Ever since ElliptiGO released their first elliptical bikes over a decade ago, riders have been thrilled to exercise with them outdoors. People with limited mobility found new freedom because they are easier on achy joints than traditional bicycles. And they burned more calories faster, too. Let’s examine two of the long-stride elliptical bikes to see which one is best for you.
ElliptiGO 8C Outdoor Elliptical Bike
The ElliptiGO 8c elliptical bike has eight gears, hence its model number. These eight gears make it possible to tackle up to a 30% grade, although you might prefer the 11r instead if you live in a hilly area.
What makes the 8c bike special is that it combines the running-like stride of an elliptical trainer with the mobility of a bicycle. Owners who are not able to run or ride a typical bike discover that the low-impact motion of the ElliptiGo is very comfortable. Of course, it doesn’t have the shock absorbers of a mountain bike, so some terrain, like that with gravel, is not advisable. But plain old street riding takes on a new level of fun.
On flat ground, it’s possible to speed up to 23mph or more. The eight Shimano gears and caliper brakes work just like the ones on a bicycle. And although there’s no seat, you can adjust the height of the steering column to suit you. Plus, the handlebar ends angle to help you find the best position for climbing hills.
The stride action on the 8c measures anywhere from 16 to 25 inches because it’s also adjustable. That fact lets riders from 4’11” to 6’8” in height enjoy the bike.
As you ride standing up, you’re in a better position to enjoy the view around you. And you won’t end up with a sore bottom from sitting on a hard bike seat.
When the workout is done, you can collapse the telescoping steering column, so the bike fits into a vehicle. Plus, if any problem develops in the future when the warranty is gone, almost any part of the bike can be fixed in a regular bike shop.
More features of the ElliptiGO 8c outdoor elliptical bike:
- Weighs 42 pounds
- Measures 75 inches long with a wheelbase of 54 inches
- ElliptiGo sells a stationary trainer that supports the 8c for indoor exercise
ElliptiGO 11R Outdoor Elliptical Bike
The ElliptiGO 11r differs from the 8c in three main ways. First, it has an 11-gear Shimano system with a little more flexibility. Then, the steering column folds down instead of telescoping. And finally, the drive arms are made of carbon fiber, a stronger material that weighs less. In total, that last feature makes the 11r two and a half pounds lighter than the 8c.
Let’s focus on the carbon fiber drive arms for a moment. Besides weighing less, they also reduce the amount of vibration you feel when you ride. Less vibration makes longer workouts much more pleasant.
Then, the extra gears on the 11r also make it more comfortable to climb steep hills and then race down them. With this bike, you can handle up to 30% grades and sprint up to 23mph or more on flat ground. Specifically, there is a 14% difference between gears, and that gives you fine-tuned control over your workout.
Anyone from 4’11” to 6’8” in height can enjoy the ElliptiGO 11r because both its stride length and its steering column adjust to suit the rider. And the low-impact ride means less strain on sore joints.
More features of the ElliptiGO 11r outdoor elliptical bike:
- Weighs 39.4 pounds
- Wheelbase is 54 inches, and total length is 75 inches
- ElliptiGo sells a stationary trainer that supports the 11r for indoor exercise
ElliptiGO typically sells the 8c and 11r with a significant price difference between them, so choosing the right one is essential. Are the features on the 11r worth the upgrade?
Ask yourself if you enjoy long rides outdoors. And do you live in an area with hilly terrain? If the answers are yes, the 11r is definitely worth the investment. It has a significantly smoother ride and offers more gears for tackling inclines.
Otherwise, you may find that the 8c is the perfect workout companion. Just watch out because you’re bound to get a lot of questions from onlookers who admire this innovative bike.