 12 steps, all of which are straightforward and though it still took about an hour to assemble, it wasn’t a testing or exasperating experience. On the contrary, everything went together without any hiccups and all in all, this is an easier cross trainer to assemble than many others we’ve tried.
Aesthetically the TX2.0 looks great. A mainly black and dark grey colour scheme blended with splashes of white and a sharp red make for a visually pleasing and modern looking machine.
The specs on paper are pretty impressive. 11kg (24.3lbs) flywheel, 16.5’’ (41.9cm) stride, 75 levels of electro-magnetic resistance, 20 programmes and interactive training features! That reads well for a cross trainer at this price point and we have to say it translates well from paper into the real world. That hefty flywheel is worth its weight and the resulting action feels smooth and steady all the way throughout the cycle without any discernable change in speed at the point of no return. In keeping with a rear wheel based elliptical the action is quite ‘up & downy’ as compared with a typical front wheel based model, but it’s certainly not unpleasant and there’s a feel of quality that a lot of other rear-wheeled cross trainers simply don’t have. During the set up you can also select how far away from the handlebars you want the pedals to be (3 different settings), allowing you to get a very comfortable position, making the TX2.0 comfortable for a wide range of users despite the slightly shorter stride.
The resistance, well the resistance is something to shout about it has to be said. Not so much that the maximum level is significant (400 Watt), even though it is. It’s the speed of change that’s the most impressive thing here. Due to the electromagnetic set up instead of a standard servo motor mounted magnet, the speed of change between level 0 and level 75 is very, very quick. Almost, not quite, but almost, as quickly as you turn the dial to set the resistance, the desired resistance level is reached! This is a really nice element and one that will sit well with anyone who wants to perform interval based workouts. Quite why there needs to be 75 levels we’re not all that sure, but given that the ‘i-Drive’ dial makes getting to any of the levels quick and easy this can’t really be viewed as anything but a positive thing, even if it does make us smile a bit!
The console is laid out in a very simple and logical manner. There are 4 buttons, plus the ‘i-Drive’ dial. It’s not really possible to get any more simple that that and it makes operating the TXF2.0 as easy as any elliptical we’ve ever come across. The i-Drive’ button sits at the heart of most things you do on the console. The other buttons are – start/stop, quick start, recovery, and reset. Then there’s the i-drive dial for the remaining functions. This set up is quick and simple and as such we like it – a lot. In terms of the display, there’s a 5″ LCD display that’s nice and clear with sharp characters so even when you’re in the middle of working up a sweat, it’s still clear to read.
It’s clear that the TX2.0 has been built with family use in mind as there are 5 user profiles built in. This is excellent for any household where multiple people will regularly be using the cross trainer. Entering each user’s personal data improves the accuracy of training feedback data such as theoretical calorie burn.
There are 20 programmes in total spanning from the standard preset programmes, through to a fitness test, several random workout programmes, a selection of heart rate control based exercises as well as manual and target based workouts. Just as some icing on the cake there is also a user defined programme allowing you to create your own, custom programme. All of these programmes are scalable too and offer a high level of customisation options so all in all you’re highly unlikely to get bored given the amount of things you can change.
Just to make absolutely certain you don’t get bored, the TX2.0 has also been fitted with a BlueTooth receiver so it’s possible to connect your tablet/smartphone to it. All you need to do is download the free Run On Earth app and connect your device to the ellpitical. It’s then possible to create your own cycling routes using Google Maps. We’ve seen this particular app before and can confirm it’s quite a bit of fun. It’s not to be taken too seriously though so if you’re looking for a ‘real-world’ simulation you’re likely to be disappointed.
Finally, the TX2.0 has a “Fitness” programme which differs from other recovery tests in that it’s actually an 8-minute fitness test that will put you through your paces and then tell you how fit you are. This is really useful as a marker and should serve to motivate you. There’s nothing like getting rated ‘Poor’ to make you sit up and take notice and then set out to do something about it! 🙂
The TX2.0 also comes with built-in wireless heart rate receiver, speakers, a lot of training options, excellent resistance system and interactive training for good measure. That’s a lot of bang for buck. As with all the Reebok range, the warranty is the standard 2 years on-site parts and labour giving you peace of mind.
The Reebok TX2.0 elliptical is one of those machines that makes you smile, and it's not often we say that. It's packed with features to make sure you don't get bored, is compatible with smartphones and tablets and has an outstanding resistance system that's incredibly responsive. All round this is a very, very good cross trainer and we can't think of any other machine on the market that offers electro-magnetic resistance for this sort of budget. As such TX2.0 is one that we'd highly recommend.
Reebok Titanium TX2.0 Specifications
- 11kg (24.3lbs)
- 75 levels of magnetic resistance
- Stride length: 41.9cm (16.5’’)
- 12.7cm (5”) LCD display with i-Drive console system
- Feedback: Speed, time, distance, calories, pulse, watts, RPM
- 20 pre-installed workouts (including time, distance, calories, watts control, heart rate control, fitness test, random, target zone, manual)
- Compatible with Run on Earth application
- 5 user profiles
- Heart rate measurement via pulse grip sensors + wireless pulse receiver (chest strap optional)
- MP3 input with built-in speaker system
- 40mm adjustable and slip-resistant footplates
- Adjustable action and fixed handlebars
- Additional features: Water bottle holder, transportation wheels
- Max. user weight: 140kg (308.6lbs)
- Product weight: 51.8kg (114.2lbs)
- Boxed weight: 58.6kg (129.2lbs)
- Product dimensions in use (L x W x H): 149cm (58.7″) x 61cm (24.0″) x 158cm (62.2″)
- Boxed dimensions (L x W x H): 138.5cm (54.5″) x 38.5cm (15.2″) x 70.5cm (27.89″)
- Power supply: Mains
- Warranty: 2 years frame, parts and labour
Reebok Titanium TX2.0 Elliptical Cross Trainer - Console / Display Unit
Currently available for £599.99 from Sweatband.com
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