Diamondback Fitness 1260Ef Elliptical Trainer

8.8Expert Score
Diamondback Fitness 1260Ef Elliptical Trainer is a strongly built multipurpose machine that comes with fifteen professionally developed workout programs allowing you to exercise by focusing on different muscle groups.
Build Quality

At a Glance: Diamondback Fitness 1260Ef
Brand Diamondback Fitness
Capacity 325 lb.
Price Range Under $1500
Stride length 19 inches
Resistance 20 Levels
Programs 13 preset programs
Dimension 69.5 x 65 x 27.5 inchs
Display Green LED dot matrix profile
Incline 10 ellipse angle adjustments
HR Monitor Contact and Wireless


  • Extreamly Well built
  • Great Price/Value
  • Smooth and Quite
  • Easy to Assamble
  • Has special features for female users


  • Not good for users under 5.6″
  • Heavy, hard to move
  • Questionable Customer Support


  • 20-level magnetic Resistance
  • Its easy to read console provides you readings regarding your calories, time, pulse and speed etc.
  • Includes two heart rate options for monitoring your heart rate more efficiently.
  • 325 lbs Capacity
  • Consists of 5 classic programs that are Random cross, Manual, Hill climb, Interval and Sprint.
  • Console contains 13 preset programs.
  • Stride length is 19 inch

Build Quality

The trainer has aluminum made extrusion incline structure and ball bearing rollers. There are Krayton rubber comfort grips and a frame made of welded heavy gauge steel. The side cases are made of high impact ABS plastic. The foot paddles are cushioned with extra wide EVA cushion to enhance comfort.  As an extra layer of protection from rust, there is a coating of anti-rust power on the body. It has a weight capacity of 325 pounds. However, the problem lies with its weight. It is one heavy machine that will give you a very hard time while moving it from one place to another. So I keep it at a place where it can just lie still without me needing to move it that often. It also takes a whole lot of space. So finding the right place in your house for the machine can be a bit tricky. Another major drawback with this trainer is its fixed stride. The stride length is fixed at 19 inch which you won’t be able to change.

User Friendly

This trainer is one of the most user friendly tools I have ever come across. The control panel is right in front which you can use to choose a workout program manually or simply select one of the pre-programmed workout programs. The quick start button allows you to get started with the training at ease. However, this machine doesn’t come with the cooling fan, speakers or any kind of music plug-ins that you will have in many other trainers these days. They did place a rack or more of a book holder though. So if you want to read something while exercising, this will come handy.

A trainer for anyone

This trainer is designed in such a way that both male and female and even kids (kids should be supervised while using the trainer just to be safe) can easily use it for training . This one one of the few elliptical that was designed for special workout for woman.


Now this is the hard part with this elliptical and that is because the parts are really heavy. For me, it is a two person job. Yet, it will require some sweating to put it altogether.

Heart Rate Monitor

Heart rate can be monitored with this elliptical in two ways. Usually I go for the chest strap. But you can also try the sensor bars installed in the handlebars that will give readings of your heart rate on the display.


The green LED console display of the machine shows a variety of information including the total time I have spent for exercising, the incline, calories burned, intensity level, the distance I travelled, speed and so on. Means, you will have access to all the vital information that you need about the changes happening to your body as a result of the effort that you are putting in it. There are four different data display windows available with this machine and each of them can be selected by an individual button.

  • Green LED dot matrix profile
  • Alphanumeric message display with program instructions
  • 4 Data display windows with individual Select button for each data group
  • Program buttons with LED indicators
  • Heart rate bar graph display
  • Polar compatible heart rate receiver and hand held contact heart rate receiver
  • Built in reading rack




One thing that I love most about the Diamondback 1260Ef Elliptical is the variations in the programs. There are fifteen different programs and twenty resistance levels included with this trainer to give you the variation you need when it comes to exercising. The classic program package includes manual, interval, random cross, sprint and hill climb. However, personally I am a great fan of the heart rate interactive programs. There are five different heart rate interactive programs included with this machine- cardio, target, fat burner, interval and hill. Glute burner, total trainer and quad builder are the three cross training programs that you can try.

  • 5 Classic programs with Quick Start option – Manual, Random cross, Interval, Hill Climb and Sprint
  • 5 HR interactive programs – Target HR, HR Interval, Fat Burner, HR Hill and Cardio
  • 3 Cross training programs – Glute Burner, Quad Builder and Total Trainer
  • HR Lock function to quickly enter Target HR program at anytime
  • Personal Trainer function to enhance the total body workout
  • 2 Custom programs
  • Built in Warm up and Cool down modes


I get a lifetime warranty on the frame, 1 year warranty on labor, five year warranty on the electrical and mechanical parts and a 90-day warranty for the wear items. Overall I think the warranty package is pretty decent in comparison with the other trainers in the market.

Altogether, when it comes to Diamondback Fitness 1260Ef Elliptical Trainer, I think you get a solid, well built trainer with a long list of options to try out. Though the weight can be an issue with it, if you can simply put it at some place where you won’t need to move it that frequently, this is not going to be much of a problem.

Technical Specifications

  • Patented, natural elliptical slide
  • 10 Levels of incline adjustment
  • 5 Classic programs & a quick start with 20 levels of intensity
  • 5 HR interactive programs
  • Personal trainer function
  • 19″ stride with electronic programmable incline
  • LED dot matrix display
  • Krayton rubber comfort grips
  • Contact and Polar compatible wireless receiver with chest strap
Stride length 19 inch (fixed)
Front drive Yes, Poly-V Belt
Cushioned footpad Yes
Resistance type

20 to 700 Watts Resistance Range

Resistance levels Magnetic brake resistance
Adjustable pedals No
Upper body Yes
Handgrip Yes, Krayton rubber comfort grips
Heart rate control Yes (contact and wireless)
Incline type

10 Ellipse Angle Electronic Adjustments


Green LED dot matrix profile, 4 Data display, see Image of console for details

programs 13 preset programs
Water bottle/accessory holders Yes
Capacity 325 lbs
Frame Lifetime
Parts and Electronics 3-year parts & 1 Year labor in-home labor, 90 days labor (Home)
3-year break, 2 years parts & 1 Year labor in-home labor, 90 days labor (Home)
Shipping Information
Dimensions 69.5″ L x 27.5″ W x 65″ H

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Expert Score 8.8
Build Quality
Diamondback Fitness 1260Ef Elliptical Trainer
Diamondback Fitness 1260Ef Elliptical Trainer

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