Marcy ME-709 Recumbent Bike Review

Reviewer: Ned Taylor

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Fitness issues like weak muscle strength and obesity can be daunting; however, focusing on fitness may help shed those extra fats, while bulking up the muscles. For this reason, recumbent bikes deliver light to moderate and intense workout options. Designed with a step-through & comfortable design these bikes are convenient for a great workout experience, even for cardio. With this being said, Marcy ME709 recumbent bike is here to crank up your fitness experience. So, let’s find out the details!

Marcy ME-709 Recumbent Bike




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ease of use


To begin with, the bike comes with a high-back seat that is integrated with the high-density pad to deliver a comfortable experience. It’s an affordable recumbent bike that has sturdy and convenient construction. Ranging from the counter-balanced pedals to foam covering on handlebars, one shall have a promising workout experience.

Let us warn you first; there are no pulse grips, hence no heart rate monitoring but the price cuts it off. This is a simplistic recumbent bike, designed with only eight resistance levels and there are no preprogrammed workouts. The availability of the tension control knobs helps deliver control over the workout experience.


  • Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Bike’s Weight : 61 lbs
  • Power Source: Battery
  • Resistance Levels: 8 (magnetic)

Notable Features


This recumbent bike is designed with durability in mind, hence the longer lifespan. The recumbent bike is constructed with heavy-duty 14-gauge steel which is built to last longer than you may anticipate. However, the robust construction has resulted in increased weight, but it will obviously deliver better durability and stability. Keep in mind that stability is crucial with fitness equipment.


In the first place, there are eight magnetic resistance levels in this recumbent bike, so you can be sure of a smooth and noiseless workout. The flywheel has been integrated with an arc magnet and it can be adjusted through the resistance knob. As a result, the magnet will move away or closer to the wheel. Once the magnet gets closer to the magnet, the resistance will be stronger, and vice versa.


It’s useless to have a bike that can’t be used by multiple users, right? So, Marcy has integrated an adjustable seat in this recumbent bike that makes it suitable for everyone out there. As a result, the trainees’ legs will not be extended during pedaling and an adjustable seat ensures proper cycling position for people with different physiques. On the contrary, the seat adjustment is a bit different.

That’s to say because users can adjust the length of the frame; there is a knob with which you can reduce or enhance the length. However, people have said that adjustment is a bit complicated, but it shouldn’t be a deal-breaker.


Marcy ME709 recumbent bike weighs around 61 lbs. and has heavy-duty steel construction which adds to the weight. The intelligent construction design also enhances stability. Whereas, the heavyweight of the bike also has a wide stabilizing foot that promises zero wobbling during the workout. These stabilizing feet are capped, so no sliding or harm to your expensive floor.


Without giving any false hopes, the monitor of this recumbent bike isn’t the most advanced one out there. It’s an entry-level bike that serves the purpose of tracking the speed, time, distance, and burned calories. What we love about this monitor is that the monitor is integrated with the big LCD screen that enhances visibility.

Other Notable Features

  • Counter-balanced pedals
  • Walkthrough design
  • Compact infrastructure

ME-709 Recumbent Bike Review

Now that we are done discussing all the features of the Marcy ME709, let’s have a brief review of what we like and dislike about the bike.

Storage & Assembly

First of all, the recumbent bike has a compact yet sturdy structure. It’s safe to say that it will fit your smallest gym area. However, it can be hard to move around but the availability of built-in transport wheels may help move around the recumbent bike. As far as the assembly is concerned, it is easy to assemble the recumbent bike. This is because it comes with the tools for convenient assembly. Also, there is an instruction manual available with complete details, which makes it even easier to assembly and use the bike.


This Marcy recumbent bike is designed with easier mounting and dismounting since there is a step-through design. As a result, you can walk into the bike, sit, and start working out. That being said, this recumbent bike is great for seniors. In addition, all the parts have heavy-duty construction, such as 14-gauge steel tubing, hence durability.

Resistance levels

To begin with, interval training is an apt way of improving fitness but there must be various resistance levels for this purpose. Likewise, Marcy ME709 recumbent bike has eight resistance levels, so you can focus on different fitness needs. The knob is incredibly easy to turn, hence better and quick switching to the resistance levels.


This recumbent bike is integrated with a huge LCD screen that helps track the distance, time, and speed. Above all, you can check the burned calories and with a huge display, it will be easier to read. All the stats are streamed in huge numbers, so no eye-squinting while trying to see what you’ve achieved.

Padded Seat

No one in their right mind would like to jump up an uncomfortable seat for a workout, right? Well, with Marcy ME 709 you can be sure of a comfortable seating arrangement. The bike comes with a padded seat for added comfort. Besides, the contoured design of this seat helps proper fitting to your body.


Having control of the fitness equipment is essential and the counterbalanced pedals of this bike will offer everything a trainee wants. That’s to say because the counterbalanced pedals provide control and support to the feet. Besides, there are adjustable foot straps, so you can ensure proper adherence of your feet to the pedals, hence no injuries or slips

Exercise Quality

To begin with, this recumbent bike has a promising exercise quality and makes a great option for people who like moderate workout intensity. The comfortable seating of this recumbent bike is great for a great workout experience. Accrediting the step-through design, using the bike will be easier. Lastly, the bike has a knob for adjusting the resistance levels, as well as the length.


The recumbent bike has a simple and basic design but there are no sacrifices with comfort. To begin with, it has an adjustable height design that’s suitable for people with different heights. The integration of a backrest, handlebars, and padded seat will offer all the comfort one needs for an extensive workout. Also, there is a step-through design that’s easier to get into and get out from.

There is a huge, padded handlebar at the front that offers support, and getting up and sitting down will be easier. The backrest is cushioned that promises sufficient back support. The pedal stroke is properly design and different portions can be adjusted. The handles are contoured and adjustable, promising better grip and promises extra support.

User Interface

Honestly, the controls and display are pretty basic but they are sufficiently intuitive. As a result, the functionality is optimal. The computer is powered by batteries and is easily accessible. The display has a control knob with which resistance levels can be controlled. However, the batteries are not included in the package, but they are cheap, so it’s fine.

The computer is designed with auto-stop and auto-start feature; pedaling will switch it on while eight minutes of inactivity will switch off the computer. The LCD is designed with the set, reset, and mode buttons at the bottom, so trainees can have information.


The recumbent bike has a relatively higher footprint with huge footplates, hence higher stability. There are end caps on the base that ensures zero wobbling (yes, even with a rigorous workout!).

In a Nutshell

Overall Score


  • Sturdy and stable
  • Suitable for tall people
  • Comfortable
  • Adjustable seat (through length)
  • Smooth and quiet


  • No heart rate monitoring
  • Limited warranty (only two years)
  • Adjustment isn’t easy

The Final Verdict

When looked upon the retail price, Marcy ME709 recumbent bike offers a great value. There are no-frill designs, and the basic design promises its suitability for beginners or intermediate fitness enthusiasts. Truth be told, it’s a comfortable bike and is user-friendly. So, it’s a fine choice for affordability and moderate intense workout needs.

About the Author

Hey there, my name is Ned and I am on a mission to provide you health and fitness advice that are rational (i.e. back by scientific evidence) and sustainable ( means practical enough to be incorporated in normal people's routines with busy lives).

Ned Taylor