The Schwinn 450 elliptical trainer has a multi-position ramp to modify the elliptical path and the intensity of the workout.
The backlit multi-color console features the Schwinn Advantage™ fitness journal (with 2 user profiles), plus readouts for speed, time, distance, resistance, and more. The 11 preset programs include 9 profile courses, distance goal, fitness test, 4 Polar heart rate programs, and manual.
The features of the Schwinn 450 elliptical trainer include:
UPDATE: The Schwinn 450 has been discontinued and replaced with the popular 430 model.
Find the best price here: Schwinn 430 Elliptical
The Schwinn 450 elliptical trainer has a quiet Eddy Current Brake (ECB) resistance system, a fixed 20" elliptical path, 16 resistance levels, articulating dual density pedals, grip heart rate sensors, and is Polar telemetry compatible (chest strap not included).
The adjustable manual ramp has six positions ranging from 0º to 15º. When you want to work at a different incline, you must dismount and change the dial to raise or lower the ramp. Working out at different inclines helps target different muscle groups in the legs and trunk. Other features of the Schwinn 450 include built-in speakers and an MP3 music port, a reading rack, water bottle holder, rear frame levelers, and transport wheels.
The 90-day labor warranty is too short on this Schwinn elliptical trainer. Other brands offer a one-year labor and parts warranty, plus lifetime on the brake and frame. An extended one-year warranty will cost $89.99 from either Schwinn or a third party company.
Schwinn carved itself a chunk of the under $500 market in cheap elliptical machines, but the maker’s trainers gets lost in the competitive field at high prices – where the $799 Schwinn 450 elliptical falls in.
The longer 20" stride is a nice touch, the multiple position ramp is unique (thus solving the problem of how to put an incline on a front-drive machine), and the perimeter-weighted flywheel provides for smooth workouts, but we are leery of spending $800 on a Schwinn especially with very few customer reviews done on this model. It has yet to prove itself.
For our money, we would go with the Horizon EX-69 or the Livestrong LS8.0 as a better buy over the Schwinn 450 elliptical trainer.
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