Another of the high quality bikes to be available through their competitively priced ‘GO’ collection, the Tunturi GO Bike 50 Upright Exercise Bike offers significant improvements over their earlier model.
As part of our own extensive collection of Tunturi fitness equipment reviews, we aim to provide you with all the information you need to help decide if this is the best choice of exercise bike for your budget and workout style.
Representing the mid-range upright bike in their popular GO collection, the Tunturi GO Bike 50 includes a number of important improvements over the earlier GO Bike 30 model.
While some of these are related to the workout programs and enhancements to the display console, we first wanted to take a look at the overall bike design.
The first major difference you notice is that there is no longer a way to manual set the tension level (resistance). This is a feature found exclusively on the GO Bike 30, and not something you’ll see on the later 50 or 70 models.
This is because the 30 model offers a much more limited range of resistance levels (8 levels) compared to the GO Bike 50 (32 levels).
Being able to adjust the current resistance level in smaller intervals allows you to find a level that will truly challenge your current fitness level.
This also reduces the time it takes to move between levels as your fitness increases, which can be a goal achievement in itself, and an effective form of motivation.
Despite being the mid-range model in the range, 32 resistance levels is actually the highest number available for bikes in the upright GO collection.
In terms of similarities, the actual frame design and walk-through low profile base unit of the Tunturi GO Bike 50 is exactly the same as the model 30 and model 70 cycles.
The well padded gel seat can also be adjusted both horizontally and vertically to help you find a comfortable seated posture for longer workouts.
If you think you might need to move the bike to another position after the initial assembly, the front base stabilizer features a set of built-in transport wheels to make moving the bike between rooms much easier, given its 37.5 kg weight.
One final feature we felt it was important to include was the 4 base levellers, spread between the two base stabilizers.
These can be quickly adjusted to compensate for any uneven flooring, and ensure that the bike remains stable throughout your workout.
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Tunturi Go Bike 50 – Features Summary
- Flywheel: 6kg
- Rotating Mass: 13kg
- Resistance Levels: 32 levels of magnetic resistance
- Low step through frame
- Brake: Servo motor & PMS
- Seat Adjustment: horizontal and vertical
- Seat pad: Gel seat for comfort
- Handlebar Adjustment: Angle
- Body Fat & BMI
- User Input: 4
- Feedback: time, calories, distance, speed, pulse
- Workout Programs: 19 (4 User & 4 HRC)
- Display: Colour LCD backlit
- Wireless chest strap Option: Yes (5.4 kHz analogue)
- EN-957 compliant
- Hand pulse grips
- Transport wheels
- Power: Adapter (9V-DC/ 500 mA)
Display console design
[one_half]Perhaps the biggest visual difference between the Tunturi GO Bike 50 and the GO Bike 30 model is in the design of the display console.
Although the 30 model still provides a useful range of feedback on your current workout, the screen itself is monochrome LCD, meaning it only provides a basic black text instead of the multicoloured approach adopted by the 50 model.
Not only that, but the screen on the 50 model is actually the first in the upright bike range that offers a backlight, making it easier to read your workout information in low light conditions.[/one_half]
The size and button layout has remained much the same, but with the 50 model providing an additional two button functions.
These are an explicit ‘start/stop’ button, and a button that lets you perform a basic BMI test to measure your current body fat level.
Apart from these additional functions and the multicoloured, backlit LCD screen, the main method of navigating through selections remains the same (using the central selection dial).
The layout of the on-screen feedback and positioning of the buttons has been well thought out, to allow you to access the information and functions you need more intuitively, without taking your focus away from the workout.
[one_half]Together with the display console design, the number of workout programs is another area that offers some major improvements over the earlier GO Bike 30 model.
You now have access to 15 workout programs instead of 3, which not only helps to add some much needed variation to your cardio routines, but also makes it much easier to find a program that helps you achieve a specific fitness goal.
Although the GO Bike 70 model does offer 6 more workout programs than the Tunturi GO Bike 50, the categories that they fall into are exactly the same.
5 workout program categories:
1. Manual – Sometimes you might not feel like following a set workout routine, and may just want to start cycling at your own pace.[/one_half]
The Manual program is ideal for this kind of workout, where you still have the option to set a target for distance, calories burned, and heart rate limit.
2. Preset programs – If you’ve followed a workout program on a bike in a commercial gym, the Preset Program is probably the option you chose.
These are a series of workouts designed to help you reach a range of fitness goals, from improved cardiovascular function, to increased lower body strength and muscle tone.
3. User program – User programs offer a bit more freedom in the workout you can create, and have the added benefit of being stored in the console’s memory between sessions.
There are actually 4 user input options with the GO Bike 50 model, which is the same as the higher priced GO Bike 70. Like the Manual and Preset programs, you can also set specific training targets before you start your cycle.
4. Heart rate control program – Keeping your heart rate at a pre-determined set level allows you to target specific training goals more effectively.
That’s why you have the option of choosing from one of 4 workout intensities (55%, 75%, 90% of your maximum heart rate, or target).
The resistance will then be adjusted automatically to keep your heart rate at this level until you decide to end the workout.
5. Constant watt program – Similar to the Heart Rate Control programs, but you work towards a target resistance level rather than pulse rate.
This can be the best choice of workout if you are looking to improve lower body muscle tone, particularly if your target is one of the higher resistance levels.
Ease of assembly
[one_half]If you’ve already read our review of the GO Bike 70 model, then the same comments still apply to the GO Bike 50. That’s because each of the upright bikes in the GO collection essentially follows the same basic design.
That being said, there are a couple of minor improvements over the earlier 30 model. Firstly, you don’t have to rely on AA batteries to power the display console anymore. Instead, you just have to rely on power from the 9V-DC adapter.
There’s also a slight change in the rotating MASS of the flywheel, with the GO Bike 50 model weighing in at 13kg, compared to 11kg for the 30 model.
You also have the servo motor to control the resistance rather than the manual adjustment hand wheel attached to the frame.[/one_half]
In terms of the actual assembly instructions themselves, the user manual does an excellent job of making each step easy to understand. Tunturi have also limited the number of parts you actually need to put together by assembling the base unit and flywheel housing for you prior to being packaged.
What’s covered by the warranty?
- Frame: 10 years
- Electronics: 24 months
- Other parts: 24 months