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Monday, March 31, 2008

Spirit ZE120 Elliptical Trainer Review

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Spirit ZE120 Elliptical Trainer Rating: 3 stars out of 5 for no heart rate control
Price: $1199
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Hello Everyone!

The smog has once again cleared and it’s a beautiful day in Los Angeles! I plan on going to a canyon half an hour from here and swimming later today. Before I can do that I have to write my Spirit ZE120 Elliptical Trainer Review. The Spirit ZE120 can best be described as the middle man. It’s middle of the road when it comes to price, resistance levels, programs, and warranty. It’s not the best elliptical trainer out there, it’s in the middle.

First, I want to let everyone know that Spirit treadmills and ellipticals are the same as Sole treadmills and ellitpicals. They have different consoles and frames, but the hardware inside of them are the same. If you hear good things about Sole Treadmills and bad things about Spirit Treadmills on the same site, it’s a good sign the site was written by someone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Treadmill Doctor is a prime example of a website that has extremely misleading information! I don’t trust them!

Anyway, the Spirit ZE120 has 16 resistance levels. That’s decent for this price range. There are cheaper elliptical trainers with the same amount of resistance levels that are $100 - $200 less expensive. Still 16 resistance levels aren’t all that bad for the price tag. Once again the Spirit ZE120 fails to beat out other elliptical trainers in the $1000 price range with a 300 lb. maximum user weight capacity. Like the resistance levels, the user weight capacity is okay.

The Spirit ZE120 has a 20” stride length. I know this is getting old already, but 20” is decent. Maybe if Spirit had decided to spend a few extra bucks to give the Spirit ZE120 Elliptical a 22” stride length I could get excited and say there’s a good reason to spend an extra $150 bucks, but I can’t.

I thought about going in to a little bit more detail about programs and warranty, but I’m already starting to think “why bother?” There’s no point in it. First of all, this is a Sole Elliptical Trainer repackaged as a Spirit Elliptical Trainer, second of all there are other elliptical trainers much cheaper that offer similar and in most cases, better features than the Spirit ZE120. To top it all off the Spirit ZE120 doesn’t even come with heart rate control!

I hate reviewing treadmills and elliptical trainers like this, good enough not to be horrible but bad enough to be great. It’s just hard to write when I’m not passionately for or against something. Anyway, I wish you luck in your search for an elliptical trainer.

The Treadmill Master

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