Kettler RIVO-P Programmable Elliptical Trainer

8.2 Total Score

The Kettler Rivo-P elliptical trainer has features like some of the commercial trainers which make it a choice for those who aim for perfect fitness. It has eight inspirational programs and long stride. It also has eight adjustable intensity levels which helps for better control on the workouts and improves the cardiovascular health. The main features of this elliptical trainer are motorized magnetic braking system and the heavy flywheel which makes your workout silent and smooth. The pulse sensors are incorporated in the handle bars and ear clips.

Build Quality
8.2
Features
7
Assembly
7.8
Noise
9
Price/Value
8.9

At a Glance: Kettler RIVO-P
BrandKettler
Capacity285 lb.
Price RangeUnder $1000
Flywheel30.5 lbs
Resistance16
Stride Lenght15″
Dimension57″ x 26″ x 67″
Programs8
InclineN/A
HR MonitorContact

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PROS:
  • Heavy Flywheel
  • Great Build Quality

CONS:
  • Very short Stride, uncomfortable for tall users
  • Made in China (Not Germany)

Main Features

Motorized Magnetic Braking System

The elliptical has 16 resistance levels which are controlled by magnetic braking systems. The magnetic braking system makes the shift from one level to another very smooth and helps to achieve effortless workout goals.

Adjustable Pedals

This elliptical has adjustable footprints which can be adjusted into three different positions to suit our posture. As we can adjust the foot position it makes our exercising experience more comfortable and relaxed. Though the pedals are not cushioned but they are quite comfortable.

Heavy Flywheel

The trainer comes with a 30.5 pounds flywheel which gives a very fluid like smooth operation.

15 inch Stride length

This trainer has a short stride length. Though the stride length is 15 inches it is comfortable for people below 6 feet.

  • The machine offers topnotch assortment of 8 diverse hill profile and heart-rate controlled programs (exercise, heart-controlled and freely-adaptable performance programs) which can be readily adjusted as to its intensity level.
  • The device operates silently despite its heavy-duty drive structure
  • Offers 16 levels of tough yet effortless and sinuous resistance through its motorized magnetic braking system
  • Comes in an eye-catching style blended with tons of very favorable attributes yet is reasonably priced
  • It is a space saver with its neat footprint; its pad is sweat resistant that is push n’ turn operated.
  • Able to provide accurate measurement of time, distance covered, speed, heart rate, RPM and energy consume during training

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Build Quality

The Kettler RIVO-P has powder coated and high carbon strong and stylish steel frame. It has a heavy flywheel which gives a smooth and silent workout and sealed ball bearings at all pivot points which are maintenance free. There are castor wheels at the rear end which helps to move the machine from one place to another easily. The built in levers at the base help us to adjust the trainer even on rough and uneven surface. With the user capacity of 285 pounds, the size of the machine is 57 inches x 25 inches and the weight is 142 pounds which makes it quite compact to fit in smaller space. The foot pedals are ergonomically correct and has three different positions. This machine has a poly V drive belt which maintains the silence during workouts. It requires 110 volts power supply.

Assembly

Assembly of Proform machines is not very easy. We advise you to get the assembly done by the technicians to avoid chances of breakdowns in the machine. The manual is very confusing and difficult to understand. If you follow the diagrams step by step, you can assemble the machine properly. It took almost two and a half hour to assemble the whole trainer.

Heart Rate Monitor

The trainer has handle bar sensor system through which we could monitor our heart rate while exercising. This machine is also compatible with the wireless chest strap. Along with the handle bar sensors there is an infrared earlobe clip which persistently keeps the track of heart rate. The recovery system is also a good feature which specifies the cardio health as we continue exercising. The heart rate programs automatically adjust the resistance levels to the target levels.

Display

The trainer has a blue backlit LCD with dot matrix display which allows us to view manifold data like total distance, heart rate, time, calories burnt, distance covered and speed. It takes some time to study the display as it is little complicated but once you study the features it is very simple and easy to operate.

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Programs

The RIVO-P has in all 8 built in programs out of which one is manual program; six are preset programs and two heart rate control programs. With the heart rate control programs that mechanically adjust the resistance level to maintain the target heart rate, the other programs also have adjustable intensity levels. The preset programs are limited and we do not have the scope of selecting the option that suits our requirement.

Warranty

The company offers a three year warranty for parts and Labor. Though the company does not offer warranty on frame, this is fair as compared to other brands available in the market at this price.

With Kettler RIVO-P, you are assured of durability and silent workouts. The machine is extremely sturdy and does not vibrate. With the heavy flywheel the working is very smooth and practically noiseless. It has limited but flexible preset programs and is a perfect choice for those who desire the best equipment in lower budget. The unique features like Motorized Magnetic Braking System, large back-lit LCD display, adjustable foot pedals and the recovery system make this elliptical most effective and low budget equipment. There are some minor but important features missing like the water bottle holder, iPod jack, built in speakers etc. But as compared to the other elliptical trainers that are available in the same price range, the RIVO-P is a better option.

Technical Specifications

Features
  • Back-lit blue LCD electronic computer with graphic dot matrix displays distance, time, speed, RPM, energy consumption and heart rate
  • 8 programs with adjustable intensity levels
  • Heart Rate Control Programming automatically adjusts resistance to maintain target rate
  • Motor-controlled variable magnetic resistance system with 16 resistance levels
  • Heavy 30 ½ pound Flywheel delivers smooth operation
Specifications
Front driveYes
Cushioned footpadNo
Resistance typeMotor-controlled variable magnetic resistance system
Resistance levels16 resistance levels
Adjustable pedalsNo
Upper bodyYes
HandgripYes
Heart rate controlYes, Heart Rate Control Programming automatically adjusts resistance to maintain target rate
Flywheel weight30 ½ pound
DisplayBack-lit blue LCD electronic computer with graphic dot matrix displays distance, time, speed, RPM, energy consumption and heart rate
programs8 programs with adjustable intensity levels
Cooling fansNo
Water bottle/accessory holdersYes
Capacity285 lbs (130 KG)
Weight126 pounds
Warranties
FrameLifetime
Parts and Electronics
Shipping Information
Dimensions143 / 64 / 168 (L / W / H in cm, approx.)
Weight130 kg

1 Comment
  1. Can i get a replacement power cord?

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