Marcy doesn't make the highest quality stuff. Their equipment lacks elegance and refinement. They use cheap plastics, simple (and not entirely accurate) displays, and the craftsmanship doesn't inspire confidence at first glance. At first it seems that the only positive aspect of Marcy equipment is its inexpensiveness, relative to other gym products. But looks and prices are deceiving. This rower is a sturdy, tough, monster. It seemed to be the only magnetic rower on the market and at a reasonable price point. I decided to buy it based on my experience with my Marcy stationary bike (another cheap and sturdy piece of equipment). I put it together within half an hour. When I sat on the rower it felt rickety and strange. I couldn't tell if I was too tall or too short for it. The foot pedals wobbled, the seat glided to easily, and the whole machine felt very strange. But with this product, you aren't paying for a quality, gym experience. No. You want something that works and keeps on working. This rower will do just that. The resistance is adjustable, perhaps a little too light (even on the highest setting). The resistance is magnetic, so it is limited in it's actual ability to resist. But that also means that it will never really lose its resistance. The seat is surprisingly comfortable. The handle bars and digital display get the job done. It folds quite nicely, but seeing as it's over 65 pounds I don't expect to move it around much. It's just a surprisingly solid piece of equipment. If you need something cheaper than the good stuff, but better than the cheap stuff, buy this product.
This is so fun! I would give it five stars, but the assembly instructions left a little to be desired. Here are my added assembly steps: Before starting, gather the following items: Source of music (to reduce frustration), two AA batteries (not included). The instruction book- *None of the pieces are labeled, but you can pretty much figure everything out from the drawings. The nuts/bolts look very similar, but if you count them and look at the parts list, you'll know which is which. * Putting on the pedals can be hellish. I had a lot of trouble getting one on and lined up but the other one was no problem. Here's a tip for you non-experts. Put the washer and screw on one end. This will be the end away from the center. Put the ^%&%$** pedal on the bracket (heel cup on the bottom). Wiggle and push and swear until you get the axle all the way through. Stick your fingers in the teeny tiny space and attach the other washer and screw. Tighten it as much as you can with your fingers. IMPORTANT: Now, put one of the small allen wrenches in the inside (loose) screw and hold it still while you use the other allen wrench to turn it from the other side. It doesn't matter that the outside screw is already in, this will screw the axle onto the inner screw. SO much easier then trying to move the wrench around in the teeny area. (I know, because I did it the hard way first.) * The four holes on the rail go on the bottom. (Yes, I did it wrong at first.) After you attach and tighten the two screws on the top of the seat rail, pull the big pin out, put the rail in vertical position, and put the pin back in. This makes it MUCH easier to put the four screws in the bottom and add the rubber bumpers. Also, attach the other leg/support this way, making sure it's facing the right way. * Put the rail back down. Here's where I had the biggest problem...THERE WERE NO MORE INSTRUCTIONS!!! Maybe I was missing a page. I hope I was missing a page. At this point I have two screws, a seat, two bumpers, and two end caps that are still sitting on the floor. Honestly, it's not THAT hard to figure out what to do, but I really shouldn't have to. So: * Put the seat on FIRST. (Wheels go in the tracks.) Screw the rubber bumpers on just like you did the other ones with the only screws you have left. Stick the end caps in the end. (Funny: These are the only parts that are labeled.). * Open the little door on the back of the computer and put the batteries in. (You could probably do this before you attach the computer, but I left the batteries in the house so I haven't done this part yet.) **** Try it out. Holy crap! This is SO much fun! If you are old (like me) or out of shape (like me) you should make sure not to go overboard or you'll feel it later. PROS: Even with the sometimes lacking assembly instructions, I put this together in less than an hour. TOOLS ARE INCLUDED!! It folds up so it takes slightly less space. CONS: Honestly, the only complaint I have is the instructions. That was annoying, but not a real problem. So far, I would recommend this. Nicole
I'm 6'4 and it has enough room for my legs. It was not too hard to assemble and works pretty well so far. The tension on it is not too strong. Like it's not heavy rowing but it works pretty well for the price. The display is a little confusing but that's the only flaw I have so far.
I reviewed so many rowers before choosing this one. I regret purchasing this one and here is why, It does not row like the ones in the gym. I don't get the full glide and I feel like I run out of room on the forward movement. It is very quiet, and maybe a shorter person would like it better, but at 5'10" I wish I had chosen a different rower. and OMG, the assembly instructions are pathetic on this. Why cant manufactures spend a few extra bucks and make instructions that are clear and concise. This was like a puzzle. I had to go to you tube for help.
Fairly easy to assemble except three washers were missing from package. One end cap was cracked. The rowing experience is good, but the highest setting (8) is not much harder than number 4. If you want real resistance, this is NOT the machine for you. I wish I could trade it for a better machine.
I got this with a bit of concern from some of the comments saying that it's hard to assemble, directions aren't clear, equipment was damaged etc.
Despite the negative feedback there was plenty of positive feedback so I decided to give it a shot.
The package arrived on time in good condition. There was a corner that on the cardboard box that was a bit damaged but it was a big box and the foam on the inside secured the machine and protected it from whatever caused it.
I assembled it in thirty minutes or less. The directions are very straight forward. If you're unable to follow these directions then you're the problem, not the directions. It's easy enough to see how it goes together without the directions so they shouldn't even require much details anyway.
Once assembled I hopped on and gave it a shot. The next thing that concerned me was the tensions as most people complained that there wasn't much of a difference from 2 to 8. I checked this out and although the difference isn't great there is a difference in each step. Whether you can really tell or not may be the issue. It seems minute but existent. For $199.00 I didn't expect this to be the same as using a machine at the gym that cost thousands.
The machine works great, it folds up nicely and is easy to move from room to room. The digital display is very basic but I don't need much to jump on and get to work.
Overall I am pleased with the machine and it's performance!
Likes: very sturdy unit! It FEELS like it van handle a 300lb individual. Folds easily, although i wish the footprint was a little smaller. Comfortable seat and smooth rowing operation. Dislikes: there is a strange 'dead' spot in the last foot of pull. Not sure what thats about. Verdict: very satisfied considering it cost less than $200!
Package was delivered on time, no issues with the integrity of the box or damage to the components. I was able to unpack and assemble the unit alone in an hour.
The tension settings are insufficient, just leave it on max. The design in good but could be better - the foot pedals are located about a foot forward of where they need to be to get a full stride/pull. I am 5’7” so the design may accomodate a taller person. I’ll fix this by moving/welding the footpedal crossbar assembly just aft of the henge/quick release pin (under carriage). This will allow me to get a full stride/pull.
I will add some pictures after the welding modification is complete.
First off, for less than 200 dollars this is a great machine. It is simple, I even got 30 dollars off with an Amazon random discount. All the reviews that say it is hard to put together I don't really understand. It took me just under an hour, just pay attention and read the directions, it is not rocket science. I will update after having put some time and use into this rower. If you complain its not like the ones at the gym, then pony up the 100 bucks a month or whatever and go to the gym. I just needed something at home that I can use because I have little ones and it is much easier to hop on this and row. The resistance is complained about by rowing doesn't need resistance as it is meant to simulate rowing in water, which only has one resistance. I started on 4 out of 8, if you are worried just double your time in workouts and you will feel it later. If anything changes, I will update of course.
no problems and I would recommend it. It is light but sturdy. being able to fold up part of it along with wheels makes moving it very easy. assembly was not hard. You may want to attach the foot peddles to the housing before you attach the housing to the frame, instead of the other way around as the instructions suggest. You'll understand why when you see it.