The York XC530 is a rear driven elliptical cross trainer that also features a seat and adjustable handles to allow you to switch between seated and standing cross training.
Although the number of preset workout programs are limited, the following product article takes a look at the cross trainer in more detail, including the design of the bike and display console, and the quality of assembly instructions.
The main aim behind the design of the York XC530 is to provide you with all the benefits of an exercise bike and a cross trainer in the one machine.
For many people, finding the space for two pieces of cardio equipment just isn’t possible, which is why this style of 2-in-1 machine has proved so popular.
The rear driven nature of the cross trainer part of the York XC530 creates a more even range of motion compared to the front driven machines, which also benefits the cycling movement and reduces the impact on hip and knee joints.
One feature that sets the York XC530 apart from other cross trainers is the adjustable handles. The larger handles feature a hand wheel which can be loosened to allow the top section of the handles to be moved either closer to (for seated cross training) or further away from you (for standing cross training).
Although the smaller set of handles aren’t adjustable, they do feature heart rate hand sensors which are useful for if you want to monitor your heart rate on the display screen during your workouts.
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York XC530 – Features Summary
- Type of materials used: Metal, wood, and plastic
- 2 workouts in 1 machine It’s a Cross trainer and a cycle
- Target time, target distance, target calories, target heart rate, recovery fitness test.
- Multi view LCD console
- 8 levels of magnetic resistance
- Hand pulse sensors
- 100kg Max user weight
- Two exercises in one machine
- Hand pulse sensors allow you to train in your wanted heart rate zone
- Gel seat with 5 position height and reach adjustment
- Adjustable handlebars and footplates
- Length of manufactures guarantee : 1 (ONE) year parts and labour
Display console design
A common design feature of York fitness equipment is a simplified display console, with few buttons but all of the information displayed clearly on a large screen.
This standard is continued for the York XC530 where important workout information including your speed, rotations per minute, time, distance and calories burned.
The buttons on the display have been limited to 3, these being ‘Set’, ‘Recovery’, and ‘Mode’.
Set – Allows you to set target values for time, distance, calories burned, and heart rate.
If you have used the ‘Manual’ training program on an exercise bike or cross trainer in the past then this will be very familiar.
Recovery – This is reserved for when you are finishing your workout and want to measure your fitness level, based on how quickly your heart rate returns to normal after exercise.
Mode – The Mode button will simply guide you through the different display functions, changing between time, distance, calories burned, and heart rate.
Ease of assembly
Although you may only need to setup the York XC530 once, it can be useful to know how easy the assembly is and the quality of assembly instructions provided in the user manual.
Although the user manual does include exploded drawings for how the parts fit together, these are only for the entire machine and not for each step.
The assembly instructions mostly feature an image with a list of parts you will need to complete the step, together with a detailed textual explanation.
While the number of images and detailed annotations make the whole process relatively easy to follow, it’s still recommended that two people are available to setup the York XC530 due to the weight of some of the parts.
To read more reviews about how easy the XC530 is to setup, there are a range of reviews written on Amazon by people who have purchased the machine that can be useful.