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Outdoor fun just gained momentum by combining the glide of a bicycle and the ease of an elliptical with the workout of a treadmill. Elliptical and ski machines are some of the best workouts you can find but they come with one big drawback: they are indoors only. The ElliptiGo Stand Up Bike just opened up a lot of scenery, fresh air, and miles of roadway to the stationary elliptical machine. 

Take your workout outdoors on the bike path or in the neighborhood by trying out an ElliptiGo. This bike-and-hike hybrid is a blast for all ages. Since ElliptiGo is so new, we've reviewed four models for comparison.

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ElliptiGo Stand Up Bike (SUB)

An ElliptiGo is the blend of bicycle and ski machine we've all been waiting for, because it offers the great workout of an elliptical machine but without the dull indoor setting. The ElliptiGo is also adds a touch of scooter to the mix, because the driver has a great panoramic view of the horizon as she or he pedals forward.

Using an ElliptiGo is fantastic exercise because it combines comfortable riding position, a full-body workout, and a substantial aerobic challenge without all the negative joint impact. More than that, ElliptiGo provides fun that transcends its novelty. The riding position enables a far better view than either bike or skateboard.

Product Range and Description

The ElliptiGo comes in several models, from the basic SUB that mimics a foldable bike but adds stairstepper-like pedals to the Longstride Family that looks like an elliptical machine on bicycle wheels. We compare the SUB with the ARC 3, ARC 8 and 3C.

The 3C is a Longstride, while the ARC 3 and ARC 8 are compact-stride models that offer a great workout but don't quite give as fluid an experience as the Longstride. All models offer a blend of running, cycling and cross-country skiing motions, but the SUB offers the best alternative to bicycling by removing seat and neck strain from the equation. We detail the specs of each below.

 

Pricing

These bikes range from $$$ to $$$$$, with the SUB being the most user-friendly entry model and the Longstride rivaling comfy recumbent bikes in cost.

How it Compares

We picked four models for comparison of price, ease of use, features, design quality, and warranty.

  • ElliptiGO ARC 3
  • ElliptiGO ARC 8
  • ElliptiGO 3C

ElliptiGO SUB

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Price (​$)

At $$$, the sub is eminently affordable for solving so many bicycling problems.

  • Ease of Use
  • features
  • Design Quality
  • Warranty

The warranty for all ElliptiGo products is the same and offers a full 30-day money-back guarantee and replacement of any manufacturer defects.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Intense workout
  • Removes cycling neck strain
  • Great view
  • Easy to operate
  • Portable
  • For use with indoor trainers
  • Adjustable, one size fits all

Cons

  • Less relaxing than longer models
  • Balance is more challenging
  • More of a bike than an elliptical trainer
  • Shorter training periods recommended

ElliptiGO ARC 3

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The ARC 3 adds a little more of a running or skiing experience than the SUB, with a longer wheel base. ARC 3 owners choose this model for a more intense workout with a fairly relaxed ride.

Price (Approximate only) $$

At less than $$$$, the ARC 3 is the most affordable elliptical bike on the market.

  • Ease of Use
  • features
  • Design Quality
  • Warranty

Like all ElliptiGo stand up trainers, the warranty is for full money back within 30 days.

Pros

  • Adjustable stride length
  • Adjustable height
  • Decent hill climber
  • Intense to moderate workout
  • Great for flats or hills
  • Pivoting foot platform
  • Affordable
  • Fairly transportable

Cons

  • Accessories such as water bottle frame extra
  • Handlebars need to be removed for most car transport

ElliptiGO ARC 8

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The ARC 8 is the best marriage of price and relaxing ride, and for most owners, offers a compact bicycle for transport to the bike path or neighborhood workouts.

Price (Approximate only) $$

ElliptiGo promotes this model as "the best balance of performance and price", and at $$$$ is comparable to high-performing road bikes.

  • Ease of Use
  • features
  • Design Quality
  • Warranty

A 30-day money-back guarantee comes with all ElliptiGo trainers.

Pros

  • Best ride of all shorter ElliptiGo trainers
  • Great cost-feature ratio
  • Climbs hills
  • Portable
  • Highly adjustable
  • Secure footbeds
  • Versatile beyond the bike path

Cons

  • Relatively expensive
  • Handlebars need removal for most transport

ElliptiGO 8C

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This entry-level exemplar of the Longstride Family will take your beloved elliptical experience outdoors.

Price (Approximate only) $$$

Longstride bikes cost between $$$$ and $$$$$; the 3C is the entry level model at $$$$.

  • Ease of Use
  • features
  • Design Quality
  • Warranty

The 30-day money-back guarantee is helpful, because this machine is harder to use than a bicycle and requires some getting used to. We've given this category 4/5 stars on all the trainers, because we feel a 90-day warranty would be more appropriate, since it may take some users a bit more time to decide on whether or not this new-fangled contraption will be worth the investment. However, if you get enough use out of it within the 30-day period, you can definitely find time to make that decision!

Pros

  • Entry-level price
  • Mimics running
  • Easy on joints
  • Terrific view
  • Superior aerobic workout
  • No neck strain
  • Relaxing ride
  • Fastest of all ElliptiGos

Cons

  • Learning curve
  • Hard to transport
  • Requires a garage or carport
  • Doesn't handle steep hills
  • Expensive

Conclusion

A decision about which ElliptiGo bike to choose requires asking yourself, "Do I want more of a stair-stepper or a ski machine?" The Longstride will give a long, smooth stride as it advertises, but unless you have a garage, live next to a bike path, and have the funds saved up, it isn't optimal. The ARC 8 is a great compromise and can negotiate beyond the bike path for possible commuter use (if you can take it inside). 

Of all the ElliptiGo models, we like the SUB best, because it acts more like a bicycle but solves the problem of neck strain and pressure that afflicts older or long-distance riders, while still offering a great fitness and cross-training challenge for weekend warriors and athletes alike.

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